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It’s important to buy local today BY GRANT MILLER

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Publisher Every day, we’re faced with choices — buy from Home Depot or the guy that owns the hardware store in the Village? Get a cup of coffee at Starbucks or go to the local restaurant? Buy from a local clothing store or from Marshall’s? In these difficult economic times, to me it makes sense to shop, buy and dine at our local businesses. Buying local strengthens our local economy, can help lower taxes, creates jobs, supports local nonprofits and can serve to help clean up the environment. With the world economy spiraling dangerously into a crisis, it really is tempting to simply visit the national chain store for our needs and take advantage of what look to be lower prices. But, in the long run, the money saved at Marshall’s or Target may cost us far more in than the immediate gains. The American Independent Business Alliance, a nonprofit group that promotes communities through strong local economies, lists the following 10 reasons to spend your money at local businesses: • Buying local supports you and your family — When you buy from an independent locally-owned business, significantly more of your buying dollar stays in the community and is used to make purchases from other local businesses. • When you buy from local businesses, you’re supporting local nonprofits — Studies show that small business owners give an average of 250 percent more dollars in donations to local nonprofits than do large businesses. • Buying local keeps your community unique — Where we shop, where we eat and have fun all makes our community home. Local businesses give a distinctive character to a place and add to quality of life. • Reduce your environmental impact — Local businesses buy more from local sup-

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Facing challenges: We are all in this together BY CARLOS ALVAREZ Mayor, Miami-Dade County In my 32 years of public service, I cannot remember another time where the challenges facing our nation and our community were so great. I don’t have all the answers. No one does. What I can tell you is that Miami-Dade County government is going to support our residents in every way we can. We stand ready to put economic stimulus dollars from Washington, DC, to work. Priorities include transit improvements like the expansion of Metrorail’s Orange Line, which will connect Miami International Airport to Downtown Miami. The local economic stimulus plan we launched last summer is off to a strong start. More than $300 million

Palmer Trinity student Taylor Haas traveled to Japan last month with 25 classmates. Of course she took along a copy of her favorite hometown newspaper to read as she explored the country. Thanks for thinking of us, Taylor. Good luck on your 2011 graduation.

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Palmetto HS teams to sponsor 3rd annual Golf Classic BY LAURIE SARGENT Participants in the Palmetto High School third annual Golf Classic can look forward to a fun-filled day of golf, food and prizes. Duffers will tee up on Friday, March 27, at Palmetto Golf Course in a tournament to benefit Palmetto’s baseball and golf teams. The tournament is open to the public, with registration scheduled for 7 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The entry fee, which includes a continental breakfast, lunch and on-course beverages, is $125 or $400 per foursome. The day will conclude with a prize drawing. Golfers can register online at <www.palmettopanthersbaseball.com>. The website also has information about sponsor-

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DARA SILVERMAN Gulliver Prep senior Dara Silverman is the school’s Silver Knight nominee in Drama. Silverman is president of the Drama Club and was vice president last year. She has performed as Hernia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and she has been in district and state drama competitions since she was a freshman. “Last year, we got a superior at district and state for the one-act play we did,” she says. “I won Best in Cast at the district level.” This spring, Gulliver is doing the play Shadowbox. Naturally, Silverman plans to be involved in the show. Her love for shows is one of the reasons that Silverman is a member of the Junior Opera Guild. As a member, she works with the opera and ushers at performances. “I go whenever I have the chance,” she says. Last year she was the Junior Opera Guild’s Big Sister/Little Sister chair, but this year she is devoting much of her attention to the Twenty Little Working Girls group because she is the president. Over the past four years she has earned 1,200 service hours doing projects just with the club, which funds community organizations. “We’re trying to make the club a little more cost friendly this year,” she says. “We’re doing projects that benefit the

club. In the past years, they used our money for our projects. This year I’d like to donate more money. Especially in this economy, I think it’s important to be as efficient as possible.” Silverman started a new event in her term, a bazaar which brought the club a nice profit. “I think we made close to $1,000,” she says. “We also made good relationships with those people for the fashion show and auction.” Twenty Little Working Girl’s biggest fundraiser of the year is the fashion show. It used to be that the junior and sophomore girls would work as a group to do the fashion show and auction. Now each class has a project for the community and, as an extra, each girl works on the fashion show. The fashion show raises anywhere from $20,000 to $60,000, including proceeds from the program and ads. “They all go to the organizations we work with over the year,” she says. “Part of our requirement is to work with organizations that benefit minors.” The fashion show is scheduled for March 15 at the Biltmore Hotel. Silverman already has her college situation settled. She was accepted into George Washington University in Washington, D.C. “I’m thinking Political Science, with a minor in business,” she says. “I’m also thinking law school with criminal law degree.” If she does go to law school, she would follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her mother works at the prominent law firm Greenberg Tausig in commercial litigation and was the first woman at her firm. Along with all her community service activities, Silverman still finds time to be the manager of the Gulliver men’s lacrosse team. She settled for that position after trying to start a women’s team, but found there was no practice space for them even though there were plenty of girls that wanted to play. Silverman is also the Chief Justice of Gulliver’s Honor Council, which deals with students who have been accused of cheating.

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JACQUELINE URIARTE Palmetto High School senior Jacqueline Uriarte has accumulated more than 300 hours of community service. She has volunteered at Miami Children’s Hospital and organized numerous events for the DFY-IT organization. At Miami Children’s, Uriarte would take charge of the activity cart and play with children in the waiting room. “To keep them from remembering that they were there to see the doctor or have a procedure done,” she says. “We would play board games with them or tell them stories or color with them.” The kids she worked with ranged in age from two to as old as 15. “I loved it, I loved working with the kids there,” she says. From working at the hospital, she says she learned how to work well with people. She had to deal with not only the children, but the doctors and nurses. And she learned how to deal with fussy children who didn’t feel well. They were sometimes difficult to entertain because they just wanted to go home. Uriarte spent the greater part of the past summer at Miami Children’s, going there three days a week for half-day at a time. “I’m hoping this summer I can go back and work there again,” she says. Volunteering at Miami Children’s was important to Uriarte because her career goal is to become a pediatrician. “I thought it would be good to test the

waters,” she said. When she’s not volunteering with children, Uriarte spends time volunteering for DFY-It, an organization that encourages middle school and high school students to be drug free. “I’ve been in it for the past six years, since middle school,” she says. As president, she has organized a cell phone drive to collect old and unused cell phones to be donated to an organization that refurbishes them and gives them to women who have been abused. This allows the women to call for help if their husbands or boyfriends abuse them. During the holidays, the club also collected items to send to U.S. soldiers at war. They collected magazines, games, toiletry items, CDs and DVDs, as well as specialty items. “We sent two big boxes of stuff to Afghanistan,” she says. “We collected books as well.” While DFY-IT does a lot of community service similar to the collections for the troops, members remain true to their core goal of keeping kids off drugs. “We organized certain days out of the year where we have a ghost out,” Uriarte says. Club members pretend to be “ghosts” and wear signs explaining why they died – the reasons are usually drug related. The “ghosts” are not allowed to speak that day. Students who belong to DFY-IT practice what they preach. They voluntarily take drug tests – first when they join and then throughout their time in the organization. Uriarte is a drama student, a member of Thespians and secretary of Palmetto Players. Palmetto Players used to visit the local homes for the aged like the Palace, but because of budget cuts they can’t afford to do that any longer and now they invite the seniors to come to them. This month, Uriarte will be singing and dancing in the Palmetto High School Drama Department production of Damn Yankees. She’s also vice president of Dancing with the Panthers, a club that was started to teach students how to perform different social dances. “We’ve taught them the cha cha and salsa,” she says. “We’ve taught them how to do the Electric Slide. I’ve even taught them ballroom dances.”

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ANDREA BUHLER Palmer Trinity senior Andrea Buhler is the school’s Silver Knight nominee in the speech category. She is the head of public relations for the Student Government

Association, the Convocation Coordinator, which allows her to plan school assemblies, and the editor for the Voice section of the school newspaper, The Talon. “I really like editing,” Buhler says. “English is my favorite subject.” Buhler is also involved in theater and took part in La Casa de Bernarda, the only Spanish production in the school’s history. “I’ve also been in Titanic, Grease and The Curious Savage,” she says. She hopes to be cast in the production of Sweeney Todd, which takes place this month. In her junior year, Buhler started the Students Fighting Aids club at Palmer Trinity. “We are dedicated to raising AIDS awareness within our community,” she says. “I have a partnership with the Women’s Institute of Secondary Education and Research (WISER), an organization from Duke University. They are opening the first all girls’ boarding school in Muhuru Bay, Kenya. Ten percent of the girls who will be attending have AIDS.” The Student Fighting Aids club has

promised to provide a girl with a fouryear scholarship to attend the WISER school. “We’ve committed to raise $1,000 a year for four consecutive years,” Buhler says. “We raised $1,000 last year and we raised $1,000 this year. We have to appoint a new president for the next year.” The club raises the money through bake sales and candy cane sales. They also did Halloween Candy Grams and they held a garage sale. “Soon we are going to do a school-wide senior auction,” she says. “The seniors are offering services to the middle schools students so the middle school students can pay to eat in the senior chickee, or toss a football around with the quarterback. So we bridge the gap between the senior school and the middle school.” The plans call for the auction to be a student government event with the proceeds going to the Student Fighting Aids club. In her junior year, Buhler participated in the school’s Nicaraguan mission to build houses in Managua. “It was pretty intense,” she said. “We

were out there working full days and we were exhausted by the time we got back to the little casita.” After building the two houses, the girls in the group volunteered at a facility for girls who had been abused either physically or sexually. “We had a girly party; we painted nails and danced with them,” she says, adding that the boys in the group went to play soccer with children at the Managua dump. Buhler learned about communicating with consumers while on a study-abroad program in Sydney, Australia. “They had this thing where you had to intern with a company of your choice,” she says. She worked for Burson Marsteller in Sydney and was allowed to write a press release and do the footwork to find hibiscus flowers and Vietnamese hats in Sydney’s Chinatown. Buhler will attend Barnard College for her higher education. She says she loves Barnard’s program that requires students to take classes in nine categories because she’s not sure what she wants to major in just yet.

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pliers, resulting in less wasted fossil fuel for deliveries from distant sources. And by shopping in the Village you’ll contribute less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution. Walking instead of driving to a store also saves you money. • Local business creates more good jobs — Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and the jobs they offer create stronger links to our communities. Would you rather see your son or daughter work at a local store where they might get valuable personal employer referrals, or at an impersonal national chain store checkout counter? • When you buy local, you invest in community — Local businesses are owned by your neighbors, people who live in your town, and who are more invested in the community’s future. Local businesses provide very important community allies in tough economic times. • Better service — Local businesses usually hire people with a better knowledge of what they sell and they try to get to know their customers better. Also, a local business owner usually will respond to your complaints more quickly. • Buying local puts your taxes to good use — Local businesses require little pub-

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lic infrastructure investment, as compared to nationally-owned chains built at the edge of town with taxpayer money for improved roads, water and sewer service. • You can buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy — A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on the needs and requests of local customers, assures a buyer-friendly range of product choices. • Buying local encourages local prosperity — Economic research shows that entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive hometown character. So, yes, I buy local whenever possible. I may pay a little more for some things and occasionally be frustrated with inconvenient hours or unavailable items. But it’s important to me to support the businesses in my community. I enjoy running into my neighbors when I shop local and I especially like the fact that I know the owner of a business or restaurant and call him by his first name. It’s worth it to me to pay a little more and help out my neighborhood businesses, especially in these trying times.

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payments, medical insurance premiums, transportation costs to and from doctor’s appointments, child care payments, food and other life necessities. “We want breast cancer patients and their families to know that they don’t have to be alone during this difficult time and that we can help,” said Muller. The foundation’s advisory board is comprised of Dr. Robert DerHagopian, Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, Suzan McDowell and accountant Ronald Rubin. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women. It is estimated that in the United States a patient will be diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes and a woman will die every 13 minutes. Among the most common risk factors of breast cancer are sex, age, personal history, family history and breast cancer genes, and some of typical treatment choices include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy. For more information, call 305-2551385 or email <sandybmullerbcf@bellsouth.net>.


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BY CAROL CARIDAD President, Paws4You Rescue Every pet owner can tell you that caring for an animal is a lot of responsibility. And even those who are the most cautious sometimes forget one crucial step to ensuring their pet’s safety—identification. A large reason that we have so many animals in our shelters is because the pet does not have proper identification and therefore cannot be returned to its owner. This problem could easily be solved if every pet owner took the time to set up his or her pet with proper identification. There are several options when it comes to pet IDs including collar tags, microchips and even tattoos. The most basic way to identify a dog is with collar tags. Collar identification tags are available through a wide variety of sources, including wherever pet products are sold. What’s great about collar tags is that they range in color, shape and size so that there’s something to fit every owner’s budget and every pet’s personality. However, be sure to check these tags regularly for readability. Sometimes even though tags are engraved, they can become worn out and hard to read. Another well-known method to maximize your pet’s identification is with a microchip. Microchips are tiny chips that are inserted under the animal’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. When an animal is lost, veterinarians or shelters will scan the animal for a microchip. The scan produces an identification code, which is then called into the microchip company and used to trace the owner’s information. It’s not uncommon to adopt a new pet that already has a microchip as many breeders and adoption organizations provide this service. For example,

Paws4You Paws 4 You mails in the new registration of their adopted animals as a courtesy for the new owners. Pet owners might also choose to use a tattoo system to ID their pets. Although not as popular as collar tags and microchips, tattoos can also be an efficient approach to identification. Similar to microchips, tattooed identification codes help locate owners. The codes are tattooed onto the animal in areas with little hair, such as the inside of an ear or abdomen. Regardless of what identification method you use, it is crucial to make sure that your pet has at least one form of identification. And because collar tags can sometimes get misplaced, I recommend using either the microchip or tattoo method as a back up. And please keep all info current (change of address for example) because many animals end up at shelters with outdated info that can not be traced back to the owner families. If you have questions about your pet’s identification or another pet issue, you can visit Paws 4 You Rescue at the Colonial Palms PetSmart, 13621 S. Dixie Hwy., every Sunday (except holidays) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit our website at <www.paws4you.org> for more information. BEAGLE MANIA Charles is an 8- year old tri-colored beagle who loves kids and other dogs. He is very friendly. This laid back guy will make the perfect pet for any size family. Please call 786-242-7377 or email <info@paws4you.org> to meet him.

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DR. DAVID GALBUT Discusses Living and Dying in His New Book, “MY FATHER’S FINAL JOURNEY, A HEART SURGEON’S MEMOIR” As chief of Jackson Community Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, David L. Galbut, MD, faces critical illness on a daily basis, most often with the opportunity to heal. But in October 2005 when his father was diagnosed with advanced metastatic pancreatic cancer, he realized he was powerless to stop the disease.

husband, father, Navy captain, attorney, philanthropist, and community leader. Local history figures prominently as well, because Captain Galbut had arrived in Miami Beach in 1927, then went on to serve as a city commissioner and as a president of Congregation Beth Jacob, whose buildings now house the Jewish Museum of Florida.

When asked whether there is such a thing as a good death, Dr. Galbut replies, “I believe there is, and in my father’s case, it was the result of having led a good life. He believed in service—to the community, to family, to others. My book tells the story of “To a physician, death is consid- his service, and my own attempt to emulate what he taught.” ered the enemy. So the Readers also get a glimpse of the rewards and three months that elapsed between my demands the medical profession makes on father’s cancer diagnosis and his death were those within it. A graduate of the University traumatic for me in many ways. My mothof Pennsylvania Medical School, Dr. Galbut er, three brothers and I united to provide completed postgraduate surgical programs at the optimal palliative treatment. As a way Harvard and Columbia universities. The of understanding my feelings and managMiami Beach native has published signifiing the details of my father’s care, I kept a cant scientific papers on coronary bypass diary,” Dr. Galbut recounts. surgery and, In addition to his leadership role in the Jackson Health System, he is a Later, confronting the emotions that the senior cardiac surgeon at Aventura Medical loss of his beloved parent had triggered, he Center and South Miami Hospital. drew on the diary to create a touching, uplifting book. My Father’s Final Journey: A David L. Galbut, MD, will give a presentaHeart Surgeon’s Memoir was issued by tion and sign copies of his book at Temple Devora Publishing in October 2008. Beth Am on Sunday, March 22 at 10 a.m. The “Becoming a caregiver and advocate for a event is free and open to the public: parent whose personality has always been a force to be reckoned with is a situation baby boomers everywhere are facing,” he observes. “Having to March 22, 10:00 a.m reverse roles and be responsible for a parent’s wellbeing is never Temple Beth Am easy. But my intention with this book was to help others who “Ideas Through Books” Series find themselves in a similar situation.” His story unfolds through vivid scenes that present Hyman Galbut’s courage in battling illness and his achievements as a

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worked together to create the perfect recruiting tape. “I like to work with the players handson so I know it’s something they will love as well and it felt great to get to work with my own video footage and not someone else’s,” Christian said. This highlight tape or, better yet, recruiting tape gained much popularity within the Palmetto community. Soon enough, football players were coming to Christian for their own recruiting films. Not only could Christian’s videos be sent to colleges for these athletes, but he would place them on the Internet as well. His second major video was of another former graduate, Jamal Berry. “I put it up over the summer of my junior year and it blew up, the video had almost 95,000 views,” he said. Not only were friends and family interested in the tapes, but soon enough their popularity grew to the Palmetto football staff. Coaches asked Christian to join their team. No, he didn’t have to wear a helmet and pads, but he did get to be on the sidelines with the Camcorder camera he received when he was in the 9th grade. “It wasn’t high-tech or anything, but it got the job done” he said.

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Beth Am Temple Talk An offer from the heart BY RITA DIAZ Director of Membership It’s one thing to talk about reaching out; it’s another to do something about it. If you are among those who never belonged to a synagogue or those who have been members but no longer are, then we urge you to come and visit our campus. Give us the opportunity to give you a special Beth Am welcome. By joining us for a special Shabbat, Torah Study or any of our wonderful programs and events, you will discover a Judaism that speaks to the heart. In our pulpit or in our Day School and Religious School, Temple Beth Am is a congregation for people who feel, think and laugh; a caring, loving extended family who will share your joys and your sorrows. If you are a new family that just moved into our community, a young adult, an empty nester or anything in between, come and join us. You’ll see who we are and what we’re really about. At Temple Beth Am, getting to know newcomers is always at the top of our agenda. We are so proud of our Buddy Program. Every new member is assigned a buddy, a Temple Beth Am member that has similar interests.

Children attending our Day School? A child getting ready for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah? A senior that has lost their spouse? Temple Beth Am has something for you. New members are honored at a special Shabbat and dinner during Sukkot and special intimate New Member Dessert Receptions are hosted by our Rabbi and his wife at their home. We almost make it impossible for you not to feel a part of our community. We invite you to join us for a special Shabbat service entitled Invite a Friend Shabbat on Friday evening, Mar. 20, at 6 p.m. Join us immediately following service for a beautiful oneg in our social hall. You’ll have the opportunity to meet our clergy and our Temple Beth Am community. See who we are and what we’re about. I look forward to meeting everyone. Sunday, Mar. 22, 10:30 a.m. breakfast and tour — You are invited to a light breakfast and walking tour of our beautiful facility. Join us and learn about the many membership incentives we offer. Special discount for young families, complimentary young adult membership ages 21-29, senior incentives and so much more. These events are free and open to everyone. Please RSVP to Rita Diaz at 306-667-6667 ext. or by email <rdiaz@tbam.org>.

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Children’s Resource Center is a lifeline for children BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD| What started as a funding group over the years morphed into the Children’s Resource Center, which runs the First Steps Preschool in Kendall. Children’s Resource Center founder Peggy Armaly says the school was built with private funding and continues to be funded through school fees and donations. “We have to do a lot of fundraising,” Armaly says. “We have a gala in April. We apply for grants and we have a very nice group of patrons at this center.” Initially the patrons did not dream they would open a preschool. The group raised money for a variety of organizations, but then decided they wanted to help children so they became an agency. The school, at 8571 SW 112 St., takes all children but has services for children who are autistic or have developmental delays. First Steps has a new wing that eventually will allow them to go to 104 students. But Roxana Rapaport, the school’s executive director, says she prefers to keep the ratio of students to

teachers small. In the fall, she had approximately 70 children with 23 teachers. But the expansion was needed because they had grown so much they were doing speech therapy in a closet. First Steps provides therapy services at school so that parents don’t move their children from place to place to get the help they need. In the regular classrooms, there are 12-15 children with three teachers. However, the school has transitions classrooms where the ratio of students to teachers is one to one. “I have a waiting list in the transitions class,” Rapaport says. “In the transitions classes, they also get occupational and speech therapy and behavior therapy as needed.” When the children are deemed ready, they are transferred to the regular classrooms. The school takes children 2-5 years old, but if they have special needs Rapaport says she could take them as early as 18 months. That’s because the window of opportunity to deal with some of the developmental problems is very small and starts to close after age five.

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BY JESSICA KIRCHNER Mother and daughter Jennifer and Jenna Kaloti dreamed of owning a chic boutique where shoppers could find trendy fashions at reasonable prices. That dream became a reality when they opened The Recycled Closet second-hand clothing shop at 13842 S. Dixie Hwy. “We always wanted to have our own business,” says Jennifer Kaloti. “I started reading about how important and popular consignment is now because of the economy. I think it’s a good time to be doing this.” The shop has been a remarkable success with middle schoolers, high schoolers, college students, and even their moms rushing in to see what treasures they can find among the racks. The focus of the store is teen “trend labels” ranging from brands like Abercrombie and Fitch to Forever 21 to Juicy Couture to Guess. Clothing is not the only merchandise offered at the store; there are racks of shoes, purses, and displays cases of jewelry. “Our shop allows people to show their unique style. There are always different styles because everything comes from different stores,” says Kaloti. “The best shoppers who get the best things are those who stop in often to see what’s new. “When we opened in August, we had four consigners which included family members, and a six-foot rack of shirts. Within six months, the store has grown to 250 consigners and 5,225 items.

Inventory changes from day to day as a result of the brisk traffic in the store. Shoppers can save even more with a new set of clothing being discounted every month with white 20 percent-off tags.” The Recycled Closet incorporates three main goals — recycling, donating and economizing. “We recycle the clothes because other people have used them,” says Kaloti. “We don’t buy our own bags; we reuse the bags that people drop off their stuff in.” Any merchandise that does not sell is donated to the Dorothy M. Wallace COPE Center, a school for teenage mothers located at 10225 SW 147 Terr. “The COPE Center teaches students how to be responsible, continue their education and go on to college despite the fact that they have a child,” says Kaloti, adding that they are looking for additional charities to receive unsold items. The Recycled Closet always needs new merchandise and urges people to bring in their gently worn brand-name clothing. The shop accepts clothing ranging in sizes from double zero to 13, as well as shoes, purses, jewelry and special occasion clothing. Consigners also have the option of picking up their unsold merchandise or donating it to charity. “We are only as good as the clothes we get,” says Kaloti. “We always have to get clothes.” For more information, call 305-2336744, send email to <mail@therecycledcloset.com> or go to <www.therecycledcloset.com>.


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What happened to cabernet? Chef Jan OWNER, TWO CHEFS RESTAURANT

COOKING WITH JAN Taking orders for a living — that is, food and beverage orders — I recently realized that orders for a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon had been shadowed by the ever so famous Merlot, not to mention the highly popular Pinot Noir (thanks to Hollywood), and lately the “land down under” has dominated with Shiraz. But are they chosen due to marketing from the wine industry or simply because they have more to offer than what I think is the King of Grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon? Years in the industry have allowed me to taste many wonderful Cabs, especially if the bottle has had time to age

peacefully in a good cool cellar. And many collectors have trusted me to complement their “jewels” with dishes that would allow their wine to show best on the palette. Cabernet Sauvignon, matched with high quality meat, game or cheese, offers great pleasure and is often an exquisite partner on the table. Because of the complexity of the varietal, especially after it has it been allowed to age for a while, it helps to match Cabernet Sauvignon to dishes with “focused” flavors such as those suggested in recipes to follow. These recipes let the food showcase the wine, permitting it to be the star that it can be. I urge you to put on an apron, open a good bottle of Cabernet sauvignon, start slicing and dicing and take a sip or two. But, more importantly, let the bottle breathe while you cook. NEW YORK STRIP STEAKS off the grill, cooked medium with Gorgonzola & Walnut butter

4 New York Strip Steaks (14 oz. each) 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 4 cloves of garlic (chopped) Splash of balsamic vinegar 1 tbs fresh chopped rosemary Kosher salt Fresh cracked black pepper Combine all ingredients and marinate the steaks for 4-5 hours in the refrigerator. Remove steaks from marinade and set aside in room temperature. GORGONZOLA & WALNUT BUTTER 8 oz. Gorgonzola cut into small chunks 1 tbs white wine Worcestershire 2 tbs pickled green peppercorns 1/2 cup lightly toasted walnut halves 1 1/2 tbs minced chives 6 drops of Tabasco Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process for about a minute until mixed thoroughly (can be made ahead, but serve at room temperature).

Preheat garden grill at high temperature, “season” grill with an olive oil rub down. Place steaks on hottest spot (do not touch them); let them sear for about 2 minutes. With a metal spatula, lift steaks and rotate 90 degrees clockwise and (do not touch them) let them sear once again for about 2 minutes. With the spatula flip the steaks and repeat procedure on other side. Once seared on both sides (guiness brown beer) move steaks to a lesser temperature on the grill and flip them every 2 minutes back and forth for another 6-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Flip over once again to the plate and serve immediately with a generous dollop of Gorgonzola & Walnut butter on top.

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Dry cleaning industry moves to slow environmental impact BY MARK MILLS The dry cleaning industry has evolved considerably during the last several years as the focus on environmentally friendly business practices has taken hold in the popular conscience. In order to maintain a competitive edge and appeal to today’s consumers, drycleaners are now going beyond home/office delivery service and multiple convenient locations by taking proactive steps to lessen their impact on the environment and letting their customers know about it. There are several ways that drycleaners can ensure that they are providing the cleaning results that customers demand while also minimizing the impact of their work on the environment. These include: • Special cleaning and drying methods. • Use of soaps, solvents and chemicals. • Use of specialized equipment. Here are the details that consumers should know: 1) Cleaning methods - A drycleaner should have the equipment, technology and know-how to successfully clean about one-third of their production through traditional wet-cleaning methods. Today’s advanced wet-cleaning machines and technology have enabled cleaners to tack-

le more garments through a process that uses less water and soaps, which of course is better for the environment. This specialized equipment is much different from residential washers. Gentle cycles, low water usage and specialized soaps and conditioners have been developed over the past several years to achieve the desired result — a fresh and clean garment, without stretching or shrinkage. 2) Drying – Laying garments flat to dry is ideal, but customers demand fast turnaround. Dry cleaners now use specialized drying cabinets that feature low heat and air circulation. 3) Soaps and solvents – Dry cleaning involves the use of a solvent other than water to lift dirt and stains off fabrics, and manufactures have invested heavily in natural soap solvents that are both gentle on clothes and safe for the environment. Perchloroethylene (perc) has been the dominant solvent for the industry in the U.S. since the late 1930s, when Dow Chemical and other manufacturers introduced it as a replacement for the odiferous and flammable hydrocarbon solvents that were commonly used at the time. When handled properly, perc is an extremely effective cleaning solvent and it enables drycleaners to comply with stringent environmental regulations when it is

handled and disposed of properly. DF 2000, a petroleum solvent manufactured by ExxonMobil, is used in combination with new hydrocarbon cleaning machines and is especially useful when treating delicate sequin and beaded items that are typically damaged by a more aggressive cleaning solvent like Perc. Studies have shown the DF 2000 has no negative long-term impact on the environment. 4) Equipment – New hydrocarbon cleaning machines are designed specifically for use with DF 2000, but not all cleaners have the space and resources that are necessary to obtain and deploy this equipment. A large boiler and air compressor, along with water chillers, are required to support these machines, and natural soaps and conditioners are added to each load to make the clothes look and smell fresh. The more common method of drycleaning is a dry-to-dry system, which means the clothes go into the dry-cleaning machine dry and they are then cleaned and dried in the same machine. This type of cleaning system avoids air and water pollutants, and it meets all of the applicable environmental regulatory requirements. Another effective option for drycleaners to help to diminish their impact on the environment requires the help of the cus-

The dry cleaning industry has evolved considerably during the last several years as the focus on environmentally friendly business practices has taken hold in the popular conscience. tomers. Hangers can and should be re-used. Many dry cleaners use heavy-duty plastic suit hangers for suits and jackets, and for skirts or pants they use soft-locking clip hangers. These hangers are more expensive, but they are better for these types of garments, and their durability enables them to stay in use for quite some time. Drycleaners in South Florida and throughout the country should embrace changes that are better for the environment, and it’s up to consumers to reward those that do so with their business.

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BY GERMAN PAO Celebrate the spring season by awakening your senses with fresh, fragrant fruit. Whether you’re entertaining at home or visiting family and friends this Easter, a fresh fruit arrangement from Edible Arrangements is sure to become the topic of conversation at your festive gathering. Edible Arrangements International, Inc., the industry leader of high quality, artistically designed fresh fruit arrangements, has released details on its showstopping 2009 Easter arrangement, the Easter Celebration. It’s a bountiful assortment of fresh fruit, with chocolate-dipped bunnies in a beautiful pastel checkerboard basket. This festive new arrangement is overflowing with a succulent supply of strawberries, pineapples, grapes, cantaloupe and honeydew melon. Whether you’re looking for a fabulous centerpiece or a hostess gift that is truly memorable, Edible Arrangements Easter Celebration celebrates the season with good taste. Arrangements are guaranteed fresh, available in a variety of sizes and range in price from $35 to $200. Each arrangement is made to order and can be customized with a variety of all natural fudge sauce, plush teddy bears and special Mylar balloons for almost every occasion. All ingredients are natural and no preservatives or sweeteners are ever used. Arrangements can be picked up or delivered. Edible Arrangements International is the industry leader of high quality, artistically designed fresh fruit bouquets

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2009 Mercedes CL has it all — luxury, styling, technology Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The 2009 Mercedes Benz CL Coupe is, quite frankly, an incredible piece of automotive machinery. If luxury, styling and state-of-the-art technology are what you want in an automobile, then this is the car for you. The flagship Mercedes-Benz CL coupe lineup includes four models — the V-8 powered CL550 4MATIC (our test car), the rear-wheel-drive CL63 AMG (with an all-AMG V-8) and the 12-cylinder CL600 and CL65 AMG. While the CL550 is powered by a 5.5-liter V-8 engine delivering 382 hp and 391 pound-feet of torque; the CL63 AMG features a 6.3-liter V-8 that produces 518 hp and 465 pounds-feet of torque. One of the most powerful naturally aspirated production V-8s ever, the high-rpm engine has many features derived from AMG’s successful racing efforts. The 4MATIC all-wheel drive model is

standard for 2009. Mercedes engineers reason that as modern all-wheel-drive systems become even more refined, they are becoming increasingly popular, especially in the luxury car market. The 4MATIC model is differentiated by new 18-inch wheels with a distinctive seven-split-spoke design. The 4MATIC system has full-time allwheel-drive that’s integrated into the seven-speed automatic transmission. The system fits right into the standard CL body and utilizes the existing front suspension (gone are the special parts and wider transmission tunnel that were necessary on earlier 4MATIC systems). The extra gears and shafts that drive the front wheels now weigh only 145 pounds more than the rear-wheel-drive model. Beginning from the right side of the transmission tail section, a driveshaft powers a front final drive and differential unit just to the right of the engine oil pan, and the left front axle shaft passes through a tube in the oil pan. The CL550 4MATIC also comes with new standard equipment that includes heated and active ventilated front seats and the Keyless-Go system. Many CLs are ordered with the optional AMG sport package, which includes deeper front and rear aprons, AMG side sills and 19-inch

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Turnberry Bank’s ‘Pinecrest Five’ offers first-class banking for all BY BAY PROBY “When was the last time your banker really helped you solve your banking problems and then offered you a cup of Earl Grey tea?” asks Adam Hellman, vice president and branch manager of Turnberry Bank’s Pinecrest branch, 9579 South Dixie Highway. “Well, it’s routine around here.” Hellman has such high regard for his staff that he has reverently nicknamed them (including himself, of course) the Pinecrest Five. “Our staff is simply exceptional when it comes to personal service,” says Hellman, who became vice president and branch manager in October. “It is rare to find a team that has exceptional technical knowledge combined with such a genuine interest in people.” In addition to Hellman, The Pinecrest Five consist of personal banker Ann Bovard, head teller Elsa Pedraza, branch operations manager Peter Madueno and teller Gloria Negron. Together, they have 102 years of banking experience. “In my 16 years in finance, I have never been around a friendlier, dedicated group of professionals,” Hellman says. “You literally feel the difference the moment you walk through the doors when a pleasant voice greets you by your name. Then the real magic happens when you sit down one-on-one with your personal banker. Long before I came on board, someone instilled excellent positive habits in this group, which I think is indicative of the type of leadership we have at Turnberry Bank.”

Perhaps another way of explaining the legendary customer service provided by the Pinecrest Five is their understanding of Turnberry Bank’s underlying philosophy. “As a community bank, our business model is relationship driven and what separates us from the pack is our commitment to providing first-class treatment to all of our customers, no matter what the size of the relationship,” says Joshua Young, executive vice president and head of the retail banking division. “Relationships are built on trust and we build that trust by assigning each customer a personal banker, a mortgage advisor and an investment advisor. Together, this team of professionals works directly with the customer to understand their needs and goals, and then tailors a package of financial products to help that customer reach those goals. Traditionally, you needed to be with a private bank to get that kind of service. Not at Turnberry Bank; we do that for everyone.” With branch offices in Pinecrest, South Miami, Aventura and Coral Gables, the 25-year-old, locallyowned and operated bank is widely recognized as one of the state’s most stable financial institutions. Turnberry Bank offers a broad range of personal banking products, from free checking accounts to highyield CDs. “Our free checking account is one of the most popular products because it is truly free – featuring a free Visa check card, free online banking and free online bill paying,” says Hellman. “Even your first order

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of checks is free.” The bank also offers an array of commercial banking products specifically designed for small businesses. “Local retailers and professionals such as lawyers, accountants and physicians appreciate the value offered by our bank,” says Hellman. “We understand their special needs and help them manage their business accounts effectively and efficiently.” On the loan side, Turnberry Bank offers a variety of loan programs, with an emphasis on residential and commercial mortgages. “Our rates are always competitive,”

says Dustin Young, executive vice president and head of the lending division. “In fact, I believe the rates on our jumbo home mortgage loans are the lowest in town, and maybe even the country. We are committed to helping this economy get back on its feet. With rates as low as they’ve been in decades, there couldn’t be a better time to buy a home and there isn’t a better bank to get your home mortgage loan.” For more information, go to <www.turnberrybank.com>, call 305305-665-4141 or send email to <adam.hellman@turnberrybank.com>.

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Supporters of Friendship Circle walk for the kids BY LEE STEPHENS Many people don’t often consider the truth about loneliness, the pain, the heartache, or the psychology of it. We often take for granted the fact that the majority of people have at least a few people to whom they can refer as a friend, a confidant, or just good company. The most difficult time for this, by far, is generally childhood and adolescence. To take this concept a step further, consider children with special needs and their families. A population so over looked by the majority of communities, that we must ask ourselves, who reaches out to these children? Who makes an effort to connect with them as friends, and gives respite to their parents, who are so often swamped with a difficult and busy situation? On Sunday, the Friendship Circle hosted its first annual Walk 4 Friendship. With about 500 participants, the walk truly made a large statement! The walk was to raise money and support for the Friendship Circle, but also to promote awareness that children with special needs are children just as any others, and should be treated with dignity, love, and friendship. The walk was followed by a festival of sorts with live music, food, games, moon-walks, a petting zoo, and so much more! With the sun shining, the enthusiastic walkers thoroughly enjoyed the 3 kilometer walk in support of this unique organization. In 2003, Rabbi Yossi and Nechama Harlig of Chabad of Kendall/ Pinecrest, heeded the call of these children, their families and the hundreds of teenagers anxious to make a difference in people’s lives and Nechama Harlig. Director of the Friendship Circle & Rabbi Yossi Harlig, Director of Chabad Center of Kendall/Pinecrest cutting the ribbon to start the 3k walk. the world around them, by bringing the Friendship Circle to the area. The Friendship Circle matches teenage volunteers with families who have children with special needs to create an array of activities from home visits, to Yoga club, Parent’s nights out, sibling workshops, teen trips, a Birthright Israel trip for young adults with special needs, and so much more. The Friendship Circle was first started in 1995 by Chabad emissaries Rabbi Levi and Bassie Shemtov of Bloomfield Hills, Mi. and now there are over 60 Friendship Circles worldwide. Parents, volunteers, supporters, and friends all came together, gathered teams, and raised money in support of the Friendship Circle. Stacey Margulies’ husband, Jason, told us of how overwhelming the support was. He sent an email in to request support and was astonished at the response! ‘’I got a response from a person I spoke to once in Hawaii who said what a phenomenal cause and sent $100,’’ he said. Mayor of Pinecrest, Cindy Lerner said the walk was a sign of “how wonderfully enriching an experience for those who give their time and their friendship.” The basis of the Friendship Circle is called Friends at Home. Once a week, a pair of teen volunteers go to the home of a child with Winners of the teams that raised the most money, pictured are (l-r) Bob and Marlene special needs to bring companionship, social interaction, some fun The Stern family enjoying the walk. Josefsberg, Rabbi Yossi Harlig, Joe and Aida Roisman and Nechama Harlig activities, and a big break for the parents. Sofia Narvette is an 11 year old with speech and learning impairments. On Wednesday’s, Dana Bensadon, a tenth-grader at Coral Reef Senior High and her partner, Vanina Zack make their way to Sofia’s house to visit, play games, and connect with her. “I like to make her smile,” says Dana. From the parents’ perspective, the program is nothing short of heaven-sent. ‘They’re wonderful friends that offer Sofia the ability to hang out with older kids,’’ says Sophia’s mom, Libby Navarette. Director Nechama Harlig commented, ‘The parents can do laundry or relax and it’s easier for the child to warm up because it’s in their own home, there’s privacy.’’ Another parent of a child with special needs, Stacey Margulies , says of her volunteers for her sons, Harrison and Jackson, both of whom are on the Autism spectrum,’’It’s one less time I have to be on Stanley Fidenqui and Eli Poler participating at the walk. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– duty,’’ she said, ``and they’re not watching TV or playing video games. They have the interaction they need and it’s one on one.’’ For information about all of the worthwhile and inspirational activities that are coming up for the Friendship Circle, you can visit on the web at <Friendshipcirclemiami.com>, or call 305-234-5654. Some of the participants at the walk.


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BY ANA POVEDA The 17th annual Chiefs’ Golf Classic to benefit the Westminster Christian School athletics program is set for Friday, March 20, at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club. The event is hosted by The Chiefs, Westminster’s athletic booster club that provides volunteer and financial support to enhance school sports for student athletes. Approximately 65 percent of Westminster students in grades 6 through 12 participate in the school’s athletic programs. More than 120 golfers at this year’s event will again have the opportunity to compete for a new car, cash prizes and other items. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m., with lunch sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, followed by a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. A dinner reception, silent auction featuring sports memorabilia, and awards ceremony will follow completion of play. School parents, alumni, alumni par-

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BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD With a wife that hails from a prominent Cuban cigar dynasty and a father who loves smoking them, it isn’t surprising to find Henry Vilar in the cigar business. He owns the popular Vilar Cigar Shop in South Miami. About six months ago, Vilar noticed that an historic building at 5910 S. Dixie Hwy. had become vacant. He decided to move his cigar shop from its South Miami shopping center location, 7400 SW 74 Ave., to the more visible location on the highway across from the Metrorail station. “I drove by one day, saw the place and fell in love with its versatility,” Vilar says. The historic building was built in the 1920s and was slated to be a bank. However, the Great Depression of 1929 came along and the bank never opened. Vilar says that one aspect of the building that really intrigued him was the old bank vault. He immediately converted it to a client cigar locker. “The times, the way they are, it was a risky move for us,” Vilar says. “But it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.” The risk has paid off and the new location has not only retained Vilar’s old clientele, but also caught the attention of Metrorail passengers, with many of them becoming new customers. “We’re getting a bunch of new people that we had never seen before because of Metrorail,” Vilar says. “We’re also getting the drive-by customers.” The building’s upstairs area formerly was a workshop for a frame store that previously occupied the building. Vilar turned it into a comfortable sitting room

with couches and chairs, and big windows that allow clients to see the world pass by as they enjoy their cigars. The space has Wi-Fi and a good ventilation system, which allows people who don’t smoke to visit the sitting room with their spouses and enjoy the view. “We get a lot of couples who come in after dinner,” Vilar says. The space is also being utilized by corporate customers for small company meetings, and by men’s church groups. “We are doing cigar tastings here,” Vilar says, adding that all the major cigar companies are having tastings to educate customers about their brands. He is also planning to have cigar rolling demonstrations. “The quality of the cigar in the last five years is very competitive with the best Cuban cigars,” says Vilar’s father Enrique, who manages the two Vilar Cigar stores. He adds that the best Cuban growers are now located in Santo Domingo, Nicaragua and Honduras. “Those families that produce the cigars take pride in their name,” Henry Vilar says. In fact, those companies would rather sell out of their cigars or have them on back order than sell a cigar that has not been properly aged. Today, a good cigar ranges from $3 to $30, and one advantage that cigar shops have is that customers are allowed to smoke inside the store. “Since people can’t smoke in restaurants anymore, customers are coming back to cigar shops so they can enjoy a smoke,” Henry Vilar says. “We want this to be a home away from home,” For more information, call 305-6631818 or go to <www.vilarcigarshop.com>.


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Palmer Trinity golf tourney scores $34,000 in financial aid BY SUZANNE GOTTLIEB CALLEJA Golfers took to the Doral Golf Course in January to raise money for the Palmer Trinity School Sandy Block Financial Aid Endowment. Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Cutler Bay was the presenting sponsor for the fourth year. “We had a great turnout and enjoyed a beautiful day of golf,” said Palmer Trinity alumni Chris Block. “My family and I are deeply touched by the support of the PTS community as we raise money for gifted students at PTS. We also appreciate all of the sponsors who supported the event.” The tournament benefits the Sandy Block Financial Endowment Award.

The proceeds give outstanding students the opportunity to attend Palmer Trinity School and receive need-based financial aid. Block died in 1991 and his family founded the golf tournament to help preserve his memory. Senior Jaquen Castellanos is the recipient of the financial aid award. She brought tears to everyone’s eyes during her speech at the Doral as she thanked the Block family for helping her attain her dreams. She plans to attend Columbia University in the fall. Palmer Trinity School is a collegepreparatory, coeducational, Episcopal day school with students in grades 6-12. For more information, go to <www.palmertrinity.org>.

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Senior Living Communities Can Offer Tax Benefits BY HELEN SHAHAM Q. My parents have been living in an assisted living community for nine months. Are any of these costs tax deductible? A. While I recommend that you and your parents consult your own income tax advisor for clarification about your personal situation, many assisted living expenses may be potential tax deductions. In fact, most of the residents at our assisted living communities (The Palace Renaissance in Kendall and The Palace Gardens in Homestead), skilled nursing facility (The Palace Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Kendall) and catered living community (The Palace Royale in Kendall) have had a reduction in their income taxes as a result of their move to our community. Monte S. Gordon, a certified public accountant (CPA) and tax partner at Coral Gables-based Berenfeld Spritzer Shechter & Sheer, LLP, works closely with many of the residents and families at The Palace’s communities and advises that medical expenses, including some long-term care expenses, are deductible if the expenses are more than 7.5 percent of the residents’ adjusted gross income. The most common types of medical expenses are those paid by medical insurance: doctors, dentists, hospitals and prescription drugs. The definition of a “medical expense” has also been expanded to include “qualified long-term care services” such as those needed for necessary diagnostic, preventative, therapeutic, curing, treating, mitigating and rehabilitative services. “Maintenance or personal care services that are required by a chronically ill individual and that are provided pursuant to a plan of care prescribed by a licensed health care practitioner are included as well,” said Gordon. “The primary purpose of maintenance or personal care services is to provide needed assistance to a chronically ill individual whose health and safety is threatened due to severe cognitive impairment.” In order to benefit from the deduction, the chronically ill individual must have been certified within the previous 12 months as (1) being unable to perform (without substantial assistance) at least two activities of daily living (ADL) such as bathing, eating, dressing, etc., for at least 90 days (in the future) due to a loss of functional capacity; or (2) requiring substantial supervision to protect such individual from threats to health and safety due to severe cognitive impairment; or (3) having a similar level of disability as determined by

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Seafood lovers ready to party at Deering Seafood Fest BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ The intoxicating rhythms of steel drums and towering stilt walkers greet you as you’re drawn into the magical, island-style celebration that has become the Deering Seafood Festival. Bring your family and friends Sunday, Mar. 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and plan to spend the day because this event just keeps getting better. Meet on the lawn of the biggest backyard on Biscayne Bay, where the Bay Roots Reggae Band plays their calypso beat, and the colorfully-costumed, free-spirited Bahamian Junkanoo dancers weave playfully through the crowd. Every island celebration needs some fire eating and limbo dancing, and the entertainment at the Dearing Seafood Festival offers that and more. Also, back by popular demand is the crowd-pleasing band, Mr. Nice Guy. Throughout the day, seafood markets, restaurants and caterers such as Golden Rule Seafood Market, Bizcaya Ritz-Carlton, Fleming, Shibui, Rodbenders, Sports Grill, Tropical Palate and The Les Seafood Express prepare an outstanding array of the freshest catch that includes delicious lobster, fried conch, shrimp egg rolls, grilled dolphin, gar-

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Read in South Africa Welcome friends to Osteria degli Amici, South Miami’s newest Italian cafe featuring delicious food in a charming setting, masterfully prepared and modeately priced. 7382 SW 56th Avenue South Miami 305.668.5730 Open for Lunch & Dinner Susan and Steven Weissberg vacationed in South Africa recently and went on a safari in the Kruger National Park. Naturally they remembered to take along a copy of their favorite hometown newspaper and snapped this picture for us with their unidentified guide and native tracker. Thanks for taking us along, guys.

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Has been a local landmark restaurant in south Miami-Dade for over 20 years.

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The Friendship Circle invites you to join us for an insightful lecture

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The Friendship Circle is a project of Chabad Center of Kendall/Pinecrest

GROUP TICKET PRICES Friday Evening Performance - 8pm Sides, 1st, and 2nd Balconies $12.00 Orchestra, front & rear $15.00 Sat./Sun. Matinee Performances - 2pm General Admission balcony $10.00 Reserved, orchestra/mezz. $17.00 Group denotes an order for 20+ tickets for the same performance

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