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BY GRANT MILLER Publisher At the Pinecrest Tribune, we believe that it’s all about the community — connecting with it and communicating information about it to our residents. It’s all about the “C”. The Tribune has been around for more than 13 years. We were spawned when the glimmer of incorporation first began to sparkle and we were the com munication voice that carried that message to the people. We worked hard to become The Voice of Pinecrest and we continue to work hard to remain as that voice. We connect our local entrepreneurs to our residents, directing them to our shops, restaurants and local businesses. We help businesses communicate by using our pages to profile our business partners and tell you where to find a new restaurant or store. We encourage business owners to connect and communicate with the community by allowing them to write a column or feature story about their business or expertise. We also regularly cover the activities

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Strategic planning — we want your input BY JOE CORRADINO Council Member, Pinecrest Village Council

Recently, the Village Council authorized a strategic plan. This is the first in quite a while and will help set the Village’s priorities for next several years. Most importantly, this process will give everyone an opportunity to participate and be heard. Our government strives to be inclusive and responsive to everyone’s needs, and this council has made communication its top priority, and from this all else flows. In Pinecrest’s first gentleman, Dr. Irving Lerner, and Mayor Cindy Lerner enjoy a canoe ride at majestic Emerald Lake in British Columbia, Canada last month. Of course, they remembered to take along a copy of their favorite hometown newspaper.

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

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Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest

JORDAN KELLERMAN Take a close look at Palmetto High School senior Jordan Kellerman. One day you might see him on television spiking a volleyball ball into the sand. “I want to be a professional beach volleyball player,” he says. “Heart, athleticism and some skill and that will allow you to overcome the height challenge.” Kellerman is six-feet-one-inch tall, which is a short for volleyball player. What gives him heart is that he has been the state champion in beach volleyball twice. The first time when he was playing 16s and he and his teammate not only won that division, but they moved up to the next level and played the 18s for the state championship. That allowed them to go on to the National Championships in California, where they played but didn’t win. “The biggest accomplishment was when we moved up and won,” he says. “I wrote up my college applications about that. Everyone knew we were the 16s and they were the 18s.” Kellerman won the state championships again this summer and qualified again for the national championships, but money issues kept them from going to the tournament. He knows how hard it is to play professionally, so he has his college plan mapped out. He’s applying to the University of Florida, the University of

North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Georgetown, Vanderbilt and Florida State University, as well as the University of Central Florida. He plans to major in international finance, global affairs or economics. “My plan is to get my undergraduate at UF, start work for a major company and then get an MBA,” he says. “If by some miracle I can play on the professional tour, I’ll drop (work).” He would follow in the footsteps of his parents who both have MBAs. At Palmetto, Kellerman is an outside hitter for the indoor volleyball team and he plays club indoor volleyball. “This year we’re looking at states in 2010 hands down,” he says. “We have seven seniors. We’ve been playing together all four years. We’re all best buds.” He’s on the Ocean Bay 17s, along with other Palmetto players. Although it’s a brand new team, they finished in second place at the AAU tournament in Orlando this summer, so they qualified for the Junior Olympics. “We didn’t win, but we did very well,” he says. “We played some of the top teams in the country. It was a great experience.” Kellerman loves to play different sports, so this year he joined the Palmetto swim team. “They just missed the state title last year by a second. I’ve always been good in the water,” he says. “You have to earn your spot. I’m going to specialize in the freestyle and the butterfly, but I’m more emotional support for the team.” He’s also on the tennis team, although last year tennis and volleyball had a few conflicts. With his involvement in so many sports, you’d think that sports and academics would conflict; but they don’t. He’s proud of the fact that he has been able to balance his life to the extent that he had straight A’s in his freshman and junior years and just missed that achievement in his sophomore year. He says he and his twin sister Rachel help each other do homework and he credits her with helping him review for tests if he hasn’t had time to study. “We hang out a lot,” he says. “Without her I don’t think I could do everything I do. I’m really lucky to have her.”

By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

MATS JASLOW Palmetto High School senior Mats Jaslow has spent countless hours as an assistant coach for his sister’s softball and basketball teams. Jaslow coached girls’ basketball in the Beth Am Basketball League for two seasons and was the assistant coach of a Howard Palmetto Baseball Softball Association’s girls’ softball team three seasons. Jaslow loves sports and played basketball on the Palmetto junior varsity team in ninth and tenth grade, but then he felt he couldn’t go out for the team in his junior year. “I had to choose between school and basketball,” he says. He also had to give up coaching. “I’m so busy with school and my Advanced Placements classes,” he says. “I wish I had time. I miss coaching.” Last year, Jaslow took five AP classes and this year he has four APs plus one dual enrollment class, multi-variable calculus. That class is offered at Palmetto through a partnership with Florida International University. While he cut out sports, he continued participating in school clubs. He’s vice president of the Science National Honor Society, secretary of Key club, historian in Mu Alpha Theta and a member of the English Honor Society, the National Honor Society and the Social Science Honor Society. “I was the tutoring coordinator last year for the Science National Honor Society,” he says.

As tutoring coordinator he stayed after school every Friday to help the kids in chemistry, biology, environmental science. He did continue his volunteer work in the summer. He volunteered at Zo’s Summer Groove during the charity golf tournament. He basically ran errands for Alonso Mourning and Duane Wade. “It was pretty interesting. People would come and play with them at the one hole,” he says. “I made sure they were covered. You usually don’t get to know that much about an athlete. They were really nice people.” This summer, Jaslow tried something new. He did an internship at the University of Miami, working under the direction of the chairman of the biomedical engineering department, Dr. Ozcan Ozdamar. “We studied auto-acoustic emissions in the neuro sensory lab,” he says. “We recorded brain waves of subjects while we stimulated their ears with a click or a tine. We did this to determine what’s normal so we could diagnose future brain deficiencies like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.” Jaslow says the research is important because there are no specific tests to determine whether someone has Alzheimer’s. Instead, doctors run a myriad of tests and make a determination on the results of those many tests.’ “I did this for two months over the summer,” he says. “I hope to continue research on this subject depending on which college I go to.” Jaslow’s future lies in a form of engineering. “I’m looking into biomedical engineering, nuclear engineering or chemical engineering,” he says. He took the internship because he wanted to get a look at what biomedical engineering was so he could assess if he wanted to study that as his major. “I came to the conclusion that I’m very interested in the topic because I want to study stem cell research or cancer research and this type of engineering falls under that category,” Jaslow says. “This year I’m looking for additional opportunities to get hands-on opportunities in the two other fields.” In the meantime, Jaslow has put together a list of universities he’d like to attend to continue his education. The list includes Princeton, Stanford, Cornell, Berkley, the University of Florida, Duke, the University of Michigan, Texas and the University of Virginia.

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Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest

WARNER CHISHOLM Since he was in the 10th grade, Palmetto High School senior Walter Chisholm has spent time helping children at the Shake-a-Leg after-school program in Coconut Grove.

“I go during the school year; I try and do it once a week,” Chisholm says. “I do data entry for their files. Everyone that comes in, they have to be a member and I have to input all that data. I’ve also washed down the boats and tied them down.” He also sets up for some of the classes they have for children attending the program, including the art classes. “Sometimes I help them with their homework,” he says. “It’s community outreach. They opened it up to the whole Coconut Grove community.” He also helps out on Shake-a-Leg’s Community Bay Day. “They have free boat rides,” he says. “I help with that.” He helps register the people who attend. “They have two days per year,” he says. “It’s usually in the fall when I do it.” The first time he went to Shake-a-Leg, he went with his parents and they were volunteering for Hands on Miami, a community volunteer organization. “They planned to clean up the islands, so I joined,” he says. He has also continued volunteering for

Hands on Miami doing island clean-ups. Along with doing community service for Hands on Miami and Shake-a-Leg, Chisholm takes time to participate in the annual Plant the Pride day at Palmetto, which helps beautify the school. In his freshman year, Chisholm took part in a program to collect clothes and items such as toothbrushes and toilet paper for hygienic kits to be given to kids in Honduras. “I made the kits and brought them in,” he says. He collected the items from family and friends and he also bought some of the things on his own. “I bought toothbrushes, toothpaste, bed sheets and socks,” he says. “We’re from Jamaica and when you go down there you see the poverty and this was a chance to help. Everyone needs the same basic necessities.” At school, Chisholm is president of the biology club. This year, he’s trying to organize more community service by having the students volunteer at the Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity and the Ronald McDonald House. They are also sponsoring a student in the Mr. Panther

event and probably will participate in the Panther Prowl. “They’re cutting more clubs so we have to be as active as possible,” he says. Chisholm is a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society and the English Honor Society. He’s also secretary of Amnesty International. “For the Science NHS, we’re planning to go to the elementary schools and teach them experiments with a presentation,” he says. “To introduce them to the world of science.” Currently he has an internship in seventh period at Jackson South where he helps patients by providing companionship “I talk to them and I get them whatever they need — ice, water,” he says. He’s looking at medicine to see if that’s the direction he wants to go after college. At the moment, New York University and the University of Florida are at the top of his list of prospective colleges. He’s also considering American University, Florida State University and the University of Texas at Austin.

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ABOUT THE C,

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and accomplishments of our young people at the schools located in and around Pinecrest. In particular, we relish communicating the sports successes of our youth, either as members of their school teams or in the various youth leagues that have programs in our community. We enjoy communicating the accomplishments of the people in our community and our Positive People feature column, which began with our first issue, has become one of the most popular items in this newspaper. We like to feature the activities of our churches and synagogues, too, as they represent the very fiber of our connections with each other in our Village.

STRATEGY

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these economic times when shrinking budgets threaten quality of life, and governments across the state are faced with difficult decisions relative to services and taxes, a process like this is critical for developing a refined vision, which will guide policies and future capital investments. I believe the difference between being a good city and a great city is a combination of many factors, including geography, land use, leadership, effort, attention to detail and, most importantly, communication. Pinecrest is a great city. Historically, the area has been highly attractive to residents and visitors. We are blessed with many assets that contribute to this. We live in a wonderfully green area with a mature tree canopy, great people and excellent schools, all very close to downtown. There are few places like it. Prior to incorporation, we were a beautiful neighborhood which received little attention from the larger county government. Police presence was almost non-existent, basic infrastructure was missing and our control over our zoning and land use was perpetually threatened. After incorporation the Village formed a vision and worked hard to improve its quality of life, while enhancing its character. Pinecrest further become one of the most desirable places to live in Florida. We have one of the best parks systems in the county. We have focused on maintain-

We love that so many of you have connected with the community by participating in our popular “Read in …” feature and that you take a copy of this newspaper on your vacations, trips and holidays and remember to snap a picture with the paper and send it back to us. It is a small world after all. So, thank you to all of you for allowing us to be a part of your lives. Thank you for reading the stories and columns that appear in this newspaper. Thank you for patronizing our advertisers. And thank you for connecting with your community and allowing us to communicate some of that in the Pinecrest Tribune. ing our rural or suburban nature by planting thousands of trees. We are protecting the character or our residential neighborhoods by not allowing commercial intrusion into areas adjacent to South Dixie Highway. We have a state-of-the-art police force, which provides immediate response when needed. We have firm control of our land use and zoning. We run the Village in a fiscally sound manner. We have given much attention to our schools, so they are better than before. We have purchased and enhanced Pinecrest Gardens and it is on its way to realizing its potential, while fitting seamlessly into our neighborhoods. The results or the efforts are visible and measurable. Now, after more than a decade, we have the opportunity to come together again as a community and discuss what’s needed to maintain and continue to improve our quality of life. Just as important as the result is the process itself, and we are actively seeking input and opinions. To do so, the Village has enlisted the services of an urban planner to facilitate the process. This will consist of town hall meetings, focus groups and a survey. The results will help formulate decisions for the next several years so that the needs and desires of the citizens of Pinecrest are met. This is an important time as we plan our future as a city. By working together our quality of life can be further enhanced. We can choose our path, instead of reacting after the fact to things we don’t like. Your opinions are important. Please contact me by email at <Jcorradino@pinecrest-fl.gov> or by telephone at 305-606-2364.


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Krissals re-opens as Krissals Bistro Grille

Krissals Bistro Grille has opened at 8739 SW 136 St., located across from the Falls, and the grand opening celebration will continue through September. Krissals is a part the Di Napoli restaurant, 11755 S. Dixie Hwy., which has had a presence in Miami-Dade County for more than 35 years and has served Pinecrest with fine Italian food for over 20 years. Di Napoli recently purchased Krissals, changed the name to Krissals Bistro Grille, then remodeled and refreshed the property. Krissals is now open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Vivian and Rocco Di Martino are joined in the Krissals effort by daughter Vanessa, son Rocco Junior and grandmother Maria.

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South Miami has new doctor to deliver babies BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

“We’ve had several deliveries,” he says. “I’ve been on call for the first time. The Gynecologist/obstetrician Dr. Luis transition has been great.” Roca has joined the South Miami-based Roca has enjoyed working with the staff practice of Phillips and Miller as an asso- at South Miami Hospital and he particuciate. He started on Aug. 2. larly enjoys being able to help his patients Roca joins the practice from a residency at such a happy time. at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he “I love what I do. I really couldn’t see worked for four years. He myself doing anything is a native of Miami and else,” he says. “Medicine attended Columbus High was something I always School. Roca went to wanted to do, but as far as Duke University for colOB, I never really lege, the Medical College thought about it until my of Virginia for medical third year in medical school and came back to school.” Miami for his residency. One of the reasons that “Our normal patient he loves what he does is (at JMH) is a high risk that it’s a surgical specialpatient,” he says. ty, but at the same time “Nowadays, if there is any he gets to know his sort of complication, the patients and has the abilipatient is classified as ty to be their primary high risk.” care physician. Those complications In today’s society, Dr. Luis Roca include high blood presOB/GYNs are working ––––––––––––––––––––––– sure, diabetes, being with women who are havpregnant with twins or triplets. “It has a ing babies later in life. Roca says the later lot to say about the training; we get births have created an uptick in the numexposed to the high risk,” he says. ber of multiple births in our society. In Now he is working with Dr. Edward his residency he dealt with a number of Phillips and Dr. Joyce Miller in South those high-risk pregnancies that ended Miami. with more than one child born. “There are two of us doing obstetrics,” “A single birth is amazing, but to have he says, adding that helping babies come three or even four, to have so many new into the world is the best part of his job. little ones at the same time, is absolutely It’s an established practice; both Miller amazing,” he says. and Phillips are well known in the comWhile a resident, he was in the room munity and have a good reputation. for the birth of quads, which he says was “I wanted to join a group where I could awe inspiring. He says the more babies be exposed to that,” he says. “I actually that are in the womb, the more doctors had two good friends who delivered with and nurses there are in the delivery Dr. Phillips and loved their experience room. with him. That was the main motivating “For every baby, there is a team availfactor, that they have a good reputation able,” he says, adding that the team also in town.” includes pediatricians. “If you have He’s also happy because the new job is triplets or quads, you could have 15 peoworking out quite well. ple in the room.”

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Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 pm, Pinecrest Community Center @ Pinecrest Gardens, 5855 SW 111th Street, Pinecrest, FL 33156 Peter Ratzan, M.B.A., a local college planner and former high school teacher will conduct a free college planning workshop on how to get in, and pay for, the most competitive colleges in the country. Seating is limited. Topics to be covered include: • The five biggest myths about the college admissions process • The “gi-normous” mistake 99% of students, parents, guidance counselors, college advisors and private college consultants make when choosing a college • How even millionaires can save $30,000 off the cost of college

Register either by calling 786 522 5566 or by visiting www.LastChanceCollegeFunding.org/september Limited amounts of Ratzan’s book, Never Pay Retail for College will be given away (retail value - $19.95).


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Pictured is Justin Reilly with a copy of his favorite hometown newspaper while visiting the former federal penitentiary known as Alcatraz, or the Rock, in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Thanks for thinking of us, Justin!


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Marketing your business BY MITCHELL PANTER Is the economy turning around? Is it time for you to get out of the rut and do something to turn your business around? I say yes, definitely yes! As others are going out of business, you are still in it. Your business is about to turn around, to make a profit again and to be recognized. But you need a little help. You need to get out there and make yourself known. At Panter, Panter, Panter & Sampedro, we have been practicing law for more than 20 years. Our firm has grown over the years from two partners and a small staff to a six-lawyer firm, along with a support staff of 20. We have increased our visibility in the community (legal and geographic) dramatically and developed new niche areas to meet the needs of our client base and increase profitability. We started and continue to maintain involvement with the grassroots community. We worked with others in forming and developing the Pinecrest Business Association. This group has grown to its present status of more than 150 members of business leaders throughout our community. We meet monthly, we exchange business with one another, we maintain friendships and we all grow our businesses together. Several years ago, we formed the Panter, Panter & Sampedro Network Group. With over 90 lawyers practicing in almost every area of law, we now have the ability to either handle all of our clients’ legal needs or to refer them to an appropriate specialist for their legal needs. This Network serves two purposes. First, we are able to help our clients and potential clients. Secondly, we work with many other qualified and competent attorneys that benefit from our group and, in turn, we all do business with one another on a long term, consistent basis. As they saying goes, “a winwin proposition.” At Panter, Panter & Sampedro we are all involved in community activities and we continue to maintain our high exposure in community activities. Whether it is religious affiliations, school participation, legal associations, charitable involvement or local activities, we are there and will continue to participate in such activities. Again, this is a “win-win” situation. We get the exposure, we get

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At Panter, Panter & Sampedro we are all involved in community activities and we continue to maintain our high exposure in community activities.

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Mimi, Epworth Village Marketing Director Q: “How would moving to Epworth improve my life, compared to how I live now? A: At Epworth you can enjoy all the comforts of home without the burden of routine chores and housework, leaving you more time to do the things you enjoy most. Epworth staff provides convenient services such as housekeeping and flat linen service if desired, scheduled transportation, security and maintenance. All these convenient services allows more time for you to go to art class, jewelry making, beading, join an exercise class or participate in the monthly birthday party. You can also enjoy a delicious meal with friends in our restaurant-style dining room. While you enjoy the company of friends, our dining staff handles the cooking and serving and takes care of the clean up afterward. Q: “What other benefits does Epworth offer?” A: At Epworth you can enjoy a wide range of activities such as senior splash

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Beth Am Temple Talk A new way to explore Judaism BY RABBI RACHEL GREENGRASS As a rabbi, people often come to me searching. Some have good jobs, marriage, kids and are wondering if there is something more. Some have not yet found any of these things and want something to hold on to. Some want to learn about their histories to connect with their ancestors, some want to learn in order to be an example for their children. All are looking to add meaning to their lives. Aren’t we all? Don’t we all want to believe that we are living lives of meaning? And yet, it’s so hard to find time, especially for spiritual growth. But just like our bellies need fuel; our souls need to be nourished. And just like fast food and single sized packets have allowed us to reap the nutrients we need without celebrating foods, we too often try to nourish our souls with neatly packaged easily digestible fluff that leaves us briefly sated but still in search for meaning. What is needed is something that satisfies our need to feel we are living lives of meaning by becoming part of our daily lives, by becoming how we live our lives instead of a little thing we do every now and then. We are all busy people, we don’t have much time, but we want that time to have meaning. Judaism has given my life meaning, in fact, I fell so much in love with that feeling that I became a rabbi. My colleague and mentor, Rabbi Terry Bookman, came to me with an idea to create way for others to imbue their lives with Judaism, for others to feel, as we do, the benefits of liv-

ing a life of meaning. It was an idea for a year of living Jewishly, a year of integrating Jewish actions into everyday live, a year to see what it feels like to be Jewish. And so, we created B.Jewish. B.Jewish is a one year commitment to exploring what it means to live a Jewish life. Participants spend five minutes every day learning about a Jewish topic which will lead to a mitzvah (a Jewish action or commandment). After performing this mitzvah, the participant is invited to reflect on this experience by writing a journal entry about how doing this action makes them feel. Through education, experimentation, and reflection, the hope is that the participant will find actions that add meaning to their lives, connect them to others, perhaps to Judaism, and most importantly, nourish their soul in a sustainable way. B.Jewish is meant for anyone who is searching, who wants to learn more about Judaism (Jew and non-Jew alike), who wants to connect to their community in a different way, who wants to learn about the Jewish year, life cycle, or to learn to read Hebrew, and it’s accessible to anyone who can find 10 minutes a day. In addition to the on-line journal, 10 classes will be offered at Temple Beth Am which include: Jewish time, Hebrew on One Foot, The Cycle of Life, an Outline of Jewish History, God 101, Shabbat Basics, How We Pray, Holidays at Home, Jewish Values, and a class geared for those who are considering conversion. The whole community is welcome to come and explore what it’s like to B.Jewish.

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The True Taste of Argentina is the ASADOR. The asador is the most traditional way of cooking Argentine meats. Arrays of different meats (lamb, pork, chicken etc.) are slowly cooked over a wood burning open flame. We pride ourselves in serving the freshest food and we achieve this by preparing everything from our pastas, sauces, empanadas, potato salad, chimichurri, desserts and much more in house. Rincon also has an amazing selection of wines.

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Ease life’s challenges with JCC support groups Linda K. Landy ALPER JCC NEWS There is an old adage that I have repeated to my children more times than I care to admit: There is no I in team. I was wrong. By definition, a team is a group of people working together to a common goal. When the team is a support group, the “I”s are everything: Interaction, information and inspiration. Support groups promote the sharing of experiences and concerns, thereby easing stress. They serve as a basic resource on issues and familiarize participants with proven management and coping mechanisms to ease their burdens. If you are struggling to cope with an issue, chances are the JCC has a support group for you.

The Nacron Family Cancer Sur vivor Networking Group: Personal Growth in Dif ficult Times — Thriving as a Cancer Survivor helps cancer patients tap into personal energy as they go through difficult times and find opportunities for joy. Motivational counselor Jody Rowe Staley provides support for the emotional and social concerns resulting from diagnosis, treatment, long-term recovery, survivorship and advanced disease. The group meets the third Wednesday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16. This evening of information, support and hope is free and open to the community due to the generosity of the Nacron Family and The Wellness Community of Greater Miami. Please make reservations to avoid cancellation at 305-668-5900. Meditate On It - For Beginners introduces meditation, the practice and process of focusing awareness in order to quiet your mind and experience a sense of inner peace, joy and wellbeing. A number of guided meditations

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share their life experiences, pleasures, passions and camaraderie. Initial meetings will be held Monday, Sept. 14, Oct. 5 and Oct. 19 from12:15 to 1:45 p.m. There is no charge for this group, also facilitated by Dr. Stoler.

Grandpar ents Raising Grandkids shares the challenges and experiences of grandparents who have become the primary caregiver of a grandchild. It meets from10 a.m. to Noon on the first and third Tuesdays of the month beginning Sept. 29, and then on Oct. 6 and 20. Dr. Barbara Stoler is the facilitator for this group. No charge.

C o n t e m p o r a r y N e w s a n d V iews meets Mondays from 10 a.m. to Noon. The group discusses U.S. and world affairs. Bring in newspaper and magazine stories that you would like to share with some lively discussions. No charge.

Solos Suppor t Group allows adults going through a separation, divorce, loss of a spouse or who just feel alone to share feelings and reflections, and there is strength in numbers. Dr. Stoler facilitates this support group, which meets on Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Women’s Gr oup was created for women who are newly retired or just looking for a nice gathering of friendly women. This dynamic group of women

Seniors’ Social Club is designed for adults over 80. It includes: Cards and Games: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sing ‘n’ Swing with Claire and Marvin or Miss Cleo: Tuesdays from 1 to 2p.m. Senior Chair Fitness – Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Music Movement and Sing-A-Long with Ivy Ames: Thursdays from 1–3 p.m. For more information on all of these programs, contact Ilene Primack at 305271-9000, ext. 264, or log on to <www.alperjcc.org>.


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Women stock brokers of Pinecrest Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a friend. FROM NOW THROUGH THE MONTH OF OCTOBER WE ARE OFFERING TWO SCREENING MAMMOGRAMS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE. You and a friend for $150 (or individual for $75)

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Ronnie Heller has worked at Young Stovall & Co. for more than 22 years. She is a vice president and financial consultant. Heller and husband Jay, a chemist, have Ronnie Heller been married for ––––––––––––––– 45 years. They have three adult children — Howard, Melissa and Shawn — and four grandchildren. Heller has been a resident of Palmetto Bay for 33 years. She is a past president and board member of the Dadeland-Pinecrest Rotary and a member and past board member of the Palmetto Bay Business Association. She works throughout the year with the Charlee program through Young Stovall & Co. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Virginia (Ginger) Ginger Thomas has been a stock broker for 30 years. She began her career with Smith, Barney, Harris, Upham and then Shearson American Express. For the past 25

Women Mean Business years, she has been a financial consultant with Young Stovall & Co., a full service brokerage firm specializing in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, options, retirement accounts and portfolio allocation. Thomas graduated from Drake Virginia Ginger Thomas University and has ––––––––––––––– played the violin in numerous symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles in Ohio and California. A resident of Key Biscayne and Palmetto Bay for 33 years, Thomas is a member and past officer of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Through Young Stovall, she is also active in volunteer work for the Charlee program.


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Safespace fund to help domestic abuse victims BY LEE STEPHENS

Women Mean Business

The Safespace Foundation will launch a new endowment fund to help provide financial aid to victims of domestic violence. The Safespace Foundation is the advisory board to the Advocates for Victims Program that runs the Safespace Domestic Violence Shelters in Miami- component in establishing a successful fund. Educating the community about Dade County. Carol Nobles, vice president financial the importance of having funding availadvisor at Young, Stovall & Co. and a able to shelter programs is a goal of the Safespace Foundation board member, board. A well-crafted marketing plan said the mission of the fund is to help sur- involving traditional and online media vivors of domestic violence to develop targeting private foundations, individuals marketable skills that will translate into and businesses in South Florida interested in setting aside funds to many more life choices for help spearhead a positive them. change in the area of domesShe said that shelter clients tic violence will be launched who have successfully particiin a deliberate and decisive pated in the Women’s manner. A well-funded Empowerment Programs endowment program offers offered at the Safespace shelsurvivors avenues that lead to ters will be eligible for finanself-sufficiency and spurs cial assistance to assist in honthem on towards a successful ing basic skills and parlay life’s journey. them into manageable life Graduates from the skills that promote employSafespace Foundation’s ment marketability, selfCarol Nobles Women’s Empowerment esteem, independence and –––––––––––––––– Program that go on to enroll empowerment. “We recognize that the economic cli- in an accredited educational facility or mate has a direct correlation on the technical school are the primary candiincrease in the number of domestic vio- dates. Awards will be given towards lence incidences,” said Nobles, “As the tuition or vocational licensing. As the budgetary cuts that accompany an eco- Safespace Foundation builds the endownomic downturn continue to impact the ment, resources will be made available to number and quality of services that shelters potential candidates. Safespace will host a fundraiser on Oct. can offer their clients, this program is designed to provide financial assistance to 9 at the Coral Gables Women’s Club. victims meeting the specific criteria of Tickets are $75, including food from the showing their commitment to leaving a life Capri, Ana Capri and Café Abbracci of abuse behind. Our Endowment Fund restaurants, wines from South Africa’s will help to open doors leading to continu- Heritage Link Brands, Italy’s BACCO ing education and entrepreneurship Wine & Spirits, Diageo in Napa, CA and through various awards and scholarships.” South Florida’s Schnebly in the Redlands. For information, call 305-661-5227. Support from the community is a key

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the immediate political gain, particularly in the South, that the women's vote could not. Abraham Lincoln declared, "This hour belongs to the negro." WOMEN UNITE With the side-stepping of women's rights, women activists became enraged, and the American Equal Rights Association was established by Stanton and her colleagues in 1866 in effort to organize in the fight for women's rights. In 1868, the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment proved an affront to the women's movement, as it defined "citizenship" and "voters" as "male", and raised the question as to whether women were considered citizens of the United States at all. The exclusion of women was further reinforced with the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment in 1870, which enfranchised black men. In a disagreement over these Amendments, the women's movement split into two factions. In New York, Stanton and Anthony established the radical National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA). Lucy Stone, Julia Ward Howe, and Henry Blackwell organized the more conservative American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA) in Boston. These two groups later merged in 1890 to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) under the leadership of Elizabeth Stanton. WINNING THE VOTE Susan B. Anthony was arrested for attempting to vote for Ulysses S. Grant in the 1872 presidential election. Six years later, in 1878, a Woman's Suffrage Amendment was introduced to U.S. Congress. With the formation of numerous groups, such as the Women's Christian Temperence Union (WCTU), the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) ,the National Association of Colored Women (NACW) and, the Women's Trade Union League, the women's movement gained a full head of steam during the 1890's and early 1900's. The U.S. involvement in World War I in 1918 slowed down the suffrage campaign as women pitched in for the war effort. However, in 1919, after years of petitioning, picketing, and protest parades, the Nineteenth Amendment was passed by both houses of Congress and in 1920 it became ratified under the presidency of Woodrow Wilson. EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT Upon this victory of the vote, the NAWSA disbanded as an organization, giving birth to the League of Women Voters. The vote was not enough to secure women's equal rights according to Alice Paul, founder of the National Woman's Party (NWP), who moved to take women's rights one step further by proposing the Equal Rights Amendment (E.R.A.) to Congress in 1923. This demand to eliminate discrimination on the basis of gender failed to pass. The push for the E.R.A. continued on a state-by-state basis, until the newly formed National Organization for Women (NOW) launched a national campaign during the 1960's. Despite many heated debates and protests, the E.R.A. , while passed by Congress in 1972, has never been ratified.


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Women's History Timeline 1777 Abigail Smith Adams, wife of the second president (John Adams) and mother of the sixth president (JohnQuincy Adams) writes that women "will not hold ourselves bound by any laws which we have no voice." 1784 - Hannah Adams is first American woman to support herself by writing. 1819 - Emma Har t W illard writes her "Plan for Improving Female Education," which although unsuccessful, defines the issue of women's education at that time. 1826 - The first public high schools for girls open in New York and Boston. 1828 - Former slave, abolitionist, and feminist Isabella van Wagener is freed and takes the name Sojourner Truth. She begins to preach against slavery throughout New York and New England. 1833 - Oberlin College in Ohio, is the first co-educational college in the U.S. 1838 - Mount Holyoke College is established in Massachussetts as first college for women.

1840 - Elizabeth Cady Stanton, feminist, dress reformer, and editor, omits the word "obey" from her marriage vows.

1868 - The 14th Amendment denying women the right to vote is ratified. Women lawyers are licensed in U.S.

1913 - 5,000 suffragists march in Washington, D.C. for the women's rights movement.

1840 - Lucretia Mott is one of several women delegates to attend the World's Anti-Slavery Convention in London. As a woman, she is forced to sit in the gallery and cannot participate.

1869 - The National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) and the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA) are formed.

1915 - A petition with 500,000 signatures in support of women's suffrage amendment is given to President Woodrow Wilson.

1872 - Susan B. Anthony is arrested for attempting to vote.

1920 - The 19th Amendment is ratified, allowing women the right to vote in federal elections.

1848 - The first Women's Rights Convention is held in Seneca Falls, NY. 1849 - Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first woman to receive a medical degree in U.S. Women doctors are permitted to legally practice medicine for the first time. 1850 - Women are granted the right to own land in a state (Oregon). The Female (later Women's) Medical College is founded in Pennsylvania. 1852 - Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton form the Women's NY Temperance Society. 1866 - The American Equal Rights Association is founded by Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Stanton, Mar tha Coffin Pelham Wright, and Er nestine Rose.

1874 - The Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) is founded. 1878 - For the first time, a Women's Suffrage Amendment is introduced to Congress. 1890 - Wyoming is first state to allow women to vote. The NWSA and the AWSA reunite to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). Women begin to wear knickerbockers instead of skirts for bicycle riding. 1903 - The Women's Trade Union Leage of New York is formed to unionize working women. This group later becomes the nucleus for the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU).

1923 - Alice Paul and the National Women's Party first proposes the Equal Rights Amendment to eliminate discrimination on the basis of sex. It has never been ratified. 1934 - Florence Ellinwood Allen becomes first woman on US Court of Appeals. 1961 - Eleanor Roosevelt is appointed to chair the Commission on the Status of Women. 1966 - The National Organization for Women (NOW) is founded by Betty Goldstein Friedan. 1970 - 50,000 people march in New York City for the first Women's Strike for Equality.


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Rep. Flores to chair Pre-K-12 Appropriations Committee BY JENNIFER GAVIRIA

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ibeyond pilates is a labor of joy BY SUE-ANN HOSANG I entered into ibeyond pilates on March 22, 2009, and have no regrets. After working as a graphic artist for 15 years, as well as training clients part-time, I took a leap of faith and a deep breath, and changed careers. I now share my passion for health and fitness full-time. Getting ibeyond pilates up and running has taken much time and effort, but being committed to teaching and sharing Pilates on the Reformer concept, the work, sweat and tears involved have now become a great source of joy and satisfaction. Pilates on the Reformer? It’s quite simple. It involves a combination of dynamic resistance with a moving surface. The springs that attach the sliding carriage to the Reformer’s frame, which are adjusted throughout your session, make Pilates a whole new adventure. The resistance from the springs allows the isolation of specific muscle groups. There are straps that enable you to maneuver your body into various positions that will strengthen different muscles without “cheating” or compensating in other areas of the body to produce an effective and safe result. There are many benefits to Pilates on the Reformer. An important benefit is that you can tone the body safely with virtually no risk of injury. I have clients that come to Pilates to incorporate core strength into their cardiovascular routines; others use Pilates as part of a rehabilitation regimen after a stroke or accident; while others use Pilates to build lean muscles without the bulk of weight training. I even have ballet students that use Pilates to help them increase their core strength and flexibility. Weight trainers use Pilates in conjunction with their regular program to maintain flexibility. The benefits of Pilates on the Reformer are as varied as my clients. A few years ago my sister recommend-

Women Mean Business ed I try Pilates on the Reformer. After one class I realized that I had to share this remarkably safe method of toning and training the body. In less than one year of intense training, I received my Reformer certification with Stott Pilates. The clientele I had developed as a personal trainer expressed interest in my enthusiasm and wanted to try Pilates as well. I realized that in order to be able to offer group classes at times that were convenient for my clients as well as me, it was time to open my own Pilates studio. I was excited, but also nervous about starting my own business. In my heart I know that Pilates on the Reformer really works. It is something that I have complete faith in. I have extensive training and business experience, but more than that, I have drive. So I jumped into the world of the small business owner with my eyes wide open. I listened and I asked questions; I did the research and developed a business plan with the guidance of those who had done it before. I believe if you have a vision you can take it beyond; hence the name ibeyond pilates. When life presents an opportunity, you should take the journey. You don’t know where it will take you, but the experience, the people you meet and the laughter you share will be something you will never forget. Life happens, regardless. Enjoy the journey! The ibeyond pilates studio offers morning and evening classes, as well as private and duet sessions. Group classes start at $25 per session. Discounts are available for classes purchased in packages of 10 or more. You can take classes when you want. Classes and sessions are offered 7 days a week.

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Women's hall of fame The National Women's Hall of Fame is an exhibition and research center in Seneca Falls, N.Y., "to honor in perpetuity those women, citizens of the United States of America, whose contributions to the arts, athletics, business, education, government, the humanities, philanthropy and science, have been of greatest value for the development of their country." The center was opened to the public in 1979 and is located near the site of the first Women's Rights Convention, convened in 1848 by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Coffin Mott. In addition to

permanent displays of memorabilia and historical documents, the center maintains a library and sponsors symposia and educational outreach programs, including activities for visiting schoolchildren, slide presentations, and a traveling exhibition. A film series about the lives of the honorees, designed for national distribution, is planned. American women, of the past and present, are elected annually to the museum by the National Honors Committee, a panel of 25 women and men, eminent authorities in various fields; their choices are made from nominations submitted by the public, national organizations, and newspaper and magazine editors.

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True Leader Katherine Fernandez Rundle K a t h e r i n e Fernandez Rundle has served this community as Miami-Dade County’s first HispanicAmerican State Attorney since 1993. Prior to that, she dedicated 15 years as an Assistant State Attorney and served as Chief Assistant to Janet Reno, who recommended Kathy as her successor. For eight years, she also served as legal counsel to the Miami-Dade County Grand Jury, presenting hundreds of murder and capital cases and overseeing the issuance of their final reports that resulted in reforms in the area of juvenile justice, low-income housing, and major revisions to our building code following Hurricane Andrew. Kathy’s commitment to improving the quality of life in our community has its root in the influence and example of her late father, Dr. Carlos Benito Fernandez, Dade County’s first Hispanic judge. His desire to develop greater Hispanic involvement in the professional and political life of this county led him to become one of the founding members of the Cuban American Bar Association. Kathy’s 1991 election as CABA’s first female president is a tribute to the efforts of two generations of

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Kathy is also the only State Attorney in Florida whose office leads an effort to get children the child support they need to better their lives through her Child Support Enforcement Division. State Attorney Fernandez Rundle knew there needed to be new tools to make collecting delinquent child support payments easier. She created legislation that added child support orders to the Florida Crime Information Computer (FCIC) that is accessible to every Florida police officer. Now, each traffic stop in Florida is an opportunity to provide needy children with their court ordered support. A few of the hundreds of honors she has received in recognition of her community service are: The Hispanic National Bar Association’s “Outstanding Latina Lawyer” Award The Governor’s “Peace at Home” Award for her fight against Domestic Violence South Florida Magazine’s “Woman of Distinction” Award Dade County Bar Association’s “Robert L. Shevin Public Service Award” “A Woman of Valor” Award from Seniors are First for her “Unparallel Service to Senior Citizens” Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami’s “Miracle Makers” Award Through her tireless efforts, enthusiasm and community spirit, State Attorney Fernandez Rundle continues to provide encouragement and inspiration as she recruits the public to actively participate in the effort to make all the neighborhoods of this great county safe.

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Citizen science volunteers give back with nature as a reward FWC REPOR T BY RODNEY BARRETO

BY ASRA JAWAID Fran Sargent, 90, received the honor of having the Griner Memorial Scholarship renamed for her during the June meeting of the Florida Goldcoast Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of pilots. The meeting took place at the 94th Aero Squadron restaurant in Miami. Sargent has been a member of the Ninety-Nines since 1943. “My father took me to the airport at age 21 to show me airplanes [up close],” she said. She began flying airplanes during World War II, when she became what’s known as a “WASP,” or Women Airforce Service Pilot. “Because men were flying in the war, women were needed to fly within the U.S.,” she said. During her time as a WASP, Sargent flew both military and civilian flights, flying planes such as the Cessna T-50, the UC-78 Bobcat and the Curtis SB2C Helldiver, among many others. “People didn’t think women were appropriate to fly back then,” Sargent recalled. Clearly, this belief didn’t stop her. After doing her duty during the war,

Sargent opted for marriage and children. At different points during this post-flight period, she was a mother, kindergarten teacher and secretary. Sargent, who was born on July 24, the same birthday as Amelia Earheart, likes the example she has set for female pilots who came after her. “It’s been very nice because they’ve thanked me for doing these things. We did it because we enjoyed it. People write to me and say, ‘I did this because you said I could.’” Mary Givens, Sargent’s caretaker for the past two years, has witnessed the appreciation Sargent has garnered firsthand. “Her former students still come back and treat her to dinner and fill her in on their lives,” Givens said. Over the years, Sargent has been honored with a variety of scholarships and awards, all related to her aviation experiences. Among them are the Amelia Earheart Scholarship, Outstanding Contribution to General Aviation Award,

annual Wright Brothers Award and induction into the International Forest of Friendship in 1999. Of these, she said she is proudest of the Wright Brothers Award. And the awards keep coming. This fall she plans to travel to Washington, DC, to accept the Congressional Gold Medal along with other surviving WASPs. According to the website <www.wingsovermiami.com>, the award is, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a civilian may receive. In this case, the Congressional Gold Medal is especially noteworthy because during their service, WASPs never were awarded full military status, were never considered for officer status and afterward were not granted veteran status until 1977. If she doesn’t feel up to the trip, a member of her family will collect the award on her behalf.

Seaquarium offers charities new way to generate funds BY MICHELLE PALOMINO In these tough economic times, Miami Seaquarium is offering local charities a way to generate additional funds. “Miami Seaquarium Gives Back” is an innovative program that allows non-profits the opportunity to raise money while offering their patrons a 20 percent discount off regular admission to Miami Seaquarium. Participating charities will receive $5 per person from Miami Seaquarium with each coupon redeemed. The coupon program runs until Nov. 22. “Now more than ever it is vital that our community sticks together to support each other,” said Andrew Hertz, general manager at Miami Seaquarium. “Miami Seaquarium is thrilled to be able to offer this special coupon offer to our local not-for-profit organizations. We encourage all local char-

ities to get involved and take advantage of this additional revenue source.” Participating charities will be provided with either digital or hard copies of 20 percent discount admission coupons. Each charity will be responsible to mark its coupons with the approved identification code that will be provided by Miami Seaquarium. Coupons may then be distributed to all of the organizations supporters and friends. To become involved in Miami Seaquraium Gives Back call 305-365-2525 or visit online at <www.miamiseaquarium.com/miamiseaquariumgivesback>. Organizations must provide proof of tax-exempt status to qualify. Miami Seaquarium, South Florida’s most popular tourist attraction, is a family-oriented marine-life park open to the public 365 days a year. The park provides visitors with a greater understanding and appreciation for marine life through shows, presentations and marinelife exhibits. General admission to Miami Seaquarium is $35.95 for adults and $26.95 for children. More information on Miami Seaquarium is available online at <www.miamiseaquarium.com>.

From 1961 to 1986, Sargent was a professor of general aviation at then MiamiDade Community College. In fact, she was the first female professor in the school’s aviation department. Sargent received a bachelor of science degree from Florida Atlantic University in 1967 and then an MBA from the University of Miami the following year. The scholarship being renamed for her, the Griner Memorial Scholarship, was originally named for Les Griner, a fellow student and good friend of Sargent. He passed away a couple of years ago, and she was named his “successor.”

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Have you ever watched a TV nature show with a scientist on an amazing trek through beautiful habitats? It is intriguing to watch their stories unfold and the magical wonders of nature in an up-close and personal way, like Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) scientists do in the field. Volunteers who conduct citizen science have these experiences, not in faraway places but in their own local exciting public lands. Citizen science is a new phrase, growing in popularity within various volunteer programs. It describes the work everyday people do to assist scientists a n d land

managers in understanding the world around them. And although it is a new term, naturalists and bird watchers who watch for seasonal changes have been doing citizen science for a long time. Along the Lake Wales Ridge, citizen scientists have been watching the ebbs and flows of the scrub-jay – a threatened species – for more than 10 years. Each spring, new and returning volunteers get trained to identify scrub-jays, their calls and characteristics. Beginners work with veteran volunteers to ready themselves for the summer monitoring program. Their hard work in the summer heat is rewarded when they encounter the threatened scrub-jay as they count each new hatchling, pair and family group. Citizen science volunteers have been assisting invertebrate zoologist Dave Almquist, of the Florida Natural Areas Inventory, by collecting invertebrates once a week since last September. Throughout the year, volunteers have watched the insect population rise and fall as the days heat up in the summer and cool off in the winter. The citizen science project’s mission is to survey for rare invertebrates that live in sandhill and scrub habitats, creating a baseline list of rare invertebrates living in these areas. Volunteers have come from all walks of life, but all have one thing in common — a natural curiosity about nature. Almquist’s enthusiasm for beetles is contagious and spreads to the volunteers, encouraging them to come back each week. With survey locations in Hernando, Citrus and Polk counties, Almquist, who lives in Tallahassee, would never get the chance to document the rare

insects he has such a desire to find and protect without the support of these dedicated volunteers. “The volunteers already have helped gather important information, and I’m sure that they will be responsible for more important scientific discoveries in the future,” Almquist said. “Their help is invaluable.” He hopes this survey can be used in the future to support land management practices related to invertebrates. Volunteers understand the importance of their work and take measures to ensure the data they collect is accurate and usable for scientific purposes. They have found several rare invertebrates that had not been documented prior to this study so far, even though only a portion of the samples have been examined. In the Withlacoochee State Forest, in Citrus and Hernando counties, redcockaded woodpeckers (RCWs) have made a comeback due to increasing prescribed burning, installing artificial woodpecker cavities and other management activities. Volunteers have been able to see this exciting increase in RCW numbers throughout the years, because they are part of a team that monitors their population from year to year. They monitor several family clusters and are collecting accurate and timely data. One important goal of monitoring RCWs – classified as a species of special concern – is to identify whether the baby birds are males or females. One of the only surefire ways to identify them as male or female is to observe them when babies are just leaving their nesting cavities in live pine trees. Males will

have a red mark on the front of the head; while the female will not. After a short time, the red marking will disappear, and it becomes almost impossible to tell if the RCW is male or female. And to top it all off, RCWs usually fledge at dawn. Florida’s dedicated RCW citizen scientists are up and on the job at dawn to capture the baby birds leaving the cavity. Because volunteers have been monitoring for so long, they have an intimate understanding of the birds’ behavior and can predict when these birds will make their escape. FWC and Division of Forestry biologists would never be able to accomplish this level of research without the assistance of these and other volunteers. Citizen science is very rewarding for volunteers, because it enables them to view nature in an intimate way, seeing the seasonal and yearly changes in nature that go unnoticed by many people. Volunteers also feel rewarded, because they feel good that their work can help their environment. As life gets busier and busier, having a real connection to nature, like citizen scientists do, is a welcome change. To become part of a citizen science project, visit <MyFWC.com/GetInvolved/> and click on “Volunteers”. There are many opportunities for you to get outdoors and become involved.

CVS Pharmacy to open location on former Roadhouse Grill site BY LISA ROSARIO CREC (Continental Real Estate Companies), one of Florida’s largest full-service commercial real estate companies, has announced that CVS Pharmacy will be opening a new store at the Kendall Value Center. Anchored by a BJ’s Wholesale Club, Kendall Value Center is located at Sunset Drive and SW 117th Avenue. CREC vice president Carlos Guzman, who represented the landlord, LKS Associates, said the lease transaction brings the 178,036-square-foot Kendall shopping center to 100 percent occupancy. “CVS adds to the tenant mix at

this high-traffic center,” Guzman said. Guzman said CVS plans to demolish an existing 8,000square-foot structure previously occupied by Roadhouse Grill, and build a new 13,000-square-foot pharmacy with two drive-through lanes for customer convenience. “By attracting a national credit tenant, CREC was able to add value to this dynamic retail property,” Guzman added. Founded in 1989 by chair Warren P. Weiser and president Carol Brooks, CREC today is one of Florida’s largest commercial firms, managing a portfolio of more than 80 office and retail properties totaling 10 million square feet. With offices throughout the state of Florida, CREC specializes in asset and property management, leasing, tenant representation, construction management/development dispositions and finance, and creative workout solutions. For more information visit online at <www.crec.com>.


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Citizen science volunteers give back with nature as a reward FWC REPOR T BY RODNEY BARRETO

BY ASRA JAWAID Fran Sargent, 90, received the honor of having the Griner Memorial Scholarship renamed for her during the June meeting of the Florida Goldcoast Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of pilots. The meeting took place at the 94th Aero Squadron restaurant in Miami. Sargent has been a member of the Ninety-Nines since 1943. “My father took me to the airport at age 21 to show me airplanes [up close],” she said. She began flying airplanes during World War II, when she became what’s known as a “WASP,” or Women Airforce Service Pilot. “Because men were flying in the war, women were needed to fly within the U.S.,” she said. During her time as a WASP, Sargent flew both military and civilian flights, flying planes such as the Cessna T-50, the UC-78 Bobcat and the Curtis SB2C Helldiver, among many others. “People didn’t think women were appropriate to fly back then,” Sargent recalled. Clearly, this belief didn’t stop her. After doing her duty during the war,

Sargent opted for marriage and children. At different points during this post-flight period, she was a mother, kindergarten teacher and secretary. Sargent, who was born on July 24, the same birthday as Amelia Earheart, likes the example she has set for female pilots who came after her. “It’s been very nice because they’ve thanked me for doing these things. We did it because we enjoyed it. People write to me and say, ‘I did this because you said I could.’” Mary Givens, Sargent’s caretaker for the past two years, has witnessed the appreciation Sargent has garnered firsthand. “Her former students still come back and treat her to dinner and fill her in on their lives,” Givens said. Over the years, Sargent has been honored with a variety of scholarships and awards, all related to her aviation experiences. Among them are the Amelia Earheart Scholarship, Outstanding Contribution to General Aviation Award,

annual Wright Brothers Award and induction into the International Forest of Friendship in 1999. Of these, she said she is proudest of the Wright Brothers Award. And the awards keep coming. This fall she plans to travel to Washington, DC, to accept the Congressional Gold Medal along with other surviving WASPs. According to the website <www.wingsovermiami.com>, the award is, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a civilian may receive. In this case, the Congressional Gold Medal is especially noteworthy because during their service, WASPs never were awarded full military status, were never considered for officer status and afterward were not granted veteran status until 1977. If she doesn’t feel up to the trip, a member of her family will collect the award on her behalf.

Seaquarium offers charities new way to generate funds BY MICHELLE PALOMINO In these tough economic times, Miami Seaquarium is offering local charities a way to generate additional funds. “Miami Seaquarium Gives Back” is an innovative program that allows non-profits the opportunity to raise money while offering their patrons a 20 percent discount off regular admission to Miami Seaquarium. Participating charities will receive $5 per person from Miami Seaquarium with each coupon redeemed. The coupon program runs until Nov. 22. “Now more than ever it is vital that our community sticks together to support each other,” said Andrew Hertz, general manager at Miami Seaquarium. “Miami Seaquarium is thrilled to be able to offer this special coupon offer to our local not-for-profit organizations. We encourage all local char-

ities to get involved and take advantage of this additional revenue source.” Participating charities will be provided with either digital or hard copies of 20 percent discount admission coupons. Each charity will be responsible to mark its coupons with the approved identification code that will be provided by Miami Seaquarium. Coupons may then be distributed to all of the organizations supporters and friends. To become involved in Miami Seaquraium Gives Back call 305-365-2525 or visit online at <www.miamiseaquarium.com/miamiseaquariumgivesback>. Organizations must provide proof of tax-exempt status to qualify. Miami Seaquarium, South Florida’s most popular tourist attraction, is a family-oriented marine-life park open to the public 365 days a year. The park provides visitors with a greater understanding and appreciation for marine life through shows, presentations and marinelife exhibits. General admission to Miami Seaquarium is $35.95 for adults and $26.95 for children. More information on Miami Seaquarium is available online at <www.miamiseaquarium.com>.

From 1961 to 1986, Sargent was a professor of general aviation at then MiamiDade Community College. In fact, she was the first female professor in the school’s aviation department. Sargent received a bachelor of science degree from Florida Atlantic University in 1967 and then an MBA from the University of Miami the following year. The scholarship being renamed for her, the Griner Memorial Scholarship, was originally named for Les Griner, a fellow student and good friend of Sargent. He passed away a couple of years ago, and she was named his “successor.”

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Have you ever watched a TV nature show with a scientist on an amazing trek through beautiful habitats? It is intriguing to watch their stories unfold and the magical wonders of nature in an up-close and personal way, like Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) scientists do in the field. Volunteers who conduct citizen science have these experiences, not in faraway places but in their own local exciting public lands. Citizen science is a new phrase, growing in popularity within various volunteer programs. It describes the work everyday people do to assist scientists a n d land

managers in understanding the world around them. And although it is a new term, naturalists and bird watchers who watch for seasonal changes have been doing citizen science for a long time. Along the Lake Wales Ridge, citizen scientists have been watching the ebbs and flows of the scrub-jay – a threatened species – for more than 10 years. Each spring, new and returning volunteers get trained to identify scrub-jays, their calls and characteristics. Beginners work with veteran volunteers to ready themselves for the summer monitoring program. Their hard work in the summer heat is rewarded when they encounter the threatened scrub-jay as they count each new hatchling, pair and family group. Citizen science volunteers have been assisting invertebrate zoologist Dave Almquist, of the Florida Natural Areas Inventory, by collecting invertebrates once a week since last September. Throughout the year, volunteers have watched the insect population rise and fall as the days heat up in the summer and cool off in the winter. The citizen science project’s mission is to survey for rare invertebrates that live in sandhill and scrub habitats, creating a baseline list of rare invertebrates living in these areas. Volunteers have come from all walks of life, but all have one thing in common — a natural curiosity about nature. Almquist’s enthusiasm for beetles is contagious and spreads to the volunteers, encouraging them to come back each week. With survey locations in Hernando, Citrus and Polk counties, Almquist, who lives in Tallahassee, would never get the chance to document the rare

insects he has such a desire to find and protect without the support of these dedicated volunteers. “The volunteers already have helped gather important information, and I’m sure that they will be responsible for more important scientific discoveries in the future,” Almquist said. “Their help is invaluable.” He hopes this survey can be used in the future to support land management practices related to invertebrates. Volunteers understand the importance of their work and take measures to ensure the data they collect is accurate and usable for scientific purposes. They have found several rare invertebrates that had not been documented prior to this study so far, even though only a portion of the samples have been examined. In the Withlacoochee State Forest, in Citrus and Hernando counties, redcockaded woodpeckers (RCWs) have made a comeback due to increasing prescribed burning, installing artificial woodpecker cavities and other management activities. Volunteers have been able to see this exciting increase in RCW numbers throughout the years, because they are part of a team that monitors their population from year to year. They monitor several family clusters and are collecting accurate and timely data. One important goal of monitoring RCWs – classified as a species of special concern – is to identify whether the baby birds are males or females. One of the only surefire ways to identify them as male or female is to observe them when babies are just leaving their nesting cavities in live pine trees. Males will

have a red mark on the front of the head; while the female will not. After a short time, the red marking will disappear, and it becomes almost impossible to tell if the RCW is male or female. And to top it all off, RCWs usually fledge at dawn. Florida’s dedicated RCW citizen scientists are up and on the job at dawn to capture the baby birds leaving the cavity. Because volunteers have been monitoring for so long, they have an intimate understanding of the birds’ behavior and can predict when these birds will make their escape. FWC and Division of Forestry biologists would never be able to accomplish this level of research without the assistance of these and other volunteers. Citizen science is very rewarding for volunteers, because it enables them to view nature in an intimate way, seeing the seasonal and yearly changes in nature that go unnoticed by many people. Volunteers also feel rewarded, because they feel good that their work can help their environment. As life gets busier and busier, having a real connection to nature, like citizen scientists do, is a welcome change. To become part of a citizen science project, visit <MyFWC.com/GetInvolved/> and click on “Volunteers”. There are many opportunities for you to get outdoors and become involved.

CVS Pharmacy to open location on former Roadhouse Grill site BY LISA ROSARIO CREC (Continental Real Estate Companies), one of Florida’s largest full-service commercial real estate companies, has announced that CVS Pharmacy will be opening a new store at the Kendall Value Center. Anchored by a BJ’s Wholesale Club, Kendall Value Center is located at Sunset Drive and SW 117th Avenue. CREC vice president Carlos Guzman, who represented the landlord, LKS Associates, said the lease transaction brings the 178,036-square-foot Kendall shopping center to 100 percent occupancy. “CVS adds to the tenant mix at

this high-traffic center,” Guzman said. Guzman said CVS plans to demolish an existing 8,000square-foot structure previously occupied by Roadhouse Grill, and build a new 13,000-square-foot pharmacy with two drive-through lanes for customer convenience. “By attracting a national credit tenant, CREC was able to add value to this dynamic retail property,” Guzman added. Founded in 1989 by chair Warren P. Weiser and president Carol Brooks, CREC today is one of Florida’s largest commercial firms, managing a portfolio of more than 80 office and retail properties totaling 10 million square feet. With offices throughout the state of Florida, CREC specializes in asset and property management, leasing, tenant representation, construction management/development dispositions and finance, and creative workout solutions. For more information visit online at <www.crec.com>.


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CHABAD OF KENDALL Don’t come to synagogue in pajamas BY RABBI YOSSI HARLIG

Thursday, October 15, 2009 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The Hyatt Regency 50 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables, FL

Meet representatives from 10 New England boarding schools, who will provide information about all of the educational opportunities that we offer students today. Avon Old Farms School – Avon, CT Berkshire School – Sheffield, MA Canterbury School – New Milford, CT Cardigan Mountain School – Canaan, NH The Hotchkiss School – Lakeville, CT The Marvelwood School – Kent, CT Northfield Mount Hermon School – Mount Hermon, MA St. George’s School – Newport, RI Westminster School – Simsbury, CT Westover School – Middlebury, CT

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There once lived two brothers, Avrohom and Shlomo, who were as close and loving as two brothers should be. They grew up harmoniously, and once married, lived on opposite sides of the same town. Sad to say, the brothers soon got into a foolish argument as is bound to happen. Things went from bad to worse until the petty argument scaled into a vicious feud, which lead the brothers to abhor and avoid each other. Years passed without a word spoken between them, until the time came for Avrohom to marry off his eldest daughter. Despite the decades of silence, Avrohom deeply wanted his brother to share in his happiness. He sent Shlomo a heartfelt letter of apology for the past wrongdoings, and an invitation to the wedding. His many attempts at reconciliation were ignored. The evening of the wedding arrived and although it was a festive affair, Avrohom’s happiness was tainted by the absence of his brother. Sensing the incomplete joy of the host, the violinist, who had a unique talent for changing people’s moods with his music, devised a plan of how to bring Shlomo to celebrate at the wedding. Although Shlomo had already retired for the night, he was drawn out of his bed and into the street by the sound of beautiful music playing below his window. Before he could realize what was happening, he found himself, quite embarrassingly, standing in middle of the wedding dance floor – in his pajamas. The violinist had led him through the town to the wedding hall entranced by the beautiful music.

This story was told as a parable by an elderly Rabbi, Reb Zalman Estulin, with a poignant message for the upcoming high holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. During the year, sometimes our Judaism takes a back burner and our relationship with God is not as close and loving as it should be. Once a year, God invites us to reconcile our “differences” and welcomes us to re-establish our connection with Him, just like Avrohom invited Shlomo to his daughter’s wedding after decades of estrangement. So, if we are going to come to pray on these auspicious days, how do we avoid showing up to High Holiday services in “pajamas”? The month of Elul is the time for us to reflect on the past year and see how we can improve. It is a time to work on our relationships with our family and friends, and seek to do good for others. We must take stock of our actions in the past and find the areas that we can improve for the future. The preparation for Rosh Hashana is one of mental re-evaluation of one’s spiritual relationship with God and relationship with others. It is important that one’s High Holiday experience be inspiring and uplifting, and this directly correlates with the amount of preparation done beforehand. Just as a wedding takes weeks of preparation and perfecting of every last detail, so, too, the start of our New Year needs advance mental and spiritual preparation. When we face the great Day of Judgment, atonement and reconciliation, we want to feel as though we are dressed to properly present our self before the Master of the Universe, and not as though we are standing at a wedding in pajamas. Your advance preparation is your “outfit” for the occasion – make yourself look beautiful.

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Muller Foundation offers aid to breast cancer patients BY SANDY MULLER Last year as family, friends and I were celebrating my two years as a breast cancer survivor, we realized that the celebration would be so much more meaningful if it could be a fund-raising event for breast cancer patients. But what organization would need our help the most? Where could we do the most good? Then a phone call came in from my dear friend Beverly Sage. She told me of a young woman who had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. The woman had been fired from her job and now she could not pay the insurance premiums necessary to continue her breast cancer treatments. The young woman needed financial support, but there were no resources available for her to tap into. Here was our answer. Here was where we could be of help to others not blessed as I was with the support of family and friends. So Beverly Sage and I decided to form the Sandy B. Muller Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., along with our friend Dr. Linda Marraccini. The mission of

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Math Monkey makes learning math fun BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD For some people, math is not fun; for others it’s pure misery. But Elena Suarez says she can make learning math fun. She’s the Monkey in Charge at Math Monkey. “We’re an enrichment program. We teach kids how to do mental math,” she says. “It’s a lot of fun.” The kids do the math mentally based on techniques from Vedic Mathematics, which is Indian based. Kids go to Math Monkey after school. There they learn tricks on how to do math without using a calculator, their fingers or paper. “They do the math mentally with techniques that are Indian based,” Suarez says. She teaches children from kindergarten through the eighth grade, placing the kids in groups according to their abilities, not their age. “They are lemurs, spider monkeys, chimpanzees, orangutans, baboons or gorillas,” she says. “The maximum number in a class is 12. We always have one lead teacher and an assistant teacher.” Math Monkeys is designed as an ongoing program, like karate or ballet. She says kids come to class for an hour a week. “We typically have a school year session,” she says. “Then we also have a summer session. It’s year round. It’s the muscle in their brain that we are developing.” On top of developing the muscle in their brain,

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Math Monkey helps the children develop a love for math. “We believe there are two kinds of kids, those who

love math and those who will love math,” she says. “We want kids to enjoy math rather than be afraid of it.” However, not only do the children develop a love for math, they develop an ability to use their critical thinking skills and that helps them in a variety of ways. “There are a lot of side benefits to learning this type of math,” she says. “Kids who develop their math skills develop their analytical skills and their logic skills. It’s not just about the math.” Students can join the program at any time. Suarez says they teach three 12-week modules and if a parent wants to enroll a child and they are in week 10 or 11, she might suggest waiting the week or two until the new module begins. This fall, Suarez has added a few new features. Homework help is now available in the afternoons on an hourly basis. The in-store homework help with a tutor is for students through high school. Homework help is also available online for students of all ages, even those taking high math and science courses in high school and college. The introductory rate for the on-line tutoring is $25. Suarez opened Math Monkey, 12745 South Dixie Highway, in 2007. It’s a franchise developed by a former educator who once lived in Pinecrest. There are classes six days a week. For more information, call 305-971-6284 or go to <www.Mathmonkey.com/pinecrest>.


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BY LEE STEPHENS Hundreds of friends and neighbors gathered to enjoy giveaways, food, fun and information at the Gus Machado Ford Community Summer Fair held at Gus Machado Ford of Kendall on Sunday, Aug. 16. The event was the perfect way for Gus Machado Ford to invite the community to its newest location at 15551 S. Dixie Hwy., as well as provide attendees with valuable information and services from various community and government organizations. The highlight of the day occurred when the first 100 children at the event received a school book bag filled with school supplies donated by the Machado Family Foundation and Serafin Blanco from El Dolarado. “The children enjoyed the event very much,” said Lilliam Machado, who organized the affair. “The look on their faces when they received a backpack was priceless. It is a memory that will last in our hearts forever.” Highlights from the day included Radio Amor, 107.5 FM in Miami, providing the music, while MK Travel awarded

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2009 Hyundai Elantra named top compact car in U.S. Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS While most of the auto industry has been singing the blues in 2009, Hyundai’s tune has been a much sweeter song. Sales in June totaled 37,943 units, a 24 percent drop from a year ago, but a 3 percent increase over the previous month and enough to vault the Korean company into sixth place as the best-selling brand in the U.S. Hyundai also got some more good news when the Genesis sedan was named the 2009 North American Car of the Year. Also, J.D. Power and Associates in its prestigious 2009 Initial Quality Study ranked Hyundai the No. 1 non-premium brand in the U.S. and fourth in the industry. In that same study, J.D. Power ranked the Hyundai Elantra as the No. 1 compact car, a stunning accomplishment for the automaker. The Elantra is deserving of its lofty ranking. It’s roomy and comfortable, stylishly designed, and delivers good per-

formance and responsive handling. Chalk that up to the advanced 2.0-liter, 132-hp in-line four-cylinder engine that powers the Elantra. It’s a very responsive 16-valve powerplant with dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) and continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) that delivers a broad power spread, high fuel efficiency (24/33 mpg) and low emissions. The four-door Elantra is available in two trim levels — GLS and SE. It has chrome headlight bezels and grille bars and a sculpted profile with and a rising beltline; integrated body-color door handles and mirrors and a character line shared with other Hyundai models. To the rear, the taillights echo the theme of the headlights. The Elantra also has a sleek design with a low coefficient of drag (0.32) that improves fuel efficiency at highway speeds and reduces interior noise. On the inside, the dashboard has a modern look and slopes downward to give a feeling of more space while allowing for greater visibility. The contrasting gray or beige two-tone color schemes, combined with metallic finishes, complement the upscale exterior styling. On the SE model, leather seats are available and have a luxurious, supple feel. The seats

Elantra is sleek and stylish with a rising beltline, and integrated body-color door handles and mirrors.

are comfortable and versatile, including a multi-adjustable driver’s seat with variable height settings, adjustable head restraints and a 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback to accommodate larger cargo. Other interior amenities include steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, and a center console with dual-level storage compartments and a comfortable armrest. Also standard are a cabin air filter, rear window defroster, tinted glass, two-speed variable intermittent windshield wipers with

mist function, power heated mirrors, power windows and door locks, and remote keyless entry with alarm and trunk release. SiriusXM Satellite Radio also is standard. Pricing on the Elantra ranges from $14,795 to $18,495. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.


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Life With kelly shaved 10 years off of my life. What he didn’t see coming was a side order of rye Kelly, slightly burned. “Excuse me,” I said to him with a smile on my face. “Do you drive a blue BMW?” “Uh, yes” he stammered. “Could you do me a favor and slow down a little in the parking lot? You were driving really fast.” The look on his face was nothing short of stunned. “Oh, I’m really sorry.” His sincere apology took me by surprise. I was so loaded for bear that it didn’t even occur to me that this boy, this child who towered over me by at least a foot, really had no idea of what he had done. I felt my claws detract as I softly added, “I just don’t want you to get hurt.” I smiled, rolled my cart in the opposite direction and made a realization. Though they may look like young men and women, kids are still kids. As children, they’re still going through life with blinders on. It’s up to us, all of us, to help them see beyond their own wants and needs. With the passing of time and maturity, the veil of selfishness eventually lifts from the faces of youth. Until nature takes its course, instead of just raising your fist and shouting bleep words in disgust, try the gentle but firm approach to accountability. You may sincerely be surprised.

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An open letter to Mayor Alvarez BY CHARLES NOBLES

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Count me and my wife and many of our friends among the many MiamiDade citizens who are thoroughly incensed by the recent raises you’ve given to employees who are close to you. First, let me say no one should sign on as a county employee expecting to get rich, because a big portion of that burden falls on the backs of property taxpayers. And it was never that way until recent years. Now, with regular raises, retirement benefits that generally are far more generous than the private sector and even extra executive perks, government here has become a real gravy train for many. Is it any surprise that it’s sinking fast financially? It just doesn’t work for long to have Mercedes spending habits in Wal-Mart times. I’ve heard it said that you gave such generous raises because your people were lagging behind Mr. Burgess’ people in compensation. Last time I checked, you were Mr. Burgess’ boss. Wouldn’t it have been more apropos to question him on why he had such a bloated payroll rather than, knee-jerk style, jack your people up to his? For crying out loud, when your chief of staff is making significantly more than the U.S. president’s chief of staff, something is terribly amiss. That’s an outrage that won’t go away for a long time, no matter what you may perceive his value to be. Besides, it has been my

OPINION experience that very few people are indispensable. You set a pay rate and if they don’t feel they can work for that sum, then don’t apply. It’s that simple. In your financial thought processes, you’re certainly not the first to favor a few dozen insiders over the hundreds of thousands of taxpayers, however faceless they are, but it remains just as much of an outrage. The message should be apparent: Anybody who doesn’t handle the public’s money with extreme care should proceed at his/her own risk, especially with many people in the struggle of a lifetime to meet their obligations. One last thought: Whoever came up with the idea to shower thousands of dollars in perks on top of already-high salaries to certain people should be expelled from government immediately. That excess should be discontinued or cut back drastically. The fat-city days are over. As the No. 1 official in county government, we have counted on you to set a standard of fiscal responsibility. Instead, you now likely will be dismissed as the guy who kept spending freely long after the financial well began drying up. You, sir, have become part of the problem.

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Valerie McAllister: The Dynamic Force Behind Florida’s Premiere Center for Cosmetic Surgery BY LEE STEPHENS Now in their 15th year, McAllister’s Premiere Center for Cosmetic Surgery is the most recognizable name in cosmetic surgery in South Florida. We’ve all heard their catchy “It’s for you!” radio jingle for years and it remains one of the most identifiable on the local airwaves. McAllister pioneered making affordable, convenient access to safe, high-quality, cosmetic surgery a reality for thousands of patients from all over the world. Imitators have come and gone, while McAllister and her Premiere Centers have endured as an industry leader. McAllister graduated with a B.S. in nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University and worked in various clinical settings, including three years in critical care, before entering the anesthesiology residency program at New Orleans’ Charity Hospital. The two year residency program is the same course followed by MD Anesthesiologists, qualifying McAllister as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. McAllister married and returned to

Miami, where she joined the anesthesia staff at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Through a colleague, she was soon exposed to South Florida’s fast-growing cosmetic surgery industry. Seeing an opportunity, McAllister left Jackson Memorial in 1987 and established Southern Anesthesia Services, Inc. The company began by providing other talented CRNAs, largely to cosmetic surgeons. Today, it has grown significantly and provides CRNAs to countless medical facilities. McAllister quickly spotted a second opportunity, deciding that people were calling out for a convenient cosmetic surgery center that they could turn to not only for affordability, but for the highest quality medical care and attention. In 1994, she opened the first Premiere Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Coconut Grove, in a quaint “Old Grove” style building with shady outdoor verandas and charming architecture that she renovated. She promoted a unique corporate culture that remains successful to this day. Rather than focus on overtly sexual aspects of their work, Premiere Center has always sold, instead, the idea of boosting

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removal, microdermabrasion, spider vein removal and more) plus medical-grade facials and skin care products – all in a relaxing spa environment, and all comfortably priced. Many patients don’t realize the differences between Premiere Center’s clinical facilities and other “outpatient” facilities. Still, McAllister and her team of doctors share a dedication to voluntarily meeting the strictest standards for quality, safety and accountability. Each Premiere Center is AAAASF Accredited; the most costly and stringent of all possible accreditations, and each has received the highest level of accreditation each time. “With both Southern Anesthesia and Premiere,” McAllister says, “my goal was to succeed without ever compromising an overall focus on quality medical care. Together with an incredible team of doctors, CRNAs and other professionals, that’s precisely what I have the privilege to do each day – and, in doing so, continue to help thousands of wonderful people achieve a whole new level of self-confidence, look great, and feel better about life in general.”


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The Palace Provides Peace of Mind During Hurricane Season BY KERRY GREEN MIAMI—Like many seniors living alone, hurricane seasons were a cause for concern for Jeanne Sands. From the anxiety of an impending storm to finding someone to install hurricane shutters, the stress was overwhelming. “My home was hit pretty badly during Hurricane Andrew in 1992,” explained Sands. “Then when I lived alone in my condo, there was another hurricane and I started experiencing panic attacks. The noise from the shutters was so loud; I was very afraid.” Sands’ fears about the hurricane season have been alleviated since moving to The Palace Suites, a luxury senior living community for active seniors, nearly five years ago. “There’s such a feeling of security here,” she said. “We were taken care of beautifully during the last hurricane. One never feels alone. We’re one big, happy family.” Residents’ safety and wellbeing continues to be a foremost concern for The Palace Management Group, one of South Florida’s leading companies specializing in senior housing and care and owners/operators of The Palace Suites in Kendall. Company President Helen Shaham and her team take a proactive approach in ensuring each resident’s security and comfort. “State law requires senior living communities to have emergency plans which are submitted annually,” Shaham said. “We go beyond these precautions. Prior to the beginning of each hurricane season, extensive training is given to all staff, including a thorough review of our disaster plan.” Drawing on almost 30 years of experience, The Palace has been successfully meeting the needs of seniors before, during and after storms. For example, when Hurricane Andrew caused extensive damages to The Palace Gardens, the company’s assisted living community in Homestead, provisions for staffing, transportation, electricity, A/C, food, water and medications were coordinated smoothly resulting in the community being the first business to reopen in the city after the storm. According to research conducted by the Florida State University Traumatology Institute, seniors may experience four levels of hurricanerelated distress: 1. Anticipation and preparation:

starts from the moment a warning is issued; 2. Disaster impact: lasts as long as there is perceived immediate danger; 3. Immediate post-disaster impact: begins with return to a sense of safety and ends with a sense of normality; and 4. Long-term post disaster impact: starts after a sense of normality. Under most circumstances, hurricanes are less likely to severely impact the physical and emotional health and well-being of older adults who live in a senior living community. “In addition to using generators and installing shutters on all windows, we require all staff to be on duty during a hurricane,” said Palace Suites Executive Director Spring Strong. “In fact, staff members are encouraged to bring their immediate family members to the community to weather the storm together with us. And, since everyone is here, we have lots of helping hands.” The Palace management team carefully monitors each hurricane’s progress, utilizing the latest weather data resources, and maintains contact with residents’ families to provide periodic updates for their peace of mind. The community minimizes the interruption to residents’ lives during storms. It’s important for normal activities such as social and educational programs to continue, if possible. Studies show that residents at communities that maintain a sense of normalcy during disasters are less likely to exhibit signs of anxiety and stress. Following a hurricane, every effort is made to restore equilibrium to the community as quickly as possible. Maintenance crews survey damages and make necessary repairs to ensure resident safety. Because the community takes care of all clean-up and repairs, residents are able to avoid the numerous scam-artists who prey on hurricane victims. “The overwhelming stories of older adults unable to leave damaged homes, refill prescriptions or maintain a healthy diet were important lessons of Hurricane Wilma,” said Shaham. “At a senior living community, residents are surrounded by a dedicated team whose priority is their safety and well-being. Seniors never have to weather the storm alone again.” For more information about The Palace Management Group’s senior living communities, please call (305) 2712220 or visit <www.ThePalace.org>

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HOA and Condominium Associations in Cash Crisis BY: BEN SOLOMON, ESQ.

Many homeowners and condominium associations throughout South Florida are experiencing a cash crisis as a result of owners failing to pay their required maintenance assessments. Without this necessary income, the associations bills pile up quickly leaving important services such as insurance, lawn care, management, and maintenance unpaid for, with some vendors unwilling to provide further services. Severe cases can leave associations without enough money to maintain basic necessities such as fire and safety equipment, security gates, and even water and garbage services. To make matters worse, some lenders are refusing to issue loans on the units within these communities and condominiums due to the severe delinquency rates of the associations, essentially putting a freeze on the marketability of such units. Much of the problem can be attributed to investors, many of whom own multiple units in the same community or condominium, not paying their assessments (some of whom receive income from tenants living in their units but still refuse to pay their assessments). An association’s best course of action is to find a competent, diligent and aggressive attorney. Legal incompetence (including not utilizing effective legal strategies for the current market), an attorney’s inability to communicate with the board and manager of the association, and/or the failure of an attorney to proceed aggressively and diligently on behalf of the association, can cause unnecessary delays and additional financial suffering. For instance, some attorneys advise their clients to follow the passive approach of not filing liens against delinquent units and not proceeding with association foreclosures, thinking that lenders will eventually foreclose their defaulted borrowers and pay the association its money. The reality is that in today’s market, lenders are stalling their foreclosures until they find buyers first, so the process can take an unreasonably long period of time. Meanwhile, if the first mortgage holder does finally take title to the unit through its foreclosure, it is then entitled by law to a sizeable write off of the prior owner's past due amounts, resulting in significant bad debt to the association. This bad debt is then absorbed by the association and eventually paid for by the responsible owners who are paying their assessments. To succeed in the current market, associations need an aggressive attorney who files liens against the delinquent unit owners quickly and, in applicable cases, files foreclosure complaints (lawsuits) against the delinquent unit owners to collect the amounts due to the association. There is also a new blanket receivership approach where, by law, associations can petition the court to appoint a single receiver to collect the rents from all tenants living in units that are under foreclosure by the association or which come under foreclosure in the future (which prohibits investors from collecting income from tenants while failing to pay their assessments). Aggressively applied legal pressure against the owner and/or their lender is especially necessary in this type of depressed real estate market and will undoubtedly bring in a lot more money to the association in a much faster time than simply waiting for the lender to come through.

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