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OCTOBER 11 - 24, 2010

Village police up for renewal of state accreditation

BY RON BEASLEY

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he Pinecrest Police Department recently received its international reaccreditation certification, but now must stand again for inspection by the state compliance board. Police Chief John Hohensee says two assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation will visit Pinecrest on Nov. 10 to look over his department’s records and conduct interviews with personnel, this on the heels of the department recently receiving international accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). “They will be with us throughout the day to verify our compliance with 85 Florida specific standards,” said Hohensee. “The program is called comparative compliance because they recognize that CALEACHIEF JOHN HOHENSEE accredited agencies

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Read on a Galapagos island

Tribune recommends Eugene Flinn for Commission

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ugene Flinn is the clear choice for Miami-Dade Commission, District 8. Flinn topped the field of six candidates in the Aug. 24 primary election. For the Nov. 2 runoff, Flinn offers a solid record of accomplishment and leadership that has made his village a better place. His runoff opponent Lynda Bell, while gaining experience as the first woman mayor of Homestead, has not yet shown she has risen to the level of Flinn. EUGENE FLINN

This mama sea lion paused for a moment from nursing her pup to take a look at a recent issue of the Pinecrest Tribune, courtesy of Village residents Jake and Reed McMaster. The McMasters were visiting Española Island, the oldest island in the Galapagos archipelago off the coast of Ecuador. Thanks for taking us along, guys!

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John DiFede training system improves flexibility, strength, speed BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD For 25 years, John DiFede has been helping athletes rehabilitate their injuries and teaching them how to increase their speed and strength. The athletes can be quite young or in their prime and he also has clients who are not athletes. “My day starts at 5:30 a.m.,� DiFede says. “During the school year, some of the kids will come in early for training or therapy. Later in the day at about 3:30 the kids come in after school lets out. I get a steady flow. My entire afternoon is dedicated to high school athletes.� DiFede works out of Thump Gym, 8100 SW 81 Drive in the Kings Creek Shopping Center, and helps young athletes develop their flexibility, strength and speed. He likes to begin their training as young as possible. “I have clients that I started with when they were five and seven years old and now they are eight and 10,� he says. “You see huge improvement in the footwork. It’s very empowering to see progress at a young age.� While his program uses weights for the teens and adults, the younger children do different type of exercises. “Instead of weights, there are body weight exercises we’ll do,� he says. “Core exercises, balance work, agility work.� Proper run mechanics are taught. That

includes change of direction, stopping and starting safely. “There are athletes that do it naturally, but you can tweak that,� DiFede says. “There are some that have good straight line speed, but have difficulty changing direction with speed. Others have good directional speed, but have trouble with straight line speed.� DiFede can even help kids who are not natural athletes improve their skills. “There are children who are not going to be as athletic as others. With the proper training at a young age, instead of waiting until they are in their teens, it happens,� he says. “It’s a movement pattern they adopt. There will be increases in performance and speed and a decrease in injury.� DiFede gives small group lessons or private lessons. “I don’t like large groups because it really gets diluted,� he says. “There’s private, semi-private and three or four; but no larger than three or four.� The exception to the rule is when he is hired to work with a team. DiFede studied premed at Florida International University and spent two years in podiatry school at Barry University. His rehab therapy proved beneficial over the eight years he worked at the University of Miami. He still works with former UM player and Giants safety Antrel Rolle.

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“It’s fast track,� DiFede says. “If there is nothing structural, this type of therapy can help a person recover quicker. If it’s just muscle involved, this is great for fast tracking the athlete, realigning the whole system.� He is a massage therapist and has certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement

Specialist. He is also a USAW Sports Performance Coach and is certified by the National Council on Strength and Fitness. His clients range from attorneys to professional athletes, including Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra For more information, call 305-323-0816 or go to <www.thumpfightgym.com>.


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Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen met in Washington, D.C. with Marek Hirsch, a student at the University of Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Miller School of Medicine. Ileana is a UM alum.

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DYLAN RICKE Scrabble is a big deal in Dylan Ricke’s household. The Palmetto High School senior grew up playing the game. “I’ve been playing Scrabble since I was in elementary school,” Ricke says. “It’s a family tradition. My dad likes to talk about the origins of words or their meanings. We’re all pretty enthusiastic about it.” When Ricke moved on to high school, he became involved in starting the school’s Scrabble Club. “I wasn’t the founder,” he says. “A bunch of freshmen were the ones who really formed the club. Alyssa Bernstein was the founder.” But Ricke was club president in his sophomore and junior years. The club meets once a month where they play for an hourand-a-half to two hours. “We play only one game and one round,” he says. “It’s a pretty loud, exciting event.” Last year, club members decided they wanted to get involved in some kind of community service. “You can go only so far with Scrabble itself,” Ricke says. “Last year we initiated the National Spelling Bee at Mays Middle School.” Not only did the club conduct the spelling bee, they helped the winner prepare for the Miami-Dade County Spelling Bee at Jungle Gardens. “I met with him personally more than five times to go over words and their origins,” he says. “I knew his spelling

improved from session to session.” A positive side affect of the spelling lessons was improvement in the middle school student’s work in his English class. “His English teacher commented that he was being more outspoken in class,” Ricke says. This year the plan is to expand the spelling bee program to additional schools. Ricke has worked with young students before. For two summers he has been a counselor-in-training at the Alexander Montessori School, working with preschool or elementary school children. “It’s a lot of fun,” he says. “I like hanging out with little kids. They are actually real entertaining.” While some folks find working with children frustrating, Ricke does not. “Its fun being the older kid,” he says. “They will either group up on me and try to assault me or they’ll think what I have to say is real interesting or cool.” Ricke is a member of the National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society and this year he’s president of the Palmetto Integrity Network. “It’s like an anti-cheating club,” he says. “I want to reinstate old programs we used to run. We used to go to elementary schools and have programs about not cheating.” Those programs would likely take place after the winter break. Ricke’s love for words led to working on the school paper. This year he is the Palmetto Panther copy editor. “I’ve always like to write,” he says. “In the seventh grade, I really liked my creative writing class at Palmetto Middle.” Originally he wanted to be a creative writer, but over time he switched to journalism. This fall, Ricke is readying his college applications and sending them off. He’s interested in attending the University of Florida and New College in Sarasota. “It’s the state honors college and it has a one-to-10 faculty-student ratio,” he says. “It’s smaller and more intimate. It’s more individual based and easier to fulfill your individual goals.” Ricke is considering environmental science as a major, as well as journalism. He would like to work as a journalist for a National Geographic-type of magazine. By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

GREG HOFFMAN Palmetto High School senior Greg Hoffman looks at life differently today than he did just a couple of years ago. His change in outlook came after he suffered two major concussions during his freshman year. “My whole childhood and up until the end of my freshman year, I played soccer,” Hoffman says. “I played for Cutler Ridge Soccer. In January of that year, I got a severe concussion playing soccer and then I got another one within six months.” The second concussion came when he was snowboarding and fell 38 feet off a jump ramp on Mt. Hood. After the second concussion, doctors banned him for participating in any sport that could put him at risk. At first, he didn’t want to accept the diagnosis. But once he did, he focused on new things. “I developed a lot of new interests,” he says. “I’m a lot more involved in school and the community.” When he finally returned to school, he joined the Spanish Club. “I helped out with the Hispanic Heritage Show,” he says. “Last year and again this year, I’m vice president of the Spanish Club.” Hoffman also became a member of the Model United Nations Club. “I went to two conferences,” he says. “I got awards in both.” At one event he was named Outstanding Delegate and received an Honorable Mention at the other. He’s now vice president of the Model UN club as well.

“That interests me because one of my potential interests is politics,” Hoffman says. “It’s a good skill to learn, to negotiate.” Along with immersing himself in Spanish club and Model UN, Hoffman put time into the Fairchild Tropical Garden Challenge. His involvement in the challenge stemmed from his Advanced Placement Environmental Science class. Palmetto’s involvement in the challenge resulted in awards last year and the year before. Hoffman’s involvement included attending the leadership conference. He also wrote a research paper and a movie review on an environmental documentary. “And I helped out on making a solar invention,” he says. The rules called for the invention to be something that could be used in an emergency situation. “We made a beacon that reflects in the sky,” he says. Last year, Hoffman joined the Palmetto Integrity Network. “We help spread integrity,” he says. “We encourage people not to cheat.” The organization produces an Integrity Day Assembly. “This year we’re going to be going to other schools around the area telling them (the kids) not to cheat,” he says. Hoffman got involved in soccer again last year, but he didn’t put himself in danger. He became a coach for Dade County Sports at Howard Drive Elementary. “I coached kindergarten through fifth grade teams,” he says. “Other than the first day, which was an intense learning experience on how to deal with children, I did very well. It was really great getting back in the sport.” Because of the time he needs to put into applying for college, Hoffman has to wait until the second half of the school year before he can coach again. Those college applications are likely to go to the University of Miami, Tulane, Texas, Northeastern, Emory and McGill University in Montreal. He’s interested in majoring in business. His new experiences have included teaching at the Beth Am Hebrew School, interning at Fair Districts Florida and studying abroad. He studied in Spain and lived with a family in La Coruna. “It was awesome,” he says. “It was an amazing experience.” By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld


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CHRISTINA SANTILLI Palmer Trinity High School junior Christina Santilli has accumulated more than 200 hours

of community service, many earned by attending two mission trips to Nicaragua. On those trips, Santilli helped build homes for needy families. “It was a great opportunity; I learned so much from it,” Santilli says. “It opened my eyes to what I have. I’m actually going again this year and hopefully in my senior year, too.” During the week-long mission trip, the students work on the home they are building and interact with the family that who will reside in the house. “We play with the kids,” she says. “They share their stories with us.” The mission trip includes a visit to the infamous Nicaraguan Dump, where there is an elementary school. There, the Palmer students serve lunch to the children who attend the school. “You see all kinds of people who don’t have clothes,” Santilli says. “They are eating out of the garbage, it smells and there are flies all over the place. I realize how fortunate I am because these people have nothing and yet they are so happy.” Santilli says what she saw made a huge impression.

“I remember that I had seen poverty on TV,” she says. “But it was only when I went there that it affected me and made me more aware.” Santilli says the mission trips are very important to her and that she wanted to go on one as early as when she was in the eighth grade. However, she was too young and wasn’t allowed to go on a mission until she was in the ninth grade. “I like helping out people,” she says. “I’m so fortunate; I want to give back.” Santilli does not limit her good works to Nicaragua. Through a school club, she also volunteers at a homeless shelter and helps the children with their arts and crafts, making greeting cards and other holiday-specific items. “And we’ll bring candy for them or little gifts,” she says. “I like hanging out with the kids and getting to learn a little more about them and about where they’re from and what they’ve gone through.” She is also involved with Operation Smile. The club raises money to help fund surgeries for children who have cleft lip. Santilli has been involved with the club since she was in the ninth grade. The club has been so successful that they’ve raised enough money for 75 surgeries.

Santilli is also in Junior Statesman of America, a student-run debate club. “We debate about political issues,” she says. “We have three to four conventions every year.” The conventions are held in Ft. Lauderdale or Orlando and students from across the state are involved. “Every time I go to a convention, I sign up for one to two debates,” she says. “I won two debates in 2009-10. One was about health care.” When not debating or volunteering, Santilli plays lacrosse. She’s been playing the spring sport since she was in the eighth grade. She is optimistic about the upcoming season. “We’ve lost a couple of seniors from last year, but I think we’ll still do well because we have good coaches,” she says. Outside of school, Santilli recently took up fencing, which is offered at the Pinecrest Community Center. “I just wanted to try something new because I’m open to new stuff,” she says. “I ended up really enjoying it.” By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld


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Flinn’s record shows that he will be a good steward of tax dollars, local economy, environment, safety, and overall quality of life. As the founding mayor of Palmetto Bay, he has worked to provide residents highquality services at very low tax rates. He can be counted on to do more of the same on the Miami-Dade Commission. Flinn is a lifelong resident of MiamiDade County. He has a long history of community service in area PTAs and other civic organizations. He has a done a remarkable job of both standing up to the county officials on the issues of incorporation and mitigation, and working collaboratively with them on issues such as sustainable growth, healthcare, transportation and bringing a “green corridor” to District 8. Among some of Flinn’s initiatives have been government ethics reforms, including the “anti-shakedown zoning ordinance” that requires public disclosure of any attempts to solicit or receive payment of compensation to individuals or groups in exchange for their support or silence on zoning issues. He has overseen successfully public construction projects such as storm water drainage improvements and traffic calming measures. He is committed to adding green space and improving the area’s quality of life. He also has championed measures to protect children against registered sex offenders, and provide added homestead exemptions for qualified low-income individuals over age 65. Flinn is a smart growth advocate. He opposes high-density growth that would hurt residential neighborhoods. He has worked hard to create jobs and centers of development on the traffic corridors within District 8, to promote economic growth and protect our natural environment. And he is a strong advocate for the agricultural community within District 8, recognizing its incredible economic value. Lynda Bell has the distinction of being the first and only woman mayor of the City

of Homestead. During her tenure as a councilmember, vice mayor and mayor, Bell prided herself in listening closely to the needs of her city’s residents, business leaders and community advocates to develop responsible solutions for her city’s needs. Her staunch belief that government does not create jobs, people do, led her to consistently support economic policies that foster job creation. It was this philosophy that allowed the creation of over 2,000 new jobs and 350 new businesses in Homestead — all in a depressed economy. Under her leadership, she reduced taxes and spending and cut the overall size of government by 14 percent. She successfully negotiated union contracts. As mayor she ended business as usual and the practice of change orders and cost overruns to city projects — saving the taxpayers millions of dollars. Bell brought single stream recycling to the city. She personally fought for and brought the first public school in over 30 years to Homestead and was honored to name the new facility herself — Gateway Environmental Learning Center. Bell worked with administrators to establish a new senior center for the city’s elderly and under her leadership as mayor the project was successfully completed in 2009, along with the completion of five other parks including a skate park, two dog parks, and park renovations without one penny of tax dollars. Mayor Bell fought to beautify the downtown Krome Avenue corridor, bringing quaint and charming benches, trash cans and lined the street with oak trees, creating a linear park for residents and visitors alike — again, without new taxes or cost overruns. While both candidates have served their municipalities admirably, for Miami-Dade County Commission District 8, Miami’s Community Newspapers endorses Eugene Flinn.


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Helping others and yourself in return BY VINCENZO GUGLIUZZA

Senior, Palmetto Senior High School I must admit that serving my community had never been at the top of my priority list until recently. Many friends who are older and had moved on to college recommended acquiring as many service hours as possible just to impress colleges and my sister. This was my perception and perspective until I joined Key Club. Up until then, I had served various organizations half-heartedly just to fulfill my quota. As clichĂŠ as this sounds, Key Club made me recognize the passion I had to serve my community and help others. This passion was progressive. In ninth and 10th grade, I was class representative. As an officer in Key Club, planning, inspiring, and implementing various projects provided experience. My first project called Peanut Butter & Jelly Time. Has a simple mission; our Club developed the means and prepared hundreds of sandwiches which were delivered to all local homeless shelters. We even stopped along the way and gave some to any homeless persons seen en route. Service life escalated in 11th grade when I was appointed club secretary. Later, I ascertained that my uncle is active in the Kiwanis Club and highly involved in South Florida. That year the governor proposed Project SNAP (Special Needs Awareness Program). With my uncleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guidance, we involved Special Olympics, the local Aktion Club and the Miami Achievement Center. If given the opportunity, one never forgets the first time walking into a special needs center to help out. The children were so overly full of life. Now in my senior year, with the support of friends, family and faculty, I was elected division lieutenant governor, Greater Miami area. Lieutenant governors are

TEEN TALK charged with maintaining order, coordinating communication and monitoring progress with several clubs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; experience anyone can benefit from. Our monthly Division meetings help explain and mentor current and future service projects. Recently attending the international convention in Memphis, TN enhanced my management skills. After attending several seminars, I embraced performing better and was inspired by learning how to become a better leader. Key Club provides members with opportunities to build character and develop leadership. One learns to take these values to heart in order to succeed in any organization. Proud to be part of it, dues are paid from my internship compensation at Alton Madison Property Management in Homestead. My father, Salvatore, and Uncle Charles always told me that positive thinking, relationships, character and leadership are foundations for success. Although one cannot predict the future, performing my trusted position the best I can is key. Having begun to appreciate the financially meager childhoods of my father and uncle and learning from their principles, they and I continue to become successful in light of this current economic condition. As lieutenant governor, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have as much experience in the field as the example they have set. Consequently, I aspire to become a life-long member of Kiwanis. The ultimate reward is forming lasting relationships, become an intelligent leader and an even better person. My sister Alex still isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t impressed. For more information or anyone interested in joining or starting a Key Club in their high school, contact me at <vincenzogugliuzza@gmail.com>.

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already have demonstrated excellence in policing and compliance with 400-plus standards. So we only have to show and demonstrate compliance for 85 of the Florida standards.” Hohensee said the state assessors will scrutinize the Village police department’s operation, talk with employees about how they conduct their business and look at documentation in the files. “Then sometime in December we hope to be awarded our reaccreditation certificate for the Florida program,” said Hohensee. State reaccreditation happens every three years and the upcoming inspection marks the third time that the Pinecrest department has undergone the procedure, but just the second time for recertification. “We feel it is important to do both accreditation programs because the Florida program was designed for and by Florida law enforcement practition-

ers,” said Hohensee. “Things that may not be applicable in other areas of the country are addressed in these standards.” The Pinecrest Police Department is one of only three law enforcement agencies in Miami-Dade County accredited through both CALEA and the FCLE. “It is a time and labor intensive process to go through the accreditation process,” said Hohensee. “But we are fortunate that we have had the support of our Village Council and Village Manager that we become accredited and maintain that accreditation.” Hohensee says accreditation by a recognized program has long been viewed as a means of maintaining high standards of professionalism. Interested parties may write the Florida Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation at 3504 Lake Lynda Drive, Suite 380, Orlando FL 32817 or call 800-558-0218.

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Miami’s Ronald Brisé appointed to PSC BY NANCY EAGLETON

Miami resident Ronald Brisé was recently appointed to the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) by Gov. Charlie Crist to fill one of two vacant seats. For the past four years, Brisé has served the citizens of northeast Miami, District 108, in the Florida House of Representatives. As one of five PSC commissioners, Brisé will exercise regulatory authority over the companies that provide Florida’s consumers with the essential services of electric, natural gas, telephone, water and wastewater. “My job will be to protect and preserve the public interest while allowing the utility companies to have the necessary resources to deliver safe, reliable service that is affordable to everyone,” said Brisé. Although Brisé will act on behalf of all Floridians as commissioner, his appointment does give the diverse South Florida population representation in the PSC. “The south Florida area is a large financial contributor; more than any other part of the state,” said Brisé. “The decisions made by the PSC affect this area disproportionately.” Brisé, 36, said he applied for the commission because his combined experience

in the telecom industry provider IPIP Corporation. and the Florida He received a bachelor’s Legislature would allow degree in biology from him to strike a balance in Oakwood College in the PSC and work in a Huntsville, AL and received fair manner to benefit MBA degrees in management the public. He was one and marketing from American of eight candidates Intercontinental University in under consideration for Illinois. Brisé was born in the two open seats. Haiti and moved to Miami at “I believe Gov. Crist age seven. He attended Miami and the council appointUnion Academy in North ed me for two reasons,” Miami where he played bassaid Brisé. “My backketball and was a student ground provides me with council member. a sensitivity for the well Brisé recalls the epiphany Ronald Brisé being of the constituents, that prompted him to run for ––––––––––––––––––––– as well as an understandthe legislature. ing of the policy intent of the legislature. “I was among friends and we were disI’m also mild mannered and a consensus cussing how we could make a difference builder, which are positive attributes to and have an impact,” he said. “To affect bring to this commission.” change, you have to become a whole lot In a statement regarding Brisé’s appoint- more involved and ultimately increase your ment, Gov. Crist said Brisé is dedicated to sphere of influence.” serving the people of Florida and protectBrisé ran for the house in 2002 and lost, ing their best interests. but was successful in 2006. As a state repreBrisé has served in the House since 2006 sentative, Brisé was named Democratic and prior to that was the chief operating offi- whip from 2006 to 2008 and served on many cer of Miami-based voice-over-Internet councils, including the Energy & Utilities

Policy Committees and the Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations. While serving his diverse district, Brisé has promoted public assistance programs that provide invaluable services to those in need. Lifeline Across America offers discounts on telephone services to those who qualify and the government program, Safe Link Wireless, provides a free cell phone and airtime service to income eligible customers. Brisé also sponsored successful legislation to expand broadband deployment throughout the state, making it possible for underserved areas to have access to broadband technology. “Children need to have access to the 21st century,” said Brisé. “As commissioner, I will continue to push for stronger outreach efforts across the state and strive to make people aware of the many programs and opportunities that are available to them.” Brisé and his wife JoAn, a healthcare professional, have one son and are members of the Tabernacle Seventh Day Adventist Church. Brisé likes to travel, read and play tennis and golf. He and his family will move to Tallahassee this summer, following senate confirmation of his appointment.

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Relieve your stress with a 45-minute vacation BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

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Primos is a full-service barber shop Danny Roblejo and Edmundo Aja invite you to stop by Primos Barber Shop.

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Primos Barber Shop in Pinecrest offers men haircuts, hot shaves, shoe shine service and grooming products in a place that’s designed with men in mind. “We wanted to create a shop that wasn’t just a place to get a haircut,” said Danny Roblejo, co-owner of Primos. “We wanted to create a place where men could enjoy the process and the experience, like women do at a salon.” Like an old-fashioned barber shop, Primos features black and white flooring with vintage-style ceiling fans. That’s all that’s old fashioned at Primos, though. Modern day comforts include oversized, comfortable barber chairs, flat screen TVs at each station and Wi-Fi. Roblejo also stocks his magazine rack with over 30 current choices, offers complimentary beverages and plays a wide variety of music to create a relaxed atmosphere. “Each of the six barber stations has its own sink, so clients can sit down, relax and not move from one station to another for a shampoo or hot shave,” said Roblejo. “We offer a shampoo and neck and shoulder massage with every haircut.” Roblejo, who was born and raised in Miami, opened Primos with his cousin, Edmundo Aja. The name, Primos, is fitting because it means “cousins” in Spanish. Roblejo worked with Enterprise Rent-ACar for many years and when it was time to make a change, he knew he wanted to open his own business. Roblejo recruited two experienced bar-

bers when he opened Primos in August and they are trained in scissor cuts, clipper cuts and hot shaves. Boys and men of all ages are welcome at Primos. Primos carries the popular American Crew hair care products and is one of the few places that carry the luxury shaving products from Truefitt and Hill, based in London. “We use Truefitt and Hill products on our clients for our hot shaves. The products feel great on the skin and many of our clients have purchased the products after trying them,” said Roblejo. Primos gift cards will soon be available. A hair or shaving product, cigar or grooming tool packaged in the attractive Primos gift bags make a great “anytime” gift for men. Roblejo said that Primos will also host groups who would like to come in together for the ultimate barber shop experience. Groom parties, business meetings and all other special occasions are welcome. Primos is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The barber shop is conveniently located in Dadeland Plaza on South Dixie Highway across from Datran and Dadeland Towers, making it easy for executives to stop in during lunch or on the way home from the office. Walk-ins and appointments are welcome. Primos Barber Shop is located right next to Miss Saigon at 9497 S. Dixie Hwy. and the phone number is 305-631-2646. For more information, go online to <www.primosbarbershop.com>.

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Whole Foods Market has completed renovation of its Pinecrest store and will have a grand re-opening on Saturday, Oct. 16. The remodeled 30,000-square-foot store will serve a free continental breakfast to customers at 7 a.m., followed by a traditional Whole Foods Market â&#x20AC;&#x153;bread breaking ceremonyâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a foodie twist on the traditional ribbon cutting event â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at 8 a.m., both taking place in the store parking lot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are offering the Pinecrest community an even better store,â&#x20AC;? said store team leader Oscar Hinds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve listened to the community and have designed and enhanced the store in order to thoroughly delight, as well as meet our customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; needs. Our number one goal is to provide the Pinecrest area and surrounding communities with the freshest, most flavorful and highest quality products, while providing superior value in an immaculately remodeled store.â&#x20AC;? Following the bread-breaking ceremony, grand re-opening activities will continue throughout the weekend with special free product samples, in-store chef demonstrations, live music and events for all ages. The storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s departments have been enhanced to offer more selections including: â&#x20AC;˘ Larger p repared foods department â&#x20AC;&#x201D; More than 100 items on both a full-service and self-service hot bar, salad bar and soup bar which showcase our chefsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; talents with a wide variety of cuisines from around the world â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Asian, Indian, Latin, Italian, continental and home-style comfort, all prepared on-site and fresh daily.

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OPINION ing its headlong rush into calamity, unemployment has begun to show improvement, there are signs that the economy is improving and life in the good old US of A does seem as if it will survive, after all. Yet, there are clamors from some who incessantly call for the reelection of the Republicans to control our Senate and House. They say the Democrats have done such a bad job over the last two years that it is imperative that we restore Republican control and they are campaigning on a new platform, a Pledge to America. I say, balderdash. Please! Why would we want to return control of our government to the party that instituted the policies that got us into this situation to begin with? Let’s give Mr. Obama the time we promised him two years ago and allow him to try and resurrect this economy and this nation, as he said he would try to do. Yes, I know that the “Hope and Change” slogan he campaigned on has not been as forthcoming as we all had wanted, but a lot of progress has been made. And I, for one, think we have moved ahead enough to allow the Democrats at least two more years in power to see if what they have begun will bear fruit. What the hay! It can’t be any worse than what the Republicans and George Bush gave us in the previous eight years.

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Like some vintages, the Deering Estate Foundation’s ninth annual signature fundraising event, Wine On Harvest Moon, presented by South BMW, gets better with age. Each year the theme features the “fine wine, fine food and fine art” of a different region of the world. On Saturday, Oct. 23, the bountiful dishes and wines from California’s Sonoma, Napa and the Central Coastal will be showcased. A highlight of the evening is the Florida debut of Deering Wines of Sonoma County. Proprietors Blair Collins Maus and her husband, Todd, are bringing their Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Zinfandels “home” to the Deering Estate at Cutler for sampling and sale. Blair is a descendent of the Deering-McCormick family, who were early developers of farming technology, and she is the great great granddaughter of Charles Deering. “In 1922, after Charles Deering made the 444-acre estate his permanent home, he built the Mediterranean-style Stone House to accommodate his art collection. Down in the basement, he included a large Prohibition Era wine cellar disguised behind a bookshelf where he hid away his vast collection of wine and spirits,” explained Mary Pettit, executive director of the Deering Estate Foundation. “Having Blair and Todd join us on the estate to pour their California wines and share their story at this event is incredibly exciting,” Pettit said. “I’m sure her great great grandfather, an avid naturalist and wine connoisseur himself, would be very proud not only of the quality of Deering Wines, but

especially by the sustainable organic farming practices they employ to produce them.” Throughout the evening delicious food samples are prepared by chefs from: Bizaya at the Ritz-Carlton, Ana Capri, Smith & Wolensky, Sawa (at Merrick Park), Mango Café, Kaliapy’s and Delicias Del Mundo. Scrumptious desserts are being provided by Wendy’s Chocolates, Donna’s Delights and Sugar Shack, and Sara Sharpe is catering the VIP reception. Crown Wine & Spirits presents wine tasting with Professor Chip Cassidy and event sommelier Veronica Litton who will share their expertise. An exciting new component at Wine On Harvest Moon is the celebrity cook-off. Gourmet food trucks, a concept that originated in California, are one of the hottest national food trends. This casual source for high-end food set up the perfect challenge for the event, The Battle of the Food Truck Chefs. The famed Chef Jeremiah of the GastroPod Mobile Gourmet, opposes the talented Chef Jack Garabedian of Jefé Original Fish & Taco Burger. There will be no limit to the creativity of either of these remarkable chefs when it comes using products from the generous pantry stockpiled by Whole Foods Market. With superb food and wine offered, Wine On Harvest Moon is not to be missed. The event takes place, Saturday, Oct. 23, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the historic Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay. Admission is all-inclusive with wine tasting, food and entertainment. Tickets are: general admission, $90 ($75 for members), and VIP, $175, ($150, members). Call 305-235-1668, ext. 263, or purchase online at <www.deeringestate.org>.


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Late last month, 15 ladies from Royal Palm Tennis Club traded their racquets for hammers and headed up to Liberty City to help build a home for Tomika Jackson. Taking part were AbbyDresnick, Barbara Glicken, Brenda Hoppe, Carol Crabtree, Gretchen Tunkey, Helene Kernish, Jocelyn MacNair, Jovan Chester, Karen Hamilton, Linda Squitero, Louise Petrine, Marianne Pantin, Maureen Linden, Pat Cox and Sheba Quirk. They are part of The Women’s Build of Habitat for Humanity spearheaded by Stephanie Sylvestre. This is the third Women’s Build the ladies from Royal Palm have worked on with Habitat. If you are interested in volunteering or in sponsorship opportunities, call Sylvestre at 305-479-4203 or email her at <ssylve1445@earthlink.net>.


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Gulliver prep teacher Margarita Morell receives Operation Smile Intâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;l award BY BAY PROBY

Gulliver Preparatory Schools foreign language teacher Margarita Morell recently received the coveted Operation Smile â&#x20AC;&#x153;Educator of the Year Awardâ&#x20AC;? given annually by Operation Smile at the International Student Leadership Conference held in Denver, Colorado on August 4, 2010. More than 400 students and teachers from 12 different countries, including Ireland, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, China, Paraguay, Japan, Panama, Morocco, Egypt and the United States, attended the conference. Morell, a 29-year educator, a 12-year veteran teacher at of which have been with Gulliver Prep, was chosen from hundreds of applicants worldwide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am very grateful for the generosity and support Gulliver has provided over the years and for this special recognition,â&#x20AC;? saidys Morell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about my efforts, i. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about the joy we see on the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s faces following reconstructive surgery that brings them hope for a better future.â&#x20AC;? Operation Smile is an international humanitarian organization comprised of medical volunteers who provide free cleft lip and cleft palate repair surgery for children worldwide. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Educator of the Yearâ&#x20AC;? award recognizes a teacher who has devoted time, effort, and knowledge to supporting Operation Smile by spreading awareness and aiding an Operation Smile student club. Morell has been an active Operation Smile student club sponsor at Gulliver Schools for four years. During the lLast school year, the club raised more than $6,000 with the help of Gulliver students, teachers, and administrators. In addition to supervising the student club on the Pinecrest campuses, Morell also goes on missions to countries receiving

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Special Olympics hosts bowling competition BY JOE GLICK

Special Olympics Volunteer For those old enough to remember, there used to be a local television show called Bowling for Dollars. Each week several of the top South Florida bowlers would compete for a modest amount of prize money. The theme song for the show was Live it Up, Go Bowling. Not many of the athletes competing in the Miami-Dade County Special Olympics Bowling Tournament were even born when the show aired, but somehow they got the message. They are living it up. Special Olympics Miami-Dade County, one of the largest Special Olympics programs in the country, held its bowling competition at Bird Bowl Lanes. Over 1,000 bowlers eight years old and up participated during a two-week period. They were classified by age, gender and ability level. These special athletes are developmentally or intellectually delayed in one form or another. Some are autistic, while others are emotionally or mentally handicapped. Others are afflicted with Cerebral Palsy or Down Syndrome. Despite their disabilities, they fiercely compete and enjoy the sport, whether they earn a first place ribbon, which could qualify them for the Special Olympics State Fall Classic on Nov. 5-6 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, or fall short of victory. Either way, they are â&#x20AC;&#x153;living it up.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of these kids have a great time,â&#x20AC;? said Manuel Cabrera, a coach from Cutler Ridge Middle School. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No matter what ribbon they earn, they walk away with a happy face.â&#x20AC;? Lilliana Ceballos, a special education teacher at Tropical Elementary and one of

the coaches, calls the Special Olympics athletes amazing individuals. Ceballos was generally referring to all the bowlers, but specifically to the severely disabled wheelchair athletes who cannot lift or toss a bowling ball on their own, but use a metal ramp to help guide the ball down the lane. Some of the athletes are able to aim the ramp, set the ball on the ramp by themselves and push the ball; some need assistance. According to long time Special Olympics coach David Willis, there is one very talented adult Special Olympics bowler, Sidney Goldblum from the Community Habilitation Center. Goldblum, who is wheelchair-bound, sometimes uses the guiding ramp and sometimes bowls without assistance. Willis has witnessed Goldblum actually put a curve on the ball by placing it a certain way on the ramp. With this technique he has bowled games over 170, according to Willis. Ramp bowling â&#x20AC;&#x201C; both assisted and unassisted â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is one of the Special Olympics divisions at the State Fall Classic. There are also age divisions, ability level divisions, team doubles, team pairs (where a Special Olympics bowler is teamed up with a non-handicapped bowler) and female and male divisions. No matter what division they are in or if they win or donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come out on top, you can expect a Special Olympics athlete to compete to the best of their ability and have a good time doing it. As Aaron Rodriguez, a student at Cutler Ridge Middle School said after failing to qualify for the State Fall Classic, but earning a third place ribbon, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud.â&#x20AC;? For more information, contact Special Olympics Miami-Dade County at 305-4069467 or go to <specialolympics@somdc.org>.

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2011 Jaguar XK a beautiful car loaded with technology Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS I like everything about the new Jaguar XK; everything but the dial-up gearshift mechanism that electronically slides up from the center console when you press the keyless ignition button. Call me old-fashioned, but I want my Jaguar to come with a gearshift positioned on the floor. Unfortunately, all XK and XKR models now come with this little round wheel that selects the gear for the electronically controlled, six-speed automatic transmission. The saving grace is that there are paddle shifters on the underside of the steering wheel to operate the Sequential Shift function. One more positive — the transmission is maintenance free and comes with a “filledfor-life” fluid. That said, the Jaguar XK truly is a beautiful automobile loaded with the latest technology. The 2011 lineup includes the naturally aspirated version and the supercharged XKR offered in 2+2 Coupe or Convertible body

styles. All of the XKs are built on a lightweight body shell made from a combination of pressed, cast and extruded aluminum, all riveted and bonded together with aerospace techniques for lighter weight and high structural integrity. Under the hood, the XK continues with the same AJ V-8 Gen III 5.0-liter engines introduced last year. These engines are the most advanced powerplants that Jaguar has ever produced and the most powerful ever offered in the XK models. The naturally aspirated version produces 385 hp and 380 pounds-feet of torque, and rockets the XK Coupe from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds. The supercharged XKR produces 510 hp and 461 pounds-feet of torque and clocks 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. The all-aluminum quad-cam V-8 engines combine power with efficiency, using such technologies as spray-guided direct fuel injection and dual independent variable cam timing, plus a variable inlet manifold on the naturally aspirated version. Both engines have 15,000-mile or one-year service intervals, with free scheduled maintenance for the first five years or 50,000 miles under Jaguar’s Platinum Coverage. In both models, there is an Adaptive Dynamics active damping system that optimizes handling and ride comfort. The system

2011 Jaguar XK has sweeping lines and is available in 2+2 Coupe and Convertible body styles.

monitors auto body movement 100 times per second and wheel position 500 times per second, and automatically increases the damping rate as the suspension approaches its limits. Adaptive Dynamics also controls “wheel hop” on uneven roads by rapidly varying the damping to move any wheel out of a natural bouncing frequency, thus aiding ride comfort, handling and road grip. Using the Drive Control interface, the driver can select different modes for Adaptive Dynamics. In the Dynamic Mode, it increases body control for a sportier feel and also

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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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Tips for introducing dogs to cats BY CAROL CARIDAD President, Paws4You Rescue

If I had a dollar for every rescue dog that “wouldn’t get along” with the cat, I’d be rich. There are a handful of reasons why dogs get bumped from home to home or returned to shelters. If there were a top five list, not getting along with the cat would make the list. The number one mistake people make when bringing a new dog home is that they just turn the dog loose. Even the friendliest of dogs can do detrimental damage to the well being of your cat’s psyche. Before adding a dog to your cat household, it is important you know the proper steps. It requires your dedication to make sure that your cat feels safe and your dog knows the ground rules for happy interactions. We asked Paws 4 You volunteer and dog trainer Dee Hoult of Applause Your Paws for some tips to follow during the first month: • Keep your dog on a leash around the cat. This ensures that at all times during the adjustment period your cat feels safe. If you demonstrate to your cat that you have total control of your dog during the adjustment period, the cat is more likely to let its natural curiosity kick in and will begin to approach the dog on its own. Plus, having your dog on a leash when around the cat gives you the opportunity to quickly correct any unwanted behavior. • Let your cat call all the shots. Your cat should be the one to initiate all contact with your dog. Crating your dog when you cannot supervise him is a great way to provide a safe opportunity for your cat to investigate the new roommate. Letting your cat call the shots ensures that a friendship will develop over time. Do not get impatient or over-confident and bring your cat in your arms over to meet your new dog. Should your cat become frightened you’ve decreased the likelihood that your dog and cat will become friends in the future. • Provide a safe zone for your cat where your dog is not permitted. A cat safe-zone

Paws4You can be any room where your cat feels comfortable and should be selected so that your dog cannot see the cat. Your cat will appreciate having a safe place. It’s preferable this is where you keep your cat’s food, water and litter box. • Do some scent swapping. You can help your animals get to know each other safely by placing a towel in each one’s sleeping area to pick up each animal’s scent. Every few days you should swap the towels so that each animal can sleep on the other’s scent. When your dog is behaving nicely around the cat, praise him! More important than letting your dog know what not to do is to let him know what is appropriate and excellent behavior around the cat. If your dog watches the cat walk by and doesn’t react, tell him “that’s nice, good boy!” to indicate that being calm was the correct behavior. Dogs should especially be praised for not feeling tempted to chase if a cat begins to run. You can offer food or toy rewards if your dog can remain calm during your cat’s frisky moments. If your cat wants to hiss or take a swing at your dog, let him! To some of us, it’s uncomfortable to see our cat growl, hiss or puff up their tail. On that same token, it upsets us to see our dogs whimper or yelp. Sometimes some good old fashioned animal-to-animal communication is exactly what is needed. Should kitty decide to take a swipe at the dog, chances are your cat won’t use its claws in full force. But, the act will have given the dog the message it needed to think twice. Your dog may look to you for the appropriate response. Be ready to take sides with the cat and convey with your eyes and body language “that’s what you get if you scare the cat!” Just like when meeting new people — the first impression is everything. Don’t let your dog make a bad first impression.

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What could be better than doing all of your holiday shopping and contributing to a great cause just by buying terrific items? The place to do that is at the annual Temple Beth Am Chanukah & Holiday Bazaar. This year, the bazaar will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., at 5950 N. Kendall Drive, in the beautiful ballroom. Admission is free and the bazaar is open to the public. There will be a wide variety of vendors selling jewelry, handbags, belts, Judaica, handmade hair accessories, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing, personalized custom items, gifts and more. You can even bring your gold to sell. Vendors this year will include Phused by Phyllis, Hayley Style, Necessary Luxuries, Beading by Bubbie, A Golden Ticket LLC, Goingglam, Lifestyles of Lynne, Top Secret Society, LALE, JS Beads, Tie Dye 2 Dye 4Tie Dye in the Grove, Tarnish Jewels, Joanna Paige, Ellenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Treasures, Jewels by Dunn, Farfalle Designs, Headline Sports, Kidding Around, Sowinski Jewelers, Gifts in Wood, My Kozy Kids, Beach Wear by Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Eve, and many more. Each year the bazaar is a flurry of activity and this year it will be even bigger and better. Plan a day with your friends to come to Temple Beth Am and shop â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;til you drop. Proceeds benefit the Youth Activities Department and the Youth Scholarship Fund. If you want to support Youth through scholarships that give young people incredible educational experiences that they would not be able to have otherwise.

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