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he three yellow ribbons that wrap around the trunks of the towering Royal Palm trees on Southwest 77th Avenue in front of the Haggard home are weathered from the sun and rain, yet they remain resilient and strong, and serve as a reminder on this Memorial Day 2012 of the young family man serving in Afghanistan that they are meant to honor. Capt. Allen Buckhalt is a Black Hawk helicopter pilot with the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army Bravo Company and graduated in 1998 from Palmetto High School. His older sister, Rebecca Haggard, remembers that even as a boy her brother always marched to the beat of his own drum. So when he announced to the family right after college graduation that he had enlisted in the Army, only his father was surprised. “Everybody in the house is a Seminole — my wife, me and Bekki,” said the father, Russell Buckhalt. “But Allen wanted to be a Gator and went to Florida. He graduated in August 2001 with a political science degree and then September 11th happened. The next thing I know, he came home and announced that he had joined the Army. I was just flabbergasted.” The elder Buckhalt served in the National Guard for six years and his father

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s it celebrates its 50th year of service to Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and the surrounding areas, the Howard Palmetto Baseball-Softball Association opens registration for the 2012 fall season. Started five years ago as a prelude to the winter season, the fall program is geared to allow improvement and participation in an atmosphere that is less time consuming and more relaxed than the regular season. Baseball games are played in three age groups, from those beginning fifth grade to those in high school. The games are all played at Chapman Field Park during the week (no weekends), two games per week, First Sergeant Eaton (left) and Capt. R. Allen Buckhalt in Afghanistan –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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ARISSA BAIAMONTE This school year, Palmer Trinity junior Arissa Baiamonte has been working with underprivileged children with the hope that teaching them skills will help them have a brighter future. Baiamonte volunteers at Breakthrough Miami two Saturdays a month from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. “I teach them math skills,” she says. “I enjoy doing it.” Baiamonte deals with fifth and sixth graders. Recently, she taught them how to calculate a profit if they had a website. “If they have to pay for the website and if they charge people to use the website, or if they place an ad on the website,” she says. The kids come from a number of different schools, including Cutler Ridge Elementary. She has two classes, each with 10 students. Baiamonte became involved when she learned about the program during Palmer’s annual club fair. “Ms. Ariel Edwards is the one in charge,” Baiamonte says. “She spoke about breakthrough Miami and it sounded like an interesting opportunity to talk to these kids. I think it’s a cool way of giving back by doing something I enjoy.” This year Baiamonte has focused most of her extracurricular time on Breakthrough because she is determined to do a good job. Working on the program requires receiving a lesson plan on the Thursday before the session, reading it over and devising interesting ways to present the lesson to the

kids. She likes the program so much that she plans to continue her involvement this summer through an internship. “I applied and got the job, so I have to come up with a lesson plan for each day,” she says. “It runs eight weeks. It starts June 11 and ends the first week of August.” Baiamonte is in another club that helps children, Removing Illiteracy by Collective Education or RICE. The club raises money to send kids in India to school. Last year the club sent $400 to India. “This year we have raised close to $200 through donations, bake sales and the booth we had at the annual International Festival at Palmer,” she says. In May, the club plans to host a “Shed Your Threads” day, which is a day that people can pay $1 to wear regular clothes to school instead of their uniforms. Normally, Baiamonte is involved in basketball and softball, but she tore her ACL during basketball practice when another player accidently hit the back of her knee. That injury put her out of commission for the entire year. Recently she was allowed to start running and jumping again. Baiamonte loves sports, but she plays for fun and does not anticipate playing in college. “I enjoy being with my friends and exercising,” she says. While rehabbing her knee, she met people who were much older and saw how they struggled to get better. While rehab was easier for her, going through the ordeal changed her. “I don’t take things for granted,” Baiamonte says. “A week after surgery, I couldn’t walk by myself.” Now that she’s at the end of her junior year, her attention is turning to college choices. She remains undecided on a major, but she likes math and science. She is also considering a career in the physical therapy field. She thinks go to a college out of state would be fun, but preferably one not too far away from Florida. By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

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HALINA RACHELSON Palmer-Trinity senior Halina Rachelson is interested in saving the environment. She’s president of the school’s Ecology Club “Last year we started an E-Waste drive,” she says. “We were collecting electronics. All the materials stay in a dump. I found an electronics recycling company. I even went to the site.” Rachelson was successful in getting Palmer to get rid of Styrofoam cups. “We were wasting them in tremendous amounts,” she says. Now we use plastic reusable cups.” Replacing the cups was important because people would take them all around the campus and they would leave them everywhere. “We have peacocks,” she says, adding that the cups could harm the peacocks because Styrofoam comes from petroleum. “We’re trying to reduce our dependence on oil. It’s an adjustment thing.” Her efforts also led to the school’s chef replacing the plastic stirrers used for coffee and tea. Along with the changes in the types of materials used by the food service programs, the Ecology Club has changed what the school throws out. “We have recycling programs at our school,” Rachelson says. She says it was a challenge, educating the custodians on how to use the proper bins for recycling. “A lot of people don’t know. My mom

comes from a family that recycles. She’s the sustainable coordinator at Miami-Dade College. It’s necessary that you make them aware. It’s a cultural thing too. If you go to a different country, you won’t see as much waste as there is in the United States.” Last year, the club had an Earth Convocation where she and a couple of other students spoke about preserving the planet. Her interest in the environment led to a volunteer/intern position at the Tropical Audubon Society. In that position, she spent a lot of time at the Society’s Thomas House near Sunset Place. That property is used as a restoration area for native plants. She also volunteered at events such as the Earth Day Farmer’s Market on Key Biscayne, “I go there occasionally now; I do oncea-month conservation workshop days,” Rachelson says. “I’m more interested in how to use our land, how to preserve Biscayne Bay.” She says the Audubon Society is involved in the Miami bike scene and they are involved in zoning issues, particularly Urban Development Boundary Line issues. “This year we did a moving plant rally,” she says. “I learned just recently that those mangroves are really important because they protect humans and they are being damaged at really high rates.” Rachelson is also a member of the Japan Club, which is fitting since she was born in Japan. She moved to Miami when she was five. “My parents are teachers. They were teaching English at a high school,” she says, “We now have a spring break exchange program with the same high school my dad taught at.” They were supposed to go to Japan last year, but could not. Oddly enough, they were supposed to go the day the tsunami hit Japan. The tragedy spurred action on the part of the members of the Japan Club. “We had a fundraiser for Japan,” Rachelson says. Students would buy special ribbons and write wishes for Japan on the ribbons that were then placed on a special tree. Rachelson’s college plans are still in flux. She has considered going to an out-ofstate school or even out of the country, but a more likely avenue is to save money by attending the Miami-Dade Honors College and then transferring. By Linda Bernfeld Rodriguez

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DANIEL ROTHWELL Coral Reef High School senior Daniel Rothwell has been playing the saxophone since his first music teacher — who also

played the saxophone — inspired him to pick up the instrument during the summer of second grade. As a member of the band in the Visual & Performing Arts Magnet at Coral Reef, his high school years have been filled with musical performances. This year, Rothwell serves as an officer in the school’s marching band, leading the saxophone section on the field during football games and other events. For the past four years, Rothwell and the school’s band members have also played and marched in front of thousands who come to kick off the holiday season at the Macy’s Holiday Parade at The Falls. In the spring of 2011, while many high school students were enjoying spring break at the beach or on the ski slopes, Rothwell was performing with fellow band mates at the Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis. The annual festival celebrates outstanding music-making by the nation’s finest high school and middle school concert bands, orchestras and percussion ensembles. Rothwell also was chosen to participate

in the University of Miami Frost School of Music Honor Band Festival in 2011 and 2012. Only 180 of the most talented high school instrumentalists from Florida make the cut during the audition process. The annual festival includes two long days of rehearsals and master classes led by Frost School guest conductors. The prestigious event culminates with a final concert presented to a sold-out crowd. “I was chosen for the Honor Wind Ensemble and played first alto saxophone during the first year and baritone saxophone during the second year,” Rothwell said. “It’s an intense 48 hours of training and rehearsing with the conductors. It’s an amazing experience.” Performances on the UM Frost School of Music campus will continue for Rothwell. He has received a partial scholarship and will attend the school in the fall, majoring in classical saxophone performance. “I’ve been a lifelong Cane and UM was my number one choice,” said Rothwell. “I’m thrilled to be going there.” Rothwell also shares his musical talents

with the congregation of St. Louis Catholic Church. As a member of the Music Ministry, he practices each week and performs at church services and special events. He’s also an active member of the Youth Ministry and formed the Ultimate Frisbee group. Every Saturday at Coral Reef Park, the active group meets for an intense game of Frisbee. For the past four summers, Rothwell has joined other youth ministry members as a volunteer camp counselor at the Old Cutler Presbyterian Vacation Bible School, which hosts more than 500 children the first week of each summer. “My faith life has been a very important part of my life; when I was confirmed in ninth grade, it changed who I am,” said Rothwell, who now serves as a Servant Leader at St. Louis, mentoring those who are about to be confirmed. “I’ve made great friends through the Youth Ministry and I know they will be a part of my life forever.” By Nancy Eagleton

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VETERANS, from page 1 also served in the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II. “Allen has always been very patriotic,” he said. “After 9-11, he was so touched by the horrific damage done, he said ‘I want to go and help my country.’ As a child, we tried to teach him to be patriotic; maybe we taught him too well.” Allen’s mother, Esperansa, met her husband in Tallahassee in 1961 shortly after she fled the civil war in her native Cuba. They fell in love while attending North Florida Junior College and eventually transferred to Florida State. Ultimately they settled in South Florida and Palmetto Bay, and raised a family. Residents of the area now for 40 years, Esperansa is a retired guidance counselor from Coral Gables High School and Russell is a retired administrator for the Florida Department of Corrections. “Having come here from a war-torn country, this current conflict takes on a new dimension,” said Esperansa. “We are pursuing freedoms for others and, at the same time, maintaining our own freedoms that we often take for granted. This dedicated group of young men and women that make up our military are wonderfully unselfish kids. My heart goes out to everyone over there serving and to their families as Memorial Day


Memorial Day should be the one day out of the year for the nation to get together to remember, reflee ct and honor those who have given their all in the service to their country. For those of us who havv e served in combat or who are currently serving, Memorial Day is an observance we live out each day.. I have had the honor of flying some of our fallen heroes off of the battlefield and I can tell yoo u that it is something that will stay with me forever. As I fly I can’t help but think of the motherr s and fathers who won’t be seeing their child again, the husbands and wives who won’t be seeing theii r partners again and the children who won’t be seeing their parent again. But I also think about t he sacrifice they made for all of us and it drives me to be a better soldier, officer, husband and f ather. It drives me to earn the sacrifice they have made for me. In the end, I think that’s the reall meaning of Memorial Day. — Capt. R. Allen Buckhalt

approaches. We understand what a parent feels when their child is in jeopardy, but we are extremely proud of our son and support him 100 percent.” Capt. Buckhalt, a company commander, began working his way up through the ranks right after he finished basic training,

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recalls his sister Rebecca Haggard, a Pinecrest resident. “He went to Iraq in 2003 as mechanical crew chief for the Apache Helicopter Brigade,” she said. “Then he went on to Officer Candidate School and then to flight school. He is 32 years old and has been a commissioned officer for three years now.” Rebecca also remembers the helicopter and airplane models that were scattered about her brother’s bedroom as a child, and she acknowledges the military connection with their grandfather, who died before Allen was born. She says she thinks that her brother is living his destiny. “It is so hard for his wife Bonnie (a retired Army major), who is in Fayetteville, North Carolina near Fort Bragg where they have been based,” said Rebecca. “She is raising their three-year-old daughter, Ava, and 16-year-old son, Joel, on her own. The sacrifices are so tough being away from his family and his little girl, but he is strong and brave, and doing what he is meant to do.” For the Haggard and Buckhalt households, Memorial Day is more than a fun holiday break before summer. “Whenever there is a holiday that honors the military it is very difficult for us because we know that Allen is in harm’s way,” said Russell Buckhalt. “We honor all of our military on Memorial Day and we are humbled and proud of Allen. In his dedication to serve, he embodies the best of what this country is made of.”

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Capt. Allen Buckhalt’s parents, Russell and Esperansa Buckhalt, and his sister, Rebecca Haggard, outside her Pinecrest home.


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Curing paralysis is the goal at Buoniconti ‘Party in Park fundraiser

Marc Buoniconti and father Nick.


On a recent balmy Saturday night, several blocks south of city hall in downtown Coral Gables were barricaded against traffic. Instead of cars cruising around the Biltmore Way roundabout, canopied tables, chairs and tents filled with delightful dishes and wines welcomed guests at the “Party in the Park.” Presented by the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida and sponsored by Bacardi, the inaugural fundraiser event benefited The Buoniconti Fund, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. “I don’t care for myself really, I am adjusted,” said 28-year-old part-time Buoniconti Fund staff member Ernesto Velazquez as he sat enjoying the cool sunset breeze with cousin Henry Fonseca. “It’s to help the kids and give them a chance to walk again.” Confined to a wheelchair since being hit by a drunk driver at 10 years old, Velazquez seems to be a wise old (handsome and selfpossessed) soul in his elegant black dress shirt and military crew cut with detailed tattoo art along his biceps. “One of the most ironic things to me is that the guy who picked me up off the street is a paraplegic today as a result of drunk driving as well,” said Velazquez, who spent a month in a coma after the accident and

calls himself a survivor who does not dwell on the past. “I live life to the fullest. I am a survivor. I don’t let things bring me down. I have family and friends to keep me up.” The Buoniconti Fund logo is a silhouette series of a stick-figure in a wheelchair standing up to walk in five progressively sketched frames. Event chairman Marc Buoniconti, president of The Buoniconti Fund and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, says it has always been the support of family and friends that helped him get through the tough times after his accident on a football field in Tennessee. “I rely on my family and friends to get me through the hard times,” said Buoniconti. “I am so humbled by the support of everyone that has come out to help me and help the cause. There couldn’t be a better place for us to have our inaugural event, in front of city hall in my hometown of Coral Gables. It’s great to be with my community and to raise money for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.” Friends of the Buoniconti family and event sponsors attorney Steve Coxhead and his artist wife Lu said they are thrilled to be a part of cutting edge changes in medical science that will affect millions of lives. “It is like people must have felt in the 1960s during the moon launch,” said Steve Coxhead. “Not very often in life is one exposed to the very cutting edge of science that will touch millions of lives and allow hundreds of people to be able to walk again.” For more information, call 305243-3863 or visit <>. An attentive crowd listens as Marc Buoniconti speaks.

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‘Smarty Dogs’ raises $50,000

Mayor Cindy Lerner and area school administrators accepted a symbolic check in the amount of $50,000 at a recent Village Council meeting representing the money raised by the “Smarty Dogs” art sculpture program. The money will be used to buy smart board computers for area schools. Mayor Lerner said the Smarty Dogs were symbolic of a Village dream to one day have a dog park.

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Are you a Red Berry Hall of Famer? BY PRESTON MICHELSON

A cornerstone of South Florida baseball is retiring. After 46 years of instructing baseball to children based on “hits, runs and values,” Coach Red Berry’s legacy will never be forgotten. To this day, I can still remember the Nasty Boys Code: “A nasty boy plays hard, a nasty boy plays tough, a nasty boy hustles all the time, a nasty boy competes like Jackie Robinson with the heart of a lion.” And what was probably the most important aspect of the Nasty Boy name were the three letters consecutively — T-Y-B — that stood for “Try Your Best.” Touted as one of the “mantras of Red Berry” it truly speaks to what his Baseball World was all about. The excitement I felt after Coach Red called my name to be inducted into the Nasty Boys was indescribable. As I sprinted up to where Coach Red was standing — by the Roberto Clemente Pavilion sign — he slipped off my cap and a brand new white tee-shirt with “NASTY BOYS” printed on the front was placed over my neck. What an honor and my name would be written on the placard to boot! The lessons that I learned at Red Berry’s Baseball World will never be forgotten. There are certain memories that seem to always stick with me from my time with Coach Red Berry. I will always remember the name tag placed carefully on the bill of my hat so the coaches would be able to address me by name. I will always remember Coach Red screaming, “Don’t walk on the grass or else it will die!” I will also forever remember the values that were instilled in me. I started attending Coach Red’s Baseball World at a very young age. A positive attitude and hard work were simply expected. Therein lays the essence of Coach Red’s teachings. He was not only teaching the fundamentals of baseball, he was teaching the main constructs of a successful future. And for that, I am forever indebted. There was always a certain air of reverence that existed in Casey Stengel Hall, which housed the Red Berry Hall of Fame. The redframed plaques were lined in rows that extended the length of the walls. For the thousands of children that Coach Red had instructed, these were the elite. These were those that best exemplified everything that Red Berry stood for and taught. For Coach Red’s 46 years of instruction in South Florida, there is a Hall of Fame celebration that is being held June 2. Several parents of Hall of Fame members are coordinating this event and it will serve to celebrate the Hall of Famers’ accomplishments. But, most importantly, it will honor and celebrate Coach Red Berry’s tireless efforts in the instruction of baseball.


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Through non-stop efforts of the parents planning this celebration, many of the Hall of Fame members have been contacted and the event is starting to shape up. However, there are Hall of Famers that have not yet been contacted. If your name is among those, or if you have any way of contacting these Hall of Famers, your efforts will be greatly appreciated. The more Hall of Famers that are in attendance, the more memorable the event will be. Any questions or comments are welcome, and you may direct them to <>. Listed here are the Hall of Famers that are yet to be contacted and their year of induction: Alex Aguirre (’08), Joel Alzugarai (’12), Ryan Andersen (’98), Douglas Arries (’02), Eric Berkowitz (’97), Chris Borges (’08), Patrick Burke (’98), Javy Camacho (’09), Brian Carvajal (’06), Chris Diaz (’99), A.J. Febles (’02), Christian Fernandez (’05), John Foss (’97), Alex Garcia (’06), Gabriel Garriga (’06), Daniel Haisten (’95), Calvin Hammond (’01), Chris Hoffstetteer (’95), Jack Houck (’96), Ryan Jackson (’90), Alan Kinkle (’10), Marcos Lorenzo (’10), Chris Losada (’06), Mark Margolis (’96), Adrian Marquez (’12), Isaac Martinez (’96), Jimmy Newmeyer (’94), Richie Ocana (’06), Buck Ortega (’94), Israel Pena (’97), Carlos Perez (’99), Dan Perkins (’81), Chris Ramirez (’07), Stephen Reyes (’04), Billy Rich (’94), Angel Ruiz (’97), Roberto Sabates (’12), Yushin Salgado (’98), Giancarlos Sanora (’12), Laz Santana (’99), Roberto Sasso (’97), Eric Soderholm (’65), Michael Tejera (’99), Gregg Vazquez (’02), Brad Wemhoener (’95).

Preston Michelson is a junior at Palmer Trinity School where he is the public address announcer for all varsity sporting events. Contact him on Twitter at @PrestonMich or by email at <>.

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State legislature gets ‘no fault’ law wrong again BY DAVID SAMPEDRO

Attorney Recently the Florida Legislature passed a bill intended to reform Florida’s PIP statute. Sometimes known as the No-Fault Statute, PIP is only one of two types of automobile insurance required to be carried by all owners of vehicles registered in Florida. It pays for 80 percent of reasonable, related, and necessary medical expenses, as well as 60 percent of lost wages related to an automobile accident regardless of fault. PIP is often the only type of health insurance available in an automobile accident. Over the years the Florida Legislature has made inept efforts to amend Florida’s PIP law, sometimes because of what has been described as unscrupulous healthcare providers or attorneys, but more often to appease the insurance industry. This year, behind the insurance industry’s pretense that PIP reform was necessary to lower insurance premiums, the legislature came up with an amendment that is certain to cause more confusion and litigation than its last effort to appease the insurance industry. Effective January 1, 2013 an injured person must seek medical care within 14 days of a motor vehicle accident or run the risk of not being provided with PIP coverage. Thereafter, a health care provider – excluding chiropractors — must determine whether the injured person had an “emergency medical condition.” If an emergency medical condition exists the $10,000 in PIP coverage previously available continues to exist. If, however, a health care provider – which includes chiropractors — does not determine a patient to have an “emergency medical condition”, PIP benefits are limited to $2,500. Although the legislature did take the time to include the definition of an “emergency medical condition”, its definition is somewhat subjective. It includes severe pain which, in the absence of immediate medical attention, could result in serious health consequences to the patient. It is not difficult to imagine the whirlwind of litigation that the legislature has created. In addition to possibly violating due process laws, it is not difficult to come up with various scenarios in which legitimate injuries will result in the denial of PIP

LAW benefit. For example, an individual involved in a motor vehicle accident who hurts a knee and initially avoids seeking medical attention hoping that aches and pains will go away after a few days. However, on day 15 the person ends up seeing a physician who orders an MRI and it is determined that the injured person sustained a torn meniscus and now needs surgery. Under Florida’s new PIP law, this person is not entitled to benefits. This legislation also will affect thirdparty cases. If a person who fails to receive medical care and treatment within 14 days does not qualify for PIP, does that person need to sustain a permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability to make a claim for pain and suffering? As the law stood prior to this amendment, a person injured as a result of an automobile accident could only assert a claim for pain and suffering if he or she sustained a permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability. In the past, the Florida Supreme Court upheld this threshold only because of the application of personal injury protection benefits. Therefore, this amendment is certain to create litigation over whether the threshold law remains constitutional, at least in those circumstances where PIP is not applicable. The true shortcoming of this law is that it does not even address the alleged motives behind the amendment – that is to say it doesn’t guarantee lower insurance premiums. When the issue was tabled to have independent auditors determine whether this amendment would lower costs to insurers and have that tie into a requirement to lower insurance rates, the insurance industry balked. It all points to another sweetheart deal received by the insurance industry at the expense of Florida residents and consumers. Unfortunately, it only continues the tidal wave the industry has been riding for the last 15 years.

David Sampedro is an attorney and partner with the Pinecrest law firm of Panter, Panter & Sampedro, 6950 N. Kendall Drive. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-6178.

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Gulliver Middle wins county golf title

Gulliver Middle School won the Dade County Youth Fair Golf Tournament. All four Gulliver players from finished in the top 10. Pictured (l-r) are Gulliver teammates Trevor Pelletier, Ryan Fluxman, Coach Don Moore, Chris Nido and Scott Martinez. The Raiders competed against 13 school golf teams from across the county.

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‘SummerJazz On Gulf’ returns to Naples Beach Hotel for 27th year BY LEE STEPHENS

A southwest Florida tradition continues as The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club again hosts the popular “SummerJazz on the Gulf” concert series for the 27th consecutive year. The fun, free concert series combines a diverse selection of Jazz entertainers with gorgeous views of the Gulf, exquisite sunsets, refreshing breezes and a relaxing atmosphere. Each concert is held on the resort’s scenic Watkins Lawn overlooking the Scene from one of last year’s SummerJazz concerts at Naples Gulf of Mexico. Beach Hotel. SummerJazz will take place one ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Saturday evening per month from June through September and each concert will last from 7 to 10 p.m. This year’s lineup includes the Legendary J.C.s on June 16; Late Night Brass, July 21; New Groove City featuring Gumbi Ortiz, Aug. 25; and Eight To The Bar on Sept. 22. “This year we’re featuring two groups who have played SummerJazz previously, Late Night Brass and Gumbi Ortiz, now known as New Groove City featuring Legendary J.C.s will make their first appearance at SummerJazz on Gumbi Ortiz – plus two new the Gulf on June 16. groups that we think will put ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– on great shows,” said Naples Beach Hotel food & beveris available just north of the hotel at age director Jim Anderson. “It promises to Lowdermilk Park, with free parking for cars be an excellent concert series.” having a Naples beach sticker and free For information or to make reservations, roundtrip trolley service to the resort. Guests call 800-237-7600 or go to may bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating, <>. but coolers are not permitted. For more inforFor those not staying at the resort parking mation and directions, call 239-261-2222.

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Mental illness no longer ignored BY BRODES H. HARTLEY, JR. President/CEO, Community Health of South Florida

May is Mental Health Month. It’s a good time to consider a common disorder that affects about one in four Americans. These days, the problem is identified and treated more often than in the past. We still occasionally see a stigma or embarrassment attached to the term “mental health” but many conditions are better understood with today’s easy, rapid access to health information of all kinds. Each of us goes through periods of stress and anxiety. Even in good times, people occasionally face issues or situations that can push an everyday hassle toward a crisis. And most Americans have not enjoyed good times in the last few years. Economic conditions have eaten away at energy, spirit, productivity and general well being. We may know a relative, friend or colleague that seems depressed, has turned to substance abuse, suffers from posttraumatic stress or has other issues. Many people living with a mental health condition — as high as 50 percent — never seek or receive help due to stigma, lack of information, cost or lack of health insurance coverage. Many people may be reluctant to ask for help or don’t know where to find it. Fortunately, CHI has therapists and counselors to provide help. Also, there are other providers in our community. For the self-conscious, libraries and the

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I am getting divorced. What do I need to do to make this transition as smooth as possible for my children and me? Create a support system for yourself. Have a great attorney, forensic accountant, estate attorney, financial planner, divorce life coach, therapist and good friends. I can’t stress enough how important it is to meet with an estate attorney and financial planner before you go to mediation. There are also Family Wizard and Aftermath that are worth looking into. Family Wizard will aid you with communication with your ex and Aftermath will help you tie up all the many loose ends after the divorce. Surround yourself with positive people and be patient with yourself as divorce is a process. But if you lay the groundwork, things will go smoother and you’ll feel confident that you’ve covered all your bases. I’m having a really hard time being around my best friends who are married and buying a summer home. I feel like everyone around me is moving forward with their life and I’m moving backwards. It’s all about how you look at things. You are not moving backwards, you are just embarking on a different path. Share in the joy with your friends and that positive energy will bring positive things back your way. Set goals and push forward with them. Find something that really excites you and immerse yourself in it. Don’t focus on what you don’t have, focus on what you do have and give thanks for all the great things yet to come. I have to sell my home and I am so distraught over this. People don’t understand how I feel and I’m tired of hearing them say the same old things — “It’s too big”, “It’s

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Wagons West is Pinecrest’s Times Square HAL FELDMAN When you think of your hometown, a few things always come to mind — the kids’ sports leagues, schools, friends and a great local restaurant. For many in the Pinecrest area, Suniland Shopping Center’s Wagons West is their favorite place to eat, and with good reason. For 25 years, Jim Smith (of JAS Group Architects Planners) has come to Wagons West four days a week for lunch. Why? “It’s predictable, the food is great, the hostesses are the best and there’s always Wally, the entertainer,” says Smith. “It’s where the elite meet to eat. I’ve closed more business deals here than anywhere else, including our office.” Russell, Joyce and Wade Langley have been eating here since 1974 when it was the Suniland Luncheonette. “Wagons’ food is consistently good, the coffee is wonderful, Walter is a great guy and the staff is marvelous,” says Joyce. My wife’s family, the Morrisons, have been eating at Wagons since it opened in 1981. Before I moved to Miami, they would proudly take me to Wagons West, calling it a South Florida tradition. Wagons West is a “water cooler” spot. Even more than the great American food, it’s the place for local news and gossip. It’s impossible not to be recognized and warmly greeted when you walk in. There’s a strong sense of consistency and staying power, punctuated perfectly by the original redwood outdoor sign, which now proudly hangs over the kitchen area. The owners, Walter and Steven Muench, came to the United States from Germany in 1958. They moved to South Florida in 1971 and operated two restaurants that preceded

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Wagons West. From 1981 to 1989, the two brothers cooked everything at the restaurant themselves. Walter (or Wally as most people call him) looks back on those days with pride and satisfaction. “There was nothing like working the kitchen and turning out great food for all my patrons. Their smiles and support was all I needed to know we’d done good.” Brother Stephen retired in 2010, but Wally continues the family tradition. To this day, Wally is comfortable in his restaurant and he’s made countless others comfortable as well. The staff, who are more like family, are Saturnan Auguste (29 years), Dawn Crawly (10 years), Lin Farres (14 years), Vanessa Gomez (17 years), Joan Greenberg (8 years), Stephanie Keough (3 years), Laura Kurucz (5 years), Danielle Penny (6 years), Susan Schroder (18 years), Vivian Schroder (10 years), Beppi Steele (20 years), Rachel Thibault (10 years), Joan Weinstein (12 years) and Freeman Williams (10 years). Once you’re in, you unlikely to leave. To the patrons, the staff is what makes Wagons West so special. Upon opening in 1981, Wagons West was immediately given a Western theme. Wally says although the theme was definite, the name choice was not. “My brother and I were at the attorney’s office to register the business and we knew we wanted a wagon as the centerpiece for our Western theme. We went in with about 30 to 50 relatively generic names and quickly boiled it down to four: Wagons North, South, East and West.” They ended up choosing West because they liked the phrase ‘Go West young man’ and they thought it best fit the theme. With a smile, Wally remembers the early decorations. “We had model wagons in the window for a while, but (he chuckles) we got tired of our patrons complaining they were facing the wrong direction. So, down they came!” Not much else has changed. The wellworn counters, booths, tables, wall decor and floors all reflect the staying power and fun attitude of the restaurant. “People eat with their eyes,” says Wally. “We know that to stay successful, we need to be consistent in our theme, the food’s appearance and taste. The secret is stable pricing, quality product and good service.” Wally’s son, Michael, goes to FIU and works in the restaurant on weekends. I asked Wally about the future of Wagons. “He’s got the chops to take over once I’m retired,” says Wally. “He’s 23 and has been helping out here since he was six years old. He knows how to do it, probably better than me, and faster. But I think he’s got different loves in life.” Lots of notable people eat at Wagons West. “Yeah, we got TV personalities, Mayors,

Servers Rachel Thibault, Vanessa Gomez, Lin Farres and owner Walter (Wally) Muench ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– judges and big time business people,” says Wally. “Famous people? We got all kinds, including you, Hal. This is like Times Square right here in our town. Everyone gets to Times Square at least once in their life. Like Andy Worhol said, ‘You’re gonna get your 15-minutes of fame’. This is where everyone gets their 15-minutes. This is where everyone comes to be part of the community. Everyone seems to pass through here.”

HOMEOWNER HELP Once again, hurricane season approaches. With nearly all of our important information now stored on our personal computer, many homeowners worry about backups. There are countless ways to backup. So many that it just causes confusion. The easiest way to ensure that your personal data is safe is to use Dropbox. This free service securely copies your files to the ‘cloud’ and backs up your files, continuously and automatically. Should a hurricane strike your home, you can access your files from any Internet-connected computer, your smartphone or iPad. Later, you can recover the files to your personal computer. Dropbox works on PCs and Macs. If you use this link, you’ll be rewarded with 25 percent extra free storage space. Get started by going to <>. I’m always looking for interesting people and events for consideration in upcoming issues. Contact me at: <>, <> or <>. Hal Feldman is a Realtor with RE/MAX Advance Realty. He is always available for any real estate questions. On Sundays, from 10 a.m.-Noon he is outside Wagons West in the Suniland Shopping Center to talk real estate.

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‘Tandem Experience’ offers a new concept in theater summer camps BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

The opening of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center created the opportunity for a new theater-related summer camp called The Tandem Experience. Created by Robin Barson and Jeannie Sensale, the summer camp will culminate with a production of The Pirates of Penzance. The announcement about Tandem created a quite a stir. The ink was barely dry on the contract with the county before they received three camp registrations. Part of the excitement is that the camp will teach both performance and technical skills. “This is a skill-based program both in the performance and technical tracks,” Barson says. The idea is to give the campers exposure to higher levels of instruction than they might get elsewhere. “A lot of kids only want to go out and be a lead in a production,” Barson says. “Many end up in technical theater because their audition didn’t go so well. We think it’s an area that can be a training ground for career. We want to introduce them to the possibility.” Every production can be a positive experience, even for those who are not the lead,

Robin Barson and Jeannie Sensale will operate a theater summer camp at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

because each production teaches something different. “We want them to find ways to learn

something in every possibility,” Barson says. Barson, the drama teacher at Ammons Middle School, will be the camp artistic director. Sensale, the musical director, teaches voice to private students. She’s also the musical director for productions at Ammons and Palmer Trinity School. The two met in a community theater performance of Guys and Dolls in 1999. They are adding a third associate as artistic director, Palmer drama teacher Phebe Hibshman, a trained Shakespearean actress. “We’ve been building summer camps and working together in production for years, both on stage and with children,” Barson says. “We’ve produced numerous children’s theater productions.” Barson says the summer camp is just the first project for Tandem. The plan calls for bringing in professionals in both the acting and technical fields to work with the campers. “A professional might do a master class on character,” Barson says, adding that lighting directors would make presentations on proper lighting and costume designers might offer sessions on design attire for a show. “They’ll do hands-on workshops with

the technical students, so they’ll get an intensive in lighting,” Barson says. Sensale says not only will the technical kids get great instruction, but the children on the performing side will gain broader knowledge as well. The camp will also teach the children a great understanding of ensemble work. Barson says the camp will be a “diva-free” zone because the students will learn that everyone in a production has value. Tandem is offering six full scholarships based on need, talent and interest. They are seeking additional funding to make the camp even more affordable for families, while still being cost affective. In creating the company, Barson and Sensale received input from both parent and teen advisory boards. They wanted to ensure they were taking an educational approach that fit with their philosophical approach. The camp will run from July 16 to Aug. 10 and feature a performing track and a technical track. It’s open to children 10 to 18 years old. The Pirates of Penzance performance is scheduled for Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. and it will be open to the public. For more information, go to <>.

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Read in Stockholm Here’s Pinecrest resident James McDonald on a business trip to Stockholm, Sweden. Of course he remembered to take along a copy of his favorite hometown newspaper and snapped this shot for us while standing in front of the KTH – Royal Institute of Technology. Thanks for thinking of us, James.

By Miguel Lopez InSource, Inc., one of South Florida’s largest independently owned risk management firms offering insurance, surety and employee benefits, announced today that its shareholders have elected Mr. Bill Parker, previous Vice-Chairman, as the President of InSource, Inc. and Mr. Davor Mimica, previous Executive Vice-President, as the new Vice-Chairman of the firm. In addition, Mr. Alex Soto, past President, will hold the position of Chief Executive Officer; Mr. Bill Parker J. Hayes Worley Jr. will continue to be Chairman of the firm’s Board of Directors, and Mr. Chris Ball will continue to serve as the firm’s Chief Financial and Operations Officer. William F. Kleis, Phillip C. Lyons, and Charles Vodicka will continue their roles as Senior Vice-Presidents and members of the Board of Directors. The news comes as the firm prepares to celebrate its ninetieth anniversary. “These changes are being made to ensure the continued forward movement of the firm and allow us to enter our second century of service to the South Florida community with our next generation of the firm’s leaders”, said Alex Soto. “Davor and I are honored with the decision of the shareholders. Our strength is our people and we are excited about the opportunity to continue building our firm as we help our clients Davor Mimica achieve their goals”, said Bill Parker. InSource, Inc. is a full-service risk management firm offering insurance, surety and employee benefits. They have offices in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, a staff of 65+ insurance professionals, and access to all major markets. InSource, Inc. is located at 9500 South Dadeland Boulevard on the 4th Floor in Miami, Florida 33156. Their phone number is 305.670.6111. Visit their website:

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Pinecrest residents open home for gala appreciation dinner party BY LEE STEPHENS

As a final wrap up to the Coral Gables Rotary Club’s Night on the Red Carpet gala, Pinecrest residents Margarita and Rick Tonkinson hosted an after-party at their Pinecrest by the Sea home for the Gala Committee on April 15. As gala chair, this was Margarita Tonkinson’s way of thanking her hard-working committee. While most guests brought hors d’oeuvres, Rick Tonkinson prepared the steak and all celebrated knowing they had helped raise more than $20,000 at the March 9 gala, money that will benefit both Citizens for a Better South Florida and the many programs and charities supported by the Coral Gables Rotary Foundation. The Hollywood inspired charity gala “A Night on the Rotarian and Pinecrest resident Rick Tonkinson prepares steak for Red Carpet” was held at the guests at Night on the Red Carpet after-party dinner. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Country Club of Coral Gables, kicking off with a reception and silent auc- our and hilarity to the elegant and festive tion followed by dinner and dancing. A evening, with prizes going to the best cosshort program recognized sponsors, tumes. Of course, with Zoo Miami’s including FPL, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car and always entertaining and enthusiastic Ron Tonkinson Financial, as well as former Magill as emcee, fun is always the order of Coral Gables Mayor and Rotary President the day and he did not disappoint. Margarita Tonkinson acknowledged Don Slesnick, who was presented with a club president Debbie Swain, presenting Lifetime Achievement award. Many guests donned Hollywood her with a special framed gift. Tonkinson inspired costumes to walk the red carpet, also thanked freelance event planner Karla stopping for a paparazzi photo with Clint Merrell, who volunteered her services, and Eastwood (Don Trombly) and the Queen of a great committee for producing this sucHearts (Gloria Burns) adding lots of glam- cessful event.

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Read in Positano, Italy Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longtime Pinecrest resident Sandra Bertner enjoying the sunshine on her porch in Positano, Italy with a copy of her favorite hometown newspaper. Thanks for taking us along, Sandra.

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305-588-8161 JoAnn Direct Cell & Text

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12850 SW 57 Ave. - Pinecrest Beautiful 6B/6B chic and modern home with 1,000 Square Foot guest house $2,699,000

5770 SW 114 Terrace - Pinecrest Pinecrest Elementary An unparalleled level of luxury is evident throughout this beautiful, gated 6BR, 6BA Tuscan estate. Spectacular Designer Kitchen, Totally renovated interior in 2005. Magical backyard offers awesome pool with waterfall & waterslide that will delight the kids! Visit online at


13475 SW 63 Ct. - Pinecrest d

Pinecrest Elementary Delightful 5B 4B single-level home. Acre lot on prestigious street in the heart of Pinecrest. High ceilings, excellent floor plan. Bright, sunny and spacious rooms. Huge 3-car garage. Visit online at

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6090 SW 116 Street - Pinecrest


7935 SW 134 St. - Pinecrest

When Selling Your Home for its Highest Possible Price Really Matters, call or text JoAnn Roberts 305-588-8161 For showing appts call 305-215-7653


I Support Animal rescue Services. Help them when you can. Thanks, JoAnn Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc.

12651 S. Dixie Hwy, Pinecrest North Office

RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE, INC. An Independently Owned and Operated by NRT Incorporation

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