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‘I am retiring as police chief in early April’

BY JOHN R. HOHENSEE

Police Chief Pinecrest Police Department As many of you know, for the last six months or so there has been widespread speculation regarding the possibility of my retirement. Well, here’s the highly sought after information — during my annual report presentation to Council, I announced that I intend on retiring in early April. I have been a fulltime law enforcement officer since 1970. I’ve had a wonderful career, the pinnacle of which has been the last 12 years at the Pinecrest Police Department. I am very proud of the many accomplishments we have achieved together here in the Village. We have jointly created an agency comprised of devoted professionals dedicated to public safety service and in achieving our goal of “Committed to Excellence” every day. I cannot think of a better way to wrap up my career than to exit from an agency that is at the top of its game. With the wholehearted support of Village Manager Galiano-Gomez, I have or am in

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Pinecrest ranks #1 for ‘quality of life’ BY JEFF CUTLER

Councilmember, Village of Pinecrest I am proud to announce that the Village of Pinecrest recently has been awarded the highest ranking in South Florida for quality of life by The South Florida Business Journal. Our residents already know about the high quality of life enjoyed in the Village, but it is nice to be publicly recognized. Our Village economy remains relatively strong, educational offerings are among the best, and public and private services available to residents are top drawer. The Village Council and staff are open and responsive to our residents and we labor to make the Village a great place to live. A strong citizen and business participation in our community and government, and our Village based charity foundations also contribute to our quality of life.

Here’s Pinecrest resident and U.S. Marine Corporal Christopher Dabney, of Echo Company, on assignment in Afghanistan. Busy as he is, he took time out to get his picture taken with a copy of his favorite hometown newspaper and sent it back to his dad, who dropped it by our offices last week. Thanks for thinking of us, Christopher. Good luck and get home safely!

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Palmetto Blue & White game set for Feb. 3 BY RAQUEL GARCIA

Palmetto High School baseball head coach Danny Smith believes the game is about more than winning or losing, it is about being a part of the community and preparing players for a possible future in the sport. The annual Blue and White intra-squad scrimmage between the varsity, junior varsity and under-16 players will take place at Coral Reef Park, Palmetto’s home field, on Feb. 3 at 11a.m. “We want people to come out and really feel like they are part of the program,” said Smith. “Stop by the dugout and meet the players and bring the little ones. We will show the kids around and sign autographs.We never turn anyone away.” The Blue and White game is the official launch of baseball season for Palmetto and, according to parent and volunteer Martha Levey, it is an event that the Village, the team and the school look forward to. “It is the inauguration of baseball season for the community and everyone really looks forward to the event,” said Levey. “The players are all introduced on the field in full uniform with parents, dignitaries and school officials present. It is a wonderful tradition and a great

way to kick off the season.” In addition to promising young athletes ready for friendly competition on the field, classic barbeque dishes will be available, with entertainment provided by the Palmetto Marching Band, the color guard, the dancing Shatonettes, and of course the school’s cheerleading squad. Coach Smith says players to watch this season include senior pitcher Brandon Kacer, one of the top players in Miami-Dade County; junior second baseman Michael Wall, who is already being scouted by college recruiters; and shortstop Riley Delgado, who started playing baseball when he was in the eighth grade and could be an all county player this year. “These are great kids to coach because they come from very engaged families and are motivated; very teachable,” said Smith. “I tell them ‘I want you to come out here and think baseball, baseball, baseball’ and if that doesn’t work out for your professional future, ok, go on to medical school.” The Blue and White game is free and open to the public. Barbeque tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for kids. For more information, go to <www.palmettopanthersbaseball.com>.

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DILLON PATEL Gulliver Prep senior Dillon Patel is the Silver Knight nominee in the New Media category. Patel has been the editor of the Gulliver yearbook for two years. “I try to use the yearbook to reach out to different groups,” he says. “We want to talk about the maintenance department – through working on my fashion show, I’ve gotten to know them. We couldn’t do it without them.” Patel says the yearbook staff was also interested in telling the story about the head chef in the cafeteria who sings while he’s cooking every day. “Larry, he’s been here forever,” Patel says. Although being yearbook editor takes a lot of time, Patel’s been able to earn more than 600 hours of community service. He earned some of the hours through volunteering at Baptist Hospital. He also gained hours through Interact (he’s the president this year) and the Teens Against Domestic Violence clubs. Through Interact, students try to raise money to help those in need. “But more than that, every dollar we donate, we follow it and try to see how it’s changing someone’s life,” Patel says. “You don’t learn things by raising money. You actually have to interact with people to see how you’re actually making a difference, even more important to inspire you to keep making a difference.”

The service club goes to the Community Partnership for the Homeless shelter once a month to serve food and play with the children who live there. The trip includes spending almost $400 to buy the food for the meal to feed the 500 residents, plus another $100 in transportation costs. “Sometimes you’re sad when you don’t see the same people, but you should be happy because they are moving on,” Patel says. “That’s why we chose this shelter; it’s a rehabilitation facility, more than a place to just crash for the night.” Interact has almost 100 members and it’s the largest organization on campus and one of the most active. “There are one or two organizations that raise more money, but in terms of actual volunteer hours, we’re the most active,” Patel says. This school year, Interact planned to start the Homeless Vote Project, in hopes of ensuring the homeless are able to exercise their right to vote. “The ones that actually commit crimes are legally not allowed to vote for a certain number of years,” he says. “The ones that did not commit crimes are being unfairly punished.” Interact’s big fundraiser is the annual fashion show held in the spring. “Last year we made $7,003,” Patel says. “That has helped us expand our charitable works. We’re going to be working with the Easter Seals, a day-care operation for adults. We have four trips planned for this year.” Patel also has been a member of Teens Against Domestic abuse. He says he was in the club for three years before it was disbanded because it was overlapped by another club. He plans to join the new club. “I think it’s an issue that needs to be addressed more; not just by adults, but by teenagers,” he says. “A lot of it is raising awareness. A lot of people don’t know they are being abused, or treated unfairly.” For college, Patel was considering schools such as Tufts, the University of Miami, Washington University, Vanderbilt, Emory, Southern California, Duke and Tulane. His area of study will focus on economics or public policy. By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

KALEY JASLOW This has been a good school year for Palmetto High senior Kaley Jaslow. She is the school’s nominee for the Silver Knight in the Athletics category. Jaslow played varsity volleyball for Palmetto for three years, ending her high school athletic career on a terrific note as the Panthers had a fantastic season and made it to the state championship tournament. “We lost our first game, but that put us in the top four teams in the state,” she says. To make it to the state tournament, Palmetto had to beat its main rival, Krop High. “They beat us last year in the final set on a controversial call,” Jaslow says. “We beat them three out of five (sets).” Jaslow is waiting for the Miami Herald’s 2011-12 Girls Volleyball AllCounty Team to be announced. She has been on the honorable mention list for two consecutive years and hopes to achieve that honor once again or possibly even higher. Jaslow also received good news on the college front. She has already been accepted by Tulane, which is giving her scholarship funding and the chance to qualify for a full scholarship. She is waiting to hear from a few more colleges before making a decision on which school to attend. She plans to major in history. “I like history a lot. I’ll probably

minor in political science,” she says. “I want to study law. I would consider politics as well.” Other subjects of interest are anthropology, languages and math. Although she loves the sport, she does not plan to play varsity volleyball in college. “A couple of colleges have talked to my coach about me playing for them, but I’m not really interested in playing in college,” she says. “I don’t think I want to play in college because I worked hard in high school to get good grades and I want to go to a school that has great academics.” Throughout her high school career, Jaslow has made time for community service. She was a camp counselor at the University of Miami Mini-Canes camp. The camp is held at the Wellness Center and the children play all types of sports, from baseball to basketball to kickball. They also play capture-theflag and soccer, in addition to swimming each day. “I went there for nine years,” she says. “We help them learn and we make sure they are active. I liked it a lot. I think a couple of the people that I was counselor for are actually at Palmetto now.” At school, Jaslow is the Student Council vice president in charge of the Interclub Council and an officer for the Science National Honor Society. She also participated in events such as Plant the Pride and she participates in the Health Information Project (HIP). “We go to ninth and 10th grade biology classes,” Jaslow says. “We talk about different issues on health. We have six throughout the year and they last all day.” Some of the topics include dieting, nutrition and exercise. Jaslow says the students appear to like hearing the information from their peers. “We bring in a lot of props, like shortening. For example, we showed them how much fat is in French fries and they said they wouldn’t eat at McDonalds anymore,” she says. Jaslow says speaking with the students helps them learn about important health topics, and it also helps her get over the fear of public speaking. By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld


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LUCIA HERMANN Gulliver senior Lucia Hermann has earned more than 400 community service hours. Many of the hours came from working at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and she was able to intern through the

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Scholars program. “For that I was in a lab and we had to put together a project, write a research paper and do an oral presentation at a science symposium that they held for all the students,” Hermann says. The research was done on injured mice. “We would slice pieces of the brain and then we would have to apply antibodies and certain dyes,” she says. “We would take pictures and do tissue analysis.” The experience helped her learn about the issues of dealing with paralysis. “Things like how the cells atrophy and why the cells can’t regenerate,” Hermann says. “It was really cool.” The eight-week intern program served to cement her ambition to become a doctor. “I’ve always wanted to be a pediatrician. My grandfather was a doctor and my dad is a dentist,” she says. “It was one of the most insightful experiences I have had. I understand a lot more about cell biology.” Hermann is writing her International Baccalaureate program extended essay on the research project. She had hoped to be able to volunteer for the program this past

summer, but by the time the approval came, it was two weeks before school started. So she worked on a different intern program at Miami City Hall in the International Affairs department. “I was doing archiving. I was writing letters for the French consul,” she says. “I helped set up the 50th anniversary celebration of Jamaica’s independence that they held at City Hall. I also did preparations for the Mona Lisa Unveiled exhibit at the Freedom Tower.” The French that she learned in school made writing letters for the French consul easier. Because of the French classes, she’s a member of the French National Honor Society. She is also on the executive council for the National Honor Society. Along with the clubs, Hermann has been involved in school as an athlete, running cross country. She says she is not a good runner, but she tried hard and did what she could to help the team. Hermann says she kept running because running is addictive, and also because through the sport she was able to meet people. She loved to cheer on her friends and other runners, giving them an emotional boost to help them get across

the finish line. “There is serious bonding in running,” she says. “You have to push yourself and you have to push your team members.” Her love of helping others is just one of the reasons Hermann is involved in the engineering program. This past summer, she says the seniors got together and conceptualized Operation Gulliver International. “That’s the school effort to have a global influence, to leave a legacy,” she says. “This year we decided to focus on Haiti.” The Haiti project involves redesigning a water purification system to make it cheaper and more potable. The original purification system was sent to St. Damien’s Pediatric hospital. “We’re focusing this year on something that is smaller, more durable, easier to manufacture and more cost efficient,” she says. Next year, Hermann will attend college and enter a pre-med program. She hopes to eventually work for Doctors Without Borders. By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld


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the process of putting in place a comprehensive succession plan with the promotion of two new lieutenants and the future advancement of a deputy chief and another sergeant. I have every confidence that these new command staff members and supervisors will not only sustain the delivery of unparalleled law enforcement services, but will tweak and fine tune from time to time to make them even better. Please extend to them the same genuine support and effort you each have provided me. While there are still several more months

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The Village now enjoys an active Community Center, with programming for young and old, a library, parks and recreational facilities with programming, and sports programs and leagues. Our Pinecrest Gardens, which recently was designated by the National Park Service to the National Register of Historic Places, continues to be responsibly improved, offering a uniquely beautiful venue for personal relaxation and events. The Gardens has its own programming in horticulture, art and music. Those of us who have had an opportunity to attend a musical performance at the Banyan Bowl in the Gardens know just how wonderful the experience can be. If you have a chance, check it out! Our vibrant community offers much more not mentioned here, so I urge you to visit our Village website for more information at <www.pinecrest-fl.gov>. The new rankings come from a study of 1,146 cities, towns, villages, municipalities and unincorporated communities with populations greater than 10,000 in 13 southern states. The study looked for well-rounded areas with healthy economies, light traffic, moderate costs of living, impressive housing and strong educational systems by

using a 20 part formula to rate each communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quality of life. Other areas of South Florida in the top 10 â&#x20AC;&#x153;places to liveâ&#x20AC;? are Key Biscayne, Parkland, Coral Gables, and Weston. Pinecrest was ranked second statewide by about one percentage point behind Central Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lake Butler. Pinecrest would have been number one, but, after all, Lake Butler has its own lake! Our Village was ranked 20th in the quality-of-life standings for all the southern United States. The South Florida Business Journalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s publication of Pinecrestâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s quality of life ranking comes as no surprise to most Village residents. Nevertheless, such a lofty position is the result of the hard work and contribution of many, for many years. Quality of life will always be a work in progress, so we must all continue to seek the best for our community. In the meantime, it is okay to also enjoy the fruits of our success. I will continue to do my best to keep you informed on Village of Pinecrest issues. Stay tuned. If you would like to be updated by email on any Pinecrest issue or have a question, please email me at <JCutler@pinecrest-fl.gov>.

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CFP celebrates Founders’ Wall rebirth with Gardens concert

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The Community Foundation of Pinecrest and Pinecrest Gardens celebrated the rededication of the founder’s wall – known as The Tree — with a fundraising concert on Saturday, Jan. 7. Founders gathered before the concert to view the wall, a project initiated in 2003 by Yocelyn Galiano Gomez, now the village manager. As one of the first fundraisers when the Village acquired the old Parrot Jungle property, the names of donors were engraved on copper leaves and placed on The Tree. Those leaves became tarnished over the years because of exposure to the elements, so Gardens officials restored the leaves and added an acrylic cover to protect them. Following the rededication ceremonies, the crowd grew to 300 for the Community Foundation of Pinecrest fundraiser reception and concert in the Banyan Bowl fea-

turing Nicole Henry. Alana Perez, Gardens executive director, welcomed the concert goers and introduced CFP Chairman Steve Bailey, who spoke briefly about the benefits of the Village having its own community foundation. He also thanked CFP board member Paul Sasso for chairing the event. Support came from the Village Council as Mayor Cindy Lerner and Council members Bob Ross, Joe Corradino and Jeff Cutler were all in attendance to enjoy a magnificent two-hour jazz music concert. Also attending were CFP board member Dan Heller, former board member Rick Tonkinson and wife Margarita; Vivian Bailey and Dan Best, to mention a few. The newly renovated Banyan Bowl proved to have excellent acoustics and will be an excellent performance venue for future events. For a list of upcoming events at the Gardens, go to <www.pinecrestgardens.org>.


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‘Walk like MADD’ steps off Feb. 11 in Greer Park BY CAROLINE UNDERWOOD

On Saturday, Feb. 11, the MADD affiliate for Miami-Dade County will host the second annual Walk Like MADD festival fundraiser in Pinecrest’s Evelyn Greer Park, 8200 SW 124 St., from 3-6 p.m. The event will honor those who died as a result of drunk driving and helps put a bigger spotlight on preventing future crime. Local leaders, law enforcement officers, victims and families of victims will come together to support the cause and raise awareness. There will be food, games, music, demonstrations by law officers and even a tug-of-war between police officers. MADD offers free services and legal support to victims, works with state and local legislators to implement tougher laws against drunk driving and implements research-based education programs for adults, and awareness and prevention programs for young people. One of the leaders behind this initiative is Helen Witty, whose daughter was killed while rollerblading in 2000 by a teenager

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Village float best ‘Green’ entry in Jr. Orange Bowl Parade Pinecrest’s “Go Green, Recycle!” float was named winner of the “Best Use of Earth Friendly Design” in the 63rd annual Junior Orange Bowl Parade in Coral Gables. Mayor Cindy Lerner’s Youth Advisory Council helped design and build the float, made from recycled and earth-friendly materials and plants. Mayor Lerner, school board member Dr. Larry Feldman and Village Manager Yocelyn Galiano-Gomez joined YAC members on the float and were cheered on by thousands of parade watchers along Miracle Mile.

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Jazz, Shakespeare, bonsai and brunch BY ALANA PEREZ

Director, Pinecrest Gardens The New Year will always bring promises of great things to come. New adventures, new opportunities, a fresh start! At the Gardens, we are hoping for all that and more, and the last two weeks in January offer up everything from great jazz to Shakespeare to a sumptuous brunch. JAZZ AT PINECREST GARDENS ROSE MAX AND RAMATIS Saturday, Jan. 28, 8 p.m. Join us in welcoming back Brazilian vocalist Rose Max, accompanied by her husband and renowned jazz guitarist, Ramatis. Spend some quality time with the “Girl from Ipanema” in an unforgettable evening of smooth and sultry Bossa Nova and the provocative beat of Samba. This dynamic duo and their backup group have delighted South Floridians since arriving from Rio de Janeiro in 1993. To quote the Miami Herald: “Rose always takes the audience on a trip to the beaches, streets and bars of Rio without ever leaving the room.” Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for cocktails and tapas by Thierry. For tickets call 877496-8499 or visit <www.pinecrestgardens.org>. SHAKESPEARE MIAMI A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Jan. 19 (VIP Preview), 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. You’ve got to believe that Shakespeare conceived A Midsummer Night’s Dream to be staged in the Banyan Bowl amongst the natural backdrop of our magnificent

Gardens’ greenery. Don’t miss one of Miami’s premiere theater companies performing Shakespeare’s best-known and most beloved comedy. Visit our admissions booth well in advance of performance day because these tickets are already in high demand, and there are only 500 seats available for each performance. Seating is “first-come, first-served” and all seats are available for a $5 handling charge only. Tapas, cocktails and other refreshments are provided by Thierry and served before curtain and during intermission. FROM THE GROUND UP — A GARDEN RE-IMAGINED GARDENS GALLERY, HIBISCUS ROOM Basic Bonsai Techniques is the topic of our upcoming lecture featuring Glenn Hilton, manager of Miami Tropical Bonsai. He will speak on the basics of Bonsai care, while revealing some of the history and exquisite, refined art of these miniature trees. The program is on Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hibiscus Room, followed by the general meeting of the Miami Bonsai Society. You are invited to stay after the program to speak with experts in the field, see some great Bonsai and get a feel for the passion these members have for their craft. This lecture is free to the public. FAMILY FRIDAY AT THE GARDENS MOVIE AND FLASHLIGHT TOUR Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. It’s family night at the Garden! Leave the multiplexes behind and enjoy DreamWorks Animated hit Kung Fu Panda at our full-amenities theatre in the Banyan Bowl. Come early and bring a flashlight along with your sense of adventure because the evening starts at 7 p.m. with a Flashlight Tour through the

Call 305-669-6990 for reservations Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Seating is limited for this once-a-month event, so make your reservations today. Check out the menu at pinecrestgardens.org.

Gardens. The film begins at 8 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. where hot dogs and popcorn and other tasty refreshments will be available. General admission is $5 and includes the tour and film. SUNDAY BRUNCH ON LAKEVIEW TERRACE Sunday, Jan. 22, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. You’ve been asking for it and now brunch at the Gardens is back, and better than ever. This is one amazing Sunday brunch that offers a departure from the ordinary. It’s an extraordinary culinary experience enhanced by endless mimosas and a sumptuous view of Swan Lake from Lakeview Terrace. Priced at $45 allinclusive (tax, tip, mimosas and Gardens admission), it’s a pleasure to relax and enjoy a true Gardens culinary experience.

FOOD TRUCK INVASION AT THE GARDENS Saturday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Indulge your appetite for Food Truck Fare at the Gardens’ Food Truck Invasion. You’ll choose from 15 of South Florida’s very best food trucks on premise in our parking lot. We recommend taking your delicious meals and enjoying them inside the Gardens at one of our many comfortable, shaded picnic table areas. You’ll find that the view and comfort is worth the small price of admission. If you can’t get enough of paradise in your own backyard, then become a member today and enjoy unlimited visits and the special amenities that a membership offers. If you are already a member of the Pinecrest Community Center, most Gardens membership levels are available with a 25 percent discount. Call 305-6696990 for membership details.


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Cosford Cinema at U. Miami features Jewish Film Festival BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ

Two films screening at the upcoming 15th CAJE Miami Jewish Film Festival have revealed a connection between two individuals who have never met. Rabbi Terry Bookman is the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest, one of South Florida’s largest Reform congregations. Wendy Kout is an LA filmmaker and screenwriter, who was raised in Miami, and was one of the first members of Temple Beth Am’s religious school. Both are involved in films about journeys: The Lost Tribe documents a deeply personal quest for religious identity, while the other, Dorfman, is a fictional tale of self-awareness and finding romance. The filmmaker and the rabbi will meet during the nine-day festival (Jan. 21-29) presented by the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education, that uses the genre of film to educate and explore religious issues, expose prejudice and encourage tolerance, and find humor in over-the-top Jewish stereotypes. Festival attendees are in for an emotional ride when award-winning domestic and international filmmakers present intense dramas, thought-provoking documentaries, and heartwarming tales that range from unmasking

hidden family truths and embracing one’s heritage, to discovering love in all the wrong places. “I am especially excited about the films scheduled at the Bill Cosford Cinema,” said Ellen Wedner, director of the Miami Jewish Film Festival. “The variety of documentaries and features being presented combined with the presence of Israeli director Dani Menkin leading post-film discussions, create one-of-a-kind experiences for those who love to go to the movies. There also is a special guest appearance by Sidney Taussig who is featured in the film, The Boys of Terezin, and a musical performance that highlights songs heard in that film.” Sunday, Jan. 22, offers a full day of film beginning with the powerful and inspiring Israeli documentary Dolphin Boy, with its stunning underwater footage. Morad is a 17-year-old Arab Israeli, who is brutally beaten and unable to speak following a misinterpreted text message. A trauma psychiatrist recommends a controversial treatment, dolphin therapy. Morad swims with the dolphins and it is the beginning of a miraculous three-year recovery. The filmmakers capture the emotional hon-

Group. Jealous of the Birds focuses on the emotional history of a small community of Holocaust survivors who remained in Frankfurt after liberation from the camps, and asks the question, “Why would a survivor choose to remain in Germany — shoulder to shoulder with their perpetrators?” The reconstruction of Jewish society in post-War Germany was derided by Jewish organizations the world over. Nonetheless, about 30,000 survivors remained. The film documents the survivors’ reasons for staying in Germany, while their children reflect on these decisions. Ben, (Israeli musician Danny “Mooki” Niv) is an ambivalent 29year-old who plays the guitar and Filmmaker Yaron Avitov and Rabbi Terry Bookman still lives with his parents. Je T’aime ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– I Love You Terminal follows Ben, esty revealed by Morad’s parents, and the who, on his way to New York to join his relentless support of Morad’s doctor, his fam- fiancé and start his new life, meets the flirily and friends. Following the screening, spe- tatious, outrageous, and somewhat dyscial guest director Dani Menkin discusses the functional Emma. Over the course of 24making of hour connection in Prague, the two contemhis award-winning film. plate life, love, and relationships. A discusIn The Boys of Terezin, filmmakers and sion led by special guest director Dani composers have given a new voice to a group Menkin follows the screening. of teenage boys who used their literary and The Miami Jewish Film Festival also has artistic talents to help them cope and survive screenings at the Intracoastal Cinema, North while living in a concentration camp during Miami Beach and the Regal Cinema South WWII. Beach 18, on Miami Beach. For complete For two years, more than 100 boys, rang- movie listings and to purchase tickets log on to ing in age from 13 and 15, conducted inter- <www.miamijewishfilmfestival.com> or call views, wrote poems and stories, created art- 1-888-585-FILM. work, and recorded jokes for Vedem, their Tickets for the CAJE Miami Jewish Film, secret magazine. Each week, one copy of the except for opening and closing nights, are magazine was printed and read at night $11. General admission is $9, seniors /stubehind blackout shades. dents, and $7, Film Society members. A Highlights at the screening are special $136 Fast Pass provides entry into all films. guest Zdenûk (Sidney) Taussig, who was the Film Society members receive discounts on heroic teen whose foresight and courage pre- tickets and fast passes and advance festival served the precious manuscripts over 65 ordering. For Film Society Memberships, years ago, and music from the film performed order on line at www.miamijewishfilmfestiby Next@19th Second Avenue Chorale val.com.

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Palmetto High to screen ‘Race to Nowhere’ again BY NANCY EAGLETON

The Palmetto High School PTSA invites families to attend the encore screening of Race to Nowhere, a film that addresses the dark side of America’s achievement culture. The film will be shown Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. The event is free, but seating is limited and registration is required. Race to Nowhere, a film by Vicki Abeles, points to the silent epidemic in our schools — cheating has become commonplace, students are disengaged, stress-related illness and depression are rampant, and many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. The film is a call to action for families, educators and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens. The film is rated PG-13 for thematic material involving stress on adolescents. Palmetto High School is located at 7460 SW 118 St. For information and to register, go to <www.palmettohighptsa.org>.

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Make 2012 the year you go for it BY PAT MORGAN

It’s that time of year again. A bright new year stretches ahead, filled with possibilities and fresh opportunities to turn those resolutions into realities. You’ve likely set your goals and enthusiastically taken a step or two toward them. Why not make this year different? Rather than looking at setting the same old resolutions, why not decide that this will be the year you get serious about making changes that lead to the success you want. What is the one thing that would make the most difference for you if it was handled? Is it a problem that needs to be addressed? An opportunity that would catapult your career, business or personal life to a new level? Do you need to deal with a difficult client, employee or supervisor? Would you benefit from starting a fitness program, paying off debt or scheduling regular time off? To produce a different result, something will need to change. What you have done up until now has gotten you where you are. Doing the same thing going forward is going to keep you there. Change can be frightening and uncomfortable. That’s why many people choose to continue repeating past behaviors rather than risking a change that will take them to their most cherished goal or dream. Is there a change you’ve wanted to make, but just haven’t been able to get started? Why not begin today? Here are four tips to help you: • Decide that you will make a change. Hope is not a strategy. Rather than sitting

around hoping things will change, decide that you will commit to doing something different in order to create different results in your life, your relationships or your career. • Get clear on your desired outcome. It’s hard to hit a target you can’t see. If you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there? Where do you see yourself once the change has become a reality? What is important about the goal? • C reate a plan. Develop a plan to use as your roadmap and guide. It is easier to make progress when you have outlined the steps to take. A clear plan will act as a compass to keep you on course amidst the hundreds of distractions you will face along the way. • Get into action. Once you decide to make a change, it’s time to take action. Many people get stuck at this crucial step, letting their fear of the unknown stop them from moving forward. By taking action, you create momentum and positive energy to propel you forward. What will you do differently this year? Why not make 2012 the year you go for it! Pat Morgan, MBA and Professional Coach, works with busy professionals to become more profitable and productive by capitalizing on their strengths and taking focused action to create powerful change. Contact her at 305.458.2849 or email <PatMorgan@SmoothSailingSuccess.com>. www.SmoothSailingSuccess.com


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Don’t overlook sight and smells when selling your home Wendy and Adam Levy REAL ESTATE Attracting buyers has turned into quite the competitive sport. Once you catch a buyer’s attention with a favorable asking price, how do you encourage them to select your home from the other choices? Namely, assault their senses! Since first impressions do count, you should start at the front door. Apply a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. On the inside, paint the walls with neutral colors. Designers recommend golden beiges and sandy tans. Now make the buyer’s eyes dance around the home, taking in shiny new faucets, bright light fixtures and attractive doorknobs and cabinet pulls. Like jewelry that accessories your home, these details can make quite a statement about your pride of ownership.

Another way to show off is to reduce your furnishings by at least 25 percent throughout the house, even if you have to pay for storage. This will convey a sense of open space to potential buyers as they size up the interior for their own belongings. When it comes to packing up your items, it is best to take a section of your garage or make a packing room, rather than having boxes scattered throughout the home. Finally, when your home is being shown, you can subconsciously influence buyers through their noses. It may sound silly, but it’s proven that a home smelling of freshly made bread or cookies will generate more offers. Of course, a spotless kitchen helps to increase that impact. Conveying cleanliness and comfort throughout your home will make a lasting impression, so don’t overlook the power of the senses! For more information, contact the Levy Group at Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate at 786-581-1134, via email to Adam@MiamiHomesAndLand.com or visit the website at <www.MiamiHomesAndLand.com>.

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Tanya printed in Pinecrest on 19 Kislev BY RABBI YOSSI HARLIG Director, Chabad Center of Kendall/Pinecrest

Tanya, the foundational work of the Chabad movement written by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi and first published in 1797, was printed in Pinecrest at the home of Ben and Rochel Federman on Dec. 15, the 19th day of Kislev. Numerous people from the community joined us at this Fabrengen and printing of the Tanya. The Tanya has never before been printed in Pinecrest. Its printing will inspire more community members to join us in our study of the Tanya and Kabbalah. At Chabad of Kendall/Pinecrest, we are always striving to expand our community outreach. Many attend our daily and weekly services and participate in our programs such as the Friendship Circle, Bar and Bat Mitzvah Club, Chai Five Mitzvah Club, Hebrew School, Living Legacy and the Jewish Learning Institute. But it is one of our newest ventures, a weekly Torah study class held each Thursday evening at the Federman home, which led to the printing of the Tanya. We are very excited about our continued growth and starting this satellite Shabbat Minyan demonstrates our commitment to connect to all Jews in Kendall and Pinecrest. We look forward to studying from that Tanya each Thursday evening as well as each morning after services at Chabad of Kendall/Pinecrest. Tanya lays down the practical and mystical fundamentals of the Chabad Chassidism philosophy and serves as a handbook for Jewish daily spiritual

life. Tanya gives us the insight to understand and overcome our daily struggles and helps us to raise ourselves to higher spiritual levels. The date of the Tanya printing in Pinecrest, the nineteenth day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, is significant. It is celebrated as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rosh Hashanah of Chassidismâ&#x20AC;? because it was on this date in 1798 that Rabbi Schneur Zalman, the founder of Chabad Chassidism, was freed from his imprisonment in czarist Russia. Although the public teachings of Chassidism had begun two generations earlier, Rabbi Schneur Zalman went much farther than his predecessors to bring this wisdom to broader segments of the Jewish population in Eastern Europe. In the fall of 1798, he was arrested and imprisoned on charges that his teachings threatened the imperial authority of the czar. After 53 days of interrogation, Rabbi Schneur Zalman was exonerated of all charges and released on 19 Kislev. Following his liberation, he began delivering his teachings on a broader scale. This day therefore marks the birth of Chassidism. Chabad is all about growth and reaching out to more people. The printing of this holy book will help to spread the beauty of Judaism and connect the community to their heritage. I invite everyone to join us in our study of the Tanya each morning after services at the Lester and Hilda Greenstein Chabad of Kendall/Pinecrest, 8700 SW 112 St., and at the Torah study class held each Thursday evening at the Federman home. For information, go to <www.chabadofkendall.org> or call 305-234-5654.


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Resolve to Move Forward - Your Decisions Will Give You (and yours) Peace of Mind BY HELEN SHAHAM Q. My husband and I have lived in our home for over 45 years. We’re both in our mid-80s and have been discussing the option of moving to a senior living community for the last several months. It’s been years since we’ve made such a significant life change. How do we know when the time is right to move? A. Older adults who have lived in their homes for decades are especially hesitant to move to a senior living community as even the thought of a change, and of being in a new environment, seems overwhelming and to some even terrifying. You probably have asked yourself: “Why do I really need all this commotion?”. Well, the true answer is: For your peace of mind! For the peace of mind of your children. For the peace of mind of your husband. And there has never been a more ideal time to resolve to move forward with such a decision. It’s a new year; why not start this year with the peace of mind that a new, comfortable and carefree lifestyle can give you? Senior living communities can provide the perfect balance between the desired peace of mind for the future (and even for the present) while giving you the opportunity to continue to be engaged in your personal lives, interests and lifestyles. Look at the potential move as an opportunity for a new beginning. The beginning of a new lifestyle, without the hassles of the day-today duties and chores, where both you and your husband will find that now you have time to spend each day as you wish. Often, seniors incorrectly believe that a move to a senior living community means giving up their independence. It’s quite the opposite. Once seniors move to such a community, they find that their horizon is expanded and life can be enjoyed more than before—not less. For example, at our independent living community, The Palace Suites, resident Marjorie Bonien has traded in the hassles of coordinating and scheduling lawn maintenance and delivery men for the luxury of being able to plan her day around her own interests. She recently devoted her Saturdays to creating and designing holiday cards for the military, veterans and their families. Mrs. Bonien’s story is typical of residents at senior living communities. As one resident pointed out, “moving to a senior living community doesn’t mean we’ve left the mainstream of life”. Most communities have a full-time Social & Entertainment Director on staff whose main focus is to create enriching and rewarding opportunities for cultural, educational, spiritu-

al, physical and mental growth and development. From volunteering at hospitals or a local school to outings, to theatrical productions, senior living communities usually open a new world of possibilities for their residents. Ask any resident at a senior living community and you’ll inevitably hear that they wished they’d made the move sooner. In addition to not having to worry about home maintenance, they no longer are concerned about grocery shopping, meal preparation, house cleaning, general repairs, transportation and safety. Senior living communities also make sense financially. Most offer an all-inclusive monthly fee (at least two meals a day, a clinic, entertainment, housekeeping, utilities, etc.). Our website, www.ThePalace.org, offers a simple ‘Compare the Value’ checklist which can be used to assess the costs of home ownership vs. living at The Palace. For seniors who think they are too healthy for a move to a senior living community, think again! With activities such as college-level courses provided by the local universities, social media tutorials (Twitter and Facebook) and Olympic-styled competitions, seniors across the country are enjoying active lifestyles every day. Besides, you’ve planned ahead your whole life. Why not make the decision now, while it’s still yours to make? Don’t wait until you or your husband is threatened by a health crisis which can lead to rash decisions. Do it today, while you’re able to select the community that best suits your needs. Moving at any age can be a significant life change. But, it’s important to weigh the advantages and benefits provided by a senior living community. Begin embracing the possibilities of a new life in a new environment with new friends. The New Year is the perfect time to move forward with such a decision! Make it this year’s New Year Resolution!

Helen Shaham and her husband, Jacob, have been operating Senior Living Communities for more than 30 years. The Palace Suites in Kendall is a luxury Independent Living Community for active seniors. In addition, The Palace at Kendall campus is home to two Assisted Living Residences and a Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. They also operate The Palace Gardens Assisted Living Community in Homestead, Homestead Manor Nursing Home and The Palace @ Home, a Medicare Certified Home Health Agency. Their two latest projects are The Palace at Weston – Luxury Living for Those 55 and Over and Palace Tel-Aviv, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Israel. Currently under construction is The Palace at Coral Gables, which is now taking reservations at the Information Center located at 16 Miracle Mile. See it at www.PalaceCoralGables.com. The Palace at Weston Senior Living, an independent, assisted and memory support community, is the next in line. More information can be obtained by calling 305-271-2220 or by visiting The Palace website at www.ThePalace.org.

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The following is a list of crimes reported to the Village of Pinecrest Police Department during the week of December 19 - 25, 2011.

ARSON None

stole rims and tires from the victim’s vehicle. The estimated value of the stolen property is $10,000. This case is presently under investigation.

AUTO THEFT None

Case # 1105088 Location: 6200 Block of SW 102 St Sometime between Dec. 19, 2330 hrs, and Dec. 20, 0330 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole rims and tires from the victim’s vehicle. The estimated value of the stolen property is $10,000. This case is presently under investigation.

ASSAULT None BATTERY None BURGLARY (COMMERCIAL) None

Case # 1105101 Location: 12500 Block of SW 69 Ct On Dec. 6, at approximately 1553 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a UPS package from the front of the victim’s property. The estimated value of the stolen property is $197.

BURGLARY (RESIDENCE) None ROBBERY None SEX CRIME None HOMICIDE None THEFT Case # 1105069 Location: 11327 S Dixie Hwy (Oye Cuban Restaurant) On Dec. 17, sometime between 1830 hrs, and 2200 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a catalytic converter from the victim’s vehicle. The estimated value of the stolen property is $180. Case # 1105072 Location: 6800 Block of SW 132 St On Dec. 19, at approximately 0800 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a garbage bin from the victim’s property. The estimated value of the stolen property is $50. Case # 1105087 Location: 6300 Block of SW 102 St Sometime between Dec. 19, 2300 hrs, and Dec. 20, 0700 hrs, unknown offender(s)

Case # 1105102 Location: 12800 Block of SW 80 Ave Sometime between Dec. 19, 1700 hrs, and Dec. 20, 2138 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a puppy from the victim’s property. The estimated value of the stolen puppy is $535. Case # 1105139 Location: 13500 SW 74 Pl Sometime between Dec. 22, 2200 hrs, and Dec. 23, 0720 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole rims and tires from the victim’s vehicle. The estimated value of the stolen property is still pending. This case is presently under investigation. Case # 1105147 Location: 8821 S Dixie Hwy (AT & T) On Dec. 23, at approximately 1917 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole two iPhones and exited the store making no attempt to pay. The estimated value of the stolen property is $1,300. This case is presently under investigation.

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Crime Report The following is a list of crimes reported to the Village of Pinecrest Police Department during the week of Dec. 26, 2011 - Jan. 1, 2012

ARSON Case # 1105196 Location: 8900 Block of SW 63 Ct (Construction Site) Sometime between Dec. 23, 1800 hrs, and Dec. 27, 1022 hrs, unknown offender(s) entered the open construction site and threw three Molotov cocktails against an interior wall which left three burn marks. The estimated value of the damaged property is $500. This case is presently under investigation.

by using a key left outside the property and stole bicycles, flat screen televisions, computers, and tools. The estimated value of the stolen property is $8,140. This case is presently under investigation.

AUTO THEFT None

Case # 1105221 Location: 9100 Block of SW 64 Ct Sometime between Dec. 25, 1700 hrs, and Dec. 27, 1700 hrs, unknown offender(s) gained entry into the victim’s residence through an unlocked rear entry door and stole pots and pans. The estimated value of the stolen property is $150. This case is presently under investigation.

ASSAULT None

ROBBERY None

BATTERY Case # 1105217 Location: 10943 S Dixie Hwy (Kendall Toyota) On Dec. 28, at approximately 1435 hrs, after having a verbal altercation, an unknown offender pushed the victim causing the victim to fear for his safety. The unknown offender fled the scene before the police arrived. The case is presently under investigation

SEX CRIME None

BURGLARY (COMMERCIAL) None BURGLARY (RESIDENCE) Case # 1105179 Location: 6800 Block of SW 120 ST Sometime between Dec. 25, 2330 hrs, and Dec. 26, 0922 hrs, unknown offender(s) gained entry into the victim’s unlocked shed and stole a gas generator. The estimated value of the stolen property is $1,000. This case is presently under investigation. Case # 1105188 Location: 7900 Block of SW 124 St On Dec. 27, at approximately 0030 hrs, unknown offender(s) gained entry into the victim’s residence by removing shutters and breaking a bathroom window. At the time of the report, the victim was unable to provide an inventory of the stolen items. This case is presently under investigation. Case # 1105199 Location: 5700 Block of SW 130 Ter Sometime between Dec. 26, 0930 hrs, and Dec. 27, 1030 hrs, unknown offender(s) gained entry into the victim’s residence

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Panter’s Pointers: Energy Drink Dangers Energy drinks are commonplace in our society. There are new ones popping up on supermarket shelves and at cashier stands across the country. People use them regularly to keep up with the demands of everyday life and most of us equate them to being as safe as coffee. With so many varieties and ease of purchase, it’s easy to forget that energy drink dangers exist. Aside from promises like “no calories,” “no sugar,” “no caffeine,” and “no crash,” we reach for energy drinks time and time again, because we know they work. Chances are that either you have consumed an energy drink or two at some point or know someone who has. While these beverages may be very popular, energy drink dangers are a very real problem. Over consumption can kill you. Literally. We know that too much caffeine at any age, particularly in children and teens, can cause damaging physical effects. There have been reports of deaths of people who consumed too much of an energy drink and suffered cardiac arrest. Otherwise healthy people can suddenly find themselves in trouble when energy drinks raise heart rates and blood pressure. Energy drinks have also been found to cause drops in insulin levels. Also dangerous is the trend of mixing energy drinks with alcohol. This mixture can lead to major health problems. In addition, due to the effects that each of the beverages produce, those who consume energy drinks with alcohol may actually feel sober, when in fact they are intoxicated. Why the widespread appeal? Energy drinks are legal stimulants that are cleverly marketed. Whether large, small, celebrity endorsed, all natural, or flavored, these are some ways that energy drink companies get our attention. A multitude of ingredients packed with caffeine or other energy producing stimulants are carefully packaged to look as normal as a can of soda. Next time you pick up an energy drink, take a moment to read the ingredients. You may be surprised. You can read more about the dangers of energy drinks in this NY Times article: HYPERLINK " h t t p : / / w w w. n y t i m e s . c o m / 2 0 11 / 0 2 / 0 1 / h e a l t h / 0 1 b r o d y. h t m l " http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/health/01brody.html “Let our Family Help you and your Family.” “Serving Our Community For More Than 20 Years”

HOMICIDE None THEFT Case # 1105197 Location: 6575 SW 88 St (Gulliver Prepatory School) Sometime between Dec. 16, 1130 hrs, and Dec. 27, 1050 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a gift card, money, and a check from the victim’s desk. The estimated value of the stolen property is $601. Case # 1105213 Location: 13501 S Dixie Hwy (Home Depot) On Dec. 28, at approximately 1133 hrs, a known offender was observed taking merchandise and exiting the store making no attempt to pay. The offender was arrested and charged with theft. The estimated value of the stolen property is $709.97. Case # 1105230 Location: 9300 Block of SW 59 Av Sometime between Dec. 28, 2300 hrs, and Dec. 29, 0800 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole rims and tires from the victim’s vehicle. The estimated value of the stolen property is $5,000. This case is presently under investigation. Case # 1105234 Location: 6100 Block of SW 92 St Sometime between Dec. 28, 0001 hrs, and Dec. 29, 1226 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a holiday sign from the victim’s property. The estimated value of the stolen property is $100.

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UM’s Beaux Art Fest had a little something extra for everyone BY CARL RACHELSON

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ART in MIAMI art lovers with loftier expectations. Again, whenever we reflect upon all that South Florida consists of, we dream of palm trees, butterflies, starfish, turtles, herons, etc. At the Beaux, think of Sebastian the Ibis with an easel. “These are wonderful,” shrieked a happy customer examining David Bennett’s abstract fossil bugs. A number of creative mechanisms resonated. There were prizewinning gentle pastels from Key Biscayne artist Lynne Libby. Jupiter (the village not the planet) sculptor Jo Chamness displayed a number of the virtues of our maritime environment in copper and glass. Michelle Mardis channeled pop art through colorful acrylic versions of dogs and cats. The layered fiber collages of Houston based Guiteau Lanoue reflected understanding of cubism from Picasso and the motherland. Amid all this, everyone has his favorites; mine were the hand-painted, cut cattail reeds from Illinois artists Cheryl and Steve Ward. Had I been flusher with cash, I would have coupled one of those paintings with a hand-crafted item from Friendswood Brooms. Yet the biggest crowd I saw at the festival patiently waited for kurtos kalacs, an ancient Transylvanian Hungarian pastry (straight off the sign!) which you could order half-baked. Not wanting to appear half-baked, I waited for a fully cooked one, and then walked around to appreciate the rest of the show. My final stop was the interior of the Lowe, where after checking my water bottle and staring at the frightening full size Miami Dolphin football player, I had a chance to see The Dance, the ribbon winning mixed-media creation from my student Ana Martinez-Oletta, before heading home to sit in my yard. Carl Rachelson has a Masters Degree in the Humanities and is an English Teacher at Palmer Trinity School. He may be contacted by email at <crachelson@palmertrinity.org>.


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Comedian, artist back by popular demand at JCC Linda K. Landy ALPER JCC NEWS “I was on the subway, sitting on a newspaper, and a guy comes over and asks: ‘Are you reading that?’ I didn’t know what to say. So I said, ‘Yes,’ stood up, turned the page, and sat down again.” If you are amused by this joke, you won’t want to miss comedian David Brenner at the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. Back by popular demand, Brenner’s act is based on very current events and he is recognized as a political pundit, appearing on news-oriented shows, including MSNBC, CNN and the Fox Network. He began his David Brenner remarkable career with –––––––––––––– a national debut on the Tonight Show, and has gone on to make the most appearances of any guest in the show’s history. He has done four HBO Specials, his most recent, David Brenner: Back with a Vengeance proved once again that he is still the ultimate comeback kidder. Before becoming a comedian, Brenner enjoyed a successful career as the writer/producer/director of 115 television documentaries and his work earned him a total of nearly 30 awards, including an Emmy.

He is the author of five books, his latest I Think There’s a Terrorist in My Soup, and makes frequent appearances as a political pundit on news oriented shows, like CNN and The Fox Network. For tickets and information call 305-2719000, ext. 268 or log on to <www.alperjcc.org>. PAINTINGS BY MARLENE KOHN Get there a little early for opening reception of an art show by Miami artist Marlene Kohn at 7 p.m. Kohn uses acrylics on paper, canvas, roofing paper and metals to create patterns and movement derived from textiles and nature. The materials are layered, woven and decorated in unusual combinations that result in distinctive and stylish compositions. Her work has been shown in Florida showcases and is included in many private collections. Kohn will also present floral paintings inspired by nature. This is Kohn’s second show and includes her newest work. The exhibit runs through Mar. 18. For more information and exhibit hours, call Susie Breitner at 305-271-9000, ext. 265, or log on to <www.alperjcc.org>.

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Gardens Gallery to showcase transplanted artist Urzula Dudek BY LYNN WILLE FICHMAN

When an artist relocates from her place of birth in Eastern Europe to the cold winds of Chicago, and then on to the sunny warmth of South Florida, it is bound to be reflected in her art. Urszula Dudek’s paintings combine that vast range of experience into cohesive works, and the public will soon be able to view some of her pieces when they will be on display in a show on Florida’s nature at the Pinecrest Gardens Gallery beginning on Feb. 3. Tropical breezes practically jump from Urszula’s canvases as she captures the color, the feel and the vibrancy that typifies the South Florida landscape that she has come to love. The greens, purples, pinks and blues that she uses convey a sense of vigor and warmth, and her acrylic paintings, generally large and inviting, highlight some very dramatic flora that draws the eye to their inner depths. Urszula began her career in Poland, and soon after she graduated from the School of Fine Art she was immersed in the world of commercial art and commissions. In 1994 she moved to Chicago, and there the

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pull of opposing political ideologies found expression in her work as a graphic designer and decorator. Then in 2003, when she came to Miami, she was exposed to a degree of freedom that she had never before witnessed. This inspired her to return to painting after a long absence, and since beginning anew in 2009, she has perfected her craft in a remarkably short period of time. She was a featured artist at the Bromeliad Society of South Florida show at Fairchild Tropical Garden in 2010 and

2011, she participated in Artists in Bloom at Fairchild as well, she displayed some of her work at Painters’ Passions H Gallery in Miami, at the Ramble at Fairchild in 2010 and 2011, at the Art of Bromeliads 2011 Extravaganza in Daytona Beach, and her dog “Kaiser’s Friend” holds an honored spot in Pinecrest Gardens as part of the smARTy Dogs For Smart Schools program that can be seen throughout Pinecrest. Dudek’s work has not gone without significant recognition. She was awarded the

“Best Artist” at the 2011 Bromeliad Society of South Florida show at Fairchild Tropical Garden, second place at the Bromeliad Society show for her acrylic painting, and Best of Show at the Peabody in Daytona. In addition, Urszula has donated paintings to the Community Garden Charitable Fund’s silent auction at their annual soiree to benefit Pinecrest Gardens. Her work is on display in private collections in Chicago, Miami, and in Warsaw, Poland, and she is the subject of an article in the International Cryptanthus Society magazine. Two of her paintings also grace Fairchild Gardens’ 2012 calendar. This talented and dedicated artist is also an important member of the South Florida community. She donates her time to several organizations, and she still finds time to garden in her backyard where she draws inspiration for her painting, pastel and colored pencil work. Lately she has begun to explore new avenues by painting on silk. Urszula Dudek may be contacted at 305-7810477 or at <www.UrszulaDudekart.mosaicglobe.com>. For Gardens Gallery information, call 305-669-6990.


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Shortly after moving from Argentina to Miami, Maggie Degrossi was diagnosed with epilepsy. She was only 4 and she suffered from complex partial seizures that caused her to blank out. Her childhood experiences have led her to speak out now to help educate others about living with epilepsy. Growing up with epilepsy was not easy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mom treated me a little differently than she treated my brother,â&#x20AC;? Degrossi said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He had a lot more freedom.â&#x20AC;? In high school, she finally confronted her mother about the issue and discovered that the restrictions she lived under were because of her condition. Degrossi said she had two eye surgeries as a child and after each she had a seizure. At first, doctors thought the anesthesia trigged the condition. Initially, her parents were secretive about Degrossiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s condition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mom used to say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to tell people.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Maybe she thought people were going to discriminate against me because I had it.â&#x20AC;? The secrecy led to problems for her as a child. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I used to be sent to the principalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything wrong,â&#x20AC;? she said. But the teachers sent her there when she had a seizure, thinking she was misbehaving. She was switched from regular classes to special education classes, which upset her because she had been doing well in school. She began to question things and was eventually put in regular classes. She also stopped keeping her condition a secret. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started telling everybody I have it, when people ask me,â&#x20AC;? Degrossi said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a positive example how you can live a normal life, just like everyone else.â&#x20AC;? She decided she should keep a positive attitude. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I finally gained freedom with the help of new medication that helped me control my seizures. I got independence,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to show other people with epilepsy that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s okay to talk about how they feel.â&#x20AC;? She wants teachers to know how to deal with students who have epilepsy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They should treat students equally,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parents should not be overprotective. My mom was extremely

Maggie Degrossi â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

overprotective.â&#x20AC;? In college, Maggie wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sleeping enough and had a tonic-clonic seizure that frightened her. It also caused her to lose two years of memory. She vowed to eat healthier and get more sleep. She kept her promise to herself and graduated from Florida International University with a degree in psychology. Along the way, she discovered a great resource, the Epilepsy Foundation of South Florida. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I found out about the Epilepsy of Florida in college,â&#x20AC;? Degrossi said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I finally went there. I never knew there were a lot of people who go through what I go through. Once or twice a week, I would go there.â&#x20AC;? Now, with her degree and the knowledge she gained from the Epilepsy Foundation, she is able to help others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly why I love doing this. I know exactly how they feel,â&#x20AC;? Degrossi said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can live when you have epilepsy. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a disability. I tell them my story and tell them where to go. I tell them itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s okay to have epilepsy; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s okay to talk about it. I tell people who havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t found the medication, not to give up, to always maintain a positive attitude.â&#x20AC;? She and her doctors found the right medication in 2002. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now seizure free. For more information, go online to <www.epilepsyadvocates.com>.


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Advice for getting through a divorce BY DEBBIE MARTINEZ

Divorce Coach

According to our agreement, my ex is required to notify me of school activities, etc., but she never does. I always miss things and I keep asking, but she ignores me. Simple, my friend, be proactive. Call the school, email teachers, coaches, etc. and ask them to please include you when sending out papers or email. No need to use this as an opportunity to bash your ex, take the high road. Yes, she should be doing this, she’s legally bound to do this, but she’s using this to be manipulative. Remember, whoever angers you controls you. Do you really want to feel controlled by your ex? When my ex comes to get the kids, he tries to argue with me about different things as the kids are getting in the car. We end up fighting and then my kids leave for the weekend and I feel terrible. Nothing is worse than going a whole weekend knowing your kids were upset and you can’t see them. Send your ex an email stating that since the two of you are unable to communicate civilly in person, you will only communicate via text or email. When he comes to pick up the kids, you will not be rude, but you will not engage in conversation. Any questions he may have should be addressed by email prior to pick up. If, once he is at your house, he tries to engage you, be polite, smile and remind him that now is not the time and you’ll look for his email. I’m staying in the marital home, but I hate it. I hate being where he was. What

can I do? I can’t move. You need to reclaim your home. As difficult as it is, try to be patient with yourself because that feeling does go away. Depending on your budget, you can buy new furniture or simply change your bedding. Move things around and take things down. Have a garage sale and get rid of things that don’t make you feel good and use the money to buy new, fun things that will make you smile. Even little changes will give you a feeling of ownership. You can smudge your house and have a little ceremony, speaking affirmations in each room of all good times yet to come in this house. There is a season for everything, including houses. No matter what I say, my ex says the opposite. It’s making me crazy! If something is making you crazy, you have the power to stop it. Communicate only when necessary, do not get into debates with him and keep all emails very business-like. Resist the need to have the last word or prove your point. He probably really isn’t interested in a solution, only making you crazy. See his behavior for what it is; laugh and go get a pedicure. Debbie Martinez is a Certified Divorce Life Coach. She has given workshops on divorce and women’s issues and has offices in South Miami. For more information, go to <www.thepowerofdivorcecoach.com>.

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Yogurbella Celebrates Grand Opening BY JOHN KISKINIS

Hundreds of Palmetto Bay residents enjoyed free tastings of Yogurbella’s melt-in-your-mouth, all-natural yogurt and toppings at the recent grand opening of its newest location in the Colonial Palms Plaza on S. Dixie Highway and 136 Street. Yogurbella offers 14 delicious self-serve flavors and 50 topping choices along with a host of popular coffee drinks including Caramello Caldo, Mocha alla Menthe, Eggnog Latte, and other Illy flavors and creations. The grand opening festivities included kid’s

games, face painting and a live DJ spinning continuous music. Contests on Facebook to win such prizes as an iPad, iTouch and iPod Shuffle are still being held. Simply like Yogurbella Miami and enter to win. The Palmetto Bay store is located at 13623 S. Dixie Highway; the phone number is 305-252-8500. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday - Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. Yogurbella’s Palmetto Bay location joins the Miami store at the Shops at Midtown Miami. Both stores are owned by local residents Victor and David Brown.

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Former Bank Lawyer Fights for Miami Homeowners By Ann Lino Should I pay the mortgage on my home? What about the taxes and condo fees? What’s the worst that can happen if I don’t pay? What’s the best I can hope for? There are so many people offering advice. Realtors will tell you to sell. Bankruptcy attorneys will tell you to go bankrupt. Loan modification services will tell you to ask nicely for a loan modification. One attorney who spent years representing banks in foreclosures, Bruce Jacobs, will tell you to negotiate from strength. Bruce Jacobs is not only a former bank lawyer, he is also a foreclosure defense client. “I didn’t want to go bankrupt or spend the rest of my life paying for this mortgage mess,” said Jacobs. “I had five mortgages on two properties underwater by almost $500,000.00. I stopped paying and put up a fight. Now, I have one property with one mortgage.” There are plenty of reasons to fight. Banks got a bail out of $7.7 Trillion in almost interest free loans from our taxpayer dollars. They pay out billions in bonuses to Wall Street executives while Main Street is left to fight for themselves. The loan modification programs are disasters, making homeowners run in circles before getting denied or offered a deal that only helps the bank make more money. Jacobs is part of a national group of dedicated lawyers fighting back against banks. They train at seminars around the country and online to share resources and develop cutting edge strategies in foreclosure defense. Many of the attorneys are former bank lawyers who, like Jacobs, are passionate about fighting for meaningful help for their clients. Jacobs has lectured on foreclosure defense at continuing legal education seminars for other attorneys and realtor offices so homeowners have access to better advice. “The goal is either a meaningful loan modification with a principal balance reduction, a release from the debt, or to fight to clear the mortgage off the property,” said Jacobs about most of his clients. “There are reasons banks filed ‘robo-signed’ fraudulent documents in foreclosures all over the country. Many have serious paperwork problems which makes proving the right to foreclose in a courtroom difficult.”

To schedule a free consultation with Bruce Jacobs call (855) BANK-LIE (226-5543) or watch their free webinar: “Strategies for an Underwater Mortgage” at www.negotiatefromstrength.com. “Not paying your mortgage is not a strategic default unless you have a strategy.”

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BETH AM TEMPLE TALK All you ever wanted to know about Day School BY DR. DEBORAH STARR

Head of School

I am often asked: “What is the educational philosophy that guides the instruction and curriculum at Temple Beth Am Day School?” This is an important question, because it should drive all decisions, along with the school’s mission statement, regarding the educational offerings and delivery at the school. The short answer is that there are five basic components to the educational philosophy, which I will attempt to touch upon here. • Rigor – defined as high expectations for students, rich subject matter and offerings, an aligned scope and sequence (with no holes or redundancy), quality not quantity, and “deepening and enriching” not “more and faster”. We want our students to be highly literate in reading and writing with a strong vocabulary. • Flexibility – we want to provide individualization, grouping, scaffolding, modification, and enrichment as warranted. This would include: support services, differentiated instruction, leveling, and small group instruction. We are fortunate that we can do this, because we are not “test-driven”, have two full-time support services specialists, small class size, and teachers who receive on-going professional development to constantly develop the skill-set necessary to provide flexibility. • Effective Education – this is that part of the curriculum that is addressing the social and emotional well-being of our students. When we say we are educating the whole child, we mean the whole child. All of us are working together to make the social climate at the school healthy. Students are learning: how to be inclusive,

to identify the four groups that are the stakeholders in socially problematic situations (teachers, perpetrators, victims, and the bystanders), to obtain the skills necessary to problem-solve, how to identify dangerous and destructive situations, and when to seek adult intervention. Overlay all of this with the teaching of middot (Jewish values), which I have outlined in previous columns. • Broadening Horizons – this is bringing the outside world into the school and the school into the outside world. It is having NASA scientists, authors, veterans, cooks, theater workers, heart surgeons and oil makers come into the school to share experiences with the students. It is taking our students to Philadelphia, New York, museums, the ballet, the New World Symphony, Fairchild Gardens and others to explore the greater world and its offerings. It is having a Community Garden and working with Slow Foods. It is participating in Mitzvah Day and belonging to the Temple Beth Am Daisy Troop. • Critical Thinking – here the focus is teaching our students the steps to thinking critically about things; knowledge acquisition, analysis, application, synthesis, and evaluation. Critical thinking cannot be taught in a vacuum. One has to analyze something and evaluate something. Knowledge acquisition comes first, before all the other components of critical though can be exercised. The faculty at Temple Beth Am Day School is proud to be grounded in this philosophy and to be practicing it throughout the school day. “Tell your friends about us, we have room to grow.” For more information, call Cari Altman, director of admissions, at 305-667-6667, ext. 112, or email <caltman@tbam.org.>


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Infiniti M Hybrid Sedan offers power and economy Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS Infiniti bills the all-new 2012 Infiniti M35h as a hybrid performance luxury sedan. They say it’s the first true luxury performance “driver’s” hybrid and the only vehicle in its class to offer more than 350 hp and 30 miles per gallon. Infiniti literature further crows that the M Hybrid is the most advanced performance luxury sedan hybrid in the market and it delivers V-8 power and four-cylinder fuel efficiency, thanks to the all-new Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid system. Now, that’s the interesting part. This Direct Response system has an advanced one-motor, two-clutch parallel hybrid design that combines precise, high-speed motor control technology, enabled by a powerful Lithium-ion battery to allow power to be delivered directly to the vehicle’s seven-speed automatic transmission. The system also utilizes an innovative Hybrid Electric Power Steering system and

an Electric Driven Intelligent Regenerative Braking System, both helping the car conserve energy and provide a solid driving performance. That performance also benefits from the 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6 engine under the hood, which is paired with the 50 kW electric motor to provide a hybrid system of 360 hp. Torque figures are equally impressive, with the V-6’s 258 pounds-feet of toque combining with the electric motor’s immediately available 199 pounds-feet of torque to provide strong performance. The result is a vehicle that delivers a superb driving experience, along with combined fuel economy of 30/25/27 mpg. The new M35h can drive on electric power alone at speeds up to 62 mph, and drive in electric only mode for 50 percent of the time. And, with its compact hybrid system design, the new M35h has plenty of interior and trunk space. At the same time, the M35h has all the things that Infiniti is known for — style, performance, luxury, craftsmanship and technology. The M’s dramatic sports styling is matched with a roomy, comfortable interior featuring standard leatherappointed seating, Japanese Ash wood trim or available genuine White Ash wood trim,

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system, Active Trace Control, and Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System. Pricing on the Infiniti M35h starts at $53,700.

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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Assisting Hands Home Care opens its doors in Miami By Millie Herrera When an aging parent becomes critically ill, has major surgery, or becomes disabled, our lives change. We face extreme emotional anguish and pain to see our loved ones suffer, but we also experience high levels of stress due to the added responsibility of ensuring they are well cared for. This experience is exactly what motivated Armando Morales to change careers and become one of the three owners of Miami’s first Assisting Hands Home Care in-home caregiving franchise. A native of Puerto Rico, he was a rising corporate executive, on the fast track to senior management in his former corporate position as Director for the Latin American market for a multinational technology company. “My mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and required round the clock attention after surgery. My sister had to quit her job and move with her family to my parent’s house to take care of her because we could not find qualified, compassionate help to care for her,” said Armando Morales. “It was heartbreaking to see her deteriorate, but it also took a toll on us because we wanted to give her the best care ever, and were having a hard time finding competent professionals to do so. We made sacrifices and struggled, but took good care of

her, and a few years after she passed away, our father became ill, so we had to go through the same process again.” Demand for these services continues to grow as over 10,000 people reach the age of 65 every day in the United States, according to the US Census Bureau. And as families members move farther apart geographically, it is difficult to find the peace of mind that loved ones are well cared for when they become bedridden, have surgery, or become frail. Most seniors want to continue living at home, even if ill, but family members of seniors live an average of 100 miles and an hour and a half from their loved ones. “Assisting Hands Home Care gives me the opportunity to give back to my community. We provide non-medical care to adults of any age following hospitalization, surgery, persons with disabilities, hospice patients, anyone who needs assistance, whether temporary or long term,” said Armando. “Our caregivers are our employees, not contractors like some other home care companies. We thoroughly screen and train them, are bonded and insured, and only hire licensed, certified HHAs, CNAs or RNs,” he stressed. “We have technology in place that requires the caregiver to call us from the patient’s home, and if they do not call within 10 minutes

of their scheduled arrival time, our staff is automatically alerted to determine the reason for the delay. Our staff is available 24-7 and 365 days a year to monitor, respond, and ensure that our patient is receiving the highest quality services we promised,” said Armando. “We help you get a good night’s rest, by taking care of your loved one!” Assisting Hands Home Care is very flexible

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