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Julian Marley to perform at annual ‘Soirée in Garden’

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t is fast becoming Pinecrest’s party of the year, a greatly anticipated annual event. Beside the fine food, wine and top tier concert that are offered there, more than anything else it is the setting that makes this a truly outstanding fundraiser hosted by an organization whose sole purpose is to beautify it. Before it was known as Pinecrest Gardens, it was a major South Florida destination, one of the most frequented stops on the tourist circuit. Many who visited Miami from the 1940s to the late ’90s recall sitting in the Banyan Bowl as trained exotic birds whizzed past their heads or posing for photos with their outstretched arms serving as parrot stands. The birds no longer reside there and the alligators who once sunned themselves in the small lagoons have long since been relocated to Watson Island to be a part of the larger more tourist accessible Jungle Island, but what has been left behind is by far one of the most unique natural environments to be found anywhere. Now that it is owned by the Village of Pinecrest it is beginning to earn the title of world class treasure. It had been a victim of neglect and the wrath of Mother Nature by the time the purchase of the property was com-

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Read in Japan

Tell us how you feel about the Village BY GRANT MILLER

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Pictured are Pinecrest residents Eran and Maria Cantor during a recent vacation visit to Japan. Of course they remembered to take along a copy of their favorite hometown newspaper and snapped this shot for us standing in front of Nijo Castle in Kyoto. Thanks for taking us along, guys!

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ow are we doing? Our Village has been incorporated for 14 years now and we want to know what

you think. Take our brief survey in this issue on page 6 and tell us what you think about the Mayor and the Councilmembers. And, our Village Manager’s contract is up for renewal; should we keep him on the job for another two years? Incorporation brought about the creation of several new entities in our community and we want to know what you think about them. How is the Police Department doing? How about Public Works? Parks and Recreation? Building and Zoning? And what about Pinecrest Gardens? Has it lived up to your expectations? And do you like the ongoing street landscaping program? Take our survey and send it to us. You could win a free dinner for two at the Anacapri Restaurant.

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Read in Raleigh, NC

Pictured is the Pinecrest Premier U14 Girls soccer team at the CASL Soccer Tournament in Raleigh, North Carolina. They are (l-r) Gabriel Baldassini, Ramioro Vengoechea, Julia Wayne, Barry Wayne, Brittany Hoskins, Arthur Hoynack, Gabriella Garcia, Yvette Garcia Nicole, Baldassini, Maria Vidaurreta, Alexa Jauregui, Oscar Figarola, Julia Decerega, Esteban Garcia, Daniella Vidaurreta, Jayda Hamilton, Sandy Hamilton, Sophia Paz, Beverly Perez-Villarreal, Michelle Figarola, Carolina Rodriguez, Antonio Paz, Darlene Duran, Cristina Hoynack, Banya Duran, and Alexandra Perez-Villarreal. Thanks for taking us along, girls!

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Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest

ALISON BELINSKY Palmetto High School senior Alison Belinsky has accumulated more than 500 community service hours. Many of those hours came from working on and completing her Girl Scout Gold Award project. “I created a scholarship program at the Children’s Bereavement Center,” Belinsky says. “It’s for kids from the Children’s Bereavement Center to the Miami Conservatory of Music in Coconut Grove.” The scholarship pays for a 30-minute lesson each week for a semester on the instrument of the student’s choice. Each semester a new child is chosen for the scholarship. A semester runs from January to June. Belinsky decided to go with the scholarship project because she has been involved with music for 10 years as a singer and a piano player, and it’s something she loves. The fact that she could combine it with helping the kids at the Bereavement Center where she volunteered for five years made it special. “Some of these kids have lost a parent or a sibling and might not be able to afford lessons,” she says. “Some of them have single parents or live with grandparents.” The scholarship has already been given to one boy who has taken lessons for a full year. Belinsky says she is going to continue

his lessons. “The one that has already started, he’s doing extremely well,” she says. “He’s joined the band at school. I’ve talked to his teacher and he practices and he enjoys what he’s doing. I’ve heard him play.” Belinsky says it is difficult to express her feelings about the program. “It’s great to know I’ve had this effect on someone,” she says. “It’s great to know he really does love it. I hope he continues with it.” A second child started music lessons in January. Both are taking guitar. In order to raise money for the scholarships, Belinsky held a garage sale, bakes sales and a benefit concert with performers, both teachers and students, from the Conservatory. “I’ve raised around $2,500 so far,” she says. “I’m going to try and host another concert this year and raise money through ticket sales and donations as well. I’ve continued to get donations from family and friends. I’ll continue to have garage sales.” To help, the Conservatory has given her a discount, making every 10th lesson free. The children are chosen from short essays which explain who they are and why they want to take the music lessons. “I go through the essays with the director of the Miami Conservatory of Music and together we select who we feel is the best candidate,” she says. At Palmetto, Belinsky is president of the Omega Singers. As president, she does a lot of the work organizing rehearsals and getting the costumes read for the many competitions and performances they participate in. She also belongs to the Modern Music Masters National Honor Society, the English National Honor Society, the Social Science National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society and the National Honor Society. Belinsky hopes to take music in college and earn a degree in music education, which means she is auditioning in piano at colleges with good music schools. She’s looking at New York University, Florida State, the University of Cincinnati, DePaul and the University of South Florida. She plans to teach at music conservatories when she finishes college.

By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

ALEX RUBIN Gulliver Prep senior Alex Rubin is a math whiz and the proof is in his selection as the school’s Silver Knight nominee in Mathematics. Rubin is also active in extracurricular activities, racking up several thousand volunteer hours. “I volunteer at this summer sports camp,” he says. Rubin has volunteered at Alexander Montessori Sports Track since he was in the sixth grade, eight weeks at a time from 9 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. In high school he was a camp counselor in his freshman, sophomore and junior summers. Rubin has been helping a friend, Rudolpho Fernandez, who also started Rudy’s Youth Athletic Network. He also volunteered as an assistant coach for a youth football league and a basketball league during the school year, although he hasn’t been able to be active so far this year because he needed to focus on college applications. Rubin has applied to Harvard, Yale, Georgetown, the University of Florida, Princeton, Columbia, Duke, Boston University and George Washington University. His plan is to major in international relations or government so he can go into public service. “This summer I did an internship at a congressman’s office, (former) Congressman

Lincoln Diaz-Balart,” he says. “I think it allowed me to really get a look into the way the U.S. government works and the bureaucracy. It showed me the interaction between the Congressman and his aides and the constituents.” Rubin’s public service in high school includes being president of Interact. “Every month we go to the Community Partnership for the Homeless, either the downtown shelter or the Homestead Center,” he says. “It allows students to get a feel for the people they are helping.” While there, one group cooks and then serves the meal. Another group works at the day care center. “You really get to interact with the people you are helping, see who they are and see what they are going through,” he says. It costs the club about $600 each time they go to the shelter because they pay for the food they serve. In order to be able to make the visits, Interact does a lot of fundraising. Their biggest event is an annual Benefit Fashion Show. “Last year it was on the pool deck. This year it’s in the new media center,” Rubin says. “We always donate to the Community Partnership. Last year we donated Relief Funds for Haiti and other local community service organizations.” This year the show is scheduled for March 3 at 7 p.m. Last year they raised approximately $5,000 for charities. The club is also hosting a Dodge Ball Tournament on Feb. 13. As a member of the architecture program, Rubin is involved in the environmentally oriented Fairchild Tropical Garden Challenge project. “We’re designing a green roof and green wall,” he says. “We chose the cafeteria roof.” The project calls for a roof top garden for the cafeteria, which ideally will be able to harness solar energy, collect water to cut Gulliver’s water consumption, reduce the school’s carbon usage and allow the school to grow its own herbs and spices for use in the cafeteria. “The school will be using it as a biology classroom,” Rubin says. “We’re finishing up the model. It’s due in late February for the final competition.” Rubin is also involved in the History Honor Society, which he co-founded. The club’s purpose is to promote appreciation and the study of history and its application to contemporary society.

By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

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JAKE MOLKENTIN Palmetto High School baseball ranks high on Jake Molkentin’s “to do” list this year. Tryouts are set to begin soon and Molkentin, a junior, not only hopes to make the varsity once again, but hopes to pitch and play the

outfield as well. As a sophomore, Molkentin started every game for Palmetto, so his goal of again making the varsity team is likely to be successful. And the next goal, a successful season for the team, could very well come true. “This year we actually look really good,” he says. “We have a great chance of going to the state championship playoffs.” While baseball does tend to take much of an athlete’s free time almost yearround, Molkentin has still managed to put in plenty of community service hours. For several summers, he has volunteered at the Five Star Baseball camp run by former baseball pro Jorge Fabregas and held at Westminster Christian. This summer, he dealt with seven and eight year old youngsters. “We just helped them learn the fundamentals, field and hit and let them play on their own,” he says. “It was a lot of fun. I have three younger sisters so I’m good working with younger kids.” Molkentin works the camps with several friends. “Each of us will take a few kids and we’ll individually teach each one,” he says.

They teach baseball fundamentals, things like making sure to stay in front of the ball. The basics are needed because many of the children attending the camp the first time have never played the game. “Some kids don’t even know where home plate is,” he says. “We have to make sure nothing goes wrong. We have a guarantee that every kid leaves liking that camp.” While many teens aren’t keen on dealing with so many children, Molkentin says he likes working the camp. “I’m doing something I enjoy and helping kids at the same time,” he says. He also finds that being with the kids when they play helps him become a better player and a better teammate. “Some of the kids are way more encouraging than I am, they praise others more. I’d like to be more like that,” he says. He adds that teaching them fundamentals reinforces the basics of the game for him. “Even professionals sometimes forget fundamentals,” he says. “Sometimes after I say something to them, I’ll realize that I don’t do that myself; like catching a fly ball with two hands. It’s a great side affect. I do a lot of better when I remember to practice these simple fundamentals.”

Another community service event Molkentin likes is the annual President’s Day Clinic, when Palmetto baseball players converge at Coral Reef Park to teach children how to play. “That’s a fun day and you get to work with a lot of kids,” he says. One of the things that make it a fun day is that it reminds him why he loves baseball. “It makes you forget the stresses of playing for a team,” he says. “The kids remind you why you play the game.” When he leaves high school, Molkentin wants to continue to play baseball in college. He’s hoping for a scholarship, either athletic or academic, at a good Division One school with a strong baseball program. However, the choice is still undecided. “Any school that offers me a scholarship, I’d put into consideration,” he says. “Definitely, all the Florida schools; I love Florida and I’m not a fan of freezing weather.” However, Molkentin says he would not be averse to attending the University of North Carolina or perhaps a college in South Carolina. By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld


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pleted in 2000, but since that time it has been going through a sweeping transformation. The Garden Fund, a non-profit organization formed in 2007, has been working to assist the Village government with that task, and they have been doing just that with money raised from private citizens, family foundations, memberships, sponsors and through the annual Soiree in the Garden. This year’s fete will take place on Friday, Feb. 25, in Pinecrest Gardens. The lighting is in place, the refurbished Banyan Bowl is

ready and the many details of putting on this important fundraiser are coming together with the precision of a finely tuned orchestra. The Soiree will begin at 6:30 p.m. and guests will be greeted with a glass of wine and Deborah Fleisher’s hypnotic harp as they stroll through the giant Banyan trees toward the magnificent terrace area that overlooks Swan Lake. Here the piano music of Jimmy B will serenade while everyone peruses the silent auction tables and enjoys appetizers and drinks. Bidding is generally fierce and cordially competitive for many coveted bargains that will be offered for sale. Later the call to dinner will be sounded and a quick walk to the meadow will lead guests to glowing tables and a delicious buf-

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fet extravaganza presented by Phillip Gillan of Island Noodles, a catering company that specializes in fresh and wholesome fare prepared on site. The legendary desserts will be abundant and decadent; lovingly prepared and delivered by Garden Fund volunteers. They are always a tremendous hit. The concert that is to follow all of this will no doubt be the crescendo of the evening. This year the Fund is proud to present Julian Marley, “Acoustic and Unplugged” in the Banyan Bowl. This intimate concert by one of the most notable members of a royal rock family promises to be a sold-out affair. All proceeds from the evening will directly

benefit horticulture at the Garden and the Fund’s board of directors is grateful for the generous support of its sponsors, including the Village of Pinecrest, Whole Foods Market of Pinecrest, NCL and the Corradino Group. Participation in this rare night-time event in the Garden can be had for a fraction of what is often paid for similar amenities in far less exotic settings. Tickets for the entire evening are $100 each and tables of 10 are $900. A limited number of “concert only” seats are available for $40 in advance and $45 at the door beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets for the fifth annual Soiree in the Garden may be purchased online at <www.gardenfund.org> or by calling 305669-1028.

Our Village, how does it rate with you? Residents of Pinecrest, it’s time to tell us how you rate our beautiful Village. Do you think it’s great just the way it is, or do you think there’s room for improvement? Let us know in this citizen survey how you feel about your elected officials and the various departments and services your Village provides. As a reward for your participation, one lucky survey submitter will be selected to receive a $100 gift certificate to the Anacapri Restaurant, 12669 S. Dixie Hwy. When you complete your survey, mail it to Grant Miller, c/o The Pinecrest Tribune, 6796 SW 62nd Ave., South Miami, FL 33143. Let’s look at the Village officials first. If the election were held today, would you vote to re-elect your current leaders?

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Blue & White game launches PHS baseball season BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD One of the annual rites of spring in Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay is the Blue and White game at Coral Reef Park, an intra-squad baseball game for the Palmetto High School varsity and junior varsity teams. The game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 5, starting at 11 a.m. It is a celebration of baseball complete with a barbeque, music and cheerleaders. “It’s the first game of the year when we introduce players on the varsity and junior varsity team,” says Coach Mike Klekotka. “It’s basically a coming-out party for Palmetto baseball and the varsity.” It’s also a day of fun and games for the players and their families. “All the kids get an opportunity to showcase themselves and show their friends and family that they are part of a team,” says Staci Sanford, the Blue and

White Game chairperson. The Miami Heat’s Mike Baiamonte will announce the game. The Blue and White Game is free and open to the public. However, there is a charge of $6 for adults and $4 for kids for food. For more information, go to <www.palmettopanthersbaseball.com>.

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The Singing Miamians of Pinecrest, a non-profit group known for superb four-part harmony singing, again this year will offer Singing Valentines on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. Recipients of a Singing Valentine are serenaded at their home or office with two love songs performed by a tuxedoed barbershop quartet. They also receive a rose, a card with a personal note from the sender and a digital photograph to preserve the event. For 35 years the Singing Miamians have been saying “I love you” in song and leaving sweethearts speechless. Often this unique gift draws a crowd and usually a few tears. Singing Valentines are priced at $75 for a four-hour delivery window and are delivered anywhere in Miami-Dade County. More time-precise delivery options are available at additional cost. To schedule a Singing Valentine for a sweetheart, call 305-274-7464 or go to <www.miamians.org> before Feb. 14. The Singing Miamians of Pinecrest is a non-profit, charitable organization.

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President, Paws4You Rescue What may be great for the house may not be so great for your dog. We’ve all heard tragic stories of pets that were accidentally poisoned by everyday products. While some seem obvious (rat poison, paint, pain relievers, etc.), there are many household items that you many have never considered harmful. For instance, did you know that deodorant is poisonous? What about vitamins? Here’s a list of other toxic items that you may not know about: • Cocoa Mulch • Wood shavings • Poisonous household plants including azalea, aloe, hydrangea, honeysuckle, and birds of paradise • Cleaning products such as Swiffer and fabric softener have been known to cause allergic reactions in pets • Gum containing Xylitol So, what is safe? Use all natural cleaning products, especially when you have a dog that likes to eat things off the floor. Also, keep plants out of your pets’ reach, store cleaning products securely and make garbage and recycling bins inaccessible to your pets.

Paws4You Still, the best rule of thumb is to remember that what may be safe for you may not be safe for your pet, so always keep on an eye your pets to make sure they aren’t getting into things that could wind up hurting them. If your dog is accidentally poisoned, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. Keep this information readily available in a visible place in case of an emergency. Be prepared to provide the name of the poison your animal was exposed to, the amount, how long since they were exposed to the poison, symptoms they are showing, as well as the species, breed, age, sex and weight of your pet. A $65 consultation fee may be applied to credit card, so also have payment information available. For more information on dangerous household items visit aspca.com.

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My friend just had a baby and claims she didn’t know that she was pregnant. Is this possible? It is possible, but I don’t think very probable. We all have signs when we are pregnant, tender breasts, loss of period, perhaps craving foods, clothes don’t fit, etc. I saw a show on television that focuses about all of these women that have had babies and didn’t even know that they were pregnant. I personally find that hard to believe. I haven’t told my parents my SAT scores because I am utterly devastated and ashamed. My best advice would be to go to a Junior College whether it is here or elsewhere. For starters, go to Miami Dade College, which once was a junior college, and find out if you are eligible to attend school at Miami Dade. They probably will have you taking remedial courses in Math and English. You will be paying for these courses, but getting no credit. This is what is so frustrating with some of these students because they have to pay for the courses, but it is the penalty you pay for not getting a higher score. Toby Rose is president of Toby Rose’s College Prep. She is an independent college counselor, was a Dade County Outstanding Teacher and served as chairperson of the Dade County School Board Academic Advisory Committee. Rose may be contacted by calling 305-238-7737 or via the Internet at <www.tobyrose.com>.

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Rolling Stones Tribute Concert to benefit special needs Linda K. Landy ALPER JCC NEWS This morning I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get no satisfaction â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but I did try. Writing this column about a Rolling Stones Tribute Concert to benefit the special needs program at the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center, I was intent on finding some clever connection between Rolling Stones song lyrics and this important program. I read a lot of lyrics and found myself singing a few tunes. I tried and I tried, but I did not find any lyrics that did the program justice. I finally gave up, concluding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;n roll but I like it.â&#x20AC;? If you like rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;n roll, mark your calendar for Saturday, Feb. 12, when Satisfaction â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A Rolling Stone Tribute Band performs the internationally acclaimed music of this iconic rock and roll group with an authentic cast and costuming. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have you in the aisles just like Jumping Jack Flash,â&#x20AC;? says Showbiz Magazine. But this annual event is a lot more than just rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n roll. Proceeds from the evening â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a

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COOKING WITH JAN Every mid-February across this country (and others), loved ones feel the pressure of exchanging gifts of candy, flowers and even more elaborate items. And proposals of marriage are common on the day of Valentine. But why do we honor this day of February 14? The history of Valentines Day and its patron saint is mired in mystery. February has long been a month of romance, the hick-ups of Christmas and Hanukah have been dulled and the need for romance is at hand. One legend suggests that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome, when Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, and outlawed marriage for young men, his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice, defied Claudius and continued to perform secret marriages for young lovers. When Valentines doings were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. There is much speculation about what became of Valentine. While some say he was beheaded, others contend that he became sick in prison and died. In 1835, the remains – or what is believed to be remains — of St. Valentine were given to an Irish priest named father John Spratt by Pope Gregory XVl after Spratt impressed the Pope with his passionate preaching during a visit to Rome. The gift, in a black and gold casket, can still be viewed every Valentine’s Day at the Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin, Ireland. The day of Valentine can be celebrated in

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Happy Valentine’s Day! many ways, along with a thoughtful gift, a visit to a favorite restaurant is a common way of honoring the day of love. Or one can prepare a special meal and invite his or her Valentine to dinner. Recipes that follow come with wishes of igniting a spark of love. A glass of champagne or a favorite cocktail beverage is always a must to begin a lovely evening. I suggest champagne. And why not start the meal with: RED WINE POACHED PEARS AND A SLICE OF GORGONZOLA (serves 2) 1 Bosc pear (peeled, cut in half) 2 cups of red wine (don’t be cheap) 2 bay leaves Pinch of salt Tsp of sugar 5 peppercorns Place all ingredients in a small pot, bring to a simmer and poach for aprox. 20 minutes until pears are tender, Set a side (this can be done a day a head, in fact best done a day a head) Remove pears from liquid; reduce the liquid into a syrup, set aside Place 2 slices of Gorgonzola (consult your local market for cheese selection) on 2 plates; arrange pears on top, drizzle with the syrup. And serve with warm bread and maybe a small tossed salad. For dinner I suggest: OVEN ROASTED WHOLE CORNISH HEN WITH GRAPES AND PINK GRAPEFRUIT 2 whole Cornish hens Splash of olive oil Salt and pepper Fresh thyme Fresh rosemary Toss the two birds in the olive oil, season with salt and pepper, place fresh herbs on the bottom of a small roasting pan or skillet, place birds on top and roast in the oven for about 45 minutes @ 350 degrees or until tender and golden brown.

Place each bird on a dinner plate; remove herbs from pan, leaving juices behind. A handful of seedless grapes 1 pink, peeled and flesh cut into segments A splash of red wine Salt and pepper to taste A pad of butter Add the grapefruit segments and grapes to the pan, bring to a boil on top of stove, add red wine and the pad of butter, season with salt and pepper and serve next to the Cornish hen. Accompany with starch and veggies of you choice. For dessert, why not: OLD-FASHIONED STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE (serves 8; invite friends for dessert or just settle with the fact that there will be leftovers) B is c u it s : 2 cups flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons sugar 1 stick butter, chilled 2/3 cup cream F i ll i n g : 1 quart strawberries

1/3 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups whipped cream for topping Clean and slice the berries; place in a bowl, sprinkle with the sugar, cover and rest at room temperature for about 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a food processor combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar and pulse to mix. Cut butter into 8 pieces and add to mixture, pulse until mixture looks like coarse meal. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and make a well in the center, with a fork stir in the cream, do not over work, rest dough for a minute, place dough on floured surface, knead for about 2 minutes. Gently pat the dough into a 6x12 inch rectangle about 3/4 inch thick and cut into 8 (3 inch) biscuits with a cookie cutter, bake on a buttered baking sheet for a bout 10-15 minutes, until risen and golden brown. Slice the biscuits horizontally with a serrated knife. Divide berry mixture onto each bottom. Replace the top and serve with whipped cream. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Jan Jorgensen is the owner-chef of Two Chefs Restaurant, located at 8287 So. Dixie Hwy., Miami. For more information, call 305-663-2100 or visit online at <www.twochefsrestaurant.com>.


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Upscale Furniture Consignment Gallery has everything and more BY LEE STEPHENS

Are you looking for that perfect something, but you’re just not quite sure what that is? Or perhaps you’ve just moved into a new residence and need to fill that new space. Well, I’ve got just the place for you — Upscale Furniture Consignment Gallery, where you’ll find everything from an antique, one-of-a-kind settee and a Brazilian contemporary glassand-leather dining set to mirrors that visually enlarge your space. They have it all and more. Upon entering Upscale Furniture Consignment Gallery, you’re treated to the sweet smell of vanilla beans or mistletoe, or maybe even coconut lime, the aroma from soy candles; fragrant, yet clean and healthy for the environment. At the door, you are greeted by Nigel, the Upscale Furniture Consignment Gallery owner Rita Schwartz surveys some of her five-foot English butler merchandise. steadfastly keeping –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– watch. Once inside, you will be amazed at the selection of fine American Cancer Society. And if that isn’t enough to keep vintage and antique furniture, exclusive porcelains and brilliant art, much of it from Schwartz busy, in her spare time she works with Paws4You and helps rescue abanup-and-coming local artists. Focusing on quality pieces from high- doned or homeless dogs. Schwartz is an end consignors that have little or no wear advocate for life and believes that every gives the store the feel of a museum. A 19th dog should have a loving home. She also century Swiss Mermod Freres music box regularly solicits funds for the pet rescue plays delicate melodies and proudly dis- charities and helps plan benefit events such plays its original program. A turn of the as the recent Pawtini Pawty business social century phonograph by none other than networking event at the Biltmore Hotel in Thomas Alva Edison sits atop a carved con- Coral Gables. The inventory at Upscale Furniture sole table with its hand-painted morning Consignment Gallery is constantly changglory horn. The proprietor of Upscale Furniture ing, with new pieces arriving daily and othConsignment Gallery is Rita Schwartz and ers leaving just as quickly. The gallery is she is as unique as her extraordinary open Monday through Friday from 10:30 gallery. She not only holds down the fort at a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8845 SW 132nd St., behind the Falls from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 305-491-5651 Shopping Center, she has also been appointed sponsorship chair for the inaugu- or send email to <info@upscalefurnitureral Pinecrest Relay for Life for the gallery.com>.


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Turnberry, Metro Bank merge into NAFH National Bank BY LEE STEPHENS

With the integration of Turnberry Bank and Metro Bank of Dade County into one financial institution, NAFH National Bank is dedicated to serving local business and retail customers. “At NAFH National Bank, we’re in a great position to provide safety and security for our client’s money as well as cutting edge solutions for their various lending needs,” said Adam Hellman, vice president and manager of the Pinecrest office at 9579 S. Dixie Hwy. “We’ve enhanced our traditional banking products for businesses and customers and our residential mortgage specialists take care of our customers with timely approvals. “Supported by easy processing services, we offer special accounts for people over 50, students and civic employees and a full array of business banking products, including commercial accounts and cash management services.” Through an investment of capital from North American Financial Holdings (NAFH), its parent company, NAFH National Bank is now in a growth mode, according to Evan Rees, South Florida market president and commercial banking executive for NAFH National Bank. NAFH National Bank now has 10 South Florida offices

– eight in Miami-Dade and two in Broward. “We have the ability to lend up to $20 million to small and mid-size business customers, and we are highly responsive to those requests,” Rees said. “We also have money for other business loans, consumer loans and retail mortgages; just stop in at any of our convenient branches. “Our customers will see the same friendly, professional faces and when you call us for assistance, you’ll be speaking with your own personal banker, not some call center or automated phone system. We are stronger than ever with the same great service that you have grown to expect from us.” Noting that both Turnberry and Metro Bank have long traditions of community involvement, Hellman adds that NAFH National Bank will continue to be a leader in the community, and plans to make even greater contributions in the future. NAFH was formed in July, 2010 to invest in strategically important financial institutions located in important banking markets. Collectively, the bank now operates 10 branches in South Florida and 13 branches in South Carolina. The growing family of North American Financial Holdings’ banks presently has assets of approximately $3.2 billion.

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Born Free Pet Shelter fundraiser set for Feb. 7 BY LEE STEPHENS

The seventh annual fundraiser for the Born Free Pet Shelter is scheduled for Feb. 7, from 7-11 p.m., at the Key Biscayne Beach Club, 685 Ocean Drive. The Born Free facility is a no-kill dog rescue center headquartered on five acres in the Redland community of MiamiDade County. The shelter houses an average of 145 dogs each day and is operated by 81-yearold Alicia Aballi. “ T h i s annual fundraiser is the only benefit event that we have dur-

ing the year to help keep Born Free going and help us pay the bills,” said Aballi. “We’ll have music and dancing, and food will be supplied by all the restaurants on Key Biscayne. There will also be a silent auction with a lot of art, jewelry, sports memorabilia and lots of other things.” Tickets to the benefit are $85 each and corporate support is welcome. A table for 10 is $800. For information, call 305-247-2591, go to <www.bornfree.petfinder.com> or email <BornFreeShelter@gmail.com>.


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Bet Shira Mitzvah Day set for Feb. 13 BY MARK KULA Cantor, Bet Shira Congregation

For the 22nd consecutive year, the Bet Shira Tikkun Olam Committee is sponsoring the annual Mitzvah Day of Community Service on Sunday, Feb. 13, to help many South Florida non-profit organizations. We hear the terms Tikkun Olam and Mitzvah, but do we know what they really mean? â&#x20AC;&#x153;As Jews, we believe that lives should be steeped in Mitzvot, sacred deeds, and believe that we are partners with God in transforming the world and bringing about Tikkun Olam, the restoration of all that is broken,â&#x20AC;? said Rabbi Brian Schuldenfrei, spiritual leader of the Bet Shira Congregation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With that in mind, every day is really mitzvah day, but by dedicating one day to this sacred task, we hope to raise awareness of our obligations throughout the rest of the year. As a new rabbi in this community, one of the things that attracted me to Bet Shira was its sense of dedication to Mtzvah Day and its recognition in the larger importance of Tikkun Olam. I am amazed by all the volunteers and all the positive energy that this day generates. Our Synagogueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tikkun Olam Committee cochaired by Paul Papier and Barry Wright is exceptional; it makes me proud to be a rabbi!â&#x20AC;? Mitzvah Day for the past two decades has served the Bet Shira Congregation as a great opportunity to introduce intergenerational members of the congregation and the Greater Miami community to volunteering. Repairing the world starts close to home by performing good deeds in the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People of all backgrounds and religious denominations are encouraged to come together to start the year off with a good deed,â&#x20AC;? said Carol Stein, chair of Mitzvah Day for the last 15 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come bring your donations, give blood, share a nosh at Bet Shira and see for yourself that there really is something for everyone. The community can make a difference; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Mitzvah!â&#x20AC;? Beginning at 9 a.m., Bet Shira congre-

gants, Jewish Education Center students, Early Childhood families, teens, seniors and children of all school ages will join forces on this special Mitzvah Day to help clean up the environment, entertain children, comfort seniors, visit organizations, organize, collect and deliver needed goods throughout the Miami-Dade Community. A recent additional activity that started three years ago is the Mitzvah Fair occurring in the synagogue lobby starting at 10 a.m. Bar and Bat Mitzvah students have been invited to creatively display and share information about their Mitzvah projects. School-age activities include assembling toiletry kits for the homeless, making sandwiches for the hungry, assembling lunch bags to be delivered to Camillus House and working with craft projects for seniors. Another project this year will include serving lunch to the residents at the Community Partnership for the Homeless shelter in Homestead, as well as planning games and activities for the resident children. The annual, ever-successful Bet Shira Blood Drive will also be held at the Synagogue on Feb. 13. For those volunteers that are outdoor enthusiasts, there will be gardening in the morning at several areas at the Miami Metro Zoo (now known as Zoo Miami) which includes pruning, weeding and general clean-up. Due to the popularity of this activity, now also included on Mitzvah Day is gardening and maintenance at the Pinecrest Gardens, scheduled in the afternoon after the Zoo. At Bet Shira Congregation, volunteers will sort the donations of clothing, toiletries, books, toys, medical supplies and cell phones. These donations will be distributed to organizations such as the Miami Rescue Mission, Community Partnership for Homeless Center, Lotus House, Open Door Health Center, Project Cradle Camp for Children and Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shelters. For more information, call 305-238-2601, visit <www.betshira.org> or to volunteer, contact the Mitzvah Day Committee at 305232-1422.

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The Nationwide insurance company has named the Morris & Reynolds insurance agency as a South Florida representative. Morris & Reynolds Insurance will offer Nationwide’s property and casualty products, including business insurance, personal auto, recreational vehicles and umbrella liability coverage. Historically, Nationwide was only available through its own captive agents. But that changed last year and the insurer now uses independent agents such as Morris & Reynolds. “We are thrilled to have Nationwide on our clients’ side,” said Morris & Reynolds President & CEO Bob Reynolds said. “Nationwide is one of the world’s premier and most competitive insurers and a company that very few agents represent. In addition to the other well-known insurers we represent, having Nationwide on our clients’ side is an honor for Morris & Reynolds Insurance and will provide our clients with yet another excellent choice

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