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‘Gypsy Burglars’ at work in Village

BY RON BEASLEY

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he Village police department has issued a warning to residents to be aware that there has been a rash of distraction burglaries in recent weeks that all bear the same method of operation, a routine that is commonly referred to in law enforcement circles as a “gypsy burglary”. Pinecrest Police Detective Sgt. Jason Cohen says Coral Gables has also seen an increase in these types of crimes and that Village police are working to determine if the same criminals are operating in both communities. Cohen says that three distraction burglary incidents have been reported to Village police in the last three weeks, each involving a man who tells a homeowner that he is from a landscaping company and his DET. JASON COHEN men will be cutting adjacent overhanging trees for a neighbor. The man asks the homeowner to come to the rear of the house to see where he will be working.

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Read in the Virgin Islands Pictured are Sandra and Larry Brown and their children — Kathrine, Krishelle and Kory while on a stopover in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. They were all sailing on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. Of course they remembered to take along a copy of their favorite hometown newspaper. Thanks for thinking of us, guys!

Take a copy of this photo to Sam Diedrick at the Hole in the Wall, 14421 S. Dixie Hwy. (next to Pinch-A-Penny). Identify this young ballplayer from 1979 and r eceive free cold mug of beer and don’t forget to ask for your free autograph, (must be 21 or older to participate). Howard Palmetto Khoury League is celebrating its 50th anniversary-reunion on Jan. 13, 2012 at Evelyn Greer Park. If you are a former coach, manager, team mom, league official, for more information send email to howardpalmetto50@gmail.com or call Grant Miller at 305-323-8206. (See old teams photos inside.)

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DIEGO SCHAPS Gulliver Prep senior Diego Schaps has earned more than 400 community service hours for his volunteer work in theater and at Miami Children’s Hospital. “I’m in the chorus and the theater department. I take those talents and I go to Area Stage Conservatory,” he says. The conservatory is in the old Riviera Theater. He has been cast in Cabaret Rent and he played Billy Flynn in Chicago. He even acted in Charlie Brown, playing Schroder the piano-playing cartoon character. When he’s not busy singing and acting, Schaps volunteers at Miami Children’s Hospital. “I worked at the nurses’ station at the pediatric center,” he says. “Then I would go around the ward with my guitar. I do music therapy. It’s called Traveling Tunes.” It’s a new program he’s helped pioneer for the hospital; he’s one of five people taking part. Through the program he goes through the wards talking to the kids and singing to them, accompanying himself on the guitar. “I hang out with them and see how they are doing. I go from ward to ward at my own leisure,” he says. He goes all around the hospital, including the oncology and cardiac wards, as well

as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. “They (the babies) just love the company, so you hold them or sing to them,” he says. For the older kids, he walks into their rooms and if the room is dark and gloomy, he’ll raise the blinds and flood the room with light. “I’ll look at them and say, ‘Hey, how is it going?’ My goal every time I visit the room is to make energy, make it more positive,” he says. “My goal is to make them smile at the least. What’s really paying me is the smile.” Some of the kids are really depressed, but when he brings out the guitar, he says their faces brighten up. “When they sing with me, they have a great time. The parents love it too,” he says. “Not only do the kids benefit, but the parents have seen their kids in pain, and when they see them laughing, they tear up.” Schaps jokes that last year he gave up sleep in order to do everything he was involved in, plus school. This year he cut back to concentrate on school, school productions and college applications. He’s also president of the Chorus so he has additional responsibilities in that class. “When the director is absent from class, I run the class. I warm up the class. After school, if a kid is having a problem learning music, I help them. So the entire chorus can sound good. A chorus is only as strong as the weakest singers,” he says. The Gulliver chorus goes to the district competition and if they do well there, then they go on to the state competition. They also participate in individual competitions such as All State. He was chosen for the All State chorus last year and has auditioned again for the honor chorus. Next month, Schaps will be in the play The Crucible, playing John Proctor. “My favorite role I’ve done so far is Billy Flynn because he’s so complex, but this character may beat him out,” he says. In college, Schaps plans on studying classic voice and microbiology for pre-med. “Since I’m already into sleeping five hours, I know I can do it,” he says. He is considering Northwestern, NYU, Carnegie Mellon, Washington University and the University of Michigan. By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

ANDREW SALAZAR Each year, Palmetto High School student Andrew Salazar helps organize the Miracle Games, a three-on-three basketball tournament held in Suniland Park in April. The games were started by a friend, Jordan Rosen. When Salazar was a freshman, Rosen offered him the opportunity to get involved. Salazar took over when Rosen graduated. “We start organizing around late January or early February,” Salazar says. “That consists of getting people to sponsor the event, getting people to donate raffle prizes, getting people to participate, getting people to cater, selling raffle tickets, things like that.” Last year the tournament raised more than $4,000 for the Transplant Foundation. There are usually 20 or so teams that play until a winner is declared. The tournament begins at 1 p.m. and runs until 4 p.m. Salazar does not work alone on the tournament; Lee Seifer, Jeffrey Littman and Tyler Heckaman are equally involved. All are high school seniors as well. While Salazar loves basketball – he played as a freshman and sophomore for Palmetto – his true love is tennis. He’s a four-year letterman in tennis who was the fourth seed in singles and number one seed in doubles last year. He’s looking forward to the tennis season. “We have potential. Last year we made it to states in Orlando,” he says. “I lost in the first round of singles. My partner and I

made it to the Number One doubles final.” His doubles partner graduated and is now playing at the University of Arkansas. Salazar wouldn’t mind playing tennis in college, but says it might be tough at some of the schools he’s applying to. Outside of sports, Salazar is very involved in the National Forensics League. He started in debate during his freshman year and does public forum debate, which deals with current events. “I started attending tournaments and really enjoy it,” he says. “It’s an entertaining way to advance studies. Most of the topics are very relevant politically.” This will be a challenging year for the Forensics Club since, due to budget cuts, forensics is no longer a class and is only a club. Before, students were able to do the preparation work in class and now it requires after school participation. Salazar is also a member of the Science Competitors Club. He participated in the Fairchild Challenge last year, working on a solar invention. “We made a solar cell phone charger that received honorable mention,” he says. “Every year they have something to do with solar power projects and that’s something I’m interested in.” The environment has been an interest since he took Advanced Placement Environmental Science as a sophomore. He took things a step further when he went to the Dominican Republic last summer to take part in a threeweek program on living sustainability sponsored by Global Leadership Adventures. “We worked at various sites trying to help the locals live cleaner in terms of energy,” he says. “We built bio-mass stoves, a stove that runs on different types of trash.” While there, he worked hard, but he was also able to relax. The group visited waterfalls, went snorkeling, hiked mountains, built houses and cleared farmland for Haitian refugees. Salazar says the poverty he saw in the Dominican Republic was eye opening. “It gave me a perspective about how important engineering can be in addressing world problems,” he says. Salazar is considering both engineering and business as college majors, so he is applying for early decision to a program that combines both. By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

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ALEXIS DAHAN Living with a family member who has Alzheimer’s has given Gulliver Prep senior Alexis Dahan a perspective most teens don’t have. “With her having Alzheimer’s, I know

more what the patients need,” she says. “I bring them joy. They are happy in that moment. Dahan says the seniors on the Alzheimer’s floor are lonely and want someone to talk to. “I get to see them on a weekly basis,” she says. “We provide activities for them – primarily bingo and arts and crafts. The ones that can still function, we like to stimulate them and take them for walks.” Dahan goes to the Palace a couple of times a week, usually on the weekend. As for her grandmother, she hasn’t progressed as far as the patients on the Alzheimer’s floor so she lives with Dahan’s family. “Hopefully her medicines have staved it off,” Dahan says. At Gulliver, Dahan is in the student government. She’s been a member for four years and holds the office of historian. This is her second year as president of Gulliver’s Health Interested Students of America (HISA). One of the club’s main activities is raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. “We’re the top private school that raises the most money for JDRF,” Dahan says.

“We’ve won first place awards the last five or six years as the school that raises the most money.” The club recently held an event at the Fresh Market in Coconut Grove where they brought in a clown to paint faces; they also sold popcorn, Sno Cones, ice cream sundaes and BBQ items. Each spring club members participate in the JDRF Walkathon at Zoo Miami. There they run a raffle and volunteer at the registration table, as well as walk. “Another one of our big events is the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure,” Dahan says. “That’s in mid October. To raise money, we hold jeans day and we charge students $5 to wear jeans. We also have a lot of people who participate in the walk. Even more than the Juvenile Diabetes Walk because at the diabetes walk you have to raise $100 to walk. Susan G. Komen is only $25.” The club always has a tent at the event and in advance of the walk, Dahan volunteers by helping with tee shirt distribution and counting money. She’s also involved in the service club Interact. Interact members visit the

Community Partnership for the Homeless on a regular basis to feed the homeless and run activities for the children who live there. “I’m also involved at that outside of school. I volunteer at Christmas at the Community Partnership, preparing and serving food to the people who are at the shelter and the people in the neighborhood. We prepare box lunches,” she says. Dahan and her aunt also take toys for the children. This past summer, Dahan interned at the United Way. While there, she spent most of her time on administrative work, answering phones, contacting donors and updating the agency’s contact list. “I did get the feel of what it was like to work for a non-profit,” she says. Dahan is applying to universities with top business schools with the intent of pursing either accounting or finance. She’s interested in the University of Texas at Austin, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida. By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld


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BURGLARS, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cohen says the unsuspecting resident accompanies the man to the work area and usually leaves the front door unlocked, allowing a second man to slip into the house and steal various items of value. The two criminals communicate via cell phone and the first man keeps the victim occupied until the crime is complete. Often, the homeowner is not aware that he has been robbed until hours or even days later. “The accomplice goes into the house and takes whatever he can find that’s easy to carry,” says Cohen. “Usually cash or jewelry, but we have reports of silverware being taken, and silver coins or coin collections.” Cohen says the victims are usually elderly and that this is a typical type of theft used by roving gypsies; thus the reason

that it is known as a Gypsy Burglary. “Discovering this type of crime in progress is very difficult because there will be no alarm call and the actions of the thief to someone driving by do not look out of the ordinary,” says Cohen. “The best deterrent is to educate the public.” Cohen adds that Village residents should be diligent about this type of burglary and be alert to the fact that if they didn’t call for a particular service, then they should not venture outside their home with someone they do not know. Cohen says residents witnessing any crimes resembling a distraction burglary or “gypsy burglary” should immediately report them to the detective bureau of the Pinecrest Police Department by calling 305-234-2100.

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Are you in these photographs? Come join us at the reunion, Jan. 13 50th Anniversary Reunion

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‘Bullyproof Your Child’ seminars slated for Community Center BY RAQUEL GARCIA

Although it is illegal in over 40 states to exhibit bullying behavior in school classrooms or playgrounds, bullying remains a pervasive and insidious cultural handicap. Newspaper headlines are all to frequent about children committing suicide because bullying in school became unbearable. Mayaly Alvarez, of New Horizons Counseling Services, says there is a light at the end of the tunnel for families confronting bullying behavior. Her Bullyproof Your Child seminar being held at the Village of Pinecrest Community Center Oct. 22 and 29 will focus on establishing positive behaviors that can help kids who are being bullied. Alvarez also will address the best way to confront rebellious behavior that often leads to a child becoming a bully. “Bullying starts at home; when parents use threats or coercive language to get their children to do what they want to do they are setting negative patterns that can lead to bullying behavior,” said Alvarez. “For example, telling a child ‘not to be stupid’ is labeling them and this can lead to defensive attitudes. When parents tell kids if they do not do one thing they will not receive another thing, that is a manipulative approach that does not work in the long run.” Alvarez believes that since many adults experienced this style of parenting first hand, it is easy to pass it on to the next generation. But she says there is a better way and it is centered on a collaborative guidance approach based on mutual trust. “Rebellious kids are not getting the support they need at home,” she said. “When a child is rebellious, he or she is saying ‘I am ready to face the world’ but without consequences because they fail to understand the consequences of their actions.” Recent data from the U.S. Department of Education indicates that millions of students are dealing with the consequences of bullying every year. The Youth Violence Project reports that “bullying is so com-

monplace and ranges so widely in severity that its importance is often overlooked.” The statistics from 2005-06 reveal that 21 percent of elementary schools, 43 percent of middle schools and 22 percent of high schools had bullying-related issues. The results also state that bullying is one of the most frequently reported discipline problems at school. Jerry Zank, principal of Gulliver Prep, says his school needs to have policies regarding bullying because it is considered one of the gravest infractions of school rules. At the same time, Zank points out that we do not always live in a civil society and children out of naïveté may act out behaviors they see in adults. “We have a new program this year in partnership with the not-for-profit association The Melissa Institute,” Zank said. “There will be sessions specifically designed to address the developmental issues — more common in middle school girls — that are deemed pre-bullying behaviors.” Gulliver Prep also will be bringing in

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pre-selected high school students to work as mentors with the younger kids so they have a confidant closer to their own age. Zank hopes this program will indirectly

have a ripple effect among the high school student mentors who may then see themselves as leaders tackling bullying and setting an example among their own peers as well. According to Alvarez, the psychology of bullying varies from overt to covert. Overt bullies tease, hit or steal from their targets, while covert bullies spread rumors, exclude a child from a group scenario or resort to cyberbullying by posting defamatory messages online about the target for others to view. “Education offers new ways of seeing reality. We aren’t here to tell parents how to raise their children, but rather to offer suggestions on how to connect with each other that can eradicate negative behavioral patterns.” The seminars will cover ways parents can talk to their kids to break down barriers such as sharing their own youthful experiences with their children. She also suggests when assigning children tasks to collaborate on how to achieve the goal. For example, rather than telling a child they need to finish their homework by 7 p.m. or no outside play, parents should sit down and help guide their children toward the desired end. “Building trust with specific detailed guidance is so critical,” said Alvarez. “We all work hard and are tired after a long day and it is often easier to oversee your child in the evening rather than engage with them. Interacting regularly together, sharing confidences, and being interested in their daily lives is how we can eradicate bullies and protect their vulnerable targets.” Bullyproof Your Child seminars will be held on consecutive Saturdays, Oct. 22 and 29, at the Village of Pinecrest Community Center. Cost is $50 per person for members and $55 for non-members. Children are encouraged to attend with their parents. For more information, call New Horizons Counseling Services at 305-662-1095 or go to <www.nhorizonscs.com>.

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Raising charitable children BY RABBI YOSSI HARLIG Director, Chabad Center of Kendall/Pinecrest

What are our hopes for our children? As parents, educators and religious leaders, one of the greatest lessons we can teach today’s youth is to have empathy for others, to be generous and to make a difference in someone’s life. In doing so, we will teach children the true purpose of life — we are here on this Earth to give of ourselves and share our abundance, however great or small, with the world. Children are inherently selfish and being charitable does not come naturally, it must be learned. To raise generous children, parents must first set the example. Share yourself – and your resources – with others. In observing your certainty of your own purpose, your children will also learn their true purpose in life. Parents can teach children that every little bit helps by setting up a charity jar at home. When children receive a weekly allowance or gifts of money, encourage them to place a small percentage in the charity jar. When they do so, match their gift. Every few months, let your children experience the joy of giving by allowing them to help choose the charity that will receive your family’s donation. When children help clean out closets and choose to donate gently used toys, clothing and books to benefit needy families, they will learn the happiness of giving. Families can also volunteer together and participate in walks and events that benefit different organ-

izations. Small steps can make big strides in teaching children to become generous. Several programs offered at Chabad of Kendall/Pinecrest help mold children into responsible, ethical human beings. Children in grades 2-5 can join the Chai Five Mitzvah Club and work toward making the world a better place by performing mitzvoth with other Jewish children. At the Sholem Epelbaum Chabad Hebrew School, our unique educational approach allows students to explore and discover the beauty of their heritage, while adding an enriching spiritual dimension to the lives of the entire family. Each year at holiday time, the children visit The Palace, a retirement community for seniors, and perform for the residents. As members of the Bat Mitzvah Club and Bar Mitzvah Club, girls and boys will learn responsibility and develop leadership skills through unique and memorable experiences. On their journey to becoming Jewish adults, members will initiate mitzvah projects that aid the community or the less fortunate. Our Friendship Circle volunteers held their annual kickoff celebration on Sept. 18. This special group of teens is fulfilling their mission in life by making a difference in the lives of children with special needs. By teaching children to look within at the wealth and abundance that is theirs by nature, they will go through life looking for ways to express gratitude and share themselves with the world. In turn, true happiness and fulfillment will be the gift they receive.

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Artist Lanette Scherr debuts ‘Evolution’ at Wirtz Gallery, Nov. 4

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“Release -The Evolution,” an exhibit of 25 emotionally charged abstract oils painted by Lanette Marie Scherr, will open at the Wirtz Gallery on Friday evening, Nov. 4, and will remain on display through Nov. 30. The public is invited to an opening night cocktail reception at the gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. to celebrate the debut and meet the artist. Scherr created the majority of the oil paintings in the exhibit over the last two and a half years. Inspired by the wonder, sensuality and beauty of nature, the body of work expresses a multitude of human emotions, reflecting the artist’s feelings during a pivotal and transitional time in her life. Earlier pieces in the exhibit are turbulent and intense, with Artist says paintings are inspired by the wonder, sensuality and beauty of nature. strong bright flashes of tex––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– tured color that consume the canvas. The paintings are ablaze with seas of ents were Franz and Louise Scherr, the fiery red and bright blue. Later paintings Miami-Dade County visionaries who introduce softer colors and subtle, more ethe- founded and built the original Parrot Jungle real images, reflecting personal transition, the and Gardens in Pinecrest. In addition to her career as an abstract power of introspection and romance. A Pinecrest resident, Scherr is a magna painter, Scherr is the owner of Artistic cum laude graduate of the University of Solutions Permanent and Corrective Miami, with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Cosmetics in South Miami. The Wirtz Galley is located in the First Arts. During her college years, she was awarded the prestigious Masters of Fine National Bank of South Miami at 5750 Sunset Art scholarship at the university’s annual Drive. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday on-campus student art show. Scherr credits her family as one of her from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. For greatest creative influences. Her grandpar- more information, call 305-662-5414.

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PINECREST CELEBRATES Four Years Strong! Saturday & Sunday, October 15-16

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• EDUCATIONAL AND TEEN ADVICE • Toby Rose ASK TOBY I’m unfamiliar with the new drug culture that revolves around the abuse of prescription drugs. As a parent, what can I do? Your question sounds simple, but the following are a few suggestions. Learn all you can about prescription drugs, every one of them; it is easy to do now that we have computers. Get to know your child’s friends; find out what they like to do and meet their parents. Find out where they hang out. You need to create a network of adults that you can trust to monitor all the kids’ safety all the time. Be aware of your child’s online activities, and check for purchases from online pharmacies. Open the letters and packages your child receives by mail. As far as I am concerned, there is no such thing as privacy when a child’s life is concerned. I think the most important thing is to talk, talk, talk. When you see ads or television shows suggesting there is a pill for every ill, discuss this with your child. Explain that even though Americans spend millions in ads, drugs don’t make people healthier and happier. I read one of my daughter’s emails that said her friend had a great time at a party playing Blackout. What is this? Blackout is commonly known as the choking game. Kids choke each other literally until they blackout. They use belts and ropes to apply pressure to the arteries and block the flow of oxygen and blood to the brain. When the pressure is released, there is a brief rush or high. There are many variations of this game, which involve hyperventilating, losing consciousness, etc. This is serious stuff that can cause permanent damage to brain cells and blood pressure. Changes to blood

pressure can cause your child to suffer from stroke, seizure and/or retinal damage. Kids think this activity is really cool!

What is Robotripping? This is the abuse of over-the-counter cough medicines. Please know that these medicines are cheap and easy to obtain. Users get so much of this in their system that they start to hallucinate or “trip” (thus the name). The list of possible side effects is long and frightening — numbness of fingers and toes, facial redness, dry and itchy skin, loss of consciousness, seizures, brain damage, slurred speech, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, headaches, confusion, impaired judgment and even death. Please tell me this isn’t true. I heard kids are giving themselves alcohol enemas. I have no idea how the trend became popular; unfortunately, this is true. The alcohol is absorbed much faster into the bloodstream. You can’t throw up from this alcohol, so it’s much easier to become poisoned. This problem is so, so serious. Kids feel they can get drunk faster, cheaper and without having alcohol on their breath. My son confessed he was involved in something called Trunking. Do states have different laws about how many teen passengers can be in a car? Trunking is the trend where teenage friends ride around in trunks of vehicles to bypass the laws. Also, when they want to travel in large packs that really can’t fit in one car, they ride in the trunk. Toby Rose is president of Toby Rose’s College Prep. She is an independent college counselor, was a Miami-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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JCC Jewish Book Festival has something for everyone Linda K. Landy ALPER JCC NEWS You heard Laverne and Shirley sing: “Schlemeel, schlemazel, hasenfeffer incorporated. We’re gonna do it! Give us any chance, we’ll take it. Give us any rule, we’ll break it. We’re gonna make our dreams come true. Doin’ it our way.” Who wrote the theme? You saw Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman star in the movie, Practical Magic. Who wrote the book? You know the all star Jewish baseball player Shawn Green who refused to play in a playoff game on Yom Kippur. Is it true that in 2007, he pledged to donate $180 — or 10 times chai — to the UJA-Federation of New York for every run batted in? You heard about the famous case of an American author was sued for libel in British courts for calling someone a Holocaust denier. She won. What was the name of her book? You can find the answers to these questions and much more at Celebrating Creativity, the Alper JCC’s 31st annual Jewish Book Festival. Here are the October appearances: ALICE HOFFMAN THE DOVEKEEPERS Monday, Oct. 24 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Am The Dovekeepers, set in Israel in 70CE, is a spellbinding story based on the true events of Masada, where 900 Jews held out on a mountain against the Romans, but only two women and five children survived. Hoffman tells this story from the point of view of four extraordinary women who came to Masada independently but each has secrets to keep. The

distinguished author has written 18 novels, including At Risk, the story of a family dealing with AIDS, which is on the reading lists of many universities. Here on Earth, was an Oprah Book Club choice, and Practical Magic was made into a film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. As in her New York Times bestseller The Red Garden, The Dovekeepers gives voice to Hoffman’s passion for mythology, her inimitable understanding of women and her Jewish roots. DEBORAH LIPSTADT THE EICHMANN TRIAL Tuesday, Oct. 25 7:30 p.m. at the University of Miami Miller Center The trial of Adolph Eichmann in 1962 was a watershed event in Jewish history. To mark the trial’s 50th anniversary, renowned historian Dr. Lipstadt presents a scrupulously researched overview of the courtroom proceedings and an authoritative analysis of the dramatic affect that the survivors’ testimonies had on the world. With the ongoing reality of genocide, the DEBORAH LIPSTADT Eichmann trial has become a touchstone for judicial proceedings. Dr. Lipstadt also wrote Denying the Holocaust and was accused of characterizing British military historian David Irving’s speeches and writings as Holocaust denial. Dr. Lipstadt and Penguin Books won the historic libel case in an English court. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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SHAWN GREEN THE WAY OF BASEBALL: FINDING STILLNESS AT 95 MPH Wednesday, Oct. 26 7:30 p.m. at the Alper J C C

Tw o - t i m e All-Star Shawn G r e e n ’ s remarkable Major League Baseball career spanned 14 years. He was called “the greatest Jewish baseball player since Sandy Koufax” by Kirkus Review. SHAWN GREEN Green shares the lessons the game has taught him about being present and finding inner stillness — even with a ball hurtling toward him at 95 m.p.h. Part sports memoir filled with personal anecdotes and ballpark wisdom and part spiritual journey, The Way of Baseball, is a

thoughtful exploration on how to live a meaningful, well-balanced life. CHARLES FOX KILLING ME SOFTLY: MY LIFE IN MUSIC Sunday, Oct. 30 7:30 p.m. at the Alper JCC Charles Fox has composed the music for more than 100 motion pictures and television shows, including Goodbye Columbus, Nine to Five, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and the original theme for Monday Night Football. Hear him play one of his familiar tunes and enjoy a peek into Hollywood when he shares highlights of his career. He has worked with some of the greatest names in entertainment, film, television and records. Fox, one of the most performed composers in the world, has won two Emmys and received the Best Song Grammy for Killing Me Softly with His Song. He recently returned to Poland to perform in the town his family fled during the Holocaust. For more information, call 305-2719000, ext. 268, or log on to <www.alperjcc.org>.


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8 Gulliver students National Merit, Achievement scholar semifinalists BY MELISSA LICHTENHELD

Gulliver Schools has announce that seven high school seniors are among 16,000 students selected across the nation as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists for the class of 2012. High school seniors David Gluck, Steven Gluck, Michael Pelle, Jonathan Quirke, Jake Radell, Mauricio Robert and Miguel Salazar qualified for the 2012 National Merit Scholarship. Senior Thomas Reeves was named a semifinalist in the 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program, an academic competition for black high school students. All students qualified during their junior year at Gulliver Schools. “We are thrilled with the news and very proud of these students,” said Connie Ernsberger, Gulliver’s director of college and guidance counseling. “It is gratifying to see them acknowledged

for all of their talent and hard work.” Nearly 1.5 million high school juniors in 2010 qualified for the National Merit Scholarship Program by excelling on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The highest scoring students in each state are selected for the pool of semifinalists. The award honors students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The Gulliver seniors will continue in the running for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists are likely to win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. For more information about Gulliver Schools visit online at <www.gulliverschools.org>.

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Patience is a hard lesson to learn BY PAUL MERKER

MENTAL HEALTH

Yesterday I was sitting at a stop light impatiently waiting for the light to turn green so I could race off and join all the other NASCAR wannabes on ter people. By being patient we reduce our the streets of Miami. stress levels, and we minimize our anger Suddenly, the light and become less overwhelmed by the small changed, but before I could get my car in stuff. There are a number of ways to develmotion the guy behind me honked his horn! op patience: • Have faith that you can overcome a Present company excluded, of course, but I have come to the conclusion that there difficult situation. • Slow down and plan ahead. are two kinds of drivers — the maniacs that • Leave home earlier than are always on the horn and you normally would. drive too fast and the idiots “One moment • Take deep breaths and that drive too slow. I am of the try to relax when you find opinion that I am a very of patience may yourself getting impatient patient person and a perfect ward off great because whenever we are driver. My wife suggests that I stressed we tend to lose our get a second opinion. disaster; patience. We live in a fast-paced, crazy If you can develop one moment techno world where instant patience, you will have a gratification and patience are of impatience calmer body and a calmer not often practiced or mind. As an added benefit, acquired. For most of us, may ruin an you will gain inner beauty, patience is a hard lesson to entire life.” strength and happiness. In learn. our personal lives and There is an old Chinese – Old Chinese careers we can’t always proverb that reads: “One expect to get immediate moment of patience may ward off great disaster; one moment of impatience results from our actions. We have to be may ruin an entire life.” Think of how many patient. You never know what is around the lives have been affected by automobile acci- river bend. dents because someone was impatient and Paul Merker is a Certified Addiction rushing. Situations are not always so urgent that we should risk our well being and the Therapist and is a member of the South safety of other people. Slow down, take a Miami Drug-Free Coalition. He has a prifew breaths, stop rushing and appreciate life vate counseling practice and may be contacted by calling 305-498-0704 or by sendas it unfolds. The person who benefits most from ing email to <merkerpaul1@aol.com>. patience is you. I have heard it said that For more information, go to <www.paulpatience is a virtue because it makes us bet- merker.com>.


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Investigate the paranormal at historic Deering Estate BY CATHY GUERRA

In partnership with the League of Paranormal Investigators, the Deering Estate at Cutler offers a variety of Ghost Tours and Paranormal Investigations in October. Hear about the sightings and experiences from the actual paranormal investigations of the Deering Estate at Cutler and see for yourself the evidence recorded on video, photographs, and audio. Upcoming events at the Deering Estate at Cutler include: “Spookover,” Friday, Oct. 28, 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., $65 per person — Experience the Deering Estate at Cutler overnight when the lights are out. The League of Paranormal Investigators will take guests on a Paranormal Investigation of the historic houses and main grounds. Equipment used to detect spectral presences — such as pendulums, dowsing rods, EMF meters, voice recorders and cameras are welcome. This is not a sleepover; guests will investigate and participate in activities all night. Dress comfortably. Bring your own flashlight, mosquito repellant and any equipment you wish to use. A light breakfast will be served. Tour may contain mature subject matter. Ghost Tour, “Be Your Own Investigator,” Thursday, Oct. 27; 7 to 9 p.m., $25 per person — “Be Your Own Investigator” and become part of the Paranormal Investigative Team to discover evidence and occurrences with the League of Paranormal Investigators. Dress comfortably. Bring your own flashlight, mosquito repellant and any equipment you wish to use. Pendulums, dowsing rods, EMF meters, voice recorders and cameras are welcome. Tour may contain mature subject matter. Ghost Tour, “Voices Of The Past,” Thursday, Oct. 20; 7 to 9 p.m., $15 per per-

son — This is a three-part series of tours where each month the focus is on different aspects of the paranormal investigations at the Deering Estate at Cutler. Be sure to experience all three. These are walking tours and if weather permits participants go out on the natural trails. Dress comfortably. The “Voices of the Past” Ghost Tour on Oct. 20 will focus on Psychic Impressions and Personal Experiences. Guests will learn about the paranormal experiences found on the estate and how they tie into the current history. Rumor mills also will be covered and how such rumors came to be, but are actually untrue. Tour may contain mature subject matter. Tickets can be purchased online for an additional fee or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668, ext. 233. Ghost Tours are offered throughout the year at the Deering Estate at Cutler. For future dates, visit the Deering Estate website. For private tours or your own overnight paranormal experience, call the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668, ext. 233. The Deering Estate at Cutler, a MiamiDade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and a Natural Areas Tour is offered daily at 12:30 p.m. Both the Historic House Tour and the Natural Areas Tour are free with regular admission to the estate. EcoAdventure Tours also are offered throughout the year for an additional fee. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit online at <www.deeringestate.org>.

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Garden Club launches ninth year BY LYNN WILLE FICHMAN

PINECREST GARDEN CLUB

The Pinecrest Garden Club commemorated the start of its ninth season at their first meeting of the year, held in Pinecrest Gardens’ Hibiscus Room on Sept. 13. The energy was high, much news was dispatched, and old and new members were warmly welcomed. New president Germaine Butler presided and brought the group up to date on the club’s many plans for the upcoming season, and she introduced some speakers as well. Alana Perez, the Garden’s director, outlined the vast array of activities and events that are coming up at the Garden in the next few months. These include 24 lectures by various horticultural speakers, a new art exhibit every month in the Hibiscus Room, eight jazz events beginning this month, cinema nights in the Banyan Bowl, a Halloween party with a flashlight tour of the Garden, a Latin Spice Festival on Dec. 3, a greatly expanded volunteer program with a job fair which will delineate volunteer opportunities, and new educational programs that will be led by Caroline Lewis of the CLEO Institute. Paul Rolfe, a federal field associate from Environment Florida, an organization dedi-

There will be a holiday party in December, a tour of a butterfly ranch in January, a lecture on natives for the garden in February, and one on landscape bromeliads in March, a tour of Fruit and Spice Park in April, and an end-of-theyear luncheon in May. In addition, there are a few day and overnight trips in the planning stage. cated to stopping the polluted runoff into the Everglades, spoke about the work that he

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does in petitioning the EPA for stricter regulations of our vanishing “river of grass”. He gave the club’s members a chance to add their voices by filling out cards that will be sent to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson. Sue Di Ferrari, the director of Morningstar Renewal Center, presented the club with an opportunity to collaborate in exploring ideas for cultivating a three-acre parcel at the front of their facility into a possible community garden. The club has participated in creating edible gardens in the past, including funding one that was installed at Mandarin Lakes Elementary School last year, and many members would very much like to see a working public garden on this vast piece of neighborhood property. Member Amy Goodhart presented a slide show highlighting the history of the Whilden-Carrier cottage, a historically designated building that was moved from its original location on Ludlam Road to its permanent residence at the Garden adjacent to the Community Center. It is a tiny fourroom structure built of Dade County Pine that was formerly home to the Whilden family and is now the headquarters of the Community Garden Charitable Fund, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for horticultural improvement projects in Pinecrest Gardens. Members will be touring the home in November. The Pinecrest Farmers’ Market is up and running and Garden Club volunteers will once again be selling herbs and potted plants and dispensing advice on how to care for them each Sunday from October through April. The Market has proven to be the club’s most profitable fund raising effort, and the members’ participation has been instrumental in its success. The Garden Club is an organization that has deep ties to the community, which it gives back to in many ways. Pinecrest Gardens has seen several improvements due

to contributions from the club, including a refurbished waterfall at the Garden’s entrance, two Talipot palms that are planted behind Flamingo Lake, benches, pots, tools, tables and chairs for the Farmers’ Market, and much more. They have funded summer camp scholarships for deserving children, they have contributed to butterfly gardens, donated to the Garden Fund’s annual Soiree, several members participate in a docent program at Pinecrest Gardens, they oversee the Pioneer’s Luncheon which honors our older citizens, they help to decorate the Deering Estate every Christmas, and they are a presence at Earth Day and the Honeyshine Mothers’ Day brunch. The club meets monthly, either in the Hibiscus Room where lunch is served by rotating committee members and guest speakers share pertinent information, or on field trips to many points of interest. This month, the club will meet at the home of vice president Pat Kyle Lawrence and she will speak about how to prepare our gardens for fall planting. In November, speakers Cindy David and Chris Rollins will teach us about poisonous and injurious plants. There will be a holiday party in December, a tour of a butterfly ranch in January, a lecture on natives for the garden in February, and one on landscape bromeliads in March, a tour of Fruit and Spice Park in April, and an endof-the-year luncheon in May. In addition, there are a few day and overnight trips in the planning stage. The Pinecrest Garden Club boasts members from all age groups and walks of life who blend well together and who are knowledgeable and giving of their time. Membership is open to men and women who are interested in expanding their circle, learning about local flora and how to preserve and care for it, or in contributing to the welfare of our community in general. For information about the club, call 306666-3421, or to join call 305-596-9448.


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‘Singing Miamians’ present annual fund raiser Oct. 29 BY LEE STEPHENS

The Singing Miamians of Pinecrest, a local non-profit a cappella chorus known for their four-part harmony singing, will stage their annual fund raising show on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Old Cutler Presbyterian Church, 14401 Old Cutler Road. Performances will be at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. This year’s show entitled “Hollywood Harmonies” will showcase songs from famous Hollywood movies and will feature the Barbershop Harmony Society International Champion quartet Crossroads, and an internationally known

youth quartet, iQuartet, and local favorites Good Blend and The Singing Miamians performing chorus. Tickets are $15 and $30 for the afternoon show; $20 and $35 for the evening show (student tickets are $10 for either show) and may be ordered on line or at <www.miamians.org> or by calling 305274-7464. The Singing Miamians of Pinecrest is a non-profit, charitable organization and hold membership in the Barbershop Harmony Society, a fraternity of barbershop-style singers, leading the cause of encouraging vocal music in our schools and communities.

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19th Annual Golf Classic October 12th to benefit Child Development Center BY RAQUEL GARCIA

Thanks to philanthropic events like the South Miami Golf Tournament at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa; the Child Development Center at South Miami Hospital was able to treat over 1,000 infants and children last year suffering from, or at risk for, developmental or physical challenges. Tournament Chair for six years now Billy Baldwin says it has been a blessing to be involved in an event that gives so much back to help South Florida children with developmental disabilities. “It has been wonderful to be a part of such a great community event over the years and watch the tournament grow. All golfers are welcome and level of play is unimportant. Anyone who wants to help the kids is invited to be a part of the Golf Classic.” Tournament highlights include two-man scramble and corporate foursome format, skills challenges, evening reception and awards dinner, live auction and a Can’t Lose Raffle where everyone purchasing a $50 slot is guaranteed a prize. Eighth grade golf phenomenon Zack Mendez will also be back challenging players to beat his shot.

Sponsorship opportunities for corporations and individuals are still available including reception, course, leaderboard, golf cart, corporate tee marker, goody bag, awards, and tee sponsorship. The 19th Annual South Miami Hospital Golf Classic on October 12th at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa opens for registration at 11:30 am. The shotgun or simultaneous start begins at 1pm. Registration fee is $400 for individual players and $2,500 for corporate foursomes. To become a sponsor or make a donation contact Natalia Sol at 786-467-5404 or email Natalias@BaptistHealth.net. To register for the tournament online go to http://SMHGolfClassic.net Pick up a registration form at Planet Golf at 7045 SW 87th Avenue or call 786596-8953.


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Christ the King Lutheran Church celebrates 50th anniversary Reverend Kathryn Carroll MATTERS OF THE SPIRIT On Oct. 1, 1961, Christ the King Lutheran Church held its first service at Howard Drive Elementary School with more than 300 people attending. At this point, the church was a mission congregation started by the Rev. Carsten H. Ludder, who formerly served as pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, located on Flagler Street and 33rd Avenue. Howard Drive Elementary School had just opened its doors to students and teachers a month earlier and is also celebrating its 50th anniversary. It was decided that Christ the King should be officially chartered (organized) on Christmas Day, 1961. To this end, a form to indicate a person’s intent to become a charter member was placed in the Sunday morning bulletin starting on Oct. 22. By mid-November, 165 adults had indicated that they wished to become members. There were three opportunities during which the official sign-up for charter membership took place before the parish register actually closed. The final time to sign the charter was at the Christmas Eve service at 8 p.m. Pastor Ludder used “Bethlehem time” (3 a.m. the next day) to indicate that the official charter date would be Christmas Day. Today, 50 years later, there are 15 original members still attending church, as well as 14 members who were children at the time the official charter went into effect. The school served as the temporary home for the new congregation for almost two years. During that time a search was initiated to find a permanent home. A 5.5 acre site on Red Road, diagonally across the street from the former Parrott Jungle, now Pinecrest Gardens, was purchased for $80,000. There is an unusual story connected with the property that was purchased and why it was available toward the end of 1962. It seems that the former owner of the property was mowing the lawn one day and he moved the cement bor-

der stones and placed them on the roadway (Red Road) to cut the grass. As he was in the process of mowing, a passing car or truck hit one of the stones, causing it to fly through the air and strike him in the head resulting in his death. A private home was located on the property, along with 200 mature trees, mostly live oak, and also a rare stand of cypress trees. The church council hired an architect to develop plans to convert the house into a church. Using the house as a base the new facility included a sanctuary large enough to accommodate 300 worshippers, Sunday School classrooms, office space, and four restrooms. The first service took place on Sept. 1, 1963. Since then, the church edifice has grown in several increments. Classrooms, a new sanctuary, a music hall, and a fellowship hall were constructed over the next 30 years. The first service in the new sanctuary took place on March 14, 1976. The interior décor was the product of Bill Maler, the award-winning decorator of the Tampa International Airport. The last major construction project was the completion of the Carsten H. Ludder Fellowship Hall in January 1990, named in honor of Christ the King’s founding pastor. Following Pastor Ludder’s death in 1987, Christ the King has been served by several pastors, including the founding pastor’s son, the Rev. Carsten J. Ludder. At the present time as the congregation celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Rev. Kent Lee serves as senior pastor and I serve as Pastor of Spiritual Formation. Christ the King offers many opportunities to get involved and participate in the church community. There are support and fellowship programs for the young and old, outreach ministries such as Love in Action (working with foster children), Habitat for Humanity, and feeding the homeless, educational programs for both children and adults, and, of course, Sunday church worship at 8:15 and 10 a.m., with the earlier service being casual and the later service more traditional. To learn more about Christ the King Lutheran Church, visit the church’s website at <www.ctkmiami.org> or call 305-665-5063.

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Join the Race/Walk and help increase leukemia awareness BY LEE STEPHENS

The Kiwanis Club of Pinecrest/Palmetto Bay (KPPB) partnering with Barbara Gordon Leukemia Bone Marrow Awareness Inc. (BGLBMA) presents the annual Race/Walk at the Miami Dade College Kendall Campus on Saturday, Oct. 29. Registration is open from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. The race is inspired by Barbara Gordon’s dedication and commitment to providing hope for a cure for the many men, women and children who suffer from leukemia by raising awareness of the plight of leukemia patients who are in need of a lifesaving bone marrow transplant to provide hope for a cure. “We are very excited about staging the fourth annual Race/Walk for Awareness and look forward to welcoming even more participants this year,” said Barbara Gordon, founder of the BGLBMA. “Bring all your friends and family to join us for a fun-filled morning and a chance to learn how you can help leukemia patients have a better life.” The Walk/Race includes a five-kilometer race for runners and a one-kilometer race for walkers with lots of prizes and surprises. For an entry fee of $20 per person ($25 per person after Oct. 27), participants will receive a registration kit including race Tshirt and race bib. Participants also will have an opportunity to learn about becoming a bone marrow or blood cell donor, to help those suffering from leukemia bone

marrow disease. Fruit, water and other snacks will be available before and after the race. To participate in the fourth annual Race/Walk, become a sponsor, or volunteer to assist KPPB and BGLBMA Inc. in helping persons stricken with leukemia bone marrow disease, visit the website at <http://bgordonbonemarrow.org> or call 305-517-3981. Barbara Gordon Leukemia Bone Marrow Awareness Inc. is a 501(c) (3) organization committed to promoting greater awareness among South Floridians stricken with leukemia. Leukemia is a group of bone marrow diseases involving an uncontrolled increase in white blood cells (leukocytes). BGLBMA is the brainchild of Barbara Gordon, a 22-year survivor of myelocytic leukemia. Many patients experience depression when they first learn that they have the illness, so the organization is geared toward alleviating fears and encouraging hope by giving them insights on donor information, providing the latest news in medical treatment, working with county blood banks, hospitals, clinic, wellness centers and other organizations to assist patients in their greatest time of need. The foundation welcomes assistance from donations, volunteers, event participation or becoming a bone marrow or blood cells donor. For more information, visit online at <http://bgordonbonemarrow.org>.

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Mercedes M-Class restyled, gets more technology Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The Mercedes-Benz literature says the new M-Class sport utility vehicle is the most technologically advanced SUV they have ever produced. And it is jam-packed with the latest electronic bells and whistles. The 2012 version of the M-Class is the third generation of this remarkably successful vehicle, one that many say began the industry trend toward SUVs with a softer, more car-like ride. It has been significantly re-styled — sits slightly lower, wider and longer — and handles with precision around town or on the highway. There are two M-Class models for 2012 — the fuel efficient ML350 BlueTEC diesel, with 240 hp making 455 poundsfeet of torque, and the popular ML350 4MATIC with a brand new direct-injection 302 hp V-6 engine that makes 273 poundsfeet of torque. Both are mated to a new transmission with a more advanced torque converter lock-up clutch that develops bet-

ter fuel mileage, more responsive driving, quieter operation and more durability. As for styling, 2012 M-Class models have a high belt line and a roofline that slopes down toward the rear, giving the vehicle a sporty look. Chrome luggage rails run the length of the roof. Up front, the nose is dominated by a bold grille holding the familiar three-pointed star logo in the center, while a chrome skid plate curves from the front bumper up toward the grille, which is bracketed by newly designed headlights flush-mounted in the fenders. New LED daytime running lights are recessed in the front bumper. The interior of the new M-Class is spacious and elegant, with obvious attention to detail. Interior trim includes wood and aluminum elements with controls in a silver shadow finish. Optional ambient lighting can be switched between three different colors. A sporty four-spoke steering wheel frames a hooded twin-gauge instrument cluster; the left one houses the analog speedometer and fuel gauge, while a tachometer and coolant temperature gauge are on the right, bridged by a 4.5-inch screen that can display a wide range of information, including a trip computer and GPS navigation directions.

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Friends Forever Humane Society to host ‘Howl-O-Ween’ at Gardens BY CHERYL TAYLOR

We all know how hard the economic crisis has hurt our lives. And we are people, capable of making decisions, asking for help and moving on. But what about the poor animals that are dropped off, left behind or just put out because families can no longer afford to take care of them? There are no food stamps or welfare system for them. They wander the streets until they

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