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Everyone in MiamiDade County has been touched by Jackson Health System at one point or another. If we haven’t been to the hospital ourselves, we have family members or friends who have gone to Jackson seeking help, and they have always found it. For many years, Jackson’s facilities have provided some of the world’s top clinical care to Miami-Dade residents. This year, Jackson Memorial Hospital again was ranked the top hospital in Miami-Fort Lauderdale by U.S. News & World Report. Jackson offers top-notch services to more than a 250,000 patients each year. As one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country, with over 1,000 resident doctors training alongside its worldrenowned staff, Jackson also serves as the training grounds for many of Florida’s future doctors and is helping build tomorrow’s healthcare economy in our community. But the Jackson network of hospitals and clinics needs our help, if they are to continue to offer world-class services. On Nov. 5, Miami-Dade voters have the opportunity to secure access to world class

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Palmetto HS Class of ’73 reunion set for Nov. 1-3



Here’s University of Miami Professor Dennis Hansell, on assignment in Antartica where he served as chief scientist in a U.S. National Science Foundation program to determine the affects of carbon in the ocean as part of the ongoing research into the world’s changing climate. Professor Hansell spent 53 days aboard the icebreaker Nathanial B. Palmer conducting his research and of course he remembered to take along a faux Florida palm tree to remind him of home and a copy of his favorite hometown newspaper. Thanks for thinking of us professor!

alling all Panthers! The Palmetto High School Class of 1973 has scheduled its 40th reunion for the weekend of Nov. 1-3. The schedule for the three-day event includes a Friday night happy hour on Nov. 1 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Chart House in Coconut Grove. The main event will be on Saturday night, Nov.2, at the Grove View Terrace of the Sonesta Bayfront Hotel, also in Coconut Grove, from 6:30-11:30 p.m., featuring the band Blackstar. An amazing Movable Florida Feast will be passed by servers throughout

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JOSEPH HUNT Palmetto High School senior Joseph Hunt wants to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. His goal is to be an engineer; possibly an aeronautical engineer and perhaps even a Navy pilot. To that end, he has been studying hard and completed his Academy application early so he could be certain that he would be in line for the meetings necessary for a recommendation by either a U.S. Senator or Representative. Because he sent in his application early, he has already been contacted by Sen. Bill Nelson’s office for an interview. He was expecting to hear from Sen. Marco Rubio’s office last week and is awaiting word from Rep. Ileana RosLethinen’s staff. Interviews for the academies are scheduled in October and November. The student meets with representatives from the elected official’s office as well as high-ranking military officers. Hunt fell in love with the Naval Academy when he attended a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program there in ninth grade. “The program in the ninth grade was fun and science based. It was something I really loved,” he says. “I remember seeing the senior high school kids who were at the summer seminar program. I made it a goal; I wanted to be one of those kids.” He returned last summer to attend a program for high school seniors. This time, the

program was a snapshot into life as a student at the Naval Academy. It was a challenge physically and mentally. “We had training with Navy Seals,” he says. “It was a real eye opener.” Nevertheless, he feels that he excelled in the program and came home enthusiastic about attending Annapolis. He says he does see himself pursuing a military career. “I see it as honorable; I would say I would make most of it,” he says. If he is chosen to attend the Naval Academy, he will try out for the swim team as a walk-on. Hunt swims for Palmetto in the sprint races – the 100 and 200 in the breaststroke and freestyle. He also swims in relays. Last year, he was second in the 100 breaststroke in the regional meet and went to state. This year his goal is to win not only the 100 breaststroke, but the 100 free as well and get into the finals at state. Hunt has been swimming with the Aqua Kids Sharks club team since she was in the seventh grade. He’s in the pool by 5 a.m. three days a week and has practice again from 5-8 p.m. five days a week. “Saturdays are the harder practices of the week,” he says. Hunt volunteered during a couple of summers as a swim coach at the AK Sharks summer camp at Westminster. He also had lifeguard duties. While swimming takes up a lot of time and energy, Hunt believes it has taught him valuable lessons. “I know it will be an enriching time of my life. It teaches time management,” he says. While swimming doesn’t leave him with a lot of free time, he still managed to be a part of the National Honor Society and last year was vice president of the Distributive Economic Club of America (DECA). This year he’s moved up to the Junior Achievement class. “We actually make the products,” he says. “I hope to be a vice president.” Hunt is a youth leader at St. Louis Catholic Church and a Peer Minister for the Archdiocese of Miami. Along with applying to the Naval Academy, Hunt is also applying to the University of Florida, the University of Miami, Florida State and Vanderbilt. By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

RODRIGO SIMOES Gulliver Prep senior Rodrigo Simoes is interested in architecture. He is enrolled in the Urban Planning and Design Class of Gulliver’s architecture program. One element of the class is a group project to design park space on Clarington Island, a project that comes at the behest of the City of Miami’s Waterfront Commission. “We are developing a site plan,” he says. “We’re designing paths, placing picnic tables and a tiki hut classroom. The point of the project is to make the island an education and recreational park.” Plans call for ferries to and from the island park and they would be provided by the Coral Reef Yacht Club. In his three years in the program, Simoes has participated in the Fairchild Garden Environmental Challenge. Last year, the rules called for the class to create an environmentally friendly green space. “We had to collect edible raw materials to use and create relaxing green spaces,” he says. “We were basically told to build a community garden/green space that could bring the community together. As teams, we picked places in Miami and my team picked the Miami Circle Park. We based our green space around that already existing park.” Simoes is also in the engineering program. He’s working with a group to develop a waterproof device that enables surfers to take along personal items such as keys, cell phones and wallets while surfing.

“What they carry in their pockets,” he says, “They would put in little compartment in the back of the board to be safe.” The idea came to him because of a recent experience. “I’m a surfer and one day I tried to bring my keys with me in what was supposed to be a waterproof bag; but it got wet and I lost the keys and I had to have my mom pick me up in South Beach,” he says. “The device would be something that you could stick on the board and it could be interchangeable. And it’s not restricted to surfing; it could be used for kayaking or sailing, for any craft that goes on the water.” Simoes says they are still in the preliminary stages and are researching materials. “We haven’t built a prototype yet,” he says. The group must make a presentation to the engineering department soon and if the project is given the okay, they have a year to complete it. Simoes is originally from Brazil and he loves to play soccer competitively. However, here in the U.S., he limits his soccer activities and only plays for fun with autistic children at the Goals Club. He’s an officer of the club, which holds clinics four times a year for the autistic kids. While he doesn’t play competitive soccer here, he does swim competitively. He is the Gulliver team captain and one of the strongest swimmers. He swims the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. He also does relays including the 200 medley, 400 freestyle and 200 freestyle. “The past three years I’ve made it to the state meets,” he says. He plans to continuing swimming competitively when he goes on to college. Right now he is talking with the coaches from Georgetown, the University of California San Diego and Brown University about scholarship possibilities. Wherever he goes, Simoes plans to major in business, economics or finance. In the meantime, he is working on starting a surf club at Gulliver. He wants his classmates to learn the joy of riding the waves, something he learned from his uncle in Brazil. He stopped surfing for a while because of the disappointing waves in South Florida, but now he goes as often as he can when the surf is up. By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

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OLIVIA THALER Gulliver Prep senior Olivia Thaler spends much of her time on a tennis court. Thaler plays competitive tennis, both for Gulliver and in USTA tournaments outside of school.

At Gulliver she’s the number one seed. In Florida, she’s ranked fourth in her age group, 18 and under. “On I’ve been as high as 25 in the nation,” she says. Thaler has been playing in tennis tournaments since she was eight years old. “On the weekends, there are usually tournaments; the weekends where there are no tournaments, I’ll usually play somewhere at least once,” she says. Thaler played in several important tournaments this summer and while she didn’t win, she did come out on top in a few sets against the competition. She played in a hard-court tournament that carried a top prize of enabling the winner to play in the U.S. Open. Thaler plays in many tournaments during the year, many lasting a week and forcing her to make up a lot of missed school work. “My parents have always wanted me to put academics first,” she says. “I’ve made a big effort to be good at school and tennis. It’s pretty rare in sports.” In fact, many of her competitors are home schooled so they can practice more. Still, Thaler gets in three hours of practice every day, as well as a full day of school a Gulliver.

“My goal is to play for a scholarship,” she says. “I’m probably going to play some professional tournaments. My goal has always been to use tennis to go to a good academic school.” She doesn’t know which one just yet, but she hopes to have it all sorted out soon. “Hopefully I’ll decide before Nov. 1,” she says. She has been talking to colleges such as William and Mary, George Washington University and Boston College. “I’m also talking to Rice, but I’m not sure if that one is going to work out,” she says. “I haven’t signed up for an official visit there.” At this point, she is undecided about a major course of study. Thayer agrees that for a time, Americans seemed to lose interest in tennis; but she says that trend seems to be reversing itself. “I think they are starting to promote it more; I remember the commercials with Mrs. Obama,” she says. “You play tennis your whole life; you can’t play football your whole life.” The lull in interest in tennis meant that there haven’t been as many Americans playing at the top levels of the game. However,

Thaler says the good news is that at the U.S. Open there were a lot of good young Americans. “The girls that are doing well at the U.S. Open, they are just a couple of years older than me,” she says. “I remember playing in the same tournaments with them. So it’s cool seeing them at the U.S. Open.” Thaler says she started playing tennis because of her dad. “I think I got my dad’s attention when I was waving a racket at him,” she says. She became serious about the game when she was 13 years old and decided that she wanted to use tennis as a vehicle to pay for college. “There was a point when I didn’t want to play anymore because it’s really a hectic lifestyle,” she says. “You’re always busy and it’s hard to balance everything. But it ended up being worth it.” Look for Thaler’s name to be in the news often in the coming months. Last year, the Gulliver tennis team we won the state championship. This year, she says, the team should be even better. By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

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FUTURE, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– and quality health services for all MiamiDade residents. The bond issue on the ballot will allow Jackson to renovate and expand its existing facilities, build new centers to accommodate increasing healthcare demands, and provide innovative technology and services that will keep Jackson competitive while growing important partnerships with the local medical community and community at large. A yes vote for Jackson’s bond referendum will allow Jackson to: Modernize operating rooms and emergency rooms at JHS hospitals; build a children’s ambulatory pavilion; build 8-12 urgent care centers that will bring Jackson’s high quality care to your neighborhood; upgrade hospital IT systems and purchase state of the art medical equipment; build a new physical rehabilitation hospital, and undertake much-needed infrastructure improvements. Jackson has the proven leadership to oversee these projects effectively and efficiently. A new management team has streamlined the system’s operations, reduced its spending and balanced its budget. In just two years on the job the new management has run a small surplus for the first time in a decade and is on target to generate a surplus this year. But operating surpluses alone will not yield funding quickly enough for Jackson to compete in a new


healthcare environment. Jackson’s previous mismanagement woes are a thing of the past, and we trust the new administration to get the job done right. Jackson’s bond program is designed to make it more competitive, able to sustain its mission and grow its services without new recurring tax funding. Without this capital investment, the system could be at real risk for shutting down some of its most sought-after programs — which also are among its costliest. Those aren’t gaps that private hospitals can readily fill; we would hate to see world-class care limited to those fortunate few who can afford to leave Florida for care that already is available right here in Miami. The community must invest in Jackson now, so we can empower Jackson to thrive for the future. A typical homeowner with a homestead exemption (home value $173,943) in Miami-Dade will pay approximately $6.20 the first year and approximately $30.99 at its peak year. Some homeowners, such as seniors and military veterans, will pay even less. Jackson is our community hospital and our future. Its mission to provide quality care to all residents is at jeopardy and on Nov. 5 voters have the opportunity to secure state-of-the-art healthcare for generations to come.


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the night and there will be a variety of food stations. In addition, a special surprise for rum lovers will be unveiled by classmate Rob Burr a member of the International Rum Expert Panel and publisher of Rob’s Rum Guide. On Sunday, Nov. 3, a picnic on the bay at Barnacle State Park has been planned, with lunch catered by Shorty’s Restaurant. Tickets are on sale at <>. Reservations and payment must be made by Oct. 18. For more information, follow us on Facebook at Miami Palmetto High ’73 Reunion, follow links to promo codes for hotel reservations. All Palmetto Panthers who want to party with the class of 1973 are invited to join us. For information, call reunion committee chair Zanze Fowler at 305-788-3390.



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Palmer Trinity’s interim head enjoying life in South Florida BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

After being a headmaster for 25 years, Tom Reid retired. But he and his wife, Ann, weren’t interested in staying home and just puttering around; they wanted to live in new places and experience different cultures. So they decided on a path that brought them to Miami where Reid is the interim head of school at Palmer Trinity School. “That was the most attractive about Palmer,” he said. “To be able to live in Miami, which is so different from where we have been before.” He did have an important stipulation taking the interim job. He wanted housing near the school. “I’ve never commuted in my life,” Reid said. “We started a day school in Philadelphia and we lived close enough to walk. We were at a boarding school with housing and the other schools [had housing].” He and his wife are happily living in Cutler Bay. “The community is everything I had been led to believe,” he said, adding that he has had a warm welcome to Palmer and the beginning of school has gone well. “I’m really pleased with teaching and the learning here the school have been everything is had hoped it would be.”

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Reid said the interim position is different from being a permanent head of school. “It’s keeping the train running on time so the operations are smooth and consistent,” he said. “In particular for the senior class. You do not have the ultimate responsibilities. It gives you freedom to take some actions and limits you in other things.” Reid said his job will be headmaster and part consultant. He also will help inform the board members in their discussions of where

they want to go. He will have an important role this year in getting the self-study for accreditation off the ground. “My mission is to see that and guide that,” he said. Being an interim head has some good points. Reid said he does not have to have the ultimate responsibilities. Which gives him freedom to take some actions and but limits him in other things. His job is to be both a

headmaster and a consultant. “To help inform the board in their discussions of where they want to go,” he said. As the head of school during the selfstudy, he will offer different ways of looking at things. Those will be things he has done or tried. “I’ll be helping to set a direction,” he said. “There are decisions to be made to support a permanent head to come.” After Sean Murphy announced his resignation in October 2012, the Palmer board did a search for an interim head of school. The search mechanism for headmasters is unique and includes long lead times, with new jobs announced in October. “I announced my resignation at St. Paul’s in February 2012 and was there through the next school year,” he said. “The schedule is to have a permanent head named sometime in October.” Reid is not a candidate for the head of school position. Reid is the past headmaster at St. Paul’s School in Lutherville, MD, a coed school in the lower grades and all-boys middle and upper schools. He worked as headmaster at the Buckley Country Day School in Roslyn, NY, and he was a teacher and administrator at the Pomfret School in Connecticut and teacher and administrator at the Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia.

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Pictured is the Gonzalez family â&#x20AC;&#x201C; (l-r) Liam, Katie, Adrian and Logan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on vacation in New Mexico and visiting the Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Of course they remembered to take along a copy of their favorite hometown newspapers and snapped this shot for us. Thanks for thinking of us, guys!

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Deering ‘Wine on Harvest Moon’ has Aussies, Kiwis, didgeridoos BY LEE STEPHENS

The 12th annual Wine On Harvest Moon (WOHM) will transport guests to the Land Down Under through the fine wines, fine food and fine art from Australia and New Zealand. The unique cultural experience, sponsored by South Motors, will take place Saturday, Oct. 19, at the historic Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72 Ave. With a little imagination and a bit of techno magic, attendees can surf Australia’s Bondi Beach, climb Sydney’s Bridge or pose in front of the famous Sydney Opera House. Regionally influenced food and wine highlight the evening, with Crown Wine & Spirits pouring varieties that include Rosemount Shiraz and Penfold’s Chardonnay. Distinctive Aussie and Kiwi cuisine will be prepared by chefs from Smith & Wollensky, Red Fish Grill, Oceanaire Seafood Room, Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, George’s in South Miami, Morton’s Coral Gables, Shula’s 347, Devon, Truluck’s, Paella Party and Whole Foods Market Coral Gables. Embracing the culture of Australia, Miami native Jared Bistrong will play the didgeridoo, an ancient Aborigine ceremonial instrument. Using local bamboo and palm trees to make his own instruments, Bistrong shares the music of the indigenous people far removed from today’s computer generated sounds. The entertainment is ongoing and other acts include a New Zealand-style Maori dance, strolling musicians and singers from the Florida International University School of Music and an instrumental performed by saxophone player Fernando Diez, of KC & the Sunshine Band. Complementing the entertainment will be a mixed media group art exhibition Back of Beyond. The line up of participating artists includes many from New Zealand and Australia — TJ Ahearn, Bhakti Baxter, Maryrose Crook, April Dolkar, Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo, Liz Ferrer, Shawn Marie Hardy, Brookhart

Deering Foundation board members Christine and Gary Stiphany. Consul General of France Gael de Maisonnueve, Lynn Cambest, Joe Canaves, general manager South BMW and Mirabel Faura.

Jonquil, Freddie Jouwaide, William Keddell, Sinisa Kukec, Tracy Moffett, Kuby Nnamdi, Temisan Okpaku, David Rohn, George Sanchez Calderon, Oliver Sanchez, Onajide Shabaka, Barron Sherer, Misael Soto, Sara Stites and Stephan Tugrul. Proceeds from the event are dedicated to

conservation and preservation of the Deering Estate. The festival is open from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Capacity is limited and tickets are $150 for general admission, $125 for foundation members. For tickets and more information, go to <>.

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Say hello to Duke, an adult German Shepherd mix. Duke was taken into Born Free after a Good Samaritan witnessed a vehicle abandoning him on the side of the road, discarding him like trash. Poor Duke did not understand what was going on and frantically ran behind the vehicle after it took off. Thankfully, he was rescued and brought to our shelter. Despite this, he displays a great disposition towards people and would thrive in a single-dog household. He is intelligent, highly trainable and responds well to strong leadership. He is a lot of fun and would love to have a permanent family of his own with a fenced in yard to explore. For more information, contact Born Free Pet Shelter at 305-361-5507 or go to <>.

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New Panthers owner can bring consistency BY PRESTON MICHELSON

A certain malady plagues South Florida pro sports teams. It’s the sickness of inconsistency. The Dolphins own the undefeated season and have only had one winning season since the start of the 2004 season. The Heat are one of the best teams in basketball right now, but have a .486 winning percentage aside from the “Big Three” era. The Marlins have won two world championships, but have not been in the playoffs in any of their other 20 years of existence. The Panthers have had a Stanley Cup appearance and were in the playoffs two years ago, but have only been there four times over 19 seasons. There are no dynasties in South Florida, not long-term, anyway. Each team’s root cause is variable, but one thing remains constant — a change in ownership. The Marlins have had three; the Heat, two; and the Dolphins, three. And now the Panthers have five. Vincent Viola, a

Brooklyn native and former chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), has purchased the hockey team from Cliff Viner for $250 million. Along with a purchase of a team, hope always abounds; it’s a fresh start, a new commitment. It could be those things. It also could not. But one thing is certain, it will come with a period of optimism. In fact, it started the day it was officially reported that Viola purchased the team. Two-time Vezina Award-winning goalie Tim Thomas signed a one-year pact with the Panthers, potentially their biggest signing since the 2011 offseason. Along with the potential on-ice personnel improvements, a change in ownership gives fans a hope that consistency is at hand. Take a glance at some of the winningest teams in the NHL — the Boston Bruins (owned by Jeremy Jacobs since 1975), the Detroit Red Wings (owned by Mike Ilitch since 1982), the Chicago Blackhawks (owned by the Wirtz family since 1954). Some of the best teams have consistency in their control. The stability

of ideology allows teams to create and control an identity and a brand. It’s what every sports team strives toward. Increased revenue streams would be a boon to the team’s hopes. But more than that, the team needs a trusting and farsighted owner. Although it is impossible to know absolutely, a first-time owner would seemingly come to the throne with aspirations of impressing and earning the trust of the fan base. And Viola has the credentials to impress. Leah McGrath Goodman’s 2011 book The Asylum: The Renegades Who Hijacked the World’s Oil Market, which focused on NYMEX, said, “He exuded leadership. His personality was amazing, he drew people in. He was a phenomenal speaker. Even if he didn’t know what he was talking about, he sounded like he knew what he was saying. He was an astute businessman and an extreme opportunist.” Interestingly enough, in 2009, Viola, then a minority owner of the New Jersey Nets, tried to buy out majority owner Bruce Ratner and take control of the fran-

CORNER chise. Having the controlling interest in a sports franchise has been a wish of his, and he has now made that wish reality. Vincent Viola has a chance to bring an era of consistency to the Florida Panthers. It’s not going to be easy, but it sure would be rewarding. Preston Michelson is a freshman at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism and is a graduate of Palmer Trinity School. He is a frequent contributor to this newspaper and the opinions he expresses are his own and not necessarily those of the editors and publishers. Contact him on Twitter at @PrestonMich or by email at <>.

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Keeping things crystal clear What the new Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department Multi-year Capital Improvement Plan means to you BY JENNIFER MESSEMER Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department

Living in South Florida, we’re surrounded by water, but only a limited amount is drinkable.The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) staff works around the clock to deliver high-quality drinking water that meets or exceeds local, state and federal requirements, as well as the reliable sewer services you use every day. Just as cars, roads, bridges and even your body wear down due to age and stress, so do the more than 14,000 miles of underground pipes and treatment plants currently in use in Miami-Dade County. Since there are some pipes as old as 80 years still in service, WASD is embarking on a Multi-year Capital Improvement Plan to enhance and upgrade our infrastructure, which will result in improved service for decades to come, including improved firefighting capacity, environmental improvements, economic growth and increased capacity. This 15- to 20-year project will cost $12.6 billion. Consequently, starting Oct. 1 there will be an eight percent rate increase. But keep in mind that the average residential customer willsee their bill rise but $3.36 a month. So, essentially for pennies for a day, Miami-Dade County residents will be making an investment in the infrastructure that serves more than 2.3 million of them on a daily basis, in addition to thousands of visitors and tourists. To put things in perspective consider this: Miami-Dade County has the largest water and sewer utility in the Southeastern United States. Yet even with the rate increase, WASD’s rates will remain among thelowest in the state and the country. Improvements to Miami-Dade County’s pipes and treatment plants are going to take time, and they are going to take money. But simply put, we’re investing in the future because our water is worth it.

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Young Village artist wins first prize at Fairchild Challenge BY JESSE SCHECKNER

Among the first things evident about Palmetto Elementary student Cody Knecht’s Fairchild Challenge-winning drawing of a Keys tree cactus is its unusual perspective. Where most would approach the project at a parallel head-on angle, he chose to depict the cactus from beneath, pointing upward towards the moonlit sky under which it blooms. This aesthetic choice adds to the majesty of the plant, which according to recent studies conducted by Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden has suffered an 80 percent population decline since it was first surveyed in 1993. Out of thousands of entrants in his grade, Cody’s drawing won first prize. “We had no idea he’d won, and I actually thought at first that he was in trouble,” says his mother Ada. “I took him to school and they told me, ‘You have to go to the media center.’ As we were walking, they told us that Cody’s drawing won a contest. I asked Cody what he drew. He said, ‘I don’t know, I draw a lot of things.’” The focus of the Fairchild Challenge is to encourage students to connect with plants, animals and their environment and create original art inspired by them. Each participating grade level is given a different theme. Possible projects extend beyond the visual arts as well; students may also write about the environment and come up with ideas on how to save the planet and its ecosystems. Cody’s teacher Patricia Cummins, a 23year veteran instructor of art, science and mathematics at Palmetto Elementary, has been involved with the organization’s scholastic outreach for four years. A recognized environmental artist herself whose work can be seen at <>, she is quick to recognize the benefit of working with as gifted and dedicated a young artist as Cody. “He’s an established, award-winning artist,” she says. “He has the patience to sit down and move things with his hands and make these pieces of art.” Nurtured creatively by his parents, both with well-developed artistic sides, Cody began to show signs of a keen visual acumen very early, when at two and a half and in the midst of what would later be referred to as his “whale period,” he composed an elegantly minimalist painting in his prekindergarten class depicting a mother whale and her baby calf. It was later published in an international whale conservation magazine and is proudly displayed in

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the Knecht kitchen. “He’s one of those kids who would rather stay at home and draw,” says Ada. “When he was little, he would draw all the time, going through 500 pieces of paper within a month, and he would tape his drawings all over the house.” Picasso had his blue, cubism and surrealism periods. Manet had impressionism and realism. Cody, a multiple-medium young artist who works in paint, pencil, acrylic, clay and balloons, transitioned between whales, snakes and spiders before arriving in his current period, octopi. “I like octopuses because they’re smart, have eight legs, no bones, three hearts and they can squeeze through small places that not even humans can fit through,” he says. “I have quite a lot of books about them.” Seldom can an artist maintain a singular focus for too long before growing restless, and it appears Cody will soon be shifting his attention to an area of universally widespread youthful enthusiasm. “I may want to try and work on dinosaurs next,” he says. For more information on the Fairchild Challenge, go to < FairchildChallenge>.

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Gardens come alive with music, theater, dance, festivals and movies BY ALANA PEREZ

Executive Director, Pinecrest Gardens It started this year with a new citizen’s survey that became the foundation for our current strategic plan, stating here at the Gardens: “Cultural amenities and programming ranked highest of all topics on the citizen survey. Participants demonstrated a clear interest in programming the Banyan Bowl, increasing educational activities, providing art and culture and returning the restaurant facility.” It is no surprise — given the wishes of our community coupled with the Gardens’ rich background in family entertainment as historic Parrot Jungle (an entertainment icon that that has spanned seven decades entertaining families from the world over) — that Pinecrest Gardens would be branded as South Florida’s Cultural Arts Park. Now offering several series in performing arts — including a dance series, an orchestral/pops music series, two different jazz series, a theatre series, a chamber music series, two film series and at least one major festival a month from Oct. through April — the Gardens is enjoying a true renaissance. During the next two weeks there is so much to enjoy here, regardless your taste in entertainment. Take a look at what we have to offer Oct. 7-21. HORTICULTURE October marks the beginning of a new festival season and we kick off the cornucopia of events on Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. with a delicious workshop about container vegetable gardening. There is no greater pleasure than harvesting your home grown vegetables and cooking up a delicious meal that is as satisfying to eat as it was to nurture and grow from seeds. The cost is $10, which includes the supplies to complete your planting project and the workshop is limited to 10, so make your reservations early. Our very first festival this year, also in the horticulture genre, celebrates the artistic and elegant bonsai tree with a two-day Bonsai Festival, Oct. 19-20 that includes lectures, workshops, vendor sales, demonstrations and more, all focused on the art, history and culture of bonsai. MOVIES We launch our Family Friday series on Oct. 11, a once-a-month event that brings children to the venue during the evening to experience the thrill of nighttime sights, smells and sounds of the Gardens by moonlight (and flashlight). Following the flash-

what’s up at the gardens? light tour, families can feast on hotdogs and popcorn before taking a seat in the Banyan Bowl where we will show the animated feature film Hotel Transylvania. Flashlight tours begin at 7 p.m. and the film begins about 8 p.m. Admission is $5. ART The Gardens enjoys a special relationship with the Miami Dade Public Schools Department of Life Skills and this October we will feature two different exhibitions. The first is Oct. 1-18 and you will experience the best artists in Miami Dade public schools, ages K-12, when they present Incredible Gardens, The Art of Collaged Organic Imagery in our Gardens Gallery. Join us for a reception honoring these young artists on Oct. 17 from 6-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Krafts-4-Kids’ October class will be on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 2-3 p.m. This month our program is entitled Pumpkins & Ghouls where your child’s imagination will run wild with a pumpkin to paint, creating a bat from a Poinciana pod and crafting a ghost from a palm stem. Classes are designed for children age 6-12 and are limited to 20. The cost is $5 with all materials included. THEATER The Gardens Theater Series kicks off with another family friendly presentation performed by the renowned Miami Children’s Theater. Our featured show, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory — Ronald Dahl’s timeless story of the worldfamous candy man and his quest to find an heir — comes to life in this stage adaptation of the film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and is chock-filled with melodies that will bring a sweet smile to any child’s face. Performances are Saturday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. Note that the Saturday matinee at 3 p.m. is a “sensory friendly” performance designed specially to include children in the autism spectrum. These sensory friendly performances will have a lower sound level and are edited to a shorter performance time. EDUCATION The Pinecrest Garden Club will present a three-part conservation lecture series, the

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first occurring on Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. ’til Noon. These relevant discussions will kick off with a special overview from Mayor Cindy Lerner who will shed light on Village

sustainability initiatives, including the Pace Green Energy Corridor. For more information, go to <>.

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CHABAD CENTER OF KENDALL / PINECREST If it’s just a Jewish custom, why should I do it? BY RABBI YOSSI HARLIG

Director, Chabad Center of Kendall/Pinecrest Men usually don’t sit and talk about their marriages and the joys of wedded life, so when they do, it’s an interesting discussion. The names of these men have been changed to protect their identities. “I love my wife,” said Abram. “That’s why I do everything she asks me to do. When she asks me to take out the garbage, right away, I take out the garbage.” The men agreed that Abram loves his wife. Not to be outdone, Eli said, “I also do everything my wife asks me to do. In fact, it only takes a subtle hint like, ‘Whew! That garbage bag is sure smelling up the kitchen!’ for me to understand that she wants me to take out the garbage. Which I do, of course.” The men agreed that Eli loves his wife even more than Abram loves his. But in the end, it turned out that Simon’s marriage was the most loving of all. Simon’s wife doesn’t have to ask her husband to do things. She doesn’t even have to drop hints. “I wake up in the morning,” Simon explained, “and I just know that she wants me to take out the garbage. Or buy her a diamond ring. She doesn’t have to crinkle her nose or mention the ring her cousin got for her birthday. I just know what she wants me to do for her, and I do it.” The month of Tishrei is full with mitzvoth and many opportunities for carrying out God’s will. For more than three weeks, our days are filled with praying, repenting, fasting, feasting, dancing, building a sukkah and dozens of other mtizvot customs and observances. The customs of Tishrei fall under three categories. There are biblical teachings that

are clearly commanded in the Torah, such as sounding the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, fasting on Yom Kippur or eating in the sukkah on Sukkot. In other words, we are “told” to uphold these customs. There are also a number of rabbinical mitzvoth — observances instituted by the prophets and the sages by the authority vested in them by the Torah. These include the five prayer services held on Yom Kippur and the taking of the Four Kinds on all but the first day of Sukkot. Subtle hints remind us that we should uphold these customs. Finally, the month of Tishrei has many minhagim (customs), such as eating an apple dipped in honey on the first night of Rosh Hashanah or conducting the kaparot in the early morning on the day before Yom Kippur. These customs are not directed by biblical or rabbinical law, but by force of tradition. They are things that we Jews have initiated ourselves as ways to enhance our service of our Creator. The climax of the month of Tishrei, however, comes during the hakafot of Simchat Torah when we take the Torah scrolls in our arms and dance with them around the reading table in the synagogue. This practice is neither a biblical or rabbinical teaching, but merely a custom. We know in our hearts that we should uphold this cherished custom, and of course, we do. It is with our observance of these customs that we express the depth of our love for God. The biblical commandments can be compared to the clearly expressed desires between two married people. The rabbinical mitzvoth — practices that constitute expressions of the divine will — resemble the subtle hints between husband and wife. But it’s the customs that we uphold without explicit commands or hints that cause God pleasure. And in these lie our greatest joy. For more information, go to <> or call 305234-5654.

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Read in Alaska

Pictured are (l-r) Robert Hudson, former AVMED President/CEO; E. Darwin Fuchs, former President/CEO Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition; Ron Arrowsmith, former Vice President of Florida International University (FIU) and John Ludwig, former Chief Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue Department. These retired executives take a moment to read the Pinecrest Tribune while catching halibut in Homer, Alaska. Thanks for taking us along, guys.

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Cool de Sac opens Gulfstream Park location; eyes future growth BY JESSE SCHECKNER

Often, while eating out, the joys of parenthood are temporarily diminished. The outing fails to properly serve as the relaxing finish to a long day parents deserve, and the kids seldom enjoy themselves either. It was in this dilemma that international business mogul, seasoned entrepreneur and South Florida resident Jose Luis Bueno saw an opportunity. “I loved going out to eat with my wife, and when we had kids we started noticing that somebody had to give something up each time we did,” he says. “When we wanted our children to have fun, we had to sacrifice quality, and when we wanted to eat well, they had to give up fun.” Following two years of extensive demographic research during which more than 3,000 mothers were interviewed, Bueno debuted the first of many Cool de Sac locations in South Miami at the Shops at Sunset Place. Five years later, the globally franchised family entertainment and dining concept continues to grow, with a new location opening at Gulfstream Park on Sep. 21, and franchises sold in Orlando and New York. “I remember during our first meeting

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with the architects and interior design team, one of them said to another, ‘this is a children’s place,’” he says. “I just stopped them and said, ‘no, that’s completely wrong, we are not a children’s place – we




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“I’ve always tried to have my kids do something that helps them socially or artistically, where they’re sitting down for 30 minutes, creating something,” he says. “I like science games, like when you go to a children’s museums and you see the kids playing with floating balls, magnets and gravity games, staying entertained for just as long as with video games, so we really tried to put some thought into it.” When they first opened, Bueno sent their menu off to Compufood Analysis, one of the largest nutritional auditors in the U.S. Their findings were negatively surprising, and the menu has since undergone a complete overhaul. Adults can enjoy a variety of gourmet meals, including their signature tuna tartar, chicken avocado Panini and Asian chicken salad. Kids’ dishes have been healthily recreated, such as their 240calorie macaroni and cheese, which is topped with fresh mozzarella and derives its color naturally from carrot and orange puree rather than the fatty yellow cheese most recipes use. “It’s really frustrating sometimes going to restaurants, ordering for your kids and not knowing what is in their food, so at Cool de Sac we really put a great emphasis in trying to include healthy items on the menu, especially for kids,” Bueno says. Employees, who go thorough background checks both before and after being hired, participate in an extensive in-house quality control regimen, cleaning, sanitizing and safety testing all of the equipment and play areas regularly. Cool de Sac is involved in several charities such as Foster Parenting, South Miami Children’s Hospital and the Miami Children’s Hospital toy drive. They also have an in-store book drive for the Miami Children’s Initiative and Miami Dade College’s “Read to Learn – Books for Free,” which provides bookshelves for kids in places where there is limited library access. For more information, go to <>.

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HESS SELECT — South Beach Seafood Festival

Miami’s Newest Culinary Event, The HESS SELECT South Beach Seafood Festival will celebrate the signature seafood of Miami, Oct. 19, 2013, and showcase premier culinary arts and entertainment while supporting local community education efforts in the area. It’s a must event, open to the public! This day long festival will be hosted at 9th and Ocean in Lummus Park, Miami Beach and will showcase a culinary experience with local restaurateur food gardens featuring signature menu items such as stone crabs, lobster mac, raw bar, ceviche, mussels, and paella, interactive activities and villages, signature cocktails, wine pairings, beer gardens, live entertainment, chef demonstration stations, a kids zone, and much more. General admission and VIP tickets are available at And, attendees get special benefits among

the opportunity to experience menu items in the culinary cafe areas and delicious cocktails, all available for purchase: GA: $25, includes entrance, access to all interactive & demonstration activities, live music, kids zone area, and more VIP: $150, includes access to the City National Bank VIP Pavilion with all day open bar and complimentary VIP food stations from restaurant partners, along with the VIP passport, and promotional giveaways Major event sponsors include title Sponsor, Hess Select, along with Premier Beverage, Bacardi, Stoli, Herradura, and VOSS, Gold Coast Beverages with Blue Moon, Peroni, and Crispin, our VIP Pavilion Host,City National Bank, Warren Henry Auto Group, the official Range Rover of the event, Badia, the host of the Chef Demo Village, Goya, Tabasco, Publix, Equinox, Coca-Cola, 50 State Security, Arquitectonica, Metro Signs, Mike’s Cigars, the official cigar supplier, US Army, Nature’s Own, and Target. Media Partners include Miami New Times, Miami Herald, Indulge Magazine, Community Newspapers, Just Ask Boo, and SocialMiami. Restaurant partners will be announced online. The event schedule will include a private VIP kick off dinner at Joe’s Stone Crabs, Thursday, October 17th in Jesse’s Room, hosted for major sponsors and festival part-

Stone crabs on ice ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ners to kick off stone crab season. The din- roster spans a wide range of brands, celebriner will include a signature wine experience ties, and charitable foundations currently by Premier Beverage’s Master Sommelier, resulting in 65 events each year. With almost 20 Andrew McNamara, among other gifts and years of industry experience and 800 successspecialties throughout the event. Limited fully completed events, our team strategically tickets are available for $500 a person. handles all aspects of your event marketing: Additional weekend events will be listed planning, concept development, sponsorship online at alignment and activation to ensure the work is SoBe Seafood Fest will be brought to you executed on time, on budget and on point. For by CI Management, who has chosen the more information, visit Miami Beach Chamber Education Foundation, and CI Foundation, as well as ABOUT HESS SELECT Susan G. Komen in honor of breast cancer Hess Family Estates produces terroir drivawareness month as their event beneficiar- en wines on four continents, and includes the ies. For more information on the event, visit wines of The Hess Collection on Mount or you can find Veeder in the Napa Valley; Artezin from us at or on California’s North Coast; Sequana, hightwitter @sobeseafoodfest. lighting Sonoma’s Russian River Valley and Sponsorship opportunities are available the Santa Lucia Highlands of the Central by emailing or Coast; MacPhail Family Wines, with Pinot calling 305-255-3500. Noir expressions from California and Oregon’s greatest growing regions; Peter Lehmann wines from Australia’s Barossa ABOUT CI MANAGEMENT CI Management is a full-service production Valley; Colome? and Amalaya from the Salta and management agency specializing in expe- Province of Argentina; and Glen Carlou riential event marketing solutions. Our client from Paarl, South Africa.

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Fall brings cultural arts season Suzy Breitner V ISUAL A RTS DI R E C T O R

ALPER JCC NEWS Fall is in the air. Seriously! Of course we don’t have the usual harbingers of fall — red and gold leaves, wisps of chimney smoke, a chill in the air — but there is one unmistakable sign of it in South Florida; the cultural arts season at the Alper JCC. The annual Berrin family Jewish Book Festival, led by literary and performing arts director Marcy Levitt, enters its 33rd year with the theme History, Mystery and Myths, Oct. 13-Dec. 5. The stellar line-up includes Rep. Debbi Wasserman Schultz, internationally renowned author Naomi Regan, director of the Washington Institute; director on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, Matthew Levitt and super-hero author Marc Nobleman. For mystery buffs, Dara Horn’s novel, A Guide for the Perplexed, interweaves stories from Genesis, medieval philosophy and the digital frontier; Los Angeles attorney Marcia Clark, prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial,

discusses Killer Ambition. For history enthusiasts, Allan Lichtman addresses the notion that Franklin Delano Roosevelt turned his back on the Jews in Hitler’s Europe. A Civil War Program highlights Drs. Jonathan Sarna, Pamela Nadell and Gary Zola discussing President Lincoln’s response to General Grant’s order to expel all Jews from territory under his command, and the film Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray. Exciting bestselling debut authors include Helene Wecker (The Golem and the Jinni), Meg Wolitzer (The Interestings), Israeli screenwriter and director Shemi Zarhin (Avivia My Love, Noodles, Some Day) followed by the screening of his award-winning film The World is Funny and Jessica Soffer (Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots). On Thursday, Nov. 7, the Women’s Day luncheon features social justice activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author, journalist and a founding editor of Ms. Magazine. With sensitivity, warmth and humor, Pogrebin’s stories of friendship in How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick, is an invaluable guide for anyone hoping to rise to the challenges of this important and demanding passage of friendship. The Festival’s opening day highlights four

fascinating authors at 3 p.m.: Rabbi Solomon Schiff (Under the Yarmulke: Tales of Faith, Fun and Football); Photographer Sharon Socol (Plus One: An Outsider’s Journey into the World of Fashion); Steve Leibowitz (Devorah: The Covenant and The Scrolls Book 1) and Rochelle Weinstein (The Morning After). Oct. 13 is also the kick-off date for the JCC’s visual arts season with Your Fortunate Eyes: Rudi Weissenstein Photography, in the Futernick Family Art Gallery at 1 p.m. Weissenstein immigrated to Palestine in 1936 and traveled through the country documenting immigration, settlements, civil unrest, parades, processions and urban life. His photographic record of the political, social, ideological and artistic essence of the period truly captures the development of the state. Weissenstein was the official photographer recording the Declaration of the State of Israel in 1948. The exhibit was curated by Ben Peter and Andreas Grau-Fuchs, Pri-Or PhotoHouse, Tel Aviv.

At 2 p.m., Life in Stills, a 2011 Israeli film by Tamar Tal, which earned the Ophir Award (Israeli Oscar) for Best Documentary, tells the story of Rudi Weissenstein’s widow, Miriam and her grandson, Ben, who together fight to save their Photo House and Rudi’s nearly one-million photography negatives that were destined for demolition. Despite the generation gap and many conflicts, Ben and Miriam embark on a heart-wrenching journey that requires love, courage, compassion and a dose of humor. Log on to <> for author appearances, art exhibits and upcoming performances. Watch your mail for the 2013 Book Festival brochure. For tickets, call 305271-9000, ext. 268. So don’t fly off to points north (unless, of course, you do want to see those spectacular fall colors) because right at the Alper JCC world-renowned authors and great art are coming to you!

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Drew Kern Closes a Sale


Trust Drew Kern, your neighborhood real estate agent, who has closed a sale every five days for the last six months. With over 15 years of experience, and $30 million in closed sales in 2012, Drew ranks in the top 1/2 of 1% of realtors nationwide. 9321 Banyan Dr 6 bedroom/ 7 bath contemporary style home built in 1990. Open and airy floor plan, vaulted ceilings in the formal living and dining rooms. Master upstairs with separate sitting room. Kitchen has a breakfast nook overlooking the backyard. Wonderful 38,161 square foot lot with pool, tennis court and generator.

17083 SW 92 Ave Immaculate 5 bdrm/4 bath Palmetto Bay home, built in 2006. Vaulted ceilings in the form living and dining rooms. Spacious kitchen with custom wood cabinetry. Stainless appliances and eat-in area, opens to large family room. Marble tile in living areas. Partially covered patio, and pool. Landscaped yard w. double gates, perfect for a boat. 2 car garage.


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Beautifully maintained and charming 3 bdrm/2 bath home in Kendall Point. Expansive formal living & dining room. Tile & carpet throughout. New AC installed in 2012. Indoor laundry w/ storage. Hurricane shutters. Spacious screened porch overlooks native Florida landscaping. 2 car garage. Great location! Close to Baptist hospital, Dadeland Mall.

Beautiful & spacious, 4 bdrm/ 3 bath canal front home on quiet street. Updated kitchen overlooking family room and tropically landscaped yard. Formal living & dining rooms with vaulted ceilings. Large pantry and indoor utility area. 2 car side entry garage. Central location; close to shopping, dining and express ways.

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Lovely, 4 bdrm/ 2 bath Palmetto Bay home. Formal living & dining rooms. Remodeled kitchen with stainless appliances, maple cabinetry and granite countertops , opens up to eat-in dining area. Garage converted into family room with working fireplace. Spacious screened pool and covered patio, shed.


Remodeled 4 bdrm/ 2 bath home in the South Miami area. Lovely updated kitchen. Garage converted into living area, with marble floors & indoor laundry. Accordian shutters. Great backyard w/ double gate, new paver patio, fruit trees. Newer roof & AC. Close proximity to shops and restaurants of South Miami.



19100 SW 89 Ave

94 NE 16 St Expansive and updated one story, 5 bedroom/3 full bath/2 Half Bath, over 4,000 sq ft home. Beautifully remodeled kitchen, large living spaces. Home features separate in-law quarters with kitchenette, breakfast area, and living room. Accordion shutters & impact glass throughout. 2 car garage.

This well maintained 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home in Whispering Pines boasts over 1,700 sq ft and is ready for your updates! Spacious kitchen with plenty of cabinet space. Large living areas. Carpet throughout. Screened deck overlooks beautiful 12,419 sq ft lot. 1 car carport. Great schools.




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Wish You Were Here! 5110 SW 76 St. Key West frame of mind in fabulous High Pines/Ponce Davis neighborhood. 2-story floor plan features 5 spacious bedrooms, pool/patio & gourmet kitchen. Walk to Downtown South Miami.

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There is no redo Dr. Larry Benowitz HEALTH & MEDICINE What is the most precious commodity on this earth? Is it gold? Platinum? Diamonds? None of them. The most precious commodity on this earth is a four letter word – TIME. TIME stands for four important words. This Is My Experience and that is what your life is. You are writing your own biography. How you spend your time determines the quality of your life. Remember these immutable facts: • Time is a non-renewable and irretrievable commodity. • None of us know the amount of time we will live on this earth. As each second of life passes, it is forever gone. Each second of the present and all preceding seconds cannot be redone. The message is clear; you must utilize your time wisely. Laziness, fear, and lack of direction will destroy your time and your life. Guard your time jealously. Always ask yourself if what you are doing, who you are with and what you are thinking is the best use of your time. If the answer to your question is “no” change gears and move on. Here is an analogy. Suppose you want to build a high-rise apartment complex. First you must purchase an empty parcel of land. However it is overgrown with weeds and trash litters the landscape. Before you can build you must clear the land. Similarly, before you can build a success-

ful, satisfying life you must clear the area of bad habits and ineffective behaviors. Our first order of business is to identify time wasters. I challenge you to do so by keeping a log of your daily activities for one week. You will be shocked when you are confronted with the amount of time you waste. Identifying and eliminating time wasters is the first step in re-taking control of your life. We must utilize effective strategies to regain that control. How often do you waste time doing things you simply do not want to do? Strategy: Use the most powerful word – no! Saying “no” to what is not right for you is incredibly empowering. Using this word is saying, “I know what I want for myself. I know what I like and I will conduct my life in such a way as to be consistent with who I am. I will not waste my irreplaceable time.” Saying “No” keeps the power in your hands where it belongs. Life and time are far too short to waste on people you do not choose to associate with, activities you do not enjoy, places you do not want to visit, events you do not wish to attend and sales people whose products do not interest you. How many hours of irreplaceable time could you save by implementing this strategy alone? Your assignment is to complete a time sheet of your activities over the next week. Identify those activities that are out of sync with your preferred use of time. Identify how many hours you have wasted by saying “yes” when you really wanted to say “no”? Remember, there is no redo. Dr. Larry Benovitz is a board certified psychiatrist practicing for more than 30 years. Direct questions and comments to Dr. Benovitz at <>.

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Lydia’s Legacy hosts 3rd annual ‘Teal Over Miami’ BY LEE STEPHENS

Lydia’s Legacy hosted its third annual Teal Over Miami on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Courtyard Marriott Coconut Grove and downtown Miami’s Bank of America tower was lit up in teal shading to honor the event. Lydia’s Legacy was founded by Carin Ross Johnson in memory of her mother, Dr. Lydia Greene Ross. The organization is dedicated to raising awareness, funding research, supporting survivors and supporting education about gynecologic cancers. Teal Over Miami is the group’s annual fundraiser and it featured a silent auction, live music, health and wellness exhibits and raffles. “Since our first Teal Over Miami, I continue to be amazed by the support from the local community,” said Johnson. “This year’s event focused on service to cancer patients. We asked attendees to bring hygiene products, journals and puzzle books to support newly diagnosed women with cancer. We also featured the best dessert bar in Miami, all in “teal,” the awareness color for women’s gynecologic cancers.” Proceeds from the event will provide funding for cancer support and education in Miami-Dade. Since its founding in 2011, Lydia’s Legacy donated more than $15,000 to organizations focused on gynecologic cancer research, survivor care and finding a cure. The second annual Teal Over Miami event raised almost $7,000. Dr. Ross was a leader in the Miami-Dade Community and lost her three-year battle with cancer in 2010. Her concern through her battle with gynecologic cancer was that there was not enough awareness of the disease and the idea for Lydia’s Legacy was formed. During her memorial service, teal ribbons were given to more than 300 atten-

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Range Rover Sport has aluminum structure, latest technology Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS I recently journeyed to San Francisco to attend the North American press launch of the new and much-anticipated 2014 Range Rover Sport, the smaller and less expensive member of the Range Rover family. After a 300-mile ride and drive along some very dicey highways in the Santa Cruz Mountains and a subsequent very challenging 15-mile off-road course, I came away with a growing appreciation for this new vehicle. Range Rover executives attending the event told me this new Sport is the fastest, mostagile and responsive Land Rover ever made and, with its all-new high-strength aluminum structure, it weighs about 800 pounds less than the last model. That weight loss allows the vehicle to deliver better agility and performance, improved fuel economy and reduced emissions. The new Sport was developed right alongside the 2013 Range Rover, so it

delivers the same on-road dynamics, as well as the fabled Land Rover all-terrain capability. The technologically advanced Sport resembles earlier Range Rover models, but has an assertive, muscular exterior, a luxurious interior and practical flexibility. Featuring Land Rover’s breakthrough suspension design and innovative dynamic chassis technologies, the Sport has all-new aluminum unibody architecture (the previous generation had an integrated steel body-frame mounted on a full frame chassis). The resulting weight reduction enables better performance and handling, and a nice blend of comfort and luxury. Under the hood, there’s a choice of 340 hp supercharged V-6 or a 510 hp supercharged V8. I drove both versions and I personally preferred the smaller engine option, though I recognize that there are off-road and highway situations when that extra power and torque come in handy. The engines are mated to a standard eight-speed automatic ZF transmission and there’s a choice of transfer cases — single speed Torsen or two-speed locking with low range. As you might expect in a Range Rover, the new Sport has a beautifully crafted, luxurious interior and there also is a new wrin-

Range Rover Sport has the on-road dynamics and all-terrain capability that Land Rover vehicles are known for.

kle — a 5+2 third-row seating option for occasional use. The seats are fine for the kids, but they’re not going to be acceptable to full-size adults. The new Sport comes with the latest advanced electronic driver assistance technologies, including standard Intelligent Stop/Start to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. There’s also the available new fully automatic Terrain Response 2 system that is amazing in its ability to handle the most challenging byways. Four models of the 2014 Range Rover

Sport are offered in the United States. They include the Sport SE for $63,495; Sport HSE, $68,495; Sport Supercharged, with the 510 hp, five-liter supercharged V-8, $79,995; and the top of the line Range Rover Sport Autobiography, with an MSRP of $93,295. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <>.

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Pinecrest Premier Soccer Club has festive opening day BY LEE STEPHENS

Pictured are (front row l-r) Atef Musa, Carlos Figueroa, Kevin Fitzgerald, Cameron Correoso, Aidan Cullen; (middle row l-r) Tatiana Christin, Elizabeth Butler, Nina Chantres, Dylan Maier, Olivia Lane; (back row l-r) Total Bank officers Renato Salazar, Nelson Hidalgo, Luis de la Aguilera, Ramon Ferran and Juan Rovira.

Everybody enjoyed the phone booth.

The Pinecrest Premier Soccer Club (PPSC) marked the fall season’s opening day with a kick-off event at Evelyn Greer Park. TotalBank and other businesses in the community supported the gala event by providing balloons, banners, refreshments and a photo booth to help make opening day a festive occasion that brought families from the community together. “Each year we await the start of the fall season with great anticipation,” said Renato Salazar, president of Pinecrest Premier Soccer Club and senior vice president at TotalBank. “Soccer is an excellent way for us to come together as a community. It provides young ones with an opportunity to not only acquire the technical skills of the sport, but instill team building as well.” More than 1,375 children enrolled in the Pinecrest Premier program, many as young as four years old, and participated in matches throughout the day. The PPSC recreation program for children ages 4-10 is the developmental arm of the organization, created to help children have fun while learning good sportsmanship, acquiring knowledge of the game and improving skills. TotalBank, a member of Grupo Banco Popular Español, has served the South Florida community for 38 years and has more than $2.5 billion in assets and 19 locations in Miami-Dade County. TotalBank offers domestic and international financial services to corporations, small businesses and individual consumers. For more information, go to <>.


Pictured are (l-r) Ramon Ferran, Luis de la Aguilera, Nelson Hidalgo, Renato Salazar and Juan Rovira.

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Oral Health Advice Dr. Larry Kessler, Periodontist WORD OF MOUTH A friend of mine told me that she recently experienced an earache. She has not had one since she was a kid. After an ENT examined her, he said it was TMJ – OMG! With all of the acronyms in our society today, I jokingly said ‘too much jewelry? Little did I know that this is no joking matter. She indicated that she had a dental condition, but was vague with her answers to my questions. I can only assume that she does not understand the condition and may be too embarrassed to ask. Can you explain?

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint dysfunction. On either side of your mouth, just in front of your ears, the lower jaw attaches to the skull with muscles (pterygoid) and ligaments that enable you to open, close, chew and speak. When these muscles are strained or constricted by movement for any reason, pain and discomfort are manifested in the muscles and limit proper operational function of the jaw. TMJ may result from an accident involving the face, grinding of the teeth, misalignment of the jaw and even arthritis. When the mouth is opened for a prolonged period of time during a dental procedure, “locking of the jaw,” or the inability to properly open and close the joint, can also result. When the muscles are palpated (manipulated) and pain is elicited during an examination, this does indicate TMJ symptoms. Other symptoms include jaw clicking (from the disc), headaches, neck and/or shoulder

pain, possible facial swelling and ear discomfort. These symptoms do, however, mask neurological problems. Therefore, a correct diagnosis is imperative to determine the right course of therapy. TMJ symptoms can be addressed in various ways, depending on the severity and the source of pain. We suggest applying a hot pack, such as a moist, heated towel, or cold pack to the sites of pain for 20 minutes, three to five times per day. Eating soft foods cut in small pieces and avoiding such foods as chewing gum, caramels, carrots, steak and bagels are recommended lifestyle changes. If the situation is not resolved, an acrylic night guard (or bite plate) appliance may be an effective treatment option. Our treatment goal is to break the cycle of actions that cause pain. “When I was younger, I had such straight teeth and a beautiful smile. Over the years,

my teeth have shifted around. I saw an orthodontist, but he said I need to see a periodontist first! Why?” When the teeth shift, it is usually a sign of periodontal disease, which can destroy the bone that support the teeth. When the support is weakened, eating or grinding or clenching the teeth can cause them to start moving. Before initiating orthodontic therapy, or movement of the teeth into correct posi- tion, any infection and damaged bone should be rebuilt. Taking this first step will allow successful completion of orthodontic treatment, and give you back your beauti- ful smile. Dr. Kessler’s office is located in the Dadeland Medical Building, 7400 N. Kendall Drive, directly across the street from Dadeland Shopping Mall and he may be reached at 305-670-3800 or at

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Physical Therapists provide relief from your shoulder dysfunction

Shoulder dysfunctions are very common in individuals of all ages. One does not have to be involved in athletics to develop shoulder problems. Shoulder dysfunction results from altered glenohumeral joint mechanics. If you suspect shoulder dysfunction, here are a few questions to ask yourself. Do I have shoulder and/or upper arm pain? Am I able to lift my arm overhead? Do I have difficulty with buckling my bra? Is it difficult to get my wallet out of my back pocket? Do I have pain when trying to sleep on this one side? If the answer is “Yes” to any of the above questions, you may very likely have shoulder dysfunction. The most common medical diagnoses for shoulder problems are rotator cuff tears, impingement syndrome, tendinitis, bursitis and adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder). The shoulder is a ball and socket joint which allows for a large amount of movement at the expense of stability. The muscles around the glenohumeral joint and the scapula (shoulder blade) provide stability. They are known as the rotator cuff muscles: Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor and Subscapularis. These muscles act in concert to achieve stability of the shoulder and allow for the large amount of movement. “When there is a breakdown in their function, either by trauma or overuse, the above listed diagnoses materialize,” said physical therapist Craig Pahl, PT, MHS, coowner and president of Physical Therapy Associates, P.A. “From these dysfunctions, patients experience pain, decreased shoulder range of motion, weakness and difficulty using the upper extremity during functional activities.” At Physical Therapy Associates, P.A., conservative treatment is effectively handled by licensed and trained physical therapists who are educated at the graduate level. The team has extensive experience and well versed in effective treatment options. Treatment plans tailored to meet individual needs are developed for each patient. Physical Therapy Associates, P.A. incorporates an individualized physical therapy program consisting of education, flexibility, strength and fitness. Patients who participate in this program experience less pain and are able to return more quickly to a healthy, active lifestyle than those who do not receive proper treatment. “We educate our patients so they understand the biomechanics of this disorder and our plan of treatment,” noted Craig Pahl. “Through education patients are instructed to modify their activities as well as the ergonomics of the employment to lessen the repetitive trauma on the shoulder region and allow the injured tissue to heal.” Pahl described another critical component of the treatment plan. “Flexibility is equally important, of both the shoulder muscles and joints to increase range of motion and increase the joint spaces, thus pain is notably reduced,” he said. He also pointed out that strengthening the shoulder muscles will protect the joints from trauma and increase a patient’s pain-free function. Strengthening exercise usually commence below the horizontal to avoid further shoulder trauma. Fitness exercise increases the muscles endurance and the patient’s overall level of fitness. By utilizing this unique program, patients experience decreased pain and overall function that leads to a better quality of life. For 29 years, Physical Therapy Associates, P.A. has been committed to the delivery of quality orthopedic rehabilitation at a reasonable cost. Physical Therapy Associates, P.A. is located at 6280 Sunset Drive, Suite 405, South Miami. For more information or to schedule a consultation or appointment with a physical therapist, please call 305-662-4915.

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Facial Plastic Surgery with Dr. Bustillo Dr. Bustillo, I have always wanted to have my nose done. The bump on the bridge and my droopy tip bother me. I don’t like looking at my profile, however, I am terribly afraid of having a “Michael Jackson nose.” Beth. Beth, I can’t tell you how often I hear the words “ I don’t want a nose like Michael Jackson’s.” At least several times a day. It’s unfortunate that a poor rhinoplasty result is associated with a particular person, but his name has become a synonym for a poorly operated and surgical-appearing nose. So, the questions are “ how does that happen?” and “can that happen to me?” Let’s discuss the first one. The most common reason a nose can have a surgical appearance is from over aggressive removal of cartilage and bone. In an attempt to make the nose smaller, the surgeon removes too much. By doing this, the structural framework of the nose is compromised, leaving little support for the skin. The skin contracts and the end result is a nose that looks done. This is the classic “reduction” rhinoplasty. Today, cutting edge surgeons perform what is called “structural rhinoplasty,” where the rhinoplasty is performed by removing very little cartilage and bone. The tip is shaped, not by removing cartilage, but by re-shaping it using special sutures. The end result is a nicely shaped nose with a strong and long lasting skeleton. The answer to the second question depends on your choice of surgeon. By choosing a surgeon that is experienced in the art and craft of rhinoplasty, the patient will usually have a good cosmetic outcome. While even the best of surgeons occasionally have less than perfect results, their results are usually good. However, if the surgeon has little experience in rhinoplasty surgery, it is likely that the nose will not have a satisfactory outcome. Good luck,

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