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‘Taste of Pinecrest’ marks 11 years BY HAL FELDMAN

Miami Hal

or 11 years now, the Pinecrest Business Association has organized the Taste of Pinecrest, a festival to showcase the many restaurants, businesses and services the Village has to offer. This year was different however, in that the event was held outside of Pinecrest. The 2013 Taste of Pinecrest was held at the brand new South Dade Family YMCA campus (across from The Falls mall). Chairman Mark Soldevilla called it “a perfect combination of community. We wanted to celebrate this great new building with great food, music, people and fun.” There is little doubt about the success of the combination. The attendance roughly double last year’s event at Pinecrest Gardens and the new YMCA signed up more than 240 new families during the week, more than half on the day of the event alone. With food being sold using pre-purchased tickets, vendors — serving everything from lobster sliders to salads to BBQ ribs — had brisk business all day long. Many ran out of food 90 minutes before close. “We sold more tickets in the first two hours than we expected all day,” said Charlotte Donn, assistant vice president of marketing and communications for the

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Read at the Seafood Festival Pictured are Marie Camille Nass (left), from Paris, France, and Evelyn Acrouch, from Madrid, Spain, holding a copy of their favorite hometown newspaper as they depart the recent Deering Seafood Festival. The international travellers said the Seafood Festival was a most enjoyable experience and they planned to come again next year. Thanks for taking us along, ladies!

Palmetto Middle School to celebrate 50 years

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BY NANCY EAGLETON

o celebrate Palmetto Middle School’s 50th anniversary, the school’s PTSA will host an alumni celebration at the school Friday, April 26, 6-9 p.m. The 50th Anniversary Committee has planned an evening of special events to honor the school’s half-century of academic excellence. The community’s favorite Food Trucks will provide a variety of casual dinner choices for alumni and their families. The celebration will feature performances by Palmetto students and local entertainers. The family event is open to the public, and admission is $1. Alumni can show their school spirit by purchasing a personalized commemorative wall tile that will be displayed on a 50th Anniversary mural at the school. “We encourage all Palmetto Middle School alumni to attend the celebration and reminisce with old friends and meet new ones,” said PTSA member and event organizer Ceil Fitts. Palmetto Middle School is located at 7351 SW 128 St. For information, email <FittsC@bellsouth.net> or go to <www.Facebook.com/PalmettoMiddleS chool – PTSA>.

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Seaquarium turns Mother’s Day into ‘Mother’s May’ BY MARITZA ARCEO-LOPEZ

The Miami Seaquarium honors and celebrates Mother’s Day by turning it into a month long celebration — Mother’s May. Moms are encouraged to go to www.miamiseaquarium.com/momsmonth and enter to win prizes and register to receive an admission discount coupon. Prizes include first prize of a day of animal interactions for mom and three family members; second prize is hands-on VIP tour for mom and three family members; and third prize is four annual passes to the Seaquarium. All moms that register online will receive a coupon for 30 percent off price admission for her and her family (up to six guests) to visit all the animal moms at the park during May. This discount offer is available only for Florida residents. In addition, each day at the park in May a “Mom of the Day” will be randomly selected and given a special prize pack. “Mother’s May is our way of recognizing and honoring all moms,” said general manager Andrew Hertz. “We want to help you make mom feel extra special. This is our

Prizes include first prize of a day of animal interactions f o r m o m a n d t h re e f a m i l y members; second prize is hands-on VIP tour for mom a n d t h re e f a m i l y m e m b e r s ; a n d t h i rd p r i z e i s f o u r a n n u a l passes to the Seaquarium. way of saying thank you for everything that moms do.” The Seaquarium is one of South Florida’s most popular tourist attractions. It is a family-oriented marine-life park open 365 days a year. The park provides visitors with a greater understanding and appreciation for marine life through shows, presentations and marine-life exhibits. General admission is $39.95 and $29.95 for children (age 3-9). For more information, go to <www.miamiseaquarium.com>.

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The Miracle League of Miami Dade has been selected by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board as a finalist for the 2013 neighborhood assist grant. As a finalist, the Miracle League will compete in a nationwide Facebook voting competition to win the $25,000 grant. This funding will be used toward the construction of a baseball field designed specifically for children in Miami-Dade County with special needs. Facebook voting will take place April 4-22. To help us achieve our goal and win the State Farm grant, please vote for our cause at <www.state-assist.com/cause/5154/miamismiracle-league>. Supporters can vote up to 10 times a day for the Miracle League of Miami-Dade and then share our cause through Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and any other social media avenues we have. The Miracle League of Miami Dade field will impact children and their families by providing the proper environment where children can play baseball and know that it was created with their needs in mind. More than 255 Miracle League organizations operate across the United States and interna-

MIRACLE LEAGUE tionally with the goal of empowering children with disabilities to experience the joy of baseball regardless of their ability to play. The Miracle League allows each player to bat, field and score in each inning of the game. Since January 2011, a capital campaign has been under way to raise $1.5 million to construct this handicapped-accessible facility. The Miracle League park will include a special surfaced baseball field, an accessible playground, accessible parking, an indoor facility with ADA bathrooms and a concession stand, and many other community park amenities. Check us out on Facebook to see photos from our recent games and see our upcoming game dates,<www.facebook.com/MiracleLeagueOf MiamiDade>. Go to <www.miracleleagueofmiamidade.org> to learn more and make a contribution or contact me at 786-224-4800 or <lmays@miracleleagueofmiamidade.org>


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YMCA. “We had to rush out and buy more to keep things moving!” Local and regional bands performed throughout the day, providing a variety of high-quality music for attendees. Soldevilla praised Raf Fiol, a local musician and owner of <kompoz.com>. “He single handedly took the music we presented to a whole new level,” she said. The kiddie area had several rides, a rockclimbing wall and the obligatory bounce houses. For the adults, there were cooking demonstrations and the ability to learn and connect with Pinecrest business. “We’re proud to be associated with this premiere event and proud that our grand opening went so well,” said Greater Miami YMCA CEO Alfred Sanchez. MANGOWOOD EASTER PARADE There may not be a better neighborhood around for kids than Mangowood, the 300home community just west of Coral Reef Elementary in Palmetto Bay. For the past 50 years or so, the voluntary homeowners’ association has organized an Easter Bunny parade. The Saturday before Easter 2013 was no exception. Joined by the police and fire departments, along with some of the Village Councilmembers, the Easter Bunny was chauffeured through the neighborhood’s tree-lined streets to the delight of young and old alike. “This is a wonderful community and a great event. I’m so pleased to join this Easter celebration,” said Palmetto Bay Mayor Shelley Stanczyk. Nathan Melouo, 7, was so excited that he literally jumped for joy when he saw the Easter Bunny turn onto his street. He then waved and quickly wished everyone a Happy Easter. As the parade ended, the Easter Bunny was greeted by more than 100 residents who had joined at three homes to start the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Nine-year old Sophia Oprandi was more excited about the hunt than the opportunity to sit for a photo op with the Easter Bunny. “I’m kinda scared of him, but I’m going to

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win the Easter Egg Hunt,” she said. Even 3-year old Natalia Quick with her dad John had a blast. “This is my first egg hunt,” she said, “and I’m going to find 10 eggs!” The hunt was organized into three age groups, each assigned to one of the participating front lawns. And with a “Ready, set, go!” from the loudspeaker, the kids were off. Nine oversized eggs were hidden to allow the kids to win a special Easter basket. And wouldn’t you know it, Sophia was a winner! There is no doubt that Mangowood is something special. The neighborhood also goes all out for other annual events, including Santa’s Parade, the Fourth of July Parade and Air Force Fly-Over, a monster-sized garage sale and a music-filled fall BBQ. HAL’S HOMEOWNER HELP The first quarter of 2013 was the speeddating version of real estate! If you are buying or selling, don’t blink. Properties are once again getting offers on their first day and prices are rising. It would be my pleasure to list your home for you and educate you on the latest market trends. Hal Feldman (MiamiHal) is a Realtor with RE/MAX Advance Realty. Contact him with story ideas or real estate questions at < w w w. M i a m i H a l . c o m > , <Hal@MiamiHal.com> or <www.facebook.com/MiamiHal>.

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Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest

CLAYRE BENZADON Palmetto High School senior Clayre Benzadon takes time out of her busy schedule to participate in the Friendship Circle at the Chabad of Kendall. “Right now, I’m working with a child who is blind in one eye,” Benzadon says. “She’s six years old, but she doesn’t talk. She has a lot of problems in social groups and she always has temper tantrums. I try to help her and calm her down.” Benzadon says since the child is not very good when participating in group activities, so she usually plays her on a playground. “I usually watch her to see how she behaves,” Benzadon says. “If she gets out of hand, there is an assistant to help me out. She gives me tips on how help the girl.” Benzadon’s commitment to Friendship Circle is longstanding. She has been participating in the program for six years. “I actually learned about it from a family friend,” Benzadon says. “I love it. It’s taught me so many things. I’ve learned to be grateful for what I have and I have created a bond with these kids that I never thought possible. It’s also helped me become more motivated and confident. It feels good to help out.” At school, Benzadon is a member of the Spanish National Honor Society. One of her responsibilities is to help other students by tutoring them once a week. She has taken many Spanish classes and this year is enrolled in Spanish Literature. She loves literature in any

language and serves as president of the Palmetto Creative Writing Club. We meet every week on Thursday and I’m the one who starts prompts,” Benzadon says. “We tell them what the prompt is and give them 10 minutes. It’s really fun to read out loud.” While she works in all of the writing categories, Benzadon most enjoys writing poetry. “I usually like to convey my emotions more than anything,” she says. One of the most important things a creative writer needs is a strong grasp of language. Benzadon’s grasp is strong and, as a member of the English Honor Society, she tutors others in English. “We help them with essay writing,” she says. “Usually there are a lot of grammatical errors.” She is also involved in the Pinecrest Youth Advisory Council. The council is made up of high school students who come up with creative ideas to improve the Pinecrest community and encourage more kids to be active in the community. “We also get involved in a lot of community service activities such as Relay For Life,” Benzadon says. This year, Benzadon had a new challenge – how to keep up with her school activities and Friendship Circle while also working at her mother’s new bakery in Aventura. The bakery only offers nondairy baked goods – something that became important to the family because Benzadon was born with a rare metabolic disorder called Galactosemia. That disorder means that her body does not have the enzymes necessary to digest dairy products. Next year, Benzadon won’t be able to continue with here program of helping others. She has been accepted into several universities, including Hartford, South Florida, Boulder, Boston, Northeastern, American, Maryland and Brandeis. “I am most likely going to go to Brandeis,” she says. — By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

MOLLIE DIXIE BEEK Mollie Dixie Beek is the Gulliver Prep Silver Knight nominee for English and Literature. It’s a good fit for Beek because they just happen to be her favorite subjects. “I love reading and analyzing,” Beek says. “Writing has always been one of my passions. I love writing essays and I love researching.” Beek, a senior at Gulliver, also spends time volunteering. She is committed to helping Chai Lifeline, an organization she has been working with since her bat mitzvah. For her mitzvah project, she asked people to make a donation to the organization. “Chai Lifeline provides medical services and attention to children, and also helps their family to be with them,” she says. “Often the parents can’t afford the treatment. It allows the children to get the treatment and it allows the family to be with them.” The organization helps seriously ill children and their families by addressing emotional, financial and social needs. Even now, Beek continues to donate money to the group.

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“Every summer when I would go to sleep-away camp or a summer program, my family and I would also pay for a child to go to the Chai Lifeline camp,” she says. “There is this camp that is sponsored by Chai Lifeline; it provides the sleep-away experience and it is staffed by doctors.” Beek says she has been aware of Chai Lifeline since she was a child. “It’s really important to me,” she says. “I know what the pain of having a family member needing medical treatment and not knowing what is going to happen.” Beek and her family know the problem of dealing with that kind of medical situation because her grandfather suffered bleeding on the brain a couple of years ago. “His ability to recover and get through that was very inspirational,” she says. For his birthday last year, Beek says the family asked for money that would be donated for a community room. “It’s like a waiting room for them, a place to stay before they see the doctor,” she says. “A nice room for them to sit.” At Gulliver Prep, Beek is president of two clubs — Uniteen, a community service club, and Happy Hands, the school knitting club. “Every year Uniteen has a talent show,” Beek says. “This year we hosted a talent show and raised $2,000.” The money will be donated to an organization that works in Africa called Charity Water and will be used to build a well. Beek also enjoys being president of Happy Hands. “Two years ago, my science teacher taught me to knit,” she says. If you wanted to learn how to knit, it was an opportunity. Now, I can knit scarves and hats. It’s easy to catch on and it’s creative.” Last year, club members knitted caps for Hats Off For Cancer. However, this year the club is concentrating on creativity. “We have about 20 students and some of them are amazing knitters,” Beek says. “Some can even make stuffed animals. We start the beginners with scarves and once they master that, they move on to crocheting beanies. Hopefully next year we’ll be able to sell more. We mainly sell them at school.” Next year, Beek will go away at college and study either art history or English history. She applied to the University of Pennsylvania, Washington University, NYU, Princeton, Tufts and Wesleyan. Her long term goal is to write books or poetry. — By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld


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PAULO PARENTE Paulo Parente is the Gulliver Prep nominee for the Silver Knight Award in Science. “I’ve always taken the hardest science classes,” Parente says. “I take classes about

learning about the world rather than literature. I like learning about how the body works and the world functions.” Parente is working on his goal to become doctor and plans to attend Columbia University where he will study biomed engineering and pre-medicine. He was also accepted by the University of Miami and the University of Florida. He withdrew his applications to Harvard, the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins. He says he is excited about going to college in the Big Apple. “I’ve always been passionate about New York,” he says. “I love the culture with Broadway and all. I’ve always wanted to live in an area that could provide that. I’m Brazilian and I want to go to New York and meet people from everywhere — from Asia, from everywhere in the world.” Parente moved to the U.S. when he was three years old. He now lives nine months of the year in this country and returns to Brazil for the summer. He did live in Brazil during his seventh grade year when his father, a professor at Florida International University, was on sabbatical. His father

previously worked at Rutgers University. Parente has been deeply involved in extracurricular activities almost from the day of his arrival at Gulliver. He is an officer in Health Interested Students of America (HISA), the club that organizes the blood drives at the school. He was also in Operation Smile, a club that raises money to send doctors to Third World countries to help children with cleft palates. He started a chapter of DECA, a club that trains entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, financing and hospital management. “I organized a DECA chapter in my old school in New Jersey,” he says. “I thought it would be really good for business. Since they didn’t have it here, I thought it would be good for Gulliver.” Last summer, Parente interned at the University of Miami and worked at the Howard Hughes Institute with Dr. Alejandro Caicedo. “They’re trying to cure Type 2 diabetes,” he says. “It was very interesting and I really enjoyed the work. It showed me a new area of medicine, one that I had not

explored before. I want to live in a world with healthy people.” Another of Parente’s passions is tennis. He plays for the Gulliver Prep tennis team and hopes to continue playing in college. He says he has been training hard and plans try out for the Columbia team as a walk-on. He has been playing tennis since he was three years old when his dad gave him his first racket. He has been playing the sport seriously for five years, but suffered a setback when he trained too hard and suffered a stress fracture in his lower spine. “I was playing close to eight hours a day and it was excessive,” he says. “It was too much for my body to handle.” Parente had hoped to turn professional and it was difficult hard for him to give up his dream. “At first it hurt more than I thought,” he says. “But when I started focusing on school, it was more fun. I said, okay, this is something I can pursue. It all turned out for the better.” — By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld


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Pinecrest goes to Washington

Village Councilmember James McDonald, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mayor Cindy Lerner get a look at their favorite hometown newspaper during a recent visit to the congresswoman’s Washington D.C. office. McDonald and Mayor Lerner were in the nation’s capitol last week to attend the National League of Cities’ conference. While there, they also met with members of the Village congressional delegation, including Rep. RosLehtinen and Sen. Bill Nelson.


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Stop comparing Michael Jordan to LeBron James BY PRESTON MICHELSON

Who is better, Michael Jordan or LeBron James? A better question is who cares? Throughout James’s career, talking heads have lamented the ringless fingers and the lack of ability to close out in a pinch. “LeBron has often been an astonishing disaster with the clock ticking toward zeroes.” “To imply that James is a better defender than Jordan is ridiculous.” “Whatever LeBron James has done so far in his career, Michael Jordan has already accomplished, and did it better.” LeBron James has set the NBA on fire with a singular, pointed mindset: Be the best I can be. He is not looking to be the next Michael Jordan; he is looking to be the best LeBron James. James even tweeted as much in February: “I’m not MJ, I’m LJ.” The fact that the comparison exists is a compliment. James has lived up to stratospheric expectations that have been bestowed upon him since he was in high school, since he became “the King.” This comparison, however, always seems to detract from James’ game. It focuses on what he can’t do

versus what he can. James has always been a team-first player, something every basketball player should aspire to. He often has a proclivity to pass away the opportunity for the final, buzzerbeating shot to a teammate with a better chance. To ESPN “pundit” Skip Bayless, this is because LeBron lacks a “clutch gene.” Whereas, according to Bayless, Michael Jordan was born with an oversized one. Even more, James took less money to sign in Miami. In the dollar-centric culture of basketball — and of sports — this is a rarity. Yet, he is harangued for deserting the team that drafted him to go down to glitzy South Florida. Sure, LeBron found a team that had a better chance of winning a championship. Everyone wants to play for a winner. But because he did it away from the team that drafted him, the championship’s worth is lessened, as if it deserves an asterisk. Jordan won all six of his championships with the

same team, the team that drafted him, the Chicago Bulls. Both Jordan and James were in two very different situations when they were drafted. James was taken by a team devoid of talent. He became the saving grace, the only reason the Cleveland Cavaliers went to the NBA Finals. His true worth revealed itself after he left, as the Cavs had the biggest single-season drop in wins in NBA history. In his first five years with the Bulls, Jordan played with the likes of John Paxson, Horace Grant, Charles Oakley and Scottie Pippen, some of the more dominant players in the league at that time. In LeBron’s first five years with the Cavaliers, he played with Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Drew Gooden, Daniel Gibson and Anderson Varejao, slightly above-average players in the league. LeBron could have stayed with the Cavaliers and probably would have come up short year after year. He would have still

M i c h a e l J o rd a n a n d L e B ro n J a m e s a re d i ff e re n t p l a y e r s . T h e y p l a y e d d i ff e re n t p o s i t i o n s f o r d i ff e re n t t e a m s u n d e r d i ff e re n t c i rc u m s t a n c e s . T h e y h a v e d i ff e re n t s t y l e s o f p l a y a n d d i ff e re n t m e t h o d s ; t h e y a re n o t t h e s a m e p l a y e r. T h e y a r e t w o o f t h e g re a t e s t to ever play the game, and it should be left at that.

CORNER been critiqued for his lack of rings. But at least he did it with the same team, whatever that means. Michael Jordan and LeBron James are different players. They played different positions for different teams under different circumstances. They have different styles of play and different methods; they are not the same player. They are two of the greatest to ever play the game, and it should be left at that. Preston Michelson is a senior at Palmer Trinity School where he is the public address announcer for all varsity sporting events. 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 <michelsonpr@gmail.com>.


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This Dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for You! Say hello to Beowulf, a young Doberman Pinscher mix. Beowulf has been at our shelter for a couple of years. He is a beautiful dog with an elegant and sleek appearance. However, his timid nature doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always make a good first impression. He would be best suited for someone who can see beyond that and love him through it. Beowulf just needs some time to bond with a person. Once he does, he is as lovable and noble as can be. Beowulf is waiting patiently for his hero. Will it be you? For more information, call the Born Free Pet Shelter at 305-361-5507 or go to <www.bornfree.petfinder.com>.


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Turley Jewelers opens new store, marks 11 years in business Charlotte and Eddie De Paula are all smiles at the grand opening of their new Turley Jewelers store.

BY JESSE SCHECKNER

On an evening in March, about 150 welldressed guests attended the grand opening of Turley Jewelers’ new boutique hosted by owners Eddie and Charlotte De Paula. As a harpist played tasteful selections both classical and contemporary, partygoers enjoyed light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails while admiring the elegant new interior of the jewelry boutique, which is three times the size the of their old store. “We were kind of tight in our previous location and we needed to expand to hire more employees,” said DePaula, whose family has 100 years in the jewelry business. DePaula has 25 years of experience as a jewelry connoisseur and specializes in Rolex watches. The color scheme and design of the new store is a refined choice of contrasts. Keeping in harmony with the royal purple chosen as the Turley logo, the jewelry pads are the same radiant hue. They are offset by the ivory white of the walls and the intricately patterned wood lining the exterior of the display cases. Florescent lights amplify the cases and intensify the luminosity of the diamond-adorned pieces within. Above the guest reception and lounge area hangs a custom glass chandelier created by local artist Terje Lundaas. “I wanted the experience of our store to be that when you walk in you are transported to another place such as Bal Harbour or Rodeo Drive, and no longer in a strip mall,” said Charlotte DePaula. The jewelry carried at Turley exemplifies this intent. Popular items of a fleeting fashion will not be found in their cases. “We try to stay away from the average things, so you won’t find five versions of

the same bracelet in our case in five different colors,” she said. “We’d rather carry stable, timeless pieces that can compliment a person for life.” Turley Jewelers is named after Charlotte’s grandmother, Dorice Turley, whose picture hangs in the store workshop. “She was the matriarch of our family,” said Diane Stewart, Charlotte’s mother. “She would have been so proud of what Eddie and Charlotte have done.” An additional amenity the larger space has afforded is Turley’s exclusive VIP room, set aside as a special buying area for clients purchasing larger, more expensive items such as wedding rings, exceptional keepsakes or other items. “I wanted a private consultation room because I believe that when someone buys something special from us it is a special moment in their life,” said DePaula. “It deserves that environment instead of just being done at the sales station like any other purchase.” Turley Jewelers has been in business in Pinecrest for 11 years and the De Paulas have developed a strong relationship with the community. They are active in fundraising and benefits, and last month they donated a percentage of their profit to Pinecrest Gardens. “We’re trying to become even more active in the community and we are always trying to do different things,” says Debbie Berman, who joined the team in January. “Whoever needs, we’re giving.” Turley Jewelers is located at 11219 S. Dixie Hwy. and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 305-252-1123 or go to <www.turleyjewelers.com>.

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‘The Original Lots of Lox’ celebrates 35 years in business BY JESSE SCHECKNER

The Original Lots of Lox delicatessen recently marked 35 years as one of the most popular dining spots in South Miami-Dade County. Over the last five years, owner-brothers Nick and Steve Poulos and their cousin, Jimmy Poulos, have made improvements to the restaurant that include subtle dining room renovations, better food and an all-new dinner menu. “One of the biggest compliments we get is when customers ask, ‘Where is your deli in New York City,’” Nick Poulos says. “I tell them, ‘We’re the sixth borough of New York, born right down here in Miami.’” The dining room, with many signed photographs, sports posters and panoramic skyline shots, is immaculately maintained. “We’re all neat freaks here, so we’ve taken cleanliness to the next level – or two,” Poulos says. When the Poulos family took over the restaurant’s operation, the first thing they did was restore food quality, which had diminished over the years. They also incorporated many family recipes to the menu, with great customer approval. “There are different grades of food, and if you want to save money you can drop down a few levels, but customers know the difference,” Poulos says. “It’s a labor of love for us and our cooks, and we don’t cut corners with our ingredients.”

Pictured are some of the employees at The Original Lots of Lox delicatessen.

The Original Lots of Lox boasts a menu large and varying enough to suit any taste for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Almost everything is homemade, including the off-thebone roasted turkey, matzoh balls, tuna salads, coleslaw, potato salad, assorted cream cheeses, corned beef and meatloaf. Their daily menu is supplemented by daily in-house specials listed on the wall. Take-out orders are easily accommodated and catering is available for just about any occasion, including parties, business functions and even the Jewish high holidays.

Poulos says that Lots of Lox strives to be the first place that comes to mind when his neighbors think about where to dine. “We have had families come in with a candelabras and have their Passover dinner here,” says Poulos. “It’s so heartwarming; we love to have families join us for all of the holidays, from Thanksgiving to Yom Kippur.” The Pouloses are very active in the community and often donate restaurant gift cards for auctions and benefits. They have a reputation for supporting those in need and participating fundraising efforts for local schools,

shelters, temples and animal rights groups. “It’s an important part of being a member of the community,” Poulos says. Much of the restaurant’s success can be attributed to the loyalty of the staff. Employees Tony Gay, Anthony Griffith, Ruben Inigo and Angel Salazar have all been with the deli for more than 10 years, while Kenny Cabrera, Orly Cooley, Jerry Francois and Charlene Rosa have worked there for more than 20 years. Manager Laurie King started working at the deli as a waitress right after she finished high school 27 years ago. “In essence, their loyalty and unparalleled attitude speaks volumes for us,” Poulos says. “We’re like the Cheers of delis, where everyone knows your name, and you may walk in as a customer, but hopefully you will leave as a friend.” The Original Lots of Lox is located at 14995 S. Dixie Hwy. and is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on weekends until 4 p.m. For more information, go to <www.originallotsoflox.com> or call 305-252-2010.


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Youth Symphony summer camp begins June 10 BY BERNARDA REYES

The Greater Miami Youth Symphony’s seventh annual Summer Camp season will run from June 10 to Aug. 9, with the option to join Advanced, Intermediate or Beginning level sessions at four different locations in Miami-Dade County. Students at intermediate and advanced camp will have the opportunity to advance their musicianship skills by participating in orchestra, band, chamber ensembles, instrumental classes and electives including improvisation and music theory. Intermediate camp also will include daily literacy and physical education classes. Beginner camps will provide a variety of fun enriching music activities, as well as beginning string and wind instruments. Participating locations include the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (advanced camp), South Miami High School (intermediate camp), Atala Montessori School (beginner’s camp) and the Deering Estate at Cutler (beginner’s

camp). GMYS offers parents flexible and affordable options to pay for summer camp through the help of our sponsors, including The Children’s Trust. The GMYS welcomes children with disabilities to participate in the summer camps. Summer camps will include presentations by guest artists. The GMYS Summer Boosters program is an extension of our Preparatory Division. Summer Boosters is open to students who participate in the Preparatory Division during the school year, but we will also offer a free beginning band class open to new students at Glades Middle School on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. beginning in late May through the end of July. Instruments include flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and baritone. Email <info@gmys.org> for more information. The Greater Miami Youth Symphony is an independent six-level orchestra program dedicated to training young musicians between 5 and 18 years old. For registration forms and more information, go to <www.gmys.org>.

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This Dog’s for You! This is Hershey, a young Bulldog mix. Hershey was found by two Good Samaritans on the street near a field where dogs are frequently abandoned. He was badly emaciated and the veterinarian said he had signs of abuse and neglect. Hershey is also heartworm positive and is currently being treated for this. Although he is a good dog by many accounts, he is a one-person dog. He responds, obeys and is very loyal to his person. He has a lot of hesitation with men in general, so it would be best if he were adopted by a woman who is an experienced dog owner. If you would like to meet Hershey and see if he is the dog for you, contact the Born Free Pet Shelter at 305-3615507 or go to <www.bornfree.petfinder.com>.


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Low inventory means it’s a great time to list your home Wendy and Adam Levy REAL ESTATE A lot of people may be hearing that Miami is turning into a seller’s market when it comes to real estate. Of course, after the recent troubles in the housing market it would be perfectly understandable if a person who was interested in selling their home was somewhat hesitant to put it on the market until they were sure they could get a competitive price for it. This means that the question many sellers find themselves asking is whether now really is the best time to list their home. There are a number of factors that have dramatically changed the real estate market in Miami, but the one that has perhaps made the biggest impact is the fact that there are fewer homes for sale now than there were just a short time ago. Although foreclosures skyrocketed in Miami, and throughout the rest of the country, many of those homes are no longer available, which has caused a substantial reduction in the overall number of properties for sale. This low inventory means that buyers have fewer houses to choose

from, which puts sellers in a better position. Another benefit to the lower inventory is that agents are better able to give their attention to the properties that are currently listed. Rather than having a huge selection of different homes to show potential buyers, agents are able to focus on the few that are available. What this means for a seller is that they can reasonably expect to get a number of offers on their home within just a few days of putting it on the market. No one wants to sell their home for less than it is worth. Homeowners who have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to put their house on the market will find that today is better than any time in the last couple of years. The low inventory and excellent mortgage interest rates that are available mean that buyers interested in investing in Miami property are taking a good, hard look at what is available right now. A seller who is considering listing a home should consider a professional appraisal to determine what a fair value for the property is, then take a few simple steps to increase the overall curb appeal and make it as attractive to potential buyers as possible. For information, contact the Levy Group at Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate at 786-581-1134, via email to Adam@MiamiHomesAndLand.com or visit online at <www.MiamiHomesAndLand.com>.

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Read in Barcelona, Spain

Pinecrest Premier U10 soccer player Santiago Junco and brother Adrian visited Barcelona, Spain for the 2013 Mediterranean International Cup. Of course they remembered to take along a copy of their favorite hometown newspaper and snapped this shot for us in Barcelona stadium. Junco was named to the USA Soccer Stars team out of Los Angeles and he traveled to the west coast one week prior to the MIC tournament to train with the squad. Congratulations Santiago!

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It’s time to organize your closet BY IVY JAREL

A closet is the best space to start when decluttering your home. When you step back and get a full view of your closet, what do you see? Do you see a well-organized, well-maintained storage area? Or do you see stacks and piles of stuff? For most people, the answer is the latter. Having an organized closet takes patience, time and effort. But once it’s done, all it takes is a little maintenance. To get started, think ahead and schedule it in. Handle this project just as you would a date or a business appointment. Take it seriously and on your scheduled date and time, don’t make excuses, just do it! Take everything out of the closet and put it on your bed; go through each piece of clothing one item at a time and assess when you wore it last. If you haven’t worn something in one year and it’s in good condition, donate it to a charitable organization. Start four piles of clothes; those you want to keep, those you will donate, those you will throw out and the last pile would be for the maybes. Holding on to old, damaged or unused items creates clutter, which slows down the flow of energy. Use hangers that are all the same style and color. Separate the types of clothes; group shirts with shirts, skirts with skirts,

ORGANIZING, DECORATING & STAGING A HOME pants with pants, dresses with dresses. Organize by color — all white strapless to long sleeve shirts together, all beige, all yellow, and so forth. No one is going to force you to get rid of things. A professional Organizer will help you make the best decisions based on your goals. But remember, your physical space is limited and as much as you may want to keep everything, some tough decisions on your part might have to be made. Getting organized is about getting real. Don’t throw something away if it has serious sentimental value. Just find a better place for it. When it’s all said and done, getting more organized is something we could all stand to do. It certainly doesn’t hurt to be able to find things a little faster, and not trip over those odds and ends that could, believe it or not, have their own designated area. And, whether it’s making your spare room a little more structured, your closet a little less cluttered or even that home office a little more ordered, go ahead and make it a project. Chances are, you’ll feel a lot better. For more information, go to <floridaprofessionalorganizers@yahoo.com>.

Having an organized closet takes patience, time and effort. But once it’s done, all it takes is a little maintenance.

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Advice for getting through a divorce BY DEBBIE MARTINEZ

I am getting divorced and I can’t stop feeling like a failure. I feel like I have failed my kids and my family. What can I do so I can move forward with a clear conscious? Change your perspective. My question to you is if you stayed in your marriage, would you have failed yourself? Change requires courage and willingness to risk. Look at this differently. Instead of looking at it through the concept of failing your kids and family, look at it as you are showing your family lessons in acceptance, resiliency and strength. Choose to view this fork in the road as an opportunity for many possibilities. Because this marriage didn’t last “’til death do us part” don’t dwell in the disappointment, but instead open yourself up to new potential. Because something didn’t work out doesn’t mean you failed. Zig Ziglar has a wonderful perspective when he says, “It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish” and “Regardless of your lot in life, you can build something beautiful on it.” Stop tearing yourself down, go out and build. I’ve been divorced for a number of years and just always feel like I am on unsteady ground. Nothing seems to be going my way and I constantly feel overwhelmed. Shouldn’t I be feeling differently by now? It is not the ground that is unsteady, it is you. Perhaps it is time for you to start doing things in a different fashion and see things from a new angle. People tend to try to keep things the same and do things

DIVORCE COACH the same way after they get divorced, and that doesn’t always serve them. If you have children, it is good to keep the same traditions and routine, but even then life has changed and you need to change with it. Take stock of what is overwhelming you and make adjustments based on you being a single parent or no longer having that shoulder to lean on. You can’t do the same things the same way when there used to be two and now there is one. It might be that things aren’t going your way because you are overwhelmed and once you make those needed adjustments, you will be more relaxed to let good things come to you. Take a deep breath and change it up. Note to Self: Today I will repeat to myself what a great job I am doing in my new life. Debbie’s Library: The Gift of Change by Marianne Williamson; When Everything Changes Change Everything by Neale DonaleWalsch Debbie Martinez is a Certified Life Coach specializing in divorce, relationships and women’s issues. She has given workshops on various topics and has offices in South Miami. For more information, go to <www.thepowerofdivorcecoach.com> or call 305-984-5121.

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TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Pain BY SONIA MARTINEZ, RPH

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. TMJ pain or inflammation can be caused by a jaw injury, arthritis, and muscle fatigue from clenching or grinding your teeth, or a bad bite. TMJ disorders are most common in women aged 30-50 and occur more often in people who have rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome or sleep disorders. It is very important to see a dentist or oral surgeon to determine the cause of the problem to receive proper treatment. Some TMJ disorders may require dental treatment (adjustment of the bite, or a bite guard) or surgical interventions. In many cases, the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders can be relieved with analgesics, corticosteroids, or muscle relaxants. We can work together with dentist and patient to compound a topical preparation containing the most appropriate medications to treat each individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s specific problem.

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Sub Shack’s Dan Sheehy fulfills lifelong dream BY JESSE SCHECKNER

“My motto truly is, ‘Have it your way’ and the answer is always yes,” he says. “It doesn’t matter if it’s not on the menu, we’ll put it together and When Dan Sheehy opened the Sub Shack at 8269 work out a price later.” SW 124 St., it was the realization of a 22-year dream. At the back of Sub Shack hangs a picture of a As a college senior, he created “Pudge,” the mascot teenage Dan Sheehy wearing a uniform repreof the shop, and has dreamed about opening his own senting another one of his passions: Football. For place ever since. He never lost sight of his ambition the last two years he has served as president of the and when the opportunity to realize his goal presentSuniland SunDevils Optimists, a youth sports ed itself, he seized it. organization with a 52-year history that includes “Every two or three years I’d get the itch again to tag and tackle football, basketball and cheerleadtry to open Sub Shack and finally, last October, this ing. He does not get paid for the job. location opened up,” Sheehy says. “I signed the lease “That’s my pride and joy, and if I could make a before I even told my wife, came home and said, million dollars coaching youth football I’d do it ‘Honey, we’re in business, we’re opening up a sub in a heartbeat,” he says. “It’s incredibly fulfillshop.’” ing.” There’s a real feeling of genuineness to the place, Sheehy’s Sub Shack is also heavily involved in from the inlaid bamboo and sports-themed décor on fundraising and benefit efforts, having already the walls to the custom signage and tabletops. Sheehy worked with every PTA in the Pinecrest area, the did everything himself, so when you walk through the BBYO, the Howard Palmetto Aces and Relay for door, you are literally walking into his vision. Life, a charity event held on behalf of the Sub Shack serves subs both hot and cold, with American Cancer Society. every imaginable topping. Everything is cooked to “I’m not at a point in my business where I can order, on the spot. They offer an array of different Sub Shack owner Dan Sheehy. financially help out the community directly, but if choices including timeless standards such as their sig––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– someone asks me to help out in the form of gift nature Philly cheese steak, roast beef and turkey, as certificates or fundraising participation, I’m happy to do it,” well as inventive options like honey mustard chicken breast, French toast, omelets and coffee. If all of that doesn’t seem like enough, Sheehy is also he says. “If it’s a good organization, I make it well known fresh dolphin or tuna, and bacon cheeseburger. Their evolving menu also boasts traditional or panini-style wraps, five working with Heart Smart, a company that develops nutri- that I’m willing to give.” Sub Shack is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 wing choices, four different soups, customized salads and tional menus focusing on cardiac health and wellness. At the dolphin fingers. Sheehy plans to branch out into breakfast foundation of all this rapid growth is a stalwart pledge to p.m. and Sundays until 4 p.m. For more information, call 786-250-4300 or send email to <subshackmenu@aol.com>. soon and serve traditional American fare such as waffles, accommodate every request.

Do you have your degree in health insurance? By Randye Karmin, MD, FACOG Every day patients ask me my opinion on what insurance company offers the best coverage? This is not a simple question to answer. Every company offers various kinds of plans. The factors to weigh when deciding which one to choose are the types of services covered and the costs. When I went to medical school, I never dreamed I would also need a degree in the art of underDr. Randye Karmin, standing health insurance. MD, FACOG Here is a crash course on the terminology that drives us all crazy when we visit the doctor. 1. Copay— Most people know what this is. Your copay is the amount of money you pay the doctor at the time of your visit. It is deducted from the amount the insurance company will eventually pay the physician. Usually, the copay is less for a primary care physician like an internist or family practitioner, and is more expensive for a visit to a specialist, often even your gynecologist. Occasionally, insurance plans will allow you

a preventative visit each year with 100% coverage, meaning you will not be responsible for a copay. 2. Deductible— Your deductible is the amount of money you need to pay toward health care expenses before the insurance company will contribute to or take over the remaining cost. Every plan differs in what services apply toward the deductible. Some require you to meet the deductible even for an office visit (ie. You do not have a “copay” only). Others only apply certain procedures, lab tests, radiographic studies, and non-preventative physician services. 3. Coinsurance—This one is tricky. Patients often confuse “coinsurance” and “copay.” Your coinsurance is a percentage of the allowable fees for medical services that you are responsible for. It is not a set amount like a copay. It depends on the services performed and is calculated based on the amount of money the insurance company has agreed to pay the doctor for a particular service based on the provider’s contract with that company. Often a patient needs to meet their deductible before “coinsurance” applies. For example, once the deductible is met, for a patient who has a plan where there is a 20% coinsurance responsibility, the insurance company would pay 80% of the balance after the deductible has been met, and the patient would be responsible for the remaining 20%. 4. Premium—Your premium is the amount of money you pay, usually monthly, for the health insurance plan.

Usually this number is lower if you agree to a higher deductible or coinsurance, taking a chance that you may not need many medical services. Higher premiums apply if you want to ensure lower out of pocket costs for the services themselves. Often employers will contribute to a portion of your premium and many times, the premium can be deducted from your paycheck before taxes. While most offices do their best to verify a patient’s benefits so that there are no surprises, it is ultimately the patient’s responsibility to be informed about coverage. Do NOT take the word of an insurance agent when it comes to purchasing individual plans. Make sure you do your due diligence to read the documents carefully and ensure that your coverage meets your needs. Finally, stay away from the hospital as much as possible. Any diagnostic testing or procedures that can be offered in the doctor’s office or a free-standing facility will almost always cost you less than at a hospital. Take advantage of Health Savings and Flexible Spending accounts that may be offered by your employers; these allow you to use pre-tax dollars to help you pay for prescriptions and out of pocket costs like copays, deductibles, and coinsurance. It’s complicated! Ask questions and be informed! Dr. Karmin is a Board Certified Ob/Gyn in private practice in Miami, Florida. Call 305-670-0010 or book appointments online at www.miamiwomencare.com.


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O, Miami brings out the Magic City’s poets BY CARL RACHELSON

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O, what’s in a name? A poetry festival by any other name would recite just as lovingly, rhythmically, thoughtfully, profoundly, funkily, or – well, I think you get the message. O, Miami has been sweet. Whether you realize it or not, poetry is simmering on a front burner these days. Poem in Your Pocket Day is a national event that takes place on April 18 smack dab in the middle of National Poetry Month. PIYP began in New York City in 2003 and, embraced by the Academy of American Poets, went national in 2008, permitting people throughout the country to get their bard on. With support from groups like the National Writing Project, Figment, the Office of Letters and Light, myriad events have sprung forth everywhere. The result? The United States has resuscitated what many have seen as a patient on life support. Coffee houses, bakeries, libraries and schools from sea to shining sea are in on the act. And we here in Miami? We are buried in couplets, verses, sestinas, limericks, haiku, sonnets, odes, paeans and idylls as O, Miami makes another biennial appearance. Its basic goal? For each Miami citizen to find a poem. Produced by the University of Wynwood and founded by Peter Borrebach and P. Scott Cunningham, he who still produces it, O, Miami, in partnership and sponsorship with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami-Dade County, City of Miami Beach and The Betsy Hotel, aimed to weave poetry into the fabric of the region during this month of April. It’s all massively ambitious, and if you are tuned in to Miami’s artistic activities in even the most remote way, you might encounter a reading, an open mic, a fused ballet performance or a trilingual spoken word onslaught somewhere through the end of the month. To borrow the

words of one of my own personal favorite poets: We got poets in the livin’ room gettin’ it on and they ain’t leavin’ ’til 6 in the mornin’. On April 24, there will be pop-up poetry at 800 Lincoln Road and rocking poetry at Churchill’s in Little Haiti. On the 25th, there is a performance/conversation at FIU’s Wolfsonian. On the 26th at the Freehand, you can get a tattoo along with a poem and a cocktail. The 2012 Kingsley Tufts Award winner Chase Twichell and deeply cool Miami-Dade professor Dr. Michael Hettich read for the dogs on the 27th at The Betsy in a benefit to convert all Miami-Dade animal shelters into “no-kill” facilities; this event is one of several at the Betsy that evening. The festivities conclude on April 28 with an event at the New World Symphony Hall where 2013 Presidential Inaugural poet Richard Blanco, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and NBC’s Megan Amram read aloud in the New World Symphony Hall. Given we live in Miami, there is also an after party — make that O’fter Party — on the beach. Like Macbeth, you might consider that life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more or that it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. If so, you really might want to make your way to some of these activities in order to be inspired to put your anguish to everyday use. Details can be found here: <www.omiami.org>. Carl Rachelson is a teacher at Palmer Trinity School and a regular contributor to the Pinecrest Tribune. He may be contacted by addressing email to <crachelson@palmertrinity.org>.


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BY LEE STEPHENS

On Thursday, April 4, JAFCO, a nonprofit Jewish adoption foster care options organization providing services to abused, neglected and special needs children in South Florida, held a Summer Camp Shower at Bet Shira Congregation. Hosted by Jennifer Diemar, Jennifer Clarin, Julie Paresky and the Miami Beach/South Dade Chapter of JAFCO, the Summer Camp Shower brought together more than 30 women together to learn about JAFCO’s role in South Florida and to collect items that many JAFCO children need for camp, including bathing suits, flip flops and towels. Between the camp supplies, gift cards and donations, more than $1,000 was raised to help send children to camp this summer equipped with all the necessities. “JAFCO is an important organization in South Florida that provides a continuum of

high-quality services and programs for children, including family preservation, foster care, adoption, emergency shelter, group home, independent living and mentoring,” said Glenda Krongold, president of the Miami Beach/South Dade Chapter. “In addition to these services, JAFCO strives to provide these children with all of the experiences they deserve, including summer camp.” JAFCO programs provides care to more than 400 children, including foster care and adoption, family preservation, group homes, emergency shelter, independent living and mentoring. The JAFCO Children’s Village is a 5.6-acre residential facility including a 24-hour emergency children’s shelter and six group homes that provide a safe and loving home for up to 52 children from newborns up to 21 years of age. For more information, call 954-749-7230 or <email gail@jafco.org>.

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Success comes in ‘cans’ BY PAT MORGAN

We are all aware of the need to take care of ourselves physically, to exercise, eat a nutritious diet and get plenty of rest. But our minds and our souls need nourishing, too, in order to stay healthy and well. Following are the top 10 tips for healthy living I have created to help you in this area. 1. Claim responsibility for yourself – it is your life. Blaming others or outside circumstances and expecting others to make you happy only serves to make you feel powerless. Realizing that you have control over your own choices, you are more empowered to create the outcomes you desire by the choices you make. 2. Eliminate delay — Postponed projects and unmade decisions can be draining. Take care of those things that can be done right away and give yourself permission to let go of items on your to-do list which you feel you “should” do but never make time for. Trust yourself to do them later, if they are truly necessary. 3. Un-busy yourself — Being busy, busy, busy may make you feel more productive, important or popular, but an endlessly full schedule can be exhausting and doesn’t allow time nor space for new opportunities that may be coming to you. Look for ways to delegate, automate or eliminate to free yourself from your busy-ness. 4. Upgrade your environment — Does your environment inspire you? Do you love your home, your car, your workspace? Make changes to your environment to create a more inspiring space. Something as simple as rearranging your furniture or accessories, or decluttering, may give your space a lift. 5. Do something nice for someone else without expecting anything in return. The possibilities are endless – share a sincere compliment, send flowers for no special reason, bake cookies and share them with friends

or co-workers. 6. Give yourself a break — How often do you hold extreme expectations for yourself, and your own performance, that you would never have of another person? Have patience with yourself and do the best you can in each moment. 7. Acknowledge your accomplishments — At the end of each day, take a few minutes to reflect and to acknowledge five things you are proud of, no matter how small they may seem to you. Write them in a journal to keep track. 8. Say yes to yourself — If you are a person who always says yes to requests and feels overcommitted, try simply saying no to someone else once in a while, recognizing that caring for yourself is just as important as doing for others. 9. Express gratitude — Look at the blessings in your life and actively feel thankful. Appreciation has a multiplier effect and creates even more blessing. It lightens your spirit and helps you focus on the good that is happening. 10. Do something just for the fun of it — Look for ways to add pleasure, in big and small ways. It is fun to have a big celebration to look forward to, but each day holds the opportunity to add fun and joy – just because. Contact me to schedule your private Discovery session and make 2013 your year for healthy living! Pat Morgan, MBA and professional coach, works with busy professionals to help them become more profitable and productive by capitalizing on their strengths and taking focused action to create powerful change. Call her at 305-458-2849, email <PatMorgan@SmoothSailingSuccess.com> or visit her website at <www.SmoothSailingSuccess.com>.


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Paradyme security systems use newest technologies BY RICHARD YAGER

A company home-grown in Miami-Dade County by an expert in security is expanding to reach a broadened base of residential, business and industrial clients. Whether it is a home-video surveillance monitored on a Smartphone, an integrated system to protect multi-million dollar inventories of high-end car dealerships or controlled access into the Trump properties in Sunny Isles, Steven Schwartz’s Paradyme has done it all. Such systems now protect the CNN/Turner Broadcasting; the Trump Grande Ocean Residences and Resort in Sunny Isles; the three buildings comprising Miami-Dade County’s Public Defender offices; and a number of premiere condominium and apartment residences, including downtown’s One Miami and Pinnacle Housing Groups’ many properties. The company’s innovation created a customized surveillance network system with two-way voice, remote video monitoring, and perimeter intrusion detection for a Lexus dealer’s multi-million dollar inventory of 250 exposed cars. The inventory was protected when a burglarizing pair entered the premises and tripped the perimeter detection

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system that resulted in immediate police response. This quick response from the police helped capture the suspects and limited damages. Another innovative system was created for Trump Royale in Sunny Isles. At the request of the owner, Schwartz invented a wireless

early warning life safety system that was approved and tested rigorously by the Miami-Dade County Fire Department. The result saved the owner hundreds of thousands of dollars and enabled the general contractor to deliver the building on time and within budget. The company’s reach became international when Schwartz was asked to install perimeter fortification, personal duress, and intrusion systems for the National Palace of Haiti before the recent earthquake disaster. A diverse list of clientele is only one reason that Paradyme has become a leader in the design of low voltage intrusion, video surveillance, and biometric and fob access control systems. Paradyme also utilizes the most trusted brands in the industry, such as Schlage, Honeywell, DSX, Keyscan, and Milestone. Schwartz honed his security skills while in the U. S. Navy until his retirement as a senior chief petty officer. While enlisted, he conducted port security assessments and surveys. His growing expertise in security led him to start-up his own company in 2001,

where he first targeted small businesses, commercial firms, and a variety of installations for homeowners. After more than a decade, Global Security Products evolved into Paradyme to better reflect the company’s abilities. “We wanted to differentiate ourselves from other similarly named businesses in the area,” said Schwartz. “In addition, Global Security Products made us sound like a distributer of products rather than a professional integration company.” Schwartz has brought his business to its current position as a leader in the design, installation and maintenance of security systems and networks. Today, Paradyme’s major focus is applying the mix of fast-advancing technology that customizes a client’s security needs, no matter how big or small. “People who have older systems in their homes may not realize how advances in technology have changed monitoring to increase protective service as well as remotely viewing and managing the homes systems such as cameras, central air conditioning system, and lighting, all from a Smartphone or computer . It’s one reason why we are seeking both homeowners and commercial business owners in the southwest area who want to update an antiquated system.” Paradyme prides itself on organized and professional installations. Once an installation is complete, clients are provided with system documentation that includes equipment listings, warranty information, technical drawings, camera positions, wire labels, and more. “Because every installation is only as good as the team doing the work, we do all installation labor on our own, not through unknown subcontractors or outside installers,” Schwartz said. “We make a personal commitment to take the time to do the right thing by our clients, from design and installation to service and support.” For more information, call 305-592-6970 or go to <www.Paradyme360.com>.


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‘Casting for a Cause’ fishing tourney to aid Prader-Willi fund

BY NANCY EAGLETON

The fifth annual Casting for a Cause Fishing Tournament is set for Saturday, May 4, to benefit the Prader-Willi Florida Association. The unique tournament will take place in Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park, giving anglers the rare opportunity to compete in both offshore and inshore divisions in one area. The event is again organized by tournament director Michelle Torbert, whose 15year-old daughter Leslie has Prader-Willi syndrome. Title sponsors of this year’s tourney are Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and S&L Farms of Homestead. Casting for a Cause will kick off the festivities with a Captains’ Meeting on Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.m., in the Capri Restaurant in Florida City. On tournament day, inshore/back country anglers will fish Everglades National Park out of Flamingo for snook, tarpon, permit and redfish. This division of the tournament is strictly catch-and-release. Cash prizes will be awarded for both guided and unguided divisions. Offshore anglers will fish for such species as dolphin, Wahoo, tuna and kingfish and vie for the top prize of $5,000 in the Offshore Dolphin Tournament. Second place prize is $2,000 and third place is $1,000. There is no point of departure and the afternoon weighin will be take place at the Bayfront Park dock in Homestead. The top lady angler and top junior angler will be awarded prizes in both the inshore and offshore divisions. The day will culminate with an awards celebration and dinner Saturday evening, 6:30 p.m., at the Homestead Women’s

Club. Many premium items, including autographed Miami HEAT basketball and several luxury vacation packages, will go to the highest bidders during the live auction. The event is open to the public and a social ticket is $50. The 2012 tournament raised more than $94,000 for the Prader-Willi Florida Association and the event has raised more than $280,000 over the past four years. “My goal is to raise more than $100,000 this year,” said Torbert, who serves as the president of the Florida chapter of PraderWilli Syndrome Association and on the organization’s national Board of Directors. The families and professionals who make up the Prader-Willi Syndrome work together to promote and fund research, provide education and offer support to enhance the quality of life of those affected by PraderWilli syndrome, the most common known genetic cause of life-threatening obesity in children. Although the cause is complex, the disease results from an abnormality on the 15th chromosome. Among other symptoms, the disease causes a chronic feeling of hunger that, coupled with a metabolism that utilizes drastically fewer calories than normal, can lead to excessive eating and lifethreatening obesity. The food compulsion makes constant supervision necessary. “This tournament will help raise muchneeded funds for the children and adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome while also promoting south Dade’s beautiful national parks,” said Torbert. “We invite everyone to join us for this unique fishing event.” For more information and to register, email <info@castingforacause.com> or go to <www.castingforacause.com>.

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Lexus ES350: Result of ‘relentless pursuit of perfection Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS It’s obvious to me why Lexus no longer uses the “relentless pursuit of perfection” ad line; they achieved it with the 2013 ES 350 luxury sedan. It is a beautiful automobile in every detail. The ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with Dual VVT-i. The six-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) provides excellent performance, fuel efficiency and smooth shifts, while low friction materials further improve efficiency. The new ES has a lower profile and clean, continuous styling, with all four corners pulled tightly inward to the wheel arches. The wheelbase has been lengthened by 1.8 inches, while the overall length has grown by just one inch, resulting in a more spacious interior. The new ES has the new look of Lexus with the distinctive spindle grille, LED daytime running lights and combination rear lights. The rear bumper has dual exhaust

pipes, while the ES 300h hybrid has a distinctive rear design with hidden exhaust and an integrated spoiler. New exterior colors include Fire Agate Pearl and Silver Lining Metallic. The interior of the 2013 ES has been designed to give both a sense of openness and security. Sightlines and visibility are improved, controls are logically placed and new cabin materials have a high level of craftsmanship. A newly sculptured seat adds to driver comfort and the steering wheel angle has been reduced from 24 degrees to 22 degrees for a more natural control position. Fluidfilled engine mounts, new sound absorbing materials and a tuned engine intake minimize outside noise. Greater rear seat legroom and knee room are evident in the redesigned, more spacious cabin. Knee room has increased by 2.8 inches and legroom by 4.1 inches. The new design also offers additional foot room below the front seats. Available comfort and convenience features include manual door window shades, a power rear shade and a one-touch power trunk closer. Optional ambient lighting under the wood trim softly illuminates the surfaces of the instrument panel and all four doors. The new ES has enhanced NuLuxe seating

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