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APRIL 9 - 22, 2012

Police honor 3 residents, gain a sergeant BY JESSE SCHECKNER


n one of his last official acts before retiring, Village Police Chief John Hohensee honored three pivotal members of the community for their service and ceremoniously promoted a veteran officer to the post of sergeant. At a luncheon in the Evelyn Greer Park community room attended by many Pinecrest officials, including Village Manager Yocelyn Galiano Gomez and assistant manager Maria Menendez and uniformed police officers who wanted to formally say goodbye to their chief. Hohensee presented plaques honoring longtime members of the Pinecrest Oral Board, the first stop for applicants wanting to become Village police officers. Larry Michelson and Roger Huxman were present to receive the awards, but a third board member, Bill Pacetti, was honored in absentia. Michelson and Huxman have been members of the Oral Board since 1995, two years before the incorporation of Pinecrest. To qualify for a spot on the board, members had to attend a class at Miami-Dade College and meet in session at least once a month, although early on the meetings were much more frequent. Hohensee praised the honorees for their service and told the gathering that the importance of the Oral Board to the police department was immeasurable.

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Heart & Star dinner raises $205K for Miami Cancer Support Community BY DANIELLE SPIEGELMAN Executive Director, Cancer Support Community Greater Miami


Here’s Pinecrest resident Jennifer Lyons in Kabul, Afghanistan where she is part of the International Security Assistance Force. Of course she took along a copy of her favorite hometown newspaper and snapped this shot for us. Thanks for thinking of us, Jennifer.

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he Cancer Support Community Greater Miami (CSCGM) raised more than $205,000 at the tenth anniversary Heart & Star Award Dinner on March 8 at Temple Beth Am. More than 350 business and philanthropic leaders from the Greater Miami area turned out to honor Jennifer Stearns Buttrick, the champion of Human Spirit, and SAP International, champion of Community Spirit. According to the National Cancer Institute, 1.5 million men and women in the United States were diagnosed with cancer in the past year alone. The time that follows a diagnosis is often crowded with fear and concern for patients, family and friends. Thus, the CSCGM mission is to empower participants and families to

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ANDREA GALAN Banning plastic bags in Pinecrest is one of Palmetto High School junior Andrea Galan main projects. She is working to have the Village Council ban the use of plastic bags by retail stores. “San Diego has done it,” Galan says. “I contacted them to see the process that they’ve used to do that. Now we have to contact Mayor Cindy Lerner to get her to do it.” Galan says she and her friends are fighting for the future of the planet. “We’re all going to need to start using reusable bags,” she says. “There shouldn’t be the option of plastic.” Galan is accustomed to working for the environment. She and a friend, Erin Mayer, started a non-profit group called Mega Change while they were students in Palmetto Middle School. “We worked on different projects like battery collections,” Galan says. “We did that and things like light bulb collections. We’ve done beach clean-ups, too.” Galan and about 10 members in her nonprofit group work on an event every month, whether it’s a presentation on climate change or a beach clean-up. The idea for the organization evolved after a visit to Parrott Jungle. “We grew up in Pinecrest and it is our community,” Galan says. “We thought we should do something to preserve everything that Pinecrest is. It’s a good thing for students to be a part of.” Galan’s belief that her generation needs

to act is reinforced by what she’s learning in her Advanced Placement Environmental Studies Class. “I understand it, I’m interested in it,” she says. “What’s going on today is inspiring me and I may want to pursue that as a career.” At school, Galan is president of the Pink Ribbon Club. She and other club members participated in recent breast cancer awareness events, including Relay for Life. “Our team was Pretty In Pink,” she says. Galan is the secretary of entertainment for the student council and she’s a member of the Honor Council. Honor Council members help students who have gotten into trouble for cheating. “We help them find an alternative to cheating,” Galan says. “In most other schools, they get suspended. Here they have to write a letter of apology to the teacher. I think Honor Council is a really good opportunity.” The Honor Council deals with mostly younger students who have cheated. They will occasionally counsel an upperclassman, but not very often. Students are appointed to the Honor Council by assistant principal Victoria Dobbs. The activity Galan is most passionate about is dancing. She is a member of Variations, the school dance team. “We have performed for the homeless shelter and we appeared at the AIDS benefit at Gulliver,” she says. “I also dance outside of school. I’m with a studio and I go to different competitions.” Galan travels the United States with one of the choreographers from the So You Think You Can Dance television program Her goal is to attend UCLA and study dance. She is also interested in the New York University and University of Florida dance programs. “I don’t want to stay in Florida,” she says. “I want to travel and live somewhere that I haven’t lived before.” By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

MEGAN ALLEN Megan Allen is the Silver Knight General Scholarship nominee at Gulliver Prep. Not only is Allen tops academically, even with all the studying needed to maintain high grades, she found the time to earn more than 400 hours in community service, and she plays soccer and runs track. Most of the community service hours are from an intern program at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine where she worked in the biochemistry and molecular biology laboratories. The intern program was available through the Howard Hughes Summer Scholars Program at the Miller campus. “I worked for seven weeks and earned a total of 300 hours,” Allen says. “I experimented with proteins, viruses and DNA. We were studying why certain viruses have host-specific interactions with proteins while transcribing DNA.” In other words, they were trying to figure out what proteins influence certain viruses to form later on. “I have always been interested in sci-

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ence,” Allen says. “In college, I want to go on a pre-med track and I wanted to see whether I preferred doing lab research or hands-on surgery. I asked my biology teacher if there was an opportunity in a lab.” In the lab, Allen says there were several people working on the project – herself, the lab manager and a graduate student, and another student who was a PHD candidate. At the end of the intern program, she wrote a 22-page research paper and her findings will be included in the PhD student’s paper. “It was definitely interesting,” she says. “In my school lab, they give you all the material. In the UM lab, you have to figure out what you have to do.” Allen says creative thinking was encouraged and that she had to determine what to do next to manipulate the DNA to find what she wanted to see. The grad students gave her lectures and taught her about the experiments, while coaching her on how to work on her own. At the end of the program, she says she realized that she wants to be a hands-on doctor and not one who only works in a lab. “I definitely decided that I wanted to do surgery,” she says, adding that she is considering orthopedics. “I’m an athlete and I would love to work with other athletes,” Allen says. “I used to be interested in trauma. My grandpa was a trauma surgeon.” But she learned that there are seven out of 10 times that a trauma doctor can’t do anything to save the accident victim’s life. “I’m not sure I would be able to deal with crazy things happening and not be able to fix it in time,” Allen says. “With a knee, you go in and fix one ligament. I know friends who have had three knee surgeries and they are still playing soccer.” Allen, a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, also played on Gulliver’s state championship soccer team last year. This year, the team went undefeated in the regular season and just missed going to the state championship tournament. While soccer is a great source of pride for her, Allen also uses soccer as a way to connect with children who have autism. She volunteers for Get Out and Love Soccer (GOALS), an organization started by a teammate. “We play soccer with the kids on Saturdays mornings from 10-12,” she says. Whether she plays varsity soccer in college depends on the school she attends. By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

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DAVID MILLS Gulliver Preparatory senior David Mills applies both his talent in engineering and his passion for diving and fishing to productive projects that benefit others.

During his third year in the engineering program at Gulliver, Mills and the engineering team were challenged to create a device that that would allow a person with a disability to return to the workplace. It was only natural that Mills thought of his good friend, James “Woody” Beckham, 23, who suffered a C-5 spinal injury during a Florida Atlantic University rugby game in 2011. The injury left Beckham paralyzed in the lower body, with limited mobility of his hands and arms. “I presented the idea to my class to develop a device that would help Woody,” said Mills. “They all agreed that this would be a rewarding project. We then turned our attention to Woody and started working with him to determine what he needed to be more productive.” Mills and the engineering team went to work and the result was the Adaptive Hand Assistive Brace (AHAB), a device that would help Beckham use electronic devices and even enable him to write. The AHAB offers support to Beckham’s wrist, features a stylus to help him use his iPhone, iPad, computer and writing utensils.

The Gulliver team recently took the AHAB to the AbilityOne Network Design Challenge, a high school engineering competition in Washington, D.C. “The project earned fifth place,” said Mills. “But, more importantly, this is something that is helping Woody.” Mills and the aspiring engineers at Gulliver are creating a mechanical water filtration system that is portable and efficient. Like another water filtration system developed by the Gulliver engineering team a few years ago, this one will be sent to Haiti through a partnership with Friends of the Orphans. “We are taking this project to a competition in California,” said Mills. “Then, Friends of the Orphans will deliver the system to a facility in Haiti to provide clean water for children.” It is no surprise that Mills plans to study engineering and will do so at the University of Alabama. He has been a varsity swimmer during all four years at Gulliver. An avid boater, diver and fisherman, he serves as president of the school’s Scuba Club and joins club members on

diving trips to clean up reefs off the Florida coast. Mills is also vice president of the Fishing Club and, for the second successive year, the group will use the funds they have raised throughout the year to take underprivileged children on a charter fishing trip. Mills’ passion for diving and fishing led to the creation of a summer fishing tournament to benefit the Woody Foundation. Mills will again partner with Beckham and his family this summer to host the second annual Lionfish Bash at the Bimini Sands Resort & Marina July 13-15. “Participants in the tournament use fishing spears to target Lionfish, an invasive species that is increasing in population and destroying the coral reefs,” Mills said. Last year, fisherman speared 300 of the invasive fish while raising $20,000 for the Woody Foundation. The money was donated to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Rehabilitation Center, where Beckham has received treatment. Mills is confident that this summer’s tournament will again serve two great causes. By Nancy Eagleton

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April 9 - 22, 2012

Jury awards $30M verdict in tobacco cancer case BY LEE STEPHENS

After four years of litigation, Pinecrest resident J.B. Harris and a team of trial attorneys have won a $30-million verdict against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in a Marianna, FL courtroom on behalf of Rev. Emmon Smith, who lost a lung due to cancer caused by his addiction to nicotine. The award was the largest ever by a jury in Jackson County. Using secret documents obtained from the tobacco companies, Harris and his colleagues proved that the major cigarette manufacturers conspired to engage in the largest consumer fraud in U.S. history by

touting the safety of cigarettes while medical evidence pointed to the contrary. From the 1930s through the 1990s, the tobacco industry undertook a massive advertising and propaganda campaign against the U.S. Surgeon General’s conclusions that nicotine is addictive and that smoking causes cancer, leaving more than 20 million Americans dead as a result of their addiction to smoking during that time. This case is one of 8,000 currently pending in Florida under the Engle case regime established by the Florida Supreme Court in 2007. Harris has filed 159 of those court cases.

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Letters to the Editor Boat storage column was ‘inaccurate and misleading’ Dear M r. Miller: I read with interest your recent column in The Pinecrest Tribune (Boat access is a right not a privilege; Mar. 28-Apr. 6). You certainly have a right (and the bully pulpit) to voice your opinion but you should get your facts straight before you go to print. Your article is full of misleading information and glossed over facts, some delineated below: 1. The objection to this monstrosity is not merely from “rabid environmentalists and one deeppocketed disturbed neighbor.” I am neither and I strongly oppose this project. And already, over 7,000 signatures have been gathered in protest and strong opposition. 2. The statement that “.19 acres of mangrove mitigation required” is blatantly false. In several HOA meetings, Marc Buoniconti and his team have stated in public that well over one acre of mangroves must be removed. 3. You conveniently failed to mention the dredging that will be required on the south side of the marina for the “holding area” for the boats taken in and out of the boat warehouse. 4. Do you really believe that the horrendous traffic jams on Old Cutler Road that you even briefly mention will be alleviated by storing over 350 new boats in this boat warehouse? 5. In my opinion, your absolutely false description of Mike Fernandez is slanderous. Lastly, and maybe most importantly, another fact which you conveniently failed to mention altogether: Well over half of the people and families that use Matheson Hammock are not boaters at all! They are bicycle riders, hikers, swimmers, fishermen, diners, sightseers, kite surfers and just plain people that use the park to breathe in the beautiful atmosphere of this jewel of a park. You should print my response or, at the very least, issue an apology for your lack of information and your distortion of the facts about this ridiculous, 500-foot-long, five-story boat warehouse. Buddy Newman Resident, Gables by the Sea –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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April 9 - 22, 2012

Legal Leaders Support Dade Legal Aid by Launching Fundraising Campaign

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Legal aid programs state-wide are experiencing a crisis because of significant cuts in IOTA, state, local and private foundation funding. The situation has been exacerbated by the tough economy, which brought a bigger demand for services as more people face poverty, foreclosure, unemployment and other serious legal problems. Attorneys around the state have begun receiving communication from the Florida Bar confirming the consequences of the massive cuts to legal aid funding. Locally, the repercussions of the crisis will prove devastating to the stability of Dade Legal Aid and its Put Something Back pro bono program. In practice for more than 60 years, Dade Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm with two components: In-house legal services and the Put Something Back pro bono program. The 21 staff attorneys specialize in family law, domestic violence, guardianship, child advocacy, housing, bankruptcy and foreclosure, with priority given to the protection of children, victims of domestic violence and the most vulnerable in the community. Through its award-winning Put Something Back program, Dade Legal Aid matches volunteer attorneys with clients in need of civil legal services. “The demand for legal services has never been greater due to the continuing economic challenges here in Miami-Dade County,” said executive director Sharon Langer. “Unfortunately, at the same time that the number of people seeking our assistance has greatly increased, funding sources for legal services has been cut drastically.” In an attempt to fill the deficit, the Legal

Leaders Fundraising Campaign was launched in January at a cocktail reception hosted by the firm Kozyak, Tropin & Throckmorton. Spearheaded by John Kozyak, Robert Josefsberg and Roberto Martinez, the Legal Leaders advisory committee consists of more than 85 Miami attorneys from diverse law firms and government agencies. They serve as ambassadors with the goal of raising awareness and funds to enable Dade Legal Aid to continue its mission of providing free legal services to qualifying low income residents of MiamiDade County. The campaign has structured itself around the suggested $350 minimum contribution that the Florida Supreme Court set over 20 years ago. To date, the Legal Leaders have raised almost $45,000, with a goal of $150,000 for the year. “I think we needed it yesterday,” Kozyak said, “and we’re going to need the money next year too.” The agency faces a loss of more than $500,000 over the next three years, which will translate to staff cuts and reduced services to the community. This will not only dismantle the safety net for thousands of needy families who may have nowhere else to turn, but also inundate the courts and be a detriment to the efficiency of the already overburdened system. “We appreciate the efforts of the dedicated lawyers on the Legal Leaders advisory committee for supporting our mission,” said Langer. “We need the support of the entire legal community to ensure that access to justice is a reality for all.” For more information, call development director Lori Markowitz Gerson at 305579-5733, ext. 2241, or email <>. To donate now, go to <>.

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become informed advocates through support groups, learning opportunities and stressreduction programs. CSCGM has helped more than 20,000 participants since opening in April, 2002. The mission of the non-profit is to provide free psycho-social and educational support and services to cancer patients and loved ones. Buttrick received the Champion of Human Spirit award as a tribute to being a cancer survivor, and a beacon of light and hope for others faced with the illness. She was diagnosed with kidney cancer two days after giving birth to her third child. Since her diagnosis and treatment, she has dedicated herself to raising funds for research, advocacy and awareness. Buttrick is an attorney with Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson and serves as director of pro bono and community services. She is an advocate for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. She served as chair of the Designed for a Cure fundraiser for Sylvester in 2009 and 2011, and is a member of Sylvester’s Board of Governors. She serves on the advisory board of the Dolphins Cycling Challenge, an annual event that benefits Sylvester. She and husband Matthew have three children. SAP International received the Champion of the Community Spirit Award in recognition of the commitment to the South Florida community, as well as for efforts to unite others toward a greater good. Headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, SAP is the market leader in enterprise application software. Founded in 1972, SAP applications and services enable more than 183,000 customers worldwide to operate. SAP International opened its Latin American division in Miami 10 years ago. Led by President Rodolpho Cardenuto, SAP International has been a solid contributor in community outreach. In 2007, they established a local philanthropic and community relations program, organizing volunteers and donating funds to many South Florida non-profits. SAP has donated time and financial resources to Jackson Memorial Hospital, Children’s Home Society, Junior Achievement and the CSCGM. “Jennifer and SAP International are deserving honorees and we are grateful to have them as active advocates for our mission,” said Danielle Spiegelman, executive director of CSCGM. “Each has done so much to inspire and inform all audiences about the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami and this evening was a perfect tribute.” The tenth anniversary Heart & Star Award dinner also recognized CSCGM founderpresident Pamela Katz Zakheim with the inaugural Founder’s Award, honoring excellence in volunteerism. Zakheim has volunteered as a staff member for 10 years and her husband, Dr. Richard Zakheim, also is a CSCGM founding board member. Committee leadership for the event included Chanin and Adam Carlin, Candace

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Pictured (l-r) are CSCGM honorees Jennifer Stearns Buttrick and Pamela Katz Zakheim with Heart & Star Dinner committee member Lourdes Rosales.

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“I can’t tell you how important having input from residents is in selecting a police officer,” said Hohensee. “To have the time of service you guys have dedicated to the Village is just incredible. I know I speak for the entire agency and the community as well when we say we appreciate your dedication and service.” As his last order of business before retiring from a 42-and-a-half-year career in law enforcement – the last 12-and-a-half years spent directing the Pinecrest Police Department – Hohensee officially promoted Officer Ivan Osores to sergeant. In a department as modestly sized as Pinecrest, promotions are a rarity and it has been three years since the last officer made sergeant. “Police sergeant comes with a great responsibility, but it is also a great opportunity to test everything I’ve learned and to show you that I’m up for the challenge,” said Osores in accepting the new rank. Osores, 36, has been a member of the Village police force since 2008 and has a long career in police work. A Miami native, he began his career as a military police offi-

cer for the U.S. Air Force, then later worked as a government contract security officer at the Kennedy Space Center and then as a member of the Titusville Police Department, before returning to South Florida and joining the Pinecrest Police Department. Osores recalled that when he applied to join the Village police department, he was interviewed by Oral Board members Michelson and Huxman, and he did not ignore the coincidence of being honored with them at the same luncheon. “During the interview they were stone faced,” he said. “Today, I get to see a lighter side. As Chief Hohensee said, their input is very important; third-party input like that helps a lot in hiring well-grounded officers.” Sgt. Osores added that he thinks the Pinecrest Police Department will be the last stop on his career path. “It’s a smaller department,” he said. “You do get a family feeling – I hate that cliché ‘you’re not just a number’ but it is appropriate. All the guys know your name, they know about your family and I like that; it’s a hometown feeling.”

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April 9 - 22, 2012


Dolphins falling apart and it starts at the helm BY PRESTON MICHELSON

December 30th, 2000. That date marks the last time that the Miami Dolphins won a playoff game. The NFL prides itself on being a league that demands parity. In 2008, the Detroit Lions had the worst season in NFL history, finishing 0-16. Year by year, their record improved, resulting in a playoff berth last season. The Dolphins have been able to be just mediocre enough to lack the ability to revamp their team. The atmosphere around this team is absolutely toxic. Any personnel move that Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland has made recently has been met with rampant questioning. However, the situation that the Dolphins are in is not all the onus of Ireland; it stems from this situation is due to years of bad decisions by Dolphins brass, headed by Bill Parcells and Rick Spielman. The oft-noted example of Dolphins mismanagement occurred in the offseason prior to the 2006 season. Still attempting to fill the void that Dan Marino left behind, the Dolphins weighed potential quarterback options; most prominently Daunte Culpepper and Drew Brees. Miami believed that a shoulder injury that Brees suffered the last game of the 2005 season would prevented him from being a safe choice as their quarterback. The ‘Phins chose Culpepper, The Saints chose Brees. The prospect of this team with Drew Brees at the helm is a mouth-watering one, in contrast compared to the carousel of quarterbacks that the team currently employs. This characteristic Dolphins mismanagement is still an issue to this day. The criticism that the Dolphins management endures every time they make a move is not fair, but it is earned. The fans screamed for a quarterback. They yearned for a quarterback. They got Mike Pouncey. No knock on Pouncey, a terrific center, but he did not fill the void that the Dolphins needed to fill. With crystal-clear hindsight, Andy Dalton (drafted 20 picks after Pouncey) would have been a perfect addition to this Dolphins squad. Even had the Dolphins not drafted a quarterback, a running back or a wide receiver would have been met with near universal acclaim. It would show that the Dolphins management is aware of the issues that this team is suffering, and is working to address them to fix it. The management’s issue seems to have changed. They now know that the team needs a quarterback (finally). However, now

CORNER it appears that no one wants to sign in Miami. That poses a slight issue. Peyton Manning? Nope. Matt Flynn? Nope. Alex Smith? Nope. David Garrard? Welcome to Miami. Yet again, the Dolphins were unable to find a long-term solution at quarterback. This time, it wasn’t due to lack of effort, though. They do not have much to offer to prominent free agents. Jeff Ireland has developed an extremely poor relationship with players. They inexplicably traded their best offensive weapon in Brandon Marshall, for less than what they gave up to get him. Last season, their stadium was filled with thousands upon thousands of gleaming empty orange seats. They waived safety Yeremiah Bell after explicitly letting him know that he would not be waived. The Dolphins game-day experience has turned into a mockery, with celebrity partowners turning Sunday at the Sun Life into Sunday at LIV. Last season, the stadium was filled with thousands upon thousands of gleaming empty orange seats. The simple question to be asked is: why would anyone want to sign in Miami? The only thing the Dolphins have going for them is the South Florida weather. The Phins couldn’t even get offensive tackle Eric Winston to return to the city in which he played college football. If a player with sentimental ties to this city doesn’t want to sign here, once again, who does? Last season, the Dolphins failed at just about everything. Their season last year was a failure, and also being able to failed at the “Suck-for-Luck” campaign at the same time. Their off season has started the same way: as a failure. Their preseason quarterback competition could very well be between Matt Moore, David Garrard, and (possibly) Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill, by the way, was a wide receiver until midway through his junior season. If anything else, Tannehill sounds like another project. The Dolphins sure have enough of those. While the horrific situation surrounding the Dolphins may not be the fault of Jeff Ireland alone, he sure has not done much to help correct it. Preston Michelson is a junior at Palmer Trinity School where he is the public address announcer for all varsity sporting events. Contact him on Twitter at @PrestonMich or by email at <>.

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Earth Day 2012 will find events all over South Florida (as well as the rest of the U.S.) where citizens can support the cause of a clean planet. Back in 1970, when Senator Gaylord Nelson (DWisc.) organized the first Earth Day, “environment” was not a word of any particular importance in the United States. It was a time of V-8 sedans guzzling leaded fuels; a time of factories belching smoke that made the skyline hazy in many communities. In fact, air pollution was accepted as a way of life. In the 42 years since that first Earth Day, support has grown to be worldwide with increasing involvement by leaders and citizens alike. Last year, the Earth Day Network amassed a crowd of 225,000 at the National Mall in Washington DC for a Climate Rally and set a goal for 2012 of A Billion Acts of Green. Part of this 2012 project is an international million-tree-planting initiative. If you want to join the DC rally, it will be from noon-7 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, at the National Mall. Earth Day Miami will be on April 21 at 55 NW 36 St. in Wynwood from 8-11:30 p.m. Pinecrest will get an early start with an April 15 Earth Day Festival at P i n e c r e s t Gardens. The event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. will feature a green farmer’s market, green vendors, workshops, demonstrations and performances. ZooMiami will celebrate with Party for the Planet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 21 and 22. The Tropical Flowering Tree Society will host the world’s largest flowering tree annual plant show and sale. The zoo also will feature “green” activities and entertainment for the entire family as well as animal enrichment with recycled items and natural materials such as newspapers, cardboard tubes, bamboo and old tires. You can attend the party free if you turn in a cellphone as part of the zoo’s ECOCELL phone recycling program. The Earth Day Celebration at The Barnacle, a Florida historic state park at 3485 Main Highway in Coconut Grove, goes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 22.

WIREMASTERS Look for booths featuring green businesses and local environmental groups as well as environmental activities for children. You can bring your own picnic or buy burgers, veggie dogs and hot dogs at the park. Acoustic music from noon to 3 p.m. will be provided by Grant Livingston, Florida Historian-in-Song. The party is free with regular $2 park admission (free for children 5 and under). Green Earth Day at Miami Children’s Museum is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. on April 22. Children will learn what it means to be “green” through playing games or creating recycled art pieces. EARTH DAY IN FLORIDA • April 14, all day; Earth Day Work Day and barbecue pot luck at J. U. Lloyd State Park, Fort Lauderdale. • April 19, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Garbage Gone Glam for Art After Dark at Norton Museum, West Palm Beach. • April 20 through April 22, Open Grass Earth Day Weekend at Kevro’s Art Bar, Delray Beach. Music and art, including local jam bands. • April 21, 9 a.m. to 3 pm, Earth Day Festival at Okeeheelee Nature Center, West Palm Beach. Interactive and live exhibits. • April 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Ninth Annual TurtleFest: A Billion Acts of Green, Loggerhead Marinelife Center and Loggerhead Park, Juno Beach. If you’re looking for a personal way to participate in Earth Day, here are some suggestions: Organize a neighborhood Earth Day event; pledge an Act of Green; organize a day of service such as a cleanup campaign in your community; turn off your electricity for an hour or recycle cardboard boxes. Kent Crook is the president of Wiremasters Electric. He may be contacted by calling 305-378-4011, sending email to <> or by going to the website at <>.

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April brings jazz, chamber music, Earth Day celebration BY ALANA PEREZ

Executive Director, Pinecrest Gardens Spring is here and it’s time to rediscover the treasure in your own backyard. We are continuing with our Season of the Arts through the end of April before we go on hiatus until the fall, so if you haven’t been to one of our classical music concerts, theatrical presentations or our jazz series, now is the time to get your tickets. We are also buzzing with horticultural activities and if that isn’t enough, April brings one of our favorite events of the year, our amazing Earth Day Festival. JAZZ AT PINECREST GARDENS PRESENTS The Greatest Ladies of Jazz featuring the Debby Orta Quartet, Saturday, Apr. 28, at 8 p.m. Singing sensation Debby Orta will take you on a musical journey of jazz standards as she entertains you with a night of memorable music honoring the greatest ladies of jazz — Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Join us for this incredible showcase of great jazz classics and a tribute to two of the greatest female jazz vocalists that ever lived. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for cocktails and a delicious menu prepared by Thierry Catering. ORCHESTRA MIAMI PRESENTS An Intimate Evening of Chamber Music featuring soprano Elaine Alvarez, Thursday, Apr. 12, 8 p.m. If you missed Beethoven in the Bowl or you’re longing for a taste of the classics, you’ll want to purchase your seat for this special evening of chamber music benefiting Orchestra Miami. The program will feature outstanding soloists from Orchestra Miami along with internationally recognized soprano and Miami native Elaine Alvarez under the baton of artistic director, Elaine Rinaldi. The program includes works by Beethoven, Brahms, Villa-Lobos and more. Tickets for this performance are $25 for the concert only; $50 for the concert plus pre-concert cocktail reception; $100 for cocktails, concert, plus a post-concert champagne reception with the artists. GARDENS CINEMA PRESENTS Family Friday at the Gardens featuring Puss ’n Boots — Friday, Apr. 13, at 7 p.m.

It’s furry, frisky, family friendly fun for audiences of every age. You’ll delight in the antics, adventures and cattitude of the lovable Puss ’n Boots. The evening starts off at 7 with a trip to our petting zoo followed by a flashlight tour at 7:40 p.m. Of course, hot dogs, pop corn and other movie treats will be available at our concession from 6:30 p.m. on. The feature film starts at 8:15 p.m. This will be our last Family Friday ’til the fall, so make this event a “must” on your April agenda. CHICK FLICK FRIDAY At the Gardens featuring Serendipity — Friday, Apr. 27, at 8 p.m. Leave the crowds behind, avoid the hassles of parking and enjoy a magical evening at the Gardens. Sip a martini or glass of wine, savor a delicious light supper and listen to the melodies of live acoustic guitar. The evening concludes with the feature film, Serendipity, a love-at-first-sight romantic comedy that revolves around fate, destiny and chance, and delivers a feel-good message that will keep you smiling for the rest of the night as you leave the theater. THE GOLD DIGGERS PRESENT Come Fly With Me Under the Stars, April 21 & 22 for three performances only. Adventure awaits! Join the Gold Diggers as they travel back in time to the days of Pan Am’s international glory, to destinations both familiar and unknown featuring musical numbers from Broadway that include 42nd Street, Do I Hear A Waltz, Little Shop of Horrors, La Cage Aux Folles and so many more. For 35 years, the Gold Diggers have been writing, producing and performing a musical revue annually in support of two stellar charitable organizations — the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Food For Life Network. The Friday performance is at 8 p.m. and Saturday performances are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Join us in welcoming the Gold Diggers to Pinecrest Gardens. CELEBRATE OUR PLANET At the Pinecrest Earth Day Festival Sunday, Apr. 15, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Williamson Automotive and the Village invite you to a special celebration honoring our planet. We have activities planned for the entire family, including workshops organized by the CLEO Institute and Native Plant Society, “Green” puppet shows for kids, food demonstrations organized by Slow Foods Miami in conjunction with Whole Foods, kids’ planting activities, eco-arts and crafts led by ecoartist Nancy Martini, plant sales, an ecofashion show, green vendors, wild life shows, local bands and so much more. The Earth Day Festival comes to a wonderful conclusion with a very special performance by the Greater Miami Youth Symphony at 5 p.m. in the Banyan Bowl. All activities, including admission, are free for all. GARDENS GALLERY PRESENTS A Heartfelt and Extraordinary Exhibit, Primate Portraits. In April, our gallery will host an amazing exhibition of primate portraits in support of the Center for the Great Apes in upstate Wauchula. The non-profit was established by Patti Ragan in 1993 after fostering a baby orangutan and chimp right here at this very location. The exhibition, which features some of the 40 ape residents, is accompanied by deeply moving and eyeopening life stories. The exhibit is made possible by artists James Fox, Alana Li, Joe Zammit-Lucia, Jessie Johnson, Brian Kennedy and Frank Armitage. All proceeds go directly to the Center for the Great Apes. Opening reception is 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 12. Attend one or both of our horticultural lectures this month…they’re free for all! The Greenest Resource Conservation: Using Native Plants in your Home Garden; Wednesday, April 11th at 10:00 a.m. in the Hibiscus Room. With diminishing water supplies and groundwater contamination becoming larger concerns, landscaping with native plants is a mainstay in the world of resource conservation. This program will educate you on how to start your landscape program, where to buy plants, and how to keep your garden looking its best. Exploring the Rainbow of Colors of Flowering Trees; Thursday, April 26th in the Hibiscus Room at 6:30 p.m. Pinecrest Gardens Horticulturist Craig Morell will lead the program with a range of choices of flowering trees for home gardens. From

towering canopy trees to petite dooryard specimens, there is a flowering tree for your needs. Both lectures are FREE for all. Food Truck Invasion returns to the Gardens, Saturday, April 14, 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Gourmet meals on wheels are back again this month at the Gardens parking lot. Choose from 15 of South Florida’s very best food trucks. Entrance to the event is free. There is limited seating at tables and chairs located near the trucks, however we highly recommend taking your delicious purchases and enjoying them inside Pinecrest Gardens at one of our comfortable benches overlooking Swan Lake or at a shaded picnic table adjacent to our Playground and Petting Zoo. You’ll find that the breathtaking views and range of recreational activities are well worth the small price of admissions. YOUR FAVORITE SUNDAY MARKET CONTINUES

Enjoy the fresh air while selecting your fresh produce, spices, home-baked breads, hand-made pastas, organic products and much more at the Pinecrest Gardens’ Farmers’ Market, every Sunday. Taste the amazing produce of local farmers. Enjoy cooking demonstrations. Enjoy fresh baked goods by artisan bakers. While visiting the market take a small detour and experience the magnificence of the lower garden on a guided tour. Tours are free with admissions each Sunday at noon and 1:30 p.m.

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‘Fridays at The Falls’ brings variety of free music BY ALICIA WHITLEY

The Falls will host local musical groups with a variety of styles each Friday night in April with the monthlong Fridays at The Falls presented by Williamson Cadillac. Seating is provided, so come ready to enjoy an alfresco concert at Center Court. The musical acts include: April 6 – The 18 Wheelers, a Miamibased band, plays a blend of roots rock, honky tonk, country-western, swing and bluegrass. The three lead singers combine humor and good grooves with smooth harmony that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. April 13 – Kim Bankston & Friends

will showcase his musical talents as he entertains with his unique one-man show, playing tunes from Sinatra to music from the ’70s. April 20 – Midnight Blue is well-known for playing both English and Italian music. This four-piece band plays music from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, rock & roll, jazz, R&B and much more. April 27 – Timba Swing is sure to get the crowd dancing as they play a hybrid of salsa music with jazz, rock, funk and hip hop. Admission is free and the concerts are open to the community. The music starts at 6 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m. The Falls is located at 8888 SW 136 St. For more information, call 305-2554571.

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Advice for getting through a divorce BY DEBBIE MARTINEZ

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My kids are taking advantage of the divorce by using the “I’ll go live with Dad” tactic to get what they want. How do I stop this? You cannot be held hostage by the fear of losing your kids to living at dad’s house nor can you give in to the feeling of guilt from the divorce to give them everything they want. Ask yourself: If I were still married, would my answer to their request be any different? If the answer is yes, take some time to figure out why that is. Is it because you feel guilty trying to win them over, being their friend instead of their parent or the fear of them moving to dad’s? None of the above is a good enough reason to deviate from your rules. The best thing you can do for your child is keep your home life consistent and that includes the rules. Do not allow yourself to be held hostage by the fear of anything. Let your children know that just because of the divorce the way you parent has not changed and the rules are the rules. You are sorry they feel that way, but nothing has changed. Don’t let them see that glaze of panic in your eye when they mention moving or they will have you forever. Take a deep breath and realize they are just testing you to see what their new boundaries are. Don’t fail the test! Now that I’m divorced, I can’t afford the vacations my kids are used to. However, my ex-husband can and I feel like I’m missing out on memories with my kids. Memories aren’t just built during vacations. Try not to get caught up in that mentality; plan special times at home or locally. Start a tradition that you didn’t have when you were married. Your divorce is not a competition. You might be surprised that some of their most special memories are you reading them a book, tucking them in at

night, Taco Night on Thursday or the special notes you leave them in the morning on their mirror. Put your energy into being creative instead of being jealous.

I have bouts of sadness when I see “families” at restaurants, events, etc. I always thought that would be me. It’s been five years; I thought this would be over by now. Well, my friend, it’s over when you say it’s over. Yep, you’re the one in control. Yes, you wanted that life, but there is another plan for you. Start dreaming of your new life. Quit rereading the old story, write the new one! The old adage is worth repeating: Count your blessings. My ex hurt me in so many different ways that I find myself always daydreaming about ways to get even with him. I know this isn’t healthy, but I just can’t get past it. Don’t waste time daydreaming of getting even, visualize ways to get ahead. In the words of a very wise man, “And that’s all I have to say about that.” — Forrest Gump Note To Self: My attitude will move me forward or move me backward; I choose forward. Debbie’s Library: Power Thoughts by Louise Hay; Attitude of Gratitude by M.J. Ryan; The Power of Attitude by Mac Anderson

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Miami Realtor recalls strawberry fields of Kendall Drive BY JESSE SCHECKNER

Kendall Drive used to be a strawberry field. Not many people remember that, but Christine Stiphany does. A graduate of Southridge High School and a resident since moving here from Philadelphia at the age of five, she considers Miami her home town. Though she is certainly impressed by the progress the city has made over the years, it is the city’s more stalwart features that hold a prominent place in her heart. “What’s really great is that the best things endure, such as the Deering Estate, The Biltmore Hotel, the Barnacle and the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, just to name a few,” she says. In the late 1980s, Stiphany was working in the loan department at The Bank of Coral Gables. “Interest rates were 14.5 percent and buyers were happy to sign,” she says, reminiscing happily. “I realized then that I wanted to be on the other side of the transaction; seeing the houses, being ‘in the field’ and not at my desk from nine to five.” She set out to achieve that goal and by 1997 she was working for Esslinger Wooten Maxwell Realtors. With 10 offices spread between Broward and Dade county and more than 650 associates and employees, EWM Realtors is the premier real estate brokerage in South Florida. Stiphany has earned the title of Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), the

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highest possible designation awarded Realtors in the residential sales field, and she is also a licensed Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS). Her area of operation is expansive; she has worked as far north as West Palm Beach, but says she has not worked as far south as she would like. “I’d love to sell property in the Keys,”

Stiphany says. “It’s just so beautiful down there.” When it comes to architectural aesthetic quality, Miami has it in droves, from the art deco of South Beach to the Mediterraneanrevival homes in Coral Gables to the Spanishmission style houses in Coconut Grove. She is most taken aback by the area surrounding her office at 550 S. Dixie Hwy. “Coral Gables, in my opinion, has some of

the most architecturally appealing properties,” she says. “The elegant residences, historical sites and fountains there take you back to 18th century Spain.” Stiphany recently had the opportunity to experience some European architecture first hand on a trip to Italy, France, Monaco and the United Kingdom. She loves to travel and the sights she has taken in over the years have most certainly broadened her horizons. Logically, she uses her new experiences as opportunities for professional growth. “I’ve found travel to be very educational on a number of levels, including finding common ground with international buyers and sellers of real estate here in South Florida,” she says. As Miami continues to develop, opportunities for both buyers and sellers in real estate are increasing. Stiphany is confident that she will continue to excel. “The future is always difficult to predict,” she says. “Professionally, I hope to continue to grow my business. On a personal level, I look forward to enjoying the many relationships with clients and their families that will come from that growth.” It’s that special combination of professionalism and hometown availability that make Stiphany so good at her job. She sincerely loves her work and the city she lives and works in and that evident in every aspect of what she does. For information, call 305-903-8845 or go to <>

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Membership Director A very “cool” thing is happening at Temple Beth Am on Sunday, April 22. For the first time, our shul and our school will host a joint tour of both Temple facilities, as well as the Day School. You will be able to get all of the information that you need in one place, and enjoy a light breakfast at the same time. Temple Beth Am is a congregation for people who feel, who think, who laugh; a caring, loving extended family to share your life with. Young families new to the community, empty nesters, seniors and everything in between; you will find programming and people who you can relate to. Temple Beth Am Day School, for children 18 months through fifth grade, offers programs from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., is fully accredited and licensed, and has low teacher/student ratios. The Early Childhood program offers a play-based curriculum and a strong partner-

ship with its families. In the elementary school, the Judaic curriculum is integrated with the general studies and the school philosophy stresses quality over quantity. If either the Temple or the School peaks your interest, then take advantage of the following opportunity: Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m. — Breakfast and Tour — Please join us in the Chapel of the Lewis Family Religious Life Complex for a light breakfast and walking tour of our beautiful facility. Learn about membership incentives such as the young family discount, young adult membership for ages 21-29, senior incentives and more. View the Day School classrooms, art room, science lab, music room, gym and library. Speak directly with me and Cari Altman, director of admissions. Learn how both Temple and School work together to create an environment that has something for everyone. This event is free and open to the community. Please RSVP to Rachel Lempert at 305667-6667, ext. 105, or <>.

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Pinecrest Fitness — where everybody knows your name BY RAQUEL GARCIA

If it’s possible for a sweat-inducing-gym to create such a comfortable environment that walking in the door gives the same impression one might feel while stepping onto the mythical set of “Cheers” with Norm waving a warm, welcoming hello, then Pinecrest Fitness has achieved that elusive balance. Although Iron Man Triathlete owner Mike Estevez and his wife Ally, a former Miami Heat dancer, have spent 16 years in the business and created a state-of-the-art facility with their new Pinecrest location that competes deftly with any national franchise, it is the down-home southern charm that sets them apart. “I was raised in Miami, but the years I spent in Atlanta and Tallahassee really ingrained that southern charm in me,” said Estevez. “When someone is insincere or fake, people can see right through you. In the fitness world you can be real and not be seen as weak because you are a nice person. I get to help people make lifestyle changes and improve themselves, and I can still pick up my kids from school. The gym is like a big sandbox for our members, where they can come in and play and be totally accepted and welcomed as part of the family.” And quite a sandbox it is. A 1,600-squarefoot boutique dance studio houses the same flooring suspension system used on Dancing

with the Stars. The softly-lit, virtual spin room with 41 stationary bikes can take you along the courses of the Tour de France, the Appalachian Trail or up the mountain of Kilimanjaro while biking with your slowerpaced grandmother. Treadmills with an up to 30 percent incline challenge the serious athlete, while a large selection of shiny, silver dead weights satisfy the old fashioned hard bodies. Programs and equipment are available for every level of fitness and for special-needs athletes as well. Trainers are “rock stars with impressive elite national accreditations” says Estevez, adding that the staff is always on call to assist members in getting set up in any room, while offering a flirty smile or sincere encouragement. “I was doing well in real estate before this, but I wasn’t happy,” said Estevez. “I was always the chubby kid in school growing up. I stumbled upon the gym scene while doing physical therapy for my knee in Atlanta right before the summer Olympic Games of 1996. I happened to meet and even train with some amazing Mike Estevez, athletes at the time and that’s owner of Pinecrest Fitness. how it all got started.”

Equipment at Pinecrest Fitness is state of the art.

Becoming enamored with the possibilities of this sweats-andtee-shirt business enterprise, Estevez learned the industry from the inside out. He changed lightbulbs, cleaned weights and was even taught the “grab-them-bythe-ankles-and-hold-them-down 19-hour sales day approach” some franchises employ. Embracing what worked and discarding what did not, Pinecrest Fitness was born six years ago and recently relocat-

ed to the new expanded facility at 9549 S. Dixie Hwy. “I lost my brother about eight years ago and I realized that life is too short to not love what you do,” said Estevez. “I will never make a million dollars in this business, but I know I am as happy as any millionaire because I get to help people improve their lives and go to work every day with people I care about. We all need that, everyone needs a Cheers.” For more information, call 305-233-4896 or go to <>.

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6131 SW 128 ST - $ 2,199,000 One of a kind 7/9 Pinecrest, Short Sale with granite baths, kitchen, fireplace, elaborate moldings. Very distinctive home for South Florida. Cabana and tree play house for your parties. Regardless of age!

he good--First you see this updated home on the Internet. Eighty-five percent of buyers preview their home on the Internet. The people bought it in 2005 or they took out an equity line on top of their mortgage and now they are upside down and need to sell. It has updated baths, granite kitchen and they moved the pool to build a wrap around porch that is amazing for parties. The price is great and even your husband is excited. You both leave work early so the back yard can be seen in the daylight. You love it!!! (Short sales are better priced than regular homes but not as good as foreclosures. ) I put in a contract right away. What should you pay? Depends if you get in a competition. If that happens expect to pay full price or more. The seller usually has a lawyer they insist you use-so they now pay your title because they are the escrow and title agent. Which does save you big money. You get the house and now are thoroughly confused what the time line is. Be assured

friends will tell you horror short sale stories—all factual of course. You only have to put $1000 down. There is no money spent on inspections or an appraisal right away. How bad can it get? The Bad-So the money is sent to the sellers title and escrow lawyer. I recommend my customers to hand drop it by to see the law firm or title company. If it is a PO Box that is not a good sign. These are the people who are negotiating the short sale. A short sale is much more about the seller than the buyer. Now the seller must give extensive records showing they qualify for a short sale. Then the bank that holds the mortgage does an appraisal to see if the price is true market value. If they want more money the bank will counter. ( I just had a condo that was bought for $48K get a counter of $67K .) If the bank changes the price you can cancel the contract. (So what is an Approved short sales?--homes that already have the appraisal and the bank has approved the sellers financial situation-RARITY) Did

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the sellers mention there are two mortgages? A much harder short sale. That is a question to always ask!! Both mortgage companies can agree on the short sale but the first has to okay the payoffs for the second. Maybe they want the second mortgage to get $3000 and the second mortgage wants $5000. Yes, this is usually the pay off price even if the second mortgage is $75K. The first mortgage can nix it because they are in control. This after 6 months of waiting. The Evil-the bank approves the short sale. Usually the bank gives 30 days but the paralegal was on vacation and no one told you-- now you have 25. The contract is LIVE and all dates start quick. Time for that much bigger second deposit-ouch. The banks give exact dates with specifics and the sellers have to sign this. Make sure you get a copy. So now your mortgage guy has to jump on the appraisal and you need to have the inspection lined up yesterday. Don't forget to do the insurance inspections at the same time! If a problem is found with the home the seller usually doesn't have money to fix it but maybe the bank does. One of my customers got a free roof--but that is a rarity. Are you excited to close and move in? Remember, the owners are living there

free. Do you think they want to move fast? Would you? Actually I work with a short sale lawyer, Dania Fernandez, and we do this all the time. No short sale is perfect but you can find great deals. It is truly a lesson in patience. My sister, Christy found out she was pregnant in June. Went into short sale contract in July. Life was good. She closed last week on her short sale. She delivers in two weeks. Then we are going to have an amazing party under her wrap-around-porch by her moved pool.

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Grand Tournament features golf, tennis, Mah Jongg Linda K. Landy ALPER JCC NEWS This year marks the 20th anniversary of two significant South Dade events. I’m guessing that the first thing that comes to your mind is Hurricane Andrew, clearly an event that no one wants to see repeated. The other is the Dave and Mary Alper JCC Grand Tournament that raises money for pre-school, after-school and summer camp scholarship programs and the seniors program. Although it started in 1992 with just golf, it has grown over the years. The 20th annual tournament, which includes golf, men’s and women’s tennis and Mah Jongg, is an event we look forward to every year. This year, the golf tournament takes place on Thursday, May 10, at the International Links/Melreese Country

Club. It kicks off at 11 a.m. with check-in and a casual lunch; the shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m. and concludes with an awards reception and buffet supper at 5:30 pm. Along the way, treats to tempt the most stringent dieter and games and contests including best ball, longest drive, longest putt and closest to the pin. The goody bag is always one of the highlights of the event. So be sure to register early if you don’t want to be left out. The Men’s Tennis Tournament will be held Sunday, Apr. 22 and the Women’s Tennis Tournament will be on Monday, May 14. Both will be on the Alper JCC Tennis Courts. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m., the tournament begins at 9 a.m., and lunch and the awards ceremony are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Each event includes breakfast, lunch, goody bag and prizes. This is the first year that the golf tournament will be held at Melreese, which underwent a $3.9 million renovation 15 years ago. Prior to the reopening in Oct. 1997, Tiger Woods made his first professional south Florida appearance, hosting more than 3,500 fans while conducting a clinic and exhibition. Since the reopening, the course has hosted many popular sports figures, including Miami Heat basketball stars Dan Majerle and Keith Askins, and also Livan Hernandez of the Florida Marlins. In addition LPGA stars Tracy Kerdyk, Christie Kerr, Patti Rizzo and Moira Dunn practice at the facilities. The course was redesigned by Charles Mahannah and is managed by Bunkers of Miami under the direction of Charles DeLucca. The Mah Jongg competition will take place on Monday, May 14 at 12:30 p.m. at the J. Mah Jongg will also include lunch, raffle, and lots of goodies. Both the Women’s Tennis Tournament and the Mah Jongg competition also fea-

ture a silent auction. The Alper JCC provides more than $250,000 in scholarships to more than 275 families with limited financial resources (regardless of race, religion or gender) for preschool, after school care, summer camp, special needs and senior adult activities. In these difficult times, scholarships are needed more than ever. Even if your game is not quite up to par, everyone’s a winner at the Grand Tournament with a steady stream of amazing door prizes, goodie bags, raffle prizes, delicious food and lots of fun. L’Chaim, to Life! All tournament events are open to the community; however advance registration is required. For more information, call at 305-271-9000, ext. 243.

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New playground opens at Chabad of Kendall/Pinecrest

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An anal fissure is a small split or tear in the thin moist tissue (mucosa) lining the lower rectum (anus). Chronic anal fissures can be simply and effectively treated medically without the risk of incontinence associated with surgery (sphincterotomy). Topical therapy is directed at reversibly decreasing resting anal pressure, with a goal of allowing fissure healing without permanent damage to the sphincter (the ring of muscle that keeps the anus closed). Because a long interval of time between first symptoms and treatment negatively affects fissure healing and increases recurrence rate, treatment for anal fissure should be initiated early. Ask our compounding pharmacist for more information about topical formulations to heal anal fissures.

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Marco Drugs and Compounding will provide you with compounded medications prepared with the highest standards and with high quality bulk materials, traditional prescriptions and high grade nutraceuticals, supplements and multivitamins. We provide to you health information in a clean, comfortable, fun and safe environment. Make us your doorway to total health. Marco Drugs & Compounding is located at 6627 South Dixie Highway, Tel: 305-665-4411 • Fax: 305-663-3258 <> This article is intended to provide information on healthrelated matters. The ideas expressed cannot be used to diagnose or treat individual health problems and should not be taken as medical advice or instruction.

Todd and Liz Ruderman and family members join Rabbi Yossi Harlig and Nechama Harlig for the dedication of the new playground. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


Director Members of Chabad of Kendall/Pinecrest, 8700 SW 112 St., and volunteers and participants of The Friendship Circle gathered Mar. 25 for the dedication of the center’s new playground. A new swing set, fort with a slide, basketball court, benches and picnic tables now provide a place on the Chabad campus for families and children to gather under the shade trees. The Mordechai Yehuda Playground was donated by Chabad members Todd and Liz Ruderman, in memory of Morton Ruderman, who passed away last October. Morton Ruderman, father of Todd, was the founder of a global health care technology firm and a leading philanthropist in Boston’s Jewish community. At the breakfast and dedication ceremony, the Rudermans were joined by Todd’s mother Marcia, and family and friends from Boston. “Chabad is so special to us,” said Ruderman. “It’s so nice to come here and

see people so happy. We hope this playground will help attract more families to this wonderful place.” Rabbi Yossi Harlig and the director of Chabad’s Hebrew School and The Friendship Circle, Nechama Harlig, thanked the Ruderman family for their donation. “The addition of this wonderful playground furthers our vision to make Chabad a community center and a home away from home for families and children,” said Nechama Harlig. “This playground will enhance the many programs, classes and events that we offer.” Before the Ruderman family cut the ribbon to officially open the playground, Nechama Harlig introduced “those who will enjoy the playground most.” One by one, children from the Hebrew School, Chai Five Mitzvah Club and The Friendship Circle spoke to thank the Ruderman family for their generosity. “This is so awesome, you really rock!” said Diego Gonzalez. For information, call 305-234-5654 or go to <>.

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Howard Drive Fun Fair ‘a spectacular event’ Howard Drive kindergarten student Samantha Gitlin, 6, gleefully hurls her lasso towards bullhorns. Twenty other elementary kids race between hiding places with laser tag guns in hand. Third grader Jackson Margulies, 8, launches into space while hundreds of others dart between the fair booths creatively themed by each teacher. Held on April 1, this was no April Fools’ joke. It was none other than the annual Howard Drive Elementary Fun Fair. Delayed from February because of a rainy day, this day turned out to be spectacular and better attended than expected. In her first year at the school, Samantha was thrilled to see rides, crafts and activities set up on school grounds. “I’m having fun with everything; I got to be a great cowgirl!” said her mother Lisa Gitlin. “This is a wonderful way for the kids to have fun and a great way to support the school.” Once Jackson unhooked from the bungee launch, I asked him how he felt to fly high above his school. “Good,” he said with a broad smile. Jason Margulies, Jackson’s father, was busy popping popcorn and serving cotton candy when I caught up with him. “We’re having a great day here. There are loads of wonderful people all having a terrific time. There are a lot of great programs here and it takes a lot of money to do them, so we’ll take everything we can get.” The event raised about $20,000 this year and goes to support programs all year long at Howard Drive Elementary.

VILLAGE SUMMER CAMPS Believe it or not, it’s already time to find summer activities for your kids. Enrollment for camps is open, always competitive and, unfortunately, kids often get shut out. Often overlooked by parents are camps run in their own hometown. Pinecrest offers its parks to several operators. With fun camps ranging from MagiCamp to JurassiCamp, to Space and Rocket Camp, Amazing Science Camp to Camp Idol, there’s something for every kid to do. Kids can enroll on a per week basis and the sessions run from June 11 through Aug. 16. Pinecrest also has YMCA, fencing, karate and tennis camps that focus on athletics. The FunCamps run out of the Pinecrest Community Center and the other camps utilize Suniland, Coral Pine and Evelyn Greer Parks. The camps attract around 300 kids each year. In Palmetto Bay, summer camp is also offered. “For the past five years, we’ve run our summer camps for 5-12 year olds with loads of fun things to do weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.” said director of parks and

recreation Fanny Carmona-Gonzalez. “We are proud to use local school teachers and responsible college kids as our counselors and CITs.” The Village-operated Palmetto Bay camp runs June 11 through Aug. 3 and are priced at just $115/camper/week. For that money, you get a weekly swimming field trip, special weekly field trip, camp tee-shirt and a daily snack. They utilize Coral Reef Park and the elementary school for their camp, alternating between indoor and outdoor activities to keep the kids comfortable. This year, Palmetto Bay is adding a tennis camp as well. Utilizing the now Village-run tennis courts at Coral Reef Park, Fanny tells me they expect lots of interest in this new summer camp activity. So, when you’re looking for summer fun for your kids, don’t look past your own backyard. You might be surprised…and the commute certainly can’t be beat.

FUDDRUCKERS RETURNS It has been a few years since a Fuddruckers restaurant was open in our area. The store at 104th Street and South Dixie Highway converted to Amos Sports Grill, then Betty’s Best Burgers and is now closed permanently. But things have a way of coming back. Enter Marcello and Berny Montalvan of Vitafoods Enterprises. In mid-May, they are scheduled to open a brand new 7,600-square-foot Fuddruckers in Palmetto Bay at South Dixie Highway and 149th Street. My mouth is ready and, thankfully, it’s only a few blocks away. “We’ll hire more than 90 local employees for this location; we’re proud to hire local,” Montalvan tells me. The restaurant seats around 220 people and serve the quality food people expect from Fuddruckers.

Money hits the tills at the Howard Drive Elementary Fun Fair.

Construction nears completion of a new Fuddruckers at South Dixie Highway 150th Street.

In addition to the restaurant, the building will house a Kids Learning Adventure preschool. The 9,200-square-foot daycare facility will join the existing KLA schools in Aventura, Brickell, Coral Gables, Doral and Pembroke Pines. Associated with Riviera Day School, the facility will service the local community with

childcare for kids up to four years old. Fuddruckers was founded in 1980, to provide the “World’s Greatest Hamburger.” Vitafoods already owns and operates Fuddruckers in Doral, Hialeah and Pembroke Pines. They are building another in West Kendall, slated to open around the same time as the one in Palmetto Bay.

HAL’S HOMEOWNER HELP Use your monthly electric bill as a reminder to do the following to your air conditioning system. • Change dirty filters. • Pour a half-cup of bleach into your drain line to avoid mold and muck build-up. • Remove any debris that may have fallen onto the outside compressor and check that coils look healthy. April is also the perfect time to have an A/C professional do preventative maintenance. I’m always looking for interesting people and events for consideration in upcoming columns. Email me with your ideas at <> or go to <> and <>.

Samantha Gitlin, 6, ropes a bull. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Jackson Margulies, 8, briefly soars above the school. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Hal Feldman is a Realtor with RE/MAX Advance Realty. He is always available for any real estate questions you may have and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. he is outside Wagons West in the Suniland Shoipping Center to talk real estate.

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Panter’s Pointers for Spring Swim Safety Spring is here! While the water appears warm and inviting, it is host to unseen dangers. Every day, around ten people unintentionally drown. Drowning is the sixth leading cause of unintentional death for people of all ages. Children ages 1 to 14 have the highest rate of drowning deaths, and more than one in five deaths from drowning are children under the age of 14. Supervision is key. Children in water whether in a pool or a bathtub should always be supervised by a responsible adult while in the water. Drowning is a silent killer. Children who are drowning may not be able to call for help because they are expending all their energy to keep their head above water. All children should have some form of swimming lessons. Studies have shown that formal swimming lessons reduce the risk of drowning by 88% in children. Sometimes supervision is not enough. Among children ages 1 to 4 years, most drowning deaths occur at home. Most children who die in home swimming pools were only out of site for five minutes. Barriers such as pool fences can prevent children from accessing the pool while out of site. There is significant reduction in the risk of children drowning with a four-sided pool fence. Adults should also invest in CPR training. In the time spent waiting for an ambulance to arrive, CPR can save someone’s life. Adults, alcohol and swimming can be a dangerous mix. In half of adult drowning deaths alcohol is a contributing factor. Alcohol adversely affects balance, coordination, and judgment, all necessary faculties for swimming safely. Alcohols’ effects are heightened by sun exposure and heat, which spring in intensity with the spring season.

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Villagers home garden tours

Panter’s Pointers for Spring Swim Safety: 1) Supervision, never leave children alone in the water. 2) Consider investing in a pool fence if you have a swimming pool at home. 3) Learn to swim, take a lesson. 4) Learn CPR, you might save a life. 5) Avoid alcohol, or drink moderately and responsibly. “Serving Our Community For More Than 20 Years”


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The Villagers is an organization founded in 1966 dedicated to the preservation and restoration of historic sites in Miami. By raising money through home and garden tours like the one held recently in Pinecrest, The Villagers have assisted in preserving historic properties such as The Deering Estate, Pinecrest Gardens and The Barnacle. The home of Pat and Jim Lawrence, owners of Galloway Farm Nursery, was featured on a recent garden tour.

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Fit Kids Day set for May 5 BY ALICIA VARGAS

The best part of Fit Kids day is that it was been truly made by kids for kids. Everything from the activities that will be played during the event to the School conversation topics today range from the logo has been created by our ambassadors who meet latest tech gadget to what everyone is doing over the at the Pinecrest Village Hall to discuss the planning upcoming spring break. But friendly conversation of the event. They have come a long way from their can sometimes turn into great ideas and every now first meeting that took place in early January. Along and then these great ideas turn into amazing realities. with Pinecrest’s Youth Advisory Council, the ambasThis is how Fit Kids Day came to life. sadors were given an open floor to discuss what Sofia Victoria de la Peña, a sixth grader at activities they would like to see come to life on Fit Carrollton School, and Junior Carolina Fidalgo were Kids Day. casually talking about the different sports they were Since that day, the excitement for the initiative has involved in. Having so much fun doing outdoors grown and our ambassador list has expanded to activities, they wanted the opportunity to get out include Gianni Garcia — Archbishop Coleman there and play with friends and fellow classmates. Carroll High; Eduardo Fidalgo, Jorge Garcia, Their thoughts brought them to the idea of a moveMaximino Caballero, Michael Fernandez, Nico ment where students from the community came Ipparaguire, Joseph Garcia — Belen Jesuit; Ana together to do what kids do best — play outdoors. Maria Bohorquez, Katia Castellano, Lourdes de la They decided their idea needed to be heard, and with Peña, Marta Ojeda, Victoria Cruz — Carrollton help of state commissioner and Sofia’s Mother, School; Carmen Lucas, Eileen Fardji — Coral Reef; Lourdes Castillo de la Peña, they contacted the Federica and Flavia Santaella; Epiphany Catholic Village to pitch the idea to Mayor Cindy Lerner. School; Eduardo Briceño-Sáez, Garrett Kraft — The commissioner thought the idea should be Gulliver Academy; Sebastian Levay; Miami Springs heard in Tallahassee and presented it in front of the Elementary; Ayme Cameron, Christopher Fisk Florida Commission on the Status of Women fourth Kolychkine, Cory Schulz, Lauren Bunce, Mia Lam, quarter meeting this past November, which received Natanya Trazenfeld, Terence Wimbley — Palmetto much enthusiasm from other commissioners who High School; Tiffany Suarez; Our Lady of Lourdes were interesting in implementing the initiative in Academy; Imram Panjabi, Carlota Martinez-Don, their cities. After meeting the Mayor and receiving Rodolfo Martinez — Palmer Trinity; Max Maduro — her support, Pinecrest was named the kick-off city Pinecrest Elementary; Catie Garcia, Sebastian Brunet for what could become a statewide initiative. — Ransom Everglades; Ernesto de la Peña, Hector The girls then got to work and began to put together Fernandez, Litto Gomez — Riviera Day School; a plan for their idea, which became known as Fit Kate Morales — Saint Patrick’s Cathedral; Jarred Kids Day. Never having planned an event of such magnitude, they began looking for community lead- Pictured are Fit Kids Day ambassadors (front) Benny Jordan Fragela; (back row l-r) Michael Gardner, Samu Panjabi — St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School; Mia Romanach — Saint Thomas The ers to help them in their quest for a day full of fun Fernandez, Sofia Victoria de la Peña and Carolina Fidalgo. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Apostle; Christian Fernandez — Saint Thomas outdoor activities. They knew their motive was to Episcopal; Benny Jordan Fragela — Sunset Along with fellow students from schools around the bring kids together in the fight against obesity, but they did community who have been named Fit Kids Day Montessori; Camila Villalobos — Tropical Elementary. not know how to create it. “We are very proud of our ambassadors,” said Mayor This is where Benny Fragela came to the rescue. Ambassadors, Sofia and Carolina have been reaching out Fragela, president of CBF Sports ( Athletic Directors of schools in the community to partici- Lerner. “It seems that these days kids only care about Management, has put together events such as Dwyane pate by providing a fitness activity that would be spon- themselves, and these kids are proving us wrong. At such Wade Fantasy Camp and the First Annual Miami sored by each school. They are also working to gather a young age, they are truly making a difference in their HOOPFEST. He also runs events for Nike and Converse companies such as Nickelodeon and Burger King to join in community.” Fit Kids Day will take place on May 5 at Evelyn Greer Open Gym around the Country. Sofia and Carolina jumped their initiative. They are working diligently in recruiting at the idea of having Fragela help with the initiative and he the Miami HEAT, Dolphins and Marlins, but most impor- Park. For more information, email <> or agreed to assist them. After Fragela met with Mayor tantly, they are encouraging as many kids as possible to by call 305-377-0909. come out and participate in Fit Kids Day. Lerner, the stage was set for Fit Kids Day.

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