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Good Government Initiative inaugural class named BY JEREMY GLAZER


he Good Government Initiative, collaboration between Pinecrest resident and former MiamiDade Commissioner Katy Sorenson and the University of Miami to help develop the leadership skills of elected officials, has announced the members of its inaugural class. The members include elected officials from Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, as well as members from a range of levels of government, including municipal, school board, county and state. “I’m excited about this first crop of students who represent the future of leadership in our community,” said Sorenson. “They have demonstrated that they are interested in improving their skills in governance and in working with their peers to improve government throughout South Florida,” Those selected will participate in comprehensive training on a variety of issues, including budget and finance, economic development, land use, ethics, cultural diversity and more. “This first class will emerge with a body of knowledge that will help them be better leaders, and with a supportive cohort that will help the entire South Florida region work toward good government at all levels,” said Sorenson. “We are grateful to the University

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Palmetto MS wins county gold crown

Michael Cetta signs with The Citadel BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD


Pictured are members of the Palmetto Middle School golf team after winning the Miami-Dade County Middle School Golf Championship last month at the Palmetto Golf Course. Pictured (l-r) are Francisco De la Torre, Alex Hartnett, Mervin Cox, Coach Eyleen Horgan, Jacob Martinez and Jordan Laklak. Not pictured is Austin Peterson. De la Torre led all scorers with a 76 and five of his teammates finished among the tournament’s top eight golfers.

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almetto High School pitcher Michael Cetta has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball for The Citadel. The Palmetto star began his high school baseball career at Archbishop Carroll High School where he played for his dad, but then switched to Palmetto after his freshman year. Cetta had a good senior season in a year when Palmetto was not able to get into the playoffs. “I had three wins and I had a lot of strikeouts,” he says. Despite not being in the playoffs, Cetta was named to the state All Star team that played May 27-29. Only four Miami

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FRANCISCA COMPARINI This is a big week for Palmetto senior Francisca Comparini. Graduation is scheduled for Friday, June 10, giving her only a few days remaining in her high school career. During her undergraduate years, Comparini accumulated more than 600 community service hours, many of them through Interact/O Ambassadors, one of Palmetto’s highly regarded service clubs. She also earned hours from her participation in the Italian National Honor Society. When summer ends, Comparini will make her way to the University of Florida to begin her college career. Although she remains officially undecided, she is leaning heavily toward engineering as her major. She also was accepted by Purdue University and Virginia Tech, but she says choosing Florida was an easy decision. “I’m happy to be a Gator,” she says. What’s hard is knowing that her high school days have come to a close. “I’m both happy and sad that this part of my life is over,” she says. I’m happy to be starting a new experience and a new part of my life.” It was a busy year for Comparini. She played tennis for Palmetto and won all of her matches to help the team make it to the state tournament. However, she was unable to go to that tournament since only the top five seeds attend. Palmetto took fifth place.

Comparini began playing tennis when she was a child, stopped playing for several years, then picked up the game again when she moved to the U.S. from Chile. “When we moved, we only had each other,” she says. “We needed activities to do to get our minds off the challenge of moving. My dad and I started playing and I just loved it.” Comparini tried out for the tennis team in both 10th grade and again this year. She couldn’t play in her junior year because she broke her arm while rollerblading with her neighbor’s dog. She usually walked the dog, but on this particular occasion she decided to rollerblade so the dog could run faster. The dog apparently saw a cat and he took off after it, causing Comparini to fall and break her arm. Comparini recovered in time to rejoin the tennis team during her senior year. She also decided to try something new and tried out for the bowling team. She says bowling was fun and she learned how to play a new sport. And, while she enjoyed herself, the team did not have the required number of members to qualify for the district playoffs. “It was really fun,” she says. “I got to meet new people and I learned to bowl.” Comparini’s big community service project was Panther’s Got Talent, the talent show sponsored by O-Ambassadors. She and the other co-chairs organized the events, found the performers and raised $4,000 for donation to South Asia. “We made commercials and put up posters to tell people about the auditions,” she says. “People were interested so they just showed up. This year we did better than last year.” They sold almost 600 tickets to the event, compared to the just 450 the previous year. Comparini also worked hard for the Italian National Honor Society. As president, she developed a new project that will continue next year. The Italian Honor Society sold tee shirts with the Rolling Stones design (the tongue) and the Italian flag. The money raised was to be donated to an animal charity. Comparini’s interest in Italian stems from her father’s Italian heritage. She is considering studying in Italy for a summer semester during her sophomore year in college. By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

KAELA JIMENEZ The natural disasters across the country this summer may affect where Kaela Jimenez goes for mission trips with University Baptist Church. She has already gone on four trips to different locations in Ecuador, New York – both rural and in the city – and Mississippi. In New York, she worked in several food kitchens, including one for people with HIV/AIDS and another for the poor and homeless. When she went to Mississippi, she worked on homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. “We helped remodel the houses,” she says. “I built a shed.” That mission also included repairing both the interior and exterior of the house. “We cleaned the backyard and built the shed,” she says. “It was so dirty; we just cleaned and cleaned and cleaned.” Working on the mission trips makes Jimenez grateful for what she has. The one thing that has stood out is the poverty, not only in other countries, but right here in the States. “I hear about poverty in school, but seeing it with my own eyes, I was amazed!” she says. “Ecuador is definitely much worse. We really saw people living on the streets. In Mississippi, I didn’t see people living on the streets, but we did in Quito.” On that first mission trip when she was a freshman, they worked at a school teaching children bible verses.

“We spent a week with them,” she says. “It was a struggle because I’m not fluent in Spanish.” But she says it was all worth it in the end to see the smiles on the children’s faces. They were happy even with the conditions they had to live in. This spring, Jimenez went to Nicaragua to work for a week at another school, La Churea, in the Managua Dump. There, she worked with children from kindergarten through sixth grade. “It was a really, really good experience,” she says. “I grew in my faith with God and I appreciate the things that I have. I still think of them (the children) today.” Asked to compare this trip with the others, she says the trip was a different experience. “The bond I formed with the kids, it’s indescribable,” she says. “They gave us so much love. It’s awesome to see the love. I saw God in all of their faces.” Jimenez hopes to continue to participate in missions when she’s home on college breaks. She’s also planning to get involved in community service projects at Auburn University when she goes away to school in the fall. Jimenez’s community service work at Palmetto High School included her work as a director for O Ambassadors, a program sponsored by Oprah Winfrey to combat poverty in less developed countries. The club, which is a part of O Interact, raised money to build a well in South Asia. The club’s big fundraiser was the Panther’s Got Talent show. Jimenez also earned community service hours through dancing at the Jill Mallory Studios and dancing in events such as the Santa Parade of the Elves. She has also danced tap and ballet at Jill Mallory and she’s participating in an end-of-the-year duet at a recital June 11-12. She says that recital will be her last performance because she does not plan to pursue dance in college. But her big day was Friday, June 10, when she graduated from high school. By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld If you know someone who deserves to be a positive person

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DAVID THOMPSON David Thompson, one of the nation’s top baseball and football prospects, is in Cuba this week on a religious mission with his family. “I will speak at some of the schools there about my faith and Jesus,” Thompson says.

“My grandpa will also be there to train pastors. We’re going to Havana and one other spot.” Thompson also will conduct baseball clinics and hand out sports equipment donated by Westminster Christian School, equipment that includes jerseys, baseball gloves and bats. Going on mission trips is a familiar experience for the Westminster Christian incoming senior. He has gone on several trips since his father became president of a mission company called Logoi Ministries. “My favorite trip was when we went to Bolivia to visit several schools there and gave them sports uniforms,” Thompson says. “My mom sent out an email saying we were going to Bolivia and the schools responded that same day and said, ‘Here are some soccer uniforms you can take.’” While there, Thompson played basketball and soccer with the Bolivian children. He laughs when he talks about how high in the mountains they were and how he was gasping for breath while trying to keep up with the kids he was playing with. “It was an awesome experience,” he says. On these missionary trips, Thompson plays with the kids and talks to them about faith, while his grandfather teaches the pastors. “There are always 200 to 300 pastors

every couple of nights listening to my grandfather talk,” Thompson says. When he returns to Westminster in late summer Thompson will be a senior, one who has already verbally committed to attend the University of Miami where he plans to play football and basketball. He says UM football Coach Al Golden and baseball Coach Jim Morris support his desire to play both sports. He will not be able to sign with the UM until later in the year, so the recruiters from other universities are still calling him. “But I’m not going to change my mind,” he says. Thompson began playing football at Coral Reef Park when he was in the fifth grade and began his baseball career with the Perrine Khoury League when he was just five years old. This year, playing for Westminster, he hit 18 home runs and notched an impressive .550 batting average. When asked how he does it, he answers modestly by saying “I don’t know, just good at swinging at pitches, I guess.” But Thompson does work at it. Each morning he works out for football and then, in the afternoon, he plays in baseball games or practices with his summer team, the Florida Legends, which is now the La Ley Legends.

Thompson plays shortstop at Westminster Christian, but expects to play third base in the summer league. He also wants to play third base for the UM. However, he says the best thing he likes about baseball is hitting home runs. “It’s one of the best feelings there is,” he says. But he says there is one thing that even surpasses the thrill of hitting home runs. “Throwing a touchdown pass,” he says. “I think that might be a better feeling than hitting a home run.” While such a gifted athlete might have an elevated opinion of himself, Thompson has managed to remain a down-to-earth guy. He says his family keeps him grounded. “I give them all the credit for my success,” he says. “They are always behind me. They are always keeping me humble.” Thompson says he does hope to become a professional athlete and that he probably will play baseball because it’s so much easier on the body than football. Thompson is also quite gifted academically. He’s a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and the Foreign Language Honor Society. By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

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A poem worth reading BY GRANT MILLER

Publisher Another Memorial Day has gone by and I, like many of you, paused and silently gave thanks to the men and women in uniform who serve our country and protect us around the world in this era of terrorism and conflict. We should all appreciate what these brave guardians of our freedom are doing for us day in and day out. With that in mind, I ran across this poem on the Internet and I thought it worthy of publication.

(Author unknown)

Who in times of war and strife, Goes off to serve his country And offers up his life?

He was getting old and paunchy And his hair was falling fast, And he sat around the Legion, Telling stories of the past.

The politician’s stipend And the style in which he lives, Are often disproportionate, To the service that he gives.

A Soldier died today

Of a war that he once fought in And the deeds that he had done, In his exploits with his buddies; They were heroes, every one. And though sometimes to his neighbors His tales became a joke, All his buddies listened quietly For they knew whereof he spoke. But we’ll hear his tales no longer, For old Bob has passed away, And the world’s a little poorer For a Soldier died today. He won’t be mourned by many, Just his children and his wife. For he lived an ordinary, Very quiet sort of life.


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He held a job and raised a family, Going quietly on his way; And the world won’t note his passing, Though a Soldier died today. When politicians leave this earth, Their bodies lie in state, While thousands note their passing, And proclaim that they were great. Papers tell their life stories From the time that they were young But the passing of a Soldier Goes unnoticed and unsung. Is the greatest contribution To the welfare of our land, Someone who breaks his promise And cons his fellow man? Or the ordinary fellow

While the ordinary Soldier, Who offered up his all, Is paid off with a medal And perhaps a pension small. It is not the politicians With their compromise and ploys, Who won for us the freedom That our country now enjoys. Should you find yourself in danger, With your enemies at hand, Would you really want some cop out, With his ever waffling stand? Or would you want a Soldier His home, his country, his kin, Just a common Soldier, Who would fight until the end? He was just a common Soldier, And his ranks are growing thin, But his presence should remind us We may need his like again. For when countries are in conflict, We find the Soldier’s part Is to clean up all the troubles That the politicians start. If we cannot do him honor While he’s here to hear the praise, Then at least let’s give him homage At the ending of his days. Perhaps just a simple headline In the paper that might say: “Our country is in mourning, a soldier died today.”

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players were named to the All Star tournament. “I’m really proud of Mike, he’s worked hard,” says his father, Tom Cetta. “He made the FACA state All Star team, which is real prestigious.” At that event, Cetta caught the eye of many of the Major League scouts and general managers attending the game. But he had already caught the interest of numerous college scouts. He was recruited by the University of Miami, St. Johns, Manhattan College, the University of North Florida, Florida Atlantic University, Appalachian State and Ohio State. “I’ve been waiting a long time,” Cetta says. “The thing I really liked about The Citadel Pictured are Tom Cetta, Michael Cetta, Vanessa Cetta and Annette was the military aspect. My Cetta at a scholarship signing ceremony at Palmetto High School. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– grandpa was in the military. I’d like to join the military if it wasn’t for tract and going to the minors immediately or declining a contract and going on to college. baseball.” “It depends on money,” he says. “I Cetta also liked the camaraderie of the could wait until the day before I walk on team. “They do everything together,” he says. campus to make that decision.” If he opts for college, he will have to “They won their conference last year.” Cetta says he hopes to become a starter wait until the end of his junior year before being eligible for the draft again. But, right away. Another factor in his decision to sign unless the money is extraordinary, Cetta is with The Citadel was the desire to go to a looking to go to college. “A lot of people don’t make it,” he says. college away from home. “It would be nice to stay home, but I want- “That’s why you have to get your degree ed the college experience and go away,” he first, and I want my degree.” His father, Tom, says it takes more than says. Cetta plans to major in criminal justice. playing high school baseball to get noticed “I want to go into government law by recruiters. Players are showcased while enforcement – the FBI, DEA, CIA, any of playing travel ball and the recruiters listen to the travel team coaches. He says coachthose agencies,” he says. There is also a possibility that Cetta may es that were particularly helpful to his son be drafted this month by a Major League were Dave Westberry from Team Florida, team. If he does get drafted out of high Southridge coach Eddie Doskow and school, he has the option of signing a con- Killian coach Angel Herrera.


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Jackson Health System honors best nurses BY LORRAINE NELSON

Thirty-eight Jackson Health System nurses were honored with Nurse of the Year awards in ceremonies at Jackson Memorial Hospital recently as part of National Nurse Week activities. A licensed practical nurse, an advanced practice nurse, a registered nurse and a rookie nurse from each of Jackson Health System’s

patient care centers, specialty areas, satellite centers and hospitals were selected by their colleagues as the nurses who have contributed the most to quality care throughout the system. Six nurses were recipients of the Clinical Excellence Award presented annually to the nurse who best exemplifies selfless dedication, compassion and nursing pride system-wide. They are Guillermo Barquero, Dawn Allen, Rocio Mariel Simunovic, Marie Jean Louis,

Pictured (l-r) are chief nursing officer Leah Kinnard, former Public Health Trust board members Stephen Nuell and Georgena Ford with the Jackson Health System 2011 Clinical Excellence Award winners Marie Jean Louis, Dawn Allen, Dolce Ortaliz, Marie Joseph, Rocio Mariel Simunovic, Guillermo Barquero; and chief transitional officer Ted Shaw, Joaquin del Cueto and Robin Reiter-Faragalli.

Pictured (front row l-r) are Jackson Health System nurses Marie-Jean Louis, Myrna Lee-Keow, Olive Lewis, Maribel Valmocina, Dolce Ortaliz, Carina Ryder, Marie Gelin, Maria Fernandez, Marie Theodat; (middle row) Maria Luisa Rodriguez; (back row l-r) Angela Jones, Bensita Joseph, Anne-Marie Fernandez, Marcell Nicholas, Dawn Allen, Jean Jecrois and Nancy Griffis.

Dolce Ortaliz and Marie Joseph. Barquero was recognized for being a team player who is courteous and professional. Allen was honored for being an expert clinical nurse in neonatal care and a true team player. Simunovic was recognized for being a hands-on leader with a strong sense of advocacy and support of staff, patients and management practices. Ortaliz was recognized for going above and beyond for her patients, their families, peers and staff. Joseph was honored for demonstrating expertise when caring for patients and using sound negotiating skills when interacting with patients and co-workers.

To qualify for the Nurse of the Year awards, nurses must be employed for at least three years of continual service; for the “rookie” category, it can be one year or less. The nurses must demonstrate excellence in their job performance, proven by a consistent, above-average evaluation. There can be no record of counseling or disciplinary action in their personnel files within the last three years and they have to demonstrate fulfillment of Jackson Health System standards of excellence. There must also be evidence of well-rounded professional activities that consolidate the nurses as role models.

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Nick Auerbacher pitches perfect game

Westminster Christian seventh grader Nicholas Auerbacher pitched a perfect game against Ransom Everglades recently in a 19-0 victory. Auerbacher allowed no hits, no walks and no runs for the entire game. This was Auerbacher’s second season as a pitcher for the Warriors and Coach Mike Sabates praised his tenacity for throwing three consecutive strikes on top of a 3-0 count to close the game. Auerbacher also plays on the Pinecrest Patriots travel baseball team and is a midfielder for the Pinecrest Premier soccer club and the Westminster MS soccer team. Pitching apparently runs in the family, as Auerbacher’s father was a standout high school pitcher in New Jersey and his older brother is a starting pitcher on the Westminster JV team.


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Pet Fair raises $12,000 for Paws4You Rescue Pictured are JoAnn Roberts (left) and Rita Schwartz with, Belle, one of the adoptable dogs that were available at the PAWareness Pet Fair.


Pinecrest Gardens was the site late last month of a pet-friendly event attended by more than 1,500 people and their animals. The PAWareness Pet Fair, sponsored by PetSmart, was coordinated by Paws4You Rescue and other local rescue organizations in an effort to raise money and help adoptable pets find permanent homes. Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner was on hand to help kickoff the outdoor fair, which included an array of tasty delights from area restaurants and pet supply vendors. There were hot dogs and hamburgers from Hole in the Wall, as well as various cake and smoothie vendors for those with a sweet tooth. Pets were offered gourmet foods from Doggy Bag CafĂŠ and specialty treats from B3 Freshly Baked Dog Biscuits and Nuni Cakes. To help everyone stay cool, Costco graciously supplied water. In addition to satisfying their palates, guests were treated to portrait sessions with pet photographers, as well as contests that included awards for the smallest dog, best costume and an owner-dog look-alike con-

test sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 70. After the event, Poop 911! made sure the gardens were left as clean as when we started. The annual PAWareness Pet Fair began in 2009 as a community project by a local Girl Scout troop. As a result of its success, Paws4You Rescue decided to make it an annual event aimed at helping pets get adopted into forever homes. All rescue organizations on hand brought adoptable animals. The South Florida SPCA even brought some mini horses looking for good homes. Over $12,000 was raised to benefit the rescues at Paws4You, which in turn enables more lives to be saved from euthanasia at the Miami pound. Not only were applications submitted and great foster and volunteer connections made, but there were families that left with new forever friends. Interested in adopting? Go to <> for links to area rescue organizations (and pictures from the festival): Paws 4 You Rescue, The Cat Network, Basset Rescue of Florida, Italian Greyhound Rescue, Hollydogs Greyhound Adoption and Born Free Pet Shelter.

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La Ley Sports honors young athletes BY MARJORIE ACOSTA


The La Ley Sports Complex in Homestead honored hundreds of South Florida’s varsity baseball players late last month, as friends, family John Ruiz addressed the crowd saying, and coaches turned out to “I’m privileged and honored that you all are support their favorite athout here today providing support. One of letes for their achievements during the the main reasons why La Ley Sports is 2010-11 season. doing this is to make sure we keep our kids Although high school baseball season is where they belong, off the streets and in our officially over, La Ley Sports gave the athparks.” letes one more chance to show off their La Ley Sports is getting ready for the skills. The event kicked off with three comnext big sports event: the World vs. States petitions: The Golden Arm accuracy comInternational Baseball Tournament petition where Albert Almora, a junior at Qualifiers on June 17, the first in the La Mater Academy, took the win with a ball Ley Sports summer baseball extravaganza. speed of 86 mph; the Base Dasher competiFor information on how your team can join, tion, with Coral Gables High School sophlog on to <>. omore Gerson Sotolongo winning with a total speed of 14.76 seconds around the Marjorie Acosta is graduate of Barry bases; and, finally, everyone’s favorite, the University and a former Miss Florida USA Home Run Derby, where Gulliver Prep contestant. She has worked with ESPN sophomore Johnny Ruiz hit nine home runs Radio and the Miss Florida USA Channel for the win. and now reports for La Ley Sports In the middle of all the fun, we found a ( on GenTV. few surprise guests who didn’t want to miss out on all the action. Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, former Yankees pitcher, came out to show his support to the young athletes. Joining him was the beloved Billy the Marlin of the Florida Marlins. As the excitement mounted at the La Ley Sports Complex, it was time for the awards ceremony. The awards ranged from Most Wins to Best ERA in classes 1A-6A in varsity baseball. Le Ley Hundreds of South Florida’s outstanding varsity baseball players were Sports Founder and President, honored at the La Ley Sports Complex in Homestead.

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Cheat your way out of a diet plateau Zach Marcy


MENTAL & PHYSICAL HEALTH So there I was in week 13 of 16 before my second bodybuilding competition. Since, in my first run, I managed to get first place out of four. I wanted to step up my game and hit a state level competition. I had it all planned out; I was so strict and focused, knowing that I was out-working and under-eating everyone I would be up against. Somewhere in that 11th to 13th week, my weight stopped dropping and I couldn’t figure out why. You have to cheat on your nutrition plan. I get so many gung ho clients hell bent on losing weight and they run into the same issue I did when I was getting ready for my bodybuilding competition. It’s all brand new and nothing in the world can stop you until God and his biological design locks the brakes on your weight loss and, boom! Diet plateau. My first question is always, “Are you using your cheat meal?” The answer is almost always no. My advice to them is always the same: “You should be.” This is where I tell you guys what I did to ramp up my weight loss all over again. For dramatic affect, I will show you what I ended up looking like on stage. You tell me, did it work? Third in Mr. Georgia. Against the wishes of my coach, I went to Taco Bell and had two burritos and a big beef Meximelt. There is nothing more off the plan than Taco Bell. Although I didn’t know why I had plateaued at the time, I did know that I would have a dramatic reaction if I had over dieted and hit a plateau before when I would strategically cheat. Soon after this, I started my research into this issue and I came across the term “leptin” in a lot of the material. It appeared researchers and diet experts alike were onto something with this leptin thing. So what the hell is it and why is this pesky thing stopping my weight loss? More importantly, how can I use my knowledge of it to never diet plateau again? GO GREEK So I’ve used this crazy Leptin term,

now let’s introduce what it is. Better yet, let’s talk about how to have more of it. The name Leptin comes from the Greek term “Leptos” literally meaning thin. Basically, Leptin is the hormone responsible for energy regulation with your metabolism. This hormone is secreted from fat cells and works to suppress appetite and increase energy expenditure. Follow my flow here, as you restrict calories your leptin levels begin to decrease in correlation. In the wonderful feedback loop of your body to the brain, signals are sent to start storing energy, in this case adipose tissue (aka that nasty body fat we hate so much). Essentially eating the calories an eight-year-old girl requires is putting your metabolism and your entire body into a diet plateau. Worse yet, it will have you hold onto any calories that you put in it. You may also notice the more you restrict your calories the more cravings you begin to have. Essentially, as your leptin levels hit the tank, your body will start to feel more hungry as your metabolism hits the crapper simultaneously. If your aim is weight loss or fat loss, this is completely counter to your entire mission. DIET PLATEAU STRATEGY Raising your leptin levels, breaking a diet plateau and keeping the leptin levels at a good rate is as easy as cheating on your diet. So, as you know, if you eat like garbage all the time, your physique will store all that body fat. So how do you trick your body to keep your leptin levels high? This is through strategic cheating. For most of my clients, I require at least one meal per week for a client to have anything that they want to eat (and drink) for one hour. Actually, we insist that the client does this. The only ground rules are: • The meal only lasts for an hour. • It has to be on a day that the client has worked out. • Have fun and use it with your loved ones and on a meal that is worth it. Zach Marcy is a certified personal trainer and owner of Synergize Fitness, with boot camps and personal training serving South Miami, Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. For more information, go to <> or send email to <>.

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Dave Westberry plans 25-year reunion party for Team Florida BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

scholarships — Mike Cetta will go to The Citadel, Richard Amion to Bethune Cookman, Former members of Team Florida/Post 43, Ryan Otero to the University of Miami, a summer baseball travel team, will gather Demitrious Moorer to Eastern Kentucky and Oscar Gary to Florida International University. June 25 for a reunion and fundraiser. Westberry’s former players hold him in “Let’s see if we can scrounge up some of great esteem. Sunset High Coach the old guys and talk some baseMandy Peleaz has coached with ball,” says team founder and him in past summers and still Coach Dave Westberry. sends players to Team Florida, After a reunion dinner, the although he has his own summer cards will brought out for a travel baseball team. poker tournament that will help “I’ve known him all my life,” raise money for the team’s annuPelaez says. “He coached me in al trek to the CABA High School American Legion baseball and World Series in Euclid, Ohio. those two years playing with They hope to raise $40,000 to him, I can’t put it into words. I $50,000 to pay the expenses for appreciate him and what he’s the 40 young players and coachdone for all the kids.” es who will make the trip. Coach Dave Westberry In fact, Pelaez is trying to get Westberry is well known in the ––––––––––––––– Westberry’s number retired at baseball community as someone who cares about the boys and is interested in Southwest High to honor what Westberry has done for baseball in Miami-Dade County. helping them go to college. “Just the effort he’s put into kids through “Baseball has been the love of my life,” he says. “We came back to Miami and started the the leagues is incredible,” Pelaez says. “He travel team ’85 and we’ve been going ever since.” doesn’t do it for money, he does it for the Being on Team Florida is the opportunity love of the game. He’s been very influential, some of the boys need to be noticed by col- and not just in my life.” Westberry also influenced Southridge leges and pro scouts. Westberry estimates that five to eight boys from the team are awarded Coach Eddie Doskow’s life. Doskow contincollege baseball scholarships every year. This ues to coach with him on Team Florida and year, five players will head off to college on goes to Ohio each year with the teams.

Pictured is Coach Westberry and members of the 2011 Team Florida/Post 43 baseball team. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– “He’s the type of coach that makes every- been on board with Team Florida and this one feel wanted,” Doskow says. “He brings will be their seventh year of going to Ohio out the best in you.” with the team. Manny meets them there and When Manny Fernandez played for helps with coaching. Westberry, his parents became involved with The Team Florida reunion is scheduled for the team and remain involved, although June 25 at 3 p.m. at American Legion Post Fernandez is now in his third year at West 43, 399 S. Krome Ave., in Homestead. After Point. the reunion dinner, the team’s annual “He and my daughter both call him grand- fundraising poker tournament will be held pa now,” says Tracey Fernandez, Manny’s with the jackpot determined by the number of mom. “On senior day, when he was asked if players participating. In the past, the jackpot he would you like to thank anyone special, has reached $500. my son said Dave Westberry.” For more information, go to the Facebook Ever since then, the Fernandez Family has page <Team Florida Alumni 1988-Present>.

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Palmer Trinity School goes ‘green’ with new library HVAC system BY SUZANNE GOTTLIEB CALLEJA

Palmer Trinity School’s official colors may be blue and gold, but the campus is awash in green thanks to a new energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system in the library, courtesy of a recent Miami-Dade County grant. Made possible by the Grants To Greens Nonprofit (G2GN) program managed by the county’s Office of Grants Coordination, the installation of the school’s new HVAC system is expected to cut costs through reduced cooling and energy use. Based on the recommendations of free Florida Power & Light (FPL) Business Energy Evaluations, the non-profit organizations selected will receive energy upgrades such as ceiling/attic insulation, lighting, HVAC systems, appliances, window/door treatments or cool roof insulation at no cost. “During these tough economic times, Miami-Dade County is pleased to be providing energy retrofits to local nonprofits’ facilities at no cost through the G2GN program,” said sustainability director Susanne Torriente. “G2GN is not only helping non-

profits save energy and invest their dollars back into direct services, it’s also creating local green jobs and lowering our greenhouse gas emissions.” Supported by a $1 million grant from the county’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, G2GN was created in 2009 with the intent to reduce energy consumption at community and faith-based organizations facilities while also creating jobs for local contractors. Through a unique two-year public-private partnership between MiamiDade, FPL and Homestead Electric Utility Services, G2GN hopes to reduce energy costs by nearly 10 percent for the participating nonprofit organizations, an estimated $136,389 in annual savings. Nearly a dozen local contractors were selected to implement the energy retrofits at the benefitting facilities throughout Miami-Dade. “There is growing evidence and concern that exponential growth in human activities, such as burning fossil fuels, will change the earth’s climate,” said Dr. Leo Llinas, Palmer Trinity’s sustainability coordinator. “This could ruin some areas for

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How To Get Into College In Today’s Uber-Competitive World In case you didn't hear, 2011 was officially the 'Most Difficult Year for College Applicants Ever'. I can assure you that a) this is true 'statistically' (nearly every school saw an uptick in the sheer number of applicants. And even those that didn’t , admitted fewer students as a percentage of applicants than they did last year.); and b) anecdotally, it feels to many like it is disproportionately affecting professional, responsible, 'middle class' Americans. The results shouldn’t surprise – especially as more and more schools have begun accepting the Common Application. This past Fall, more than 2 million online applications were filed – about 20% more than last year. Other drivers of ‘application inflation’ and the decline in the ‘admit rate’ include supply & demand – the largest number of high school students applying to college ever, vying for the same slots at socalled ‘hot’ schools (thank you US News & World Reports); cold winters that made Southern schools like Vanderbilt more geographically desirable than ever; fatigue (of the admissions officers reading more applications than ever), and state schools that intentionally ac-

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cepted more out-of-state students to raise their average net revenue. There are more reasons, obviously, but I want to spend some time telling you what to do about it. What I have seen is, that despite technology or perhaps because of it, college admissions -- which includes not just who gets in, but what price you’ll pay (list v net) –is a very ‘personal’ process,

managed by real people who are moved by emotion and subtleties that are not reflected in scores, GPA or class rank. What separates two seemingly identical students on paper are intangibles like the student’s demonstrated interest in a school, expressed career aspirations, potential contributions on campus, their ability to move the needle on the school’s competitiveness, etc. So, in a crowded field – as this year will most definitely be - the importance of niche positioning cannot be underestimated. What I mean is that instead of defensively submitting more applications to ‘cover your bases’, even if technology makes it enticing to do so, it’s far more efficient to build a targeted list of 8-10 schools that you know in advance will consider your demonstrated financial need, find value in your student (be it academically, socially or even geographically), and meet your student’s academic, social and aspirational desires… and then focus your family’s energies on demonstrating those things to those schools. The irony is that while there is now more information available than ever – including various school rankings, net

cost calculators, ROI estimates, etc., the process is becoming more daunting and confusing than ever. The best advice I can offer is to go for depth over breadth, look beyond the obvious to identify great schools where you’ll be able to leverage your student’s strengths, and to have an integrated admissions strategy that is driven by both the scholarly and the financial, preferably by the time your student is in 11th grade.

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Is A Short Sale Right for You? BY PETER B. LAIRD

Recent data indicates that by the end of 2010 nearly half of all property owners in Miami-Dade County owed more on their homes than the properties were worth. That’s 245,530 underwater homes just in Miami-Dade. Statewide, the number jumps to 2.1 million. Do you owe more than your home is worth? Is a major illness, accident, job loss or divorce preventing you from making your monthly mortgage payments? Are you tired of paying for an investment property that has lost its value? You do have options, according to Robert Perdigon, president of Miamibased Perdigon Title Services, a fullservice title company founded in 2002. “In an ideal world, the best strategy is to continue paying your mortgage, wait for the market to correct, let your property appreciate and sell your house when the value has returned,” advises Perdigon. “However, we do not live in an ideal world and property owners need to know their options.” A foreclosure should be avoided at all

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costs, Perdigon says. Not only will you lose your home, you could also be forced to pay what you owe on your mortgage plus additional fees. Worse still, it will be reflected on your credit report for three to five years.

Your best option, says Perdigon, may be a short sale. In the past few years, short sales have become the leading distressed property solution. “With a short sale, your house is sold for less than what you owe on your

mortgage, and your lender willingly accepts the proceeds from the sale as payment in full,” says Perdigon. “No lien is filed against you, the sale is reflected on your credit report for only 12 to 18 months, and in some cases the lender will even contribute up to $30,000 to cover your relocation expenses.” Before making such an important decision, though, seek professional advice. Perdigon Title Services has special expertise in handling short sales, and its attorney partner can guide you through all aspects of what can be a complex transaction. “We’ve successfully handled hundreds of short sale transactions over the past few years,” says Perdigon. “We’ll work closely with you, your realtor and your lender to ensure the quickest and best possible outcome for all.” For a free initial consultation to determine if a short sale is right for you, contact Perdigon Title Services at 305-728-8184, or e-mail

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Local Indian cooking classes feature the magic of spices Ayesha D’Mello creates culinary delights in her kitchen.


Made with variety of spices, Indian food is adventurous and delicious, and it can be good for you, at least the way Ayesha D’Mello cooks. D’Mello shares the secret to quick, easy Indian cooking with weekend cooking classes. Each class includes six to eight dishes and ends with a feast. As a bonus, those attending receive copies of the featured recipes. Classes are conducted at her Kendall home on Saturdays and Sundays. “I started with one menu and now I have nine menus,” D’Mello said. “One is a meat menu and one is a vegetarian one. I rolled out a vegan one.” Her classes are so successful that she is sold out a month or two in advance. Her success is primarily through word of mouth. “It’s wonderful to see what customers take away from it,” she said. The classes not only include how to cook the recipes, she also clues the participants in on the health benefits of the spices she uses. “We talk about turmeric…it’s a root. There are two kinds of root. The red color is what most Hindu women will wear on their forehead and in their hair,” she said. “The yellow is edible. If you have arthritis, it’s a natural anti-inflammatory.” D’Mello said turmeric powder is used for cuts. It also has other qualities. “Turmeric is in the ginger family,” she said. “It helps you reduce weight.” In the classes, D’Mello talks about well-balanced diets and the advantages of the spices. “I talk about the natural medicinal benefits to these spices,” she said. “Because food plays a role in our lives. When you get grouchy and grumpy, you haven’t had good diet.” She said there are six basic tastes: sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter and astringent. “Sometimes you crave sweet; it’s energiz-

ing and satisfying when you eat something sweet,” she said. “Salty will cure stiffness. Salty will increase your water intake and sour will increase your appetite. It also helps with digestion. Pungent helps to increase blood circulation. Bitter is a blood purifier. Stringent will help your digestion and is a blood purifier.” The classes are limited to eight or nine participants. The cost is $75 per class. “What that gives you is a three-hour class,” she said. “The first two hours is cooking. I give you a copy of the recipes. They are absolutely easy to follow, fool- proof.” The last hour is a sit down meal. “This is a fine meal with fine china, like you are sitting in a restaurant,” D’Mello said. “And conversation.” Indian food is very regional. She said cooks utilize most of the local produce and whatever is available to make up the meals. In the cooler northern climate, the foods are richer, with heavy cream. In the southern part, the dishes have more rice and coconut. Rice is a staple because of the paddy fields. D’Mello’s background is in accounting and computer science. She has a computer science degree and an MBA from Texas. After moving to Miami seven years ago, she reluctantly quit work to stay home with the kids. Her culinary career took off after she was featured in a newspaper story. People began asking about her “restaurant” and whether it offered classes. She started the classes because she wanted to educate people about Indian culture. “I grew up with a cook in my house, but I was always intrigued by the spices,” she said. “What I did discover was my passion to teach others to cook.” For more information on Ayesha’s Kitchen, go online to <>.

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Two annual events worth celebrating BY BRODES H. HARTLEY, JR.

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People in every country today have benefitted from antibiotics and related drugs; they changed the course of human history. But their effectiveness is under threat. Some of the greatest achievements of global health — treating tuberculosis, malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea and other killer infectious diseases — are at risk because of drug resistance. Without effective drugs, we cannot prevent death and disease. Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World Health Day. This year they focused on drug resistance, the natural process by which bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and other organisms develop resistance to the medicines used — or misused — to treat them. Over time, as resistance develops, those medicines become progressively less effective. Eventually they lose their effectiveness. Modern healthcare depends on these drugs to treat conditions that previously proved fatal. Without them, we can’t effectively treat infections and disease. We can’t protect all the advancements made in recent decades. We must do everything in our power to preserve these drugs for future generations.

HEALTH Consumers can help by using antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs only when they are prescribed for use, and by always completing courses of medicine. When patients take only part of a course of treatment, they contribute to drug resistance. April was National Minority Health Month, an annual focus on the need to ensure access to quality affordable health care for all citizens. Disparities still remain in our health care system for too many Americans, including ethnic minorities, especially those with lower incomes. Even after 40 years, CHI still faces daily examples of the need to help the uninsured and underinsured in South Dade and Monroe counties. This year’s theme for the month is so naturally important — nutrition. Few things are more important to a healthy body than proper food. For example, healthy food can help reduce today’s growing childhood obesity, a problem that disproportionately affects minority children. I encourage you to look for ways to improve the quality of food at your table. It makes your body — and your doctor — feel better. For more information, go to <>.

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REAL ESTATE As you search and tour homes that appeal to you, how can you be sure that the asking prices are in line with current values? Begin by asking your real estate agent to collect comparables and prepare a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA). This report indicates market trends by showing whether similar homes in the area are selling for above or below the asking price of the home(s) you’ve selected. Using the comparables that your agent researched, you’ll be able to figure the average cost per square foot for the area, and determine if the home you want compares favorably with those figures. Total

the square footage of several homes and divide by the number of homes to get an average. Total the “sold” prices of each home and divide by the number of homes to get an average selling price. Now, divide that average selling price by the average square footage to produce the average price per square foot for homes in the area. When you multiply that average price per square foot by the square footage of the home you want, you’ll discover how your choice compares, and then you’ll know if you’re looking at a fair price. Other factors like the seller’s motivation or urgency may also affect your offer, so talk to your agent about that CMA and take the next step. Mike and Lynda Morgan may be contacted at the Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Offices at 12155 S. Dixie Hwy., 305253-2800 or by email at <>.

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Not All Assisted Living Communities Are Created Equal BY HELEN SHAHAM Q. I recently read a series of news articles about the abuse occurring in Florida’s Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs). My husband and I were considering moving my mother to an ALF but this news coverage has us concerned if this in truly the best decision. How do we regain our confidence in an ALF’s ability to provide care and support for mom? A. Seniors and families—as well as the vast majority of assisted living community operators—were horrified to read about the neglect taking place. Not only should concerned citizens be outraged but they should also use this information as an opportunity to thoroughly research an assisted living community before placement of a family member. As with all businesses, there a few bad apples. It is important to understand that the neglectful and criminal practices the articles described have occurred in relatively few and isolated instances. Most examples cited referenced smaller ALFs. Many of these homes lack the staffing, financing, infrastructure and ancillary support to provide the necessary environment for seniors to thrive. Many ALFs emphasize resident safety, care and well-being as an integral part of their services and place tremendous emphasis on staff training, supervision and oversight. Assisted Living Communities play a vital role in today’s society. They offer an excellent option for seniors and their families. Assisted Living Communities are places where seniors can lead a vibrant lifestyle, age with dignity and comfort and be surrounded by a team who is genuinely committed to their safety and wellbeing. Because of trained care geared to the needs of seniors, often these are safer environments than living at home. It’s important to recognize the senior living industry cannot be painted with a broad brush. Each community has its own spirit and personality. It’s no different that choosing a college. Some prefer the excitement of a larger campus while others prefer the intimacy of a smaller college. To ensure you’re selecting a community that best suits your mother’s needs and provides peace of mind, it’s important to do your homework. At The Palace Senior Living Communities, we encourage families to visit an assisted living community more than once. Visit at different times (i.e. morning, afternoon, etc) to observe if residents look engaged and happy; how the staff interacts with residents; and if there are stimulating events and activities underway. Go for a meal and observe the residents and staff. In addition to talking with the sales or

marketing department, we suggest meeting the community’s executive director. Does he/she seem genuinely interested in your concerns? Speak with several residents as well. They are typically the best indicators of a well run community. Residents will share a community’s strengths and weaknesses better than anyone. For the most part, residents should enjoy living at there and welcome the opportunity to talk to you. If the community’s staff is comfortable with you having this private conversation with a resident, it is an indication they have the utmost confidence in the community’s ability to deliver the highest quality of care and service. Be sure to check if a community is in compliance with state and local licensing requirements. You make also want to call the Better Business Bureau or conduct a Google search. You’ll be surprised at the wealth of information that’s available to assist you in the decision making process. Checking if the community has third-party accreditations—by independent organizations—is also invaluable. The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC) are just two examples of the accreditations a community may hold. These accreditations ensure providers meet nationally and internationally recognized standards. We understand the reservations you and your husband are having about selecting an assisted living community for your mother. I urge you to judge each community on its own merit. Take the necessary time to research, research and research again. Not all assisted living communities are created equal. If you have questions about the lifestyle changes that go with aging, or if you’d like to be invited to a social event at The Palace Suites, please send a note to Helen Shaham, The Palace Suites, 11377 S.W. 84th St., Miami, Florida 33173, call her at 305-2707020, or email

Helen Shaham and her husband, Jacob, have been operating Senior Living Communities for the past 30 years. The Palace Suites in Kendall is a luxury Independent Living Community for active seniors. In addition, The Palace at Kendall campus is home to two Assisted Living Residences and a Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. They also operate The Palace Gardens Assisted Living Community in Homestead, Homestead Manor Nursing Home and The Palace @ Home, a Medicare Certified Home Health Agency. Their two newest projects are The Palace at Weston – Luxury Living for Those 55 and Over and The Palace TelAviv, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Israel. These days, they are developing a new magnificent community – The Palace at Coral Gables – on 16 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, Florida. More information can be obtained by calling 305-271-2220 or by visiting The Palace website at

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The following is a list of crimes reported to the Village of Pinecrest Police Department during the week of May 9 - 15, 2011.

ARSON None AUTO THEFT None ASSAULT Case # 1101855 Location: 11515 S Dixie Hwy (Starbucks) On May 14, at approximately 2338 hrs, after having a verbal altercation, a known offender threatened to harm the victim with a machete. The offender was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. BATTERY None BURGLARY (COMMERCIAL) None BURGLARY (RESIDENCE) None ROBBERY None SEX CRIME None HOMICIDE None THEFT Case # 1101779 Location: 7270 SW 120 St (St Louis Church) On May 8, sometime between 1100 hrs, and 1200 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a bag from the victim containing various camera equipment and a cellular phone. The estimated value of the stolen property is $1,240.

Case # 1101785 Location: 9095 S Dixie Hwy (T-Mobile) On May 9, at approximately 1630 hrs, unknown offender(s) took merchandise and exited the store making no attempt to pay. The estimated value of the stolen property is $450. Case # 1101797 Location: 11219 S Dixie Hwy (Pinecrest Health Fitness) On May 10, at approximately 1425 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole the victim’s cellular phone and currency. The estimated value of the stolen property is $110. Case # 1101827 Location: 7500 Block of SW 117 St On May 12, sometime between 1700 hrs and 1950 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a tag from the victim’s vehicle. The estimated value of the stolen property is $4. Case # 1101833 Location: 12313 S Dixie Hwy (Malanga Café) On May 13, sometime between 0026 hrs and 1242 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole outdoor furniture from the listed business. The estimated value of the stolen property is $625. Case # 1101844 Location: 7300 Block of SW 123 Terr On May 14, at approximately 0954 hrs unknown offender(s) stole a decal from the victim’s vehicle. The estimated value of the stolen property is $4.

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Crime Report The following is a list of crimes reported to the Village of Pinecrest Police Department during the week of May 16 - 22, 2011

ARSON None AUTO THEFT None ASSAULT None BATTERY Case # 1101876 Location: 8607 S Dixie Hwy (Parking Lot) On May 16, at approximately 1818 hrs, after having a verbal altercation, two individuals began pushing and striking each other on the face. Due to conflicting statements, no arrest was made. BURGLARY (COMMERCIAL) None BURGLARY (RESIDENCE) Case # 1101898 Location: 8100 Block of SW 135 St On May 18, sometime between 0730 hrs, and 1125 hrs, unknown offender(s) gained entry into the victim’s residence through an unlocked window and stole two laptop computers and a camera. The estimated value of the stolen property is $2,700. The case is presently under investigation. ROBBERY None SEX CRIME None HOMICIDE None THEFT Case # 1101900

Location: 13200 Block of SW 71 Ave Sometime between May 16, 090 0hrs, and May 18, 0900 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a decal from the victim’s vehicle. The estimated value of the stolen property is $4. Case # 1101905 Location: 9625 S Dixie Hwy (Parking Lot) Sometime between May 18, 2200 hrs, and May 19, 0335 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole three rubber mats from the listed premises. The estimated value of the stolen property is $180. Case # 1101911 Location: 9001 S Dixie Hwy (Goodyear) On May 19, sometime between 1313 hrs, and 1502 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole an IPOD from the victim’s vehicle. The estimated value of the stolen property is $265. Case # 1101922 Location: 13501 S Dixie Hwy (Home Depot) On May 20, at approximately 1100 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a cellular phone from the victim’s purse while she was shopping. The estimated value of the stolen property is $700. Case # 1101949 Location: 11200 Block of SW 64 Ave Sometime between May 21, 1500 hrs, and May 22, 1130 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole 36 boxes containing miscellaneous household items from the victim’s workshop room. The estimated value of the stolen property is $2,000. The case is presently under investigation.

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