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BY IKE SEAMANS

In July, a north Pinecrest resident had his home broken into twice in two weeks; jewelry valued at $300,000 was stolen. My neighbor across the street had an attempted break-in. Three weeks ago, there were three break-ins in the Village in a three-day span. My next-door neighbor had $5,000 worth of scuba gear stolen from his garage and his cars parked in the driveway have been broken into. A large boat in Gables By The Sea was stolen. In August, I had a $3,000 generator stolen from my backyard in broad daylight while I was at home. And on and on and on. Automobile burglars are having a field day in strip malls. Why? Many people don’t lock their cars and leave items in plain view. These petty thieves will smash your window to steal anything — small change, sunglasses, magazines, you name it. The Falls Shopping Center warns customers that thieves are burglarizing cars in their parking lots as never before: “Please, (ladies especially) do not leave your purse, makeup bag, gym bag, cell phone, etc. in the car! not even for a second!” In the past few months, there has been an unprecedented number of break-ins like I’ve never seen before in our village. And I’ve lived in the same house for 28 years.

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BY ALANA PEREZ Director, Pinecrest Gardens

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Pinecrest Gardens has grown to be a unique cultural asset nestled in our thriving and inclusive Village community. Each year Pinecrest Gardens welcomes more than 150,000 visitors and our attendance grows as area residents and visitors discover the natural botanical beauty while visiting to partake in a cornucopia of arts and cultural activities — festivals, art exhibits, concerts, theater, lectures, dance performances, markets, culinary and holiday celebrations — either organized by our staff or co-produced.

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KEENAN RODRIGUEZ Palmer Trinity junior Keenan Rodriguez is treasurer for both the Class of 2015 and the Autism Club. The Palmer Trinity Autism Club is very active and does a lot of fundraising. Last April, the club raised $20,000 for CARD through the event ACE for Autism. “It was an invitation tournament for juniors and adults to play tennis,” Rodriguez says. “You signed up and you joined the tournament; the winner received prizes. There was a silent auction at the event.” The club had a successful flag football tournament in February as well. The event at Dante Fascell Park raised approximately $2,000. The club also holds bakes sales at school. Although the major events were very successful, Rodriguez says the board still sits down and does a post mortem to see how they can be upgraded. “I also give input on what needs to be improved and what could be better and how to learn from our mistakes,” Rodriguez says. While the events are time consuming, Rodriguez believes they are worth the effort. “I’m close to Waleed Mneimneh, I really appreciate what he’s doing,” he says. “He invited me to be the treasurer in ninth grade and I’ve been in that position ever since.” When he’s not counting money for the school and the Autism Club, Rodriguez plays sports. He’s a soccer player, playing for the Coral Gables Toros club team and

Palmer Trinity. He also plays tennis, although his focus is more on soccer. The Toros are a traveling team and they play in tournaments around Florida. “That’s more my forte,” he says. “I play centerman – midfield. That’s the role that distributes the ball. I set up the plays. That’s the role of the mid-field position.” The Toros play soccer for the Coral Gables Youth Center. The past season, the Toros went into the round of 16 for the Florida State Cup. The Palmer soccer team went to the playoffs as well last school year, making it as far as the regional quarter finals before losing to Hillel. Rodriguez expects the Palmer team to have a strong season this school year. “We’ll have five to eight seniors in our starting line-up,” he says. “Hopefully we’ll go far. It looks good.” Toward the end of last school year, Rodriguez was asked to be on the Honor Council for athletics. Students on the Honor Council are expected to show leadership and recognize who is there to help others. “It’s to show what the game is about, it’s not all about winning but to grow as a player,” he says. The Toros play most of the year, with a break for the high school soccer season. Rodriguez is so into the sport that he hosted a soccer event for the International Festival. “We had an indoor soccer tournament,” he says. “It included the theme of countries playing for the world cup. A team would represent a country. They competed against other Palmer students.” The event raised funds that we donated to Palmer Trinity. It held the theme of a World Cup. It brought in money, but it was more of a donation to Palmer. Even though it was the first tournament, they were able to field eight teams. “We had a perfect four in each division; the top two advanced and played in the semi-finals and finals,” he says. “It was Venezuela that won. What was cool is that everybody tried to get Venezuelan jerseys. There was a team representing Peru, wearing the red jerseys.” By Linda Bernfeld Rodriguez

NOAH LIEBLING Palmetto High School senior Noah Liebling did a lot of physical labor this summer in the Dominican Republic. He was there with the Blue Mission organization helping a rural mountain town get running water. “We built a water system for a town of 70 families that had to walk five-and-a-half miles each way to get water,” he says. “We laid piping and at the top of the town we built a tank out of concrete.” Liebling went on the trip along with his friend Joey Carrillo, who also attends Palmetto. The group stayed in the town’s school building and slept on cots. The work was not easy, with a morning shift starting at 8 a.m. and lasting until noon. They would take a couple hours for lunch, then get back to work and put in seven-hour days of hard labor. The townspeople worked alongside them. “They were working for themselves,” Liebling says. “They were going strong while we were eating lunch.” The group trenched four miles and then laid pipe. “We completed it,” he says. “We saw the water delivered to their homes.” The last day, the students were able to

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shower using water from the main tank. Liebling says it was one of the best showers ever. “We were taking freezing cold showers in a dripping faucet the first 10 days,” he says. After the work was done, they would socialize with the townspeople. “We had a Kid’s Day,” Liebling says. “I juggled in the Kid‘s Day. After we finished our work, we had a garage sale. We brought clothes we knew we wouldn’t want back. We sold shoes, clothes, everything. They needed everything.” Most of the students brought white tee shirts and old jeans to work in. Because of the local culture, they had to wear long pants and shirts while working. Liebling says he learned several life lessons while there. “I just learned, don’t take anything for granted,” he says. “And also, the more people you have, the faster you get things done, and cooperation helps a lot.” Coming from the U.S., it was a cultural shock for him to see how incredibly poor Third World countries can be. This isn’t the first time Liebling has volunteered for a building project. “I went to New Orleans and built a house with Habitat for Humanity,” he says. He went with members of Beth Am and two other temples, one from Virginia and the other from North Carolina. They were in New Orleans for five days, building a home near the Ninth Ward. “I thought it was awesome; I had never been to New Orleans,” he says. “It’s an awesome town and I was with friends.” At Palmetto, Liebling’s volunteering isn’t quite as physical. He’s a peer educator in the Health Information Project and a member of Key Club and the National Honor Society. He coached a girls’ basketball team in the Beth Am League. He took on the task to help his father, who runs the girls’ league and needed one more coach. He and a couple of friends coached the team. He has played in the Beth Am League since he was in the fourth grade. Liebling hopes his future includes attending the University of Florida, where his brother, sister, mother and father were all students. He also will apply to North Carolina, Michigan and Texas, all schools with big Division One programs. His goal is to attend law school and focus on maritime law. By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld


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SHREEYA MISHRA Palmer Trinity junior Shreeya Mishra has already earned hundreds of community service hours, many of them for helping the homeless.

“I have a club here at Palmer called Light the Way,” she says. “In this club we collect books and donate them to the Little Lighthouse Foundation Resource Center at the Chapman Partnership for the Homeless.” Students were given one community service hour for a certain number of books donated. As a result, Mishra collected 400 to 500 books which she took to the Chapman Partnership. “It was a school-wide event,” she says. “Everyone was able to participate.” She also ran a contest for club members. The person who donated the most books received a $100 Visa gift card. The second place winner received a $50 card. “Before this drive, the summer before that, I noticed a lot of the teachers were getting rid of the books they had in the classroom. I collected the textbooks and sold them on Amazon and was able to use the money for the gift cards,” Mishra says. She planned on organizing additional books drives as long as the Chapman Partnership indicated a need for them. “We also collect the reading books used by kids age seven to 11,” she says. “These

books are read to the children who are homeless at the Chapman Partnership. They’re used in their story hour.” Mishra says she is not limiting her book donations to the Chapman Partnership. “I am looking to branch out to different units that could use these books as well,” she says. “I started this club because I noticed how many books people and teachers have in their room that are of no use for them once they done with them.” Last December, Mishra went to the Chapman Partnership to read to the children. “It was an incredible experience, I love to see their reaction,” she says. “I made a gift to them. I decided to give each one a book. It was just amazing to see the reaction on their faces. It felt good that something that was of no use to someone here was looked at in such a nice way in Chapman Partnership.” When she brought in the bin of books, many of the people residing at the shelter came in to look for a book. “This is something that made me realize, we don’t appreciate the resources we are given,” she says.

Mishra not only volunteers to help the homeless, but she also volunteers to help children who have been mistreated. She is a member of His House, a Palmer club that works to improve the circumstances for the children who reside at the house. Club members participate in food drives and help sort clothing that people donate for the kids. Mishra also spent several weeks in India volunteering at Maharaja Agrasen Hospital in Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi. She is active in sports at Palmer. Last year she was a cheerleader during football season and she played basketball. She has also participated in cross country as well as track and field. She also finds the time to perform Bollywood dancing, as well as traditional Indian dancing. “I’ve performed both at the International Festival,” she says. Last year Mishra was vice president of the Class of 2015, but gave that up to become vice president of the Student Government Association. By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld


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CRIME, from page 1 ––––––––––––– Never had a serious crime against my person or property. Until now. Miami Dade Police Department detectives say many thefts are “on order” from flea markets and similar operations that depend on buying, no questions asked, a constant flow of items to sell. According to a Miami-Dade Police Department source, thieves have been told that Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Kendall are especially “easy targets” for burglars because home security is not taken seriously by many residents. They also suspect ”inside jobs” perpetrated by thieves who are familiarwith our neighborhoods. When I was renovating my home, I had a mind boggling gaggle of anonymous guys parading in and out of my home for four months. A prominent criminal defense lawyer and long-time Pinecrest resident, warns, “These guys have ‘open season’on anything from West Kendall to the Bay, house and car burglaries, thefts of any kind. It is only a matter of time until someone gets hurt in a confrontation.” Pinecrest police are fighting back hard with increased patrols and surveillance. But there’s no way they can do it alone. They

Crime chart ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– need neighborhoods that are vigilant and But as crime rates dropped, the community felt activity to the police? You really believe residents who are the “eyes and ears” to alert more secure and lost interest. Neighborhood that’s an unacceptable, unreasonable imposithem to suspicious activity in real time. Crime Watch basically disappeared. It’s back! tion on your valuable time and privacy? That’s already happening in my neighborIn 2008, under the direction of Pinecrest We’re not talking about snooping. We’re hood because Sgt. Mike Gorsline, a crime Detective Alexandria Martinez, Crime talking about common sense. Wake up and prevention officer, convinced me to organize Watch was revived. During its first year, just smell the crime, my friends. a Crime Watch group. The interest from con- three neighborhoods formed groups. Now, Don’t forget the resident I mentioned above cerned neighbors has been overwhelming. there are eight, and the interest is growing. who had $300,000 in jewelry stolen? And what We started with five households in late “The philosophy is simple,” she tells me. “If about my $3,000 generator? A perfect example August. Now, we have 30 and counting. you see or hear something suspicious, report it to of what not being alert is all about. I left it outSeveral years ago, Crime Watch was a pop- police immediately. Neighborhood Crime Watch side in plain view and not secured. I might as ular and effective crime prevention tool here. works. Criminal activity has been significantly well have posted this sign: “Generator availreduced in areas where the program exists.” able for stealing. Come and get it!” I recently met with coordinators (I’m one of Look, we all know that determined, prothem) of these watch dog groups. In the neigh- fessional thieves will usually get whatever borhoods they represent, they’ve seen increased they want. That’s their job. But by getting vigilance. But break-ins and thefts continue. involved with Neighborhood Crime Watch, Neighborhood Crime Watch couldn’t be which is really just a “neighbor looking out simpler: Get involved, be alert, learn some- for neighbor” initiative and improving your thing about your neighbors, exchange infor- home’s security, we have a chance to dismation. For example, let them know if you courage them and perhaps totally defeat the are going to be gone for an extended period amateurs who are more dangerous than the so they can keep an eye on your home. If 10 pros. That’s why you should care about percent of us do that now, I’d be shocked! Crime Watch. If not, I’ll be looking for your If your idea of preventing crime is to name in the next police criminal incidents sneak in and out of your house without report. Get involved. Now. knowing your neighbors and not paying To form a Neighborhood Crime Watch group, attention to what’s happening around you (as contact the Pinecrest Police Crime Prevention I did for years) with the attitude, “Let some- Unit at 305-234-2100. They will knock themone else do it, I’m too busy,” that’s a good selves out to help you get started (even throw a start toward becoming a victim. Block Party once you are up and running!). Pictured are Pinecrest Crime Watch coordinators (l-r) Susan Randall, Ike Seamans, Javier Aguirre, Kathryn You mean to tell me, you are so busy you Ike Seamans is a Pinecrest resident and Watford, Johanna Law and Village Crime Prevention Officer Sgt.Mike Gorsline. can’t become familiar with your own neigh- retired NBC News correspondent. He is a freborhood, stay alert and report suspicious quentcontributor to the Pinecrest Tribune. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

GARDENS, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The beautiful 531-seat Banyan Bowl is a raked outdoor amphitheater that boasts new theater seating, a weather-proof geodesic dome that now extends to cover the full stage area and a full complement of theatrical sound and lighting equipment. It is an ideal venue for presenting the very best local, regional and international performing artists at affordable ticket prices (maximum $30). Thanks to a supportive Village Council with a vision of creating a venue that honors its rich history as a worldclass tourist attraction and entertainment facility (formerly Parrot Jungle), providing a recre-

ational space that is demographically all-inclusive and provides the community with a cultural experience that encompasses performing and visual arts, this historic venue has embarked on a bold, new direction of a cultural arts park where all of South Florida can find artistic experiences that entertain, educate, enhance and empower audiences of all ages. This year the Gardens will present 10 new art exhibits in the Gallery, six orchestral concerts performed by three different orchestras and two jazz series — The South Motors Jazz Series on our main-stage featuring seven

great performances and the South Motors Gen-Next Jazz program, a free-to-the-public series featuring the jazz stars of tomorrow. The Gardens also will present five plays performed by three different theatrical companies, including three musicals, three dance companies, including Hip Hop, Flamenco and Mixed Ability Contemporary, and a pop series featuring the Greater Miami Symphonic Band. Additionally there is a festival every month, including Howl-O-Ween, a dog friendly event Oct. 27; Nights of Lights, where the Gardens lights up the night with a magical display of the season’s twinkling light features Nov. 27-Jan. 6; a Holiday Festival celebrating the season in music, dance and merriment on Dec. 7; the 11th annual Fine Arts Festival Jan. 11-12, one of Florida’s premiere juried art shows; a Chili Cook-Off on

Feb. 8; A Fine Food and Chocolate Show March 8-9; a spring egg hunt called Eggstravaganza on April 12 and the Earth Day Festival on April 27. Performing arts, art shows, festivals, family movie and cult movie nights, and several elegant evening Soirees, there is no end to the entertainment and enjoyment this magnificent venue offers, with a backdrop of one of the most breathtaking botanical settings in all of South Florida. All of our performing arts activities begin in October and I will keep you informed with the event schedule in this featured column What’s Up at the Gardens, a regular feature in the Pinecrest Tribune. For information on any of our events or festivals, call 305-669-6990 or go to <www.pinecrestgardens.org>. See you at the Gardens!


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Eldridge Williams, living Tuskegee airman legend a way to fail him. Having played football, baseball and basketball, Williams stumped him. But when it came to the eye exam, the doctor cheated the test and failed him for “depth perception and cupping of the optic disc.” The final injustice was that the results were marked “Negro. Re-examination is HAL FELDMAN NOT recommended.” This one event is what singularly kept In the shadow of Pinecrest, lives a 95-year Eldridge from ever flying with the Tuskegee old military veteran who should be getting a Airmen, but also defined how lot more attention than he he would overcome for the does. Lt. Col. Eldridge rest of his life. Williams has a compelling Having been shot down for life story about overcoming Tuskegee training, Williams adversity and racial diswas sent to an all-black outfit crimination in order to at Fort Leonardwood, proudly serve our country Missouri for combat engineer at the highest level. training. Two weeks into Born in 1917, Williams training he was moved to the was brought up working office because they found he the land, picking cotton. could type 90 words a His family worked on variminute, a skill he learned by ous plantations starting in earning a Business Texas and eventually makAdministration degree at ing their way to Kansas. Western University in 1936. Eldridge describes that Eldridge thought this was work as “just above slavEldridge Williams then another pitfall in his desire to ery, but with some hope.” serve, but it turned out it was From the beginning, just what he needed. Eldridge felt sports and His office skills and hard education was the way for work allowed him to become him to break free and stand a first sergeant and, after two tall. He made it a point to attempts ((thwarted by his be in top physical and mencolor), he was finally slotted tal condition throughout his to go for Officer Training in youth. Miami Beach in 1942. Once As World War II loomed there, because of race, he had for the U.S., another black trouble going to the beach man was about to chip and getting a haircut. The away at racial inequality. barracks were at the Collins On Jan. 15, 1941, Howard Plaza Hotel where, although University student Yancy desegregated, it was clear Williams (no relation) filed race was again a major a court order to be allowed impediment. to enter aviation cadet Eldridge Williams now “Several times during my –––––––––––––––––––––– flight training. The very life I was very angry about next day, the War Department announced it would establish an aviation cadet flight-train- segregation and discrimination,” recalled ing program at Tuskegee, Alabama for blacks Eldridge. “I’d think about taking rocks to a only. It didn’t take Eldridge Williams but 30 highway overpass and dropping them on cars, days to apply to become part of that program. but I knew that was not right. My job was to “I didn’t want to move boxes, wash and ignore and overcome by performance.” Williams graduated Officer Training on clean up for my military service,” he said. “Menial labor was left for the minorities to Oct. 28, 1942 and was quickly assigned to do and I knew I could provide far more serv- the Tuskegee Airmen where he trained them ice to my country. I felt it was my job to in survival and physical fitness. Within two demonstrate my ability and counteract the years, he was promoted to captain and over the course of his enlistment trained 992 offistatus quo.” Williams graduated Xavier University in cers. He never attended graduation cereAugust 1941 with a degree in Education and monies, still scarred by the fact that he was immediately reported for duty where he got fraudulently denied the opportunity to in line for his aviation physical. One of five become an airman himself due to the physinames selected, he arrived at 9 a.m. to find he cal examination in 1941. was there with four white applicants. The After the war, he took a job as the head other four went in almost immediately. tennis and basketball coach at A&T College. Eldridge sat until just before 5 p.m. The doc- Even there, local law and rules severely puntor begrudgingly did the exam and looked for ished successful blacks, so he hid under the

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L E F T: Eldridge Williams in 1942. Next to Williams is Clark Gables

radar and accepted less fortune than he was rightly entitled. The military called Williams back into service during the Berlin Airlift crisis, which continued through the Korean War. During one of his deployments he was assigned to Okinawa, Japan. The orders specifically read: "Dependents will not accompany or later join Officer – for the convenience of the government.” Another reminder of the race inequality Williams had to endure. At one point, Williams, stationed at Syracuse, was in charge of the ‘red button’ that would authorize aircraft across the entire eastern seaboard to be loaded with nuclear weapons; all the while still dealing with discrimination that denied him the ability to buy a house. Ever since being stationed on Miami Beach, Eldridge had wanted to live in Miami. In 1964, Williams did just that and joined the Dade County Public School System where he became a director and was put in charge of school desegregation. He

permanently retired in 1985. To this day, a very vibrant and distinguished 95-year-old Williams vows to keep doing his part to improve racial equality. He says the key is education and both the majority and minority doing their part in achieving goals. In 2009, Williams released a limited print book of his life story. Fittingly to the point of chills, it is titled Without Wings I Soared.

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Village NPH event benefits Haitian orphans

Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH USA), formerly known as Friends of the Orphans, recently hosted an event in the Pinecrest home of board member Tomas Hauf. This amazing organization is building awareness in South Florida after impacting the lives of thousands of children they have raised in the nine homes for orphans they operate throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. The Pinecrest event in the Hauf home highlighted a Haitian orphanage and featured the photography of award-winning Haitian-born photojournalist Carl Philippe Juste, whose politically active family was forced to flee the country in 1965. Settling in Miami, Juste has served the Haitian community since 1991 through his work at the Miami Herald capturing the struggles of Haitians in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. His father, Viter Juste, who recently passed away at the age of 87, helped to establish Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood. NPH has supported hundreds of thousands of Haitian children in its 25-year history at three primary facilities — the St. Hélène Foyer children’s home in Kencoff, the Saint Germain home for special needs children in Châteaublond and the St. Damien Châteaublond Pedriatric Hospital. That hospital is now the country’s largest pediatric clinic. And, not only does NPH operate those facilities, they also provide free meals and schooling to many children in the community. For more information on how to support NPH efforts in Haiti and beyond, contact southeast regional director Leah Stern at 305-.909-6810 or by email at <Lstern@nphusa.org>. ST. LOUIS CATHOLIC CHURCH MARKS 50 YEARS The 50th anniversary of St. Louis Catholic Church began with Feast Day activities on Saturday, Aug. 24. After celebrating mass, Fr. Paul Vuturo invited everyone to enjoy a “Historical Museum”

the parish compiled for the event and refreshments in the Family Center. It was a reunion of sorts for many who welcomed back long time former Pastor Monsignor James Fetscher. He returned to his former church to celebrate mass and visit with his former parishioners. CORNIEL BABY SHOWER On Sept. 15, Palmetto Bay resident Susie Tilson, former long-time teacher at Pinecrest Elementary, held a baby shower in her home for Kara Corniel, who she recently sponsored for membership in the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club. Kara’s baby is due Sept. 22, so the shower was none too soon. Among those enjoying an afternoon of good food, fun, games and socializing were CGWC members Debi Moore, Mayra Dominguez, Mireya Kilmon, Robin Burr, Lori Dilan, Nathalie Bogani, Barbara Lapsley, Stella Suarez, Andy Young and Nancy Desmangles, to mention a few. HEART ASSOCIATION WALK The American Heart Association is gearing up for its walk on Oct. 26 at Marlins Stadium. On Sept. 10, a kick-off breakfast at Marlins Park celebrated team leaders and sponsors of this year’s event who are enthusiastic about the new location with its great parking for the more than 5,000 participants expected to attend and support this annual fundraising event. The month leading up to the Walk, many are also participating in the American Heart Association 10th anniversary of Go Red For Women Luncheon on Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa, 321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Gabrielle Finley-Hazle, CEO of Florida Medical Center, and 2013 Go Red for Women chair, expects a sell-out crowd to attend this affair presented by GCI Worldwide Corporation, Macy’s and Tenet Florida. Guests are encouraged to wear red and will be offered health screenings courtesy of Walgreens. To RSVP or for more information, call Maria Leon at 954-364-5012. Until next time, keep making each day count. If you would like to submit information for this column, please send your news via email to <gloriagalburns@aol.com>.

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It’s time for Marlins to sign José Fernandez to a long-term deal BY PRESTON MICHELSON

As a running gag, Marlins fans have been jesting, “José Fernández is going to look great in a Yankees uniform.” There is truth to the gag. All too often, Marlins stars have changed area codes when their salary increased, much to the dismay to the South Florida faithful, a reason why the Marlins have been nicknamed “the farm system for the Major Leagues.” Fernández is one of a handful of Marlins players — Dontrelle Willis is another — that singlehandedly was capable of raising attendance at games that he started. A potential Rookie-of-the-Year winner, Fernández has impressed Marlins fans both on and off the field. He is the archetype of what a young face-of-the-franchise should look like. He is polite (save for a debatable skirmish with the Atlanta Braves), he plays the game with an infectious childish exuberance and he is great. But fans with well-earned skit-

tishness toward devotion to home-grown superstars have had trouble trusting the management to keep Fernández in house, even though he is locked up under team control for the next five seasons. Take a look at Josh Beckett or Dontrelle Willis or Gary Sheffield or Miguel Cabrera, all players the fans became infatuated with, and all players who quickly departed, not of their own accord. Those players were traded away, some for better reasons than others, and the next batch of young players made their way to the Major Leagues. But what if they had stayed and made Miami their permanent home? It doesn’t happen very often in South Florida. The original-team-lifer exists in Boston or New York. The Marlins’ best example is Ricky Nolasco, and he was hardly the face-ofthe-franchise. The paradigm for small-market teams is relatively consistent. Produce and trade. There’s a big reason to shift the paradigm, and that’s José Fernández. Lock him up for a long time. Yes, it comes with risk. He could get hurt, as pitchers are wont to do. But it also has its potential rewards.

Barring a major setback or injury, signing him long term could prove to be a bargain for the Marlins. The move is rare, but it isn’t without precedent. The Tampa Bay Rays have championed the move as of late. Six games into Evan Longoria’s Major League career, the Rays rewarded him with a six-year, $17.5 million contract. In 2012, four years before the contract was set to expire, they extended the contract through 2022. Similarly, the Rays and Matt Moore agreed to a five-year, $14 million contract, which includes three team option years at the end. When Moore signed the contract, he had appeared in only three regular season games. For more on the Rays’ recent history, read Jonah Keri’s The Extra 2%. By signing those players extraordinarily early, they were able to concoct a sort of win-win situation. The player wins because he ensures that he will be paid, even if he stops performing or gets injured. The team benefits because if the player does perform as they expect him to, the contract will be a bargain of high proportion. Using FanGraph’s statistic Win Values, which translates a player’s value to the

CORNER going rate at free agency, Longoria has been worth $159.5 million in his six years in the league. He has been paid $14.6 million. Moore has been worth $22.9 million and he’s been paid a little more than $2 million. Of course, locking up Fernández long term comes with its risks. But, as evidenced above, it can come with some massive dividends. Preston Michelson is a freshman at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism and is a graduate of Palmer Trinity School. He is a frequent contributor to this newspaper and the opinions he expresses are his own and not necessarily those of the editors and publishers. Contact him on Twitter at @PrestonMich or by email at <michelsonpr@gmail.com>.


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Sears Home Appliance Showroom has all the comforts of home BY NANCY EAGLETON

The comforts of home — a hot meal, an ice cold drink, crisp clean sheets to climb into after a long day. You may not spend much time thinking about the role of your home appliances until one of them stops working. Then, you realize how much you depend on them to keep you and your family comfortable and your home running like a well-oiled machine. So, whether you’re outfitting a new home, upgrading an existing home or replacing an old appliance, Sears Home Appliance Showroom has exactly what you need to keep you in your comfort zone. Sears Home Appliance Showroom, located in Miami at London Square Shopping Center and Dadeland North Plaza, carries more brands of ranges, cooktops, refrigerators, dishwashers, washers, dryers, vacuums, microwaves and small kitchen appliances than any other retailer, says owner Michael Myers. You’ll find all of the top brands in his showrooms, including Kenmore, Whirlpool, Maytag, Jenn-Air, Bosch, KitchenAid, GE, LG, Samsung and more. You’ll also discover a different shopping experience than the one you’re used to at a

big box retailer. In other words, you won’t be left to wander in a vast store with no help in sight or have a herd of sales people hanging over you, says Myers. Think of it as “boutique shopping” for your home appliances. “When you come in, you’re greeted and assisted by highly trained people who know appliances,” said Myers. “They are knowledgeable about the product and can answer all of your questions, and yet, there’s no pressure. If you just want to look, that’s perfectly fine, too.” The 5,000-square foot Sears Home Appliance Showroom is large enough to display a vast variety of models, yet cozy enough to make you feel right at home. “We offer fresh baked chocolate chip cookies that we bake in our ovens and cool drinks that we keep in our refrigerators,” said Myers. “We want kids to feel at home, too. So, we offer them juice boxes and a special area where they can play and watch TV.” Myers also guarantees that you’ll find the lowest prices in his showroom. “We find the lowest prices and we beat them,” said Myers. “Our prices are already low, but if you do find an ad that shows a lower price, we’ll match it plus give you 10 percent of the difference.”

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In the store’s Customer Solution Center, Sears Home Appliance Showroom team members will even help you research competitor pricing so you know you are getting the best deal. When buying an appliance, it’s important to remember that it has two price tags: what you pay in the store and what you pay for the energy and water it uses. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances use less energy and water than standard models. Sears Home Appliance Showroom offers the largest selection of ENERGY STAR qualified appliances and products. Not only can your visit to Sears Home Appliance Showroom save you money, it can also save you time. “We can order any item that Sears sells and have it shipped directly to our customer’s home, with free shipping,” Myers said. “Although we specialize in appliances, we have access to any product Sears carries. Customers can avoid the hassle of going to the mall by having their items delivered to their home.” In all, there are more than 4,500 appliances to choose from during your one-stop

shopping experience. Myers bought his first Sears Home Appliance Showroom franchise three years ago and now owns five locations in MiamiDade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. He made this career move after spending 23 years in the boating industry, working for iconic companies such as Sea Ray and Boston Whaler, and most recently serving as president of Bertram Yacht. “I wanted to run and own my own business,” he said. “I was drawn to this concept because I can offer customers great products from Sears, which has such a great name in the industry. And I can offer them great service because of all of the support I have from Sears, including product protection, delivery service, installation, maintenance and customer service that is second to none.” The two Miami locations of Sears Home Appliance Showroom are: London Square Shopping Center, 13550 SW 120 Street, 305-278-2377, and Dadeland North Plaza, 6605 South Dixie Highway, 305-669-5316. For information, go online at <www.SearsHomeApplianceShowroom.com>


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Drew Kern Closes a Sale

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

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Ghost tours, Indian burial grounds and other family adventures BY DAVID MCDONALD

Board Member, Deering Estate Foundation With school back in session and family vacation time lost to the daily grind of the school year, family adventures don’t have to wait until the next school break. In our own backyard is the Deering Estate at Cutler, a wonderful spot for families or individuals to enjoy the bay, some Miami history and ecology. The Deering Estate has been called Miami’s best kept secret. Situated on 444 acres along the shore of Biscayne Bay in Palmetto Bay, the estate is open every day to visitors. It is operated by the Miami Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department in partnership with the Deering Estate Foundation, a charitable, community-based non-profit organization overseen by a volunteer board of directors and the foundation’s executive director, Mary Pettit. Individual day passes to the estate may be purchased at the gate for $12 for adult and $7 for children. Alternatively, you can visit as often as you like throughout the year by purchasing an annual membership from the foundation. That serves as an annual admission pass during regular operating hours, as well as free admission to the popular Deering Seafood Festival held in March each year. Memberships can only be purchased through the foundation either online or by calling the membership office at 305-235-1668, ext. 263. An annual family membership is $95 dollars, and individual and couple memberships are also available. Membership at Deering provides free admission to many special tours and activities including night hikes complete with s’mores over a camp fire. Few know that paranormal activity has been identified at the estate. Regular ghost

DEERING ESTATE NEWS tours, if you dare, are conducted, typically during evening. From a lecture about paranormal activity at the estate to conducting your own guided investigation after dark, the ghost tours are fun and exciting for all. For those hearty souls, there is a “Spookover” from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. on select nights. The 444-acre Deering Estate was once inhabited by a band of Tequesta Indians and a walk or hike along the many trails on the property will lead visitors to ancient burial grounds and many Indian artifacts. Guided tours are offered daily. Tours and trails lead through some of the world’s most environmentally sensitive habitats, including a hardwood hammock where endangered plants and species, including beautiful exotic butterflies, can be seen. The Deering trails can be walked as part of a guided tour or self-guided tour. After your hike, you can relax on the estate’s expansive lawn on the shore of Biscayne Bay, enjoy a family picnic and often observe manatees frolic in the beautiful boat basin. Or you can find your way to the People’s Dock and drop a fishing line. When sitting on the lawn of the Estate, some will remember that the rows of the tall Royal Palm Trees were used in an aerial shot during the opening credits of the 1980s hit TV series Miami Vice. For the more adventurous, the estate provides kayak rentals on weekends to access and paddle along the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay. Special sunrise and moonlight guided canoe trips are available to Chicken Key, a seven-acre mangrove island located a mile offshore. Check the

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website for dates. Deering Estate, originally the outpost town of Cutler, was purchased and renovated by International Harvester Corp. industrialist Charles Deering between 1916 and 1922. Closed for decades as the home fell into disrepair, the gates were re-opened to visitors in 1986 when the estate was purchased from Deering’s heirs by the state of Florida and Miami-Dade County. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, visitors can tour the historic buildings on the property, including the prohibition era wine cellar hidden in the

basement of the main house, as the foundation and the county work to bring the estate back to life, while preserving Florida’s history and Deering’s legacy. Join the foundation and make the Deering Estate at Cutler your back yard on the bay. Enjoy all of the great family adventures and activities the estate offers while helping to restore and preserve this beautiful property. With a family membership, it’s a great value and a worthy investment in helping to sustain this community treasure. To join, go to <www.deeringestate.org> or call 305-235-1668, ext. 263.


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Hurtado named property management director at Ven-American Realtor Shari Lynn Hurtado has been named director of property management at Ven-American Real Estate in Coconut Grove. Hurtado will continue to oversee property management at Monarch Commerce Center, where she has worked for six years, as well as other properties in the Ven-American portfolio. Ven-American, which recently assumed management of the Monarch Commerce Center in Miramar, was founded in 1991 by Coconut Grove resident Andrew Kruss. It is a residential and commercial real estate firm offering brokerage and property management services.


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‘Miracle on 136th Street’ ushers in the holiday season on Nov. 23 BY ALICIA WHITLEY

The Falls Shopping Center, 8888 SW 136 St., has announced it will ring in this holiday season on Saturday, Nov. 23, with the 17th annual “Miracle on 136th Street” Holiday Parade that promises to be bigger and better than ever. Local dignitaries and celebrities will ride in vintage and convertible cars during the parade. Again this year, the Holiday Parade will benefit the South Dade YMCA Family Center. “The Miracle on 136th Street” Holiday Parade is attended annually by more than 20,000 residents. The parade features marching bands, stilt walkers, clowns, vintage cars, community groups and internationally recognized costumed characters, along with the season’s first official appearance of Santa riding on his very own float. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early and line both sides of the route before the parade steps off at 4 p.m. The parade route, located on the Boulevard in between the center and the parking lot, will start at the east end of The Falls in front of Bloomingdale’s and traverse the entire length of the center west to Macy’s. After the parade, from 5:30 to 10 p.m., the celebration continues with holiday activities in the mall.

The parade features marching bands, clowns, vintage cars, costumed characters, along with the season’s first official appearance of Santa.


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U.S. 1 is ‘The Great Divide’ in Miami Suzy Breitner V ISUAL A RTS DI R E C T O R

ALPER JCC NEWS When hearing the words, The Great Divide most people think of the Continental Divide of the United States. It separates the watersheds of the Pacific Ocean from those of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. There are Divides on every continent: The Continental Divide of the Americas running along the Andes Mountains, the St. Lawrence River Divide, the Eastern Continental Divide, the Laurentian Divide. I could go on and on. Interesting, huh? But when I think of The Great Divide, I don’t think in terms of continental geography, but rather local geography. I think of a great psychological barrier that deters people who live east from going west and vice versa. To me, The Great Divide is none other than U.S. 1. For some reason, people living east of U.S. 1 seem to be reluctant to travel to points west, including the Alper

JCC. When it comes to joining a fitness center, taking classes, enrolling children in sports programs or after school care, U.S. 1 seems to serve as a sort of psychological hurdle. Some people don’t want to go “too far” for services they need. I live in Pinecrest. I’m only about five minutes from Fairchild Tropical Garden, so you can say I’m pretty far east. And yet for over 13 years I have worked at the Alper JCC, and getting here is a breeze, a trip completed in less than 15 minutes. Whether I take back roads or the 878 flyover, I’m at the “J” in a jiffy, and I hardly notice crossing the “Continental Divide” I call U.S. 1. So if you are looking for things to do – classes to take – group discussions to join – a fabulous Fitness Center to help you get in shape and stay healthy – art exhibits or our renowned Book Festival, the Alper JCC should be at the top of your list, whether you live in Pinecrest, South Miami, Kendall, Cutler Ridge or the Grove. Here’s something to come on over for: Our Futernick Family Art Gallery will open its 2013-14 Visual Arts Season with a fantastic exhibit — Your Fortunate Eyes: Photographs by Rudi Weissenstein from

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the Pri-Or Photo House in Tel Aviv. Rudi immigrated to Palestine from Czechoslovakia in 1936 and traveled through the country over four decades, documenting immigration, new settlements, civil unrest, parades and processions, and urban life. His photographic record of the political, social, ideological and artistic essence of the period truly captures the development of the state. Weissenstein’s work was so significant that he was invited to be the official photographer to document the Declaration of the State of Israel in 1948. The exhibit was curated by Ben Peter and Andreas GrauFuchs. The exhibit will open Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., Life in Stills, a 2011 Israeli film by Tamar Tal, which received the Ophir

Award (Israeli Oscar) for Best Documentary, will play in our Russell Theater. In Hebrew and German with English subtitles, Life in Stills tells the story of Miriam Weissenstein who, at age 96, never imagined she would be facing a new chapter in her life. But when The Photo House was destined for demolition, Miriam and her grandson, Ben, joined forces to save the shop and its nearly onemillion photographs taken by Miriam’s late husband. Despite the generation gap and many conflicts, Ben and Miriam embark on a heart-wrenching journey that requires love, courage, compassion and a dose of humor. This wonderful one-hour film will be followed by four Book Festival authors. You’ll find out more in the next edition. It will be worth a quick trip across that Great Divide.


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Halibut is mild and flaky, best sautéed or poached Chef Jan AOWNER, TWO CHEFS

COOKING WITH JAN My first encounter with halibut was when I was 17. The culinary school I was attending had arranged a trip to a nearby fishing village where the freshly caught seafood was on display and up for auction. There I viewed the largest fish I had ever seen, looking like it weighed a ton! I had no idea that fish could be so large, other than a whale. It was halibut. That one was larger than those usually caught. Halibut, with its mild flavor and flaky texture, is best prepared sautéed or poached; grilling and roasting is too rough. The following is a great dish if you want to splurge with the fish monger, as halibut can be pricey. SAUTEED HALIBUT on a bed of spinach and nutmeg 6 halibut steaks (8-10 oz each) 3 lbs fresh spinach washed and dried with stems removed

2 tbsp olive oil 3-4 tbsp butter juice of 1 lemon pinch freshly grated nutmeg salt and pepper to taste Heat a large sauté pan over high heat. Cover the bottom of the pan with oil and 2 tbsp of butter. Season the halibut steaks with salt and pepper. Place the steaks in the pan. Sear the steaks on one side for about 5 minutes until golden brown (do not touch or shake pan). Turn steaks over and reduce heat to medium and sear for another 4-5 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a wooden skewer; if there isn’t any resistance, the steaks are done. Remove steaks from pan and set aside. In the same pan, sauté the spinach, lemon juice and remaining butter over mediumhigh heat, until wilted (this will only take a minute). Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper. Make a bed of spinach on each serving plate; place a halibut steak on top. Serve immediately.

Looks are sometimes deceiving and it turned out to be quite delicious. This quickly prepared recipe is a great starter for a long menu, a side dish with seafood, chicken or veal, or a light vegetarian dinner. 2 lbs. fiddlehead ferns 1/2 stick butter 4 garlic cloves peeled and minced 2 cups shiitake mushrooms, wiped clean and sliced thickly 1 cup unsalted peanuts, shelled 1/2 cup chicken stock 1 tbsp fresh sage, chopped 1 tbsp fresh Italian parsley, chopped salt and pepper to taste Bring a medium size sauce pan of lightly salted water to a boil. Blanch the ferns, removing them immediately with a slotted spoon once the water begins to boil. Set aside. In a large skillet over medium heat,

melt the butter. Sauté the garlic until translucent (about 20 seconds) do not let the garlic brown. Stir in the mushrooms and peanuts and sauté for another minute, until the natural sugars starts to caramelize. Add the fiddlehead ferns, chicken stock, sage, parsley and salt and pepper. Simmer for 2 minutes until dish is heated through. Serve warm or at room temperature. TRICK OF THE TRADE Most vegetables have to be blanched before they are incorporated into dishes. Once they are blanched, they need very little sautéing. If you can’t find fiddlehead ferns, substitute green beans or the French version haricot verts. Chef Jan Jorgensen is the owner of Two Chefs Restaurant. For more information and reservations, call 305-663-2100 or go to www.twochefsrestauurant.com.

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Monkeys in my Coconut Tree BY ED THOMPSON

President, LOGOI Ministries There are monkeys in my coconut tree. No, really, little Capuchin monkeys — the “organ-grinder” kind. We assume they escaped after one of our hurricanes and hiked several miles before finding the county-protected wooded area behind our house. We’re just glad it’s monkeys and not rhinos. There are three of them. We’ve watched as they climb through the trees in the protected wooded area, climb over our back yard fence, and make the quick scamper into one of our coconut trees. They like to sit on a palm branch and eat the little coconut eggs (or whatever you call them) and chirp with delight. They actually sound a lot like I do when eating a Heath Blizzard at Dairy Queen. Actually, I have a rather long history with little two-and-a-half pound Capuchin monkeys. In fact, I grew up with them, and I’m not talking about my three brothers. As I was sipping coffee and watching the monkeys in my coconut tree, I thought back about the time my monkey broke my arm. His name was Reepicheep and he was named after the pugnacious talking mouse in the C.S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia series. He came to live with us when I was 10 years old. He arrived via missionaries traveling on furlough to Miami. But as so often happens when foreigners get a taste of America, he didn’t want to go back. So when the missionaries went back to South America, Reepicheep stayed with us and become an illegal alien. Reepicheep lived outside in a tree house my Dad built especially for him. To keep Reepicheep from wandering off and joining a gang, he wore a leather belt around his waist which was attached to a light chain

about five feet long. The chain was attached to a pulley wheel which was attached to a strong cable with one end anchored to the tree and the other end to the corner of our house about 30 feet away. Got it? This set up is important because Reepicheep taught himself the most amazing Tarzan-like trick which he performed all day long. He would casually stroll to one end of the wire cable and dive off in a headfirst bungee jump. He would deftly grab his chain and swing like Tarzan to the other end. Honest! The only thing missing was Tarzan’s jungle yell. I used to charge the neighborhood kids 50 cents to come over and see our monkey swing. I made $18.50 the first weekend we had him! One of my jobs was to feed the monkey. This meant I would have to climb about seven feet up the tree, find his metal food dish, climb back down the tree, walk back inside the house, fill his tray with left-overs from dinner (no Purina Monkey Chow for our chimp), then climb back up the tree and hand over the dish. At first it was sort of fun, but after six or seven months of this, it lost all its excitement. So one day, in a moment of adolescent genius, my brothers and I decided to hang a rope swing. We figured our “speed-feeding” system would make feeding the monkey fun again. We attached one end to a thick branch and the other end to a deflated inner-tube tire. The trick was to run as fast as you could and dive into the inner-tube. If done right, your momentum would carry you all the way up to Reepicheep’s treehouse. Once there, you had to then reach out and grab onto the tree house and hold yourself in the precarious prone position long enough to locate the metal dish. It was a thrill seekers delight. It became even more dangerous, however, when Reepicheep turned mean. I don’t recall exactly when he turned mean, but I think it was right around the time I started

throwing mangos at him. Reepicheep was amazingly agile and hard to hit. At first I thought he enjoyed our little game of dodge-mango, but as it turns out, it just made him cranky. So it was, on a particular summer night in Miami, I was trying to coax the little ape away from his tree house to the other side of his cable by our house. A couple of nearmiss mango tosses were doing the trick and Reepicheep was as far from his tree house as he could possibly get. My ploy worked as the gullible long-tailed organ grinder wasn’t even looking when I took off for the inner-tube. My dive was close to perfect as I launched myself into the tube and felt the momentum propel me upwards. I smiled at how smoothly my plan was working and how easy it was to trick a primate whose brain was much smaller than the mangos he was dodging. At the same time, I could hear loud snorting coming from the enraged orangutan running as quickly over the cable as his hairy arms and legs would take him. I grabbed onto the tree house and began a mad scramble for the metal food dish. That’s when I swore I heard the little ape let out an evil laugh. He had purposefully moved his food dish to a little crook in the tree and was closing in fast. Panicking, I tried to reposition myself in order to grab the dish. To do so, I had to slide my waist out of my perfectly aligned center of gravity position inside the deflated rubber tire and wiggle out to where my thighs were holding me in place. My outstretched fingers were just beginning to close around the metal food dish when the evil monkey leapt off the cable and disappeared in a nose dive. I temporarily lost sight of him, but I could hear his Tarzan like yell as the pulley wheel whizzed and he thumped his little chest. Then, to my horror, the gorilla suddenly came swinging up holding onto his chain and then let go in a perfectly timed move the Flying Wallenda’s would have applaud-

THAT’S LIFE ed. The flying furry fanged beast was hurling straight at my face which caused me to not only let out a bloodcurdling scream, but also let go of my grip on the tree house. I remember thinking how much faster I was going down than going up. That’s also when I remembered I had wiggled out of my perfectly aligned center of balance position in the inner-tube. As the rope swing pulled me away from the crazed gorilla, it also released me to fight gravity all by myself. Fortunately, I landed on a rather large and rotten mango which sufficiently softened my fall so I only broke the two bones in my left forearm. Later, as the emergency room doctor was putting a cast on my broken arm and pulling mango out of my hair, he asked if I could once again tell the story of how my monkey broke my arm. But this time, he asked if he could invite a few of his fellow staff members to listen. Apparently, I was his first patient to have his arm broken by a little two-and-a-half pound monkey. My arm healed and I stopped throwing mangos at Reepicheep and over time, we made up. He bit me a few times after that, but never again broke any of my other bones. Thankfully our rope swing remained, but we were no longer allowed to use it to “speed feed” the monkey. Even so, Reepicheep and I never fully trusted each other again. He, for one, lost his appetite for mangoes, and I lost my desire to be an Acapulco cliff diver. Perhaps it was all for the better. Ed Thompson is President of LOGOI Ministries and a frequent contributor to this newspaper. Follow his blog at <edthompsonlive.wordpress.com>.


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Benefits of a professional appraisal Wendy and Adam Levy REAL ESTATE Let’s assume that you’ve found the home of your dreams. The asking price is reasonable and within the amount that your bank has already pre-approved you for, which means you are ready to sign on the dotted line and start getting ready to move in. Once you have signed a contract, your mortgage carrier will request an appraisal for the property. Appraisals provide you with information about the home that you wish to purchase. Put simply, a real estate appraisal is the opinion of a licensed professional who is an expert in home values. They base their opinion on information about the property, as well as other sales, of similar homes, in the area. It’s not only buyers who can benefit from real estate appraisals, however. An individual looking to sell their property can also take advantage of a professional appraisal so that they can find out exactly how much their home is worth before they list it on the mar-

ket. A home that is overpriced will likely languish on the market while other, comparable homes get snapped up by interested buyers almost as soon as they are available. On the other hand, pricing a home too low means that the seller doesn’t get as much money for their property as they otherwise could. An important thing to keep in mind is that a home appraisal is a different thing from an inspection. While a professional appraisal will likely include any obvious problems that the property may have, they will also include any upgrades, special features or additions that enhance the property. They differ from an inspection because the appraiser does not normally check to make sure that things like the electrical outlets, plumbing, heater, appliances and air conditioner are all working appropriately. That is the job of the home inspector. Whether you are buying or selling, understanding exactly what a property is worth can help you make the best financial decisions for you and your family. For information, contact the Levy Group at Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate at 786-581-1134, via email to Adam@MiamiHomesAndLand.com or visit online at <www.MiamiHomesAndLand.com>.


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6 Bed / 6 Bath / Redlands

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29240 SW 172 Ave. Remodeled coral rock home w/ gourmet kitchen, fireplace, in-law quarters & much more. Virtual Tour: www.obeo.com/667706 Florida Paradise Properties Richard Wieder 305-979-0370 rick@flparadiseproperies.com

Historic Gables, Renovated & charming. Hardwood flrs., fireplace, fr. doors, HUGE 15 x 33 pool & 2 car garage. Asking $1.2 mil. Karen Evans, EWM Realty 305-810-9415 Aaron Nolte, EWM Realty 305-417-9429 info@MiamiInternationalGroup.com

Acre Estate with Tennis - Pool - Cottage Huge Yard, New Roof. 12950SW61Ave.com $2,240,000. Pam Mayers/EWM Real Estate/Christies 305-216-5864 • pmmewm@gmail.com eluxuryhomesmiami.com

29430 SW 172 Ave. Remodeled Redland Ranch Estate on 1+ acre. Screened-in pool and spa & much more! Virtual Tour: www.obeo.com/760708 Florida Paradise Properties Karel Foti 305-606-3007 karel@flparadiseproperties.com

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15 Seaview Avenue - Rare Find! Aproximate 1.3 acre Marina Facility in the middle Florida Keys. Existing wholesale and retail market facility, sea wall, fuel dock and additional dockage. Florida Paradise Properties • Karel Foti 305-606-3007 • karel@flparadiseproperties.com

Modern home on nearly 5 acres of land with breathtaking Biscayne Bay views. Granite/ marble, gym and helipad roof. $7,900,000. Jeri Jenkins, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate 305-534-4949 • jeri@jerijenkins.com

Just Sold - 620 Blue Rd, Coral Gables $1,223,625. 5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms, 3765 sf Living Area, 12067 sf Lot. I can sell yours too. David Garcia, Florida Realty of Miami 786-443-9488 www.davidsellsmiami.com

Elegantly decorated two story pool home with jacuzzi. In-law quarters on 1st level. Stainless steel appliances, security system. $339,000. Dr. Patricia Brumley, Realty World 305-613-8421 brumleyp@gmail.com

3 Bed / 3.5 Bath / Coral Gables

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Traditional elegance and southern charm on 1.8 acres. 2-car garage, gorgeous pool and patio. Updated in 2007. $2,200,000 Christine Stiphany, EWM Realty 305-903-8845 stiphany.c@ewm.com

Custom home, grand foyer, volume ceilings, dramatic staircase. Viking appliances, wine cellar & elevator. $3,675,000. Ramon “Ray” Navarro, Avatar Real Estate 305-986-1458 rnavarro01@msn.com

Executive style home on lush landscaped triple lot. Gourmet kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Heated pool. Elena Kemper, EWM Pinecrest 305-799-1184 • kemper.e@ewm.com www.kemperkleinrealtors.com

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You can’t judge a book (or bookstore?) by looking at the cover BY CARL RACHELSON

Even if you can’t judge a book by looking at the cover, how about a bookstore? Quiet as it is not kept, the book, long revered and worshipped by intellects of all shapes and sizes, is said to be on its last legs. Our old, beloved US1 Borders has been demolished, to be replaced any day now by Trader Joe’s. As excited as I am to soon be reading the labels on the bottles of Three Buck Chuck, Borders had more educational potential (though I hope the former manager of that Borders will work at Trader Joe’s because he was so outstanding). However, when it comes to the death of the bookstore, try telling this to Books & Books. Cavernous Barnes & Noble still commands the corner of Red Road and Southwest 72nd Street, along with the AMC 24, propping up a Sunset Place that often seems forlorn. They also have West Kendall locked up, along with a Miracle Mile location, which hangs tough despite staggering to stay afloat. As Michael Jackson sang, “Do You Remember the Time” when we loved hanging out at these places? Bookstores with coffee shops seemed as ubiquitous then as coffee shops without bookstores are now. Other pummeled sad sacks, daily newspapers, ironically wrote epitaphs for the book alongside their own obituaries. Amazon, with nearly a quarter of all book sales, seemed to be like Mike Tyson, with referees performing a 10 count on Borders, Waldenbooks, B. Dalton and Crown Books, all long gone since being knocked flat. It would seem that the book business is just down for the count – finished, defeated, vanquished, conquered, kaput! However, like a sleeping giant, a lion hiding in the bushes, Casey at the Bat, or David going up against Goliath, the treas-

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ured independent bookstore in Miami is a monster called Books & Books, and we are supremely blessed to have it in our midst. Aside from the business itself, all of Mitchell Kaplan’s locations ooze class, percolate with vitality and provide everyone with an atmosphere that is hard to top by any definition. Books & Books has local stores in Coral Gables, on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road and in Bal Harbour; a kiosk at refur-

bished MIA, at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art on Las Olas, one in Grand Cayman and even one in Westhampton Beach. Things are always throbbing there — events, parties, reading groups, signings. Local favorites like Edwidge Danticat hang out there. I heard Jamaica Kincaid say, “I loathe the Queen!” there. Cee Lo Green is coming to Coral Gables. Salman Rushdie is coming to Miami-Dade College; Kaplan also hosts the

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Miami International Book Fair, which he cofounded. Basically, if one can write, Books & Books will present them. If it were only the long lists of splendid authors, Books & Books would command respect. Most locations sport fashion-forward cafes and at the flagship Gables store there is a Mediterranean-style courtyard where a bar is centered, bands play and good vibes reign. (Full disclosure: there is also an art gallery where yours truly will show StoreFront photographs starting Friday, Oct. 4, this corresponding with the Coral Gables First Friday Gallery Night). It is said that the book is in trouble; maybe, but the bookstore is in fine shape. Carl Rachelson is a teacher at Palmer Trinity School and a regular contributor to the Pinecrest Tribune. He may be contacted by addressing email to <crachelson@palmertrinity.org>.


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Oral Health Advice Dr. Larry Kessler, Periodontist WORD OF MOUTH Q: My son wants to try out for his high school basketball team. How can I explain to him the importance of using a protective mouth appliance? Since I am a huge fan of both college and professional basketball, I am cheering him on to join the team. Being keenly aware of the physical intensity in heavy contact sports such as football, soccer, hockey, baseball, encouraging the use of an appliance is a responsible suggestion. He may be apprehensive about wearing it. He may be nervous that he will be made fun of. However, some of my friends even have an

appliance that they wear to sleep. A: First and foremost, your son should understand your concern and appreciate that you are being proactive when it comes to his wellbeing. Mouth guards or biteplates or night guards are wonderful devices. They have many benefits, including helping to protect against breakage of the teeth, lacerations of the tongue and concussions. All of these injuries can result in Emergency Room visits, which are frequently seen in these contact sports. Sadly, most sports injuries are orofacial in nature, resulting in unnecessary damage to the mouth area. In most situations, injuries could have been avoided if mouth guards or biteplates were part of the required safety equipment given to each player. Have your son talk to the coach about wearing a mouth guard. His slam-dunk idea could score points before even going on the court. As far as the appliance your friends wear at night, although the concept is similar, they

may wear them for different reasons. People who clench or grind their teeth may see uneven wear and tear on the top of their teeth. Teeth may become flat and shiny, or broken or chipped surfaces on the teeth may also be seen or felt. TMJ, which I addressed in a previous article, can also result from clenching or grinding teeth at night. TMJ symptoms include headaches, earaches, neck discomfort and stiff, sore or limited movement of the muscles and ligaments of the jaw. Those who have TMJ should consider having an acrylic appliance constructed. Q: Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the talk I hear lately about removing wisdom teeth? Is it necessary? A: The correct question is whether there is enough room in your jaw for the wisdom teeth, or third molars, to come in. Most people lack sufficient space because the teeth are buried, partially erupt or erupt on an angle.

This causes pain and could compromise the second molars. Crowding of the teeth can also result in collecting food and bone loss. The best time to remove the wisdom teeth is between the ages of 18 and 25. The bone will regenerate more easily during this stage of life, rather than later when regeneration materials would be needed to rebuild behind the second molars. If your father is a big-boned man and your mom is a petite lady, you are more likely to inherit his big teeth and her small jaw. In this case, you would not have adequate spacing for 32 teeth. An oral surgeon would need to be consulted. Dr. Kesslerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office is located in the Dadeland Medical Building, 7400 N. Kendall Drive, directly across the street from Dadeland Shopping Mall and he may be reached at 305-670-3800 or at <Lkgums@aol.com>.


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Dr. John Addison offers Back-to-School Dental Tips Once you’ve stocked up on school supplies, what’s left to do? Don’t forget to take your child to the dentist! Your dentist can identify problems that may interfere with speaking, eating and learning and help prevent missed school days related to dental pain. By following these tips, your child will receive an A+ on his or her dental report card. • Dental Care – Your child should have twice yearly dental examinations and cleanings to help prevent and diagnose problems. Fluoride treatments or sealants may be recommended to keep teeth and gums healthy. Dr. John Addison • Hygiene – Establish a routine that includes brushing twice daily for two minutes and flossing. To motivate your child, let your child pick out a new toothbrush, use a children’s fluoride toothpaste in a fun flavor and have your child floss with children’s floss picks which are easier to use than traditional floss. • Diet – If you pack lunch, send whole grains, cheese, yogurt, fruits and vegetables. If your child buys lunch, review how to make healthy choices and encourage your child to choose water or plain milk over soda, juice or flavored milks which contribute to tooth decay and other health problems. • Mouth Guards – Children should wear mouth guards when playing sports. According to the American Dental Association, more than 2 million teeth are lost every year in sports injuries. Dentists create custom-fit guards that provide superior feel and protection to what you can buy over-the-counter. By properly caring for your child’s teeth, you set the stage for a fantastic school year and you create healthy habits that will positively impact your child’s health for a lifetime. Dr. John Addison, DMD, offers appointments before and after school. For added comfort, all treatment rooms have TV’s and Kindles are available for playing games and reading. To make an appointment, call (305) 670-9755 or visit our website: www.fisherandaddisondental.com.

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Florida Healthcare Plus, the service you want BY DONNA SHELLEY

Florida Healthcare Plus (FHCP) is among the most successful and innovative managed care companies in the state. With a focus on quality customer service, cost-effectiveness and “grassroots” relationships with Primary Care Physicians, FHCP continues to expand its presence in the Florida healthcare arena. FHCP started out in 2004 as a pre-paid health plan, addressing the needs of lower income families. Today, they are a licensed Florida HMO (health maintenance organization) with branches in major population areas such as Miami, West Palm Beach, Orlando and Tampa. By January 2014, their participating networks will be available in 16 counties throughout the state. At the heart of FHCP’s success is their mission to limit costs and placing the proper emphasis on preventative care. “Preventative care is key and it is the future of healthcare,” said Abe Rodriguez, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for FHCP. “The goal should be to keep people healthy. This philosophy is evident in the extent of the services we provide to our members and in the caliber of physicians in our network.” The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been phasing into the healthcare system since

2010 and is planned to be fully implemented by next year. The Act promotes prevention, wellness for public health and provides funding commitment to these areas. A healthier population will actually reduce the cost of healthcare and improve the population’s quality of life and productivity. This strategy of national prevention and health promotion also improves the delivery of healthcare to constituencies that were often denied coverage by insurers or dropped by an insurer once a substantial claim was made. For practitioners and healthcare institutions, the ACA requires greater transparency and accountability than ever before. In this regard and others, FHCP is a “fantastic fit” for the ACA, according to Abe Rodriguez. Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) who are providers with FHCP have the opportunity to get their practice in line with the new regulations. Increased accountability calls for greater monitoring of preventative care via electronic health records. Physicians, PCPs will need IT capabilities that allow them to maintain and file detailed reports properly. FHCP will provide solutions to their participating providers and assist them with the reporting requirements via electronic patient files (EMR/EHR) while ensuring that they are reporting on a timely-basis as the physicians maintain high

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scores with preventive care. FHCP takes great pride in the way it conducts business. “We believe in doing it the old fashioned way—one handshake at a time,” said Abe Rodriguez. It has proven to be just the right way to increase business. The personal touch extends to every prospective provider and every prospective patient. FHCP limits costs and practices prevention to such an extent that this relatively small company can invest the savings into benefits instead of rewarding a large group of stockholders. These benefits include an over the counter debit card that is recharged in $100 increments every month. The member can use the card at select locations to purchase over 25,000 health-related products, from aspirin to blood pressure cuffs. Another is FHCP’s unlimited transportation service for members, offered free of charge. The company has purchased its own fleet of comfortable Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans, operated by drivers trained and employed by FHCP. A free gym membership is offered to all members. To find out about becoming an FHCP provider or to enroll in Medicare or Medicaid-based programs, contact FHCP at 1-855-431-1609 or visit them at their website at <www.floridahealthcareplus>.


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Live in Sure Wealth and Leave a Legacy By Nancy Eagleton Many people don’t like to talk about life insurance because, well, most people don’t like to talk about dying. But, life insurance should be a part of everyone's long-term financial strategy, says Howard Kaye, president of Howard Kaye Life Insurance Agency. Life insurance is an asset – it should not be viewed as an expense. In fact, life insurance may be the only solution that offers you a guaranteed return on principal. “Life insurance is and should be an investment alternative in every truly diversified portfolio,” said Kaye. “We work with our clients to help them understand how best to use life insurance to create and preserve wealth.” First and foremost, life insurance safeguards your family’s future. It protects your loved ones and gives you peace of mind knowing they will be taken care of in the event of your death. But when properly planned and executed, life insurance can do so much more. The focus of life insurance in estate planning is to leave your family and charities the most money possible. For high-wealth individuals, life insurance is there to pay the estate taxes that Uncle Sam will surely

take. Having proper Kaye warns that individamounts of insurance can uals who do not have life prevent your heirs from insurance are exposing selling assets at a discount their family to many risks. to address tax requireLife insurance may be the ments, says Kaye. difference between preAs the saying goes – serving your family’s qualthe only things certain in ity of life and a serious life are death and taxes. financial setback. Kaye and When you have life insurhis team of advisors are deance, your payout is guartermined to help you find anteed, and the good news the best plan for your fam– your taxes will be covily. ered. “There is a program for “Everyone is going to every age and every level die, so you might as well of wealth,” he said. Howard Kaye get paid for it,” Kaye said. Kaye has assembled a “At the end of the day, life insurance is team of knowledgeable advisors to work money. I often ask my clients, ‘how much with him in his boutique agency based out money would you like to buy?’” of Boca Raton, which serves clients nationEven if you have a life insurance policy, wide. The team can assist you with estate it does not mean your heirs and charities and legacy planning and charitable gifting. are properly protected from loss of value They can help you maximize the benefit of due to taxes. your IRA, and introduce you to the 401“It’s important to periodically review KAYE plan. This program allows adult your policy to be sure you and your family children to ensure their parent’s legacy are properly covered,” said Kaye. “A con- passes seamlessly to the next generation sultation to review your existing policy is and generations beyond. always complementary, and it is time wellAnother offering – the Everything Soluspent.” tion – “is one of the best products I’ve

seen,” says Kaye. This policy is a great alternative to a CD or money market product, but it has better growth potential than those accounts. “It’s fully liquid, it has a tax-free benefit and is safe from market losses,” said Kaye. Kaye has more than 29 years of experience in the industry. It’s safe to say that he probably learned a thing or two from his father, Barry Kaye, who is widely recognized as the father of the wealth preservation industry. Like his father who was also a regular in the media, Kaye spreads the wealth of his knowledge on his a 30-minute financial news and educational television program entitled "In Sure Wealth" Television, with Howard Kaye, which airs Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., on South Florida's WXEL. The show also airs in the Miami market on WPLGABC which airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:30am. Contact Howard Kaye Insurance Agency for a complimentary consultation at 800343-7424. For more information, visit www.howardkayeinsurance.com.


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Compounding For Ferrets with Insulinoma Beta cell tumors, also known as insulinomas, are the most common form of cancer in ferrets. These tumors produce excessive amounts of insulin, causing dangerously low blood glucose levels. Surgery to remove visible tumors or a large portion of pancreas frequently does not result in a cure. The incidence of recurrence is high. But, in some cases, with good care and a combination of medical and surgical treatment, or medical treatment alone, a ferret may be able to live with this condition for a number of years. Prednisolone is a medication that is commonly administered orally to ferrets with insulinoma to improve glucose metabolism. Prednisolone is currently not commercially available and must be compounded by pharmacists for use in ferrets. Diazoxide is used to treat ferrets with insulinoma once they become refractory to prednisolone therapy, and most veterinarians prefer to use a sugarless flavored compounded suspension provided by compounding pharmacists. Ask our compounding pharmacist for more information about customized medications for animals.

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