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Three Village charter amendments on Nov. 6 ballot BY LEE STEPHENS

hree charter amendments are on the Nov. 6 ballot for Pinecrest residents to consider. The amendments, recommended by the independent Charter Revision Commission, relate to the swearing-in date of elected officials, budget reports and leases of Village property. Under the Village Charter, the Village Council must appoint a Charter Revision Commission of Pinecrest citizens every six years to review the document and, if necessary, recommend amendments. The 2012 commission was appointed last March and conducted several public meetings in the spring. “The citizen-member commission thoroughly reviewed the charter at several public forums and focused on three main issues,” said chairperson Gail Serota. The most important amendment relates to the Village Council’s goal of providing a food service establishment at Cypress Hall in Pinecrest Gardens, the former cafeteria area of Parrot Jungle. The charter provides that the Village shall not lease any parks or recreational areas for more than five years without voter approval. The primary intent of this language was to limit commercial activities at parks. Pinecrest Gardens, however, is a multi-use botanical and entertainment venue.

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Ileana meets with cancer activist

Dine and dance at Gardens ‘Masquerade’ Benefit, Nov. 3 BY CHELSIA PECK

iami’s gala season premieres on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. as Pinecrest Gardens hosts its inaugural benefit Masquerade in the Gardens presented by Aloré. The elegant evening will commence at Lakeview Terrace, where VIPs, tastemakers and local celebrities will sip signature cocktails provided by Bacardi, dine on gourmet cuisine provided by Macy’s Catering and satisfy a sweet tooth with Lily Pâtisserie’s gourmet cookies, Sinful Sweets pastries and Filled & Frosted cupcakes. Entertainment will include

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Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen met in Washington, DC with Pinecrest resident Benjamin Schecter, a local activist representing the Pancreatic Cancer Action network. Schecter’s grandfather died from pancreatic cancer, which motivated him to get involved with organizations working to find a cure for the disease. Of course, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen just happened to have a copy of her favorite hometown newspaper on her desk and she seized the opportunity to shoot a picture for us. Thanks for thinking of us, Ily!

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Commissioner Bell responds to Beacon Council questions I read with much interest your editorials in the Miami’s Community Newspapers regarding our residents’ concerns on the perceived lack of transparency and accountability at the Beacon Council. Subsequent to your editorials, our office has received a number of calls regarding this most important matter. As you know, one of my highest priorities as county commissioner has been the revitalization of our local economy by working closely with numerous economic development organizations in southern Miami-Dade County. Some of which include Chamber South, the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade, the Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay Business Associations, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and the Beacon Council itself.

As a result of the growing concern, my office is in the midst of drafting legislation which will address some of these concerns and which will direct the Mayor’s Office to implement a revised Economic Development Strategy for the county — one which will address the new economic realities of our time. My forthcoming legislation will include an Economic Development Plan that fosters a renewed focus on local businesses and job retention to ensure that our community thrives. The legislation will also revise the manner in which the Economic Development Strategy is being carried out, including identifying specific tangible targets/benchmarks which are in line with the economic realities of today and the future needs of Miami-Dade County.

The legislation will include specific administrative changes, such as: renegotiating the Beacon Council’s agreement with the Board of County Commissioners — which has not been revised in 25 years; reviewing the Council’s Board of Directors membership and nomination process; aligning the Beacon Council staff compensation and benefits policies consistent with organizations of the like across the nation; implementing a lineitem administrative/operating budget which will require reporting to the Board of County Commissioners on a yearly basis, and other policies that will help improve the transparency and accountability of this respected organization which plays an vital role in Miami-Dade County. My legislation seeks to renew our focus

on incentivizing economic development and much-needed job creation in MiamiDade County, as well as attracting new businesses to our area while ensuring the integrity of taxpayer dollars. Finally, the legislation seeks to encourage my tradition of working together with the numerous economic organizations in South Dade and the neighboring communities. We must take a holistic approach when creating an environment where businesses can thrive and our residents can benefit through job creation and economic revitalization. Sincerely, Lynda Bell County Commissioner, District 8


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KATHERINE FLINN Coral Reef High School senior Katherine Flinn spent two weeks this summer as an intern in the Agriculture Discovery Program at the University of Arizona. Flinn loved the program and is now considering applying to Arizona for college, even though she found the climate uncomfortably hot. “I think when I landed in Phoenix the temperature was going to be 117 degrees,” Flinn says. Once there, Flinn says she found that as long as she drank enough water, the high temperatures were not so bad and the program was terrific. “One of the first things we did was to actually dissect a goat head,” she says. They dissected the animal’s head to search the lymph nodes and brain stem for symptoms similar to Mad Cow Disease. For Flinn, the best thing that came out of the trip was that she discovered what she wants to do with her life “Before I wanted to enroll in this program, I wanted to be a psychologist,” she says. “I really want to help people.” Flinn believes she can reach that goal through the agriculture program. “We went to this research lab in Tucson where they were working to genetically engineer rice to make it more nutritional,” she says, adding that she knows there are people opposed to genetically engineered foods. “We did talk about that, we met people who were like that,” Flinn says. “A lot of

people think it’s unethical. But it’s pretty unethical to let people starve.” She says there was another lab that was researching agricultural pests like the corn ear worm. “Corn ear worms are a big problem in Florida and in humid places in general,” Flinn says. “Scientists are trying to develop corn that will repel them so farmers don’t have to add so many chemicals and pesticides.” Flinn says she found it fascinating that they were studying pests such as ear worms in Arizona even though that state doesn’t have a problem with that pest. “It’s interesting to see how global research is,” she says. “They are researching things for Third World counties and, at the same time, they are researching things for Florida.” Now that she is considering agriculture as a career, Flinn is interested in working for the United States Department of Agriculture, focusing on relations with other countries. “I really want to do a lot of things with scientists from other countries,” Flinn says, adding that when she was in the sixth grade she first learned how other people in the world live, that many are subsistence farmers and that they can only grow enough food to feed their families. “People should have enough food for their families and be able to make money as well. Most people in the world don’t make the equivalent of $3 a day.” At school, Flinn is in the agricultural club, Future Farmers of America. “We go to Gloria Floyd Elementary and give a lot of presentations to the kids there,” she says. Flinn is also in Girl Scouts and is working on her Gold Award, a suicide prevention video that will be shown in schools. “It’s a way of helping people get help,” she says. “I’m trying to get as much information as I can. I’m going to write the script and have my friends appear in it. We’ll talk about the subject and talk about the signs.” The video was inspired by a friend’s attempted suicide last year. “I was to take Advanced Placement psychology test (that day) and I learned she had attempted suicide,” Flinn says. “It never left my mind after that.” Flinn hopes to finish the video by December.

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NATANYA TRAZENFELD When she was in the fifth and seventh grades, Natanya Trazenfeld donated her hair to help cancer victims. Now Trazenfeld is a senior at Palmetto High School and she continues to help those with cancer. “Relay for Life – for the last two years I’ve had a team,” Trazenfeld says. “When my mom got involved in it, I made a team of just my friends. It’s just a great thing to do.” This year, the Relay for Life team’s theme was from the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. “We had tie-dye activities at our booth,” she says. “We sold Bundt cakes and spinach pies.” Trazenfeld says she has enjoyed organizing the Relay For Life teams. “It definitely lets you be creative,” she says. “You need to incorporate your themes. How you decorate, how you dress, what you sell. People loved the tie-dye activities.” A year earlier, the event had a Candyland theme. “As a team of academic girls, we chose candy nerds,” Trazenfeld says. “Our main activity was a dump tank. You could dunk a bully or a jock. My brother’s friend got into it. We got some guys to get in. We made $800 off the dunk tank.” However, the tank flooded the field, so the dunk tank was not invited back even though it was popular. “It was so hot at that relay that people

wanted to pay us just to get into the dunk tank,” Trazenfeld says, adding that they ended up charging for those dips as well. “Relay for Life overall is a great thing to participate in,” Trazenfeld says. “The whole community is there. People from our school have teams. We hang out at night; teachers and parents are there, the mayor is there, it brings everyone together.” At Palmetto High School, Trazenfeld is involved in many of the honor societies. She is the recording sectary for Social Science Honor Society and she has been on the board for the National Honor Society. As vice president of communications for the National Art Honor Society, she became involved in the Smarty Dogs campaign. “I was in charge of helping decorate one of the dogs,” Trazenfeld says. “It came out really well. I’m also in charge of an initiative called Mix It Up. It’s a national program to break down social barriers and cliques at school, to get students to interact with students they wouldn’t normally interact with.” The group has activities in October where they break into groups and talk about things such as safety at school and bullying. “We talk about racial issues,” she says. “Including do you think our school is tolerant. It was a really cool thing to see that that people in this school aren’t all that different.” Trazenfeld is also on the Pinecrest Youth Advisory Board. “I’ve been part of that since it began during my freshman year,” she says. “The advisory council meets with Mayor Lerner and we talk about a variety of things. She likes to get our input on things.” At the end of last year, Trazenfeld was given the Wellesley College Book Award for top academics and leadership within the school and the community. “I’m very proud of that,” she says. “It was a good surprise.”

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DEXTER CALLENDER Gulliver Prep senior Dexter Callender is a music whiz. He’s in both the concert band and the jazz band at Gulliver. He began playing clarinet in fourth grade at Gulliver Academy and picked up the sax during his

sophomore year. “I really wanted to play in the jazz band,” Callender says. He is also in a jazz combo. “We perform for a lot of Gulliver events,” he says. Last school year, the combo was so busy that it did not book anything outside of Gulliver, yet stayed busy performing at five big events. Callender was good enough to be chosen for the District Honor Band and the University of Miami Honor Band last school year. “I made the top band for that,” he says. “The UM Honor band was earlier in the year. You have to audition and your teacher recommends you. There is the top wind ensemble. You have to audition to make the top wind ensemble. It’s roughly 30 people. The other band is 80 people.” Callender received superior ratings for his clarinet play at both the district and state competitions. He also received superiors at district and state for his part in a sax quartet and jazz combo. Callender works hard for his success, practicing almost every night for two hours. “When I’m going to commit the time to

practice, I’m going to practice,” he says. Another outlet for his music is the Coral Gables Congregational Church All Star Jazz Band. That band is primarily made up of high school students. “It’s an audition process so the better kids get in,” he says. “We play jazz, funk and modern jazz.” That band plays not only at the church, but also travels around the county to perform. Rehearsals have started again for the church jazz band and a performance is scheduled for Nov. 15 on the radio. Outside of music, Callender is involved in Gulliver’s Engineering Club. “I’m working on a disaster relief-type project,” he says. “We started meetings over the summer and they led into the school year. We are making a clean-energy generator for hurricane relief. It’s going to be dedicated to Colin Bateman, a teacher who passed away (this summer). We thought it was a good idea to dedicate it to him.” At school, aside from the Gulliver music program, Callender is involved in Operation Smile, a club that raises money to provide surgeries for international children with cleft palates. He is also in Students Against

Destructive Decisions (SADD). “It’s a club that tries to make students aware of decisions they make, like driving drunk,” he says. Early in his high school career, Callender participated on the swim team and the water polo team. But he had to drop sports because of his academic workload in the International Baccalaureate program, and because of the numerous rehearsals he had to attend for his music. This year, Callender has decided to play soccer. He wants to play club soccer and then try out for the Gulliver soccer team. Callender plans to major in engineering and minor in music when he goes off to college. His college list includes Washington University in St. Louis, Rice, Columbia, the University of Michigan and Harvard. “I’m definitely not going to give it (music) up,” he says. In fact, this summer he had a scholarship to attend a Julliard Jazz Camp at Snow College in Utah. “Overall it was an awesome experience for me to be around the Julliard faculty,” he says. “It re-motivated me to work really hard on jazz.”

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In a 2010 survey of residents, 70 percent expressed support for restoring restaurant service at the facility. The fiveyear limitation would negatively affect the Village’s ability to negotiate a mutually beneficial lease. The charter review commission recommended an amendment that would provide an exception of the lease period solely for Cypress Hall, and still require a four-fifth vote of the Village Council for approval of any lease term in excess of five years. “To put it simply, if you want to see a restaurant in Pinecrest Gardens, and do not want to see the Village have to spend one-million of your tax dollars to build out the space for a restaurant, the charter must be amended to give us the flexibility to enter into a longer lease agreement for the space,” said Mayor Cindy Lerner. “To say yes to a restaurant, say yes to the charter change.” The second proposed Charter amendment would change the swearing-in date for newly elected Village officials. Under current law, new office holders are required to be sworn in on the day following the election. However, it generally takes several days for election results to be

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certified. The amendment, if passed, would require newly elected officials to take the oath of office seven business days following the certification of the election. Also, the extra time would allow winning candidates to invite family, friends and supporters to attend the swearing in ceremony. The third proposed amendment relates to the production of a budget report. The Charter provides that the Village Manager submit a quarterly report. The manager already provides a monthly report and, therefore, the commission recommended new language so that the charter would reflect the actual practice of the current administration, which promotes greater transparency of the Village’s finances. All registered voters of Pinecrest may cast ballots and make a decision on the proposed charter amendments. “If you have not registered to vote for the Nov. 6 election, whether on a Pinecrest issue or the presidential election, the deadline is Oct. 9,” said Village Clerk Guido Inguanzo, the Village’s supervisor of elections. Registration information is available by contacting the Miami-Dade Elections Department at 305-499-8363. For a copy of Pinecrest’s sample ballot, including the charter amendments and two Village Council races, go to <www.pinecrestfl.gov/elections>.

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It is illegal to provide teen house parties with alcohol BY DAVID SAMPEDRO

Attorney It is against the law to serve alcohol to minors in your home! This is no surprise. The surprise may be that the “House Party” law was toughened in July, 2011 and the consequences for adult hosts heightened. Our dedicated community police chiefs are committed to enforce this law. Why? Because underage drinking causes real harm to our youth, to our communities and to you. Contrary to the popular myth that underage drinking is a “right of passage” causing no harm, continued research warns that teens who drink are far more likely to engage in violent behavior, suffer sexual assault, fail in school, be involved in a car crash, suffer depression and even commit suicide. These dangers are well known. What you may not be aware of is the devastating affects that alcohol can have on a teenager’s developing brain. The adolescent brain is much more susceptible to drug dependence and addiction than the fully developed adult brain. The earlier that alcohol use starts, the more likely the person is to become dependent. Addiction follows a process (use, abuse, addiction) that in young people can be frighteningly quick – a matter of weeks or months. Many of our youth are sent off to college already dependent on the drug, only to become addicted for life in the college social scene, where alcohol is prevalent. Let’s be clear here. Not all teenagers drink alcohol. There are plenty of teens who have been educated on the dangers of early alcohol use and have chosen to stay sober until age 21 – when the risk of addiction later in life is reduced by five times. Where did these clear thinking, self-aware young people receive this “say no to drugs” education? Seventy five percent of them report they make their decisions about alco-

hol based on the influence of their parents. So here we are, right at home; parents. Our role here is vital, so do not ignore the danger, learn the truth. Alcohol, a drug that depresses the central nervous system, kills more of our youth than all other drugs combined. Understand that giving alcohol to a young person harms their health and development. It is against the law. Do not rely on the convenient myth that there is no problem in Europe and other countries where children are allowed to drink. This is not true. There are huge addiction and binge-drinking problems in youth of other nations. The number of health problems, for example liver cirrhosis and certain cancers, are much higher in nations where alcohol consumption starts earlier than in the United States. Of special importance to our Magic City, a city with a Hispanic majority: Hispanic youth are more likely to drink and get drunk at an earlier age than non-Hispanic white or AfricanAmerican young people. Yet, with all this danger, the majority of teens who do drink get their alcohol from adults and in private homes, many from their own homes. Research shows that teens given alcohol at home will drink more frequently and in a higher quantity when away from home. They are more likely to get in a car with someone who has been drinking, drink and drive themselves and drive drunk later in life. It is just not possible to “teach” the adolescent brain to drink or make true the fairy tale that adolescents can learn to drink responsibly at home. Stand up for the law and for the health and welfare of our youth and communities. Perhaps I am more tuned in to the danger because my 16-year-old daughter was run down and killed while roller-blading on a bikepath on a sunny afternoon 12 years ago. Nobody in the car that ran her down was over the age of 18. The driver and her companions came from a house where they spent the afternoon drinking tequila and smoking marijuana. Adults were present

LAW Do not rely on the convenient myth that there is no problem in Europe and other countries where children are allowed to drink. This is not true. There are huge addiction and binge-drinking problems in youth of other nations. The number of health problems, for example liver cirrhosis and certain cancers, are much higher in nations where alcohol consumption starts earlier than in the United States. and it was an environment where adolescent use of alcohol and other drugs was tolerated. One of the passengers was arrested six years later for marijuana possession. I know the danger, the despair, the grief and tragic loss brought on by underage drinking. I hope you never know it so personally. Now that school has started again, please join me and our police chiefs and officers to help stop the many house parties that cater to youth and release drunk teenagers on our streets. It is utterly ineffective, naïve and downright dangerous to throw a party with alcohol for youth and justify it by taking the car keys. It is against the law. You may take away the keys, but you cannot take away

the harm you cause those teens. To those adults who continue to break the law and host parties, don’t be surprised if you are arrested and held liable. You may even be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor, which can come with a prison sentence and a permanent criminal record. The stakes are too high. Every year 6,000 people — people of all ages — lose their lives due to underage drinking. These are lives we can save by working together. It is simple. How? • Get current and accurate information. Madd.org/powerofparents, samhsa.gov, ncadd.org and informedfamilies.org are good places to start. • Share the information with family and friends. Have a family meal at least 3-4 times a week -no television, no phones. Communicate. Listen. Talk-don’t lecture. • Model responsible adult behavior. I said this was simple; not easy, but well worth the effort. The life you save could be in your family or in your circle of friends. In 1964, The Surgeon General of the United States released a “Call to Action” on smoking because of the higher death rate of people who smoked. It took more than three decades for our society to take notice and in the meantime thousands of people died. We did, however, take notice and we made changes. So has much of the world. In 2007, the Surgeon General released “A Call to Action” on underage drinking and binge drinking for the same reason: It causes this nation profound harm. I hope it will not take us decades to take notice and change our behavior. The cost is too dear. For more information, go to <www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calls/underagedrinking/index.html>. David Sampedro is an attorney with the Pinecrest law firm of Panter, Panter & Sampedro. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-6178 or by sending email to <dsampedro@panterlaw.com>.


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Jackson Health’s Cuming chosen for prestigious nurse fellowship BY GRETCHEN WRIGHT

Richard Cuming, RN, MSN, EdD, NEABC, senior vice president and chief nursing executive at Jackson Health System, has been named one of only 20 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows from across the country for 2012. Cuming joins a select group of nurse leaders chosen to participate in this threeyear, world-class leadership development program that is enhancing nurse leaders’ effectiveness in improving the nation’s healthcare system. Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Cuming began his career as a critical care nurse. He joined Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1991 as a staff nurse in the operating room, and held a variety of positions in the hospital and hospital system before being appointed senior vice president and chief nursing executive in 2011. Cuming currently serves as presidentelect of the board of directors for the Nursing Consortium of South Florida, and is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Nurses Association, Florida Nurses Association,

American Organization of Nurse Executives and Sigma Theta Tau International. He holds adjunct faculty appointments as a professor in the school of nursing at both Florida International University and at the University of Miami. Begun by RWJF in 1998, the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows (ENF) program strengthens the leadership capacity of nurses who aspire to shape healthcare locally and nationally. The program will provide Cuming and his colleagues with coaching, education and other support to strengthen their abilities to lead teams and organizations in improving health and health care. The ENF program is located at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), and codirected by Linda Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Beerstecher Blackwell Term Professor and former dean of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and David Altman, PhD, executive vice president of Research, Innovation and Product Development at CCL. “Now more than ever, with our healthcare system preparing to care for millions more patients, many of whom are living longer but with more chronic conditions,

we need nurse leaders who are well prepared to participate as full partners in this historic transformation,” Cronenwett said. “The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program has a proud history of building and enhancing the leadership skills of extraordinary nurses all across the country. We are delighted to be able to work with this new cohort. Each of our new Executive Nurse Fellows has made a powerful commitment to improving health and health care and is poised to become an even more effective leader,” she added. “I’m so excited to have the opportunity to participate in this world-class leadership development program,” Cuming said. “To have the resources of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center for Creative Leadership is tremendous. As a professional nursing leader at one of the country’s largest public hospital systems, I know there’s a lot I can share from

Jackson’s experience and a lot that this exceptional group of nurses will be able to teach me for the benefit of the South Florida community.” Executive Nurse Fellows hold senior leadership positions in health services, scientific and academic organizations, public health and community-based organizations or systems, and national professional, governmental and policy organizations. They continue in their current positions during their fellowships, and during the fellowship each develops, plans and implements a new initiative to improve healthcare delivery in her or his community. For more information about the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program visit onine at www.ExecutiveNurseFellows.org. For more information about the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, visit online at www.rwjf.org.


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According to the American Cancer Society, more than 241,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States this year, and more than 28,000 men will die of the disease. With these startling statistics, it is important for men and their families to be aware of the disease, understand who is most at risk and what they can do today to lower their chances of battling prostate cancer. What is prostate cancer? Prostate cancer refers to abnormal cells in the prostate gland, which is part of the male reproductive system. The prostate is situated just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. A normal prostate is about the size of a walnut. Who is at risk for prostate cancer? Prostate cancer can affect men of any age but it is most common in men over the age of 50. Eight out of 10 men who suffer from prostate cancer are over the age of 65. African-American men are at higher risk as well as men with a family history of the disease. Men who eat a high-fat diet or who are obese also may have increased chances of getting prostate cancer. What can be done to lower the risk of getting the disease? While researchers continue to study the effect of diet and other lifestyle factors on a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer, there are some changes that may be associated with a decreased risk of the disease. Men are encouraged to eat a diet low in fat, especially animal fat, and include more fruits and vegetables. According to the National Cancer Institute, studies show that a diet high in dairy products and calcium may also be linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer, although the increase may be small. What are the symptoms of prostate cancer? In most cases, early stage prostate cancer does not produce any symptoms, but they may begin to appear as the cancer grows. Symptoms include: • Difficulty starting to urinate • Less force to the stream of urine • Frequent urination, especially during the night

HEALTH • Pain while urinating • Blood or pus in the urine • Pain in hip, lower back or lower part of the pelvis • Unintended weight loss and/or loss of appetite What types of options are available to treat prostate cancer? Prostate cancer can be treated successfully if it is caught early, before it spreads to other parts of the body. One treatment option for patients at Jackson South Community Hospital is the daVinci S Robotic Surgical System, which allows the surgeon to perform minimally invasive procedures, such as removal of the prostate, in hard-to-reach areas with more precision. Because this technology is less invasive than other surgical options, patients experience minimal pain, less blood loss and a smaller risk of infection. Patients undergoing this procedure can expect an excellent chance of being cured, with a return to normal activities within days. In some cases, the surgery may be an outpatient procedure. In the majority of cases, patients are not troubled with incontinence or impotence. How can men learn more about prostate cancer and the various treatment options? The Urology Center of Excellence at Jackson South Hospital is a resource for state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and treatment for prostate and other urologic problems. We’re always innovating and on the leading edge of developing the latest techniques for beating cancer, improving urinary function and restoring sexual function. For more information or to schedule an appointment call the Urology Center of Excellence at Jackson South at 305-5472364 or visit the Jackson Health System web site at <www.jhsmiami.org>. Dr. Sanjay Razdan is the director of Jackson South Hospital’s Urology Center of Excellence. Dr. Razdan, well known for his expertise in advanced surgical procedures in endourology and urologic cancer, was one of the first urologists in MiamiDade County to perform radical prostatectomy procedures with the daVinci S robotic Surgical System.


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‘Critical Mass’ gauges pulse of a city BY CARL RACHELSON

The intersection of many of my favorites things occurs during the last Friday of the month’s Critical Mass. There may be no raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but there are a few thousand people, a couple of hours of exercise, fleeting neighborhood visitations and a number of baddass bikes to accompany the newly restored clunker some may have taken to Andres at the Miami Recycle Bicycle Shop or the good folks at the Magic City Bike Collective. Every month, the word filters out to more folks looking to get in touch with their inner — I don’t know — hipster? The assembly begins shortly after 6:30 a.m. at the Metrorail’s Government Center. By the time the ride begins at 7:15 a.m., the entire block is festively thronged by colorful participants — as Q-Tip might say, “A vivrant thing.” To channel another musical theme, “In Miami, the Creator has a master plan and it includes bikes.” While Miami isn’t Amsterdam, it’s safe to say that there are a

BIKE MIAMI fair number of aspiring originators, devisers, inventors and masterminds adorning wheels with aplomb. Some of these skills extend to rolling sound systems; lots of people like to ride near one of the folks blasting reggae, while another rocks the ’80s. And there is a Chinese-Jamaican guy with his toddler on the bike seat pumping out straight, parental sticker hip-hop. As I said, it’s a colorful crowd. The routes change monthly, but there are recurring motifs. From Government Center, everyone goes west, under 95, then over the Miami River. For those of you who like amusement parks and NASCAR crashes, this is the most thrilling part of the route. If you survive this, chances are, the only impending worry newcomers may have is some diaper rash. Then, one just pedals through the neighborhoods most have only encountered on the exploitative local newscasts at 11 — East Little Havana, Overtown, Allapattah, Model City, Little Haiti and Beverly Terrace. There, the masses outside the

Cyclists set out each month from Metrorail Government Center.

public housing, hair salons and fritangas come out to greet you. “Welcome to the hood,” one grandmother shouted last month. Of course, Calle Ocho, Miracle Mile, Brickell and Biscayne also appear. Here, everyone in high heels seems to be using the iPhone to record a video. Corkers politely block the intersections and make apologetic conversation. They are firm and respectful. Occasionally, a driver gets bold — for a loud, angry moment, at least. After

a swarm of outraged bicyclists surround him,there is usually peace in numbers. From beginning to end, month after month, what one experiences on the ride is the art of the street. Critical Mass gauges the pulse of a city through a mass determined to enjoy the street, to share the street, to breathe the street, and to feel the neighborhoods that explain the streets. For thousands of people who dream of an urban-connected Miami, these are their favorite two hours of the month.


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Miami-Dade politicians and their politically connected friends are at it again. They have collected BILLIONS of our tax dollars to run Jackson Memorial Hospital. Carlos Migoya, Jackson’s millionaire banker CEO who earns $800,000 a year, wants to sell off the Emergency Room and Rape Treatment Center to the highest bidder. That’s right, he wants to sell off the very heart of our public hospital, the people’s hospital.

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Advice for getting through a divorce BY DEBBIE MARTINEZ

Divorce Coach I am totally confused. I have been married for 12 years and for many reasons, I am contemplating divorce. How do I know if I’m leaving for the right reasons? Let’s talk about the reasons you would stay. There are many reasons why people stay married: finances, familiarity, kids, guilt, fear, maintaining the extended family and friends, avoiding the pain of divorce, security, love, religion and appearances. Some of these are healthy reasons to stay and some not so much. Look at each of these and be honest with yourself how they factor into your decision. But to me, one of the most important questions that few people ask is the following, “By staying in this marriage, what am I modeling to my children regarding marriage, respect and relationships?” What are the messages that you are sending that they will base their future relationships on? I am getting divorced and we are set for mediation. I have to admit, I was the one that had an affair that ended our 20-year marriage. I am so guilt ridden that I am tempted to bypass alimony. My attorney is livid with me and keeps reminding me to think of the future. What are your thoughts? I think you need to heed your attorney’s advice. I understand why you would have guilt but bear in mind, it takes 2 to make a marriage and it takes 2 to break a marriage. Both of you have responsibility here for the breakdown of the marriage. Not knowing if you were a stay at home wife or your financial status, I would question how you plan on living through your Golden Years? Come up with an equitable distribution and don’t let your guilt cloud your judgment. Once that Marital Settlement Agreement is signed, sealed and delivered, it is costly and

difficult to get it changed. You both had lessons to learn in this marriage, learn them and move on. My soon to be ex is adamant that I have everything out of the house by the day the divorce is final. I am working, trying to find an apartment and stressed to the max, I just think he could be more flexible. Well, could he choose to be more flexible? Yes, but I have to say it is probably in both of your best interests to have everything that you agreed on that is yours out by D Day. I can’t tell you the number of times I have heard exes complain about not getting their things after the divorce is final. People can become bitter after the divorce and even though they had the best intentions prior, human nature takes over after the first alimony check goes out. My suggestion is to bite the bullet, get your things out even if that means a month in storage and make a clean break. Note to Self: I will keep things in perspective as that is for my highest good Debbie’s Library – The Other Life by Ellen Meister (This is not a self-help book. Sometimes you just need to read a good, thought provoking book with a glass of wine!) Debbie Martinez is a Certified Life Coach specializing in divorce, relationships and women’s issues. She has given workshops on various topics and has offices in South Miami. For more information, go to <www.thepowerofdivorcecoach.com>.

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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 Aug. 27 - Sept. 2, 2012

ARSON None AUTO THEFT None ASSAULT None BATTERY None BURGLARY (COMMERCIAL) None BURGLARY (RESIDENCE) Case # 1203643 Location: 6700 Block of SW 132 St Between Aug. 28, 2230 hrs, and Aug. 29, 0700 hrs, unknown offender(s) gained entry into the victim’s garage through an unsecured door and stole a table saw, a drill press, a welding set, a hand saw, and a generator. The estimated value of the stolen property is $11,900. This case is presently under investigation. Case # 1203676 Location: 11500 Block of SW 70 Av On Aug. 31, between 1300 hrs, and 1450 hrs, unknown offender(s) gained entry into the victim’s residence by prying open a rear glass door and stole a pillow case and jewelry. The estimated value of the stolen property is $3,450. This case is presently under investigation. Case # 1203692 Location: 6500 Block of Chapman Field Dr On Sept. 1, between 1135 hrs, and 1515 hrs, unknown offender(s) gained entry into the victim’s residence by breaking in the front door and stole a television and costume jewelry. The estimated value of the stolen property is $1,050. This case is presently under investigation. SEX CRIME None HOMICIDE None THEFT Case # 1203612 Location: 8100 Block of SW 122 St On Aug. 27, between 0900 hrs, and 1343

hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a garbage bin from the victim’s property. The estimated value of the stolen property is $50. Case # 1203614 Location: 5900 Block of SW 114 Ter On Aug. 27, between 0745 hrs, and 1130 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a garbage bin from the victim’s property. The estimated value of the stolen property is $50. Case # 1203629 Location: 12300 Block of SW 69 Pl On Aug. 15, between 1720 hrs, and 1800 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a UPS package from the victim’s property. The estimated value of the stolen property is $250. This case is presently under investigation. Case # 1203634 Location: 11701 S Dixie Hwy (Whole Foods) On Aug. 18, between 1200 hrs, and 1600 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a decal from the victim’s vehicle tag. The estimated value of the stolen property is $4. Case # 1203671 Location: 8821 S Dixie Hwy (AT & T) On Aug. 31, at approximately 1231 hrs, an unknown offender was observed taking two Galaxy S3 cell phones and exiting the listed business making no attempt to pay. The estimated value of the stolen property is $1,099.98. This case is presently under investigation. Case # 1203675 Location: 11800 Block of SW 72 Av On Aug. 31, between 0935 hrs, and 1540 hrs, unknown offender(s) gained entry into the victim’s unfenced curtilage and stole a trailer with a Jet Ski. The estimated value of the stolen property is $5,500. This case is presently under investigation. Case # 1203702 Location: 6200 Block of Rolling Road Dr Between Aug. 1, 0130 hrs, and Aug. 2, 1802 hrs, an unknown offender was observed stealing a wooden hippopotamus from the victim’s property. The estimated value of the stolen property is $1,000. This case is presently under investigation.


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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 September 3 - 9, 2012

ARSON None AUTO THEFT Case # 1203774 Location: 12900 Block of SW 82 Pl Between Sept. 6, 1000 hrs, and Sept. 7, 0500 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole the victim’s 2004 Nissan Altima. ASSAULT None BATTERY None BURGLARY (COMMERCIAL) Case # 1203802 Location: 13251 S Dixie Hwy (Macy’s) On Sept. 8, between 2125 hrs, and 2133 hrs, unknown offender(s) gained entry into the listed business by unknown means and stole U.S. currency. The estimated value of the stolen property is $1,365.75. This case is presently under investigation. BURGLARY (RESIDENCE) Case # 1203794 Location: 12300 Block of SW 73 Av On Sept. 8, at approximately 1050 hrs, unknown offender(s) gained entry into the victim’s residence by breaking in the front door. At the time of the report the victim was out of town and could not provide an inventory of the stolen property. This case is presently under investigation. SEX CRIME None HOMICIDE None

Case # 1203724 Location: 11600 Block of SW 69 Ct On Aug. 28, between 0745 hrs, and 1700 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a garbage bin from the victim’s property. The estimated value of the stolen property is $50. Case # 1203748 Location: 10600 Block of SW 77 Av Between Aug. 30, 1900 hrs, and Sept. 5, 0900 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a garbage bin from the victim’s property. The estimated value of the stolen property is $50. Case # 1203759 Location: 11299 S Dixie Hwy (CVS Pharmacy) On Sept. 6, at approximately 1606 hrs, two unknown offenders were observed taking merchandise and exiting the store making no attempt to pay. At the time of the report the manager could not provide a list of stolen items. This case is presently under investigation. Case # 1203761 Location: 10000 Block of W Suburban Dr On Sept. 6, between 0830 hrs, and 0900 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a garbage bin from the victim’s property. The estimated value of the stolen property is $50. Case # 1203779 Location: 8900 Block of SW 68 Ct On Sept. 7, at approximately 1330, a known offender stole the victims’ checks and identification card with the intent to deprive and steal the victims’ money. The estimated value of the stolen property is $200. This case is presently under investigation.

THEFT Case # 1203718 Location: 5800 Block of SW 102 St On Aug. 30, between 0700 hrs, and 1700 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a garbage bin from the victim’s property. The estimated value of the stolen property is $50.

Case # 1203800 Location: 9201 S Dixie Hwy (Burger King) On Sept. 8, at approximately 2003 hrs, an unknown offender stole cash from the register at the listed location. The estimated value of the stolen property is $50. This case is presently under investigation.

Case # 1203722 Location: 12855 S Dixie Hwy (Suniland Park) On Sept. 1, between 1600 hrs, and 1700 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole the victim’s wallet from the basketball court at the listed area. The estimated value of the stolen property is $100. This case is presently under investigation.

Case # 1203805 Location: 13501 S Dixie Hwy (Home Depot) On Sept. 9, at approximately 1640 hrs, a known offender was observed taking merchandise and exiting the store making no attempt to pay. The estimated value of the stolen property is $332.95. This case is presently under investigation.

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Turning 50 brings jokes, lifestyle changes BY ED THOMPSON

President, LOGOI Ministries I just turned 50; half a century. It seems like family and friends have been eagerly waiting with all the over-the-hill jokes. Things like: If I call you at 9 p.m., will I wake you? Or, you’d better start eating more preservatives and did you know Burger King when he was just a prince? Yea, yea, and watching Jurassic Park brought back memories. It’s a bit strange to think of myself as 50. For some reason, it just doesn’t sound right. Perhaps it’s because age and maturity don’t necessarily go hand in hand. I have noticed, however, some obvious changes in my life. Several weeks ago, for example, my wife, Jenn, and I were in Colorado and had the opportunity to do some hiking. One of the rock formations we came across just begged to be climbed upon and would make a great photo op. Following an obvious track up the back of the enormous boulders, I got about half-way up when the trail required a short but precarious jump from one boulder to a narrow ledge on the next. Footprints revealed it was a commonly used jump, but the rocks and bushes below revealed there were those that had missed. As I stood there weighing my options, it occurred to me that not too long ago I would never have even considered that if I were to miss the jump, I would be spending the next week trying to remember the names of my nurses at the hospital. The various projects I was working on at work as well as the road

THAT’S LIFE trip to visit my daughter also whisked through my brain. The more I thought about these things the greater the distance and the narrower the ledge became. That’s when I realized I was indeed a half-century old. After all my years on this planet, a grain of wisdom had somehow ebbed its way into my brain. I turned and headed back down to the safety of the path. “What happened?” Jenn asked, a bit surprised to see me back so quickly. “Oh,” I said, rather sheepishly, “I just remembered that we have PhotoShop.” I’m glad the Bible has much to say about getting older. “Happy is the man who finds wisdom and who acquires understanding...” “Long life is in her right hand; in her left, riches and honor (Proverbs 3:13, 15-16). Then, this matter is so important to God, he made it the fifth of his 10 Commandments, “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life...” (Exodus 20:12). And who of us would not long for this epitaph: “David, son of Jesse, died at a good old age, full of days, riches, and honor...” (1 Chronicles 29:26-28). So, I shall begin this next half-century looking for even more opportunities to use my new found wisdom and discovering more about what the Bible has to say on the subject. After all, there may be more boulders to climb. It should be quite a ride. Follow Ed Thompson’s blog <edthomsponlive.wordpress.com>.

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Summer camper reunion planned Linda K. Landy ALPER JCC NEWS Growing up in Miami Josh Rader and his twin brother spent every summer at the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center as campers, returning to the J as camp staff during their college years. Josh even met his future wife Michelle Applerouth-Rader at the JCC. Their life-long friend Matthew Bittel’s childhood also revolved around summers at the Center. As adults with families of their own, the friends wanted to re-engage and become part of the community center they knew so well as kids. With so many positive memories between them, Rader and Bittel decided to organize the first Alper JCC summer camp reunion J on Sunday, Oct. 21, from noon to 4 p.m. Within days they had recruited a committee of more than two dozen former campers and staff who shared their passion. Kids of all ages have the opportunity

to reconnect and reminisce at the JCC’s Forever a Camper event. “It is always nice to get together, reconnect with old friends to reminisce about childhood, summer camp memories and the Alper JCC,” said Bittel. “The concept of a summer camp reunion has been talked about for years. We decided to put the plan into action and from there the event took on a mind of its own. This event is going to be a real success.” For more than 60 years, the Alper JCC Camp has created meaningful summer experiences for thousands of boys and girls. In 1932, the organization was originally called the Hebrew Athletic Club, but changed its name to the YM/YWHA in the 1960s and opened the first summer program for kids at the Y on Southwest Eighth Street. “In 1965, in an effort to raise funds for summer day camp scholarships, the fundraising committee planned a special event; and it was truly special,” JCC historian Roslyn Berrin recalls. “The committee planned a Las Vegas Night and during the evening the county police swooped down on the ballroom, confiscated the gaming equipment and hauled off two of the organization’s top officers and the assistant director to jail.”

“It is always nice to get together, reconnect with old friends to reminisce about childhood, summer camp memories and the Alper JCC.” — Matthew Bittel Reunion activities are being planned by a committee that includes current camp director Ashley Conant and the team of Marsha Botkin, Paul Frishman and Susan Linder who all worked together at the Center for years. Plans include Flag Pole, Color War, Singin’ with Susan, a bounce house and a campfire with Mike Moss. Commemorative tee shirts are being printed, video collages assembled and a special closing ceremony is planned. “Based on the feedback we have received to date and with the interest which has spiked from the event’s Facebook Page, we are expecting a large turnout for the event,” said Rader. “We are encouraging former campers, counselors and friends of the Alper JCC to register online now. With all event proceeds benefiting the

camps scholarship fund, we are urging people to give generously to help provide a JCC summer camp experience and the memories that go with it, to someone else.” Since that first raucous summer camp fundraiser to this camp reunion, the center continues to creatively raise funds so that they can provide camp scholarships for children whose families are burdened with financial difficulties. Reunion general admission tickets include lunch and camp fun. Prices are $36 for a family of four and $5 for each additional family member. Individual tickets are $18 per person. Patron tickets are $100, $180 and $360 and admit up to six people. For more information and registration call Conant at 305-271-9000, ext. 268, or log on to <www.alperjcc.org>.


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Orange Theory Fitness set to make big impact on Pinecrest fitness BY JESSE SCHECKNER

The goal is to spend between 12 and 20 minutes in the orange zone during each Mike and Christina Singer are no workout. This results in an after-burn effect strangers to healthy entrepreneurialism. on the body’s metabolism that can last up With a combined 40 years of experience in to 36 hours after finishing one session. working the community When combined with into shape, the owners a food coaching proof Pinecrest Pilates are gram, Orange Theory on the verge of unveilparticipants have an ing their newest entry in average weight loss of what has been a life’s five and 10 pounds a passion of fitness and week for women and wellbeing. men, respectively. Located at 8511 SW “Essentially, you 136 St. and set to open will be burning more soon, Orange Theory calories even in your Fitness offers a new sleep,” says Singer. and exciting amalgam The facilities will be of time-tested exercises fully outfitted with complimented by mod- Mike and Christina Singer will open their state-of-the-art equipern fitness theory. fourth workout facility. ment, from inclined Taking the increasingly treadmills to rowing –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– busy schedules of modmachines chosen ern society into consideration, every group specifically for use with the Orange Theory workout session offered lasts exactly one fitness system’s emphasis on functional hour; no more, no less. training. All the latest toys, such as Bosu “Orange Theory is an exercise based on balls, kettle bells, suspension trainers and science,” says Mike Singer. “Each workout scooters are there as well, ensuring that no is what I would call ‘the perfect combina- training session will ever run the risk of tion,’ adequately fulfilling our need for car- becoming monotonous. diovascular strength and endurance, resistWorkout sessions at Orange Fitness are ance training both large and small muscle done in groups at very affordable rates. groups, and includes flexibility and core Members can set their desired schedules strength exercises.” easily online and classes are offered as Although the exercise regimen described early as 5:30 a.m. or as late as 8 p.m., with sounds quite similar to most well-devel- roughly 50 classes offered weekly. Though oped modern workouts, all comparisons a variety of classes are offered, each class should end there; modern physiological sci- costs $10, unless you sign up for the unlimence played a great role in Orange Theory’s ited class package. conception. Created by local fitness icon Because of the flexibility the system Ellen Latham, the system is based on offers as a result of its age-adjusted heart excess post-exercise oxygen consumption rate monitors and group setting, Orange (EPOC), also known as metabolic after- Theory is especially unique in that any burn. given group consists of a wide range of “All of our participants wear a cardio ages, from teenagers to senior citizens. GX heart rate monitor that wirelessly Although it is still a high-intensity workout transmits their age-adjusted heart rate into and may be unsuitable for people with cerfive color-coded zones on flat screen TVs tain health limitations, the system was in our studios,” Singer says. designed to accommodate all levels of

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fitness. In the week leading up to the grand opening, Orange Theory will offer free mock classes and invites everyone in the

community to come, participate and see if they like it. For more information, go to <www.orangetheoryfitness.com> or call 305-232-7722.


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FPL CORNER FPL Marks Hurricane Andrew Anniversary as a Time to Remember, Learn and Prepare

On Aug. 24, Florida and the nation will observe the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, one of the most dramatic and devastating natural disasters in modern history. For those who lived through the storm and witnessed its incredible destruction first hand, this month is a time of solemn remembrance. And for everyone across the state of Florida and all along the Eastern seaboard and the Gulf Coast, Andrew’s anniversary is an occasion to learn from the past and to recognize the unpredictable and powerful nature of hurricanes, along with the absolute necessity of good planning and preparation throughout every hurricane season. When Andrew struck just south of Miami, it made landfall with peak sustained winds of 165 miles per hour, and gusts of up to 175 mph. Now classified as a rare Category 5, the hurricane pushed a massive storm surge up Biscayne Bay, and delivered more than 7 inches of rain along the core of its path. Damages from the storm totaled more than $25 billion dollars throughout the Bahamas, Florida and the Gulf states, with thousands of homes lost and many more damaged. FPL’s storm preparedness and recovery processes were also significantly challenged by Hurricane Andrew. As crews worked feverishly to restore power after the storm, FPL developed and perfected some of the systems now in place to map storm damage and to estimate restoration times. “At FPL, hurricane preparation is now part of our daily operations, every day we’re not in a storm we’re preparing for one. On this anniversary, we urge our customers to prioritize disaster planning too,” said Keith Hardy, FPL’s vice president of Distribution. “We are always working to help the communities we serve prepare for the next storm. Every year we make multi-million dollar investments in our infrastructure to make it more resilient.” In the past two decades, advances in technology have changed every step in the hurricane preparation and recovery process. New forecasting tools allow for more frequent assessments of a storm’s path and intensity, and better computer modeling has improved accuracy, especially on the intensity front. At the same time, technology has altered the way that information is communicated before, during and after a hurricane. Today, storms can be tracked online, on mobile devices, through social media outlets, and of course through traditional media sources. FPL has harnessed technology to enhance the way that it communicates with customers before and after hurricanes, and the way that it pre-positions restoration crews and models the damage to its system from a storm. To help with preparation, FPL offers customers a wealth of information and tips on its website, www.FPL.com. After a hurricane, FPL offers constant updates and information about the power restoration process through its website, which is mobile friendly, and through Twitter (www.twitter.com/insideFPL), Facebook (www.facebook.com/FPLconnect) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/FPL). FPL’s blog (www.FPLblog.com) is also an important source of news. “But the fact is, while much has changed since Andrew reached our shores,” said Hardy, “one simple truth remains the same: hurricanes carry with them a potentially overwhelming destructive power, and when a major storm hits, power will be interrupted, trees will fall and water will rise. Floridians must understand this fact and make every preparation for it.”

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Success comes in ‘cans’ BY PAT MORGAN

Once you decide to do something, you are on your way to making it a reality. I remember when I made an important decision to start running many years ago. I thought running would be a great way to get in shape and also believed it was something I could be successful doing. A trusted friend suggested that I get a good pair of shoes to avoid injuries, so off I went to buy my first official pair of running shoes. While at the running-shoe store, I overheard several people talking enthusiastically about a 10K. I didn’t know what a 10K was, but I sensed their excitement and was intrigued. I thought maybe it was a 10-mile run or something like that. It didn’t really matter to me what it was, all I knew was that if runners do 10Ks, then sign me up! I wanted to be a runner and a part of what other runners were doing. Leaving the store with my amazing new shoes (for what I paid for them they should have come with motors!), I was super excited to get started toward my goal of running and preparing for the 10K. I went for my first run that afternoon — all the way to the end of my street! At least it was a start. In the beginning, it was challenging to run just a few blocks, but every day I would tell myself, I can go another block. I would walk, then run; walk some, run some. I continued adding distance until finally I was able to run an entire mile. My friend Connie, who had been a runner for several years, became my coach. She would go out and run five miles and then came back to do my little run with me. She encouraged me and kept me focused on increasing my distance and improving my running. Day after day, we ran; and little by little I made progress. Finally the day came for the 10K run (6.2 miles). I was pumped, as you can imagine. When the gunshot sounded to begin, my heart was pounding and the adrenaline was flowing. It was actually happening, I was running a 10K! Throughout the run, I told myself, I can do this. I can get to the next mile marker, I can go a little farther, I can do it. I relaxed into the rhythm of the run

and before I knew it, I had finished the entire 10K without stopping. Can you imagine my excitement in achieving this goal? I had challenged myself and accomplished a big goal. It took belief that I could achieve it and everyday choices that moved me toward my goal. And, it took me saying to myself, “I can run one more block today. I can make healthy choices for meals. I can make my goal a priority. I can.” A cando attitude can take you a long way. “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” Henry Ford once said. We set ourselves up for success or failure by our attitude toward success from the start of any endeavor. My success started with a simple decision to run. This decision, over the years, has impacted my life in amazing ways. Running has added to my fun, helped me with fitness and a healthy lifestyle, given me a way to relieve stress and to stay focused during very challenging times. It has been an incredible part of my journey. And to think, it all began with one decision. What if you decided today to start saying to yourself, I can be successful. I can reach my goals. I can have a hard conversation with my boss. I can ask for a raise or the promotion I know I deserve. I can start an exercise program. I can be healthier. I can make my happiness a priority. I can make changes to improve my life. I can_________....... you fill in the blank. If you are ready to go for a big goal and would like to explore how coaching may help you succeed, call me to schedule your discovery session. Here’s to your success. You can do it! Pat Morgan, MBA and professional coach, works with busy professionals to help them become more profitable and productive by capitalizing on their strengths and taking focused action to create powerful change. Call her at 305-458-2849, email <PatMorgan@SmoothSailingSuccess.com> or visit her website at <www.SmoothSailingSuccess.com>.


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Richard S. Kalski, M.D. is the vision correction specialist... where patients can receive the treatment they need Residents of our county are fortunate to have access to one of the latest and most accurate laser treatments for cataract, corneal and refractive surgeries in the world. In the skilled hands of ophthalmologist Dr. Richard S. Kalski, patients can receive the treatment they need from the LenSX laser by Alcon at a state of the art facility, the South Florida Surgery Center, located on SW 70 St in South Miami. Dr. Kalski, a native of Cleveland, Ohio is a physician who believes in arming his patients with information, providing a complete packet about his services, what to expect during and after surgery, and even a video on his website in which his patients describe their experiences with eye surgery. His treatment includes pre- and postoperative personal phone calls to each patient. Cataracts, something that may be on the increase as Baby Boomers age, are generally the consequence of surviving a certain number ofbirthdays. Witness the famous Impressionist artist Claude Monet (1840 – 1926), whose vision was severely impacted by cataracts, after the age of 72;

some believe they interfered with his ability to accurately see color from 1915 on. Today, modern techniques in cataract surgery and intraocular lens replacement would have made Monet’s eye troubles easy to remedy. Dr. Kalski says that cataracts are a matter of “when,” not “if.” The issue about them is that surgery is only necessary when the condition greatly hampers one’s ability to see clearly, a la Monet. The approval by the FDA of foldable artificial lenses (intraocular lens or IOL) in the 1990s moved the treatment of cataracts into a realm that was much better for the patient with healing time being greatly reduced. With the invention and approval of the Alcon LenSX in the United States, cataract and other surgeries are safer, smaller incisions are required and can self-heal without suturing, healing time for the patient is reduced and there is much less swelling as a result of the procedure. Because the equipment relies on discrete patient information entered by the doctor, the solutions are custom tailored for each patient. Results are extremely accurate and certain

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routine maneuvers are easily replicated, thanks to this state of the art equipment and the skilled hands of an ophthalmologist like Dr. Kalski. Another major improvement in artificial lenses is their ability to solve certain vision challenges such as astigmatism and other issues that may require glasses or contacts. These premium lenses are available and decisions about choosing one over the other should be made in consultation with the doctor. Dr. Richard Kalski is a board certified ophthalmologist who is a graduate of

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Bob Griese’s new book brings back memories BY RICHARD YAGER

When an email asked if we would like a review copy of Perfection, a new book by Bob Griese and Dave Hyde, I jumped at the opportunity. It’s not every day you’ll get a chance to write about someone you once knew. “The Kid” was the name my good friend, John “Phil” Clinger from the former Dolphins quarterback’s native Evansville, IN, gave Griese when all three of us were neighbors on Key Biscayne back in the late 1960s. We joined an appreciative crowd to hear Griese spin locker room stories about his career before queuing up to get our copies of Perfection signed during his personal appearance at Kendall’s Barnes & Noble on Sept. 7, a signature he carefully penned with the numbers 17-0 following his name. “The Perfect Season” memorialized his Miami Dolphins 1972 team when it chalked up the first and only undefeated stretch in National Football League history. That still unrepeated feat will be celebrated in November during a 40-year reunion of Griese’s teammates at Sun Life Stadium where Dolfans now keep their fingers crossed for the 2012 team. Meanwhile, old-timers will delight in recapturing those glory days of 1972 when “The Kid,” Earl Morrall, Nick Buoniconti, Paul Warfield and others created a legend along with “Shus” as Robert Alan Griese called Coach Don Shula. Appropriately numbered with 17 chapters, Griese’s story begins with “Are We Really That Good?” recounting how a return to Kansas City in the fall of 1972 recalled the previous year’s famed Christmas Day AFC Championship game battling the Chiefs for five and a half quarters with two overtimes before Garo Yepremian booted a 36-yard winning field goal, He had missed two others earlier that might have won the game. That’s why Bob remembers a run-weary

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Larry Csonka who lost 36 pounds that game, heaving his breath in a huddle after his bulldozing run set up the try and telling Garo, “You little bastard, if you miss this I’ll kill you!” Stories like this pop up on every page as Griese uses each winning game as a chapter headline although the text that follows more often gives him a chance to describe a fellow player, coach, owner Joe Robbie, scout Joe Thomas, and others he credits with varying contributions to the unbeaten record. That’s where the drama and fun really come through, from learning how

Buoniconti (Griese’s nomination for the key to the team’s defense) and talent scout Joe Thomas put Robbie to bed at the Jockey Club after the owner zonked out from another habitual overdose of booze. Even so, Robbie gets early credit for courage as a small town South Dakota lawyer who laid out $40,000 by mortgaging his home to bid for the Miami franchise, originally proposed to expand the NFL in Philadelphia. Jake Scott, the renegade safety twinned with a serious-minded Dick Anderson, gets Griese’s nod as the key cogs of team defense in a chapter titled “The Partnership of Opposites.” Also in for special praise: Coach Monte Clark who designed what Bob called his “check with me” defense allowing him to prepare alternative offensive plays to meet defensive lineup weaknesses before the snap. Perhaps that’s why Bob, speaking off the cuff during his early quarterbacking days, asked if we knew what a “lookout block” was. “Abner Haynes, our running back then, prided himself on dodging an onrushing lineman to take off around end. But he was no blocker,” Griese laughed. “Going back to pass, he’d yell ‘Look out!’ when an untouched tackle or linebacker came rushing in on me. That was Abner’s ‘look-out block.’” Once when Bob and Judi Griese made their home on the Key’s Redwood Lane, my friend, Phil, and I watched Bob and Karl Noonan prep opponent films for an upcoming game. After 90 minutes of back-

and-forth repeats of films from a blimp-like level that rendered players ant-size in slow motion to (“Back it up again, Bob”) we’d had it. “You leaving?” asked the “Per’fessor” as he was known when equipped one season with glass-like goggles. “We’re just getting started.” We also saw Joe Namath, now Bob’s neighbor in Tequesta, upset the Colts in Super Bowl III, surrounded by Colt fans in the OB’s north stands along with Phil, Bob, and longtime pal, Archie Stone, a more rabid aqua-and-orange booster than “Dolfan Denny” with his rhinestonebedecked hat and jacket. Well before that ’72 season, Herald sports editor Edwin Pope rallied fans for “Victory Sunday” when the Fish ended a winless streak by beating Buffalo. My son, Jay, and friend carried a banner “We Back Bob” to support “The Kid” when disgruntled fans urged John Stofa’s return as QB. But our fondest memory was the story Judi told after Jay, then age 7, had pitched a ball back-and-forth with Bob on the front lawn of the Clinger Glenridge Rd. home, just across the street from our own. “You know, the next day when Bob was up in the bedroom studying charts, I heard a knock on our door,” she related to my wife, Barbara, over a hamburger at the old Press Club on Miami Beach. “There stood Jay, standing on his banana seat bike, holding a football. “I said ‘Hi, Jay, what are you doing here?’ Jay answered: “Can Bob come out and play?”


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Taking financial responsibility: What’s your game plan? BY LENNY SKLAWER

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Seaquarium’s Dolphin Interaction, Sea Trek Reef Encounter specials BY MARITZA ARCEO-LOPEZ

Florida residents are in for a special dolphin and reef encounter deal. Through Dec. 14, Florida residents will enjoy up to 30 percent off animal encounter programs at Miami Seaquarium, including dolphin interaction programs at Dolphin Harbor and the Sea Trek Reef Encounter. With this special offer, the Dolphin Odyssey program is $134 plus tax per person (regularly $199 plus tax) and the Dolphin Encounter program is $94 plus tax per person (regularly $139 plus tax). Children ages 5-9 can participate in the Dolphin Encounter program for the discounted price of $68 plus tax (regularly $99 plus tax). Dolphin Harbor, home to 13 Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins and the park’s dolphin interaction programs, features a 12,000-square-foot, 700,000-gallon dolphin pool surrounded by an 8,000-squarefoot facility that includes a reception area, education seminar room, changing facilities and rest rooms. Dolphin Harbor offers guests two different dolphin interaction programs. Dolphin Odyssey is a two-hour experience, which includes feeding, touching and learning about these magnificent animals plus the opportunity for a deep-water interaction with a dolphin. Guests must be at least 52 inches tall to participate in the Dolphin Odyssey program. Dolphin Encounter is the newer program that allows guests to wade out into the pool and have a shallow water experience meeting the dolphins. The two-hour program features an educational seminar and the chance to feed and touch a dolphin as well as learn about dolphin training techniques. Dolphin Encounter participants must be at least 5 years of age and for those children under 9 years, an older

sibling or adult must accompany the child as a participant. Expectant mothers are not allowed to participate in dolphin interaction programs. Program fees include one day’s admission to the park. The Sea Trek Reef Encounter allows guests to become one with the park’s reef aquarium, while moving in ethereal slow motion in a near zero gravity diving system. Feels like walking on the moon, only you are submerged in a surreal underwater paradise where colorful tropical fish, large groupers, lobsters, cownose stingrays and moray eels abound. Sea Trekking, developed by Sub Sea Systems Inc., can be experienced by nondivers, ages 10 and above, No certification or swimming skills are necessary. In the magnificent Reef Aquarium at Miami Seaquarium participants may Sea Trek as deep as 15 feet under the sea. Sea Trek Reef Encounter is controlled by a compressor system that takes in air, compresses it, sends it through a series of filtration components and on to a control console and manifold to regulate the air flow to participants. Unlike deep sea diving, the participant’s entire head stays dry throughout the entire experience. Sea Trek Reef Encounter at Miami Seaquarium will take about 20 minutes and will cost Florida residents $79 plus tax. This Florida resident discount fee includes same day admission to the park. Discounts for Sea Trek are available to participants in the park’s dolphin interaction programs as well. The Florida Resident special offer for both programs is valid through Dec. 14. Proof of Florida residency is required. For more information or to make a reservation please call 305-365-2501. More information on Miami Seaquarium is available at <www.miamiseaquarium.com>.

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Aspiring actors make their way to Area Stage Company BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

The Area Stage Company is an award-winning professional theater company located in South Miami. “We do professional theater for young actors,” said Maria Rodaz, company founder. “We have a conservatory. No matter how young the actors are, the productions are professional productions.” Rodaz developed the conservatory with her husband, John. Initially, they catered to students in their late teens to early twenties but they had so many requests to accept younger students that they opened the program to elementary school kids. Auditions are mandatory in order to get in. She said this raises the bar, even for the summer program. “Our program is more specialized,” Rodaz said. “Our classes are small and personalized.” Rodaz added that the groups are very unconventional. “The groupings have little kids and big kids.” The company does not have a one-size-fitsall approach. “I audition the kids and then I will craft an approach depending on how much the parents want to invest in their children’s progress,” Rodaz said. “If a parent can

Pictured is a scene from the production of Godspell Jr. by the Area Stage Company.

invest; if a child can come here, four or five times a week, they will progress faster than a child who comes one time a week.” Scholarships are available for financially challenged families. “I’m always fundraising,” she said. Area Stage Company has fall, spring and summer sessions. The only difference is that in the summer she has the students coming in for three weeks of intense work instead of three times a week during the school year. The company used to have a theater on

Lincoln Road but had to close it in 2000. “Gentrification pushed all of us off Lincoln Road,” she said. “It was a very cool arts district. Then the rents hiked. We were homeless for about seven years.” In 2008, they moved to their present location at 1560 S. Dixie Hwy. This summer, the company produced two shows, Hair and The Phantom Tollbooth. She cast 23 students in Hair and 28 in the Phantom Tollbooth. Even though the children are young, Rodaz said they don’t “dumb down” the

play’s language. “The same language is the same language used in the college,” she said. “The approach to the craft is a very mature approach. We prepare our kids professionally. It’s important we understand that distinction.” She warns parents that being a part of the conservatory is not easy. “It’s a disciplined approach. You are not going to be sitting down except for the half hour for lunch. The kids love it.” Not only the kids love the program. So do their parents. “As a parent, it has been so gratifying to see how Makhi has embraced Area Stage as a second home with the support and nurturing of Maria and John and their wonderful staff,” said Delle Joseph, whose son attends Coral Reef Elementary. “His interest in theater has turned into a true passion.” Makhi Joseph was in both plays during the summer and he will be in the production of Dear Edwina Jr. on Nov. 2-4. The program has had several students who have gone on to fame, including Oscar Isaac, who played King John in the Russell Crowe adaptation of Robin Hood and will star in the next Coen Brothers Film. For more information, call 305-6662078.

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Metro Ford has the desirable qualities of a big city auto dealership, while at the same time possessing the endearing qualities of a small town business. The family owned and operated dealership offers an exceptional selection of new and preowned Ford vehicles and incomparable financing options, but it’s the personalized customer service that makes it a local standout. “The atmosphere of a family-owned business is just different,” said Lomby Perez, vice president of Metro Ford who runs the business with his father Lombardo Perez Sr. “We work very hard to build and maintain long-term relationships with employees and our customers.” That hard work has paid off. In business since 1983, Metro Ford is now selling vehicles to second and third generations within the same families. “Some customers travel across the state or even from out of the state to come back to us for their next vehicle, or one for their son or daughter,” Perez added. “It’s been very rewarding to serve these loyal customers.” Before opening Metro Ford, Perez Sr., owned and operated a Fiat dealership. Miami Fiat was the most successful Fiat dealership in the nation. After Fiat pulled out of the U.S. in 1981, Ford Motor Company came knocking and Perez Sr. answered the call. Under his direction, in a short time Metro Ford became the No. 1 Ford dealer in the Southeast region. The younger Perez has grown up in the auto industry, starting at the Fiat dealership when he was just 11 years old. After paying his dues doing “owner’s son duties,” Perez worked his way up the business ladder to work side-by-side with his father. With good performance comes rewards,

which Metro Ford now can pass on to its customers. Metro Ford is one of only two Certified Electric Vehicle (EV) dealers in the area. The 2013 Ford Focus Electric, arriving soon, is powered exclusively by a new lithium-ion battery system. The Focus Electric has best-in-class horsepower, 100 miles of range and higher speed charging. “The future is electric cars,” Perez said. “We are thrilled to offer this product to our customers. Our sales and service team are EV certified by Ford to provide the very best service.” Another “major home run” for Ford is the combination of efficiency and performance in the 2013 Ford Fusion. In addition to the well-known hybrid model, Fusion will offer EcoBoost, the standard model and the upcoming Energi Plug-In. The 2013 Ford Escape also has an eco-friendly side, offering two available EcoBoost engines. The popular redesigned crossover offers the best automatic highway fuel economy in its class. Customers can shop for new and preowned vehicles on the interactive Metro Ford website at <www.MetroFord.com>. The site allows customers to view dealer specials and incentives, get a quote, apply for credit and chat online with a sales representative. “Customers today like to do their research in the comfort of their home or office,” Perez said. “An educated customer is our best customer. When they come to the dealership, they are often ready to test drive and make a decision.” The Metro Ford Service and Parts Department, staffed by Ford certified technicians, now offers extended hours — until 7 p.m. on weekdays — to meet the demands of customers’ busy schedules. Metro Ford is located at 9000 NW Seventh Ave. in Miami. For more information, call 1-877-8119402 or visit <www.metroford.com>.

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Hyundai adds LWB model to 2013 Santa Fe CUV lineup Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS Say goodbye to the Hyundai Vera Cruz SUV and hello to an all-new Hyundai Santa Fe CUV in two distinct sizes and purposes. Hyundai management recently unveiled the all-new Santa Fe for the automotive media at a gala press conference in the new Montage Resort in upscale Deer Valley, Utah. To say that company brass was glowing with pride about their new baby would be something of an understatement. Big things are expected, and they most likely will be forthcoming. After driving the Santa Fe Sport — that’s the smaller of the two models, the Long Wheelbase (LWB) version was not yet available — I must agree that the Hyundai design team has come up with another winner. The all-new third-generation Santa Fe Sport is a five-passenger crossover vehicle and it’s already available in dealer showrooms.

The longer LWB model has three rows, seats seven and will start hitting showrooms in January. By adding the LWB model to the Santa Fe lineup, there no longer was any need for the slow-selling Vera Cruz, so it got the axe from the Hyundai lineup. No big loss there. The new Santa Fe is designed with Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” concept to create the illusion of constant motion. Up front, there’s a three-bar hexagonal chrome grille, LED headlight accents, a low stance, rising beltline, roof spoiler and wraparound taillights. Other design elements include body color mirrors, 19-inch wheels and a twin-tip chrome exhaust on Santa Fe Sport 2.0T. Both Santa Fe models are capable crossovers built for today’s on-the-go American family, and they come with flexible seating and cargo space. Both have the same flowing interior look, designed for passenger functionality and comfort, from the heated rear seats and available eightway power driver seat, to a standard 40/20/40 folding rear seat back. Other interior details include an optional panoramic sunroof, which allows more natural light into the cabin, and premium window switch trim.

New Santa Fe Sport has a three-bar hexagonal grille, LED headlight accents, a low stance, rising beltline, roof spoiler and wraparound taillights.

The Santa Fe Sport delivers excellent performance and much of that is due to a 266pound weight reduction from the 2012 model, the result of using a lot of high tensile steel in the construction of the vehicle. There’s also a good choice of power options available. Sport buyers may choose between a fourcylinder 2.4-liter 190 hp Gasoline Direct Engine (GDI) engine (22/33 mpg) or a turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-liter 264 hp GDI engine. Both engines provide excellent power for city or highway driving and they

can tow up to 3,500 pounds. The LWB Santa Fe is powered by a 3.3-liter V-6 GDI engine. All engines come standard with Hyundai’s six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC. Pricing on the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport starts at $24,450.

Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.

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