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On-campus football stadium a must for UM BY GRANT MILLER


For quite a few years now, advocates of an oncampus football stadium for the University of Miami Hurricanes have been clamoring for a change in the school’s nostadium policy and touting the advantages of a dedicated home for the team. Time could be running out for the UM’s football program if the administration doesn’t see the importance of an on-campus stadium and make it a priority. Fan attendance at home games — held not onsite but at distant stadiums, like the Orange Bowl in the past or at Sun Life stadium now — is down and so is team spirit and school spirit. A true “Home of the ’Canes” located right on campus would do a lot to correct all of those problems and might even get the team back on a winning streak with some national championships. Expecting students and fans to travel long distances to stadiums with no connection to their team just isn’t working. There is no home team advantage if there is no home. And if the UM administrators really want their school to be taken seriously, then they need to take their own sports program seriously — especially football, which is the power sport at most schools nationwide and drives not only funding for sports but for educational programs as well. Alumni that

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Ten-year-old Corey Brand had the time of his life recently touring the LEGO headquarters in Enfield, Connecticut. Corey’s father, Adam, arranged the visit to the toy company as a birthday present for his son after he learned that he had told his friends he wanted to be president of LEGO one day. Corey was given the grand tour and saw everything there was to see at the company, he even met the president and was interviewed by corporate human resources for a job in the future. Happy Birthday, Corey, it looks like you had a great one!

lizabeth Poulos has turned her passion for fashion into a successful online business. After graduating from Palmetto Senior High in 2012, she began buying and selling women’s clothing to fund her shopping habit. Now in her second year at Miami Dade College, Poulos has launched a website to expand her growing company, called Liz’s Boutique. This move, she says, is simply another step on the way to opening her own ELIZABETH POULOS store.

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JENNA FUSFIELD Palmer Trinity School senior Jena Fusfield loves to make people happy. So she started the Random Acts of Kindness Club at Palmer. “I really like the feeling when you do something nice for someone for no reason,” she says. “This club will fulfill random acts of kindness. We’re also going to have boxes set up around school. If someone did something nice for someone, they can write it on a piece of paper and at the end of the month, we’re going to deliver it to the person so they can see how it impacted others.” Fusfield is very serious about spreading happiness. Before starting the club, she committed several random acts of kindness, including giving away tickets to concerts by such music luminaries as the Taylor Swift and the hot boy band One Direction. Another way she spreads happiness is with her doodle book, Doodle Happiness. As a longtime doodler, Fusfield realized she could harness the happiness it gives her to doodle and help others feel happy. She describes herself on her resume as a doodle instructor. “I doodle on the margin of my paper and then I started doing full doodles on good paper,” she says. “I enjoy this so much; I think I’m really into spreading happiness.” Fusfield sells the book and uses the money she makes to donate more of the books to children’s charities. She likes kids and is a longtime volunteer in Friendship

Circle. She also spent two summers working as a counselor at the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center summer camp. She worked with the same group of children for two years. “I’ve been going to the J ever since preschool,” she says. “From Mommy and Me classes to after-school care, so I’m really involved.” She had planned to work as a counselor again in the summer before her junior year, but instead she attended the Alexander Muss High School in Israel for six weeks. “I was really fun,” she says. “I went not expecting it to be what it was. We went to school and we went on hikes. On the hikes, we crawled in caves.” Fusfield says the students were reasonably independent and could walk to the nearby town if they wanted to. The high school is located in a small town about an hour and a half outside of Tel Aviv. “We traveled the entire country,” she says. “We’d learn about something and then we’d go out and do it. We went to Masada in the middle of the night. We went to the Old City. They had a castle and we stormed the castle.” Before going to Israel, Fusfield says she didn’t really feel connected to the country. But now she feels that she has a connection. “You feel so welcome there,” she says. “I wouldn’t say the religion so much affected me, but the culture; I loved it.” Fusfield is the editor of the yearbook and president of the Jewish Culture Club at Palmer, a club her brother founded. She is also secretary of the Second Chance Club and a writing mentor, as well as co-president of the Chapman Partnership for the Homeless Club. She is considering Boston University, American University and New York University as her college choices. Her career goal is to become a concert producer. “I love concerts, I just like the crowds, the fields, the energy,” she says. “It’s like a feeling you can’t explain. I want to put that feeling out there for other people.” — By Linda Bernfeld Rodriguez

MELINDA KLENK Palmer Trinity senior Melinda Klenk has devoted her Saturdays and her summers to helping disadvantaged children gain a step in school. “I work for Breakthrough Miami over the summer and during the school year,” Klenk says. “I taught English and I was a fifth grade English teacher.” The experience was fun for her, although tiring. She says the kids were sweet, but they weren’t afraid of giving her a hard time. Still, she said they were fun to be around. “The coolest thing was that I taught an elective as well as English,” she says. “I looked forward toward that (drama) class every day. I had one girl who loved it, she loved performing.” That student asked Klenk how she got into drama and Klenk explained that she was in the drama program at Southwood Middle School. The student tried out for the Southwood Performing Arts program at Southwood and was accepted. “She performed the same song I taught the kids over the summer,” Klenk says. “It was amazing to see her on stage. It seemed small to me when I talked to her about it.

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The smallest things you say and do, other people run with them.” Klenk taught at Breakthrough through her 10th grade year and that summer. She had to stop teaching in her junior year because her academic load was too heavy to allow her to continue with an activity that took so much time. This summer Klenk worked for Palmer Trinity in the communications and development department, so she could not work at Breakthrough, although she says she hopes to get back to it this year. Klenk is in the drama program at Palmer Trinity. The department puts on three shows a year; one is a dramatic play, one is for the middle school and one is a musical. “We also compete in regional competitions and state competitions,” she says. “We go to One Act festivals.” They also compete in individual events performing monologues, they act in scenes with two and three people and they sing. When Klenk competes, she is on the technical side of things, entering in the playwriting category. “I won a Critic’s Choice at regional level and I had a superior at state competition,” she says. The judges give awards for Good, Excellent and Superior performances. Then they pick one piece from each category to give the Critic’s Choice. “I’m really interested in psychology and how the mind works. When I sat down to write a play, I thought about the expressions, about smiles,” she says. “The play I wrote can really mean a lot of things; how we automatically assume one thing when it could be so much more. Some people smile when they are angry.” Klenk usually takes major lead roles in the straight plays (non-musical). She had the lead in last year’s The Skin of Our Teeth. “It’s about one family and the members basically go through a bunch of natural disasters — flood, ice age, war – and how the family progresses and deals with it,” Klenk says. “I played the maid; she’s the one common figure and she narrates the stories. She’s the one that stays the same.” Klenk says her voice isn’t as good as she would like, so she is not normally in the lead and plays secondary characters. In her free time, she likes to write. She does try to keep busy so she volunteers each year on the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s Mitzvah Day. — By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

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SARA ABBASSI A senior at Palmer Trinity School, Sara Abbassi has already gone through more in her life than most teens. When she was three years old, her father was diagnosed with

Stage Four breast cancer. He passed away from the illness when she was 10. “Since it’s very rare, when they found out he passed away, people made comments to me,” she says. “When I was in the sixth grade, my mom and I entered the Race for the Cure, but the pamphlet they handed out only breast cancer information relating to women. We called and talked to them for about two hours. The next year’s pamphlet included a section for men.” Abbassi says it is becoming more common for men to develop breast cancer, which is why they wanted to get the section about men included in the brochure. Because of her early experience with cancer, Abbassi has been involved with the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation since she was in the sixth grade. “I raised about $1,000 in sixth grade and in seventh grade the school helped me raise money,” she says. Last school year, they organized the Dig Pink Volleyball game in the Palmer Trinity gym against Gulliver. They sold tickets to the game and snacks. “With that money, plus the donations, we raised a total of $4,000,” she says.

Abbassi says they have another volleyball game scheduled and they hope to raise twice as much because it will be against archrival Westminster. Because of the experience of losing a father at a young age, she volunteers her time at the Children’s Bereavement Center. “When I lost my father at the age of 10, my mom enrolled me and brother in the Bereavement Center at Ransom” Abbassi says. “We learned that death was a common thing and that we weren’t the only kids to suffer through the experience. We talked with the kids and that really helped me. I went there for a year and my brother started working as a volunteer when he was 16. I told myself that I would also volunteer when I was 16. Now, I go there every Monday.” Abbassi says when she goes to the Center she can’t help but recall her early days there. “I remember my first day, my first meeting,” she says. “I was crying and I wouldn’t talk to anyone because I was so scared. I went there a few months after it happened and I really couldn’t express that much.” But she says it wasn’t long before she began to see that other kids were experiencing feelings just like hers, but they were starting to

let go. Today she takes pleasure in seeing the children smile and laugh during the Center’s therapy sessions. While Abbassi spends much of her time on cancer-related community service, she did take time out last February to go on the Palmer Trinity-sponsored mission trip to Nicaragua. “It was honestly one of the best things I’ve done,” she says. “It was life changing; you really learn to appreciate what you have.” Abbassi went with a group with 16 students and two chaperones. In one week, the group built a house and interacted with children in the neighborhood. “On the last day, we visited a place that was kind of like an orphanage, with one house for the guys and one for the girls,” she says. “We played with them and talked to them. There was another day that we went to the local dump and talked to the kids there about the importance of dental hygiene.” When she graduates, Abbassi plans to go on to college to become an oncologist. She is considering applying to American University, Northeastern, Florida State University and the University of Florida. — By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

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“I’ve always loved clothing and shopping, and I share this passion with my mom and cousin,” Poulos said. “My goal is to have my own store after I graduate college.” Poulos is the first to admit that she has the same entrepreneurial spirit as her father, Steve Poulos, who co-owns the popular Lots of Lox Deli in Palmetto Bay. His encouragement and a little help and guidance from friends and family have helped Poulos grow Liz’s Boutique. When she first started her business, Poulos was introduced to some of the clothing vendors she carries by her cousin Christina Poulos, who owns Bella Boutique in Boca Raton. Poulos is now a regular at the Westminster Christian School student Melody Gonzalez models fashfashion houses in the Miami ions available online at Liz’s Boutique. Design District. She shops local- ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ly for her inventory and chooses unique dresses, rompers, cover-ups and accesstyles from popular brands such as sories, most of which are priced under $60. Or, they can schedule a private appointOlivaceous and Naked Zebra. “The clothes I carry are great quality,” ment with Poulos to view the collection at Poulos said. “I often see similar styles in stores her home boutique or shop in the comfort of their own home. that are priced higher, but are lesser quality.” “Many customers look at the collection During the early stages of her business, Poulos marketed her clothing to friends online, and then give me a list of styles through word of mouth, Facebook and they want me to bring to their home so Instagram. But, the growth of her business they can try them on,” Poulos said. As she builds her business, Poulos may has prompted her to implement a more sophisticated business plan. She developed be following the advice of another entreher Liz’s Boutique shopping website with preneur – Steve Jobs: “The only way to the help of her boyfriend of three years, do great work is to love what you do.” Palmetto High alumni Carlos Gonzalez. She added, “Owning my own business When customers visit the site, they see the gives me the flexibility to work around my clothing modeled by Gonzalez’s sister, classes, do what I love and build my career Westminster Christian School student in the fashion industry.” To shop at Liz’s Boutique, visit Melody Gonzalez, who is “the perfect model <>, call 305-409for the Liz’s Boutique line,” says Poulos. or send via email to Customers can shop online at Liz’s 8691 Boutique for trendy tops, shorts, pants, <>.

STADIUM, from page 1 ––––––– aren’t excited about their school aren’t inclined to contribute to it. Look at the facts. The University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University all have on-campus stadiums. Why not a major program like the UM. The same is true for all major colleges around the country. Those universities all understand the importance of on-campus stadiums for building spirit and raising funds. College football is not just a game; it’s also big business. Studies have shown that there is room onsite

for an appropriate-sized stadium, and that traffic and parking issues would be minimal and manageable. A stadium wouldn’t have to be big enough to compete with Sun Life. In fact, having a limited number of seats might encourage fans to buy their tickets early before they sell out. Financing the stadium is a challenge of course, but if the UM will wisely invest in its own future and also seek corporate sponsorships, there’s no reason why far-sighted administrators can’t make it happen. Private funding is a must. No taxpayer money should be involved if the UM wants to avoid the stigma of the Marlins’ stadium fiasco. It can be done. It should be done. The only question is, are the UM administrators up to the game?

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UM Sports Hall of Fame annual Keys Dolphin tourney a huge success BY LEE STEPHENS

A total of 92 boats were entered in the third edition of the recent University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame’s annual Celebrity Dolphin Tournament at the Post Card Inn in Islamorada. This year’s tournament was the largest fishing tournament the UM Sports Hall of Fame has ever hosted in the Florida Keys. Hosted by former Hurricane and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, more than 75 former Hurricane players attended the tour-

Ray Lewis and his fishing mates display their catch at the weigh-in.

nament and enjoyed the festivities. Also on hand was the popular band Live Bait, guitarist and singer Kevin Hurley, a group of fire dancers and a Junkanoo band. Mike Vera, aboard the boat A-SaltWeapon, caught the winning dolphin, weighing in at 43.6 pounds. The popular Bucket of Bucks pool was claimed by the boat Gotta Love It with a combined three-dolphin tally of 84.2 pounds. Tracy Kerdyk won the Top Female Angler prize with a dolphin catch that weighed 29.3 pounds and the Top Junior Angler was Tommy Smith with a 19.4

Pictured are (l-r) UM president Donna Shalala, Sports Hall of Fame President K.C. Jones, Marc Buoniconti, of The Miami Project; Jack Niedbalski, of Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys; and John Routh, UMSHoF executive director. The UM Sports Hall of Fame gave $4,000 checks to each organization.

pounder. Keith Provin was named the King of Fishes with a 51.4 pound Wahoo. Proceeds from the tournament benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys, The Miami Project and the UM Sports Hall of Fame. The UM Sports Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the finest UM student-athletes, coaches

and administrators who have excelled in their sport and brought acclaim to the university through their accomplishments. The UM Sports Hall of Fame is open to the public during the week from Noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, go to <>. –––––––––––––––––––– Former Hurricanes and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis

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Gulliver Academy LS to participate in elementary STEM pilot program BY JEANMARIE FERRARA

director and head of schools. Judy-Smith, Gulliver’s lead teacher for Gulliver Academy Lower School has the elementary pilot, also will help conduct announced its selection as one of just 44 professional development for teachers at schools in the United States invited to pilot Gulliver Academy Lower School who are the newest science, technology, engineer- involved in the pilot program. ing and mathematics (STEM) program for The 44 schools invited to participate in students in grades K-5. the pilot program will test 12 STEM modThe elementary STEM program is ules and play an integral role in the develdesigned and development of the final veroped by Project Lead sion of the curriculum The Way (PLTW), the by providing feedback nation’s leading on their experiences to provider of STEM PLTW. The feedback education curricular will influence curricuprograms for middle lum development, baland high school stuanced assessment for dents. By offering this elementary students and new elementary STEM the creation of effective program, Gulliver furprofessional developther expands its highment for instructors. The quality educational final version of the eleofferings. mentary program will be Studies show that available to all school students decide as early districts in the United as second and third States for the 2014-15 grade whether they school year. like, and think they are This is the second Lisa Judy-Smith good at, math and scitime PLTW has selected ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ence. Project Lead The Gulliver to implement a Way’s elementary program is designed for pilot program. In January 2013, Gulliver students in kindergarten through fifth Academy Middle School was selected to grades and will align with academic stan- implement a national biomedical sciences dards such as Common Core State pilot program in South Florida. The proStandards and Next Generation Science gram, developed by PLTW, was launched Standards. Through a series of topic-based this past spring. The middle school curricumodules, students will engage in design lum, known as Medical Detectives, is part problems that encourage collaboration, of the Middle School’s Gateway To analysis, problem solving and computation- Technology program. In this program, stual thinking. dents explore the biomedical sciences “We are thrilled to be included in this through hands-on projects and labs that new pilot program and are proud that Ms. require them to solve a variety of medical Lisa Judy-Smith has been selected from mysteries. thousands of educators to implement the For more information about Gulliver program,” said John Krutulis, Gulliver’s Schools visit <>.

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A new way to repent at Yom Kippur BY RABBI YOSSI HARLIG

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Yom Kippur, which begins at sundown on Friday, is the holiest day of the year. Tradition would have it that people spend every evening before Yom Kippur pondering their sins and their faults and everything bad about themselves. While repenting during the High Holy Days, many may spend a lot of their time crying and sobbing over their wrongdoings. But when you spend too much time pondering your failures, it almost inevitably leads to depression, and more trouble and more sins. When contemplating your sins, you may just come to the conclusion that you actually enjoyed them. You don’t want to repent. You want a replay. And your mind will play it over and over again. It’s a vicious cycle. So how does this happen? When you live in a world with the lights dimmed and the blinds pulled down, dark corners become black holes with relentless gravitational pull. We are taught that true repentance requires certain elements: recognition, remorse, ceasing, restitution and confession. But I encourage you to approach Yom Kippur a bit differently. Don’t simply repent. Do teshuvah instead. Teshuvah means “return.” Return toward the light from which your soul originally

came. Run toward the light and fill your life with more wisdom, more understanding, more mitzvahs, more joy, love and beauty. As you return, the light will get brighter and brighter, and you’ll be able to reach out and talk directly and sincerely with your God. It is at this moment when it will become obvious to you that your sins from the past are holding you back. That’s when a genuine, aching remorse will overcome you and swell up from the bottom of your heart. In that moment, you can unload all of that bad stuff and forge forward. That’s when you repent. But not until then. During the 10 days from Rosh Hashanah until Yom Kippur, there’s a lot of light. Do not spend the holiest time of the year dwelling on your mistakes. Instead, reach toward the light. Feel the presence of an Infinite God, Creator of all things, who awaits your return to Him. And as you return, let your sins fall away, never to come back again. You won’t want them back again, once you’ve felt the embrace of His light. Join us for Yom Kippur services at the Lester and Hilda Greenstein Chabad of Kendall/Pinecrest in our spacious sanctuary where prayers are warm, the people friendly and everyone feels at home. We offer a welcoming service to all, regardless of background or affiliation. No membership is required to attend the services. However, a donation is suggested and reservations are required. To reserve your seat, call 305-234-5654 or go to <>.

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Alumni volunteers return for WCS ‘Warrior Week’ Westminster Christian School’s “Warrior Week” would not be possible without the support of alumni volunteers who serve as cabin counselors, nurses, activities coordinators, cooks and more. Westminster’s entire high school student body — 470 in total — spent their first week of school at Warrior Week in Jasper, GA. The annual retreat that began seven years ago, combines fun and adventure with opportunities for spiritual renewal and relational development for the students. The students return to the classroom renewed and ready to start the school year. Pictured are (l-r, back row) Patrick Wennin (FIU), David Thompson (U. Miami), David Kaplan (Southern Nazarene University), William Nordstrom (UCF), Adam Nathan (NC State), Casey Orzechowicz (U. Miami), Julien Exposito (FIU), Danny Reyes (U. Pennsylvania), Matthew Fernandez (U. Miami), Skip de Kanter (MDC), Peter Cabrera (Barry U.), Heather McGlaughlin (U. Miami), Joey Stuart (FSU), Joe Fernandez (MDC), Wilson Medder (Rend Lake College), Santiago Maldonado (Boston College), Andrew Hays (Baylor U.), Chris Antonelli (Purdue), Kevin Fennell (U. of W. Florida), Danny Suarez (UCF), and Walker Blanco (Wilhemina Models); (middle row) Taylor Infante (FIU), Ingrid Duasso (MDC), Kelsey Parker (U. Virginia), Taylor Reed (Harvard), Jake Moffet (FIU), Alexandra Vargas (FIU), Cara Hinchliffe (FIU), Stephanie Sierra (FIU), Kim Pernudi (FIU), Alexa Mora (Palm Beach Atlantic U.), Jessica Forbes (UF), Katie Moon (FIU), Allyce Perret-Gentil (FGCU), Lauren Mayfield (FSU); (front row) Michelle Iglesias (FIU), Brooke Logan (FSU), Rebecca Barrios (Palm Beach Atlantic Univ.), Christine Hwang (FSU), Ginger Rose (FSU), Holly Battle (Furman), Ceci Colon (Clemson), Chandler Stephens (U. of W. Florida), Annie Evans (FSU), and Thomas Inzerillo (Pratt Institute); (laying in front) Abby Thompson (FSU) and Melissa Villanueva (U. Miami). Not pictured are Santiago Vega-Ramos (Virginia Tech), Lauren Mueller (Belmont U.), Marijane Ainesworth (Santa Fe CC), Amanada Eccles (Honors College @ FIU), Corina Ravelo (Johnson & Wales), Karina Del Amo (FIU), Karina Pulido (MDC),

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New principal Eddy Garcia brings ‘forward thinking’ to St. Louis School BY JESSE SCHECKNER

ership from Nova Southeastern. “The essence of learning disabilities teachThe St. Louis Catholic Church Covenant ing is that all children have the right to learn School has a new principal for the first time and I believe that we all learn differently,” he says. “Some of us are diagnosed and some of since its inception in 1997. Edward “Eddy” Garcia, who won the us aren’t, but basically it’s a system of strengths Archdiocese of Miami’s principal of the year and weaknesses and discovering those award in 2009 as principal of Hialeah’s strengths; changing some of those barriers, is just fascinating to me.” Immaculate Conception Catholic Technology has never been as School, has become head of the prevalent or widely available as it school, a position held for 21 years is today and Garcia believes it is by his predecessor Christine important for students, teachers Mathisen. and parents to embrace it. St. Garcia’s son Bryan completed Louis had already begun to apply his pastoral year at St. Louis’s digital technology before he parish and will enter the seminary arrived, however it is his goal to hoping to become an ordained allow teachers to continue to use priest in the next two years. traditional books in their classes Although Garcia has only begun Eddy Garcia and that they can develop and to implement his vision for the school, he says the community has welcomed share their curriculums. “Our guidelines are, like all schools, based him warmly. “I’ve had a number of parents, teachers on the common core, but creating that digital and fellow administrators who have reached curriculum is very important in preparing our out to me with open arms,” Garcia says. “I children for the working society,” he says. “When you have the kids in kindergarten, loved my prior community – that was my family – and I hope to have another family you’ll still provide them with hands-on activity, but you will have an iPad cart where kids here throughout the years.” Born in Miami in 1962, he attended will have different activities integrating that Immaculate Conception – the school he technology so as they move on they will have would later preside over as principal – before been exposed to it and it will become a natuattending and graduating from Monsignor ral transition.” Garcia also has been tasked with making Edward Pace High School where he met his wife, Ana. Coincidentally, she now serves as the school more visible through various social involvements and events within the principal there. Though his passion was always education, community and the church’s parish. “We have students that finish here and go both he and his wife couldn’t make a living doing it while raising their three children, into neighboring high schools’ honor programs Jenise, Bryan and Steven. Garcia earned a and receive credit for the level of education business degree at Miami-Dade College and they receive here, and that’s our goal, to make worked as a customer service representative sure that they are prepared,” he says. “We will for Southern Bell for 13 years. When the be implementing programs over the next year company was broken up, he earned his bach- to give kids additional credit in multiple areas elor’s degree in education-specific learning so that they have that edge of arriving in high disabilities from the Union Institute in school able to move ahead to the dual enrollCincinnati and worked as a teacher at Glades ment and AP levels of their education.” For more information, go to <www.stlMiddle school teaching exceptional students while pursuing a degree in educational lead->.

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Citizens Insurance to fade away HAL FELDMAN Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner attended a Palmetto Bay-hosted town hall meeting in late August to discuss the future of the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. Guest speakers included state senators Dwight Bullard and Gwen Margolis and state representatives Michael Bileca and Jose Felix Diaz. They provided citizens the opportunity to hear what’s going on and voice their opinions and concerns. Ever since Hurricane Andrew 21 years ago, windstorm insurance in Florida has been a hot potato issue. Originally, Citizens was created as an insurer of last resort run by the state. In reality, it has become the largest insurer in Florida and the only choice for millions. For years, it’s been clear that Florida should not be in the insurance business. With passage of a state bill in April, our government set in motion a plan to slowly dismantle Citizens. In short, even with reserves of approximately $6 billion, one storm could easily bankrupt Citizens and, potentially, Florida. So, the bill begins limiting policies for dwellings worth more than $1 million in 2014 and reduces that by $100,000 each year until it reaches $700,000 in 2017. This helps alleviate the risks of carrying huge policies, but it is far from a solution. The bill also puts in place some checks and balances allowing homeowners to leave Citizens and come back if their alternate carrier does not work out; requires Citizens to report annually on its loss ratio for noncatastrophic losses; adds a consumer member to Citizens’ Board; and creates a clearinghouse to divert new applicants.

While Citizens debate and change has gone on for years, things are just now coming to a new frothy head. For this reason, the discussion was brought to the residents for dialog. During the 90-minute session a fraction of the bitter debate was explained to those in attendance. Essentially, the rest of Florida contends they no longer want to subsidize the rich South Florida coastal communities. They also point to the significantly higher level of fraudulent non-catastrophic claims coming from Miami-Dade County. “The state wants out of the insurance business,” said Sen. Margolis. “This bill gives us a phased approach which we believe will encourage private insurance companies to come back in.” Sen. Bullard, who cast one of the few dissenting votes on the bill, said he did so because he feels there are not enough options from private insurers. He also wants to ensure private carriers have no choice but to offer windstorm policies along with their other insurance as a matter of course in Florida. Rep. Diaz, who said he gets fired up and becomes an insurance nerd each time he is in Tallahassee, explained that compromise had to be reached and, due to prior bills getting defeated, South Florida had the leverage they needed to get important features into the current bill. “We tried to do a 10 percent cap and Citizens finds ways around it by changing coverage and new mitigation standards,” he said. “We were able to put in checks and balances within Citizens’. They now must allow homeowners to exit and return to Citizens without penalty within three years, under certain conditions.” Rep. Bileca, who lives near the Westminster school, said even while he was fighting the matter in Tallahassee, he got hit with a $5,000 rate hike. With no available alternate insurer, he and his wife

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were forced to do mitigation changes. My question, among the dozens of very valid ones asked that night, was about the fraud. I asked. “Who at Citizens was working on finding and preventing the fraud?” I conjectured, “Stiffer penalties and more critical observation should make a dent in the issue.” I also made it a point to say I felt as if Citizens was committing fraud on its policyholders. They are supposed to be providing consistent windstorm policies, but instead find ways to drop/reduce coverage and modify mitigation credits in ways that undermine the consumer. What I took away from this meeting is that compromise is the only solution and the Citizens debate certainly will rage on. An interesting side note illustrating just how dysfunctional this process continues to be, Citizens was asked to participate in the

town hall meeting. Their response was that they no longer had travel budget and, according to Mayor Stanczyk, sent forms to citizens who attended so “a Citizens representative could personally follow up with them.” HAL’S HOMEOWNER HELP What are you waiting for? If it’s time to sell your home, it doesn’t cost any more to sell with the best. I know South Florida and how to maximize the value of your home. Get in touch with me to sell your home. I’ll educate you on the latest market information. Hal Feldman (MiamiHal) is a Realtor with RE/MAX Advance Realty. Contact him with story ideas or real estate questions at <>.

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Stop moralizing the actions of Johnny Football BY PRESTON MICHELSON

Over the NCAA offseason, rumors swirled that Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel took illicit money in return for signing autographs. But the NCAA couldn’t prove it. The best they could do was suspend him for a half-game against the weakling Rice University because he should have known that the memorabilia would have been sold. Manziel beat the NCAA, the organization that seemed impervious to defeat. He ended up with almost no penalty when the court of public opinion had already convicted him. And when he was on the sidelines for the first half of the game against Rice, the other team let him hear it. So, when he got in the game in the second half, he jawed back. He mimicked signing an autograph in the air. He rubbed his fingers over some imaginary money. And he pointed at the scoreboard. According to Mark Schlabach of, Johnny Manziel needs to mature. He writes: “Maybe one day Johnny Football will figure out it isn’t all about him.” It isn’t? What about the SportsCenter updates? Why does my phone light up with

even the most minor updates in his day-today life? Why is Texas A&M, with its influx of Johnny money, building a massive new football atrium to display his Heisman Trophy? Why did the sports world implode with curiosity and passion when the broadcast of last year’s NBA finals showed Manziel courtside? Is that why the school’s booster program — the 12th Man Foundation — auctioned off a dinner with him for $20,000? Or is that why his Heisman run created $37 million in media exposure for the university? It must be why the oncampus bookstore sold out of his No. 2 jersey. With the way the world has treated Johnny, it is all about him. Manziel is a 20year-old Big Man On Campus, living a life of excess and fun, because why not? If the naysayers are right, that he’s too small for the NFL game, then why shouldn’t he live it up while he can? If you want to tell me that former University of Miami quarterback Gino Torretta didn’t drink and party when he was in Manziel’s position, then you’re wrong. If you want to tell me that Doug Flutie didn’t do the same for Boston College, you’re also wrong. It’s because they were college kids. Not only college kids, they were the college kids that every-

one knew, that everyone adored, that everyone paid attention to. I’m sure they loved their college experience. As ESPN’s Wright Thompson puts it, invoking a name of another college football great: “The difference between Joe Montana and Johnny Manziel is us.” The media didn’t cover Torretta and Flutie and Montana they way the cover Manziel. It was a different time. So the idealized versions of those greats remain. Sure, Manziel could act more responsibly. He could stay in at night and act well beyond his age on the field. But do we want that? I for one wouldn’t want an antiseptic star, one who is intentionally boring to offset any kind of drama. At least Manziel is living the life he wants to live. And then there’s the irony that ESPN and the other news agencies keep on continuing. While condemning Manziel for a lack of maturity and for an attention-seeking personality, they give him attention. While chastising him for not realizing that it “isn’t all about him,” they write articles and tape segments all about him. The worst things that Manziel could be convicted of would be partying with the rapper Drake, probably signing some autographs for money and tweeting that he “can’t wait to leave College Station.”

CORNER I can name some college football stars who have committed some worse crimes and who were punished far less by the public. But because they’re not the Heisman winner, they don’t have to be squeaky clean. The sports world should be treated like the playground it is, not the cathedral that it is perceived. It is a game, after all. Maybe it’s not so necessary to moralize the actions of a 20-year-old football star that is just looking to enjoy life while he can. 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 <>.

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Steely Dan is part of the past, present and future BY CARL RACHELSON

It’s been a long time since I attended a concert. Conversely, I have taken perverse pride in being present in the present. Though I reminisce a bit, nostalgia and oldies have never been second nature to me. I appreciate such music, but I don’t live or listen in the past. While I loved Motown, the Beatles, funk and psychedelia, I try to stay current. That was then, you know. However, there are exceptions to every rule. Steely Dan, an American jazz rock/rock band created by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, has crossed borders since they first began writing songs in the Big Apple in the 1970s. Though the band’s popularity peaked near the end of that decade — one that saw the band produce seven albums blending elements of jazz, rock, funk, R&B and pop — Steely Dan has always been mysterious and peculiarly unusual, reaching cult-like status among diverse types of fans. The albums — Royal Scam, Gaucho and Aja among others — get older folks nodding a bit. “Yeah,” they say. “That was good stuff.” In the early 1970s, Steely Dan sang popfavorite chart toppers like Do It Again, Dirty Work and Reelin’ in the Years. In 1982,

ART in MIAMI Steely Dan will play Boca Raton’s Mizner Park Amphitheatre on Sept. 12.

Fagen released his solo album The Nightfly. Here they are now, in 2013, still at it! Now, on Thursday, Sept. 12, Steely Dan will perform in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park Amphitheatre at 8 p.m. Ironically, the band broke apart early on because Becker and Fagen despised touring. Things change. It might seem unusual to see things about the origin of Steely Dan’s name discussed on, a rumor-dissolver site, or on the crazy humor blog the Onion, but go ahead and look’em up. Perhaps the interest is natural given Becker and Fagen and their bios. Both born a stone’s throw from 1950, Fagen in Passaic, New Jersey and Becker in New York City, the two grew up listening to jazz idols like Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and John Coltrane. They met at Bard College and 40-

some years later they are still friends and coming to Boca as part of a massive tour called Steely Dan Mood Swings: 8 Miles to Pancake Day; two months of shows culminating with seven nights at the Beacon Theater in New York City. When he was still alive, my father advised me to keep one eye on the present because that is where you are, to keep one eye on the future, for that is where you will go, and one eye on the past, for this is where you have come from. When I reminded my father that I only had two eyes, his twinkled as he said, “That’s the problem son.” Steely Dan is part of the past, present and future, but is this a problem? Only a fool would say that. 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 <>.

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Let’s keep a tidy home office BY IVY JAREL

Consider the time spent getting organized to be an investment in your productivity. If you make your home office area organized, you feel organized. A disorganized office can not only make you less efficient, it can cost you money. Bills that aren’t paid on time because you can’t find them incur late fees. Client proposals that aren’t sent out mean lost revenue. Not being able to find a stapler can lead to purchasing a second. Let’s start with the big stuff. Look at your home office furniture. Are your desk, credenza, bookshelves and file cabinets arranged so that everything can be accessed easily and quickly? If not, a good idea would be to move them closer together. Beautiful Ideas for office furniture placements can be found on <> or similar websites. Are your pathways clear of bundles of files and boxes full of junk mail waiting to be dealt with? Let’s start the organization. Let’s get into the drawers and file cabinets. Clean out each drawer to free up even more valuable storage space. Use a variety of desk top organizers, trays or files to organize papers that come across your desk. Color coding your files will make it faster to find information. And never overload files as it will make it difficult to retrieve the documents you need. If necessary, sub-divide larger file folders with interior file folders. Once you get rid of all the junk mail and old files no longer needed, deal with what you have left, the important stuff. A good idea is to create four folders. They should read: Consider — Items placed here should be dealt with and moved to another folder within 24 hours. Awaiting answer — Review these weekly, depending on your type of business, to see if you need to place a reminder call to the person you’re awaiting a response from. File — Ideally items will be filed immediately. So this folder will always be empty. In the event you do use it to hold documents, make sure you file them at the end of each day. Read — Grab this folder anytime you a have a few extra minutes during your day to peruse the article and memos you placed in it. Discard or act on the item immediately after reading. You should get rid of what you don’t need. For example, if you have multiple office supplies select the one in the best condition and

ORGANIZING, DECORATING & STAGING A HOME donate the rest to charity. Don’t just box up the extras and move the box to storage in case you need it someday. That’s just moving the problem around. As email messages build up, the task of reading and addressing each one may seem impossible. Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed. There is an effective way to organize your inbox. Almost any email system provides the ability to flag, file, delete, save and drag your way to a tidy inbox. Your inbox is not storage, it’s not your calendar and it’s not your to-do list. Let’s organize the inbox in a useful way; the solution is easy. Let’s learn how to achieve it! Keep in mind that everyone works at different levels, so this may not be the one-size-fits-all plan. The easier place to start is with the older material and then slowly work your way to newer e-mails. As you are deleting email you no longer need (which is probably a lot more than you may think) label those you do need to keep. For instance in gmail, messages with the same label are always placed in the same folder and can be accessed at the left side of the page. You can label messages with either button located above the message. Clicking the folder icon allows you to label the email and send it to the labeled folder without it being visible in the main inbox. You can also star messages together in a starred folder. Once you’ve gone through all your old messages, labeled the necessary ones and tossed the obsolete ones, you should have a clear inbox. To keep it from cluttering again, it is important to label and delete every time you open your inbox.

EXTRA TIPS TO KEEP A TIDY OFFICE Remove sticky notes taped on your desk area. If they contain information that you wish to keep, either have them available digitally or make a binder just for them. If possible reserve one drawer for personal items such as hand lotion. Instead of having several photo frames occupying your desk area, have several of your photos scrolling on a single digital photo frame. Toss junk mail daily, old catalogs, papers and other items you no longer use or need. Return phone calls in batches. I hope you picked up a couple of ideas to excite your journey into organizing. Contact us for additional suggestions at <>.

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But wait, there are more classes offered at the J! Suzy Breitner V ISUAL A RTS DI R E C T O R

ALPER JCC NEWS The last edition outlined some of the fabulous classes offered at the Alper JCC. But wait, there’s more. Here are more opportunities for learning, community connection and fun. Start planning for our award-winning Summer Camp 2014 with huge savings. Register by Sept. 30 to lock in 2013 rates plus a five percent discount. You’ll find the registration form on our website, <> or call 305-271-9000, ext. 263 for information. Swim Gym is back for another year of splashing fun and water safety. There is a huge variety of programs for parents and children, Turning 3s, 3s and 4s, 5s and 6s, and 6 and over. You might consider Stroke School, Swim Team, Adult Swimming or Water Aerobics, a fun way to tone your body. For the full schedule and more infor-

mation visit <> or call ext. 287. Don your uniform (included with registration) and join one of our popular Martial Arts classes. Choose from Kung Fu for 5-15 year olds or teens and adults; Kung Fu, Chinese martial arts, selfdefense and kickboxing for teens and adults, Tai Chi for adults, a low impact exercise to help improve and maintain coordination, flexibility, strength and balance, or Mixed Martial Arts Boot Camp, extreme martial arts work-out for strength, cardiovascular improvement and weight loss for teens and adults. You can make an appointment with one of our certified personal trainers by calling 305-271-9000, ext. 278. Group and individual iitness classes in our state-of-the-art fitness center make the Alper JCC the health and fitness center to use. Schedules change frequently to meet new needs, so please contact the fitness fenter front desk at 305-271-9000, ext. 284, or <> for more information or an up-to-date schedule. If you are a 13-15-year-old JCC member, you can learn how to operate weight machines and cardiovascular equipment correctly and safely, a prerequisite for using our exercise studio and weight-room. We offer an amazing array of group classes: Abs & Lower Back, Active Stretch, Body Sculpting, Boot Camp, Boxing, Circuit Training, Cardio Circuit Kick Boxing,

Core Control with Ball Strength Training, Cross Training, Mat Pilates, Salsa, Shabbat Aerobics with Robby, Step & Pump, Strength Training, Total Body Burn and Zumba Gold. TRX Suspension Training is a suspension training bodyweight exercise that develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. We offer weight training and indoor cycling on our Schwinn IC Pro Bikes for improved cardiovascular endurance. We are delighted to offer SilverSneakers I and II and SilverSneakers Yogastretch. With Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork for You, licensed massage therapist Nancy Krau can address all of your needs. Call 305-3892949 or go to <>. After School is cool. Our After School Program is a safe place for kids to do homework, socialize, have fun and learn new skills. Four to 6 year olds can work on Clay with Sam; 2-6 graders can create

imaginative pieces in ceramics. Adults continue to love two wonderful art classes: H2O Colorists, for watercolorists of all levels of ability, under the direction of Artist/Instructor Jan DeJong; and Brilliance of Enamels, in which artist/instructor Marilyn Seitlin Tendrich explores traditional and experimental techniques of the ancient art of enameling with breathtaking results. Other senior/adult classes and programs range from Advanced Conversational Hebrew to Meditation to Cancer Support, bi-monthly Women’s Group, weekly Contemporary News and Views discussions, and much more. Call Ilene at ext. 264. Log on to <> to find out about classes offered by the fabulous Miami Children’s Theater on the Alper JCC campus. Classes already in session will be pro-rated. Go to <> to register or call program directors at 305-271-9000.

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Nissan adds hybrid model to 2014 Pathfinder lineup Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS Nissan introduced the fourth-generation of the Pathfinder last year, so it’s pretty much the same seven-passenger SUV for 2014. There is, however, a major change in power options with the first-ever Pathfinder Hybrid. Powered by a supercharged 2.5-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor mated to a compact Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, the Pathfinder Hybrid has the same seating capacity, second- or third-row legroom and cargo space of non-Hybrid models. The hybrid system uses a Nissan Intelligent Dual Clutch System (one motor/two clutch parallel system) that efficiently manages power from both the electric motor and the gas engine. The 15 kW electric motor and gas engine work in tandem to provide performance equivalent to the non-hybrid Pathfinder’s gasoline engine. The hybrid system is rated at 250 net hp and 243 pound-feet of torque (versus the gas engine ratings of 260 hp and 240 pound-feet

of torque). The Pathfinder Hybrid will be available in showrooms in early fall. The non-hybrid Pathfinder continues with a 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 engine mated to a nextgeneration Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), delivering fuel economy rated at 20/26/22 (city/highway/combined) in the 2WD model and only slightly less for the 4WD version. The power combination delivers responsive acceleration in a variety of conditions. The CVT holds the engine at the ideal rpm for existing conditions, offering responsive power for passing or towing when needed and quiet, efficient running at cruising speeds or around town. With the available intuitive four-wheel drive, Pathfinder is an excellent vehicle for bad-weather driving conditions with the selectable 2WD, Auto or 4WD Lock modes for its available intuitive ALL-MODE 4x4-i system. The system lets you choose full-time 2WD for maximum fuel economy, Auto mode to automatically monitor conditions and adjust the balance of power between front and rear wheels for best traction, or 4WD Lock mode when you need full-time 4WD. Also, standard on Pathfinder is Hill Start Assist for better control when starting and driving away on a steep incline (both 4WD and 2WD models) and it has a standard

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5,000-pound towing capacity, perfect for hauling boats, jet skis, trailers and other recreational gear. As for styling, Pathfinder has an upper body with an open cabin, a low beltline and thin A- and D-pillars that flow smoothly into the rugged, durable-looking lower body. The new generation unibody weighs almost 500 pounds less than the previous generation Pathfinder’s body-on-frame design, which contributes to the better fuel economy. Up front, there is a wide chrome grille and large aerodynamic headlights, recessed front

windshield wipers, chrome door handles, with large combination lights to the rear. Also new is the SL Tech Package with a Bose 13-speaker Premium Audio and Nissan Navigation System. Pricing on the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder ranges from $28,700 to $41,200. 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 <>.

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Coral Gables Woman’s Club conducts bingo night for charity

Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB Florida Federation of Woman’s Club’s local members are as active as ever. The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club conducted a charity bingo night recently for Shot for Life. International Committee chair Mitzi Jenner with club member Ana Lam orchestrated a fun evening where many new members got to socialize with longtime members while raising more than $440 for the charity. Farther south, the ladies of the GFWC Coco Plum Woman’s Club celebrated “Ann’s Sixth Annual English Tea Party”, on Aug. 21. More than 95 ladies attended the event that was chaired by Ann Robson. Guests came wearing assorted hats for a chance to win prizes for the most elegant, most funny and most original. Best of all, the event raised $2,500 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. On the food front, Westin Colonnade guests now have a new hotel restaurant. Being the restaurant for the hotel requires a breakfast option and the new kid on the block, Sushi Samba, has hit a home run in that department. For the first time ever, Sushi Samba is now open for breakfast with a selection of sweet and savory main course items. Look for specially made bati-

das and beautiful seasonal fruits that will have guests like Soul of Miami’s Nathalia Bogani and this writer wanting to return again and again. From an incredible selection of unique dishes such as a Brazilian breakfast of eggs, ham, sweet papaya and organic potatoes and breakfast dumplings with chorizo, grilled onion, avocado and condiments to Chica Morada Pancakes with canela butter and bacon, everything is simply mouth watering, Doce de Leite French Toast with fruit and sesame whipped cream and made with brioche vies with the sweet quinoa oatmeal served with currant, torched sugar and micro citrus are this writer’s favorite. They even offer a PB&J sandwich made with homemade peanut butter, caramelized banana and house compote. Speaking of new places, Katia Carranza, Prima Ballerina of the Miami City Ballet and Ballet of Monterrey, joined her good friend Gaby Martinez with the opening of The Ballet Boutique’s sixth store located at 7322 SW 57 Ave. in South Miami (across Red Road from Coral Gables). One little ballerina wearing a recent purchase was delighted to have Katia autograph a photo as a souvenir. This is the first U.S. store for this company that has gained great success in Mexico because of the innovative method Gaby created to avoid the foot injuries for ballerinas working “on pointe.” Aside from dance wear that is both affordable and top end, there are some great items suitable for exercising and swimming. In other news, Leadership Miami is looking for participants for the upcoming

Mitzi Jenner (standing) is pictured with some of CGWC Bingo Night attendees: (l-r) Martha Black, Cindy Ruiz, Dr. Iris Torres Rivera, Barbara Lapsley, Carmen Suarez, Mitzi Jenner, Linda Hartwell, and Susie Tilson.

Gaby Martinez is pictured with little Sofia as she receives a signed photo from Prima Ballerina Katia Carranza. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Pictured (l-r): Nathalia Bogani, Sushi Samba floor manager Nubil Rafii, and Gloria Burns check out new menu of

class. A program annually sponsored by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce brings together 100 of Miami-Dade County’s emerging leaders with a mission of sharing knowledge on how our community works while giving participants an opportunity to meet other emerging leaders and gain a better understanding of our future needs. For information contact Karina Reyes at 305-577-5425. Coral Gables Class of 1964 is hosting a 50-Year Class Reunion the weekend of May 2-3, 2014. If you graduated with this class, save the date. You may be among the “missing,” so they encourage everyone to call Tamar Spector Brooks at <> or visit the Facebook page at <

65758/> as soon as possible. Gables has a very active alumni group, so, it promises to be a great weekend. Finally, Rotarians are called to join Gables Rotarians for the 2013 Coastal Cleanup at Matheson Hammock Park on Saturday, Sept. 21. Join thousands of volunteers worldwide, on this day as millions of pounds of litter are collected from beaches and waterways. It the dirtiest fun day you will ever have ending (so it is rumored) with drinks and socializing at a nearby outdoor restaurant bar. For more information, contact your local Rotary. Until next time, keep making each day count. If you want to submit information for this column, please send your news via email to <>.

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If you want to lead, first lead yourself BY PAT MORGAN

Until you can lead yourself, you have no business trying to lead someone else. First of all, you will not be successful because others will sense your lack of assurance and self leadership. When you lead yourself, you become attractive to other people who sense something different about you and want to emulate your habits and lifestyle. Over the years I have worked with thousands of bright professionals who have surrendered leadership of their lives to other people like their spouses, bosses or wellmeaning friends and advisors, when in fact, the only person who knows what is best for you is you. Diana is a nurse I have been working with for the past several months. She first contacted me to help her with a challenging situation she was dealing with at work. She was feeling micro-managed by her supervisor who was constantly checking on her assignments. And she was dealing with a difficult co-worker who was undermining her efforts on an important project. She had given up control to others and was tolerating many things unnecessarily. Her view from the inside was one of fear and disempowerment rather than confidence and certainty that she needed to be her best at her job. We began with a few small changes to put Diana back in the driver’s seat in her own life. We started with her Tolerations. Tolerations are things that drain your time, space and energy. They are things that we accept, take on, or tolerate that drain our patience, productivity, effectiveness and

contentment. In the process, they make us feel less attractive to ourselves. Examples of Tolerations are: frustrations, distractions, unfinished business, crossed boundaries, unmet needs, our own behavior or that of others. What are you tolerating? • Make a list of everything that you are tolerating. Take a few minutes to write it all down. As you think of more items, add them to your list. • Becoming aware of and clearly identifying your tolerations will help you take action to resolve them. Focus on work/business, home environment, relationships, health and finances. • Review your list and identify which of your tolerations are related. Is there a pivotal toleration that, if handled, will help you clear several others? Decide on steps you can take today to get started eliminating tolerations and putting a plan in place to free you of these distractions and create more time, space and energy for happiness, peace and productivity. Why not get started today? Contact me to schedule your complimentary session and get started leading yourself first. 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 <> or visit her website at <>.

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OPENING DOORS TO SOUTH FLORIDA REAL ESTATE As a second generation real estate professional, and a Miami native, I have an intimate understanding of our local market. Let me help guide you through the sometimes turbulent waters of buying and selling your most valuable asset. The process should be easy and enjoyable when you have the assistance of the right professional.

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Immaculate 5 bdrm/4 bath Palmetto Bay home, built in 2006. Vaulted ceilings in the form living and dining rooms. Spacious kitchen with custom wood cabinetry. Stainless appliances and eat-in area, opens to large family room. Mable tile in living areas. Partially covered patio, and pool. Landscaped yard w. double gates, perfect for a boat. 2 car garage. $699,000

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Great home with major potential, on a sought after street in Coral Gables. 3 bedroom/ 2 bath plus den that can easily be used as an office, guest bedroom or play room. Large great room plus formal dining room located off the kitchen. Amazing location, short distance to restaurants and shops of South Miami.

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Looking younger... dealing with the shadows MEDICINE

Facial plastic surgeons like myself, and some of my more experienced colleagues in other cosmetic specialties have come to a new appreciation as to what makes our faces ‘look older.’ The common thought up until the recent past was that it was primarily gravity that caused facial aging (or at least the culprit that could be helped). However, we now appreciate that it is not merely the ‘sagging of our skin’ that makes us look older. Our faces appear to age as a result of multiple factors — those due to gravity, sun damage, and volume loss. If you notice pictures of yourself from years past you will notice how your face has aged through early childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, and on through your forties and beyond. As children and adolescents we have very full faces, commonly referred to as, “baby fat.” Yet, as we age we lose this fullness to our faces, typically reaching a youthful ideal in our twenties and thirties. As we continue to

age, however, we begin to notice more “shadows” where there once were none. You may see these shadows below the eyes, in the temples, and around the mouth. Shadows form within crevices and wrinkles in our faces as a result of the volume which is lost. You may be aware, for instance, that your cheeks are not as full as they once were or your temple areas appear hallowed. Shadows are caused by loss of volume and not solely from sagging skin. Ideally, it takes the trained eye of a facial plastic surgeon to notice what is causing you to ‘look older’ as it may be a combination of factors in different areas of the face. The goal of any facial rejuvenation procedure is to subtlety ‘turn back the clock’ on your appearance in order to provide natural results. Lifting procedures, such as a facelift, when performed exclusively, may not provide these results. Sometimes, these facelifts, neck lifts, or brow lifts may need to be complimented with fat transfer or a filling procedure to help restore more youthful volume to our faces. Volume, when restored in specific areas of the face, helps to eliminate “shad-

ows” in areas of our faces which makes us appear older. Fat transferred from other areas of the body like the lower abdomen, flanks, or outer thighs provides a permanent restoration of this volume lost in our

faces. Dr. Anthony Bared is a board certified otolaryngologist, fellowship trained in facial plastic surgery. He is in private practice, together with Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, with offices in South Miami and Aventura, and a consultation office in Tampa. He devotes his practice to the management of all problems with the nose- breathing, aesthetics, and reparative procedures.

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Oral Health Advice Dr. Larry Kessler, Periodontist

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WORD OF MOUTH Q: I saw the actor Michael Douglas talking about his throat cancer and oral sex. My husband and I have a very fulfilling physical relationship, but now I am worried. A: In your wildest dreams would you ever have associated Michael Douglas with anything other than – a father whose movie career spanned decades? A successful and diverse acting and directing career, including his recent performance in Liberace on HBO? A gorgeous wife, actress Catherine Zeta Jones? Who would have thought that his battle with throat cancer would be attributed to oral sex? To answer your question and put your mind at ease: If you have a monogamous relationship, your husband will stay healthy. Multiple partners produce the problem. The HPV 16 (Human Papillomavirus) is transmitted through sexual contact – genital, which is linked to cervical cancer, or oral. Detection in the oral cavity is difficult, as it is deep down in the throat below the base of the tongue. Only 1 percent of HPV 16 virus will develop into a cancer. Most infections are fought off by the immune system and do not lead to health problems. It would be helpful if a pap smear was possible. However, utilizing a blood test, which is still in the research stage, experts are able to detect blood markers indicating early signs of the disease. Though the test is years away from being available in doctors’ offices, scientists are encouraged. Most oral cancer is caused by smoking,

chewing tobacco or drinking alcohol. When a patient comes in for an oral exam, we do a comprehensive evaluation, which includes checking the lips, gums, cheeks, tongue, floor of the mouth, tissues and throat (behind the uvula). It is very difficult for the patient to see the entire oral cavity, but a clinician is trained to spot color variations, pimples, cysts and any unusual tissue formations or abnormalities. If you experience throat pain or discomfort, voice changes or neck swelling for more than two weeks, schedule an appointment with your doctor. Because its 99 percent certain that your husband will be fine, don’t change your lovemaking routine.

Here’s another common question: Q: I broke a tooth the other day after chewing some candy. My dentist thought the tooth should be extracted, as he did not think it was salvageable. Is this true? A: We see and hear of these situations all of the time. Popcorn is another food that causes broken teeth. We prefer saving teeth, if at all possible. If the break is not too far into the bone, then crown lengthening procedures can be performed. This technique removes soft tissue and supporting bone to expose more tooth structure to enable your dentist to place a crown over the remaining healthy tooth. If it is a large break and the tooth and gum are healthy, you may need a root canal prior to placing the new crown. This is a good option for the patient. Dr. Kessler’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

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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:

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Lip augmentation surgery BY CARLOS WOLF, MD

Q: As I have been getting older my lips seem to be shrinking (not like some other parts of my body) is there anything I can do about that without looking like Goldie Hawn on the First Wives Club? A: Like all aspects of plastic surgery, just because you have something done, does not necessarily mean you have to look like you had something done. Lip enlargement is a very common procedure that may or may not require surgery. The simplest way to enlarger lips and restore “normal” volume is to use a filler. Fillers are products that increase volume in the area that is being injected. Fillers that can be used include Restylane,Perlane, and Juvederm. The list is almost endless and new ones come out every year. The key to fillers is to know which are permanent and which are temporary and to fill to the appropriate level. Your physician can give you the list of

potential side effects as well. Never forget to ask! If you are looking for a more permanent solution fat grafting may be a possibility. This does involve surgery to both harvest the fat and to then inject it into your lips. This can be done with local anesthesia. Another important consideration in having your lips enlarged is that these procedures SHOULD NOT BE DONE IN A GARAGE OR THE BACK OF A “BEAUTY” SHOP as is often the case in Miami! Injections of any type are a medical procedure and should be done by a physician, a physician assistant or a nurse under his /her watchful eye. Some of the worst cosmetic calamities I have seen in recent times have been the damage that has resulted from patients seeking cheaper, permanent lip augmentation in non-physician offices. Remember, the results will be permanent, and that is permanently bad! For more information, contact Carlos Wolf MD at 305-595-2969 or go online at <>. The ofice is located at 8940 N. Kendall Dr. Ste 903E, Miami.

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