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or the second year in a row the City of South Miami played in the Danny Berry Travel league. This year two Grey Ghost Baseball teams represented the city well. The only city teams in the league did not disappoint, posting a combined record of 20 wins, 12 losses and two ties. In all, more than 24 young men between the ages of 8 and 10 participated. The second year team, the 10U Ghosts, took the runner-up trophies home and impressed all with an improved product that hit close to .500 as a team during the second half of the season. The Grey Ghost Batting Champion Brandon Falcon maintained a consistent average of 556 throughout the year. The pitching leaders included Pablo Mendez with his 5.21 ERA and Danny Vera the strikeout ––––––––––––––––––––– See


The commissioner must use sunblock BY MICHAEL MILLER <>

Pictured (l-r, back row) are Coaches Jerry “Doc” Perez, Pablo Vera, Danny Fernandez, Tony Martin, (middle row) David Lane, Kristian Navarro, Pablo Mendez, Hugo Belisario, Nick Suarez, Anthony Fernandez, Alberto Del Valle, (front row) Kenny Zaidner, Gabriel Perez, Danny Martin, Danny Vera, Aaron Cox, Brandon Falcon. (Not pictured Jose Valera)

South Miami Pharmacy announces a slogan contest BY GARY ALAN RUSE

outh Miami Pharmacy is expected to open at its new location at 6050 South Dixie Highway in December, and as part of the grand opening celebration they are having a slogan contest. They hope you can tell them what they stand for in your own words. “At South Miami Pharmacy we stand for so much we don’t know where to begin,” says Yvette Romanach, the pharmacy’s Marketing Director. “Mostly we stand for you when you don’t feel your best. We save you money when we can, we provide home or office delivery, we stock hard to find medicines, create difficult compounds and so much more. We know you appreciate it because you tell us. That’s


why we’ve decided to turn to you for a little help.” They are looking for a slogan, of eight words or less, that perfectly captures the essence of South Miami Pharmacy. What it is that you find special about the pharmacy? “We want people to be creative and speak from the heart, and come up with something special,” Romanach said last week. “Of course, it will be easiest for those who already know us, but even if you don’t, I invite you to come on by and meet our staff, feel the atmosphere, see why our customers like us so much. We’re not like the chain pharmacies. Then just do your best.” Whoever comes up with the winning entry in the decision of the judges will get $100. To enter, visit the store location, or visit their website, www.southmiamiphar-, click on “slogan contest” and follow the directions. All entries are due by November 1, 2009. South Miami Pharmacy opened in 2003 “to better serve the neighborhood.” They specialize in diabetes products, fertility, and HIV medicines as well as the traditional compounding of medicines. They also carry medical equipment such as back and knee braces, walkers, canes and wheelchairs. Owner/pharmacist Armando Bardisa and his staff have dreamed of creating a new home for the pharmacy for some time and are eager to be in their new location. South Miami Pharmacy will of course continue to take care of its many loyal customers at its original location at 6233 Sunset Drive until the move to the new building. For information call 305-668-6150.

Two weeks ago Commissioner Valerie (Ramos) Newman(previously Hurley) decided to introduce a motion to fire city attorneys Luis Figueredo and Eve Boutsis. Despite having “pondered and agonized over the decision for weeks” you would have thought she would have had the decency to include the decision in the city agenda, so that taxpayers and fellow commissioners alike could have the benefit of a decision made in the sunshine as opposed to backroom deals. Rumor has it that the new “interim” city attorney was contacted by at least two commissioners prior to the commission meeting. But alas, the two or three supporting wackos (also known as CAVE people), who by the way are now known as hypocritical wackos, did not utter a word. This cowardly and certainly unprofessional way of firing a city attorney, who has saved the city more money

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by winning lawsuits than the three stooges could ever imagine, is beyond words. The fix was in from the very beginning, with only Mayor Feliu and Commissioner Palmer voting to keep the City Attorney; if not, at least till an RFP could be concluded. This reminds me of the book Animal Farm where the piggies have killed the farmer and are now taking over the farm. Soon they will be walking on two feet and wearing fancy clothes to distinguish themselves from the rest of us. Talking about piggies, we hear that Commissioner Valerie (Ramos) Newman-(previously Hurley) is hell bent on buying new police vehicles for every police officer……. Hmmm, wonder what that’s all about. And over at Casa Larios: Be the first person who emails or calls me and tells me Brett’s last name and you’ll get $10 of gift certificates to Wall’s Ice Cream.

Hmmm, you say who is this Brett guy? Well, here are a couple of hints. He goes there most mornings and hangs out right inside the front door, sometimes putting his café con leche on the table where the hostess usually does her stuff. And Brett is in the computer business, so there you are with all the hints to help you win. So, you still want to play? Okay, here’s another game: Win $10.00 of gift certificates to Wall’s Ice Cream by being the first person to let me know Tom’s last name. Tom owns a company called Round Tuit, I’m sure you’ve seen his trucks around town, especially right there on SW 73rd Street lots of mornings, as he too wanders over to Casa Larios for his breakfast. By the way, Tom usually eats at the counter and is a frequent and loyal reader of Community Newspapers. So, folks use your imagination and get me


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Tom’s last name first and I’ll send you $10 of gift certificates. And by the way, I hear that Ken Tobin, Peter Blitstein, Bruce Wilson, and Richard Krinzman also enjoy breakfast at Casa Larios. Seen over at Town Kitchen & Bar: Mayor Horace Feliu, with locals Bill Edwards and Camilo Ortega. My super sleuth told me that he overheard the mayor saying “The seared tuna was delicious” and that his “lunch mates just loved the Town Burgers.” And by the way, I heard that Paul and Lizette Marolf were there as well and there are some rumors floating around that former Commissioner Randy Wiscombe was over there enjoying lunch the other day. Guy Gambino and Tony Kavoussi are back at the Cozzoli’s at 5612 Sunset Drive, just one block east of Red Road, behind CVS. These guys are the true originals and know how

to provide you with great food and super service. Give ‘em a try once again, you’ll be delighted. The guys can be reached at 305-669-1110. Yes, folks, former mayor Jack Block, who served as mayor of the city from 1968-1982 is going to have a street named after him. Mr. South Miami (as many have called him) and his wife Shirley have lived on Twin Lakes Drive just about forever, and they will be able to look out their front door and see the new sign renaming the street Jack Block Drive. Congratulations to the Block family and thanks for serving the community. Thought for the Day: The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well. — Joe Ancis Got any tips? Contact me at 305-6697355, ext. 249, or send emails to <>.

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Racing beds for fun and fundraising beautiful Nurse Betty’s who were promoting free sponge baths with Obama’s “Cadillac of Healthcare Plans” bed entry. They were the only all female racing group but did not qualify for the final heat. They were, however, the most photographed. Another of this writer’s favorites that did not qualify was a Snoopy “Curse You Red Baron” bed that had the dog house and two dogs Coconut Grove Bed Race came roar- riding with goggles and all. ing back Labor Day weekend with an If you missed the race this year, event drawing several thousand specta- mark your calendars early for next tors on September 5. There were more year. This is a truly hilarious event than 40 creative and very comical bed enjoyed by participants and spectarace entries of all shapes and sizes. The tors alike. Of course, best of all, funds organizers were blessed with a warm but raised from this year’s event will benrain free day that started before noon efit the Alonzo Morning Charities and and lasted the entire day providing a the University of Miami Sleep great economic impact and some light Disorders Program. hearted old fashion fun during these In other community happenings, on economically challenging times. Sat. Nov. 7, 2009 at 7:30 p.m., The As a bonus, Helio Castoneves was the Singing Miamians & The Old Cutler grand marshal and paraded down Presbyterian Church Orchestra will Grand Avenue in his own bed on wheels present a tribute to “The Music Man.” prior to the start of the heats. While There will be one performance only of most all the beds were sponsored by a this charming masterpiece of business, one group, lead by Lee Americana at the Old Cutler Kessler dressed as President Obama in Presbyterian Church located at 14401 a hospital gown, was manned by four Old Cutler Road, Miami FL 33158. Volunteers are always in demand and for those into football, this may fit the bill. The South Florida Pro Bowl-Super Bowl Host Committee’s Volunteer Services Department is looking for volunteers for Super Bowl XLIV to be held February 7, 2010, as well as the Pro Bowl 2010 being held January 31, 2010, at Land Shark Stadium. Those interested in helping with one or both events should call the Volunteer Services Department at 305-614-7564 or email <Volunteers@SouthFloridaSuperBowl Owner dons goggles on his dog riding on the red .com>. Baron bed entry prior to first heat. Finally, football season is back and

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Helio Castroneves parades down Grand Avenue as Grand Marshal of Coconut Grove Bed Race.

The Cadillac of Healthcare Plans – Bedside Betty’s bed entry pose for photo prior to first heat at Coconut Grove Bed Race.

that means good times. As you attend parties and tailgate with friends, if you are drinking, remember to assign a designated driver and be safe. Until next week, keep making each day count.

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leader with 24 K’s and Ironman pitcher award winner with a team leading 20.66 innings pitched. The Golden glove award in the outfield went to Gabriel Perez as he excelled at getting the put out at first from the outfield and registered zero errors during the season. The first year team, the 9U Ghosts, outdid last year’s inaugural team posting a 10 - 7 record, and continued to build a name respected by all of its opponents. This year’s team was led by Ivan Pachon at the plate with his 545 batting average and 20 RBI’s in just 16 games. Austin Weiner anchored the defense and took the Gold Glove Award at second base completing the season without an error. Nick Jacks finished the season 2nd in batting, 471, and lead the team with a measly 4.41 earned run average pitching. Paul Signori followed with a more than respectable 7.88 ERA. Anthony Campos excelled at catcher and was the rock of the team while Christopher Roca won the award for most improved as well as the Iron Man Award with Basilio Fernandez playing 15 out of 16 games. Kevin Morera was defensive playmaker handling the

hotspot at shortstop. The 9U Ghosts werea few plays short of reaching the Championship game and were the only team to beat the Championship team. Not bad for two city teams playing against academy and all-star teams from around the county. “I’m extremely proud of this bunch of kids,” said organizer/coach Pablo Vera. “The odds are always against you when you play teams that train year round as they do in these academies. Our kids showed not only their talents but their potential this year. There are plenty of good teams out there but baseball families are few and hard to find. Yes, talent helps, but this team has that special ingredient. I call it family. A family that could be on the brink of crossing a threshold -- being a championship team. This year we started to see glimpses of the possibilities shining.” The City of South Miami Grey Ghost Baseball program practices out of Palmer Park. The baseball program is always looking for more volunteers, coaches, sponsors, equipment donation, or any other way you think might help us continue to develop young men through the sport of baseball. If you would like to sponsor, help, or just need additional information please feel free to contact the organizer Pablo Vera at 786-368-6031 or at

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Residents challenge FPL’s proposed high-voltage lines R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY The second public hearing on FPL’s proposed high-voltage power line route, conducted in an overflowing conference room on the University of Miami campus, turned into a near riot as residents didn’t like what they were hearing. If FPL gets its way, high-voltage power lines will run along S. Dixie Highway (US1) north ending at its existing downtown substation on the Miami River. Before the meeting started residents walked through a display of drawings, giving us an idea of what the power line poles would look like. They seemed rather innocuous, suggesting that slim, round poles supporting a “few” high-voltage lines, would almost be hidden among the trees between the Metrorail and US1. “Why run high-voltage lines down the middle of our communities?” Like the elderly lady sitting next to me angrily

said, “They are ‘de-beautifying’ my City Beautiful.” One after another, residents, including elected officials from Palmetto Bay and Pinecrest, stepped up to the mike with angry questions revolving around “Why down US1?” “Why not underground?” Why not underground? “Cost,” we were told. How much? “ It would be $1.5 to $2.4 million above ground, $13.3 to $18.5 under ground. The municipalities can pay the difference if they don’t want to see high-voltage lines running through their cities.” “What do you mean you don’t know exactly what the line poles will look like,” shouted a woman at the mike. “You mean you have us here to learn what you are proposing and you don’t know what you plan to do? How tall are the poles? How big around will they be?” The company’s answer: “Talk individually to one of the guys in the blue shirts with FPL logos, and they will give you the best answers we have.” One man shouted, “We want public answers, not comments in private where we can’t respond as a group.” Those answers weren’t coming that evening.

––– VIEWPOINT ––– The City of Miami is growing. The increased population in downtown Miami will need more power as families start filling the now almost empty condos. FPL must deliver the power from Turkey Point to downtown Miami. The least expensive route is from Turkey Point down US1 to the city’s center. An elected official from one of the municipalities told us that San Diego put their major high-voltage transmission lines underground for $8.3 million a mile. Why not Miami?” “Different city, different terrain, different needs; we can’t do it for that price in Miami,” was the response. We were told that the final approval will come from the Florida Cabinet. Can it be challenged? “Yes, before an Administrative Judge. The challenge must come from affected residents!” Get ready for huge 100-foot high poles, with high-voltage lines running through

our communities. Get ready to see and hear hissing and humming power lines running next to our Metrorail. FPL’s army of lobbyists will flood Tallahassee with campaign money inducing our elected officials to say “okay” to the proposal. Within a year or two the poles will go up, electric power will be supplied to downtown Miami at a minimum cost to FPL and we, the guys and gals that elected our officials in Tallahassee, will vote them back into office at the next election, Maybe they could put fake green palm fronds on top of the poles and make them look like giant palm trees.

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Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 pm, Pinecrest Community Center @ Pinecrest Gardens, 5855 SW 111th Street, Pinecrest, FL 33156 Peter Ratzan, M.B.A., a local college planner and former high school teacher will conduct a free college planning workshop on how to get in, and pay for, the most competitive colleges in the country. Seating is limited. Topics to be covered include: • The five biggest myths about the college admissions process • The “gi-normous” mistake 99% of students, parents, guidance counselors, college advisors and private college consultants make when choosing a college • How even millionaires can save $30,000 off the cost of college

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Two boutiques in one bring style, substance to Suniland BY LEE STEPHENS

It’s all about convenience these days. The more we are able to get what we need in as few stops as possible, the happier we are. Two boutiques — Forever in Blue Jeans and Five Cent Lemonade — have taken that concept to a whole new level by joining forces and making their stylish clothing, jewelry and accessories available in a single location that’s easily accessible to all. “We are passionate about what we do and are so excited to bring what we believe our customers are looking for right here to Suniland, in the hub of our community,” said Heather Rifkin, owner of Forever in Blue Jeans. THE BEST BRANDS IN WOMEN’S FASHIONS Opened by Pinecrest resident Rifkin in 2008, Forever in Blue Jeans delivers the world’s top brands to your fingertips. From premium denim to luscious cotton tops and dresses to fine accessories, Forever in Blue Jeans caters to the needs and desires of the community’s stylish women who place a large emphasis on substance as well. “I used to have to trek to the mall or South Beach to find the brands and styles I really wanted,” said Laura McKinney, a Forever in Blue Jeans customer. “Now, with Forever in Blue Jeans just around the

corner, it’s so easy to find exactly what I’m looking for, whether it’s a new pair of jeans to take me into fall or a unique top that I feel great wearing for a special occasion. Everything is right here and Heather makes shopping feel like I am picking out clothes from a friend’s closet!” Forever in Blue Jeans features brands like Paige Jeans, AG, William Rast, Hudson, Genetic, Nations, Ella Moss and more, with featured specials on an ongoing basis, including an always-changing 75-percent-off rack that’s a consistent hit.

Five Cent Lemonade customer. “Melissa is my partner in crime when it comes to design. I rely on her and Five Cent Lemonade again and again to help me determine what works for my personal style and my home.”

A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN With a shared vision for providing quality products and services in a manner that makes clients feel like family, Forever in Blue Jeans and Five Cent Lemonade truly are a match made in heaven. Their ideal combination of clothing and COOL STUFF FOR BABY AND MOM accessories makes it easy for anyWith its roots in children’s furnione to achieve their own unique ture and décor, Five Cent Lemonade Melissa Wiengarden of Five Cent Lemonade (left) and Heather Rifkin look without having to travel far has evolved also to offer some of the of Forever in Blue Jeans are pictured in their combined location in and wide. most distinctive jewelry and bags Suniland. “The most important thing to us is ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– from around the world to its clients. that our customers feel at home in Owned by Palmetto Bay resident Melissa children’s rooms and the entire home. our store, find what they want and love how “I’ve worked with Five Cent Lemonade they feel in what they go home with,” Weingarden since 1999, Five Cent Lemonade is dedicated to bringing both since it opened — from decorating my Weingarden said. trendy and timeless pieces to the women of kids’ rooms with great furniture from You can find Forever in Blue Jeans and South Florida, perfectly complementing its Newport Cottages and Classic Furniture, Five Cent Lemonade in the Suniland boutique partner, Forever in Blue Jeans. wall décor, frames, snuggly blankets and Shopping Center at 11665 S. Dixie Hwy. What’s more, Five Cent Lemonade still special personalized items — to decorat- For more information call Five Cent remains true to its origins by offering in- ing my wardrobe with their fabulous bags Lemonade at 305-253-5666 and Forever store and at-home design services for both and accessories,” said Nicki Friedland, a in Blue Jeans at 305-235-1212.

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High school students become architects for summer at UM BY MARIE GUMA-DIAZ While most kids spent their summer vacations relaxing at home or at the beach with friends, several high school students in Miami learned architectural skills during a recent summer camp offered by the University of Miami School of Architecture. The program, called Summer Studies in Architecture for High School Students, now in its 22nd year, introduces students to the design process, giving them access to UM instructors and to the School of Architecture’s state-of-the-art facilities, including the model shop, design studios, lecture rooms, library and computer lab. The three-week program provides a unique opportunity for students considering architecture as a profession. Faculty and graduate assistants offer courses designed to give high school students an introduction to the profession as well as to the university experience. The daily program exposes students to the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and

urban design, enhancing a student’s environmental awareness, intellectual development and career determination. The course was taught this year by University of Miami professor of architecture Gary Greenan. It involved the students working on two projects. First, a design for the new student center planned at UM. These wood models were created at the school’s Model Shop and with the help of its director Adrian Villaraos. The second project was for each student to design in clay an Italian garden in Bagnaia, Italy. At the end of the three-week program, the students presented their models to a team of jurors including Professor Greenan; dean of the School of Architecture Elizabeth PlaterZyberk; alumna and architect Peggy McMahon, and faculty member Victor Santana. For more information or to make a reservation for next summer’s program, contact Fay Bernardo, School of Architecture at 305-284-3438 or by email at <>.

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Retired Miami firefighters to gather for 20th reunion


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BY GARY ALAN RUSE More than 200 retired Miami firefighters are expected to gather in the little town of Otto in the cool mountains of North Carolina this month. Back in 1990, Ron Hardegree, who had retired in 1981 and only seen some of his fellow firefighters occasionally since leaving, wanted a way to see more of them more regularly. He started a reunion for them and invited them to come to the party and vacation in the mountains of North Carolina. “This is one of the best get-togethers for retired firefighters,” Hardegree said. “Some of them haven’t seen each other for years and it’s Ron Hardegree very emotional. It’s just ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– amazing.” The first year, on July 4, about a dozen the community center. For the picnic, people will start arrivfirefighters and their spouses attended. The event grew steadily after that and ing at 11 a.m. to park at the local comabout 10 years ago the date was moved munity center and be shuttled to the to the third weekend of September for Hardegrees’ park-like two-and-a-halfthe cooler weather and the increased acre grounds. Hardegree, who was a cook at Station availability of motels. It was then that George Billberry, a 14 for about 20 years, will make his retired firefighter, and retired Fire famous “secret recipe” conch chowder Chief Ken McCullough got involved, for the picnic — about 20 gallons worth. making the names of all retired city fire- Some retired firefighters reportedly fighters available so they could be sent come just for the chowder. The event is organized and run by letters about the event. They come from volunteers, mostly local retired fireall over the U.S. to attend. “We probably have about 40 living in fighters and their wives, who work the area and there are about 200 travel- hard to ensure that everyone has a ing from around the country,” said Judy great time. Over the years many retirees have Lange, reunion secretary. “These people look forward to the reunions year to passed away and are greatly missed. year. Some even come in vans and Chief McCullough, who gave 100 perwheelchairs — paralyzed — but they cent to the picnic and was the emcee, don’t let that stop them. One year we passed away in August. Billberry is seriously ill. But these retired firefighters had 270 attend.” This year’s reunion, a three-day event, are a brotherhood, closer knit than will take place Sept. 17-19, with the actu- most families, forged by having lived al reunion picnic on Friday. The day and worked together under the tremenbefore there’s a golf tournament for the dous stress of their jobs, and they plan men. For the wives (and men who don’t to carry on with the yearly event. “We hope to continue for as long as golf) there’s a trip to the local casino, an excursion to look for antiques or even a the Good Lord’s willing and the creek nature hike are offered, or they can don’t rise,” Hardegree said. For more information, call Ron meet at a local restaurant for an afternoon of food and conversation. On Hardegree at 1-828-524-9700 or reunion Saturday there’s a special breakfast at secretary Judy Lange at 1-828-369-8143.

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Turnberry Bank names banking veteran Evan T. Rees president BY BAY PROBY

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education cum laude (1979) from North Evan T. Rees, a 26-year veteran of the Carolina State University. banking industry, has joined Turnberry Among his civic activities, Rees is past Bank as president, it was announced chair of the Greater Fort Lauderdale recently by Roark Young, bank chairman Chamber of Commerce and the Broward and CEO. Alliance, an executive “Evan Rees brings a board member of the wealth of banking Boy Scouts of Americaexperience to our South Florida Council locally owned and and the Executive operated federal savCommittee of the ings bank,” Young said. Broward Workshop. “He is well-qualified He is also past chair of and highly focused on the Homestead helping Turnberry Chamber of Bank maintain its posiCommerce, vice chair tion as one of the preof the Vision Council, mier financial instituSmall Business tions in South Florida.” Committee chair of As president, Rees the Greater Miami will be a member of Chamber of Turnberry Bank’s Commerce, and a E x e c u t i v e board member of the Evan T. Rees Management Team, Beacon Council’s –––––––––––––––––––––––––– managing and impleDade Business First. menting overall corporate strategy, as well Rees also maintains fundraising involveas supervising and supporting virtually ment with Community Partnership for every department of the bank, managing Homeless. branch staff, and developing new bankFounded in 1985, Turnberry Bank is a ing relationships through community locally owned and operated federal savinvolvement. ings bank headquartered in Aventura with Previously, Rees was CNL Bank Group offices in South Miami, Pinecrest, Coral president — South Florida and Regions Gables and Aventura. The bank offers a Bank Group president — Broward and broad range of banking products for indiPalm Beach Counties. During his bank- viduals and businesses such as checking, ing career, he also has served as Florida savings, money market accounts and cerSmall Business sales manager for Barnett tificates of deposit, as well as a complete Bank and Senior Relationship manager selection of loan products with an emphafor Farm Credit Banks of Columbia (SC). sis on real estate lending. Rees earned a Master of Economics For more about Turnberry Bank, visit with a minor in statistics (1983) and a online at <>.

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Breast cancer survivors to celebrate Oct. 8 at SMH For the 12th consecutive year, Your Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group and Baptist Health South Florida will team up for the annual Breast Cancer Survivors Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. The free event will take place at South Miami Hospital’s Victor E. Clarke Education Center, located at the 6200 SW 73 St. Speakers at the celebration include Baptist Health physicians Robert Derhagopian, MD; Gladys Giron, MD; Maria Pilar Martinez, MD; Grace Wang, MD, and Brad Herman, MD. More than 20 community organizations will have displays and exhibits of interest to breast cancer survivors, including a photo exhibit that captures the fighting spirit of breast cancer survivors, called “A Shot at Life.” This event is free, but space is limited. Reservations are required by Oct. 1. If you plan to attend, call 786-596-3815. ADFED MIAMI TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL ADDY WINNERS Join AdFed Miami in its first networking event as members celebrate and

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Dementia - Checking an Aging Parent BY: WILLIAM GROTE The doctor may be able to isolate the problem, or he may recommend a geriatric evaluation, or, as happened in my case, he may just put his hands out as if to say "What do we do now?" If this happens, I recommend that you line up your own geriatric evaluation at a local hospital. If your aging parent is on Medicare, a geriatric evaluation is usually paid for.

Realizing that your aging parent has been exhibiting symptoms of dementia may be hard. But if they've forgotten to pay their bills, or taken their money out of the bank and hidden it, or if you've heard about their strange behavior from another person, then it is usually time for you to take action and find out if they have dementia, or a chemical imbalance that's causing their bizarre behavior. The first step you can take is to accompany them to a doctor and have them go a complete physical examination. Before you go, check their medicine cabinet and night stand and make a complete list of all their prescriptions. Sometimes side effects from prescription drugs can create dementia-like effects. Normally, the doctor will take a blood test. One of the things he checks for is potassium level. Low potassium can affect memory and cognitive ability and make people act a little strange. The blood test will also check for syphilis. I realize it seems absolutely ludicrous to think your elderly parent would have a venereal disease such as syphilis. But it must be completely ruled out before the doctor can go on to test for the next possible cause. The affects of syphilis on the brain over time can result in dementia-like symptoms. Giving approval for the syphilis test is the start of the little indignities that will occur when your parent is suspected of having dementia. These indignities are the way older people with dementia symptoms are often treated by the medical community and the general public at large. You may find that it's difficult for anyone to show genuine compassion for your aging parent and their frail mental condition. This inability of showing compassion from others may make you aware that your own role in looking after your aging parent's well-being is increasing, and this increase in responsibility may be scary, at least it was for me.

Memory Field Test To test for dementia a doctor can perform a memory field test. The doctor will explain to your parent how he will make the test. During a casual conversation, he will list three items that your parent should try to remember. In my mom's case, it was a red Cadillac,

Elvis, and a birthday cake. Then he'll engage your parent in some other conversation and ask them a few difficult questions such as "Who is the current President of the U.S.A?" or "Who is the Vice-President?" After this distraction, he'll ask your parent to repeat those three key items (red Cadillac, Elvis, and a birthday cake) he mentioned earlier. If your parent fails to remember two of the three, the doctor will probably recommend further testing at a hospital that tests geriatric patients for memory and mental problems. If he doesn't recommend further testing, be sure to ask him why he doesn't.

CAT Scan Sometimes, if your parent fails the field test, the doctor may recommend a CAT scan to find any undetected strokes or tumors that may be causing the abnormalities in their behavior. If your doctor doesn't recommend this, ask about it. A CAT scan can see through layers in your parent's brain and search for an undetected stroke. Recent studies have found that silent, small strokes may be present in as many as 80% of people with dementia. If your parent has high blood pressure, this is especially applicable, as their arteries may harden with age and small pieces may break off and cause tiny clots in the vein. These micro strokes in the brain are called infractions. They can short-circuit the brain's wiring, causing dementia. This form of dementia is known as multi-infarct dementia. While you can't undo the damage of these strokes, you can see that your parent takes the correct drugs to help prevent future strokes - and, hopefully, slow your parent's mental decline.

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Florida Renaissance Festival coming to Miami in January BY JOSE BOZA Ponce De Leon explored Key Biscayne on his first mission to the New World in 1513 and claimed it on behalf of the Spanish King. The Florida Renaissance Festival, the only Renaissance festival in South Florida, will commemorate Ponce De Leon’s legacy by showcasing its first Miami show ever on Key Biscayne. The Miami festival weekend dates are Jan. 9 to Jan. 24, 2010, at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. “It’s been more than five years since a Renaissance festival graced Miami and our yearly festival goers have been very passionate about bringing an event back,” said Bobby Rodriguez, executive producer of the Florida Renaissance Festival. “We feel that Historic Virginia Key Beach Park is the perfect location because it offers the environment that we re-create every year at our other events.” This 16th Century production features more than 100 costumed performers, 12 stages with continuous entertainment and 20 stage acts from around the world. During the three family-themed weekends, guests will enjoy jousting tournaments three times

a day, hearty food, human-powered rides and games for children that include the World’s Largest Rocking Horse, Giant Chess, Barrel Rides, and games of strength and skill. The festivities will feature historical reenactments, sword fights, magical illusions and an abundance of authentic fare from freshly made kettle corn to roasted giant turkey legs, which can be washed down with a swig of mead or ale. The Florida Renaissance Festival is produced by the national, award-winning Bobby Rodriguez Productions and strives to create an entertaining and cultural opportunity by making Renaissance history come to life for both children and adults. The event is hosted by Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Department and Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. The Florida Renaissance Festival at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park will be open weekends from 10 a.m. to sunset. Prices are $20 for adults and $7 for children ages 6-11 and children under 5 are free. Season passes are $30 for adults and $15 for children under 12. Pre-show discount tickets are available online at <>.


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Festival Miami attracts world-class performers BY ELIZABETH AMORE

The 26th year of one of Miami’s most exciting traditions — Festival Miami — is back to kick off the fall season with great and inspiring music. The Festival, which runs Oct. 2-30, will present a diverse roster of recognized musical artists from around the world. Festival Miami audiences will enjoy world-class music and dance programming in four themed weeks including Great Performances, Creative American Music, Music of the Americas, and Jazz and Beyond. “We highlight music from various historical periods and genres drawn from around the globe,” said Frost School of Music dean Shelton Berg. “In addition to providing extraordinarily diverse music to the public, this format exposes our students to these multiple traditions.” Classical music lovers have five Great Performances in Festival Miami, beginning on the Festival’s opening night, Oct. 2, with the Frost Symphony Orchestra (FSO) celebrating the German Romantic Tradition. The FSO will per-

The Festival will present a diverse roster of recognized musical artists from around the world. Audiences will enjoy world-class music and dance programming in four themed weeks including Great Performances, Creative American Music, Music of the Americas, and Jazz and Beyond. form Robert Schuman’s Overture to Faust, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, conducted by Thomas Sleeper. Also in that concert, faculty pianist Tian Ying will perform Beethoven’s great Emperor Concerto. The Frost Chamber Players and Frost Wind Ensemble bring more outstanding UM faculty and student artists to the stage, while The Frost Opera Theater will present Six Operas in Sixty Minutes. Pianist Kevin Kenner, winner of the International Chopin Competition plays music of that beloved composer and the Miami Symphony Orchestra adds to this series’ exciting classical range. The not-to-be-missed kickoff to the Creative American Music theme is the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Tribute to Henry Mancini with Monica

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and Ginny Mancini on Oct. 3. Mancini is best known for composing film scores such as The Pink Panther and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, among many others. Daughter Monica Mancini, a multiGrammy nominated vocalist, will perform classics including Moon River and Days of Wine and Roses. Ginny Mancini, the wife of the late composer, will offer anecdotes, remembrances and insights. Other series artists include three-time Grammy winner Shawn Colvin together with UM alumnus and multi-Grammy winner Bruce Hornsby in a performance of some the most beautiful songs in popular music. Colvin and Hornsby also will judge and select the best student work during the Songwriter’s Showcase. Children’s favorite Red Grammer, known for his glorious voice and awardwinning songs, performs for the young at heart in a Halloween concert. The Music of the Americas series features Latin Grammy winner, jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, presenting a Softer Side on Oct. 17 with music from his new CD for Concord Records. Also on this series, the exciting and visually stimulating IFÉ-ILÉ Afro-Cuban Dance Company will have the audience dancing in the aisles. The acclaimed Chilean singer/songwriter Claudia Acuña, brings her vocal “instrument of wonder,” to the Gusman stage, and Carlos Reyes, a virtuoso of violin and the Paraguayan harp, brings an infectious blend of Latin, jazz and rock. Also this year, Festival Miami is proud to present the master of salsa Willy

Chirino performing his distinctive “Miami Sound.” Concerts under the heading Jazz and Beyond include six-time Grammy winner, jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton bringing his performance mastery to Gusman Hall on Saturday, Oct. 10. In the forefront of jazz for more than 40 years, Burton will lead a master class and perform with student ensembles — the Stamps Jazz Quintet and the Frost Jazz Sextet. Carmen Bradford, former vocalist with the Count Basie Orchestra, will appear with the award-winning Frost Jazz Vocal-1 Ensemble along with pianist and Frost School of Music Dean Shelton Berg. Festival Miami will close with two outstanding nights of jazz with seven-time Grammy nominated bassist/composer John Clayton. Clayton has arranged for Queen Latifah, Diana Krall and Natalie Cole — and he teams with the versatile and dynamic drummer Jeff Hamilton. The first concert will feature Clayton and Hamilton with Dean Shelton Berg and other Frost jazz faculty artists. The concluding evening on Oct. 30 brings the duo together with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and the Frost Concert Jazz Band for an unforgettable evening of symphonic and big band music. The Festival Miami Advance Ticket Sales Office phone number is 305-2844940. Hours are Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For a complete listing of concerts and to order tickets online visit <> or email <>. Most performances are at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, located at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, 1314 Miller Dr., on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables Campus.

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Nissan unveils plug-in ‘Leaf’ to automotive media group Pictured at the August SAMA luncheon meeting at the Rusty Pelican Restaurant on Virginia Key are (l-r) Ron Beasley, president of the Southern Automotive Media Association, with Nissan executives Tracy Woodard, Julie Lawless, Mark Perry, and SAMA vice president Paul Borden. Perry, director of product planning and strategy, told the automotive writers that the company would introduce its new “Leaf” plug-in electric vehicle in late 2010. He said the Leaf is a “normal” five-door hatchback that seats five adults, has zero emissions, is affordable and has a range of 100 miles on a single battery charge. Perry said the Leaf would be priced competitively (around $24,000) and added that he is working with government and private enterprise to set up a network of charging stations across the country that would make the vehicle more practical for extended travel. (Photo b y Angelica Willard, Four Seasons Media)

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2009 Hyundai Elantra named top compact car in U.S. Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS While most of the auto industry has been singing the blues in 2009, Hyundai’s tune has been a much sweeter song. Sales in June totaled 37,943 units, a 24 percent drop from a year ago, but a 3 percent increase over the previous month and enough to vault the Korean company into sixth place as the best-selling brand in the U.S. Hyundai also got some more good news when the Genesis sedan was named the 2009 North American Car of the Year. Also, J.D. Power and Associates in its prestigious 2009 Initial Quality Study ranked Hyundai the No. 1 non-premium brand in the U.S. and fourth in the industry. In that same study, J.D. Power ranked the Hyundai Elantra as the No. 1 compact car, a stunning accomplishment for the automaker. The Elantra is deserving of its lofty ranking. It’s roomy and comfortable, stylishly designed, and delivers good per-

formance and responsive handling. Chalk that up to the advanced 2.0-liter, 132-hp in-line four-cylinder engine that powers the Elantra. It’s a very responsive 16-valve powerplant with dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) and continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) that delivers a broad power spread, high fuel efficiency (24/33 mpg) and low emissions. The four-door Elantra is available in two trim levels — GLS and SE. It has chrome headlight bezels and grille bars and a sculpted profile with and a rising beltline; integrated body-color door handles and mirrors and a character line shared with other Hyundai models. To the rear, the taillights echo the theme of the headlights. The Elantra also has a sleek design with a low coefficient of drag (0.32) that improves fuel efficiency at highway speeds and reduces interior noise. On the inside, the dashboard has a modern look and slopes downward to give a feeling of more space while allowing for greater visibility. The contrasting gray or beige two-tone color schemes, combined with metallic finishes, complement the upscale exterior styling. On the SE model, leather seats are available and have a luxurious, supple feel. The seats

Elantra is sleek and stylish with a rising beltline, and integrated body-color door handles and mirrors.

are comfortable and versatile, including a multi-adjustable driver’s seat with variable height settings, adjustable head restraints and a 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback to accommodate larger cargo. Other interior amenities include steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, and a center console with dual-level storage compartments and a comfortable armrest. Also standard are a cabin air filter, rear window defroster, tinted glass, two-speed variable intermittent windshield wipers with

mist function, power heated mirrors, power windows and door locks, and remote keyless entry with alarm and trunk release. SiriusXM Satellite Radio also is standard. Pricing on the Elantra ranges from $14,795 to $18,495.

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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Libra - You will be a little down on the spiritual elders in your faith, because you are facing a serious dilemma. Do you walk away from "The Faith" because you have found there are some cracks in the stained glass? Or do you stick with it to find the greater truth?

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Scorpio - You can't wait for the weekend to come. You really need to play and have some fun. Someone in your circle of friends has a mischievous streak though, and you could find that you are the victim of a lighthearted prank. Take it with grace, you'll impress someone special.

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Many homeowners and condominium associations throughout South Florida are experiencing a cash crisis as a result of owners failing to pay their required maintenance assessments. Without this necessary income, the associations bills pile up quickly leaving important services such as insurance, lawn care, management, and maintenance unpaid for, with some vendors unwilling to provide further services. Severe cases can leave associations without enough money to maintain basic necessities such as fire and safety equipment, security gates, and even water and garbage services. To make matters worse, some lenders are refusing to issue loans on the units within these communities and condominiums due to the severe delinquency rates of the associations, essentially putting a freeze on the marketability of such units. Much of the problem can be attributed to investors, many of whom own multiple units in the same community or condominium, not paying their assessments (some of whom receive income from tenants living in their units but still refuse to pay their assessments). An association’s best course of action is to find a competent, diligent and aggressive attorney. Legal incompetence (including not utilizing effective legal strategies for the current market), an attorney’s inability to communicate with the board and manager of the association, and/or the failure of an attorney to proceed aggressively and diligently on behalf of the association, can cause unnecessary delays and additional financial suffering. For instance, some attorneys advise their clients to follow the passive approach of not filing liens against delinquent units and not proceeding with association foreclosures, thinking that lenders will eventually foreclose their defaulted borrowers and pay the association its money. The reality is that in today’s market, lenders are stalling their foreclosures until they find buyers first, so the process can take an unreasonably long period of time. Meanwhile, if the first mortgage holder does finally take title to the unit through its foreclosure, it is then entitled by law to a sizeable write off of the prior owner's past due amounts, resulting in significant bad debt to the association. This bad debt is then absorbed by the association and eventually paid for by the responsible owners who are paying their assessments. To succeed in the current market, associations need an aggressive attorney who files liens against the delinquent unit owners quickly and, in applicable cases, files foreclosure complaints (lawsuits) against the delinquent unit owners to collect the amounts due to the association. There is also a new blanket receivership approach where, by law, associations can petition the court to appoint a single receiver to collect the rents from all tenants living in units that are under foreclosure by the association or which come under foreclosure in the future (which prohibits investors from collecting income from tenants while failing to pay their assessments). Aggressively applied legal pressure against the owner and/or their lender is especially necessary in this type of depressed real estate market and will undoubtedly bring in a lot more money to the association in a much faster time than simply waiting for the lender to come through.


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Calls From Super Heroes Stories & Gifts!



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We Recycle All Shredded Paper

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*12 x 11x15 size boxes or smaller *Prices vary based on location *Prices vary based on large boxes


Serving South Dade Since 1986





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September 15 - 21, 2009



Selective Cut, Inc.

Complete Tree, Landscaping, Lawn Service & Construction Service Company

SPECIALIZING IN: House Painting, Roof Cleaning & Painting, etc

Landscaping & Design • Concrete • Pavers

Pressure Cleaning Roofing Repairs


Tree Trimming • Full Lawn Maintenance


One call does it all! E THE TIM NOW’S P E R P E AN HURRIC

( 3 0 5 ) 6 6 1 - 9 2 0 0

Sprinkler Repair • Custom Water Features Backhoe & Bobcat Services • Concrete Finishing

PAINTING Free Estimates CC# 96BS00340


305-248-8180 305-274-8180

Custom Concrete Driveways


People Forget How Fast You Did a Job But, They Remember How Well You Did It • Must Be Licensed & Insured

Certified Arborist on Staff • General Contractor on Staff • Licensed & Insured


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“Call Us”We’d like to get to “MOW” you!


FULL TREE SERVICE • Selective Pruning •

• Stump Grinding • Trimming •

“We Do TREE-RRIFIC Work” Licensed & Insured • Residential & Commercial Specialist

(305) 254-9222

Members of the International Society of Arboriculture




Prompt & Courteous Since 1982

TREBOR INVESTMENT CORP. General Contractors Licensed & Insured • CGCA 15738


Licensed & Insured • Tree Trimming • Consultation • Stump Grinding • Landscaping • Lawn Services • Fertilization • Sprinkler Repair • Debris Removal • Backhoe Service • Driveway Pavers • And More

Cleaning homes like yours since 1979. Every cleaning inspected and guaranteed. Uniformed, bonded and insured. Reliable and Secure




For Information:

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Yo u r F i r s t & S e c o n d R e g u l a r Cleaning with Mention of this ad!!

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Call Today!






Master Septic Tank Contractor LIC. # SM0941167

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• Septic tanks require maintenance • If neglected, the system will eventually fail causing • They should be pumped every 2 to 3 years. costly drainfield replacement and damage to landscaping.

“Family Owned and Operated” - Since 1949 -


VISIT OUR SHOWROOM: 8515 SW 129th Terr. • Miami, FL 33156 P: 305.235.8110 • F: 305.232.7850 License No. CC95BS00368

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Complete Tree Service


CUSTOM CARPENTRY by R ick EXTERIOR Wood Fascia Door-Window Inst’l. Structural Repair Terraces

20 years experience in tropical and sub-tropical landscaping • Landscape Design & Maintenance


• Five-Acre Tropical Tree & Plant Nursery

INTERIOR Renovations Crown Moulding Termite Repair

Our monthly outside treatment gets the bugs before they get inside your house! Reduces chemicals in your home.


“Quality Work at The Best Prices”

Lawn Service • Commercial/Residential


Outstanding customer care since 1972.

BEST PEST CONTROL Donna & Allen Alfonso 305.776.1599 • 786.543.4920

For All Your Carpentry Needs


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Commercial & Residential CC# 18924

LIC & INS #038001


Robert Jude Owner on the job

305.668.4344 SERVING: Coral Gables - Pinecrest - Kendall - So. Miami Since 1985 . .


7005 S.W. 76th Street Miami, Florida 33143


SUNSHINE PAINTING & R ESTORATION CO. INC. Coating & Waterproofing Specialist 1130GT




305 896 4846

FREE ESTIMATE Licensed & Insured

Free Estimate and Consultation



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Marble Crystalization & Polishing Travertine & Mexican Tiles Bathrooms & Table Top Cleaning


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• Reroof/Repairs • Owner on every job • Specializing in roof leak repairs • Work guaranteed • Serving Florida since 1994


ALL-TECH ROOFING I INC • (305) 247-6717 Lic. # CCC1328633

Residential Pools Complete Service & Repairs

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• 200 Yamaha HPDI • Trim Tabs • Down Rigger (Cannon) • Out Riggers (Taco) • AM/FM CD Player (4 Speakers) • UHF Radio • New Garman 4208 • Fresh Water/ Salt Water wash down • Live Well • Stainless grill (NEW) • Rear Seats • New Batteries (2) • Plus more goes with it



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A Flair for Hair


Board Certified Physician-Family Practice SPECIALIZING IN: • Preventive Pain Management • Nutrition-Weight Control • Sleep Disorders • Anxiety • Depression

• Hair • Facials • Massage Therapy • Nails • Waxing • Threading •

10% OFF

your first nail, waxing, facial or massage service


In the Home Depot Shopping Center

TEL: 305.387.HAIR

Call for Appt NOW

13899 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 102, North Miami Beach, FL 33181

4 2 4 7

Enjoy the Luxury of a Healing Massage and pain relief By Miami’s Leading Licensed Therapists Serving you 7 days until Midnight Swedish Massage • Reflexology Sports Massage • Deep Tissue Corp. Chair Massage • Hotels Homes • Conventions Planned Corp. Events


In 30 Minutes... We’re There!

Carol & Kim’s Therapeutic Massage

Lic# 3772

If you want to drink, That’s your business. IF YOU WANT TO STOP, THAT’S OURS. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

305-461-2425 (24 hours)

Affordable & Experienced

305-270-0044 Since 1993


• • • • •


OPEN SATURDAYS Walk-ins Welcome 1st Visit $125 (includes Lab Work)


12764 N. KENDALL DR.


Specializing in all types of hair


Rose - Dominican Stylist


By Doctor from Shanghai, China. Practicing Chinese Acupuncture for Over 15 Years SC010510

Specializing in Pain Control Acute or Chronic Pain (neck, shoulder, back, sciatic...) • Arthritis • Bursitis • Athletic Injuries • Anxiety • Sinusitis • Colitis • Weight Control • Allergies • Migraine & Headache • Hypertension • PMS & Gyn Problems • Immune Disorders • Stress & Depression • Sexual Disorder • Stop Smoking . . . • Therapeutic Massage Lic. massage therapist in office Many other disorders, call to inquire. HUI SHAO, AP, OMD • We accept most Health CORAL GABLES OFFICE • (305) 461-4046 Insurance & auto accident 3310 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Suite #250, insurance Coral Gables, FL 33134 w w w . a c u p u n c t u r e i n m i a m i . c o m

DR. JUDY OSHINSKY & ASSOCIATES Licensed Mental Health Professionals

Sensitive Personal Training

Individual, Family & Couples Therapy Child & Adolescent Therapy Gifted Testing Psychoeducational Evaluations

7600 Red Road, Suite 202 - South Miami, FL 33143

(305) 666-7620

Insurance Accepted

• Certified Personal Trainer • Reiki Master • Pre & Postnatal Testing • Post Rehab Training

Phone: 786.395.1588


Sibyl Adams


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A Personal Touch Fitness

September 15 - 21, 2009


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