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DECEMBER 10 - 23, 2013

Join the SoMi Fitness annual holiday toy drive Around Town Children and families at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church enjoyed the toys the SoMi Fitness team collected and donated last year.

Election Day, Feb. 15, 2014 Executive Editor

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is the season for the SoMi Fitness annual holiday toy drive. This is the fifth year that William Del Sol and Unni Greene, certified personal trainers and owners of SoMi Fitness, have partnered with South Miami

businesses and residents to collect toys and gifts and donate them to the children of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. “We started the toy drive because we wanted to give back to our community,” said Greene. “It’s gotten bigger and bigger every year.” New unwrapped toys for children of all ages and fashion items such as watches, handbags and sunglasses for teenagers can

be dropped off through Friday, Dec. 20, to the collection boxes at SoMi Fitness, located at 6855 SW 81 Street, and Boca Tanning Club, 5600 Sunset Drive. Cash donations are also accepted and will be used to purchase gifts for the children. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– See

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‘Small Business Saturday’ reminds us to shop local BY GRANT MILLER

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Black Friday sales at the big chain stores and Cyber Monday sales online get a lot of attention these days, but something called Small Business Saturday, on Nov. 30 this year, may have been even more important to shoppers and the communities in which they live. Small Business Saturday, with its slogan of “shop small,” was created in 2010 by American Express to support the local busi-

nesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods. Think about it. It just makes sense. Much of the money you spend at the big national stores goes out of the area, but the money you spend here at the little individually owned stores and businesses stays here in your community and helps fuel your local economy. Those little “mom and pop” businesses — the specialty stores and non-chain restaurants that are owned and operated by local folks — your friends and neighbors — not only deserve and appreciate your business, they also spend what money they earn right here in the same town, which helps support

other local businesses. Local small businesses, independent of the chains, tend to be the largest job providers throughout the nation, so their value to fighting unemployment is important. They also, being highly individual, give a unique flavor to the community and often provide goods and services not available at the “big box” stores. Although Nov. 30, this year’s Small Business Saturday, has passed, every day is a good day to support the local businesses in your area by “shopping small.” Shopping local is good for your community all year round.

Well folks, as the election is just 10 or so weeks away, the candidates are out and about trying to gain ground and figure out a way to get your vote. It’s an interesting process, incumbents touting all their accomplishments, even if there are a scant few and the newbies espousing such rhetoric, that one might think they are running for some top position like the town dog catcher. So far former mayor Horace

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Oral Health Advice Dr. Larry Kessler, Periodontist WORD OF MOUTH My friend and I are conflicted on the subject of dental implants. I say they are nothing new but he insists otherwise. Can you settle this debate? Dental implants of some sort (as we know of them today) have been around for thousands of years. Every society had their own ways of dealing with people who had lost teeth. The ancient Egyptians placed wooden plugs in the toothless site. When an Eskimo aged and eating became difficult because the teeth were worn down due to their blubber diet, a child with baby teeth would chew the food for them. Let us keep in mind the importance of teeth and the medical consequences if they are lost and not replaced - digestion is effected; nutrition is lost; your health may be compromised. From early development of the dental implant fixture to present day and future advancements, the size, shape, materials, surface and coatings are and will continue to evolve; stainless steel to carbon to current titanium-the progression is steady and the results are outstanding and successful with each new invented technology. Even surgeons revise how, when and where the fixtures are placed. We embrace this exciting science and have for the past 25 years since we performed our first dental implant

procedure. When a patient is happy, we are happy. My bet is we all win! Which is better ~ a manual or electric toothbrush? I like this question a lot! I am going to try to be as neutral as possible and any vagueness will be your guide to what is the right answer for YOU! We always look to the professionals in the dental office-the doctor and the hygienist for answers. Both would agree when a manual toothbrush is used, the focus is on tooth surface (front, back) therefore more time is spent on the motion; an electric device seems to encompass moving the wand across a span of area. I think it is also generational - older patients feel as though they do not have control of the electric brush (partials, dentures may inhibit proper technique) and is not as effective as a manual brush. Younger people in braces should use an electric brush as it gets into the cracks and crevices of the bands and wires. Both doctor and hygienist agree flossing is vitally important and should be incorporated into your daily routine (2 x day) of oral hygiene as tooth decay and gum disease usually starts between teeth. It is important the bristles of the brush be soft, a circular motion applied to the teeth and gums when brushing, no abrasive paste or adhesives and the brush replaced every 6 months.

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• EDUCATIONAL AND TEEN ADVICE • Toby Rose ASK TOBY What are some of the questions on college applications? That is a good question. The Common Application has all new questions. Here are some of them: • Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. • Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you and what lessons did you learn? • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again? • Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there and why is it meaningful to you? • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community or family. And here are College Entrance Exam questions from a few other schools: COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY • List the print or electronic publications you read regularly (150 words of less). • List the films, concerts, shows, exhibits, lectures and other entertainment you enjoyed most in the past year (150 words or less).

STANFORD UNIVERSITY • Name your favorite books, authors, films, and/or musical artists. • What newspapers, magazines, and/or websites do you enjoy? • What is the most significant challenge that society faces today (50-word limit)? • How did you spend your last two summers (50-word limit)? • What were your favorite events (performances, exhibits, sporting events, etc.) this past year (50-word limit)? • What five words best describe you? • Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development (250-word limit). • Virtually all of Stanford’s undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate — and us — know you better (250-word limit). TUFTS UNIVERSITY • Which aspects of Tuft’s curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short, why Tufts (suggested length is 50-100 words)? • There is a Quaker saying: “Let your life speak.” Describe the environment in which you were raised – your family, home, neighborhood or community – and how it influenced the person you are today (suggested length 200-250 words). Toby Rose is president of Toby Rose’s College Prep. She is an independent college counselor, was a Dade County Outstanding Teacher and served as chairperson of the Dade County School Board Academic Advisory Committee. Rose may be contacted by calling 305-238-7737, by email at <tobyrose19@yahoo.com> or via the Internet at <www.tobyrose.com>.

December 10 - 23, 2013

Organ donors save lives BY CARLOS WOLF, M.D.

I recently had a mastectomy and had a tissue expander placed in my chest in preparation for reconstructive surgery. My surgeon said he used AlloDerm to support my skin and improve the chances of a good result. What is AlloDerm, and is it safe? AlloDerm is a safe and effective treatment. It is a collagen matrix that does not have live cells. Cadaver skin is harvested and treated in such a way as to remove all live cells present. This collagen matrix then is used to form a support system, whereby your own cells and blood vessels fill in the area making it stronger in preparation for reconstructive surgery. AlloDerm may also be used when a breast “bottoms out" and the surgeon needs some support so the implant does not come out. There are many other uses of AlloDerm. In fact, it is used throughout the body. It is

interesting to note that because someone allowed their skin to be harvested, other patients benefit. There are many other tissues donated by organ donors that benefit patients. Donors can save a patient’s vision, improve the results of orthopedic and neurosurgery, improve the quality of human life and ultimately – save a life. On a recent trip to visit my daughter, who is a surgical-trauma intensive care nurse at UVA in Virginia, she reminded me how important it is to become an organ donor. She often treats patients who essentially die, but have so much to give other patients if they are organ donors. Therefore, I'm encouraging and challenging everyone who reads my column to become an organ donor. I did! Go to <www.organdonor.gov> and they will make it very easy for you to become an organ donor. A body is a terrible thing to waste. Dr. Wolf’s offices are located at 8940 N. Kendall Dr., Suite 903E and at 221 Aragon Ave in Coral Gables. He may be reached at 305-595-2969 or at <www.miamiplasticsurgery.com>.

Holiday $pending BY MICHAEL RALEY President/CEO Baptist Health South Florida, Federal Credit Union

I noticed today that the neighborhood Salvation Army is putting up a tent to sell Christmas trees. The holiday season is upon us. The advertising has started already. And, the pressure will grow to buy a gift for someone. I can hear it, see it and feel it. Do you? Oh yes, the credit card companies are sending special offers and checks to encourage you to spend more. Do not give in to the pressure to spend more than you can afford. Set a budget for your holiday spending and keep to it. Decide now who gets a gift from you and how much to spend on each gift. Add the cost and see if you can afford it. If not, reduce who gets a gift or the amount. Do not borrow heavily for holiday spending! Only spend what you have and

RALEY’S ADVICE can afford. Paying off over spending creates stress and can ruin the New Year. If you borrow some money to spend, plan to pay it back in three to six months. That way you will have time to save for the next holiday spree. At our credit union, many members have a Club Savings Account. They save each pay day for the next holiday season. This savings is the basis for their Holiday Spending. Go to your credit union or bank and open a Holiday Savings Account, start saving for 2014 now. But first, enjoy the 2013 Holiday Season with friends and family. Just don’t ruin it by spending more than you can afford. Michael Raley may be reached at <mraley@bhsffcu.org>


December 10 - 23, 2013

AROUND TOWN, from page 1 Feliu has decided it was time again to serve the citizens of South Miami and is running against Commissioner Wally “ The Dude” Harris. Should be interesting to watch Wally scramble to try and detach himself from Commissioner Bob “Bobble Head” Welsh, who has been getting some bad advice from his “handlers” and recently got a bunch of bad press and a public tongue lashing by several citizens. I gotta tell ya though, Bobby boy is taking it all in stride and seems to be enjoying all the attention that has be coming his way. Then of course, there is the current mayor, Phil Stoddard, who wants to hold onto the seat, like he owns it. Phil, who has had hands full, most of this his own making, is being challenged by Valerie Newman. She has held the position of commissioner and vice mayor and was very active in the community prior to running for office. She is out and about gathering up votes and is sure to give Phil a few sleepless nights. There are some rumors that there might be another candidate popping up soon, which should add to Phil’s anxiety. And then there is Donna Shelley and Gabriel Edmond vying for Valerie’s old seat. Me thinketh this race will be pretty dull, not that the candidates are, but just because. Oops, then there is the unsubstantiated rumor that Josh Liebman will, at the last minute, file to run against Phil Stoddard. Can’t get Josh to say Yea or Nay, but that’s the story going around town. Ok, there has been another sighting of Wayne Brackin (the Baptist Health guru), this time at Rok Burger on SW 73 St. My source even saw what he was eating. So here it goes: Rok shrimp, lobster, corn dogs, fried pickles, a salad with goat cheese in it, and a King James Hamburger, which I assume was named after Miami’s own King James. And there was a little bit more, six or so Kobe Beef and Short Rib Sliders. Golly, that sounds like a lot of food for one guy and it is, but don’t worry, Sir Wayne was there with some friends and I’m told his sons, as well. Sighted over at Town Kitchen & Bar, generally referred to as Town, was real estate guru Levi Meyer from Fortune International Realty with Chip Black who is with the Huttoe Group in Coral Gables. Seemed as though they were discussing something top secret. And over at Casa Larios: Dr. Mark Rosenberg, the president of FIU was over there not too long ago, enjoying lunch with some friends. And Vice Mayor Josh Liebman was also at Larios enjoying himself as he chowed down on some Arroz con Pollo and some high octane Espresso. Miami-Dade County Comm. Suarez making the rounds at events, could be shoring up image for mayoral race in 2016.

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Xavier Suarez, the Miami-Dade County Commissioner elected to Dist. 7 a few years ago in a special election and was reelected unopposed in 2012 is beginning to have a host of detractors. They are suggesting the former Miami mayor is detached, and does not have a firm grasp of some of the issues faced in the highly rich property tax base sprawling commission district that stretches from Key Biscayne to Pinecrest. The Harvard-trained lawyer considered running for Miami-Dade County Mayor in 2012, but he decided to take the safe road and did not run for the countywide position. However, he is letting people discuss such a race in 2016 when the bloom may be off current Mayor Carlos Gimenez with the county’s voters, SUAREZ when both the mayor and commissioner are up for reelection. Suarez also does not spend much time meeting with the local officials that make up the many municipalities in his district, and for some of them that is fine. However, the commissioner does go to political social events such as the swearing in of the new elected leaders on Miami Beach on Monday, though he did not stay long, and the county commissioner went to Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon’s installation on Wednesday where he did hang around for the bulk of the festivities. Suarez when he was first elected did a local commission district road trip talking about all the Miami-Dade County GOP money (Over $100 million) that he has under his control. He referred to the affluent district that snakes along the coast and waterfront properties to an area “like Texas.” Where he gets “to say yes a lot,” but he has also alienated some of the county commissioners, whose majority votes he needs on the dais to get anything done. He is always quick with a quote, sometimes quite obscure, at commission meetings, highlighting that he is erudite and educated. However, he sometimes comes across as if he is above some of the more mundane issues that the body faces in running a county with roughly 2.5 million people. Moreover, while Suarez has been a persistent critic of some of the high salaries paid to key top county employees in the Gimenez administration. He sometimes comes off as being an armchair quarterback, who just enjoys taking periodic verbal shots at the mayor.. (This item supplied by watchdogreport.net) Thought of the Day: A pessimist is one who builds dungeons in the air. — Walter Winchell Got any tips? Contact me at 305-6697355, ext. 249, or send emails to <Michael@communitynewspapers.com>.

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Outside the Huddle volunteers came together to help the poor

Craig Martin Jr., Camilo Dotson, Founder Kennard Cox, Jeremy Martin and Executive Director Tiffany Morris.

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Outside the Huddle, a local nonprofit organization based in South Miami, took part in their 3rd annual “One Family” Thanksgiving Give back. Each year, volunteers come together to prepare and provide fresh and healthy meals to families in need. With the support of Vice-Mayor Josh Liebman and their partnership with The Produce Connection, Outside the Huddle was able to feed 500 families in Liberty City, South Miami, Homestead and Florida City.

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Founded by NFL free agent, Kennard Cox four years ago, the organization emphasizes the importance of education and eating right, and does so by mentoring children through sports and athletics, encouraging good sportsmanship and building character. Outside the Huddle works to bring fresh, and healthy foods back into family kitchens and proves that with support, everyone can make healthy choices and make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

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Peter Pasquale Carbone of Boca Tanning Club invites friends, neighbors and clients to drop off a toy or gift and receive a $25 gift certificate for services at Boca Tanning Club. “Whatever path your life takes, it’s important to give something back – to your community, your state or your country,” he said. “This is a worthwhile cause.” Local businesses such as Meridian MedSpa are rallying support. Other businesses in the community can also join the effort and set up donation locations. “We encourage everyone to get involved this year and help us make the holidays brighter for many children,” said Del Sol. “We also invite everyone to come with us when we visit the church to deliver the toys and gifts. The joy on the children’s faces when they choose a gift is absolutely priceless.” Del Sol, Greene and the “holiday elves” will deliver the toys and gifts to more than 100 underprivileged youngsters at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m. The church is located at 6316 SW 59 Place in South Miami.

More than 200 toys were given to the children at last year’s event. Shuntee Stukes of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church said the group’s generosity raises the spirits of children who are less fortunate. “This has become a wonderful tradition,” she said. “The children and their parents and grandparents are so thankful for the gracious donations from the community. Even though times are getting harder for everyone, this group works a miracle for us each year.” Del Sol and Greene inspire others in and out of the gym. The pair offers personal training, boot camps, group classes, contest preparation and nutritional counseling at SoMi Fitness. Greene recently launched her new e-book Eat More to Lose More, an easy-to-use guide that divulges her nutrition, workout and mental training secrets, teaching people how to shed fat and get in great shape. To get involved or make a donation, visit Del Sol and Greene at SoMi Fitness or contact them at <somifitness@gmail.com> or 786-488-6842.


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Charitable giving shows spirit of season Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB Holidays bring out the best in our community as we see people dig dip to help those less fortunate. All over town boxes of food and clothing are being collected in time to make the holidays a better one for others. The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s, many members of whom live in the South Miami area, were among those groups collecting and distributing food and gift cards to those in need with a focus the families of the children served by the club’s free dental clinic. At the CGWC’s November 19th meeting, after a brief presentation by School Board Chairman Dr. Larry Feldman and a sumptuous turkey dinner with sides provided by members, the group collected and donated enough non perishable holiday food items to provide Thanksgiving baskets for 31 of the most needy families. In addition, the Club’s Dental Clinic Director Dr. Iris Torres Rivera also collected $15 gift cards to give

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to the children. As some members were working on the baskets, yet others prepared holiday cards to send to the troops in Afghanistan and still others packaged toiletry items in gift bags to donate to the women of Agape. As an added treat, members signed up to participate in the section of the Jr. Orange Bowl Parade, held Dec. 1, as the health section of the School Board unit. That and the fact that the club was honoring club members who are teachers was the reason for Dr. Feldman’s visit. That evening, each teacher was presented with a special gift chosen by retired teacher and Club Education Chair, Susie Tilson. Included in that group were Kate Swain, Patty Hendon, Christy Saxon-Hernandez and Martha Black. Talk about a feel good meeting… that one was hard to beat. By the way, the Coral Gables Woman’s Club is always looking for women interested in serving the community and encourage anyone who would like to learn more about the club and joining this dynamic group to visit <www.coralgableswomansclub.org>. (Note: Membership is not restricted to any particular geographic area.) In other good news, Gulliver’s Interact club held its 2nd Annual Interact Soccer Tournament on November 16th at Gulliver Prep. One hundred people participated in the event that help raise more than $1,000 for Chapman Partnership. The money raised will fund the Club’s monthly trips to the shelter. In addition this very active group of more than 120 students are in the process of organizing their 7th Annual Fashion Show Benefit scheduled for March 13, 2014. Last year’s show raised more than $7,500 and there are high hopes that this year’s numbers will be even higher. Proceeds from the fashion show also benefit the Chapman Partnership as well as Easter Seals, and Give Kids the World. Kudos to Club President Nicole Rubin and her amazing club for all their good work. Speaking of Rotary, from serving meals on Thanksgiving Day to ringing bells at Publix for the Salvation Army, this Gables Club is busy with outreach activities every single week. Lorraine Sheldon, who heads the Club’s Community Service meeting recently met at Angelique Euro Café to make plans for the coming months with several of her committee members including Coral Gables Rotaractor Natalie Escudero and Rotarians Brad Forte, Yolanda Woodbridge, Walter Alvarez, Terry Long, and Heath Shatcel. Until next time, keep making each day count.

Rotary’s Community Service Committee that orchestrates volunteer projects such as their monthly Veterans Bingo, Salvation Army Bell Ringing for the holidays and numerous other activities are seen here meeting at Angelique Eurto Café. L to R: Yoli Woodbridge, Lorraine, Sheldon, Brad Forte, Terry Long, Gloria Burns, Walter Alvarez, Heather Shatcel and Natalie Escudero.

Seen here on Dr. Larry Feldman’s MDCPS float as part of the health section are members of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club promoting the club’s May Van Sickle Children’s Free Dental Clinic.

Wishing all our readers a happy and safe holiday season.

If you would like to submit information for this column, send your news via e-mail to gloriagalburns@aol.com.

Teachers receiving gifts during November Education Month recognition program with MDCPS Board Chairman Dr. Larry Feldman. L to R: Kate Swain, Martha Black, Dr. Larry Feldman, Club Education Chair Susie Tilson, Club President Mireya Kilmon, Patty Hendon, and Christy Saxon-Hernandez with her daughter.


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Skin Specialists, LLC and Vivant Skin Care, LLC zap acne and more

BY GAIL SHIVEL

Carrying on the legacy of a beloved founder, Skin Specialists in Coral Gables continues to offer what many consider the best acne treatments around, as well as product lines developed locally and sold internationally through Vivant Skin Care. Vivant Skin Care was founded Sara Fulton, President, and her husband James E. Fulton, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., who died this past July of colon cancer at age 73. Their daughter, Kelly Fulton-Kendrick, is CEO of Skin Specialists and Vivant Skin Care. “We consider ourselves to be the living embodiment of his skin care legacy,” she said. “Skin Specialists and Vivant Skin Care offer treatment techniques and products that are unique and used internationally to treat acne and other skin problems. “Obviously teens but also a lot of adult women in South Florida are dealing with acne,” Ms. FultonKendrick said, “and need treatment for residual scarring and to promote even tone. Between our plentiful sunshine and the Hispanic ethnicity of many of our patients, we have situations where injury to the skin leads to increased melanin production causing brown spots and scars. My father’s own acne when he was young was traumatic for him, and he spent his life helping people to avoid what he suffered.” Skin Specialists offers treatments for acne, rosacea, rejuvenation, discoloration and sun damage, using chemical peels, clinical facials, derma-filing, high-frequency

CEO Kelly Fulton-Kendrick (left) and lead skin specialist Olga Valencia

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microdermabrasion, ultrasound and more. The Venus Freeze technology uses radio waves to tighten skin in a series of treatments, with many patients gaining dramatic results. Dr. Fulton held many patents for skin care treatments, and was a developer of Retin-A for Ortho

Pharmaceuticals. He developed the patented gel delivery systems that stabilized benzoyl peroxide and topical erythromycin for major laboratories. Vivant Skin Care, the manufacturing company, markets multiple lines of skin care products including Vivant Pro, available to professionally-licensed aestheticians; and an over-the-counter line, Vivant Skin Care, available to consumers in stores and through their website at vivantskincare.com. On the website, consumers can view dramatic before-and-after photos of clients, choose products based on their complexion and specific problems, and fill out a product regimen advisor questionnaire for personalized service and recommendations from licensed aestheticians. Vivant Skin Care trains all of the aestheticians at Skin Specialists, carrying Dr. Fulton’s legacy into the future. Dr. Fulton was the author of the bestselling Acne Rx (Dutton Press, 2001) and had appeared on “The View” to discuss his ground-breaking treatments. “He was not only the developer of Retin A, used first for acne and now more often for treating fine lines, but his techniques and patents were also used in the development of standard acne treatments, including Proactiv and others,” Ms. FultonKendrick said. Skin Specialists, the clinic where Dr. Fulton practiced at Flores Dermatology, is located at 6705 Red Road, Suite 400, Coral Gables, in the Whole Foods building. To make an appointment, call 305-979-1422 or email <MySkin@TheSkinSpecialists.com>. For more information, visit <www.TheSkinSpecialists.com>


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December 10 - 23, 2013

Cutting edge physician helps patients beat baldness BY NANCY EAGLETON

Male pattern baldness, the main cause of hair loss, affects an estimated quarter of men by the age of 30 and two-thirds by the age of 60. Women also can experience hair loss or thinning hair. Studies have found that hair loss can have far-reaching consequences for many people, leading to low self-confidence and even impaired quality of life. Anthony Bared, M.D., knows the impact that hair loss can have on a person’s well-being. He is performing hair transplants at the Foundation for Hair Restoration and Plastic Surgery, located in South Miami, and changing people’s lives. Dr. Bared joins Jeffrey Epstein, M.D., the founder of the practice and leader in the hair transplantation field. Both Drs. Bared and Epstein specialize in hair loss treatments, including hair transplant repair, hairline lowering, male pattern baldness and women’s hair replacement. Each were fellowship trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and have extensive facial plastic surgery backgrounds. “Patients benefit from this expertise,”

said Dr. Bared. This means that patients get the most natural appearing results. Dr. Bared performs follicular unit micrografts – the most commonly chosen hair restoration procedure. Because of Dr. Bared’s aesthetic skill, this technique results in hairlines that both look and function naturally. He also performs the advanced procedure called follicular unit extraction, which avoids a linear donor site incision. With this technique, grafts are harvested one at a time with tiny punches, which then usually heal as virtually undetectable dots in the scalp, says Dr. Bared. This technique is not offered by most surgeons because it is technically challenging. Dr. Bared also treats women suffering from female pattern hair loss, which can be devastating for a woman’s self-image. “Many women suffer in silence because it is considered far more acceptable for men to experience hair loss,” Dr. Bared said. “Hair transplantation restores women’s hair, along with their self-confidence.” Dr. Bared also performs specialized hair transplantation procedures, such as eyebrow and facial hair transplants. These procedures can enhance a patient’s eyebrows

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or restore them due to over-plucking, or add facial hair that is not present naturally. He also treats women who have had facelifts that resulted in scarring at the hairline, and men who have facial scarring and want to regrow hair in the area. “This work is very gratifying because patients are so happy with their results and so relieved,” Dr. Bared added. “It has an incredible psychological impact.” Patient Michael Miller agrees. “After four years of contemplating having a hair transplant, I went for it,” he said. “And I’m so glad I did. I am reinvigorated and my outlook on life is better.” The majority of individuals choose to have their procedure performed under local anesthesia with a mild, short-acting sedative. Patients leave bandage-free and are prescribed antibiotics and medicine to reduce the chance of swelling and mild pain pills to make sleeping more comfortable.

“Most people are back to work within two days, and return to all normal activities after one week,” said Dr. Bared. Miller says the procedure was virtually painless. “I took a couple Advil for the first few days. I stayed home from work the day after the procedure, and then it was back to work as usual,” he said. Dr. Bared is committed to offering the most modern techniques in one of few operating rooms in the country used exclusively for hair restoration and fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. In addition, Dr. Bared offers a wide variety of plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures such as rhinoplasty, septoplasty, facelift, necklift, forehead lift, eyelid surgery, chin augmentation, earlobe repair, scar revision and more. He also provides a full range of aesthetic injectables, including Botox and fillers and other anti-aging treatments like laser resurfacing of the face. Dr. Bared obtained his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine, where he was inducted into the AOA Medical Honor Society. After completing his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital, he was one of 40 nationwide to be awarded a highly competitive fellowship by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Additionally, Dr. Bared is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Bared can be reached at the Foundation for Hair Restoration and Plastic Surgery, located in the Sunset Professional Building, 6280 Sunset Drive, Suite 504. For more information, call 305666-1774 or visit <www.facialplasticsurgerymiami.com.>

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World-renowned surgeon leads Center for Advanced Orthopedics at Larkin BY NANCY EAGLETON

The Center for Advanced Orthopedics at Larkin recently opened on the sixth floor in One 7000 Place, located across from Larkin Community Hospital in South Miami. The new 12,000-square foot state-of-the-art Center is led by Medical Director Carlos Lavernia, M.D., an internationally-recognized orthopedic surgeon who specializes in arthroplasty of the hip and knee. Dr. Lavernia’s groundbreaking advancements in hip and knee replacement surgery are attracting people from around the world who are coming to South Miami seeking treatment to relieve pain and increase mobility. Dr. Lavernia is the only orthopedic surgeon in Miami-Dade County currently performing robotic MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty, a hip replacement procedure that is supported by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. Dr. Lavernia helped develop the software for this innovative robotic system designed for patients who suffer from degenerative joint disease.

“This robotic system is the next generation of surgical precision,” said Dr. Lavernia. “Other systems utilize 2-D technology. The RIO technology provides surgeons with a 3-D model to better plan the hip replacement. During the procedure, real-time images and data assist surgeons with preparing the hip joint and positioning the implant with more accuracy.” Increased precision means excellent outcomes for patients. Pain is relieved, mobility is restored and patients return to a more active lifestyle. The Center for Advanced Orthopedics offers comprehensive programs in all areas of orthopedics, addressing each aspect of patient care from initial consultation, diagnosis and treatment through recovery. The multidisciplinary team of board certified orthopedic surgeons, physician assistants, nurses, technicians and physical therapists provide patients with superb care. High-tech diagnostic tools used at the Center include MRI, X-ray, CT scan as well as tomosynthesis – diagnostic imaging technology that offers high-image quality at low radiation exposure. The Center is the only fa-

Medical Director Carlos Lavernia, M.D., and the team at the Center for Advanced Orthopedics at Larkin perform cutting-edge hip and knee replacement surgery.

cility in South Florida using tomosynthesis technology in the field of orthopedics. Before a patient becomes a surgical candidate, the Center’s highly-skilled team looks to non-surgical therapies to treat various musculoskeletal conditions. Among these are behavior modification, joint supplements, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, hyaluronic acid injections and physical therapy. “Our 2,000-square foot rehabilitation center has all of the latest equipment,” Dr. Lavernia said. The Center’s physical therapists develop personalized plans that address patients’ specific deficiencies and help them restore strength and range of motion. “After surgery, it is critical that physical therapy is guided by a trained therapist,” he added. Dr. Lavernia has more than 30 years of experience in the orthopedics field. He is involved in an active, high-profile research program, which directly benefits patients. Surgeons who conduct research utilize the findings to positively influence the delivery of care. “We are following more than 6,000 patients to determine their quality of life

before and after surgical and other treatments,” said Dr. Lavernia. “We look at readmissions after surgery, and we have one of the best rates in the state.” The Center for Advanced Orthopedics at Larkin is a welcome addition to the 30 premiere medical professionals in One 7000 Place who provide the community with healthcare services in a variety of specialties. “Patients benefit from the breadth of medical specialties offered in this building,” said Dr. Lavernia. “They enjoy the convenient location and the close proximity to the hospital.” Patients will find modern amenities and conveniences throughout the building, including a newly renovated lobby and elevators and covered parking that connects to each floor of the building. The Center for Advanced Orthopedics at Larkin is located at 7000 SW 62nd Avenue, Suite 601. For more information, call 305-917-0777 or visit www.Larkinhospital.com. For more information on One 7000 Place, managed by Healthcare Realty, Inc., contact Wayne E. Stringer, president, Stringer Realty Services, Inc., at 305-772-2801.


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Park exhibit opens honoring columnist Larry Thompson

Carl Thompson retells tales about his father, Larry Thompson. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY RICHARD YAGER

As a crowd of more than 50 laughed at stories about Larry Thompson’s exploits, a permanent historical exhibit of the former Miami Herald humor columnist was dedicated on Dec. 2 at the Miami-Dade County park that has borne the Larry and Penny Thompson Memorial Park and Campground name since 1977. Carl Thompson, son of the former columnist, marked the occasion in the park’s Cabana Recreation Center before a large audience of campers. Also paying tribute was Kim Yantis, exhibit specialist at the Deering Estate, who managed the exhibit project, now on view in the campground office at 12451 SW 184 St. “Dad began as a reporter with The Herald in 1945,” recounted Thompson, 59, visiting the park for the occasion with his wife, Dawn, from Tennessee. (Carl Thompson also began as a reporter for the Hollywood Sun-Times and for a year “off The Herald city desk,” he recalled before switching to a successful business career in later life.) “In 1977, I remember standing not 100 yards from this center to help dedicate the park in honor of my dad and mom,” he said. “Never did I think then I would be here today for this special moment.” “Life with Larry Thompson” was a daily feature in the newspaper that often

traced the lives of a family that “grew up in Coconut Grove but often took camping trips during the 1950s and 1960s while my two sisters and I were growing up.” Those stories were most often typewritten on a 1941 “Remington Noiseless,” now an exhibit centerpiece along with Larry’s tri-focal eyeglasses, a nameplate and original letters, books and memorabilia. It includes an 11- by 14-inch photo of Thompson riding a famed “Fat Cat” in an Orange Bowl Parade, emblematic of the family’s pet, Caesar, and other heavyweight felines to determine Miami’s fattest cat that year in a Thompson-originated stunt. Larry Thompson (1911-1973), columnist for 25 years, and wife, Penny (19171975), a leader in women’s aviation during the 1940s and early 1950s, often took their family on cross-country camping trips. Both were advocates of creating additional parks and planting more trees and shrubs throughout Miami-Dade. “When the county gained this parkland in 1964, my dad even wrote a column urging that no one be named for it, a practice he was generally against,” Carl Thompson noted, reading from the original piece. Ironically, the column’s finishing words written 11 years before his passing with a typical Larry Thompson chuckle: “Unless, of course, it would be named for me.”

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More than 800 participate in commissioner’s food giveaway

Miami-Dade Commissioner Lynda Bell gets a hug from one of the beneficiaries of the annual Thanksgiving Food Giveaway. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY MAURICE R. HERNANDEZ

Miami-Dade Commissioner Lynda Bell’s tradition of giving back to the less fortunate members of the community during the holiday season continues to draw hundreds of financially disadvantaged, the elderly and disabled residents, alike. Commissioner Bell’s third annual Thanksgiving Food Giveaway at the world-renowned Redland Fruit and Spice Park on Saturday, Nov. 23, was bigger and more successful than ever. The Farm Share organization provided fresh fruits, vegetables, as well as other Thanksgiving staples. Along with Farm Share, Commissioner Bell’s staff provided plenty of frozen turkeys to more than 800 needy residents with the support of over 60

selfless community volunteers — making the recent Thanksgiving Holiday the most memorable one ever. “I am delighted to have started this tradition of giving back to our community’s less fortunate when I was elected to the county commission. These wonderful but financially struggling residents deserve to have a good Thanksgiving meal surrounded by friends and family,” she said. “As long as I continue to serve, this tradition of giving back will continue each and every year. “I am also eternally grateful to the Farm Share organization and the increasing number of volunteers who show up each and every year to help their fellow residents in need. Without them, these annual charity events simply could not be made possible.”


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Animal Christmas celebration set for Biltmore Hotel, Dec. 17

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Do you or someone you know have Tinea Pedis/Athlete’s Foot? FXM Research in Miami is looking for males and females 18 years or older that suffer from Tinea Pedis “Redness, Itchiness, Maceration, Erosion, and/or Scaling areas in between your toes” to participate in a three [3] study-visit clinical research study. Medical Insurance is not required for study participation. Qualified participants will receive: • Evaluation by a Board Certified Dermatologist. • Investigational Study Medication or placebo at no cost. • Reimbursement for time and travel up to USD $150.00.

¿Tiene usted o alguien que usted conoce Hongos Entre Los Dedos De Sus Pies/Pie De Atleta? FXM Research en Miami está buscando a hombres y mujeres de 18 años o más de edad que padecen de Hongos Entre Los Dedos De Sus Pies “Enrojecimiento, Picazón, Humedad, Erosiones, y/o áreas de Descamación entre los dedos de los pies”, para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere de tres [3] visitas. No se requiere seguro médico para su participación en el estudio. Los participantes que califiquen recibirán: • Evaluaciones por un Dermatólogo Certificado. • Los medicamentos bajo investigación o placebo sin costo alguno. • Reembolso por su tiempo y transporte de hasta $150.00.

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www.fxmresearch.com There will be plenty of vendors offering merchandise for your two- and four-legged friends. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY RITA SCHWARTZ

Unlike the holiday poem, creatures will be stirring at the famed Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables on Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 6:30 until 10:30 p.m. The hotel is the perfect backdrop for a special night of merriment and holiday shopping, all to benefit the Pets’ Trust and the Pets’ Voice — the initiative to stop the killing of animals. The event will take place in the Country Club Ballroom which will open its doors to guests and their pets. It is the only time of year the hotel allows animals in the ballroom. There will be plenty of pet friendly vendors to allow you to treat your favorite four-legged friend to the good things life has to offer. Plus there will be plenty of vendors for all the people on your Christmas list. All in a festive setting just in time for Christmas, to make that last minute shopping an enjoyable experience. What about the best present of all: the gift of unconditional love? What better way to celebrate the holidays than giving your best friend a companion that would love to have a forever home and not be alone for the holidays? There will

be all types of amazing dogs and cats that are looking for that special home. (All pets are spayed/neutered and are up to date on their shots.) The holiday venue will have the Children’s Voice Chorus entertaining the crowd with traditional Christmas Carols. The complimentary food will be catered by local five-star restaurants. There will be all kinds of scrumptious fare for everyone including delicious desserts by “You Oughta Taste My Mama’s Cakes” and Arfpetizers by Laly of the “Doggie Bag Café.” There will be a cash bar available. There even will be a Canine Fashion Show, with Elite models from G Girl productions, showcasing holiday designs by ShihNanigans and Designs by Diane, to entertain you and your favorite pooch. Come be a part of a lifesaving event that will benefit animals and bring back your Christmas spirit. Tickets available — $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Package Special includes ticket plus a commemorative ornament or mug with your favorite picture on it for $40. Purchase online at <www.petsvoice.org>.

Do you or someone you know have Facial Acne? FXM Research in Miami is looking for males and females 12 years of age or older that suffer from Facial Acne, to participate in a seven [7] study-visit clinical research study. Medical Insurance is not required for study participation. Qualified participants will receive: • Evaluation by a Board Certified Dermatologist. • Investigational Study Medication at no cost. • Reimbursement for time and travel up to USD $350.00.

¿Tiene usted o alguien que usted conoce Acné Facial? FXM Research en Miami está buscando hombres y mujeres de 12 años de edad o más que padecen de Acné Facial, para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere de siete [7] visitas. No se requiere seguro médico para su participación en el estudio. Los participantes que califiquen recibirán: • Evaluaciones por un Dermatólogo Certificado. • Los medicamentos del estudio bajo investigación sin costo alguno. • Un reembolso por su tiempo y transporte de hasta $350.00. For more information please call:

Para más información por favor llame al:

(305) 220-5222 Hector Wiltz, MD., CPI. Board Certified Dermatologist FXM Research Miami

FXM Research Miami 11760 Bird Road, Suite 452 Miami, FL 33175

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Fairchild Tropical Garden hosts Sounds of Nature Challenge 3

Students from Miami Killian High School dance along with their musical performance of Rockin’ the Reef. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY ALEXANDRA CURBELO

The Fairchild Challenge — Fairchild Garden’s award-winning multidisciplinary STEM education competition, now in its 12th year, which reaches 130,000 students in South Florida at more than 260 schools from PreK-12 — conducted its annual Sounds of Nature Challenge 3 event on Nov. 20-21. The event took place in Fairchild’s Garden House and approximately 125 middle and high school students from more than 30 south Florida schools participated. South Florida is home to many environments and ecosystems, with wildlife and sounds that are unique. For Challenge 3, in partnership with the Frost School of Music at the University

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Curriculum Expo draws some 400 at Miami Southwest High School

The Miami-Dade County Public Schools Curriculum Expo, conducted recently at Miami Southwest Senior High School with principal Carlos Diaz (pictured) and staff, was attended by some 400 students and parents.

MDC to offer classes on local history during spring term BY SUE ARROWSMITH

Step back in time with Miami Dade College (MDC) professor and renowned historian Dr. Paul George, who will teach Miami and South Florida History (AMH 2079) and History of Florida (AMH 2070) classes during the 2014 spring semester at the college’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. Both courses offer three credits toward teacher recertification. Miami and South Florida History (AMH 2079) is available once again for history buffs on Thursdays, Jan. 9 to Apr. 24, 5:40-8 p.m. The class will cover a variety of topics about local history and incorporate lectures, visits to historical libraries,

repositories and exhibits, video and slide presentations, and tours of Greater Miami’s historic neighborhoods. History of Florida (AMH 2070) will be offered on Tuesdays, Jan. 7 to Apr. 22, 5:40-8:10 p.m. The class will consist of lecture, videos and tours, offering a stirring account of the Sunshine State in all of its eras, tracing its story from native populations to the present. Dr. George is widely recognized by the media and the South Florida community as the region’s foremost historian. He is interviewed often regarding key historical facts about the region and beyond. For more information, contact Dr. Paul George at 305-237-3723, or by email at <pgeorge@mdc.edu>.

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Volunteers to spread holiday cheer with free gift wrapping

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Miami-Dade firefighters host toy drive for needy children BY DONNA VAN DER DIJS

The Dade County Association of Firefighter Charities is organizing “Toys for Kids” this holiday season. The drive continues through Dec. 21. During this period the public can drop off new, unwrapped toys at any MiamiDade Fire Rescue Station. “Firefighters have been organizing ‘Toys for Kids’ for more than 20 years,” said Karen Joseph, a Miami-Dade firefighter, who has organized the event for the past 16 years. “As firefighters we are out in the community every day. We are on the frontlines and we see first-hand the needs of the community. We just want to do our part to make sure every

Hundreds of volunteers from Christ Fellowship Church in Miami will greet busy shoppers at The Falls, Dadeland Mall and Bass Pro Shops with a smile and an offer of free gift wrapping. The free gift-wrapping service, courtesy of Christ Fellowship, starts Dec. 14 and volunteers will be available through Dec. 24.

child in our community has a merry Christmas.” The toys collected are distributed to Miami-Dade families through churches, women’s shelters and a variety of organizations throughout the county. “Every year we see the number of requests increasing, so we really need the community’s support to help as many children as we can this holiday season,” Joseph said. Firefighter Charities, a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, also accepts monetary donations toward this campaign. Firefighter Charities is the fundraising arm for charitable causes of IAFF Metro-Dade Fire Fighters Local 1403. For more information regarding “Toys for Kids” call 305-519-8553.

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Sandy DeWitt honored by AIA for her photography services BY LEE STEPHENS

the clean, pristine images which have garnered her numerous awards, including Best of Show Photographer Sandy DeWitt has been and Court of Honor. These awards come from her attention to marketing chosen Architectural imaging that exceeds field Photographer of the Year conditions. Her eye for for 2013 by the Miami detail helps define the fluchapter of American idity between her clients’ Institute of Architects. design spaces and their Her firm has been providfunction. ing photography services to Dewitt resides in South the architectural, design and Florida with her husband construction professionals and menagerie of animals. throughout the U.S. for over While shooting projects 25 years. Working closely worldwide, supporting with design teams she helps community outreach for present projects for Web education, and organizing presentation and publication. photographic working DeWitt, who has a gallery societies focused on the in Homestead, is an architecexploration of architectural artist with skills ture, she currently is grounded in the master working on her personal processes of photography, project: “Urban Decay: which she honed as a student Tyranny,” which explores at Rhode Island School of the relationship between Photography. The influences Sandy DeWitt the tyranny of aging and of Adams, Guerrero and ––––––––––––––––– urban spaces. Shulman are easily seen in

Look ‘outside the box’ with gifts from online Parkstore BY LAURA PHILLIPS

Looking for “outside the box” holiday gifts for that special someone? The MiamiDade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department has fun, health-minded and exhilarating adventure-packed gifts that he or she will remember for years to come at the online Parkstore. Visit Parkstore at <http://parkstore.miamidade.gov>. You’ll find these exciting gift options for everyone on your gift-giving list, and plenty more: • Specialty Tours at Local Attractions — Zoo Miami, Fruit & Spice Park and the Deering Estate at Cutler; • Kayak Fishing; • Canoe Adventures; • South Florida Birding Tours;

• Trap/Skeet Rounds at Trail Glades Range; • All-Inclusive Tennis, Golf and Soccer Packages, and • Annual Marina Boat Ramp Passes. There’s also the option to “go green” with “Adopt-A-Park” or “Adopt-A-Tree” packages, so your loved one can be part of a living legacy that they can enjoy for years to come. The Parkstore site is easy to browse and major credit cards are accepted. Purchases are shipped to the customer within a week and the option for overnight delivery is available at an additional charge. All of these great non-traditional holiday gift options are just a click away at MiamiDade County Parks’ Parkstore, by visiting <http://parkstore.miamidade.gov>.

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juices, coffee, tea, eggs, sausage, bacon, country style potatoes, and fruit. This holiday season Zoo Miami is hostHoliday Breakfast with the Zoo Squad ing a variety of exciting and fun activities admission includes zoo admission, parkfor everyone. ing, an all day pass for the Guests can enjoy thoumonorail and an all-youGuests can enjoy sands of beautiful animalcan-eat hot breakfast. shaped lights and dazzling General admission is t h o u s a n d s o f tree lights as they stroll the $24.95 plus tax per adult; zoo during the nine nights $22.95 plus tax per child beautiful animalof Zoo Lights; they can age 3-12. Zoo members are enjoy a Holiday Breakfast shaped lights and $19.95 plus tax per adult; with the Zoo Squad, and $17.95 plus tax per child. d a z z l i n g t re e l i g h t s Children ages 2 and under watch the animals open their specially prepared are free. a s t h e y s t ro l l t h e gifts during Holiday Gifts To make a reservation for the Animals. and purchase tickets, go to z o o d u r i n g t h e n i n e shop.zoomiami.org, The zoo’s glorious call grounds come to light for n i g h t s o f Z o o L i g h t s . Group Sales at 305-251nine brilliant nights during 0400, ext. 84993 or 84951 Zoo Lights, Dec. 20-30 or email <zoogroup(excludes Dec. 24-25) from 7 to 10 p.m. sales@miamidade.gov>. (ticket booths close at 9:30 p.m.). Guests Included with admission, Holiday Gifts can enjoy thousands of bright animal- for the Animals takes place on select days shaped lights along the walkways, listen to in December, including Christmas Day. wonderful holiday music, sip hot choco- Visitors will be entertained watching the late, munch on delicious cookies, take a animals joyfully open holiday gifts prespin on the carousel, “ice skate,” and have pared by zookeepers and volunteers. your picture taken with Santa. Check the website for exact dates, times General admission is only $5 per person and description. plus tax. Included with admission is a pair On your way out, stop at the gift shop of 3D glasses, which will make the Zoo and find that perfect gift for that perfect Lights experience even more engaging and someone. amusing. Food, beverages, carousel rides, Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 “ice skating,” and photos with Santa are all St. General zoo admission is $15.95/adult available at additional costs. and $11.95/child (3-12) plus tax. Guests interested in celebrating the holi- Children under 3, zoo members and parkdays at the zoo can also attend a Holiday ing are free. Zoo Lights and Holiday Breakfast with the Zoo Squad on Dec. 21, Breakfast with the Zoo Squad are special 8-9:30 a.m. In addition to photos with the events with separate admission prices. To Zoo Squad mascots, Gigi the giraffe and save time, buy your tickets online at Kaz the rhino, guests can start their day shop.zoomiami.org. Zoo Miami’s regular right with an all-you-can-eat hot breakfast hours are 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; ticket that includes an assortment of fresh fruit booths close at 4 p.m.


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Two-day concert pays tribute to composer Ernesto Lecuona BY MARIA M. FLORES

New World School of the Arts will pay homage to legendary Cuban pianist and composer Ernesto Lecuona on the 50th anniversary of his death. The first in the NWSA Latin Music Legends series, the two-day concert is hosted by NWSA dean of music Dr. Milton Rubén Laufer, featuring soprano Marina De Ratmiroff, pianist Ciro Foderé, and the New World School of the Arts Chamber Orchestra, directed by Brent Mounger. Ernesto Lecuona concert takes place on Dec. 14, 8 p.m., and Dec. 15, 3 p.m., in the Koubek Center Auditorium, 2705 SW Third St. General admission is $20. Students and seniors are $10 with discount codes (Students: GROUP50 / Seniors: SENIOR). Tickets are available at <http://nwsa.mdc.edu>. “The goal of this concert is to preserve the works of these masters,” Laufer said. “Our mission is not only to educate our students, help them hone their craft and foster their passion for the arts, but also to offer them a legacy to which they can relate. We want them to discover and explore this music and keep it alive — whether they ultimately devote themselves to it as performers or listeners.” As the organizer of the NWSA Latin Music Legends series, Laufer’s involvement in the concert is akin to a “curator of an art exhibition.”

“It wasn’t about choosing Imitating the sound of a readily available music nightingale bird, Lecuona scores. For this particular wrote Escucha al Ruiseñor concert we have had to do for legendary Cuban colextensive research and field oratura soprano, Rosario work since Ernesto Garcia Orellana. Without a Lecuona’s original music is copy of the original music, so difficult to find,” Laufer began the arduous explained Laufer who will process of penning the score be playing the complete by hand, listening to an origSuite of Andalucia on the inal 1930s recording. Most piano, accompanied by the recently, however, he was NWSA Chamber Orchestra. able to secure a hand-written In addition, Laufer will be photocopy of the original offering short lectures on the music, allowing him and De individual music offered durRatmiroff more time to Marina De Ratmiroff (Photo courtesy of NWSA) ing the concert and will highrehearse and prepare for the ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– light their significance. He more historical/ educational also will discuss the process of “modifying” portion of the concert. some of it for simultaneous interpretation on Also in the repertoire is Rapsodia Negra, piano and orchestra. The Suite includes: which Ernesto Lecuona premiered at the Córdoba, Andalucia, Alhambra, Gitanerías, Cuban Liberation Day Concert at Carnegie Guadalquivir and the ever-popular Malagueña, Hall on Oct. 10, 1943, and dedicated to which premiered at New York’s Roxy Theatre in Carmelina Delfín. One of the three works 1927. Lecuona wrote for piano and orchestra, this “One of the most interesting pieces we piece is a “mosaic” of themes from zarzuelas will present is Escucha al Ruiseñor,” by Lecuona. With his sister Ernestina, who explained Laufer, who will be performing also appeared as pianist, the concert received the four-minute piece on piano alongside De exceptional mentions by The New York Ratmiroff. “It is rare to obtain a copy of this Times, which hailed his work “clean-cut and score because not only was it pressed in brilliant.” Rapsodia Negra will be presented Cuba, but it is also out of print.” on two pianos, featuring NWSA faculty

member and respected pianist Ciro Foderé. Ernesto Lecuona was a Cuban composer and pianist who lived from 1895 until 1963. Born in Havana Cuba, of Canarian and Cuban descent, he was a child prodigy who attained worldwide respect and recognition for his contribution to music. Hailed as the “Cuban Gershwin,” he is credited with raising Cuban music to classical status. Lecuona, who at age 5 had mastered five songs including La Mersellesa and the Cuban national anthem under the tutelage of his sister Ernestina Lecuona, also a recognized pianist, gave his first concert when he was just 5. He composed his first song at the age of 11 — Cuba y America, a two-step, which became part of the repertoire of Cuban military bands. A prolific composer of songs and music for stage and film, Ernesto Lecuona composed more than 400 songs, 176 piano pieces, 50-plus theater works, 31 orchestral scores, half dozen compositions for piano and orchestra, three violin works, a trio, five ballets and 11 film scores. Lecuona graduated from the National Conservatory of Havana with a Gold Medal for interpretation when he was seventeen. For information about New World School of the Arts visit <http://nwsa.mdc.edu> or call 305-237-3135. For information about the music program at NWSA, or about this concert, call the music hotline at 305-237-7855.

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Mouse King, the musical makes it’s world premiere BY MICHAEL MUT

Arriving just in time for the holidays, Mouse King, a delightfully entertaining family friendly musical, will make its world premiere with two special performances at Miami’s Mandelstam Theater, 8530 SW 57 Ave., on Friday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. Conceived and created by renowned puppeteer Noel MacNeal — a leading light behind television’s Sesame Street and Disney’s Bear in the Big Blue House — and featuring original music written by South Florida’s highly acclaimed musician and composer Jim Camacho, Mouse King revisits the story of the seasonal favorite The Nutcracker, while adding an entirely different twist. This original stage spectacular tells the story of The Nutcracker from an as-yetunseen perspective — the point of view of the mice characters — and, in the process, gives that perennial classic an imaginative new emphasis through the lens of modern musical theater. A cast of professional performers and puppeteers and supported by a group of local child actors has been specially selected to bring this family-friendly holiday production

to life. Tickets for Mouse King cost $20 and can be obtained via Brown Paper Tickets at <http://mousekingmusical.brownpapertickets.com> or 1-800-838-3006.


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Epiphany Catholic School students participate in hurricane exercise BY LEE STEPHENS

As HurrEvac computer images show Category 3 Hurricane Patricia getting closer to South Florida’s coastline, Mayor Patrick Cahill orders his fellow Epiphany Catholic School students to put out a fire in an evacuation shelter and relocate 1,000 residents to other evac centers in the area. “There are lives at stake, so let’s get this done,” he demands. Cahill and Emergency Management directors Katarina Sanchez and Daniel Gaviria were shouldering the responsibility of supervising Emergency Support Functions (ESFs in emergency management parlance) being handled by their classmates — Fire-Fighting, Transportation, Law Enforcement, Urban Search and Rescue, Health and Medical, Food and Water and Mass Care, to name a few — to ensure that the dispossessed people were properly relocated to other shelters and safe from the approaching storm. In the meantime, student meteorologists Katerina Molina, Alicia Pagliery and Alejandro Quevedo were briefing student reporters in order to keep the general public apprised of Patricia’s whereabouts and strength. As soon as the fire in the evacuation shelter was resolved, a gasoline truck overturned on a major evacuation route, leaving thousands of motorists stranded. Gas from the truck was spilling all over the road and motorists were overheated and thirsty with tempers flaring. To make things worse, family pets were jumping from the car windows and escaping into the woods. Again, Mayor Cahill had to depend on his ESFs to resolve this perilous situation. “We need to remove the truck, contain the spill and get bottled water out to these people as soon as possible. We also need to locate the animals and return them to their owners,” he demanded. “Get Hazardous

Materials, Resource Management, Mass Care Animal Services on it. We need to move fast.” After Patricia’s passage, things got even worse. The students faced equally challenging emergencies such as several hundred senior citizens stranded on an island due to an Intracoastal bridge being slammed into by an ocean tanker. “We’ve sent boats, helicopters and anything we can,’” Cahill said. “The ship is also spreading fuel all over the water and a few of the elderly need immediate evacuation.” In the meantime, a hospital was overcrowded with storm victims, medical resources virtually exhausted and basic water and food provisions also were used up. The hospital was on auxiliary power, making it difficult to perform basic surgical procedures. Also, parts of the city were virtually underwater from rain and storm surge, with people and their pets perilously stranded on rooftops and dangling from trees. Ninety students spent the morning of Nov. 15 at the Miami-Dade Emergency Operations Center in Doral, participating in a special hurricane preparedness exercise sponsored by StormZone, a South Florida-based non-profit program where they planned for and recovered from Category 3 Hurricane Patricia. StormZone, sponsored by the American Red Cross, CBS4’s Neighbors 4 Neighbors, and the International Hurricane Research Center at Florida International University, is a free online hurricane science education and preparedness program offered to public and private schools. The program specifically helps students understand the importance of advance preparation when confronted with a natural disaster such as a hurricane. Since 2006, StormZone has been taught in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach County

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schools throughout hurricane season which ended Nov. 30. Aimee B. Bojorquez, Emergency Management Coordinator, Office of Emergency Management, at the MiamiDade Fire Rescue Department, welcomed the students prior to the exercise, describing the Emergency Operations Center as a central coordination point for supporting the response to countywide emergencies and disasters. “The StormZone Program provides a realistic disaster scenario for students to role play leadership positions and learn how government manages disasters in a truly collaborative partnership,” she stated. At the conclusion of the exercise, student Mayor Cahill conducted a press conference assisted by student public information offi-

cers, Emily Salado and Antonella Cardenal, to inform student reporters on preparedness measures that were taken before the storm and recovery efforts after its passage. The first question asked was, “were any lives lost?” “No” said a relieved Cahill. “Through this interactive exercise, students learn about emergency management, make the decisions necessary to respond to a disaster in their community and develop a recovery plan,” said Bay Proby, StormZone director. “This classroom experience also lets students learn about the importance of individual responsibility, organizational collaboration and project management skills when confronted with a hurricane.” For more information about StormZone, visit online at <www.stormzone.us>.


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Woodystock concert in Grove surpasses its fundraising goal

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You have heard of Woodstock but may not have heard of a recent concert held right in our own backyard. On Sept. 21, Reggae-pop phenomenon Cris Cab was the headliner for a very successful benefit concert, Woodystock, so named for the nonprofit it benefits, the Woody Foundation. More than 1,000 people gathered at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove for this free grassroots event, designed with music and art lovers in mind. This first benefit concert served as a homecoming for reggae-pop sensation Cris Cab. Cab, who grew up in Miami and attended Christopher Columbus High School, was delighted to perform in front of family, friends and fans, along with fellow local musicians Jahfe, ArtOfficial and Lance-O of Kulcha Shok Muzik. Twenty-year-old Cab, who blends pop, reggae and soul, has been mentored by Pharrell Williams and Wyclef Jean. Cab, who has over 10 million YouTube views, performed his hits, including Good Girls. In addition, Woodystock featured wellknown Miami artist Jona Cerwinske who

painted a mural during the event and donated it to the foundation to be auctioned after the concert. An outdoor gallery also featured artwork from other local artists. Best of all, the event surpassed its $25,000 fundraising goal with funds directed to the Woody Foundation, a nonprofit organization that strives to raise funds and awareness of spinal cord injuries. This inaugural concert was coordinated by Woody Foundation board member Tom Cabrerizo, of CFH Group, a full-service real estate development and management company. The concert’s success came in large part through Cabrerizo’s success in attracting sponsorships from such businesses as All-Go Construction, BankUnited, City National Bank, Kramer & Associates, KW Property Management, Pacifica Companies and SunTrust Bank. The Woody Foundation was founded by James “Woody” Beckham, who suffered a life-changing spinal cord injury while making a rugby tackle in January 2011. For more information on the Woody Foundation, visit <www.woodyfoundation.org>.

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Water Matters: Modernization plan to pay for itself in years to come By Jennifer L. Skold The holiday season is in full swing and many of us have checklists of things that must get done: presents to buy and wrap, cards to send, and family and friends to visit. This time of year also allows many of us to pause and reflect on what has happened over the previous 365 days as well as plan for a brighter future. The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) is no different. In 2013, WASD began a 15- to 20-year project that will cost $12.6 billion. This was a result of the fact that our treatment plants and infrastructure are aging—up to 80 years old in some cases—and need to be upgraded or replaced. The county’s water and sewer infrastructure has been serving more than 2.3 million residents, as well as thousands of visitors and tourists every day. The fact is that time and usage have taken their toll, and we have to act now to preserve the quality of our water and integrity of our wastewater system As of this past Oct. 1, there was an 8 percent rate increase for customers, yet the average residential bill has only risen $3.36 a month. So, for what amounts to pennies more a day per household, we’re able The Miami-Dade Water to invest toward improveand Sewer Department is ments that will help us to the largest water and sewer continue delivering supeutility in the Southeastern rior services our current United States and even with and future residents for the rate increase; our rates decades to come. remain among the lowest in Upgrading the county’s the state and country. infrastructure will also result in improved fire capacity, environmental improvements, economic growth and increased capacity. WASD recently completed its first major capital improvement project—a complex $77.5 million utility relocation project at Government Cut that increases both water and sewer capacity for the county’s northern municipalities. It was completed both on-time and within budget. WASD is investing in the future because our water is worth it.


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Turley Jewelers hosts “Live Like Bella”

By Gail Shivel Turley Jewelers hosted an elegant evening event November 21 to support “Live Like Bella”, a not-for-profit that supports families enduring pediatric cancer. “When we opened the new store and had more space, we wanted to give back,” said Charlotte De Paula, who owns Turley Jewelers with her husband, Eddie. “We’re people of faith, so we want to give back to God as well. If we can make a difference, that’s what we really want.” Turley Jewelers’ new location opened this past spring at 11219 South Dixie Highway. Bella Rodriguez-Torres was an extraordinary human being who died in May 2013 at age 10 of cancer. The foundation that carries her name and her legacy is raising funds for pediatric cancer research, recreational support for families of children being treated for cancer, and support for memorials for families who have lost a child. “Typically one parent has had to quit working to become a caregiver and people have run through their money for the medical care,” said Bella’s father, Raymond Rodriguez-Torres, chairman of “Live Like Bella.” “For myself I don’t care what kind of monument I have, but unfortunately I will be visiting Bella’s grave for the next 60 years, and we want to help families with that aspect of things as well. “I miss Bella with every fiber of my being. I had the immense privilege of learning from my child, and the essence of her lesson is that it is not the weight of the load that breaks us, rather how we choose to carry it.” In early 2012, the phrase “Live Like Bella” went viral following a post by her mother, Shannah, on Facebook. She challenged the world to go out and live the experiences her daughter, then confined to a bed at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, could not enjoy at the time. Despite a diagnosis of an aggressive stage 4 childhood cancer in 2007, when she was four, Bella went on, with intensive therapy, to live a life filled with joy, prayer and

Charlotte De Paula (left) from Turley Jewelers, with Bella’s mom, Shannah Rodriquez-Torres (center) along with the ladies from Princess Productions,who donated their tips from the evening to Live Like Bella.

inspiration of others. Despite her parents’ being told she would never walk again in 2007, she regained full mobility and the ability to run, jump and dance. Bella was extraordinarily devout for so young a child, frequently praying for other children in the cancer hospitals where she spent so much of her life. “Bella had a special connection to the Virgin Mary,” her father said, “and as she died the music we were playing for her had cycled around to ‘Ave Maria’.” Bella’s viewing, funeral and interment were attended by thousands and covered by local, national and global news organizations. More than 200 police officers and first responders attended her funeral Mass (Bella was an Honorary Chief of the City of Miami Police). Turley Jewelers has created a special bracelet made of recycled-paper beads from beadforlife.org, a not-for-profit that helps women in Uganda become independent by running small businesses. Bella Bracelets - Beads by Bead for Life Owner Eddie De Paula made a (made by women in Uganda beadforlife.org) and silver handmade prototype for cast-metal “B”’s at Turley Jewelers priced at $12. All profits go to Live Like Bella.

in Bella’s handwriting that were added as charms to the bracelets. The bracelets can be purchased for $12 at Turley Jewelers, with 100% of the proceeds going to Live Like Bella. Just in time for holiday shopping, and

through December 24, Turley Jewelers will donate a portion of all sales of fine jewelry to “Live Like Bella.” For more information, call Turley Jewelers at 305-252-1123.

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‘Smart’ wireless tech toys top many Miami gift lists this year By Lee Stephens High-tech “smart” accessories will be some of the hottest items and biggest sellers -- especially in the Miami area -- this holiday season, according to Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest wireless technology company. Smart accessories include remote-control vehicles; fitness gear; games; high-fidelity wireless speakers and headphones; devices to care for your car, home, pets and families; and other gadgets; all of which communicate with your smartphone or tablet. “We’re very mobile and love to have the newest, coolest shiny things here in Miami,” said Mariano Legaz, Florida region president of Verizon Wireless. “Smart accessories will make great gifts for the tech lover on your list, and they work with almost any iPhone, Android, Windows phone, Blackberry and more.” Some of these smart accessories include: -- Remote-control tech toys such as the Parrot® AR.Drone 2.0 Elite helicopter and the Griffin MOTO TC Rally off-road remote-control race car. -- Other fun and games such as Crayola DigiTools art gadgets and Moga game controllers. -- Fitness devices such as Fitbit activity trackers, Jawbone UP fitness wristband, Mo-

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toACTV from Motorola, heart monitors, and "smartscales." -- High-definition Bluetooth speakers and headphones from Bose, Beats Jawbone Jambox, Sol Republic and more. -- The Delphi Connect which monitors

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you smartphone and tablet. -- Tagg Pet Tracker which helps keep you pet home and safe. Tagg alerts your phone if your pet leaves the yard, and uses GPS real-time tracking to help you quickly find your furry family member. These smart accessories are fun and effec tive when communicating with the lates smartphones and tablets such as iPhones iPads, Android devices, Windows phone and Blackberries, especially on a high-speed 4G LTE network. Verizon Wireless launched its most ad vanced 4G LTE technology in Miami in De cember 2010 and has been rapidly reinforcing it here ever since. “Smart accessories and 4G LTE technolo gies offer something for just about anyone,” Legaz said. “It’s going to be easy to find many options, but maybe hard to choose jus one gift, when shoppers come into a store full of these tech toys.” Miami area Verizon Wireless stores in clude: Coral Gables at 2201 Ponce de Leon Boulevard; Doral at 1450 NW 87 Avenue Hialeah at 1599 West 49 Street; Kendall a 11600 North Kendall Drive; and North Miami at 14744 Biscayne Boulevard. For more detailed information, visi www.verizonwireless.com.

Adding a New Dimension to Breast Health BY DONNA SHELLEY Dr. Leslie Frost has opened a new office and third location for the Comprehensive Breast Care Center at 10300 Sunset Drive. She has the newest technology in breast imaging; 3D mammography or breast tomosynthesis. Dr. Frost is committed to providing the best and most personalized service for women’s health. Modern, two-dimensional mammograms have been available to women since about 1970. The test, a low-dosage x-ray image of the breast has proven effective in early detection of breast cancer and for diagnostic testing of abnormalities in breast tissue. A powerful tool, the mammogram has been extremely important to the fight against this nation’s most prevalent form of cancer among woman. Now, with the addition of 3D imaging, doctors can see the breast tissue in greater detail, from many different angles. Likened to turning the pages of a book, the doctor or radiologist can see the condition of the breast tissue in one millimeter slices at a time. This method creates a clearer picture and

addresses the primary limitations of 2D imaging, the superimposition of normal breast tissue. “3D mammography is very exciting new technology for breast radiologists. It significantly increases the sensitivity of the mammogram particularly when evaluating dense breast tissue, which so many women have. Breast tomosynthesis allows us to see through the best tissue in more detail so that we can find cancer earlier. And we better evaluate areas of concern reducing the need for additional studies,” stated Dr. Frost. With 3D imaging, the outcome can not only distinguish between tumors and dense, healthy tissue, it can mean fewer diagnostic tests and unnecessary biopsies. Regular breast exams and annual mammograms should be part of a woman’s routine health regimen if she is over 40 or in a group that is at high risk of breast cancer. The most prevalent form of cancer among women in the country, breast cancer ranks second only to lung cancer in number of deaths it causes in this demographic. Hispanic-

American women (the most common cause of death from all cancers) and African-American woman (who have a lower incidence of breast cancer than Caucasian women, but tend not to have the mammograms necessary for early detection of cancer) are two groups who are at risk, as well as those who lack health insurance? Dr. Frost reminds women that 85 percent of breast cancer occurs in those who have no family history of the disease. As it turns out, the most significant factors for breast cancer are gender (female) and age (growing older). Although it is rare, men, too can have breast cancer. The good news is that the five-year survival rate for breast cancer found in its earliest stages is 88 percent. Dr. Frost is a board certified radiologist and breast imaging specialist. She has designed her practice to provide her patients with individualized service and attention. She reads all the test results and discusses the tests with each of her patients. In addition to breast health services, Breast Care Centers provide diagnostic breast ultrasound, breast

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Miami pays tribute to its philanthropic community BY LEE STEVENS

Close to 650 guests joined event chair Karelia Martinez Carbonell and chapter president Patrick Morris as they hosted the 28th annual National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon at Jungle Island. In 1985, the Miami chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals initiated the nation’s first National Philanthropy Day event. Today, more than 50,000 people in 130 countries around the world participate in National Philanthropy Day celebrations. The luncheon pays tribute to Miami’s philanthropic community. This year, trust company TIAA-CREF joined in honoring Miami philanthropists as the event’s Diamond Partner. TIAA-CREF Trust Company, founded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, provides estate planning and fiduciary services for individuals, families, foundations and other institutions. The event garnered one of the largest crowds in event history. Guests mingled and visited among pop artist Romero Britto’s whimsical centerpieces that spelled out words such as “Dream,” “Joy,” and “Hope.” Cynthia Demos, CBS4 news anchor, served as emcee and helped honor this year’s award winners: Roe and Penny Stamps, Lifetime Achievement Award; Bruce and Tracey

Berkowitz, Outstanding Philanthropist Award; Jorge Luis and Marile Lopez, Outstanding Volunteer Award; Barbara L. Romani, regional director for Community Development, accepted the Julia Tuttle Award for Community Involvement and Corporate Citizenship on behalf of the Citi Foundation; Michael Spring, director, accepted the Outstanding Grant Maker Award on behalf of the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs. Sallie Byrd, chapter past president presented the Joyce Galya Scholarship to Mary Morgan Radcliff. The event also featured a dynamic video produced by Aaron Glickman with clips from community leaders (representing the nominating organizations) including University of Miami president Donna Shalala; Barry University president Sr. Linda Bevilacqua; Northern Trust South Florida Region president Edward Joyce; Miami Marlins Foundation executive director Alfred Mesa; The Education Fund president Linda Lecht, and Adrienne Arsht Center president John Richard. Platinum sponsors for the event included: Baptist Health South Florida, Comcast, FIU, Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez, Penny and Roe Stamps, The Miami Foundation, and WPBT2. For more information about National Philanthropy Day and AFP Miami, visit <www.afpmiami.org>.

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SAMA’s Rides ’n Smiles brings youngsters to Speedway BY RON BEASLEY

Automotive Editor The Southern Automotive Media Association’s (SAMA) sixth annual Rides ’n Smiles event at Homestead-Miami Speedway in late November put smiles on the faces of about 150 ailing kids fighting cancer, patients at Baptist Children’s and Miami Children’s hospitals. Rides ’n Smiles is the brainchild of MotorSports racing legend and SAMA president-elect Bill Adam. He conceived the idea of convincing auto manufacturers to lend SAMA their hottest and most exotic vehicles for use in the event. Then he persuaded Homestead-Miami Speedway officials to donate their facility and staff for a day, thus enabling SAMA members to host the event. Over the years, other private entities and individuals have joined Adam and SAMA to expand the scope of the project. This year he added an exotic car show at Homestead Air Reserve Base specifically for base personnel. Adam hand-picks SAMA members to drive the cars on the day of Rides ’n Smiles. Those automotive journalists are charged with spending the day giving the kids safe fast-paced three-lap rides around the Speedway road course, which, as the event name suggests, is meant to put smiles on the kids’ faces. “Seven years ago I was asked by Children’s Wish Canada to take children with terminal cancer for rides at Mosport race track in Canada,” Adam said, when asked how he came up with the idea for Rides ’n Smiles. “My friend, who volunteered me, accurately predicted that I’d get even more out of the day than the kids would, and he was right!” Adam, a former Pinecrest resident who now lives in Fort Lauderdale, thought the concept would be an ideal project for

Rides ’n Smiles founder Bill Adam is interviewed by automotive journalist Javier Mota at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

SAMA. Officials agreed and he began working on the first event seven years ago. Today, Rides ’n Smiles has evolved into a major automotive event, with 10 auto manufacturers this year lending their vehicles, Homestead-Miami Speedway donating use of the track, as well as safety and security personnel; Cadillac dispatching its racing team; the Ferrari Racing Team from Fort Lauderdale attending; Hyundai Motor America hosting lunch for the volunteers and drivers, and multiple private entities contributing cars, goods and services. More than 200 children — including those from military families from the nearby Homestead Air Reserve Base — turned out for this year’s Rides ’n Smiles and were given three fast laps around the Speedway’s road course in some of the fastest and most exotic cars on the highway

today, including a new Corvette Stingray, Jaguar’s new F-Type Roadster, a Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, Dodge’s exciting new Viper SRT and Nissan’s hot GT-R sports car and Hyundai’s sleek little threedoor Veloster. Ford, Chevrolet, Audi and Mazda also sent their hottest cars for the event. Also putting smiles on the kids’ faces this year were several exotic, privately owned cars. Bob Panoff brought along a supercharged Viper and Dodge Challenger, while Ron Vogel drove his gleaming new 2014 Maserati. Tom Gonzales gave rides to the kids in his garage-kept Corvette ZR-1 (he only drives the car once a year for Rides ’n Smiles), and German Botero piloted his vintage Porsche 356 race car. And Adam was all smiles as he drove William Scherer’s classic Ford GT.

A special treat for the kids was the arrival of the Cadillac Racing Team from Detroit with champion driver Andy Pilgrim. Also making the day more exciting was the appearance of the Ferrari Racing Team from Fort Lauderdale and the 2012 championship Dodge from Penske Racing. All of the teams gave on-track demonstrations of each car’s speed and power. At the same time, there were several rare and unusual vehicles on display for the youngsters’ enjoyment, including a Testa Rosa Sport Speciale from the Creative Workshop of Dania Beach; an authentic U.S. Army Humvee from SFC Joseph Hawkins; a 1968 Ford Mustang from Kris Adam; a Porsche Carrera GT; a Ferrari 458 Challenge race car from Henrik Hedman; a 1996 Corvette; a 2013 Ferrari from Kris Kavanaugh, and Myles Kornblatt brought along a museum-housed classic 1962 Corvette. Homestead-Miami Speedway treated the kids to a tasty lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs in the cafeteria, while drivers and volunteers from SAMA and the airbase were given a barbecue lunch courtesy of Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels project. All of the kids were awarded certificates from the Homestead-Miami Speedway confirming their 100 mph speed on the race track and each took home a gift bag stuffed with about $75 worth of auto-related goodies, including a back pack from Jeep, T-shirts from SAMA and Cadillac. Hot Wheels model cars from attorney Lance Joseph and Beanie Babies from SAMA members Angelica and Joe Willard. Adam said he already is thinking about how to make Rides ’n Smiles better in 2014. “I’ll start work on next year’s event in the next few weeks as I like to plant seeds and get things rolling while everyone is enthused and also full of the Christmas spirit of giving,” he said.


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Kia Sorento redesigned for 2014; given new engine platform Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS After spending a week behind the wheel of the Kia Sorento, I now understand why the people who own them have been raving about them. They are just that special. For 2014, Sorento adds a top-of-the-line trim level to its lineup — the SX Limited — and the popular U.S.-built crossover vehicle has been given an all-new platform, sophisticated new styling cues and significant improvement to ride, handling and comfort. In fact, over 80 percent of the parts are either all-new or significantly redesigned, including a new 3.3-liter GDI V-6 engine. The all-aluminum V-6 powerplant produces 290 hp at 6,400 rpm and 252 poundsfeet of torque at 5,200 rpm. It’s available optionally on the LX and EX and as standard equipment in the SX and SX Limited. Power is routed to either the front wheels or, optionally, to all four wheels using an enhanced Torque On Demand all-wheel

drive system that seamlessly directs power to the tire with the most traction. Also new is Torque Vectoring Cornering Control (TVCC) that aids stability under certain driving conditions, The 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder engine also is back for 2014 as standard equipment in the LX and EX and replaces the previously standard 2.4-liter MPI 4-cylinder. With 191 hp at 6,300 rpm and 181 poundsfeet of torque at a low 4,250 rpm, the lightweight all-aluminum powerplant is efficient enough for day-to-day driving demands. Sorento comes standard with a smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Also standard, electric power steering replaces the hydraulic unit from the 2013 model, which improves steering feel and reduces weight. The new available FlexSteer offers drivers a choice of three steering modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport. The 2014 Sorento rides on an all-new chassis that increases torsional rigidity by 18 percent for improved ride and handling. To the rear, a reinforced multi-link setup utilizes new bushings and mounts to better isolate road noise vibration, while the compact design allows for more interior space. Redesigned front and rear fascias

New Kia Sorento rides has a lower, broader look from the front and a wider stance at the rear.

enhance the Sorento’s road presence with a lower, broader look from the front and a wider stance at the rear. The new Sorento rides on redesigned 17-, 18- and — a first for the Kia CUV — larger 19-inch wheels. On the inside, the new Sorento has a redesigned instrument panel that combines technology with ergonomics. On EX trims and above, the large center gauge cluster features a seven-inch TFT LCD that projects a digital speedometer flanked by easyto-read analog instruments for the

tachometer, fuel level and engine temp. The TFT LCD readout also displays trip and vehicle information, along with navigation updates (optional). The MSRP on the 2014 Kia Sorento ranges from $24,100 to $40,100. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.


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Diabetes and women — what you should know BY DR. E. ROBERT SCHWARTZ

Over the last few decades in the United States, there has been a growing prevalence of obesity throughout our society. Those who are overweight are more likely to be predisposed to diabetes – a chronic disease that is often referred to as the “silent killer” because its symptoms can go unnoticed. The simple and deadly fact is that many people do not know that they have the disease, so it’s important to be aware of the many risk factors. Early childhood obesity is a possible predictor of diabetes. Asian, Hispanic and African American women with an increased body mass index have a greater risk for developing diabetes than the general population. Family history is also a factor. If you have a sibling with diabetes, your chances of developing the disease are two to three times greater. If your mother or father is diabetic, your risk jumps to five to six times greater. Other important factors

that also increase your risk of being diagnosed with the disease include eating a poor diet high in fats, doing little exercise, smoking and drinking large quantities of alcoholic beverages. Diabetes affects women differently than men because the disease can affect both mothers and their unborn children. Pregnant women can be diagnosed with gestational diabetes, which can cause difficulties during pregnancy. Women with diabetes are also more likely to have a heart attack than women without diabetes. WHY DOES DIABETES OCCUR? Every cell in the body needs sugar to help it function normally. Sugar is helped across the cell membrane of all of our tissues by a hormone produced in the pancreas called insulin. When there is not enough insulin – or for some reason the pancreas does not produce it – then sugar builds up in the blood stream and can damage your tissues. When you have diabetes, one of the first places the sugar is dumped is into your urine. In ancient times, diabetes was actually diagnosed by tasting the urine.

There are two types of diabetes. Type 2 or diabetes mellitus, which is more common, does not cause many symptoms in the beginning. One of the early symptoms you may notice is the need to urinate more often. You may also become very thirsty and might develop blurred vision. If not diagnosed early on, Type 2 diabetes can cause many serious medical problems later in life. Heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, vision problems, including possible blindness, and loss of feeling in fingers and toes are all possible complications of untreated diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is caused by the inability of your pancreas to produce insulin or to produce very little of it. The symptoms of this type of diabetes are much more severe and can cause one to become very sick, very quickly. Fatigue, mental disorientation, dehydration and many other complications are often associated with Type 1 diabetes. The good news is that early detection can help minimize many of these serious medical complications. Diet, exercise, and medications can help lower the blood sugar and keep it in

normal ranges. Individuals with Type 1 diabetes will most likely need to be on a regimen of insulin, which is delivered by injections on a regular basis. For many people who are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, usually the first approach to treatment is to make lifestyle changes. These include regular exercise, eating healthily and losing weight if you are overweight or obese. Some patients may also need medications that reduce high levels of blood glucose. To find out if you have diabetes or are at risk, make an appointment with your primary care doctor. A few simple tests of the urine and blood can determine if you have diabetes or are at risk for it. Early detection is the best way to help you live a healthy lifestyle. Dr. E. Robert Schwartz is a board certified family physician at Jackson Memorial Hospital and professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He may be contacted via email at <eschwartz@med.miami.edu>.


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NICU event reunites former patients and families with BCH medical staff During the 21st annual Baptist Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) reunion, former patients and their families were reunited with the doctors and nurses who cared for them during their hospital stay. More than 500 children and their families attended the event to celebrate the milestones the children have made since leaving the hospital. Children were treated to face painting, clowns, train rides and more.

Maximus, Marcus and Macello Arango and their parents celebrated at the event. The triplets were born at 26 weeks and spent nearly four months in the George Batchelor/ Gloria Vasta Lewis NICU at Baptist Children’s Hospital.

Facial Plastic Surgery with Dr. Bustillo Dr. Bustillo, My daughter wants to have a rhinoplasty. We have consulted with two doctors and they both said completely different things. One wants to remove the bump on the bridge, narrow the sides, and leave the tip alone. The second physician wants to do the same and he also says that the tip needs to be defined and strengthened so that it doesn’t droop. I am so confused? Help? Bernadette Dear Bernadette, Well, I think its normal to be confused when two surgeons offer completely different advise. There are two basic types of rhinoplasty. Reductive and Structural. Reductive rhinoplasty is an antiquated technique. The thought is that by removing bone and cartilage, the nose is made smaller. I strongly believe that a smaller nose is not necessarily a better-looking nose. Today’s advanced rhinoplasty surgeons reshape the nose should by changing the shape of the cartilages. They also add cartilage grafts to maintain the shape of the nose through time. While I can’t tell you which surgeon will have the better result, there are some things you can do to help you decide. Make sure he is board certified in facial plastic surgery or plastic surgery, ask to see many before and after pictures, make sure he performs a good number of rhinoplasty procedures, and most importantly, make sure you feel comfortable with him. Good Luck,

Andres Bustillo, MD You can submit your questions to andres@drbustillo.com Andres Bustillo is a board certified facial plastic surgeon. 305-663-3380 www.drbustillo.com

Neonatologist Ernesto Valdez, MD, was happy to be reunited with his former patient Daniel Gutierrez, 3, and his family. Daniel was in the George Batchelor/Gloria Vasta Lewis NICU at Baptist Children’s Hospital for three (Photos by Alvaro Mata) months. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


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More than 700 job seekers attend Health and Job Fair

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Commission Vice Chair Lynda Bell and State Rep. Frank Artiles teamed to host a Health and Job Fair at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus on Saturday, Nov. 16. More than 700 job seekers attended this significant event in South Miami-Dade where they received vital information on current job openings offered by major companies such as Macy’s, AT&T, Jackson Health System, Trump Organization, U.S. Army, and Prudential Financial and Insurance. Participants also benefited from free health screenings from local healthcare organizations and institutions like the South Florida Chiropractic Center, Miami-

Dade College Medical School, as well as the Florida Department of Health, among others. In addition, job seekers also were given the opportunity to participate in a free food distribution offered by the Farm Share organization. “I am delighted to have had the opportunity to work closely with State Rep. Frank Artiles and his staff, in order to bring job seekers and employers together who are hiring in this struggling economy,” Bell said. “It is also most gratifying that the good folks at Farm Share, along with local healthcare organizations, were on hand to provide complimentary health screenings and distribute free food to struggling families in their time of need.”

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KRMC receives approval for General Surgery Residency BY PETER JUDE

pletes the lengthy process for accreditation as a training facility. Institutional accreditaKendall Regional Medical Center tion allows KRMC to establish additional (KRMC) has announced that on Nov. 7, the residencies in multiple specialties. “I am excited as we start to progress as a Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) granted initial teaching institution and also look forward to the accreditation of our new approval to begin the hospiInternal Medicine Residency tal’s first residency training program in January 2014,” said program for General Surgery. Scott A. Cihak, CEO of Kendall The General Surgery Regional Medical Center. Residency program will begin For more information about training residents in July 2014 the Surgical Residency Program and will open an initial 16 sursend email to <krmc.surgeryresgical training positions for idency@HCAHealthcare.com>. first, second, and third year Kendall Regional Medical candidates. A total of 24 resiCenter is a 412-bed, full-service dents are planned for the prohospital, located on Bird Road gram. The Surgery Residency (SW 40th Street) at Florida’s will be led by Mark G. Turnpike providing the residents McKenney, MD, MBA, of Miami-Dade County with 24FACS, who has more than 20 Dr. Mark G. McKenney hour comprehensive medical, trauyears of experience of teach––––––––––––––––– ma, surgical, behavioral health and ing and training physicians. Kendall Regional Medical Center also diagnostic services, along with a wide range of received initial institutional approval by the patient and community services. For additionAccreditation Council for Graduate Medical al information, call 305-222-2200, or visit Education as of July 1, 2013, which com- <www.kendallmed.com>.

Light The Night raises $800K for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society BY ALEXANDRA CURBELO

The 2013 annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Miami Walk, which raises funds for blood cancer research and provide support to patients and their families, took place Saturday, Nov. 16, at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. The event organized by the Southern Florida and Puerto Rico Chapter, raised approximately $800,000. More than 6,000 walkers and 50 corporate and family teams and sponsors participated in this year’s Miami Light The Night Walk. Before the walk, LLS Board of Trustees chair Lisa Geata welcomed the walkers, and Miami Light the Night chair Ralph Lawson, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Baptist Health South Florida, congratulated everyone on a successful fundraising season. LLS national CEO/president John Walter and local politicians also spoke, and a Remembrance Ceremony took place with candles lit in memory of loves ones lost to cancer. Later, through the leisurely one-mile walk, participants carried illuminated balloons — white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones. Thousands of walkers — men, women and

children — formed a community of caring, bringing light to the dark world of cancer. Each year, in communities all across the U.S. and Canada, teams of families, friends, co-workers and local and national corporations come together to raise funds and bring help and hope to people battling blood cancer. Millions of consumers also help by donating at retail outlets. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has invested more than $875 million in research targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. LLS has 59 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To reach the Southern Florida and Puerto Rico Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, call 1-954-744-5300 or visit <www.lls.org/sfl>.


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