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Parking, code enforcement unified; Pay-by-Space now operational

Another New Year’s Resolution ? Don’t be this guy BY SCOTT BAUMANN

GM, Fitness Together BY KIMBERLY PORTER

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ity parking and code enforcement departments have been unified and placed now directly under the responsibility of South Miami Police Department, according to City Manager Hector Mirabile in a report to City Commissioners January 4. The new structure places more focus on reducing crime and improving code compliance in what once unattended areas, he explained. In addition, South Miami’s new Pay-bySpace stations which began operation January 7 after meter heads were removed and replaced with signs directing parkers to remember space numbers and pay fees at the station. “Signs will be up to educate the public for a period of 30 days,” before being removed altogether, he added. In a separate statement, Mirabile reported that disinformation being spread in the community resulted from “Ms. Sharon McCain personally attacking certain elected officials and me… (making) accusations and assumptions that it is my desire to begin charging residents for their civic duty of reporting violations of the code or law.” Such accusations are totally false, he stated, and were taken out of context from an email sent by Mirabile. Under no circumstances will officials begin charging citizens for doing their civic duty, he noted. In his report to Commissioners, Mirabile expressed special appreciation towards the Public Works Department, noting “They are the unsung heroes, behind the scenes, making things happen.” Concerning the recent resignation of Public Works Director Armand Fritz, replaced by newly-appointed Interim Director Rudy de la Torre, Mirabile declared: “Rudy, you’ve got big shoes to fill.”

Snow place like Carolina for the holiday season

Pictured is Miami’s Community Newspapers staff member Yelany Rodriguez (holding a copy of the South Miami News) alongside family members (l-r) Luis Escarda, Yamila Del Oso, Marcelo Chialastri, Jennifer Sierra and Oscar Rodriguez as they visited a Christmas tree farm in Sparta, NC, over the holidays.

True story. At a holiday party, and a gentleman I know approaches me after he's had a few rum and cokes. Here's the gist... “Hey man- you're a trainer right?” “Uh, well, yes kind of.” “I need your help man. I've got to lose this stomach. (takes his hand from off of my arm, where he had been quickly sizing up my shoulder and tricep development and rubs his somewhat large buddha belly) I'm doing this soup diet. What do you think about that?” “Soup diet. Hmnnn. What does that consist of?” “Soup man. All soup. You know, you eat soup for lunch and soup for dinner. I don't really eat breakfast, I mean not going to have soup for breakfast, haha, and that's it. I mean, I'm off of it tonight because I'm drinking. (proceeds to stuff another fried cheese product into his

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UM’s Frost School of Music to present Stamp concerts BY ROBERT HAMILTON

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niversity of Miami Frost School of Music, together with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Distinguished Visitors Series, will be presenting its spring season of the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation

Distinguished Visitors Series. Committed to the enrichment of educational and artistic experiences for students at the Frost School of Music, philanthropists Roe and Penny Stamps established the

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Distinguished Visitors Series in 2003. The purpose of the series is to offer students the opportunity to expand their artistic and intellectual growth by providing unmatched educational experiences that continue the University of Miami’s tradition of excellence. Upcoming events include two lecture presentations and two performances by Frost music students and faculty — all with free admission. The first lecture, “The Concert Hall that Fell Asleep and Woke Up as a Car Radio,” will be given by Libby Larsen on Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. Larsen is a vigorous, articulate advocate for the music and musicians of our time. She is cofounder of the Minnesota Composers Forum (now American Composers Forum), a program that supports new composers and developing new markets for their music. She also is a Grammy Award winner with more than 400

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works spanning virtually in every genre from intimate vocal to massive orchestral music. There will be a performance by Frost School of Music students and faculty featuring the music of Libby Larsen on Jan. 25, 7 p.m., at the UM’s Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr. The series will end with a lecture presentation from Dr. Daniel Levitin, neuroscientist and best-selling author of This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession and The World in Six Songs. The lecture presentation will be on Mar. 3, 6 p.m., in the Fieldhouse at the BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Dr. For more information on this season of Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Distinguished Visitors Series call 305-284-4940 or visit the Frost School of Music website at <www.music.miami.edu>.

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Fiore reads it at The Big Cheese Newly elected Village of Palmetto Bay Councilman Patrick Fiore stopped by The Big Cheese for lunch recently and picked up a copy of his “second” favorite newspaper the South Miami News. Oh, yeah... the Palmetto Bay News is his favorite hometown paper.


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Coco Plum women donate bears, $500 to kids Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB South Miami Rotarians celebrated the holidays with a December party at the home of David and Melissa Jacobs. Among many enjoying the event organized by Rotarian Donna Gaines were Club President Doreen and husband, Leon Reitnauer; former South Miami Mayor

Horace Felui, and wife, Seida; Past ook and husband, Daniel President Ellen Bo Berger; and Asaad Masoud. The same club that also helped with South Miami’s Parade of Elves is now gearing up for its 27th Annual South Miami Rotary Art Festival the last weekend in February of 2011 in downtown South Miami. Once again Diane Phillips chairs the event, noting that show proceeds will fund Rotary scholarships as well as international and local community service projects. For more information on the Festival, contact info@southmiamiartfest.org or tel. 305769-5977. Speaking of South Miami Rotary, this service organization meets every Tuesday, 12:15 p.m., at Carrabba’s in South Miami, welcoming visiting Rotarians and featuring informative speakers. Most recently, Coral Gables Rotarian and Past President of Miami Rotary Club, Rick Tonkinson of Rick Tonkinson & Associates, discussed “Financial Planning for the New Year,” offering some great practical advice. Advised Tonkinson: pay off debt of all kinds as a number one priority, even before starting to save. Tonkinson, who met his wife as a Peace Corps volunteer in the 70’s, is very active in the community and commended the Club on its support of Shelter Boxes. South Miami Rotarian and Past President, Ellen Book, overseer of the South Miami Rotary’s donations of dictionaries to schools, was especial–––––––––––––––––––––– Maxine Bizette, President of the Cocoplum Woman’s Club, with Elena Schaffer from ‘Cops for Kids.’

ly grateful to volunteers who made four presentations at local schools when she recently traveled with her husband. On a similar note, at the annual December Christmas Party, members of GFWC Coco Plum Woman’s Club donated Teddy Bears collected throughout the year to “Cops for Kids,” accompanied by a $500 check. A nonprofit, ‘Cops’ prides itself on police and volunteer distribution of only new, non-violent toys to Miami-Dade underprivileged children. GFWC Coco Plum Woman’s Club, located at 1375 Sunset Drive, is open to new members interested in charitable activities. For information, tel. 305-665-5731 or e-mail mabizette@bellsouth.net. On the cultural front, GableStage at the Biltmore Hotel brought the southeastern premiere of “A RoundHeeled Woman” starring multiple Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress, Sharon Gless (Burn Notice Queer as Folk and Cagney & Doreen Reitnauer and Rick Tonkinson at Rotary Club of South Miami Lacey). The play that opened meeting January 4. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– in December and runs through January 30 depicts a retired school and 7 p.m. Tickets range from $37.50 to teacher who has not had sex in 30 years. $47.50. Subscriptions: Six plays for $200. For more information, visit Setting out to remedy the situation, she places an ad in the personals in the New www.GableStage.org. GableStage is locatYork Review of Books, leading to adven- ed at 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral tures and emotional entanglements, both Gables. Until next time, keep making each day comic and touching, while telling the true story of a woman who decides there’s still count. If you would like to submit information time to pursue passion with a vengeance. Performances continue Thursday, Friday for this column, please send your news via & Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. e-mail to gloriagalburns@aol.com.

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New park asked near Relax in the Smoky Mountains! Ludlam Elementary BY KIMBERLY PORTER

Creation of a new public park near Ludlam Elementary School was proposed by nearby residents during the City Commission’s January 4 meeting. South Miami resident Paige Teasdale launched a public forum with the request that the city to purchase a neighborhood property because “There’s no green space in our area for kids’ play.” While the city has many parks, the neighborhood around Ludlam Elementary lacks a park site for approximately 60 children in the immediate area to play, other than residential streets, she said. Gates are now locked at the elementary school play area, she added. An answer may lie in the sale of a house located at the corner of Ludlam Road and SW 77th Terrace, a 32,000 square foot area now on the market for

$299,000 and vacant for three years. “We would love to see it be a park,” Teasdale said. Mary Teasdale, Paige’s mother-in-law and a realtor, called the purchase “a fantastic bargain” that once was priced at $549,000. The Teasdales along with other residents said they have been looking into grants to subsidize purchase and begun circulating a petition among residents, asking to turn the property into a park. “We’re amateurs at this, (so we’re) asking the commission for help and the city staff on how to make this a reality for the children,” said Mary Teasdale. “A lot of our green space is the Metrorail and its little path down there.” “It is green, but that just doesn’t fly,” said Nick Truby, a resident. “What a nice entrance to Southwest 67th Avenue that would be, right there.” No action was taken by the Commission.

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Draconian measures sometimes needed to make economy work R. Kenneth Bluh VIEWPOINT KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Everybody is complaining about high real estate taxes, high property insurance premiums, exploding federal deficit and in general the high cost of living. Seniors are complaining that they aren’t going to receive a cost of living increase in their benefits. Unions are fighting to keep their pensions alive and funded. We all know that something must be done — however: “do it to the other guy, please!” We think what the British are doing to bring their country’s economy under control is extreme. How can the English live under such stringent economic constraints? Perhaps, because they know they must. Making little cosmetic modifications will never solve the problem. The British government recognizes this and has taken, what many consider, draconian actions — but they will work. Here at home in Florida we are facing a multi-billion dollar state budget deficit. “Cut expenses, but do it to the other guy,

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mouth and wash it down with another rum and coke). But it works, I've lost a couple pounds. I mean I'm in the bathroom all day but I did lose a couple. My stomach is still big though.” “Well are you exercising at all?” “Nah, man, you know I just get bored. I'm going to look you up though, after New Year's.” “Well, my suggestion would be stop kidding yourself and get serious. You are extremely unhealthy, your stomach fat is a huge indicator of heart and metabolic disease, you will never lose body fat or improve your body composition on the soup diet, you will just continue to lose muscle and water and stay fat. You need to make real changes to your lifestyle and your approach to food, don't go on another "diet" but eat moderately and not gluttonously, and exercise regularly. You need to exercise consistently and properly to get healthy, to reduce that belly fat and to get your metabolism back up to speed. You are setting yourself up for failure and in three months you will be in much worse shape than you are now, thanks to the soup diet.”

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Industry, government leaders to attend healthcare forum BY LEE STEPHENS

The University of Miami will bring together some of the most influential leaders in business and government, along with hundreds of professionals from across industries, Jan. 12-14, 2011 for a Global Business Forum titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Business of Health Care: Defining the Future.â&#x20AC;? Keynote speakers include Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; Jeffrey R. Immelt, chair and CEO of General Electric; Thomas M. Ryan, chair and CEO of CVS Caremark; Margaret Hamburg, MD, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Arthur Agatston, MD, author of The South Beach Diet; James D. Forbes, head of global principal investments for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Donna E. Shalala, president of the University of Miami and a former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, among others. The Forum will feature a series of nearly 30 panel discussions organized in six distinct tracks, including: â&#x20AC;˘ Economics & Health Care: Cost, Accessibility, Reform, and Implementation; â&#x20AC;˘ The Aging Population: Economic and Ethical Issues Surrounding the Shift in Demographics; â&#x20AC;˘ Age of Innovation: Disruptive Medical Technologies, Biotechnology, and Telemedicine; â&#x20AC;˘ Wellness & Prevention: The Obesity Epidemic, Nutrition, Innovative Therapies, and Education; â&#x20AC;˘ Global Health Issues: Emerging Markets, Access, and the Environment; and

â&#x20AC;˘ Health Care Delivery 2030: Hospital Design, Technology, and Delivery Systems of the Future. The universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 Global Business Forum will come two years after its first Global Business Forum, which brought together nearly 700 professionals for deep discussion on the economic crisis and other issues surrounding increased global connectivity. It is expected to draw global healthcare CEOs and other senior executives, physicians, health industry analysts, consultants and attorneys, benefit managers and human resource directors, architects, planners and developers, medical equipment manufacturers and engineers, and many others representing business and government. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like our first Global Business Forum, which was held in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the 2011 conference will provide an unparalleled opportunity for deep discussion on some of the most critical issues of our time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; areas where business and healthcare intersect,â&#x20AC;? said Barbara E. Kahn, dean of the UMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Business Administration, which is organizing the forum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the participation of schools across campus, this will once again be a truly interdisciplinary program that cuts across industry sectors, much like the business of health care does,â&#x20AC;? she said. The forumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s key sponsors include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. More information and online registration is available at <www.umglobalforum.com>.

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Habitat and Baptist Health join to build homes for the holidays BY JOSE BOZA

Dozens of employees from Baptist Health South Florida volunteered many hours of their time to give three fellow employees the grandest gift of all for the holidays — a home. The grateful employees received the keys to their new homes during a recent house dedication ceremony in Homestead, marking the 19th home built and sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. “There is no greater gift we can give these deserving employees and their families,” said Brian Keeley, president and CEO for Baptist Health South Florida. “Baptist Health South Florida is very proud of the long standing relationship with Habitat for Humanity. It is extremely rewarding to give back to our employees in such a big way.” “This is a dream and a blessing from God,” said Hobart Williams, a Homestead Hospital employee. Williams, who works in the hospital’s surgery department, will live in his new home along with his wife, Rose, and their daughter. Fellow Homestead Hospital employee clinical partner Brian Hambleton and his wife, Sarah, also stepped into their new home for the very first time.

Baptist Hospital food services employee Sheila Curtis and her grandson, Joseph Sweeting, moved into their very own home as well. “Our home will give us great peace of mind,” Curtis said during the moving dedication ceremony. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami is an ecumenical Christian ministry that builds homes in partnership with low-income families in need of a decent place to live. Miami Habitat was formed in 1989 and is in the top 20 of more than 2,000 Habitat affiliates nationwide. This ministry is open to all persons who desire to work to eliminate poverty housing. With all classes of people working together, Miami Habitat hopes to build new relationships and a sense of community as well as decent homes. Baptist Health, the region’s largest faithbased, not-for-profit healthcare organization, has nearly 14,000 employees and is the area’s largest private employer. Baptist Health includes Baptist, Baptist Children’s, Doctors, Homestead, Mariners and South Miami hospitals as well as Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Baptist Outpatient Services and Baptist Health Enterprises. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising

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Chabad of Cutler Bay-Homestead dedicates its 19th Century Torah BY LEE STEPHENS

Members of the Chabad Jewish Center of Cutler Bay and Homestead, 20557 Old Cutler Rd., on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, celebrated the dedication of the Greenstein Family Sefer Torah. The Torah Scroll contains the Five Books of Moses, the Jewish bible scroll, which was handwritten more than 4,000 years ago. Today a highly trained scribe handwrites this entire Torah in Hebrew with a quill and special ink onto specially treated kosher animal skins woven together with animal sinews. A Torah measures 150 feet in length and weighs approximately 40 pounds. The cost of a new one varies between $20,000 and $60,000. The unique aspect of this celebration was that this Torah originally was written in the 19th Century in Romania, survived the Holocaust and more than 40 years under the communists behind the Iron Curtain. On Dec. 19 members of this Jewish community synagogue prayed, sang Hebrew verses, lifted the Torah and then danced. Music played while the Torah was carried under the Chupah (wedding canopy) as members paraded down Old Cutler Road to celebrate its donation to this synagogue. After the procession, it was returned to the synagogue where they celebrated by passing the Torah from shoulder to shoulder for the traditional “Hakofot” ceremony. This means going around in circles as is done on the holiday of Simchat Torah, but also is done at a special event to welcome the new Torah. “The Torah is the physical manifestation of Hashem in our material world,” explained Rabbi Yossi Wolff, the synagogue’s spiritual leader. “The Jewish people are compared to the holy letters of the Torah. In our tradition each letter is important with one letter being interdependent upon the others, for if even one letter is missing, the Torah remains nonkosher, invalid and incomplete. “By participating in writing even one letter in this over 110-year-old Sefer Torah, one creates a sacred bond with his fellow partici-

Rabbi Yossi Wolff, spiritual leader of Chabad of Cutler Bay and Homestead — along with his wife, Mindy, and their four children — participates in adding a letter to the Torah with the scribe, Rabbi Yochanan Klein. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– pants and forges an eternal link with the “For almost 20 years I kept this Torah in Jewish community at large,” the rabbi contin- my house in Miami Beach, and I thought the ued. “It is a particularly auspicious honor to best thing to do now would be to donate it to complete one of the final letters of a Sefer a synagogue,” Mr. Weiner said. Torah and thereby become a sponsor.” During the same time, the recently foundIt is not known how this Torah survived ed Chabad of Cutler Bay and Homestead was both the Holocaust and the communist searching for a Torah, but could not afford a regime in Romania, but upon the country’s new one. freedom, the government kept it in a muse“When we started, we had a miniature um. Romania’s chief rabbi and president of Torah loaned to us,” said Dr. Bruce the Jewish Community of Bucharest, Moses Greenstein, a Pinecrest dentist involved with Rosen, in 1991 gave it to Gila and Chaim this Chabad since its inception and who was Wiener, the founders of the American Society involved in the search for a Torah. “The for the Advancement of the Cantorial Arts, a Torah ended up finding me and the Chabad group dedicated to preserving Jewish music instead.” and culture. One of Rabbi Wolff’s friends, Rabbi After the collapse of the communist gov- Yochanan Klein, knew about Wiener’s ernments in Eastern Europe, including Romanian Torah and told him and Dr. Romania, this group began touring these Greenstein of its availability. Because Bruce countries to revive Jewish traditions that had Greenstein’s grandfather came from been prohibited by their regimes. Romania, he decided to have this ancient

Torah’s letters refurbished, buy a new Torah mantel (cover) and dedicate it in his grandfather’s memory to Chabad of Cutler Bay and Homestead. “Is it a coincidence or a miracle that a dentist who lives in a little town, who insists upon finding a Torah for his local shul, asks his rabbi who knows a man who is in possession of a Torah that was written in my grandfather’s country over 111 years ago?” Greenstein said to the audience during the celebration. The Torah was damaged and was considered non-kosher, so Rabbi Klein, who also is a sofer, a religious scribe, spent four months restoring it. He left 84 letters to be completed during the ceremony on Dec. 19. Members of the community purchased individual letters for $36 each. “One of the commandments we have as Jews is to write our own Torah,” Dr. Greenstein said. “Participating in the effort of completing a Torah is as if we had participated in the creation of an entire Torah.” Bernice Granick purchased the letter yod which stands for the name of her son Joshua who died last year of bladder cancer. “I feel connected with him now,” she said. “It was a most humbling experience to witness such a monumental occasion for the Jewish community of South Dade,” said Chris Himmel, who represented Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez at the dedication. “Thank you, also, for inviting me to be a part of the letter writing in the Torah. It was an experience that I will never forget.” Dr. Greenstein’s father, Dr. Melvyn Greenstein, purchased seven letters for himself and his family — his wife, Renee, in whose father’s name this Torah was dedicated, his son and four grandchildren. These seven letters together in Hebrew form the last two words of the Torah — “All Israel.” When asked, he said that he refuses to believe this Torah found its way to this Chabad by coincidence. “Everything that occurs in the world has the hand of God directing it.”


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When it comes to math, kids either love it or “hate” it. Mathnasium in Sunset Centre offers instruction to elementary, middle and high school students who fit into three categories — those who struggle in math and need to catch-up, those who want to keep up and those who excel in math and want to get ahead. “Children don’t hate math, but they do hate being confused and intimidated by it,” said Felix del Prado, who owns the Mathnasium franchise with his wife, Renee del Prado. “Our goal is to help children develop confidence, understanding and a lifelong love of math.” In the welcoming environment of Mathnasium, the pair, along with their highly trained instructors, follow the Mathnasium Method of evaluate, educate and validate. Through comprehensive written and oral tests, a student’s knowledge gaps are determined. Based on these test results, a personalized learning program that includes diagnostics, instruction, worksheets, manipulatives, and games to build number sense is developed for each student. “We develop a curriculum based on the unique needs of each child,” Felix del Prado said. “If a student has fallen behind, we work to fill in those educational gaps. Because math concepts build upon one another, it’s important to have a strong foundation.” Parents usually drop off their children at Mathnasium twice a week after school or in the summer for one hour sessions. The teacher-to-student ratio is one-to-four and session costs are typically less than the cost of tutoring, with better results. “The sessions include learning new concepts while practicing skills the students

already know,” del Prado said. “We also spend time reviewing homework and always end with math-oriented games.” For proof of a child’s progress, Mathnasium relies on the student’s report card, independent tests and parent testimony to measure the improvement in math skills, numerical thinking and attitude. Parents also may sign up children for individualized homework help sessions at Mathnasium to address a student’s immediate academic needs. In addition, Mathnasium provides customized test prep services for FCAT, SAT and ACT exams as well as entrance exams to private schools, colleges and universities. Both del Prados are math lovers and have extensive backgrounds in the subject as business professionals and teachers. Felix holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and accounting from Cal State Northridge and a master’s degree from Pepperdine University. He’s been a controller and vice president of finance and has taught accounting and finance at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Renee, who serves as Mathnasium director of education, received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Michigan State University and holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California. She currently is a certified middle school math teacher at St. Agatha Catholic School in Miami, and prior to that she was a satellite mission planner for Boeing and a software programmer/developer for Xerox, Hughes Aircraft and GM. Mathnasium is open Monday through Thursday, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. It is located in Sunset Centre at 9999 Sunset Dr., Suite 101. For more information, call 305-274-3700 or go online to <www.mathnasium.com>.

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Earth Queens recycle the love visiting hospitalized children BY SANDRA SILVA

Miss Earth Florida Kelly Saks, Miss Teen Earth Florida Brittney Ronda and Miss Teen Earth Gulf Coast Lauren Goodman collected more than 300 gifts this holiday season during different efforts including toy drives and donation drop offs. These toys were donated to the young patients at Baptist Children’s Hospital and Miami Children’s Hospital. Ronda and a group of Florida Earth Pageants volunteers visited Baptist Hospital on Christmas Day to bring toys and smiles to children spending the holidays at the facility. Santa was a special guest and an additional surprise for the children, who welcomed the teen queens and the jolly man with open arms. Saks, Ronda and Goodman repeated the effort on Dec. 30, this time at the Miami Children’s Hospital where giant and dressed up bears were brought to each of the kids’ rooms. The initiative is part of Recycle the Love, one of the pageant’s platforms created by Miss Teen Earth Florida

Brittney Ronda. Earth titleholders are asked to create their own projects based on their interests and goals, and these projects are developed during their reigning year. Miss Earth is one of the three largest pageants in the world. More than 80 countries compete each year, including the United States. Florida Earth Pageants are preliminaries to the system and in June of each year choose the Sunshine State’s titleholders who compete for the national title. The winners reign for one year and participate in diverse events throughout Florida. For more information visit online at <www.EarthFloridaPageants.com>. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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NAFH National Bank dedicated to serving S. Miami customers BY BAY PROBY

CUSTOM SUITS • EXPERT ALTERATIONS At John the Tailor our mission statement is “to produce high quality men’s custom suits and shirts that fit as close to perfect the very first time. Also, we know how important alterations are to you, and we offer the best alterations Miami has to offer.” We have served the Miami community for over 28 years, Call us to schedule an appointment, at:

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With the integration of Turnberry Bank and Metro Bank of Dade County into one well-capitalized financial institution, NAFH National Bank is dedicated to serving local business and retail customers, according to Mari Colina, vice president and manager of the South Miami office at 7312 Red Rd. “NAFH National Bank is a safe, sound and secure financial institution with money to lend,” Colina said. “We offer traditional banking products for business and customers, Internet banking, and our residential mortgage specialists take care of our customers with quick approvals. “Supported by easy processing services, we offer special accounts for persons over 50; students and civic employees; and a full array of business banking products including commercial accounts and cash management services.” Through an investment of capital from North American Financial Holdings (NAFH), its parent company, NAFH National Bank now is in a growth mode, according to Evan Rees, South Florida market president and commercial banking executive for NAFH National Bank. NAFH National Bank now has 10 South Florida offices — eight in Miami-Dade and two in Broward counties. “We have the ability to lend up to $20 million to small and mid-size business customers, and we are highly responsive to those requests,” he said. “We also have money for other business loans, consumer loans and retail mortgages — just stop in at any of our convenient branches,” Rees added. “Our customers will see the same friendly, professional faces,” Colina said. “And when you call us for assistance, you’ll be speaking with your own personal banker, not some call center or automated phone system. We are stronger than ever with same great serv-

Evan Rees –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ice that you have grown to expect from us. “NAFH National Bank operates on the principles of exceptional attention to the financial needs of our customers and the highest quality financial services,” Colina added. “We offer unparalleled, personal service and superior financial products as well as new state-of-the-art technology.” Noting that both Turnberry and Metro Bank have long traditions of community involvement, Colina said, “As NAFH National Bank, we will continue to be leaders in our community, and plan to make even greater contributions in the future.” NAFH was formed in July 2010 to invest in strategically important financial institutions located in important banking markets. Collectively, the bank now operates 10 branches in South Florida and 13 branches in South Carolina. The growing family of North American Financial Holdings’ banks presently has assets of approximately $3.2 billion.


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Southeast’s largest franchise show returning to S. Florida Entrepreneurs who dream of starting their own business will have the opportunity to explore franchising as a way to achieve business independence during the fifth annual Franchise Expo South, Jan. 14-16, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr. Franchise Expo South is designed specifically to allow prospective franchisees to discover which type of businesses match their interests and needs. The tradeshow is a forum for franchisee candidates to do their research in person and meet with franchisors to ensure their potential investment is an ideal match. For information, visit <www.franchiseexposouth.com> or call 1-201-226-1130.

2011 ARTSOBAY EXHIBIT SEEKS ARTISTS; DEADLINE APPROACHING The ArtSoBay Festival of the Arts kicks off on Feb. 4, 7 p.m., at the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave. Artists interested in participating in the 2011 ArtSoBay Exhibit must complete a formal application, available on the Deering Estate website at <www/deeringestate.org>. The deadline for entries is Jan. 16. The open call is to allow each of the submitting artists the opportunity to showcase current work without the restrictions of a theme or concept. Applications that include all forms of

media are accepted. Only work completed in the past two years may be submitted. The exhibit is free to the public. For more information, call Cathy at 305-235-1668.

TEMPLE EMANU-EL SOUTH BEACH SETS BENEFIT CONCERT, JAN. 19 On Jan. 19, at the start of Tu B’Shevat, the birthday of the trees, Temple Emanu-El of South Beach will host a benefit concert to help the fire-devastated region of Mount Carmel, Israel. The concert will take place in the historic sanctuary of Temple Emanu-El, the South Beach Synagogue, 1701 Washington Ave. The concert proceeds will benefit “Operation Carmel Renewal: From black to green.” A delightful program of Jewish music of the world will be performed including Ashkenazi, Sepharadi, Ladino, Israeli, and Broadway. Featured artists are Cantor Luis Cattan of Beth Torah, Gaby Enser of Temple Judea, Cantor Yoav Koplowich of Temple Menorah, Cantor Julie Jacobs of Beth David Congregation, Cantor Stephen Texon of Beth Moshe Congregation and Cantor and Music Director Marc Philippe of Temple Emanu-El accompanied by Trio Escaleno and Hector Priven. Admission is $18 and proceeds will be used entirely to benefit Mount Carmel renewal. For information about the concert contact

COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS Cantor Marc Philippe at 305-538-2503, ext. 232.

LIBRARY SYSTEM CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE The Miami-Dade Public Library System will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2011, and will begin its yearlong commemoration with a kickoff celebration on Jan. 20, noon, at the Main Library, 101 W. Flagler St. The community is invited to come out and celebrate at a ’70s Disco Dance Party! Wear your favorite outfit from the decade and boogie down with the Super Soul Steppers; enjoy music from the past four decades and enter a dance contest. The celebration continues at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and art exhibition opening, along with music by the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, a talk with Miami historian Dr. Paul George, and the opening of “Assembling an Era,” an art exhibit that commemorates the library’s history in the community. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 305.375.5501.

SIMON KIDGITS MUSIC MANIA EVENT COMING TO THE FALLS Families are invited to jam-out and groove during the Simon Kidgits Club’s Music Mania event on Jan. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m., at The Falls, 8888 SW 136 St. Children will have the opportunity to watch a “Tribute to the Jonas Brothers.” A live interactive stage performance provided by Superstar Productions feauturing special performances of “Year 3000,” “Burning Up.” “Hold On,” “S.O.S” and more. Simon Kidgits Club members will receive a complimentary goodie bag filled with music-inspired goodies (while supplies last). For details about this event, call 305-255-4571. YOUNG TALENT BIG DREAMS COMING TO THE COMMUNITY Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, together with presenting sponsor, The

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Children’s Trust, has launched the most widespread local youth talent contest in MiamiDade history, Young Talent Big Dreams. Preliminary auditions are being held on Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m., at the ArtSouth, Homestead Sanctuary Theatre, located at 240 N. Krome Ave., and on Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m., at the Byron Carlyle Theatre, 500 71 St. in Miami Beach. Semi-finals and finals will take place on Feb 18 and 19 at the Actors’ Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile. Kids between the ages of 8-17 can compete for prizes ranging from performing arts scholarships and cash awards to tickets to local attractions and theaters. The contest features a total of eight categories including individual song, dance, spoken word and musical instrument, and group categories of song, dance, musical groups and instrumental groups. Participation is free of charge and limited to residents of Miami-Dade County. For more information, call 305-444-9293.

SCOOP ON POOP RETURNS TO ZOO MIAMI ON JAN. 22 The Scoop on Poop, a 5,000-square-foot traveling exhibition on what poop is and how animals and humans use it, opens for the second time in Florida at Zoo Miami’s Dr. Wilde’s World on Jan. 22.

The exhibition, based on the popular book with the same name by Dr. Wayne Lynch, treats the subject with a tactful blend of facts and fun with large colorful graphic panels, three-dimensional models and interactive components. As the largest exhibition ever mounted on the science of what animals leave behind, it will be open to the public everyday from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 St. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult, and $11.95 per child (3-12), plus tax. Children 2 and under, members and parking are free. For more information, call 305-251-0400 or visit online at <www.zoomiami.org>.

HOSPITAL PRESENTS ‘UNDERSTANDING AND HELPING CHILDREN WITH A.D.D.’ Whether you suspect or already know that your child has attention deficit disorder (ADD or ADHD with hyperactivity), join the mother and son team of psychologists Sally Kolitz Russell, PhD, and Brent Kolitz, PhD, who will help you cope with parenting a child with ADD. “Understanding and Helping Children With Attention Deficit Disorder,” will take place on Jan. 27, 7 to 9 p.m., in the auditorium at Baptist Children’s Hospital, 8900 N. Kendall Dr. The fee for the program is $5, and must be paid in advance. For more information call 786-5963812. The program is not intended for children. 2011 CABARET CONCERT SERIES BEGINS JAN. 27 AT DEERING ESTATE The Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72

Ave., will be kicking off its 2011 Cabaret Concert Series featuring eclectic and world music artists on Jan. 27. The concert will feature Peter Betan, an instrumental guitarist, singer and songwriter. Attendees can enjoy a delicate acoustic pop with elements of jazz, world and folk music. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and the main gate will open at 7 p.m. Guests are welcomes to bring refreshments and snacks to enjoy during the show. Single tickets are $20. Tickets can be purchased online for an additional fee or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668 ext. 233.

ARTS FOR LEARNING’S 3RD ANNUAL FUNDRAISER BREAKFAST ON FEB. 2 Arts for Learning, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing teaching and learning through the arts, will host its annual fundraiser on Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Peacock Foundation Studio, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. The cost is $25. For more information contact Carey Kane, development director, by calling 305-5761212 or by email at <carey@A4Lmiami.org>. 12TH ANNUAL ‘MOONLIGHT & MUSIC’ VALENTINE’S DAY CONERT, FEB. 14 Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the 12th annual “Moonlight & Music” Valentine’s Day Concert on Feb. 14, 8 p.m., at the Deering Estate. The “Moonlight & Music” Concert is a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Miami. Couples can enjoy a romantic out-

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door concert under the stars, on the edge of Biscayne Bay. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Parking is free. Concert tickets are $20 for general admission and can be purchased online for an additional fee or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668, ext. 233.

UM RING THEATRE PRESENTS ‘LYSISTRATA’ AND ‘BIG LOVE’ In Lysistrata, Ancient Greece is the 21st year of its war with Sparta and there seems to be very little prospect of peace. Aristophanes’ 2,000-year-old play, presented Feb.16-27 at the UM’s Jerry Herman Ring Theatre is just as shocking, hilarious and rewarding now as it was when it first played the massive amphitheatres of Greece’s Golden Age. Based on Aeschylus’ classic tragedy The Suppliant Women, Big Love by contemporary writer Charles Mee seizes this ancient plot, updates it, and spins an explosively theatrical experience. The play takes the plot of the original Greek play into modern times. While the brides and grooms wait for their wedding day, the characters raise issues of gender politics, love and domestic violence. The Jerry Herman Ring Theatre is located at 1312 Miller Dr. on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus. For more information contact the box office at 305-284-3355, Monday-Friday between noon and 5 p.m.


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How To Feel Comfortable About Your Investment Decisions By Rick Tonkinson

Certified Financial Planner CFP®

After 18 years of being a money manager, I have consistently heard how many people do not feel comfortable with their investment decisions. Have you ever second-guessed the investment decisions you have made? Do words like foolish, dumb, wrong, confused, guess, uncertain, frustrated, and overwhelmed describe your feelings? You are not alone in feeling uncomfortable about decisions you have made. Would you like to feel better about your investment decisions? If the answer is yes, then here are some basic steps to consider: Determine if You are a Saver or an Investor If you need guaranteed stability, then you are a saver. When the stock market is positive, many people say that they want to invest and that they are an “investor.” They say that they can tolerate the volatility of the stock market and that their investment time horizon is long term (greater than 10 years). Then 2008 comes along and the stock market (S&P 500) drops 34% and the “investors” now are running for safety as “savers”. Their long-term time horizon has decreased from 10 years to 10 minutes and the risk tolerance has decreased from moderate to minimal. You need to be honest with yourself as to what degree you are a saver or an investor. This is a personal decision that in a perfect world should not be influenced by your family, friends or coworkers. There are investments for savers and investments for investors. Before you select from the thousand of choices, decide what will make you sleep at

night. Don’t rely on a sales rep to tell you what your investment profile is because the sales rep may adjust your profile to fit the suitability of the investment they are trying to sell you.

Focus on the Purpose of Your Investment Do you need to put money away for a rainy day? Make a “To Do List” of items that you want the money to attain such as vacation, education or wedding. Give each item a specific cost such as $5,000 for a vacation. Determine which item motivates you to attain it. Motivation that is ratcheted up is called passion. If you find a passion for an item, that will be your top priority. How quickly you want to attain the item will help determine what investment to consider. Again decide on the specific purpose of the money and then consider your options. Be Realistic with what You have to Invest As an “investor,” you need to accept that you are prepared to lose part or all of your investment. If this risk is not comfortable for you, then you are a saver. There are times when people have borrowed on the equity of their home and invest in the stock market because the potential gains offset the risk of losing their home. People make reckless decisions so that they can attain the item they want quicker than what is realistic. Plan so that if it takes a year to attain an item, you give yourself two years to attain it. If you attain the item in one year, that’s good but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t make your deadline. The important thing is to keep working toward what you want. His firm, Rick Tonkinson & Associates, Inc. is a South Florida based company with offices at 100 Almeria Avenue, Suite 310, Coral Gables, Florida 33134, offers financial planning services to many in the community with a specialty in assisting the middle class. For more information, or to schedule an initial meeting at your business or home, call 866-323-8326 or (305)447-6617. Also visit the website at HYPERLINK "http://www.ricktonkinson.com" www.ricktonkinson.com. Securities offered through Securities America, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, Rick Tonkinson, Registered Representatives. Advisory services offered through Securities America Advisors, Inc., Rick Tonkinson, Investment Advisor Representatives. Rick Tonkinson & Associates, Inc. and the Securities America companies are not affiliated.

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Zoological Society of Florida planning two ‘wild’ evenings BY CINDY CASTELBLANCO

The Zoological Society of Florida and the Host Committee are planning two wild evenings to celebrate wildlife and tantalize your palate with tastes of the most extraordinary dishes created by some of South Florida’s renowned fine food establishments. The second annual Beastkeeper VIP Party will take place on Feb. 4, and the main event Feast with the Beasts (FWTB) will happen on Mar. 4. Proudly presented by U.S. Trust, both events will help support the Zoological Society of Florida’s wildlife education and conservation programs on behalf of Zoo Miami. Taking place at the private residence of event co-chair Irene Korge and Chris Korge on Feb. 4 from 7 to 11 p.m., the Beastkeeper VIP Party will be vibrant as guests are invited to wear safari chic attire, with a touch of red, to celebrate the upcoming Valentine’s Day. Aside from open bars, cool jazz tunes, and complimentary valet parking, revelers also will enjoy exotic animal encounters from Zoo Miami. Exquisite fare will be served from fine restaurants including: Caffe Abbracci, Junior’s Catering, La Bottega, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Smith and Wollensky, Truluck’s, and Zucchero RistoranteBistro. 2 Girls and a Cupcake, Hot Cookies and The Office Cake will be satiating sweet cravings with delectable desserts. An extravagant silent auction will include such items as signed Guy Harvey artwork, jewelry from Mary Louise Designs, acupuncture treatment from Coral Gables Acupuncture, a Napa Valley wine-tasting tour and much more. Admission to the Beastkeeper VIP Party also includes entry to FWTB at 8 p.m. with a VIP Cocktail Reception at 7 p.m. on Mar. 4. The main event, Feast with the Beasts, returns to Zoo Miami on Mar. 4 from 8 p.m. until midnight. In its 18th year, one of the best events in town will feature tastes from 30 of South Florida’s finest restaurants and caterers, eight open bars, wild animal encounters, live entertainment and complimentary valet parking. To date some of the FWTB participating

restaurants and dessert providers include: Crepe Maker, Dave and Busters, Fit2Go, Gatsby’s Kendall, Gekkeikan Sake/Sidney Frank Importing Company, Kitchen 305, Mango Café, Pardos Peruvian Cuisine, and Sir Pizza. Even after all of the wining and dining on Mar. 4, every guest is invited to Ron Magill’s Spectacular Dance After Party from 10 p.m. to midnight at Dr. Wilde’s World plaza. Live entertainers and the hottest deejay in town playing the latest tunes will make the party unforgettable. “We are so excited to be celebrating the 18th year of the legendary Feast with the Beasts event,” said Norma Jean Abraham and Irene Korge, FWTB chairs. “We are honored to chair both evenings, and hope to raise much-needed funds for the Zoological Society of Florida.” Feast with the Beasts 2011 is presented by U.S. Trust. Other event sponsors include: Assurant, Bernstein Global Wealth Management, FPL, Ryder Charitable Foundation and United Property Management. In-Kind Sponsors are Owen Creative and Irene Korge. Limited Beastkeeper VIP Party Passport tickets are available for $500 each. These passport tickets include admission to the VIP Party on Feb. 4 as well as to FWTB and the VIP Cocktail Reception on Mar. 4. Admission tickets to FWTB, limited to the first 1,000 guests, are available for $175. Those planning on attending should make advanced reservations. Sponsorship packages also are available. Visit <www.fwtb.org> or call 305255-5551 to purchase tickets or for more information. The Zoological Society of Florida is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that supports Zoo Miami through education, conservation and outreach programs; marketing and public relations; volunteer services and financial support for the construction of new exhibits. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 St. General zoo admission is $15.95 for adults, plus tax and $11.95 per child (312) plus tax. Children 2 and under, zoo members and parking are free. Zoo Miami’s hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 p.m. For more information visit online at <www.zoomiami.org>.

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Cipriano’s Italian deli opens in Palmetto Bay

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BY FRED JOHNSON

It’s called Cipriano’s Deli, the sub shop/pizza parlor/pasta place that’s bringing fresh culinary delights of true Italian cookery to an affordable neighborhood eatery. Cipriano’s opened Oct. 20 to a crowd of people and a line going out the door. The brainchild of an accomplished chef and a local entrepreneur, Cipriano’s, 17579 S. Dixie Hwy., caters to the family’s many moods for Italian food, with a varied menu packed with one-of-a-kind selections. First, there’s a host of hefty hot and cold sandwiches filled with your choice of slow-roasted, cooked-on-premises Italian beef and turkey; thoughtfully selected Italian meats such as cappicola, Genoa salami, prosciutto, mortadella; tuna and chicken salad; chicken breast Parmigiana, Casalungo-style meatballs Marinara, sweet Italian sausage with roasted peppers and onions. Our “compliments to the chef” creation is a delectable dipper, a fresh Italian sub roll heaped high with authentic Chicagostyle Italian beef sliced thin, then dipped in piping hot broth and served with your choice of cheese and a number of other toppings. Secondly, there’s pizza as you know it, thin and crispy Brooklyn style with all your favorite toppings. Then there’s pizza like you never tasted before. Our adventurous chef’s specialty pies include Scampi pizza and Chimi pizza, among many others. A variety of freshly prepared calzones round out your choices. Our chef’s creations for all of you pastalovers include spaghetti, linguini, fettuccini or penne rigate with marinara,

pomodoro (fresh tomatoes), garlic cream, or pink sauce. Add scampi, chicken Parmigiana, homemade meatballs or Italian sausage for a true feast. You can also try our chef’s favorite homemade soups — Butternut Squash Purée, Minestrone d’Estate Milanese and Pasta Fagioli. Or enjoy antipasto or a variety of other salads. To start, our Italian and not-so-Italian appetizers and sides are scrumptious. Since the Keys are “just down the road,” our chef came up with a to-die-for recipe for conch fritters with his own homemade mustard lime dipping sauce. Our homemade authentic Italian desserts are all a great way to go home happy. They include Cannolis, Baba au Rhum, Tiramisu and, again in honor of our neighbors, Key Lime cheesecake. To keep the kids happy, we’ve also included a typical kids’ menu with chicken nuggets and fries, penne or spaghetti pasta with their choice of sauce. “Our concept is to provide the finest and freshest Italian/American foods for eat-in, takeout and delivery, all at a reasonable price and I think we have accomplished that, there’s something for everyone.” says Richard Cipriano. Cipriano’s inviting décor welcomes you with Tuscany porcelain tile, black walnut butcher block tables and black granite bar tops. Your hosts include Chef Peter Haessler, and Richard and Sheryl Cipriano. Cipriano’s is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from Noon-7 p.m. for eat in, take out or free delivery. For information, call 305-278-3701 or go online to <www.ciprianosdeli.com>.

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Brothers serve home cooking at Chuck Wagon Restaurants BY NANCY EAGLETON

When you visit one of the three Chuck Wagon Restaurants in Kendall, as their motto says, you’ll enjoy “good food served by good people.” The restaurants are a family affair, owned and operated by three brothers who grew up in Miami — Mike, Masen and Maher Lewis. They have a western theme and down-home atmosphere where the brothers, along with their faithful staff, serve up good old American comfort food in a friendly, old-fashioned way. The three brothers are in their respective restaurants seven days a week to greet their customers. Oldest brother, Mike, manages the Bird Road location, which opened in 1979. Masen manages the original Chuck Wagon on SW 117th Avenue, which has been owned by the family since 1986 and in business since the early 1970s. The third location on SW 137th Avenue opened in 1998 and is managed by Maher. Service with a smile is an understatement at the Chuck Wagon Restaurants. It’s this kind of personalized service that keeps customers coming back and the Chuck Wagon rolling along. “Our servers really give of themselves,”

Pictured (l-r) are Chuck Wagon Restaurant owners Maher, Mike and Masen Lewis.

Maher said. “They get to know our customers by name and make them feel comfortable. We’re like a family and this is our second home.” Mike added, “We have staff members who

have been with us for 15, 20 and 25 years, and have served three generations. Some or our customers come in every day and order the same thing, so when our servers see them arriving, their order is placed for them before they even get in the restaurant.” The menu at the Chuck Wagon has something for everyone and delicious downhome breakfast choices are served anytime. Comfort food favorites include meat loaf and mashed potatoes, patty melt, country fried steak, cornbread and the famous “Chuck Wagon” — home fries topped with cheese and two eggs, any style. On the lighter side, try an egg white omelet or a Greek, Caesar or chef salad. Homemade chef specials are offered daily, like beef stew, roast pork and turkey with all the traditional “fixin’s.” You might even find a Spanish special on the menu, such as Paella. “Our turkey dinner is a customer favorite,” said Mike, who offers it in his location every Thursday. “Why wait until

the holidays to enjoy turkey, dressing and homemade gravy?” Bring the whole family to the Chuck Wagon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and one child will eat free with the purchase of each entrée. The Chuck Wagon locations can cater business meetings or birthday, holiday and anniversary parties at one of their restaurants or at your home or office. “We work with our customers to create a menu that works for their group and occasion,” Maher said. “We can grill onsite or bring prepared dishes. There are many different options.” The Chuck Wagon Restaurant locations, phone numbers are: 7355 Bird Rd., 305-2664979; 7628 SW 117 Ave., 305-274-2263, and 11230 SW 137 Ave., 305-386-1555. Hours at all locations are MondaySaturday 6:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., and Sunday, 7 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. For more information, go online to <www.chuckwagonmiami.com>.


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Barry Manilow bringing hits to UM’s BankUnited Center

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BY ALLISON DOBIN

Legendary musician and performer Barry Manilow has announced a series of first-ever Florida symphony concerts backed by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra of Punta Gorda in January. Stretching across five major Florida cities, Manilow will be bringing his greatest hits to the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. The Florida concert series is an entirely exclusive and distinct experience from Manilow’s current critically acclaimed Paris Las Vegas residency shows, and features the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra plus Manilow’s band and cast from his Las Vegas Show. The concerts, produced in partnership with Stiletto Entertainment and BRE Presents, will mark the first time Manilow has performed with an orchestral accompaniment in Florida. Recently, Manilow wowed fans in

Atlantic City with a one-night-only show backed by the esteemed New York Pops to a sold-out crowd at Caesars Boardwalk Hall. Prior to that, he lit up the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, to rave response. “I am thrilled to share the stage with such an impressive collection of musicians and bring some of my greatest hits to Florida fans for this exclusive series,” Manilow said. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com, the BankUnited Center Box Office, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. The BankUnited Center, an 8,000-seat multipurpose entertainment facility located on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus, hosts concerts, family shows, trade shows, lecture series, sporting events and the University of Miami men’s and women’s basketball teams. For information call 305-284-8686 or visit online at <www.BankUnitedCenter.com>. The BankUnited Center is located at 1245 Dauer Dr. in Coral Gables.

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releases, incorporating musical performances from Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s animated films including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, Rescuers Down Under, Aladdin, Mulan and Hunchback of Notre Dame. Upcoming concerts include â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening in Vienna,â&#x20AC;? Jan. 23, a New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concert of great overtures, waltzes and dances featuring MISOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concertmaster violinist Daniel Andai as soloist, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visual Journey Through Art and Music,â&#x20AC;? Feb. 12 and 13, an artistic alliance with The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum featuring violinist KristĂłf BarĂĄti. Tickets are on sale. For details, visit online at <www.themiso.org/tickets.php> or call 305-275-5666.

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MCM offers a holiday gift for Wannadoo City pass holders BY WOODY GRABER

When Wannadoo City closed in South Florida this past holiday season many annual pass holders were left holding the bag —and it wasn’t a gift bag. Their passes became useless and they couldn’t get a refund. Enter Miami Children’s Museum to the rescue! The popular Miami family attraction is offering a special holiday gift to all those holding current annual passes to Wannadoo City. From now through Jan. 31, bring your pass to MCM at 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island and use it for free admission to the museum for the pass holder and an adult companion. A new interactive special exhibit, “The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head,” begins Jan. 22. “When we heard that the people with Wannadoo passes were left out in the cold, we knew the museum could provide a little holiday cheer for those families,” said Jeff Berkowitz, MCM’s board chair. “With everything MCM has to offer, we knew we

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Air Supply and Christopher Cross to perform at Magic City Casino BY STEPHANIE LOY

Magic City Casino, Miami’s first casino to offer Las Vegas style slot machines, prepares for its first concert of the new year on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m., featuring the Australian soft rock duo Air Supply and five-time Grammy Awardwinning artist Christopher Cross. Tickets are available starting at $15 and can be purchased online at <www.magiccitycasino.com> or by calling 305-4606579. Magic City Casino also offers free parking, with valet parking available. “We are looking forward to seeing these two acts come together for what is sure to be a great night of entertainment,” said Scott Savin, chief operating officer of Magic City Casino. “These talented artists will surely put on a show to remember, and we encourage everyone to come out for the show.” Air Supply formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1975. Since then, the groups has produced a string unforgettable hits that have topped the charts worldwide. Air Supply entered the early 1980s with eight Top 10 hits in the United States, and in 2008 they were named among the best musical acts of all time by Billboard Hot 100. Some of Air Supply’s popular recordings include All Out of Love, Lost in Love, Making Love Out of Nothing at All and

The One That You Love. Also performing at Magic City Casino is singer-songwriter Christopher Cross, who is best known for hits such as Sailing, Ride Like the Wind and Arthur’s Theme. Sailing earned Christopher Cross three Grammys in 1981, while Arthur’s Theme won the Oscar for Best Original Song that same year. His self-titled debut album earned him five Grammy Awards in just one year along with an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award. Following the concert, the live music will continue at the all-new Secada’s Lounge, where one of Miami’s most popular local bands, Viva, will play until 1 a.m. Magic City Casino will be presenting weekend concerts through April. The upcoming concert lineup currently includes: Feb. 5, 8 p.m., Jefferson Starship and Bonnie Tyler; Mar. 12, 8 p.m., Gin Blossoms and Sugar Ray; Apr. 3, 4 p.m., America and Dave Mason, and Apr. 17, 4 p.m., The Village People and The Spinners. Tickets are available for all shows starting at $15 and parking is always free. Tickets can be purchased online at <www.magiccitycasino.com> or by calling 305-460-6579.

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Fairchild Garden breaks ground on new Science Village project BY PAULA FERNÁNDEZ DE LOS MUROS

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden recently conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new state-of-the-art Science Village, Tropical Research Labs, Café and Conservatory, a multi-million dollar science complex designed to nurture future environmental leaders in Miami and encourage a love and appreciation for the natural world. Fairchild is a conservation- and education-based garden and a recognized leader in both Florida and international conservation. “The Science Village is one more step in the guided pathway for students in our community to become leaders in conservation science,” said Carl E. Lewis, PhD, director of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. “Through our collaboration with Florida International University, the Science Village strengthens the educational pipeline for students considering careers in science and builds upon Fairchild Garden’s existing environmental educational programs for K-12.”

For the first time onsite at Fairchild, the planned Science Village will showcase the talent and accomplishments of Fairchild’s conservation team, whose scientists currently are housed in an off-site facility a mile south of the garden. Fairchild’s fiveyear vision is to support the Science Village with 10 PhD scientists, 20 PhD students and 40 undergraduate research students. In addition to nurturing future conservation science leaders, goals include celebrating the diversity, knowledge and capacity for conservation in the community and the Caribbean and becoming a model for diverse communities throughout the world. The Science Village will have labs for college and graduate students and fullsized, interactive classrooms that will allow for a cross-pollination of education and science, a high priority since the garden was founded. Fairchild’s collaboration with Florida International University includes several joint staff members, among them Dr. Javier

Pictured at groundbreaking ceremony are (l-r) Carl Lewis, PhD, director, Fairchild Garden; Bruce Clinton; Martha Clinton; George Burgess, Miami-Dade county manager; Paul Di Mare; Swanee Di Mare; Bruce W. Greer, president, Fairchild Board of Trustees; Joyce Burns; Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez; Miami-Dade Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, and Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick. (Photo by Benjamin Thacker)

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Francisco-Ortega, a preeminent tropical island biologist, and staff member Dr. Kenneth Feeley, a world expert in climate change. Led by Corwill Architects (construction architect) and Max Strang Architecture (design architect), The Science Village complex will feature state-of-the-art laboratories for tropical plant conservation. The important work by Fairchild scientists also will be fully accessible to visitors and students through the designed interactivity of the building. With a total of more than 25,000 square feet, the Science Village complex, which

will seek LEED certification, will include a new conservatory that will feature a worldclass collection of orchids and butterflies, and the garden’s popular café will be expanded and will peer into the new conservatory and its menu broadened to include organic and locally grown food. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd. in Coral Gables. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children 617 and free to children 5 and under as well as Fairchild members. For more information, visit online at <www.fairchildgarden.org> and on Facebook and Twitter.

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Free annual pass promotion back at Miami Seaquarium BY MICHELLE PALOMINO

Miami Seaquariumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free annual pass promotion is back by popular demand. Guests who visit the park now through Feb. 28 will receive a free annual pass valid through Dec. 31. The pass has no blackout dates and is not combinable with any other offer. The upgrade will allow guests to come back anytime during the year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including the extremely popular annual Easter Egg Hunts, Splashtacular Summer events, Monster Splash Halloween Bash, and Winter Nights & Lights â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all for the price of a one day admission. Moreover, the annual pass provides discounts on Miami Seaquarium education and

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Book tells of unlikely friendship between prizefighter, playwright BY JACQUI DANIELS

In December 1928, boxer Gene Tunney fulfilled his dream of meeting playwright George Bernard Shaw. The result was an unlikely friendship, powered, among other things, by Tunney’s love of literature and Shaw’s fascination with boxing. The Prizefighter and the Playwright: Gene Tunney and Bernard Shaw (Firefly Books, September 2010, $35, hardcover with jacket) pulls readers instantly and inescapably into this surprising relationship and the lives of its protagonists. Written by Gene Tunney’s son Jay and enriched with never-before-published family photographs, letters, and interviews, the book paints a portrait of the boxer no one knew. It includes many revelations, new sources and letters from persons such as Charlotte Shaw and Thornton Wilder. The book evolved from the acclaimed BBC radio series The Master and the Boy. On its surface, it is the story of the friendship between a professional athlete and a literary giant, offering intimate glimpses of the two. It is also a romance between a rich girl and a poor boy. But The Prizefighter and the Playwright is more than that. It is also the riveting tale of a self-made man, a high school dropout who not only reached the acme of his sport, but

also turned himself into a gentleman who could feel at home lecturing at Yale or discussing novels with the men who wrote them. As the intriguing story unfolds, readers also are given painless lessons in history, Jay Tunney learning for example –––––––––––– what is was like to grow up as the son of impoverished Irish immigrants in New York City’s Greenwich Village in the first decade of the 20th Century and what it was like to be a celebrity in the heady 1920s, ducking the paparazzi who tormented the rich and famous even then. Most of all, The Prizefighter and the Playwright is the story of two extraordinary men. Shaw was a Nobel Prize-winning playwright. Tunney, who defeated Jack Dempsey for the heavyweight crown in 1926 and 1927, was anything but a typical boxer. As a young man, Tunney was befriended by a physician who introduced him to a world beyond his own, awakening a love of words and literature that would last throughout Tunney’s life. The boxer prepped for fights by reading Shaw, Shakespeare, Butler, Shelly and Maugham, trained himself to

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speak with erudition, and regarded fighting as a science rather than, as he put it, “assault and battery.” None of these traits endeared him to sportswriters or boxing fans who rooted for Dempsey and booed what they considered Tunney’s pretensions. Tunney’s choices did, however, win him entree into a world of words and ideas where he was surprisingly at home. In 1928, Tunney retired from the ring as the first undefeated world heavyweight champion and married steel heiress Polly Lauder. He did so, with possibly the finest 76-3-1 record in history. What he never gave up was his love of literature. Using his celebrity to indulge this passion, Tunney traveled widely, befriending a host of writers and scholars — including, besides Shaw, Thornton Wilder, Ernest Hemingway, Hugh Walpole, John Marquand and William Lyon

Phelps, professor of English at Yale University. Shaw, himself, had long been a knowledgeable boxing fan, writing about the sport in his fourth novel, Cashel Byron’s Profession. He was intrigued by the articulate young American who seemed to be the novel’s hero brought to life. When the two met at Shaw’s London home in 1928, they formed a friendship that would last until Shaw’s death in 1950. In addition to their mutual interests in boxing and literature, and in a twist of fate, Shaw and Tunney shared a profound spiritual crisis during a holiday together in the Adriatic Sea. Shaw, an avowed atheist, witnessed what he later referred to as a “miracle” in the near death of Tunney’s bride. In the introduction to the book, Christopher Newton writes that reading of the miracle and the friendship “has helped put the soul back into an author who hid his humanity behind a screen of words.” It also greatly enlarges the perception of one of the greatest prizefighters of the 20th Century. All of that and more is related in this beautifully written book, a fitting tribute to a man who believed reading would open doors, and whose son shares his father’s gift for words. There was much more to Gene Tunney than met the eye. Likewise, there is more to this largely untold story. While the book will certainly appeal to Shaw fans and Tunney fans, one doesn’t need to know anything about either man — or about literature or boxing — to be entranced by the friendship of the prizefighter and the playwright and the world they shared. Jay R. Tunney, the son of legendary boxer Gene Tunney, has written for publications worldwide, including the New York Times Magazine, Asian Wall Street Journal, Hartford Courant, Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies, and Independent Shavian. He is a member of the Governor’s International Advisory Council for the Shaw Festival in Ontario, Canada, and vice president of the International Shaw Society. Jay R. Tunney will be in Miami promoting his new book, The Prizefighter and the Playwright, on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m., at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables. Call 305-442-4408 for information.

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