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JANUARY 8 - 21, 2013

Retired UM swim coach Bill Diaz honored with art


BY RON BEASLEY ormer swim team members and a University of Miami alumni official gathered at the Big Cheese Restaurant recently to honor a man they revere and respect, retired longtime coach Bill Diaz. Diaz, 87, coached both men and women UM swimming and diving teams for 15 years, from 1970 to 1985. His squads posted four top-10 NCAA championship finishes and finished in the top 20 at the NCAA championships 11 times. In 1974, 1977 and 1982, his men’s teams won national championships and the 1975 womens’ swimming and diving squads won six individual national titles. On hand at the Big Cheese to pay tribute to Coach Diaz were former swimmers Doug Hartman, Steve Lichtner, John Spire, Kurt Weinants and Ken Groce, along with his son John Diaz, who was also a UM swim-

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First National Bank helps out First National Bank of South Miami celebrated the spirit of the holidays by collecting toys for the South Miami Alliance for Youth Program for the 7th year in a row. Thanks to generosity of the staff members, we presented Alliance for Youth Board Members with nearly 60 gifts. “Alliance for Youth does fabulous work for the children in our community. James McCants is a wonderful role model for our young people. Our staff Pictured are (l-r) Rene Aldonza, VP FNBSM; Daisy Harrell, Alliance for Youth; Veronica B. Flores, members EVP FNBSM; and James McCants, South Miami Coordinator Community Outreach really came through again this year. Their generosity of spirit and willingness to share with others is truly inspiring, especially during these very difficult economic times. We could not be more proud of our team members,.” commented Veronica Birch Flores, Executive Vice President. “It is one more way that we demonstrate our commitment to our community:” For information, contact Mercedes Cruz at 305-662-5414 or email to <>

Around Town Who’s who at local eateries BY MICHAEL MILLER

Executive Editor

Out of my zip code: At Lots of Lox on US1 and SW 149 St, I ran into (at different times) Mel Mann, Eugene Flinn, the former Palmetto Bay mayor, current Palmetto Bay Councilman Patrick Fiore, Gary Rackear, a South Miami attorney, real estate moguls, Chip Black with EWM and Levi Meyer, a real estate agent with Fortune International Realty. Over at Deli Lane, the CEO of South Miami Hospital, Lincoln Mendez was there with a guest, a doctor I think and the two of them were working it for about an hour or so. Golly, if only we were sitting closer to them…Hmm. I heard that Lincoln loves going there, if for no other reason then to feed those little sparrows that have become rather friendly with the folks that sit outside. So, Lincoln go ahead, keep taking care of those little guys, but don’t let them eat off your plate. And more sightings at Deli Lane: Horace Feliu was seen there recently enjoying breakfast and reading a copy of his favorite newspaper (guess which one.) Ed, from Ed’s Boot Camp was also there having a power breakfast with a friend and sitting nearby was Paul Marolf and Grant Miller and some other politicos, as well.

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January 8 - 21, 2013

Armin Salon and Spa marks 2 years, plans expansion

Armin Khavari, in his element ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY JESSE SCHECKNER

Although the Armin Salon and Spa in South Miami will celebrate its second anniversary in January, owner Armin Khavari says the business has only just begun to take shape and there are big plans for 2013. Khavari intends to expand the operation to the second floor of the building where his salon is located. The extra space will give him the areas to expand all of the available services, as well as provide the necessary space to branch out into other specialties such as massage therapy. Armin Salon also recently acquired the very experienced staff formerly with the established Mr. Roberts salon, was once a cosmetology staple in South Miami. Salon goers who were did not know where their favorite beauty technicians went will find many of them at the Armin Salon, including the familiar faces of nail tech Celia and hairstylists Lisa, Millie and Nancy. The son of Janilla and Farid Khavari, who enjoyed great success in the beauty business, Armin Khavari took the years of experience he gained from his parents and the education that he sought in that field academically, and used them to infuse his own enterprise with a professional expertise. “I had the great opportunity to learn how to run a successful business by watching my parents,” he says. “Growing up, I watched professionals work every day, and when I was old enough I went to school for it.” Armin Salon and Spa offers an abundance of beauty care services, including salon standards such as hair, nails, facials, waxing, threading, manicures, pedicures and acrylics. Their equipment is state of the

art and the layout and design of the place, from the modern-style mirrors and light fixtures to the soothing music, provides a pleasant and idyllic atmosphere where customers can’t help but unwind and shed their daily concerns. If someone were asked to guess what kind of establishment they were in solely by looking at the floor, they would be stumped; it is exceptionally clean and there is not a stray hair to spot. Prospective customers looking for body treatments outside of traditional salon amenities may find Armin’s ultrasound and micro-current liposuction therapies to be just what they are looking for. One “tightens” and one “shreds”, but according to Khavari, both are guaranteed to yield results almost immediately. “We tell clients to come in wearing their tightest pants, ones they can barely clasp the buckle on,” says Khavari. “When they leave, their pants fit very loosely, and in 15 sessions people notice a dramatic improvement in their body’s sculpture.” Aside from offering holiday combo packages that are a given with any salon worth its weight in hair dye, Khavari wants to extend an invitation to anyone reading this story by offering a special, exclusive deal. “Anyone who mentions this article when they call or come in for any hair service will receive a complimentary conditioning treatment to go with it,” he says. Armin Salon and Spa, at 5910 SW 73rd St., with free parking available behind the building, is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday, although they will remain open later for parties. For more information, call 305-663-7171.

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South Miami Rotary elections, parties and musical highlights Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB At the South Miami Rotary Club recent meeting, elections were held for 2013, beginning July, giving the group time to plan their upcoming terms. Those voted into office include Gabriel De Armas, president-elect; Karen Vassell, vice president; Rooney Brodie, secretary; David Jacobs, treasurer; and Mike Sutta, sergeant-at-arms. Others serving on the next board of directors include Ellen Book, Fabio Fernandez, Donna Gains, Raquel Ramis Hickey, Wendy Lapidus, Lucille McKey, Doreen Reitnauer and Britt Steinhardt. Current President-Elect Brett Trembly will take over as president. Rotary is a global service organization of business and professional people pledged to upholding the highest ethical standards with a mission that encompasses


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worldwide fellowship and international peace under the banner of service. Those interested in finding out more about Rotary or becoming a Rotarian are invited to attend the South Miami Rotary Club, any Tuesday, at Carrabbas in South Miami, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. The price for lunch is $17. For more information, visit In other Rotary news, the Coral Gables Club is planning another in their Wine Dinner Series. The next event will be held at Angelique Euro Café on Miracle Mile on Tues. Feb. 26. For a ticket price of $125 per person, guests will enjoy a four course gourmet dinner with wine pairings for each course. This series of four dinners through June will benefit local charities and the Coral Gables Rotary Foundation. For more information, visit <>. On the holiday front, the CGWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club held its Annual Holiday Party and Installation on Dec. 5th organized by Entertainment Chair and Past President Pam Schaefer who thanked Ana Lam and Sandy Schaefer for transforming the beautiful ballroom into a wonderland. Aside from celebrating the holidays, the event served to honor the dental clinic staff Dr. Fernando Duarte, Dr. Fanny Jarquin, Dr. Karina Cintron, Ana Hernandez, Yolim Ramirez, and Ruth Ibarquen. The Club’s May Van Sickle Dental Clinic Director, Dr. Iris Torres Rivera, received guests collecting gift cards to hand out to more than 100 disadvantaged children served by their free dental clinic. The gala party also featured a gourmet feast, dancing and the installation of 12 of the current class of 13 members of the new members including Nathalia Bogani, Kara Corneil, Lisa Demarco, Lori Marie Dilan, Yvette Leiva, Imelda Medina, Stella Suarez, Lizz Wiegandt, Libia Casas, Nanette Rodriguez, Melinda Crawley, and Ann-Margaret Sirgany. Also joining but unable to attend the party was Carol Cabeza as well as the Club’s hardworking membership chair, Mayanne Etkin, who was out with the flu. Women interested in joining this dynamic group of women, may visit for more information. May you all have a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Seen here enjoying the Coral Gables Woman’s Club Holiday Installation Dinner are President of the Cocoplum Woman’s Club, Heike Leibkuchler, with CGWC’s Ana Lam, Past President Pam Schaefer, Sandy Schaefer, Past President Barbara Lapsley and John Schaefer.

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Coral Gables Woman’s Club Past President Linda Hartwell with daughter Jamie, husband, and John, and the CGWC member of the month, Deborah Moore, of South Miami. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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January 8 - 21, 2013

Chanukah lighting at the Shops of Sunset

Vice Mayor Josh Leibman (left) joined event organizer Rabbi Levi Friedman and lit the 9-foot-high Menorah. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

As the crowd gathered, Vice Mayor Josh Leibman joined Rabbi Levi Friedman and lit the Menorah for all to see. Children of all ages, moms and dads and grandparents were there to help celebrate the Holiday and to enjoy live music and lots of good food, including the traditional hot latkes (potato pancakes), jelly doughnuts, chocolate coins, crafts and for the young at heart, face painting. Rabbi Friedman is the Director of the Chabad Jewish Student Center at FIU and he shared some of his wisdom with us: “Everyone has light inside themselves. The public Menorah lighting reminds us that we need to share the light with our neighbors and to the entire community.” To find out more information, visit <>

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SoMi Fitness brings smiles to children as their annual Holiday Toy Drive BY LEVI MEYER

The room was overflowing with toys, smiling children, spirited volunteers and even a WWF wrestler at this year’s extraordinarily successful SoMi Fitness Holiday Toy Drive! As it has done for the past four years, SoMi Fitness began collecting toys in November for its annual holiday toy drive. Drop off sites were established at the

SoMi Fitness Training Facility and at their partnering affiliate, Boca Tanning of South Miami. This past December 22, 2012 at the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, toys were piled high on tables around the room, as over 25 volunteers prepared for the oncoming rush of over 60 children and 100 parents. The event, coordinated by Coach Willie and Unni Greene, was able to collect enough toys

William Del Sol, Matthew Greene, Unni Greene, Alana Greene, Erica Greene, Marcus Greene and Michael Schwitalla.

Left to right are Unni Green, Coach Willie, world renowned heavy weight champion WWF wrestler “Big Show” and Bess Katramados.

for most children to choose more than two and had a star appearance by world renowned heavy weight champion WWF wrestler “Big Show.” More than 200 toys were given away, including dolls, bicycles, fire trucks, high chairs, makeup kits, jump ropes, water guns, watches, purses, basketballs, footballs, remote control cars and countless others. “It’s all about the look on the children’s

faces,” said Coach Willie and Unni Greene as they begin to discuss next year’s toy drive. They hope to expand in 2013 by urging and inviting fellow South Miami businesses to join them in this wonderful cause. Levi Meyer is a South Florida REALTOR and a feature article writer specializing in local real estate, business, people, and events.

2012 Holiday Toy Drive volunteers

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AROUND TOWN, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– new people that will lead us into the future, rather than the continual backward slide that the city has been on since the last election, when “Bobble Head” Welsh got into office. And although, Welsh’s tenure doesn’t end for a few more years, this time up it’ll be the seats occupied by Commissioners Valerie Newman and Walter Harris, as well as Mayor Phil Stoddard. So, come on residents and voters of South Miami, come up with some real viable candidates and then help them win, so we can have a commission that we are proud of once again. Could hardly believe my eyes, when I read a recent Miami Herald article, where the mayor, according to the article, said he had been shot at twice before. Golly folks, can’t figure out if he is very lucky or unlucky, cuz most of the people I know have only been shot at once or not at all. And then “Bobble Head” Welsh is also quoted as saying that high-powered weapons “were not necessary for law abiding citizens.” Bob, you gotta do better than that! So, let’s see you really give a real, thoughtful talk about gun control and exactly what the City of South Miami can do right here in our town.

Pictured with retired UM swimming coach Bill Diaz (seated) are former swimmer John Diaz, UM director of alumni programs Rick Remmert, former swimmers Doug Hartman, Steve Lichtner, John Spire, Kurt Weinants and Ken Groce. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

mer, and UM director of alumni programs Rick Remmert. The group presented Coach Diaz with a framed artwork commemorating his years as a UM coach. The artwork in reality was an enlarged copy of the cover of a very special DVD that was signed by more than 65 swimmers, divers, coaches and staff members who returned to the campus last month for a reunion and to pay tribute to Coach Diaz. The DVD contains hundreds of pages of newspaper and magazine articles and photographs from Coach Diaz’s distinguished era at UM. They were collected over the years in a

huge scrapbook and recently were scanned electronically, then transferred to a master DVD by X-Ray Copy Service. Each returning alumni was given a copy as a gift from UM and X-Ray Copy. “The framed and signed artwork was a gift to Coach Diaz from the University in recognition of his amazing career,” said the UM’s Remmert. “It was jointly created for Coach Diaz and the returning swimmers, divers, coaches and staff.” Coach Diaz resides in Palmetto Bay with his wife, Martha, and continues to dine regularly at the Big Cheese located at SW 67 Avenue and US1.

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Bob, who just loves eating at the Fish House on Miller Drive and 100th Ave, is all smiles as he shows us the new menu, as well as one of our newspapers, and his favorite, the Kendall Gazette. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

And speaking of politics, the City of South Miami is holding an election in Feb. 2014 and this will be the time, that the voters can do a clean sweep and get in three

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Fresh from international success coach focuses on Gulliver sailing BY MARK SELL

Fresh from his top 10 ranking in a world sailing competition in Buenos Aires, Gulliver Schools’ new sailing coach, Brian Kamilar, is focusing on placing his team in a major upcoming Southeast regional competition. Kamilar and his crewmate, Enrique Quintero of Miami, recently returned from the Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championships, conducted in November near Buenos Aires. He placed eighth among 50 teams from seven countries in the Americas and Asia. Six boats competed with Team USA. All competitors had to qualify within their countries to participate, so those selected were their countries best sailors. “Our goal was top 10, so we were happy where we finished,” Kamilar said before switching the subject to his Gulliver team. “Looking forward, our aim at Gulliver is to place in the South Atlantic District competition in April,” Kamilar said. “With our new team, it’s really important that our most experienced sailors help the least experienced. That’s the best way to make a team strong.” Some of those more experienced sailors participated in the Orange Bowl

International Youth Regatta, Dec. 26-30, at the Coral Reef Yacht Club before returning to regular competition in January. Ransom Everglades in Coconut Grove will host the Interscholastic Sailing Association’s South Atlantic District (SAISA) Mallory Fleet Racing District Championship on Apr. 12-14, in which top school sailing teams in the coastal Southeast and Caribbean will compete. The sailing team got its start this past August when Gulliver expanded its water sports program to include sailing, under Kamilar’s full-time leadership as coach. The varsity team of 19 high school and two middle school sailors practices weekly at Coral Reef Yacht Club, 2484 S. Bayshore Dr., and competes every month throughout the school year. In addition, Kamilar conducts a weekly learn-to-sail class at the yacht club for middle-school students. “The team is improving at a great pace and our results at events show it,” Kamilar said. “We are becoming very close-knit team and embracing the team-based idea of sailing, with everyone assisting each other to become better.” Kamilar, 25, a Miami native, has more than 15 years of racing experience and more

Gulliver sailing coach Brian Kamilar ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

than 10 years of coaching experience. He is a graduate of Boston College, where he was a three-time All-American and two-time College Sailor of the Year finalist. He helped lead the team to two consecutive team race national championships and two

top-five finishes at fleet race nationals. At age 8, Kamilar began his sailing career in the Optimist class. For the next seven years he competed in more than 100 national and international regattas, winning his first event at the age of 10. He was a three-time member of the U.S. National Team and a two-time member of both the U.S. North American Team and U.S. South American Team. He won multiple national events, including the Southeast Dingy Optimist Championships, Florida State Optimist Championships, and Biscayne Bay Optimist Championships. He also had two top five finishes in the Optimist National Championships. In 2004, Kamilar won the Bemis DoubleHanded National Championship and was one of Gary Jobson/Sailing World magazine’s junior sailors of the year. In high school, he was captain and MVP of his team for three years. In 2005, Kamilar tried his hand in the Snipe and won the 2005 Snipe Junior National Championships. Currently he is sailing Snipes, J24’s, and team racing in V15’s. Kamilar competed in the 2011 Snipe World Championships in Denmark and placed in the top 15 among global competitors. For more information about Gulliver Schools visit <>.

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6th Annual FEDEX Waterford 5K at Blue Lagoon raises $30,000 for Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation The 6th Annual FedEx Waterford 5K recently brought more than 1,200 local runners, walkers and corporate partners together for a fun night of family and fitness to benefit the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. This year’s run raised $30,000. For the past six years, the race has donated 100 percent of its proceeds and focused its efforts on providing much needed funding to local charities. To date, the Waterford 5K run/walk has raised more than $100,000 in support of local causes. “We are incredibly grateful to FedEx, Taylor & Mathis and all of the businesses and participants that continue to make children’s health care a priority in our community,” said Lucy Morillo-Agnetti, president and CEO, Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The funds raised will greatly benefit the children and families that rely on Miami Children’s Hospital in their greatest time of need.” The race course took participants on a winding run through Miami’s premier office park and the fun didn’t end after participants crossed the finish line. This year

to give back year after year. Supporting sponsors for the 2012 FedEx Waterford 5K included Club Med, Breitling, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, TIAA-CREF, DRA Advisors, Taylor & Mathis, Hogan, Command Security Corporation, Waste Management, OTIS, CRS Facility Services, L’Oreal Paris, Forair, Brickell Magazine and more. For more information, including race results and photos, visit

Overall race winner Robert Novak poses with race organizer Peter Romero, representatives from the Miami Children’s Hospital and other top finishers at the 6th Annual FedEx Waterford 5K. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

event attendees were treated to an evening of festivities following the race including a

post race party featuring renowned DJ Irie, the official DJ of the Miami Heat and radio talent on 99Jamz, delicious food from some South Florida’s most popular food trucks, sponsor tents, inflatable slides and more. This year’s race garnered several top runners with a special competition that awarded the top 10 racers with impressive prize packages. Robert Novak, 26, who was the overall winner finishing at 15:29, received a Breitling Watch valued at $5,000. “The Waterford 5K at Blue Lagoon continues to make strides in the South Florida community by giving back to organizations that touch the lives of so many individuals,” said Peter Romero, race organizer and senior property manager at Taylor & Mathis. “With the help of our corporate partners and race participants we are able

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Cruise on Celebrity Reflection raises more than $550,000 for United Way BY SANDRA RODRIGUEZ

More than 500 community and business leaders joined United Way of Miami-Dade on Dec. 1-3, for a charity cruise aboard Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Reflection. The two-night cruise raised more than $550,000 to support United Way’s work in education, financial stability and health. Charitable contributors had a unique, funfilled experience onboard the newest and largest addition to Celebrity Cruises’ luxury fleet, the fifth and final ship in its awardwinning Solstice Class series, before she made her South Florida debut. Longtime United Way supporter, Lady Monica Heftler, served as the charity

cruise’s honorary chair. Heftler hosted several receptions onboard, one of which encouraged guests to wear Live United Tshirts. “I enjoy giving back to the community and supporting important causes,” Lady Monica Heftler, said. “The two-night cruise on Celebrity Reflection offered a meaningful way to support the good work of United Way while having a great time at sea, on a beautiful ship, with many good friends and community supporters.” Among the highlights of the overnight cruise was the ship’s naming ceremony. Richard Fain, CEO and chairman of parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, honored four Celebrity Cruises employees instrumental in breast cancer awareness as

Maria Carvalho and Alberto Carvalho, superintendant of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, were onboard. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Conchi Argiz is pictured at the casino. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

the ship’s godmothers. “We are so grateful to Celebrity Cruises for giving us this extraordinary opportunity aboard Celebrity Reflection. This is truly a gift,” said Harve A. Mogul, president and CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade. “Over the years Celebrity Cruises’ unwavering support of our mission has had a tremendous impact on the lives of thousands of our residents and

the community as a whole.” In addition to the naming ceremony, guests aboard the charity cruise enjoyed around-the-clock entertainment, including receptions, theatrical performances and some of the most creative and innovative amenities afloat at sea. For more information about Celebrity Cruises, dial 1-800-437-3111 or call your travel agent.

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Small Claims Court Clinic slated Jan. 23 at WK Regional Library BY ALEJANDRA CASTRO-NUÑEZ

The Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER), Division of Business Affairs, is hosting a free Small Claims Court Clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the West Kendall Regional Library, 10201 Hammocks Blvd. The Small Claims Court process will be led by Miami-Dade County’s Consumer Advocate Leonard Elias. Elias will explain the county’s Small Claims Court system, provide detailed explanation of how the

Small Claims Court process works and will answer questions from participants. The Small Claims Court process offers individuals an opportunity to address disputes involving $5,000 or less, without the costly assistance and the necessity of hiring an attorney. Legal forms are available for download from the division’s website free of charge or at the clinic for $5. For questions or additional information in regarding the small claims court clinics, contact Business Affairs/Consumer Protection’s Mediation Unit at 305-375-3677.

Begin 2013 learning all about opening a business in county BY ALEJANDRA CASTRO-NUÑEZ

Begin the New Year learning all about opening a business in Miami-Dade County. The county’s Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER) will continue its series of free workshops to educate the public on the steps required to open a business in Miami-Dade County. The first workshop will be on Friday, Jan. 25, 12:30 p.m., at the Miami-Dade County Permitting and Inspection Center, 11805 SW 26 St.

Learn the ABC’s of opening a business, including how to obtain a Certificate of Use, a Local Business Tax receipt, a Home Business License, Permits and Registration, as well as essential insurance coverage for small businesses. County staff will be available to answer questions and share their expertise on the necessary tools to start and operate a successful business. Seating is limited and will be given on a first come, first served basis. Call 305-3753677 to reserve a seat.

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Mercantil Commercebank names winners of Zoolens competition BY ANA MARIA COLMENARES

Mercantil Commercebank, one of the largest banks in Florida, announced the winners of the 2012 Zoolens Photography Project during a December awards ceremony at the bank’s headquarters in Coral Gables. The bank’s Zoolens Photography Project is a photo competition, in partnership with Zoo Miami and the Zoological Society of Florida, designed to help Miami-Dade county students to build awareness and a greater sense of appreciation for the world’s wildlife. The eligibility to participate in this year’s Zoolens Photography Project was expanded to all middle school students in Miami-Dade County. The contest ran from Sept. 29 through Nov. 9, during which time participating students were asked to take an artistic photograph of an animal from Zoo Miami and submit it either through their teachers or by bringing it to any Mercantil Commercebank banking center. The response to the competition was overwhelming. The entries were reviewed by a panel of distinguished judges, including internationally acclaimed photo-artist María Martínez-Cañas; New World School of the Arts Visual Arts professor and curator Rosario Martínez-Cañas; Zoo Miami’s director of communications, photographer and wildlife expert Ron Magill; and Zoological Society board member Grizzel Gonzalez. The three winners and 10 honorable mentions for the 2012 Zoolens Photography Contest were revealed during the awards ceremony. The winning picture, which was selected based on composition, artistic merit, technical ability and title, went to Alberto Parsons for his photo titled Butting Heads. Top finishers: First Place: Butting Heads by Albert Parsons from South Miami K-8 Center (Expressive Arts Magnet), who received a

$2,000 savings account, a professional camera and a student membership in the North American Nature Photography Association. Second Place: Looking in a Mirror by Felipe Delgado from South Miami K-8 Center (Expressive Arts Magnet), who received a $1,500 savings account, a professional camera and student membership in the North American Nature Photography Association. Third Place: One Foot Wonder by Michael Scibarassi from Southwood Middle School (Magnet Photography), who received a $1,000 savings account, a professional camera and a student membership in the North American Nature Photography Association. In addition, the winners’ schools received a donation from Mercantil Commercebank and the students were recognized on the Zoolens website and the Zoolens Facebook page. “We are thrilled with the amazing response we received from Miami-Dade County middle school students and teachers,” said Millar Wilson, president and CEO or Mercantil Commercebank. “At Mercantil Commercebank we recognize that the arts are a key element of a community’s cultural development. Through educational programs like Zoolens, we are proud to help children appreciate the beauty and importance of nature while providing a wonderful space where they can express their creativity through photography.” The awards ceremony was attended by nearly 150 students and their families, and Ron Magill, emcee and director of communications at Zoo Miami. Also in attendance at the event was Mercantil Commercebank executive vice president and CFO Al Peraza; Miami-Dade School Board vice chair Dr. Lawrence Feldman, and Zoo Miami director Eric Stephens. For additional information about the 2012 Zoolens Photography Project, visit online at <>.


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The Children’s Trust marks 10 years of helping kids, families BY ELOISE E. RODRIGUEZ

The Children’s Trust marks its 10th anniversary by looking back on the impact it has made on the lives of children and families across Miami-Dade County. “Thanks to the tenacity of my predecessor and founding board chair David Lawrence Jr., voters in our community voted in 2002 to tax themselves for children and then reaffirmed that commitment in 2008 with an astonishing margin of victory never seen before or since,” said Maria Alonso, chair of The Children’s Trust Board of Directors. “It shows what a generous community we really are — and that’s something I often hear as I travel around the state.” The Children’s Trust has sought to earn the public’s trust as worthy stewards of their hard-earned money and has done so by seeking data-driven results and by following the highest standards of ethics and transparency. Its diverse 33-member board is intentionally representative of the many players and organizations that serve children and families in MiamiDade County and work to achieve systemic change.

Before its first grant award in the summer of 2004, the landscape was quite different. Quality summer camps were unaffordable for most working-class families; the summer option essentially was remedial instruction offered by public schools for students at risk of failing. After-school care was a way to pass the time until mom or dad finished work, and there was little or no assessment of children’s progress in these programs. Teens not involved in school sports or clubs had precious few other opportunities for healthy engagement and artistic expression. Teen pregnancy was on the rise, and young men prone to risky behavior frequently suffered run-ins with the law. School administrative staff members too often were charged with deciding whether a student feeling ill should be sent home or return to class. One in five — or 110,000 — Miami-Dade children under 18 were uninsured. Organized efforts to infuse early childcare with educational standards were few; more than six in 10 youngsters were not ready to enter kindergarten. Parenting classes for the most part meant an intervention for when a parent, child or youth had gotten into trouble. “While our commitment has always

been to serve all children, we also have been committed to investing most heavily in those neighborhoods and communities where our most vulnerable children live and where there are concentrations of violence and crime, school failure, and poor health outcomes,” said Modesto E. AbetyGutierrez, president and CEO of The Children’s Trust. Things have truly changed, and, while The Children’s Trust cannot take full credit, its role as an agent of change has been significant. Its focus on more universal programming has made after-school and summer programs available to far more families than ever before and these programs are more engaging, educational, and results-driven. It has greatly expanded opportunities for children with special needs by insisting upon inclusion as a condition of Trust funding. Instead of wandering the streets after school, thousands of teens and preteens now have more meaningful options to express themselves creatively and practice positive social behaviors. The teen birth rate has dropped from 39.8 to 24.4 births per thousand. The number of referrals/arrests for youths 10-17 has dipped from 7,882 to 4,285 over the past seven years. The Trust has created a national model for school-based health. Students who feel ill at school can be treated by a health professional at more than half the county’s schools, and services offered there now focus on the whole child — their physical as well as their mental health. The number of uninsured children has dropped to one in seven, or 79,000. Parents are learning more than ever that they are their child’s best first teacher, and that quality childcare is central to their child’s future success. More early childhood educators are embracing quality standards and see their field as a respected and viable profession. Half of the county’s chil-

dren are now ready to enter kindergarten and efforts will be made to continue to increase that percentage. While many factors have influenced these decreases, The Children’s Trust asserts that its programs and initiatives have contributed significantly to these shifts in the socio-economic terrain of the county to the benefit of children and families. Since the inception of The Children’s Trust, 315,000 individual children, youth, parents, and caregivers have benefited from one or more ongoing service programs; nearly 97,400 students made 1.2 million visits to its school health suites; an estimated 67,800 infants and young children have been cared for by providers in The Trust’s childcare quality improvement initiative, and hundreds of thousands of families have been served through The Children’s Trust 2-1-1 helpline, community outreach, and public awareness efforts — amounting to countless beneficiaries of its $623.5 million in investments throughout Miami-Dade County. Two years ago, The Trust launched its most ambitious initiative to date — Read to Learn. Helping children to become better readers has become a nationwide crusade, and locally The Children’s Trust is spearheading the campaign. Children learn to read beginning at birth and, by the age of 8 must be able to make the transition from learning to read to reading to learn. In these 10 years, The Children’s Trust has come a long way and done a lot of good for the children and families in MiamiDade County. By continuing to work together with all of its partners in the community, The Children’s Trust hopes to generate even more progress in the years ahead. The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.

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200 students participate in Fairchild Challenge event BY BRITTANY NGUYEN

Almost 200 local high school, middle and elementary school students in the Fairchild Challenge multidisciplinary, environmental education outreach program, performed in botanical bands, walked in the Parade of Animals and modeled their one-of-a-kind botanical fashion creations on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables. Emceed by local environmentalist Hunter Reno, a distinguished panel of judges including community leaders, university professors and volunteers assessed the botanical band performances, animal masks and unique fashions created exclusively from natural, plants and recycled materials. Among the activities: • High Schools Botanical Band — High school students in 13

Carrollton School (middle school) students Tarina Touret and Cristina Hirmas are dressed in Aluminum with pink flowers. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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bands who made musical instruments out of natural plant materials performed an original musical composition. • Elementary Schools Parade of Endangered Animals — In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, elementary school students from 30 schools wore masks of endangered animals they made from natural and recycled materials, and walked in a parade. • Middle Schools Futuristic Fashion — 27 groups of middle school students modeled futuristic fashion they designed with all visible parts made exclusively of real plant materials. All students descended Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s majestic “Stairway of Style” at the Visitors Center before a crowd of hundreds including family members, teachers, environmental supporters and the local community.

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January 8 - 21, 2013

Holiday Toy Drive and Santa lift spirits of young patients BY MIRIAM ROSSI

Holiday joy was contagiously spread to the patients at Baptist Children’s Hospital’s Kendall campus on Dec. 20 by the Miami-Dade County Permitting and Inspection Center’s Holiday Toy Drive accompanied by Santa Claus and choir. Toys were donated generously by employees of the Miami-Dade County Permitting and Inspection Center and were distributed by Santa to the patients who ranged in ages from infants to teenagers. Even in these tough economic times, there were 200-plus toys donated by employees. Accompanying the toy distribution was the cheerful singing of the holiday choir to uplift spirits of these young patients. This annual visit to Baptist Children’s Hospital by the Permitting and Inspection Center is facilitated through the coordination of dedicated nurses and hospital staff. Toys also were donated to the county’s Annual Toy Drive organized by Miami-Dade County’s Community Action and Human Services Department. There also were toys donated to the Children’s Home Society of South Florida (a United Way of Miami-Dade impact partner). The Miami-Dade County Permitting & Inspection Center, located at 11805 SW 26 St., annually conducts a holiday toy drive with Santa and choir along with a variety of numerous community service projects.

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The Carrie Brazer Center for Autism Inc. has announced the re-location of its middle school, high school and vocational center to 16905 SW 100 Ave. The community is invited to tour the new center, meet with the staff and learn more about the outstanding programs at an open house on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 16905 SW 100 Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Carrie Brazer Center for Autism specializes in serving individuals diagnosed with classical Autism Spectrum Disorders and other social and communicative disabilities, including Aspergerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Disorder, high-functioning autism, and nonverbal learning disabilities. The center offers a unique, individualized education with an emphasis on social skills in a nurturing, therapeutic environment with a full comprehensive team approach. The new vocational center is open to individuals from age 13 to adults. McKay

School Vouchers are accepted for tuition payment for students up to age 22. The curriculum includes an academic program that incorporates pre-vocational and vocational skills training activities, money management and daily living skills such as self-care, housing, dining out, and cooking. A primary component of the vocational program involves taking students on community activities to gain experience and to increase their socialization skills. Outings include working with staff at Marshallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stores, practicing money management skills at Publix, learning to take public transportation and how to use the public libraries. The centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vocational program offers graduates and other adult members of our community with ASD an opportunity to further their education and develop skills that will help them have a more productive future. Call the Carrie Brazer Center for Autism at 305-262-5999 or 305-271-8790 for more information.

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January 8 - 21, 2013

MDC Kendall Campus students set Performing Arts Showcase, Jan. 25 BY SUE ARROWSMITH

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Kendall Campus Music, Theater and Dance students will make their debut at the new South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay, with an original show, “Kendall Comes Alive” Performing Arts Showcase, on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. Kendall Comes Alive brings it all together on one stage — dance, theatrical scenes and vocal and instrumental music including jazz and classical genres. Performances will showcase the extraordinary talent of students in the music, theater and programs at the Kendall Campus. “Kendall Campus is where vision,

artistry and passion are met with opportunity,” said Kendall Campus Music, Theater and Dance Department chair Rodester Brandon. “We offer degrees in performance and performance education, and we want the entire community to see the great work our faculty and students are doing and present it at the new, state-of-the-art South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center.” Tickets for Kendall Comes Alive are $10 (assigned seating). They can be purchased at the South MiamiDade Cultural Arts Center box office or in advance online at <>. For more information, call the Kendall Campus Music, Theater and Dance Department at 305-237-2282.

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Board Certified Dermatologist / FXM Research Miami

Do you or someone you know have Actinic Keratosis? FXM Research in Miami is looking for males and females 18 years or older that suffer from Actinic Keratosis “can be caused by prolonged exposure to the sun, result in discrete, rough, dry, scaly bumps on the face and/or the scalp”, to participate in a four [4] studyvisit 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 $200.00.

¿Tiene usted o alguien que usted conozca Keratosis Actínica? FXM Research en Miami está buscando hombres y mujeres de 18 años o más que sufran de Keratosis Actínica “pueden ser causadas por la exposición prolongada al sol, resultan en discretas lesiones abultadas, ásperas, secas, y escamosas en su cara y/o cuero cabelludo”, para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere cuatro [4] 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. • Compensación por tiempo y transporte hasta $200.00.

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Do you or someone you know have Facial Acne? FXM Research in Miami is looking for males and females 12 to 35 years of age that suffer from Facial Acne, to participate in an eight [8] 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 $800.00.

¿Tienee ustedd o alguienn quee ustedd conozca Acnéé Facial? FXM Research en Miami está buscando hombres y mujeres de 12 a 35 años de edad que sufran de Acné Facial, para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere ocho [8] 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 sin costo alguno. • Reembolso por tiempo y transporte hasta $800.00.

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January 8 - 21, 2013

Annual Mercury Ball to benefit programs and services at SMH BY STEPHANIE ROJAS

South Miami Hospital will celebrate its 53rd annual South Miami Hospital/Kidz Medical Services Mercury Ball, “Global Rhythm, Your World – Our Priority,” on Saturday, Mar. 2, at the JW Marriott Marquis, 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way in Downtown Miami. Kidz Medical Services is the Title Sponsor; Presenting Sponsor is First National Bank of South Miami. The event will be hosted by the South Miami Hospital Associates, a group of business and community leaders who serve as goodwill ambassadors and fundraisers for the hospital, and South Miami Hospital Foundation, the hospital’s fundraising arm. More than 500 business and community leaders are expected at the black-tie affair that starts at 7 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, followed by dinner and dancing to the rhythm of The Headliners. Ball attendees will celebrate South Miami Hospital’s community involvement and its No. 1 Hospital in South Florida ranking by U.S News & World Report. In addition, Ghassan G. Haddad, MD, chief of hospital medicine and director of hospitalist services at South Miami Hospital, will be honored as “Person of the Year” in recognition of his contributions to the hospital and the community. “Philanthropic Volunteer of the Year,” Luis “Wicho” Hernandez, also will be recognized for his work in helping to identify and secure financial support for the foundation. Kerry Perez is chair of the 2013 ball; Mari and Romeo Majano, MD, will serve as co-chairs. Funds raised from the Mercury Ball will

be used to modernize and expand South Miami Hospital’s Emergency Center, Surgical Suites and Imaging areas. A new Emergency Center and 16 state-of-the-art surgical suites are opening at the hospital in January. The two-story, $80 million addition is the first component of a master construction plan to enhance the hospital’s ability to serve patients. Building the final wing of the Emergency Center, 36 pre- and post-operating rooms and a central sterile processing area is expected to be completed in 2013. Renovations to the hospital’s Imaging area will include installing an additional CT scanner and expanding Radiation Oncology’s administrative offices. Tables of 10 are available at the $4,000, $7,000 and $10,000 levels; individual seats may be reserved for $450. Corporate sponsorships and underwriting opportunities also are available. To purchase tickets or sponsorships or for more information, call 786-467-5400 or send email to <>. South Miami Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. In addition to South Miami Hospital, Baptist Health includes Baptist Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Mariners Hospital, Doctors Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Baptist Outpatient Services. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities affiliated with Baptist Health. For more information, visit online <>.

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Royal Caribbean previews upgrades on older ships BY MIKE BERK

Royal Caribbean International recently diverted its Grandeur of the Seas on its redeployment from Europe to Panama for a one-night sailing from PortMiami to reintroduce the renovated cruise ship to the media and travel trade. The ship completed its $48 million revitalization on June 1, 2012 at the Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, Spain. The bow-to-stern revitalization of Grander of the Seas included the addition of five new dining venues, technological upgrades, a pool side LED screen, a refresh of all furniture, car-

CRUISE NEWS pet, upholstery and staterooms as well as new entertainment offering including a spectacular aerial entertainment in its sixdeck high Centrum. Among the new dining venues are:

New giant LED screen will offer movies poolside.

Enhanced play area for youngsters among upgrades.

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The Park Café — serving soups, sandwiches and more made to order. Chef’s Table — providing an exclusive gourmet dining experience. Chop’s Grille — the line’s signature steakhouse. Giovanni’s Table — Italian trattoria serving classic dishes made to be shared. Izumi — offering sushi and Asian-fusion cuisine. In addition, the ship received a new Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society loyalty guests, a Concierge Lounge for suite guests and top-tier loyalty guests, a Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, as well as

a transformed Viking Crown Lounge that features a stunning new design and as a new menu. The ship is representative of what Royal Caribbean is doing to add to some of its older class ships amenities that have proven very popular on its newer classes of ships. Under the theme “Now our best ship is every ship” many of the Oasis Class upgrades are found across the entire fleet of 23 ships calling at ports around the world. For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit <> or call 1-800ROYAL-CARIBBEAN.

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Award-winning sci-fi/fantasy author to speak at kids’ writers conference BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

Middle grade author Bruce Coville will be in Miami on Jan. 18-20 to speak to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Florida Regional Conference. The conference is the annual gathering of Florida’s published and aspiring children’s book authors and illustrators held at the Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel. The schedule includes writing workshops Friday and Sunday and a Saturday general session. Attendees come from across Florida and from as far away as Canada. Coville is known for the Sixth Grade Alien series, which included My Teacher is An Alien, and I Was a Sixth Grade Alien. He also is the author of the Unicorn Chronicles, the Magic Shop series. His latest book is Always October. “It’s about a boy who finds a baby on the porch whose mother takes it in,” Coville said. “It turns out to be a monster. The baby looks entirely sweet and normal until the first full moon.” Coville’s books are a perfect blend of fun, humor and just enough delicious horror to give kids a tingle but not enough to scare them. He has perfected his craft over 35 years and published more than 100 books. He was recently awarded the Empire State Award for Excellence in Literature for Young People by the New York Library Association (NYLA). His books, while fun, have the effect of making kids think. Always October prompts kids to think about fear and how fear affects people. “That rose naturally from the nature of the story,” he said. “If you like the story, you’ll be thinking about them and present the possibilities for kids to think about them.” Children’s book authors often are asked “when are you going to write a real book?” Coville said he writes books for children because it’s the most radical thing he can do. “If you really want to affect the future, you don’t do it by what’s happening today, you do it by what happening in 10-20 years,” he said. “I get wonderful letters from people who read my books talking about what they are doing now.” He also likes children’s books better than adult books. “It is the last refuge of the happy ending,” Coville said. “I’m an optimistic person. In the adult world, a happy ending is the result of the weak mind.”

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Coville also has taken on continuing the Amber Brown series, originally written by the late Paula Danziger, a very good friend of his. Coville is co-writing the books with Liz Levy. The first, Amber Brown is Tickled Pink and has been released. “It’s a very good collaborative process,” he said. “They are written in Paula’s voice. We write the whole thing together sitting down.” Coville is working on a book that currently is titled The Diary of a Mad Brownie: With Supporting Documents. After that, he is going to revisit some favorite characters with a sequel to Goblins in the Castle. “I love to see what my characters have been up to when I wasn’t looking,” he said. New York Times best-selling author Ellen Hopkins also will speak. She is doing a school visit at Palmer Trinity School and sign books at Books and Books in Coral Gables on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. Coville will sign books Thursday, Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m., at Books and Books. The conference faculty includes Toni Buzzeo, Dan Yaccarino, four editors and four agents. For conference information, go online to <>. For book signing information, go to <>.

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Making the holidays merry and bright Bright, shiny new toys delivered by Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and their helpers made the holidays bright for the children at St. Albans Child Enrichment Center in South Miami. South Miami Hospital Chief Executive Officer Lincoln Mendez (Santa Claus) and hospital employees Barbara Herrera (Mrs. Claus), Rooney Brodie, Katherine Partridge and Nancy Pobiones made the special delivery right before Christmas. Santa’s sack full of toys included board games, action figures, stuffed bears and more – all generously donated by South Miami Hospital employees during the hospital’s annual toy drive to benefit the more than 60 children at the Center.

January 8 - 21, 2013

Beth Rosenstein named to chair annual Pineapple Sauté and Sip BY STEPHANIE ROJAS

Baptist Outpatient Services. “We have no doubt that Beth will take our highly Baptist Health Foundation has recruited acclaimed Pineapple Sauté and Sip evening Beth Rosenstein, general to an even higher dimenmanager of Bloomingdale’s sion.” at The Falls, as the chair of Rosenstein’s efforts now the sixth annual Pineapple go to helping the Baptist Sauté and Sip Host Health Breast Cancer Committee. CareCoach and Genetic Guests at the interactive Testing Programs, which dinner, which will take provide compassionate supplace Saturday, May 4, 6:30 port and individualized p.m., at the JW Marriott attention to breast cancer Marquis, will cook alongpatients and their families side Chef Norman Van during and after treatment. Aken, “considered South The center’s genetic testing Florida’s most gifted chef” program also educates by The New York Times. patients as to whether they Funds raised will benefit carry genes linked to an Beth Rosenstein Baptist Health Breast increased breast cancer risk. –––––––––––––––––––– Cancer CareCoach and Sponsors of Pineapple Genetic Testing Programs. Sauté and Sip include “Chef Van Aken has the expert vision to Bloomingdale’s Miami at the Falls, bring South Florida’s cuisine to life, and Celebrity Cruises, Radiology Associates of will be an excellent compliment to the South Florida, Blue Cross Blue Shield, 2013 Pineapple Sauté and Sip,” Rosenstein CritiCare Clinics Inc., Miami Culinary said. “Guests will be part of all the magic Institute, Yelp, Mercedes-Benz of Coral that goes into creating the most one-of-a- Gables/Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay, kind dishes, while helping and supporting Simple Results, CISCO and Press Concepts. Baptist Health breast cancer patients overBaptist Health South Florida is the largest come their struggles.” faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organiRosenstein is a prominent fashion and zation in the region. Baptist Health includes community leader with a legacy of raising Baptist Hospital, South Miami Hospital, much-needed funds for organizations such Baptist Children’s Hospital, Doctors as the Sandy B. Muller Breast Cancer Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Foundation, Breast Cancer Research Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Foundation, Baptist Health South Florida Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, and Foundation and Feeding South Florida Baptist Outpatient Services. Baptist Health among many others. Foundation, the organization’s fundraising “We are delighted to count on Beth arm, supports services at all hospitals and Rosenstein’s creativity, support and total facilities affiliated with Baptist Health. commitment to elevate the awareness and For information, visit treatment options for breast cancer and connect with BaptistHealthSF on patients,” said Patricia Rosello, CEO of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Crittercam exhibit captures world through animals’ eyes BY CINDY CASTELBLANCO

Swim through tropical landscapes with turtles, dive beneath the ice with penguins and forage in the forest with a family of bears — experience life as animals do in a new traveling exhibition opening at Zoo Miami. “National Geographic Crittercam: The World Through Animal Eyes,” a 6,000square-foot traveling exhibition developed by the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC, will run from Jan. 18 through May 5, at Zoo Miami. Crittercam, invented by National Geographic marine biologist Greg Marshall, is a scientific video- and data-gathering tool safely worn by wild animals, offering researchers insights into animal behavior and clues to protecting animals and the world we share. Through interactive displays, firsthand footage and evocative environments, visitors to the exhibit can explore the many stories and animals that are part of the science and adventure of Crittercam. The exhibit focuses on Crittercam’s deployment on seals and sea lions, sharks, sea turtles, whales, penguins, bears and lions. In the seals and sea lions section, a series of viewing and listening stations show how these animals communicate, hunt, feed, care for their young and attract mates. Visitors then move to the sharks section for a close-up view of an 18-foot-long great white shark model and displays that illustrate the hunting and migratory behaviors of several shark species. A shark fin model features the latest way of attaching the Crittercam — via a fin clamp. As visitors feel the rough sandpaper that keeps the clamp in place, they can watch a video depicting daring deployments, from early tether systems to a researcher deploying the fin clamp by hand. The sea turtles section offers insights into how turtles search for mates, different foraging behaviors and how the animals avoid becoming a meal themselves. From atop a life-size model of a leatherback, children and adults can watch point-of-view footage from a female leatherback, while other displays

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show life as seen by loggerhead and hawksbill turtles. In the whales section, visitors enter into a chamber of bubbles to see the cooperative behavior of humpbacks known as bubble net or lunge feeding. Other highlights include an up-close look at the toothed whales of Hawaii and footage of the mysterious “unicorn of the sea,” the narwhal. In the penguin pod, exhibition-goers enter the world of Penguin Ranch, the main research site of the Crittercam team in Antarctica, to investigate a penguin’s life beneath the ice and learn about research with penguins trained to wear Crittercam. Visitors can squeeze into an observation tube to watch a video of penguins soaring underwater, while youngsters can crawl through a tunnel and pop up in a bubble to come faceto-face with a penguin wearing a working Crittercam. On exiting the tunnel, children can view footage of themselves from the penguin’s perspective. The terrestrial version of Crittercam is the newest development in the program. In the land animals section of the exhibition, visi-

tors learn about the trial-and-error process of developing the land-based technology, from deployments on domestic dogs and cats to partnering with animal rehabilitation centers. Visitors also learn about the unique challenges of studying land animals, from penetrating the dense forest habitat of the grizzly

bear to getting the Crittercam collar to pass the lion cub “chew toy” test. Point-of-view footage shows a young Alaskan bear cub napping, feeding and traveling with its family, as well as a lioness hunting, tending to her cubs and sharing a meal with them. The final section of the exhibition focuses on Crittercam technology, with information on how it works and the original inspiration that led to its development. Visitors can design their own Crittercams using Build-aCam, touch a Crittercam model and examine deployment methods such as an adhesive patch, penguin harness and suction cup. Youngsters can try their hand at a Crittercam puzzle. There also is a “What’s New” kiosk that features recent deployments and findings on species such as the tree kangaroo and Humboldt squid. Crittercam will be open at Zoo Miami’s Dr. Wilde’s World from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Crittercam is included with zoo admission. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 St. General zoo admission is $15.95 plus tax, per adult and $11.95 plus tax, per child (3-12). Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 p.m. Parking is free. Annual pass holders and children under 2 also are free. For information, visit online at <> or call 305-251-0400.

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January 8 - 21, 2013

Celebrity Cruises honors godmothers during naming of Celebrity Reflection BY JANET DIAZ

Modern luxury brand Celebrity Cruises has formally named the fifth in its fiveship Solstice Class fleet, Celebrity Reflection, which sails to the Caribbean from PortMiami. Presiding over the ceremony on Dec. 1 were the ship’s four godmothers — all employees of the company whose lives have been touched by breast cancer: Celebrity Reflection AquaSpa manager Jovanka Goronjic; Solstice Class Hot Glass Show artist Megan Mathie; shoreside Community Relations manager Helen O’Connell, and shoreside Special Events manager Rosey Rodriguez. Each took the stage with chair and CEO Richard D. Fain, Celebrity’s president and CEO Michael Bayley, and Celebrity Reflection Captain Nicholas Pagonis, together with three of the godmothers of Celebrity Reflection’s sister ships, in a naming ceremony tradition unique to Celebrity. Among the ship’s multiple new, guestinspired attributes are five 441-square-foot “Signature Suites” with 118-square-foot verandas; the brand’s first “AquaClass Suites,” building on the popularity of Celebrity’s spa-inspired AquaClass staterooms, by adding additional space and 24/7 butler service to the host of amenities already associated with AquaClass; the jaw-dropping “Reflection Suite,” a twobedroom suite with a total of 1,636 square feet and 194-square-foot veranda, and a distinctive, all-glass shower extending out over the edge of the ship. Celebrity Reflection also presents an

CRUISE NEWS entirely new, multi-functional Conference Center, and the host of industry-first venues and experiences introduced on Celebrity Silhouette in 2011, including the interactive “Lawn Club Grill,” where guests can select and grill their own meats side-by-side with Celebrity’s expert chefs, or have them cooked to order; the relaxing, private, wi-fi-equipped cabanas called “The Alcoves;” “The Porch,” a breezy, casual dining spot offering sandwiches, coffees and captivating views of the sea and the ship’s lush lawn, and “The Art Studio,” where vacationers can bring out their inner artist. The ship also presents another venue first introduced on Celebrity Silhouette, “The Hideaway,” an intimate, quiet space reminiscent of a childhood tree house, not to mention the diverse array of other modern venues and attributes already associated with Celebrity’s Solstice Class ships. Celebrity Reflection recently embark on her inaugural Caribbean season with roundtrip seven-night sailings from PortMiami. For more information, call 1-800-4373111, visit <>, or call your travel agent. Celebrity Cruises’ parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain — together with (from left) Celebrity’s president and CEO Michael Bayley and Celebrity Reflection Captain Nicholas Pagonis — introduce the four employeegodmothers of Celebrity Reflection as they prepare to ceremoniously name the ship.

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‘Dine with the Dolphins’ offers unique Valentine’s experience BY MARITZA ARCEO-LOPEZ

“Dine with the Dolphins” at Miami Seaquarium offers couples looking for a unique yet memorable Valentine’s Day experience, the opportunity to enjoy a delicious candlelight dinner under the stars in the company of some very special dolphins. From 8 to 10 p.m., this Valentine’s Day, Miami Seaquarium invites sweethearts to take a break from the ordinary and enjoy their Valentine’s Day dinner overlooking the dolphins at Dolphin Harbor. And as an added bonus to the spectacular four-course dinner that will be featured for only $398 plus tax, the unique Valentine’s Day package includes two Sea Trek Reef Encounter and Dolphin Odyssey experience certificates, plus two annual passes to the park — a value of $695. The Sea Trek and Dolphin Odyssey gift certificates are good for up to one year from the time of purchase, while the annual passes are good until Dec. 31, 2013. Space is limited. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis. To make reservations call 305-365-2501. “If you are looking for an exceptional Valentine’s Day experience, then this is one of the best surprises that will definitely be a memorable occasion that you and your

Valentine won’t soon forget,” said Andrew Hertz, general manager at Miami Seaquarium. “Our ‘Dine with the Dolphins’ package provides you and your sweetheart the opportunity to celebrate throughout the year starting with a fabulous dinner on Valentine’s Day followed up with two unforgettable animal encounters and the opportunity to visit Miami Seaquarium all through the year.” Unveiled at Miami Seaquarium in November 2011, the Sea Trek Reef Encounter is a helmet diving experience that allows guests to become one with the park’s reef aquarium, while moving in ethereal slow motion in a near zero gravity diving system. Sea Trekking, developed by Sub Sea Systems Inc. can be experienced by non-divers, ages 10 and above — no certification or swimming skills are necessary. In the magnificent Reef Aquarium at Miami Seaquarium participants may Sea Trek as deep as 15 feet under the sea. Dolphin Odyssey is a one-and-a-half-hour experience, which includes feeding, touching and learning about these magnificent animals plus the opportunity for a deep-water interaction with a dolphin. Miami Seaquarium, South Florida’s most popular tourist attraction, is a family-oriented

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Cycle for Survival at Equinox Coral Gables Join the Battle

Cycle for Survival is in Coral Gables for the 1st Year to Raise Money to Fight Rare Cancers WHAT: Join the fight against rare cancers by registering to ride with your friends and family at Cycle for Survival, the high-energy, national indoor team cycling event that is owned and operated by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). Together with its founding partner, Equinox, Cycle for Survival has raised more than $18 million since 2007 for research at MSKCC into rare cancers, such as sarcoma, pancreatic and ovarian cancers. Teams register to ride for a four hour shift, with a maximum of eight riders per bike. Teams may register multiple bikes. WHEN: Event date: Saturday, February 2, 2013 Session Time: 8am-noon LOCATIONS: Equinox Coral Gables 370 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146 REGISTRATION: MEDIA INQUIRIES: Catherine McCormack, Edelman (office) 212-819-4816 (mobile) 917-405-0495 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Cycle for Survival is a high-energy, national, indoor team cycling event that raises money to fund research into rare cancers. Half of all people with cancer suffer from a rare form of the disease, such as pancreatic or ovarian cancer, but research is often underfunded, leaving patients with limited treatment options. Within six months of each Cycle for Survival event, every dollar raised is allocated to a Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center research initiative devoted to discovering new and more effective treatments for rare cancers. Join the battle. Find out more at and follow Cycle for Survival on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

January 8 - 21, 2013

Ford/Lincoln dealers seek candidates for Salute to Education Scholarships BY REBECCA KLEIN

Salute to Education, the scholarship program funded by the South Florida Ford and Lincoln dealers for the past 19 years, has announced that it currently is accepting applications online for one of the $1,500 scholarships. They also will be awarding each scholarship winner a laptop computer in addition to the scholarship grant. Deadline to submit the applications online is Jan. 28. This year, the South Florida Ford and Lincoln dealers will be awarding $75,000 in scholarships and laptop computers to graduating high school seniors from Miami-Dade County public and private high schools. Students may apply online at <>. Students who apply must meet the criteria and requirements listed on the Salute to Education website. Applicants must complete a series of questions, including four essay questions, as part of the application process. Scholarship guidelines require applicants choose from one of the four main categories in which he/she is qualified. The categories are: 1. Athletics, 2. Arts (Language Arts/Foreign Language & Performing/Visual Arts), 3. Leadership/Service, and 4. Sciences (Mathematics/Computer Science & Natural Science). Only one category may be chosen.

A Scholarship Committee comprised of community, civic and educational leaders judge each application and selects the top 50 students from Miami-Dade County. Scholarship recipients will be honored at the annual Salute to Education Scholarship Awards Luncheon on June 8. “We continue to recognize the tremendous potential in the students within our community and we are committed to helping them pursue their dreams of a higher education,” said David Menten, president of Salute to Education and president of Sawgrass Ford. “With the consistent rise in college tuition, and these challenging economic times, students have come to rely on scholarships like ours to help fund their education,” he added. “The South Florida Ford and Lincoln dealers are still committed to continue granting scholarships and assisting high school seniors in South Florida with their educational goals.” For the past 19 years, the South Florida Ford and Lincoln Dealers and Ford Motor Company have awarded over $3.6 million in scholarships to more than 3,900 deserving public and private high school seniors in both Miami-Dade and Broward County. Established in 1994, Salute to Education is a non-profit organization funded through dealership contributions and corporate support from several divisions within Ford Motor Company.

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Lime, the best for the freshest Mexican food

BY Y DONNA A M.. SHELLEY Lime Fresh Mexican Grill is the place to go when you want fresh Mexican food readily prepared and quickly served in a modern, friendly environment. Born on South Beach in 2004, the popular Lime brand has grown to national status, with a number of locations in South Florida. Representing the “fast-casual” Mexican food concept, Lime continues to win friends with its variety of tasty dishes. Their signature homemade salsa bar boasts seven fresh offerings from the mild to the very hot and more than 50 types of bottled hot sauces. The fast-casual part of the experience is that you order the food at the counter, pay and take a seat. After that, the order is brought to you and service continues throughout the meal, whether you need more salsa, drinks or food. The ambience is modern, clean, with upbeat music coming over the speakers and friendly, polite staff. Grant Gussin, is the owner of two Lime locations, one across from Dadeland Mall and the other in West Kendall. Gussin, a real estate attorney by training, was looking for something new and different to do. “I never imagined myself in the restaurant business,” said Gussin, who has named his business “Left Field Holdings” in honor of the baseball position he once played and for the notion that his new profession came from out of left field. But, he kept hearing from prosperous people about the solid, successful business model Lime restaurants represented. The positive reviews and his own great dining experiences with Lime on South Beach convinced him to purchase his first place at Downtown Dadeland in April 2010. The Kendall restaurant opened in July 2012.

Gussin believes in the restaurant’s concept and in the principle of teamwork. “I couldn’t do this without all the people who work with me,” he said of the 80 people his businesses employ. “We stress service and my awesome staff delivers that. Our restaurants have something for everyone because the menu is varied and we offer great drinks. Families and children are encouraged to come here to enjoy an affordable meal of healthy food,” said Gussin. In addition to serving to a steady stream of restaurant clientele, Gussin is successful at catering Lime’s food to area businesses, offices and parties. And he believes it is essential to be a partner in the community. He helps to raise funds for local elementary and middle schools by donating 15 percent of an evening’s proceeds on a regular basis and sponsors sports teams. Both of Gussin’s locations rely on repeat business and an ever-increasing business born by word of mouth. “I see the same customers in here two or three times a week,” said Gussin. Lime has become a favorite after-work “go to” spot for beer, wine, and frozen margaritas and sangria. Stop in and enjoy a large order of chips with some of Lime’s fantastic salsas and kick back with friends and co-workers. Says Gussin of his new-found profession, “I couldn’t have done it without my staff and my wife, Meredith. She handles all of our local marketing and keeps it all together with our three kids and my long and busy schedule.” For more information, go to Visit Lime in Downtown Dadeland at 9005 SW 72nd Place and at 12516 SW 88th Street in West Kendall.

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Volkswagen Jetta gets technology, interior updates


LET’S TALK CARS The Jetta is Volkswagen’s best-selling model in the U.S. and for 2013 the sixth-generation German compact sedan gets several technology and interior updates that make it even better. The Jetta was redesigned completely in 2011 and made bigger with a longer wheelbase and 2.9 inches added to the overall length. At the front the coupe-like incline of the windshield, horizontal lines and horizontal blades in the grille and lower intake make the Jetta look even wider and more dynamic. A “tornado” line cuts through the large side surfaces as a sharp crease from the rear edge of the headlight, running beneath the windows then softening as it reaches the taillights. The base of the doors is pushed outward and the pronounced wheelarches add visual width and weight. Starting with the popular 2.5-liter engine models, standard updates to the SE trim include chrome-trimmed interior switches,

new decorative metallic trim on the dash and door panels, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and handbrake lever. Additional interior enhancements for the front seat area include an adjustable center armrest and power-recline on both seats. Exterior enhancements include a chrome radiator grille and chrome window trim. The SEL trim adds a six-way power driver seat with manual lumbar support, sport-comfort driver and front passenger seats, and a soft-touch dash. A two-tone black-and-beige interior complements the changes for 2013. A new trim level, SEL with Navigation, adds the Fender premium audio system and the RNS-315 touchscreen navigation system. Even the entry-level Jetta models come very well equipped. The 2.0-liter Jetta S, with a starting price of $16,675, has standard air conditioning, one-touch auto up/down power windows, power locks with keyless entry and power heated exterior mirrors, along with safety features such as Electronic Stability Control, six airbags, four-wheel disc brakes and Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System. The 2013 Jetta lineup offers five engine options, including the gasoline 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder, 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder, 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged four-cylinder, and 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel. The 2.0-liter fourcylinder that powers the Jetta S and Jetta S

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with Sunroof models has two valves per cylinder and sequential multi-point fuel injection to deliver 115 hp and 125 pounds-feet of torque. It’s offered with a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. With the manual five-speed, fuel economy is estimated at 24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. Volkswagen’s proven 170 hp 2.5-liter engine (23/33 mpg) is offered in the 2013 Jetta SE, SE with Convenience, SE with Convenience and Sunroof, and SEL models. It has a chain-driven double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, and

maintenance-free hydraulic valves. Jetta GLI models — GLI, GLI Autobahn and GLI Autobahn with Navigation — are powered by a double-overhead cam, 16valve, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline fourcylinder engine that produces 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <>.

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