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SoMi Artwalk kicks off the season Around Town with fan favorites and event parties Enough is

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all Friday nights in South Miami are full of artsy surprises. One might turn the corner and walk onto Sunset Drive to discover the South Miami Middle School Jazz Ensemble playing Miles Davis’ Seven Steps to Heaven at Shops at Sunset Place or experience sidewalk artists at the easel painting portraits for an admiring crowd outside Starbucks. SoMi Artwalk is not like the formal gallery tour scene found in Coral Gables or Wynwood. Going into its sixth year, it was designed as a chance for the community to experience art in retail and provide a family friendly setting for strolling around downtown among the picturesque tree lined streets. “Our art walk is unlike any others,” said artnight coordinator and SoMi Mag Publisher John Edward Smith. “When the event was originally started by Roman Compte in June 2008, it was to bring art into retail stores and put art in private spaces like the blue mall where it all began.” Compte is owner of SoMi So U Boutique in the blue mall on SW 57 Avenue. He began the SoMi Artwalk

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In all of my years covering South Miami, and they are too many to mention, I have seen more than I care to remember of slimy politicos abusing the system, residents and businesses disenfranchised, and otherwise random chaos and injustice. But never have I witnessed the gross display of defamatory behavior thrown up at the last city commission meeting. In fact I South Miami Middle Community School Jazz Ensemble Director Francisco Williams (right) with student musicians after performing at SoMi Artwalk outside Shops at Sunset Place last season.

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UM Lowe Museum prog ram trains healthcare professionals t o v i ew p a t ie n t s a s w or k s o f a r t

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hen Dr. Eugene Sayfie was stumped as to the sudden death of a diabetic patient, the white band across the top of the patient’s toenails was one indication that led to his conclusive diagnosis of arsenic poisoning and thus murder as the cause of his untimely demise. The silent observation of body posture, demeanor, breathing patterns, and even toenail pigmentation may be part of a doctor’s patient evaluation. The University of Miami’s Fine Art of Healthcare Program at the Lowe Museum of Art allows health care professionals and stu-

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School Programs Coordinator Hope Torrents discusses Sandy Skoglund’s installation “Breathing Glass” with students.


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Avenue 74 Art Gallery hosts blockbuster art show Avenue 74- A Miami Art Gallery owner Adam Brand (center in black t-shirt) and some of the 65 exhibiting artists coordinated by Adam and his team at Frames USA for the show.

Graffiti Pyramid Artist out of New York City and Miami Chris Riggs ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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and white background decorated with protest posters and stark images of which she is a part. “It’s not just about me,” said photographer and painter Fleischmann. “I use the body as canvas and the subject becomes part of the environment and the art.” New York City and Miami based Artist Chris Riggs displayed a portion of his 25 foot long by 20 foot high Graffiti Pyramid composed of 36 separate pieces. Riggs says he thought about doing it for years and when he finally set to work it took him about a week to complete. “My main message is about peace and love,” said Riggs. “There is so much messed up in the world right now. If you turn on the TV or go on the internet it’s all negative. I want to put positive images and colors out there.” The positivity was palpable at the Avenue 74 show where excited artists joined by family and friends snapped photos, swayed to the live music, and enjoyed dishes served up by the neon lit food trucks nearby. “This is our biggest show ever in the five months we’ve been open,” said Brand the night of the event. “We had over 500 people tonight. Stay tuned for Lionfish next month.” To find out more about Avenue 74 art shows in the Bird Road Arts District visit ave74artgallery.com, call 305-666-3355 or email ave74artgallery@gmail.com.

Avenue 74-A Miami Art Gallery at 4432 SW 74 Ave in the Bird Road Art District, enjoyed a standing room only celebration during the last Bird Road Art Walk when 130 pieces filled the blank walls in bright colors and subtle hues of original South Florida expression. “We had 65 artists from as far north as Palm Beach who came out to participate in this show,” said owner Adam Brand. Brand and staff from his store Frames USA in the Ludlam Shopping Center put together the exhibit in less than a month’s time. Realism portraits, sculptures, surreal impressionism, interactive photography, and a huge graffiti installation were all part of the dynamic mix. “We wanted to give an opportunity for local artists who may never had had a chance to exhibit in a gallery, show and hopefully sell their work,” said marketing assistant gallery coordinator Diana Ferrer. University of Miami Masters in Fine Arts student and exhibitor Cynthia Fleischmann uses interactive photography to place her subject into the scenery. She entwines both in a fluid image that is both captivating and otherworldly. In “Art of Resistance” the model is standing center nude with a shock of red hair in a black

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SIGHTINGS Scenes from The Bird Road Art Walk Every third Saturday of the month from 7 - 10 p.m.

Artists (l-r) Humberto Benitez, Holly A. Jones, Roxy Sora and Julio Bordas exhibit at H. Benitez Fine Art Gallery II.

Artist T. Eliott Mansa (with “Elegba at the Crossroads”) is inspired by family, concepts of worship and Yuruba and West African traditions.

Artist Humberto Benitez at his second gallery: H. Benitez Fine Art Gallery II located at 4277 SW 75 Ave, Bird Road Art District.

Spoken Word artist J. Freeman Oliver recites emotionally charged poetry in front of T. Eliott Mansa’s work “Olokun.”


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Walks, festival, galas and awards abound Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB Despite cooling albeit blinding rain, the American Diabetes Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes at Marlins Park went off without a hitch raising dollars for a great cause. The stage, sponsor and vendor tables at the event were fully protected with the massive overhang in front of the stadium. The crowd of corporate teams, school groups, nonprofits and individual walkers not only enjoyed circling the interior of the Marlines Stadium and viewing the beautiful new ballpark but also had a chance to collect samples and talk to vendors about a variety of diabetic product lines. Community Newspapers was happy to be there with the folks from Navarro Discount Pharmacy, Baptist Hospital and several groups from the area including GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club, Coral Gables Rotary, Doral Business Council and Miami

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Christian School, to mention a few. Coming up next, an expected crowd of 12,000 will convene on FIU’s Modesto Campus at 11200 SW 8th St. on Sat., Oct. 6, for the American Heart Association’s Annual Heart Walk . The fun begins at 8 a.m. with booths galore, free Subway sandwiches, health screenings and more. After warm ups, the actual walk starts at 9 a.m. Stop by Community Newspapers’ booth and see me. Tell us why you love the paper and you will have a chance to win some great restaurant gift certificates. For more information on that walk, visit www.miamidadeheartwalk.org. Chamber South will takes guests of their Chairman’s Gala for a travel staycation at the Bora Bora Ball on Friday, October 5th, 2012, at Grove Isle Hotel & Spa. Guests will enjoy a night of dining and dancing during which time the outgoing Chairman, Joseph Corradino, and incoming Chairman, Zac Hall, will be honored. This busy Chamber is also in the midst of producing its 41st Annual South Miami Art Festival sponsored by First National Bank of South Miami. Mark your calendars for November 3 & 4th, 2012, in beautiful downtown South Miami. For more information on the Gala or the Art Festival, visit info@chambersouth.com. With football season upon us, student athletes and particularly football players are hard pressed to find time for anything more than studies and the game. Thus, when times allows for other activities, those who commit to community service are all the more deserving of praise. So it is that congratulations go out to University of Miami senior running back Mike James, one of only 22 student-athletes to be named to the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team by Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association. James is one of only 11 college football players from the Football Bowl Subdivision receiving this recognition, one of the most prestigious community service awards in all of college football. In addition to contributing countless hours to supporting community service organizations such Empowered Youth, an organization providing mentoring to atrisk youth; serving as a project manager for the 2012 University of Miami Bone Marrow Drive; and serving meals to the homeless with the Miami Rescue Mission, James has also been involved with The Ronald McDonald House, Rushing the Community, and ’Canes on Patrol. By the way, James, the sixth Cane to be so honored, also shines on the field. He scored four touchdowns against UM’s win over Georgia Tech 42-36. Good job on and off the turf.

Miami’s Community Newspapers’ Team at last year’s Heart Walk.

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Finally, the public is invited to a book reading at Stanfill Funeral Home on Friday October 5, 7-8 p.m. The event will give guests a chance to meet the author of “Do They take Credit Cards in Heaven?”, Milica Z. Bookman. Interestingly enough, former President Bill Clinton was spotted with this book at a recent event

held at The Biltmore Hotel. Considering the title, sounds like an appropriate site for the reading. Until next time, keep making each day count. If you would like to submit information for this column, please send your news via e-mail to gloriagalburns@aol.com.


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MUSEUM PROGRAM, from page 1 dents to study art as a tool to help make the right diagnosis and understand that in the quest for truth, ambiguity is often present. Cardiologist and former cardiovascular chair of the Miami Heart Institute, Dr. Sayfie, confesses he is not a great aficionado of the fine arts and often zooms around museums wondering what exactly visitors are looking at. After experiencing the program firsthand he found it would be especially valuable as doctors attempt to diagnose illness in the fast moving time constrained pressures of the health care system. “This unique experience will hone the young doctor’s skill of observation,” said Sayfie, “and help them to not only look but to see beyond the obvious manifestation of an often occult medical illness.” Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at UM, Dr. Sherrill H. Hayes, says students love the program as it gives them a chance to get out of their typical environment and meet other health professions students. “Standing before a piece of art is much like standing before a new patient,” said Hayes. “Enhancing the students’ visual observation skills to recognize both the subtle and obvious is a critical aspect of visual diagnosis.”

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School Programs Coordinator at the Lowe, Hope Torrents, and Dr. Hayes were independently looking at similar programs that tap into visual thinking to develop diagnostic skills for medical professionals as far back as 2003. Since 2008 they have

collaborated to develop The Fine Art of Healthcare workshops. Museum tours are led by Torrents or Lowe Art Museum Docent volunteers. Health care students — who often think in black and white according to Hayes — are

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challenged to examine selected objects in the 18,000 piece inventory at the Lowe to discover what is happening in a painting or what the intention behind a particular installation might be. “Most art works are ambiguous and open to multiple interpretations,” said Torrents. “There is not one right answer and medical students are not used to comprehending that. The whole premise of what we are trying to accomplish is how to use their eyes and ears and mouths for oral skills to get them to look longer and listen better.” Three workshops, three hours each, are typically offered in the course of a semester. Suggested reading lists include a periodical by Lisa Sanders; “Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis.” Writing exercises, interviews of fellow students, and even role playing are all part of the process. “We create activities,” said Torrents. “The students once did a role play with a painting. The doctor assumed the character of the painting and asked questions and did a case history interview. This is a time for them to come into a non-stressful safe forum for discussion and communication.” To find out more about “The Fine Art of Healthcare” at the Lowe Museum of Art contact Hope Torrents at 305-284-8049, email htorrents@miami.edu or visit Lowemuseum.org

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movement to highlight South Miami and increase traffic to his retail location. “I thought it was a great thing for South Miami and to promote my store,” said Compte. “It started on my corner and grew to four stores, then eight, then John Edward Smith saw it and it took off.” To establish a sense of continuity between the sponsoring businesses hosting artists at their location—-who often provide refreshments as well—-Smith and his team of steering committee members unveiled the “SoMi Sidewalk Showcase” last year. “If you are walking from a retail venue on Red Road to Sunset Drive,” said Smith, “you will see student art on sidewalks, student musical groups, and it turns into what makes South Miami such a unique and family oriented community.” So far South Miami Middle Community School (SMMCS) has once again joined SoMi Artwalk, as well as South Miami K8. New additions such as Palmetto Elementary and the South Miami Senior High National Art Honor Society anticipate presenting at the SoMi Artwalk Sidewalk Showcase also. Director of the SMMCS Jazz Ensemble, Francisco Williams, said participating in SoMi Artwalk is a great experience for the students because it offers them social and emotional growth as musicians. “To have an outlet to perform is a great experience,” said Williams. “They put so much time and effort into practice and then they get to perform and entertain and receive so much in return. The response and appreciation (of the crowd) builds their eagerness to continue to learn and grow because they want that feedback.” Art Ambassador volunteers are decked out in bright colored t-shirts with a giant

question mark that reads “Ask Me.” They are visible at key spots throughout South Miami to offer maps of participating locations and guide visitors along the art walk. This year the first stand-alone art gallery in town, Jorge Hulian’s recently opened contemporary art venue, Artdealermiami, will be participating as well. With Hulian’s vast background working with Art Basel and international exhibits based out of his original South Beach location, Smith says Hulian will add a new dimension to the event because of his ability to stage several artists at one time. “We are thrilled for Artdealermiami to be a part of Somi Artwalk,” said Hulian. “As we bring in our 15 scheduled exhibit artists this season, Somi Artwalk will blend in nicely by helping us highlight our featured artists.” New features this year include many host sponsor venues staying open until 9pm and an “After Artwalk Party” whereby host restaurants will offer complimentary appetizers or drinks from 9 to 11pm. Town Kitchen + Bar will host the premier Fall 2012 SoMi Artwalk. Sushi Maki, Trattoria Sole, MexZican Gourmet, and The Irish Times will also host this season. In addition, Fox’s Lounge will host the “Late Night Artwalk Party” after every SoMi Artwalk from 11pm to 1am. Event dates are the second Friday of the month from October through March, 6 to 9pm: October 12, November 9, December 14, January 11, February 8, and March 8. Co-presenters of SoMi Artwalk are Chamber South, The City of South Miami, and SoMi Magazine. To find out more about SoMi Artwalk contact John Edward Smith at 305-665-2838, jes_somi@att.net, artnightsouthmiami.com.

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Homestead at Deli Lane recently. Too bad I wasn’t sitting closer maybe I could’ve heard the latest low down on what’s happening in medical land…

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actually had to turn off the TV in disgust. For those with a strong constitution you can view the September 18 meeting online through the City of South Miami website. I am not going to give you a play by play this time, sorry friends, but I will say that it all went to pot around 10pm. I would also like to commend Mayor Philip Stoddard’s wife Gray Read for courageously standing up from the back of the auditorium and yelling out to the dais at large that this was no forum to discuss such nonsense. While Commissioner Newman brutally attacked the Mayor way below the belt, the rest of the commissioners sat in complete silence. At least Ms. Read spoke truth to power. *&^%! THIS And if that is not enough to turn your stomach inside out, consider the wife of Commissioner Walter Harris, a short, gray haired, older woman dropping the F bomb at the dais. She claimed it was her “freedom of speech” to use whatever expletive she wanted. Apparently she has never heard of yelling fire in a crowded theatre as a benchmark to know when to shut up and when to speak up. Spouting profanities on

live television to try to make a point (while offending those you hope to convince) is beyond pathetic for the wife of a sitting commissioner to behave. She then had the audacity to have one of her cohorts continue reading the (by this time) rather boring diatribe of whatever it was she was trying to sell. When you have to rely on trying to sound “cool” by using four letter words to express yourself, maybe your “contribution” isn’t worth vocalizing at all. Reminds me of a quote from one of the greatest communicators in history, Franklin Delano Roosevelt said: “Be sincere. Be brief. Be seated.” AND IN THE NEXT ROOM… Before all hell broke loose at the last city commission meeting and the line “you better get a lawyer” or something to that effect was spoken, Sharon McCain and Beth Schwartz led the demise of all civility with a screaming match in the lobby. At least three officers surrounded the two to prevent a fight from breaking out between the two “ladies” who seemed to be acting out a scene from the movie Mean Girls. Maybe if we pack up all of the residents and politicians of South Miami to go on a week-long

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BAPTIST BUYS MORE LAND And I want you all to know that we did a bit of research and found out Baptist Health has purchased a couple of large parcels of property on the north side of Sunset Drive. Yup folks, they made it across the street (finally) and the two pieces are…drum roll please…at 7150 SW 62 Ave…and…the South Miami Pharmacy parcel on Sunset Drive and SW 63 Ave. I’ll just betcha the hospital will build medical offices smack dab right there. Hooray! BTW now former commissioner Brian Beasley no longer has to worry about the hospital buying up all the property in the neighborhood cuz they just made a gigantic step in that direction. And you know those buildings will generate bookoo taxes for the city folks…

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retreat together and rediscover themselves, peace might prevail in the City of Pleasant Living. I can’t think of any other ways to bring a reality check and positive injection into life at city hall. If you have any creative solutions please email me and we will post the top ten along with a special dinner for two prize to the most original and practical possibility. No smoking of the peace pipe suggestions please. Send emails to: michael@communitynewspapers.com and in the subject line please write: “let peace prevail.” OUT AND ABOUT Ran into Raul Masvidal at Casa Larios the other day, and at a nearby table was Levi Meyer who just joined Fortune Real Estate (Congratulations!). Levi was with his personal trainer Angelo Bosques. Angelo works around the corner at Fitness Together and from what I hear he really delivers the intensity to willing clients ready for a true work out. And at a nearby table some of South Miami’s finest boys in blue (or black) were enjoying a cortadito with pastelitos. Speaking of city law enforcement, the lovely meter readers gave out a total of 2,265 citations from September 4 to September 17 according to the city manager’s last report. Total revenue brought in: $43,589. Put that in your pipe and smoke it all you lucky supporters of South Miami! And let’s see who else was about town…oh, the Baptist Health Honcho Wayne Brackin was with a colleague from

GET YOUR SHOP ON WHILE YOU GET YOUR ART ON The holiday season is upon us once again and I urge you to first consider shopping in our fair city. It is so simple. Take a walk up and down Sunset Drive and SW 73 St and 57 Ave and do some window shopping and when you are ready, step into one of those great stores that are always ready to take care of us. If you are wondering where to shop, get your art on for SoMi A r t Wa l k and while y o u browse downtown and enjoy live music and art from nearby schools and area professionals, you can line up the ideal stores for your one of a kind purchases. Go to shopsouthmiami.com or use your smart phone and pass your QR reader over this QR code: Remember holiday shopping starts at home so visit your neighbor SoMi merchants first and let’s keep investing locally. Thought for the Day: The greatest problem in communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished. — George Bernard Shaw Raquel Garcia contributed to this column . Got Tips? Call 305-669-7030 or email <michael@communitynewspapers.com>.


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Malia Panos of Fitness Together celebrates 67,161 burpees completed to highlight breast cancer prevention

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A surprisingly energetic Malia Panos and friends recently celebrated her completion of 67,161 burpees done over the course of a year to highlight the importance of breast cancer prevention in her “Burpees 4 Boobs” campaign. Panos is a trainer at Fitness Together

whose mother passed away as a result of breast cancer. In honor of her memory, a celebratory party was held at Cervezas at 5835 Sunset Drive on September 14, just one day shy of her mother’s birthday. Cervezas owner Carlos Duran donated a keg for the cause and proceeds of all sales went to “Mammograms in Action” based out of Irvine, California. “Now it’s time to

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get back to my cross fit training” said Panos who boasts a perfect petite frame apparently resilient to exhaustion. Burpees are a popular exercise routine said to clear the inner passages and cause a burp, hence the name burpee. The move is similar to an enthusiastic Yoga Sun Salution exercise. Panos says the ongoing support and encouragement she received

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from so many throughout her year’s journey kept her motivated and on task. She also credits her blog and fundraising site as an essential element to get the word out and assist with raising money for the cause. To find out more about “Burpees for Boobs” visit burpee4boobs.blogspot.com and https://support.barbellsforboobs.org/individual-fundraising/maliapanos/.


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First National Bank of South Miami – a community bank for 60 years BY DONNA SHELLEY

bank. Because of this commitment to service, there are generations of families that First National Bank of South Miami keep their accounts with FNBSM. “We had a customer bring in his savings (FNBSM) has been a member of the South Miami community since opening on April 3, passbook from 1952,” said Flores. In order to keep the 1952. banking experience inno“We’re located on the vative and fresh for cussame corner on which we tomers, the bank instituted started,” said Executive Vice “F.I.S.H. – “Fresh Ideas President Veronica Birch Start Here” – a program Flores, who has been a comthat rewards employees munity banker for 32 years. for their suggestions that Located in the town center cut costs, improve cusat 5750 Sunset Drive, tomer service and spark FNBSM has remained under new ideas. the same ownership and conThe bank’s philosophy is: tinues to be the only bank customer service begins headquartered and managed with employee morale. The in the City of South Miami. Executive Vice President F.I.S.H. program and perks Before the arrival of what Veronica Birch Flores such as the “Staffer of the was then named the Bank of award keep South Miami in 1952, there –––––––––––––––––––––––– Month” had never been a bank in operation in the employee morale high. Employees, chosen by city’s entire history. All banking had to be the bank officers, are rewarded for their outdone in Miami, Coral Gables and Coconut standing customer service, attention to detail and spirit of teamwork. Employees are also Grove. In addition to its South Miami headquar- offered training in personal banking. Tellers are ters, FNBSM has offices in Kendall, The hired from within and often promoted to bank Falls, Coral Gables, East Ridge Retirement officers, who then tend to stay with the bank. “No officer has resigned since 2005,” said Center and The Palace Senior Living. FNBSM continued to perform well in the Flores. Community involvement is important to rather dark days of 2009 to 2010. Their loan portfolio grew in the double-digits during the corporate model. The bank has donated this time because larger banks were not issu- generously to local events, including the ing loans. FNBSM was capitalized suffi- extremely popular Santa’s Parade of the ciently to handle the loans and as Flores said, Elves at Christmastime. Service on local “We never took TARP funding [Troubled business boards is part of the community Asset Relief Program, signed into law in spirit for which the bank is known. Excellent customer service, a well-capital2008 by President George W. Bush]; we had ized bank and a long-standing connection to no interest in it.” FNBSM takes its commitment to person- the community may well be the reasons why alized customer service seriously. There are more than 60 percent of the bank’s cusno call centers; when a customer contacts the tomers come from referrals. “I love my bank. I really do enjoy coming bank by phone, it is answered by a friendly bank employee. There are always a sufficient to work every day and so do our employees,” number of officers and tellers on duty at the said Flores.

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EWM Real Estate – selling the Florida dream

Esslinger, Wooten and Maxwell Realty sells real estate and does it extremely well. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY DONNA SHELLEY

“EWM is the number one broker in Miami for sales over $1 million. We are selling about one $1 million- plus property every 18 hours,” said the company’s president, Ron Shuffield from his office in Coral Gables. From its modest but highly successful beginnings in 1964, the company has grown from a one-office operation to 11 offices, 800 associates and staff and $2 billion in annual sales. The business that originated in Coral Gables has expanded throughout major markets in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. “I work all the time,” says Shuffield, smiling. A native of Tennessee and graduate of the University of Tennessee, Shuffield has always been interested in the business of real estate. In 1984, Shuffield and partner Al Harper purchased EWM from the trio of women who founded the company. The company expanded under Shuffield’s direction and in 2003, it was sold to HomeServices of America, the second largest real estate company in the United States. HomeServices is a family of affiliate companies, most of which have an average operating history of more than 54 years. It is also an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., of which Warren E. Buffet serves as the CEO. With 26 major real estate markets nationwide, EWM is the only one the company owns in the state of Florida. EWM sells both residential and commercial real estate. The company offers a complete range of related real estate services: mortgage, title, insurance and relocation services to its customers. In addition, EWM is an affiliate of the prestigious Christie’s International Real Estate.

The business began in 1964 when realtor Anna Mae Esslinger invited Eudora (Dodie) Wooten and Arline Maxwell to join forces with her. Mrs. Esslinger became a realtor in 1955, at a time when the profession was dominated by men. Mrs. Wooten was once the Miami Herald’s local society editor and Mrs. Maxwell had been the director of food service operations for Marshall Field and Company in Chicago. According to The Register-Guard newspaper, Mrs. Wooten said that Anna Mae was the innovator, she (Dodie) was the negotiator and Arline kept the books. Their stated goal for the firm was to provide their clients with expanded, personalized real estate services. They understood that the nature of the business was person-to-person; a winning philosophy that continues to this day. The real estate market in Miami is rebounding; a positive sign for the region’s economic future. “We are running out of inventory across all prices ranges, with the lowest inventory being in the mid-price range,” said Shuffield. Inventory is waning here for a variety of factors that include buyers in search of a second home; investors; international buyers; those who are choosing to rent instead of buy; low interest rates; and good prices. Shuffield reports that in 2008, when the market was struggling, there was a 48month supply of homes in inventory and a 63-month supply for condominiums. Currently there is a four to five-month supply of properties in inventory. The founders of EWM would be proud of the company they started. Shuffield said, “We are fortunate to have found good people who are devoted to delivering high quality service. I am thankful for it every day.”


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Annual Wine On Harvest Moon at Deering Estate has French flavor BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ

The much-anticipated 11th annual Wine On Harvest Moon celebration presented by South BMW is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, and showcases the “fine wines, fine food and fine art of France.” Samples of French-inspired cuisine, wine tastings from the region’s distinctive vineyards, Moulin Rouge-style entertainment and an art exhibition are all part of the Deering Estate Foundation’s signature fundraising event. Throughout the evening guests are invited to roam the property and explore the historic buildings — Charles Deering’s Stone House and the Richmond Cottage — under the glow of the Harvest Moon that illuminates the lush lawn and waters of Biscayne Bay. Wine tastings presented by Vintage

The Harvest Moon rises over Biscayne Bay. (Photo by Brian Call) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Liquor and Wine Bar are certain to confirm France’s long-established reputation as one of the world’s most acclaimed wine regions. “French wines are Old World wines,” explained Harry Radcliff, Vintage Liquor buyer and store manager. “France, Italy and Spain have produced wines for hundreds of years, unlike the newcomers like the United States, South America and Australia.” At the event, Radcliff shares his expertise as guests sample wines from the different French regions. “I will be bringing wines from Bordeaux, Cote De Rhone, Burgundy and Languedoc,” he said. “Two of the wines for tasting are the 2010 Haut red wine from Chateau Puech in Languedoc, and the Graves white wines from the Thomas Barton Winery in Bordeaux.” Top area chefs, restaurants and caterers host tasting stations around the estate that highlight French cuisine. Some of the participants include Master Chef Franck Garanger, of Oceania’s 5-Star Cruise Line, and Maxel Hardy, personal chef to NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire. Restaurants being featured are George’s in South Miami, Tuyo and Miami Culinary Institute, La Gloutonnerie, Oceanaire, Smith and Wollensky, Truluck’s, Fabien’s Bistro, Red Fish Grill and the Crepe Maker. Creative Tastes and Thierry’s Catering companies join them. The pastry chefs at Whole Foods Market Coral Gables are planning a sumptuous buffet of éclairs, tarts and other distinctively French desserts. “This will be our sixth year as presenting sponsor of Wine On Harvest Moon, a signature event that we have all come to enjoy and eagerly anticipate with its changing themes each year,” said Joe Canaves, general manager of South BMW. “At South BMW we recognize the Deering Estate at Cutler as a focal point for historic preservation in our South Dade community and value its service as a center for cultural arts

Wine samplings are a popular part of annual Wine On Harvest Moon. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

and environmental education. “Serving as presenting sponsor of this fundraising event provides us with a fun and exciting way to do our part as a community stakeholder to support the Foundation’s efforts to provide the necessary resources to preserve and protect it.” The evening also celebrates the preview of the Deering Estate at Cutler’s fall invitational art exhibit, “From Cutler to Paris.” The exhibit is in partnership with the Bakehouse Arts Complex and represents a collaboration of work that draws contemporary associations with art movements that took place from 1922 to 1927 in France and the United States. Participating Bakehouse artists include: Juan Carlos Arana, Jennifer Basile, Christian Bernard, Alain Castoriano, Andrea Favelli (Sílice), Michael Gellatly, Patricia Schnall Gutierrez and Gerry Stecca. The French Consulate, the FrenchAmerican Chamber of Commerce and sev-

eral participating French Spice restaurants are helping to create an authentic French experience. Together with their help and the support of other lead sponsors that include Oceania Cruises, Coconut Grove Bank, Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, and Preferred Care Partners, Wine On Harvest Moon is an evening certain to be filled with the flavors, sights and sounds of France. Tickets for Wine on Harvest Moon are $125, and $100 for foundation members and members of the French-American Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds benefit the Deering Estate Foundation whose mission is to protect, preserve and enhance the Deering Estate at Cutler for this and future generations. For tickets and information call 305235-1668, ext. 263, or log on to <www.deeringestate.org>. The Deering Estate at Cutler is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay.


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10 new iPads donated to Miami Children’s Hospital BY JENNIFER CAMINAS

Children recovering from various operations and treatments at Miami Children’s Hospital now can spend their time playing games, watching movies or listening to lullabies on new iPads, thanks to an anonymous donor. Dr. Chad Perlyn, plastic surgeon at MCH and co-chair of the Miami Children’s Young Ambassadors, a group of young leaders that enact change for the betterment of children, was speaking during a Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation fundraising meeting on

how powerful the effects of technology can be for children in recovery. Within a matter of weeks of the July meeting, 10 new iPads arrived at MCH. “When children are recovering from surgery, they are often confused and disoriented, so medications are often administered to promote relaxation. This can make the recovery process longer,” Dr. Perlyn said. “Caregivers in the post-surgical units are experts in the art of pain relief and creative distraction of patients. The iPads have proven to be an irresistible tool and great

Pictured (l-r) are Rosemary Brakmanis, RN; patient Justin Morales, and Jennifer Barsallo, Care Assistant.

Patient Jonatan Issac checks out the iPad with Dr. Chad Perlyn.

patient satisfier,” he added. The devices are not only popular among patients in recovery, physicians and nurses at MCH also believe that these electronic devices enable patients to take their minds off of their illnesses enough to minimize the use of pain medication. Parents and families usually find their loved ones smiling with the iPads in the recovery room. “The use of electronics has taught nurses that there is more than one way to help a patient,” said Ana Bonet, clinical educator at MCH. “Technology helps us think outside

the box in terms of pain management and allows us to visit other strategies in pain reduction.” Whether the patient is a young toddler or even a teenager, the iPads offer age-appropriate entertainment for all types of patients. As soon as the iPads were put to use, the difference was as night and day. Dr. Perlyn said. “There is no question that our recovery room is now a much warmer and more comforting environment for the patients. It was a nice way for the Young Ambassadors to give back to the hospital.”


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University of Miami School of Law student interns at White House BY CATHARINE SKIPP

University of Miami School of Law student Paul J. Agbeyegbe recently concluded a summer internship at the White House. While his primary role as a White House Intern in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs was assisting staff members to prepare for meetings with various constituent groups, his highest honor was helping with tours of the East Wing to veterans and other guests. His personal interactions with other White House interns are the ones he will treasure forever. “Being a White House intern was an honor,” Agbeyegbe said. “You never know who you’re going to run into. I just tried to make sure I wore a nice suit and smiled each and every day, while being prepared to assist staff members with the countless assignments going on at any given time.” As a junior at UM, Agbeyegbe took UM president Donna E. Shalala’s class, “U.S. Health Care Crisis: The Politics of Healthcare Reform.” He excelled in the course and kept in touch with Shalala. The 26-year-old second-year law student was encouraged to apply for the internship by Shalala. “Paul has had the opportunity of a lifetime,” Shalala said. “He will be a better citizen because of his experiences at the White House.” Also urging him on was his mentor for nearly 10 years, Marilyn Holifield, Esq., a member of the UM Board of Trustees. Agbeyegbe grew up in Miami Gardens with his twin brother, Peter, and siblings, Celia and Joseph. Celia is completing her master’s degree in International Administration at UM and Peter is a student at FIU after serving in the Florida Army National Guard as a saxophone player for the Army Band. During his enlistment, brother Peter deployed as a team leader with an infantry unit to Kuwait, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Joseph is studying music at Miami Dade College. Agbeyegbe enlisted in the Florida Army National Guard at the age of 17, while still in high school, participating in Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) and was the program’s commander his senior year. His favorite television program at the time was JAG so he enlisted in the Army as a paralegal, with the goal of completing law school and being an attorney in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. His permanent unit was stationed in Homestead with the 50th Area Support Group and where he won the 2006 Soldier of the Year award. In 2005, Agbeyegbe was sent to help Key West residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma and volunteered to go out on convoys to neighborhoods to distribute food, water and supplies. He was awarded the Florida Commendation Medal after that mission.

Paul J. Agbeyegbe is pictured on the South Lawn of the White House. (Photo Courtesy Paul J. Agbeyegbe) ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

He was later transferred to the 927th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, out of Starke, for a one-year deployment to Iraq. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his service in Iraq. After returning from service, he came to UM to complete his undergraduate studies and graduated in 2011 with a double major in Political Science and African Studies before starting at Miami Law. At the same time, he completed his enlistment in the Florida Army National Guard with an honorable discharge and the rank of sergeant. “I have had the privilege of teaching and mentoring Paul Agbeyegbe and know him to be committed to service, whether in the military, his other professional choices, or his personal life,” said Zanita E. Fenton, Professor of Law. “I’m certain that his experiences at the White House only add to the determination already innate in his character.” Agbeyegbe is a member of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and the Race and Social Justice Law Review. He is pursuing a JD/MBA degree and was a member of the James Weldon Johnson program in the summer of 2011. “My time at the White House has transformed my life in that I now want to dedicate my life to public service,” Agbeyegbe said. “I have first-hand knowledge of the incredible sacrifice those in public service make every day and the profound influence they have over millions of American lives.”

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the future needs of Miami-Dade County. The legislation will include specific administrative changes, such as: renegotiating the Beacon Council’s agreement with the Board of County Commissioners — which has not been revised in 25 years; reviewing the Council’s Board of Directors membership and nomination process; aligning the Beacon Council staff compensation and benefits policies consistent with organizations of the like across the nation; implementing a line-item administrative/operating budget which will require reporting to the Board of County Commissioners on a yearly basis, and other policies that will help improve the transparency and accountability of this respected organization which plays an vital role in Miami-Dade County. My legislation seeks to renew our focus on incentivizing economic development and much-needed job creation in MiamiDade County, as well as attracting new businesses to our area while ensuring the integrity of taxpayer dollars. Finally, the legislation seeks to encourage my tradition of working together with the numerous economic organizations in South Dade and the neighboring communities. We must take a holistic approach when creating an environment where businesses can thrive and our residents can benefit through job creation and economic revitalization. Sincerely, Lynda Bell County Commissioner, District 8


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Kendall mom designs shirts with goal of helping others BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

A year ago, Daniela Garcia was going through a difficult time in her life. “It was really dark,” she said. “At that moment, I saw clearly I needed to speak up and be me. Not just be a mother, or a wife, but be me. I saw many around me with the same situation.” She said that during that dark period she was looking at her life and realized she wasn’t happy. There were problems that affected the people around her from illnesses to job losses. All of this angst made her take a look at her life and question whether she was doing what she wanted to do. “Did I do what I wanted to do?” is one of the questions she asked herself. And she decided to take action because she wanted to set an example for her children. Her personality is such that she always has wanted to help people and when she went through her difficult time, she saw a way to help others. “Let me use clothing, that when you wear it, you actually feel it,” she said. “It talks about love; it talks about protection. It’s about love.” She started a clothing company called Pure of Heart and has released her first collection. “I wanted to send a message through my clothing for the empowerment of women,” Garcia said. Because she always has had people make clothes for her and she has always altered them or painted them, she wasn’t daunted by the idea of designing a collection. “I always had an inclination for it,” she said. “I make my

Daniela Garcia is founder of Pure of Heart, a new clothing company. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

own jeans. I kind of play with clothes. I have a lady who is a seamstress and a designer.” So she went to her seamstress with ideas. “It was really easy,” Garcia said, adding the collection is made in the USA. “We made it here so we could help the economy and have the best quality control.” The fabric is also eco-friendly. She is working with a new all-natural fabric called Tencel, which is made from wood and has no chemical waste. It also allows for rich colors. “It is wonderful to work with,” Garcia said. It also is a comfortable fabric for anyone who lives in a hot and humid climate but works well in other climates as well. “The fabric is very versatile,” she said. The first collection consists of 14 shirts. “They are all different. You can dress it up, dress it down. It can be used in a variety of ways. The most important part of my collection is the message.” The messages say “Pure Love,” “Pure Blue,” “Pure Intentions” on the front and then they have a different message on the back. The collection also is colorful and each color has meaning. For example, pink means love. “The message on the pink shirt is ‘Pure Love,’” Garcia said. “On the back it says, “I love you and I love myself, together we are a part of a beautiful life.” Garcia said her goals include having Pure of Heart merchandise available at boutiques across South Florida. For more information and to order from the Pure of Heart collection, go online to <www.pureofheart.me>.


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Laura Lagomasino joins team at Deering Estate Foundation BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ

In her new role, she will provide leadership in the foundation’s short- and long-term planning, When Laura Lagomasino-Delmonte while directing the organization’s membership signed on as the Deering Estate Foundation programs and fundraising activities. (DEF) development director, “I have had the privilege of Mary Pettit, the foundation’s working with Laura on many executive director, likened the community-based initiatives over hire to “getting a No. 1 draft the past several years,” Pettit said. pick.” “Little did I know that she also Described as a super-achiever had extensive professional experiand a triple-threat, Lagomasino ence in the nonprofit world servis an accomplished professional ing the American Diabetes who has the skills to build relaAssociation and American Heart tionships, fundraise and lead Association.” other mission-driven efforts. Lagomasino, who is bilin“I am thrilled to be here and I gual, earned her BS in Laura Lagomasino hope to add value in regards to Hospitality Management at ––––––––––––– fundraising and event planning FIU and MBA at Nova. She to an already successful organization and a began her professional development in the strong board,” Lagomasino said. private sector with Brinker International She already is coordinating the sponsors, and Grainger in operational management, restaurants and entertainment for the founda- both Fortune 500 leaders in their industion’s annual fundraising event, Wine On tries. Harvest Moon, on Saturday, Oct. 27. “Her experience in the private sector comBefore joining DEF, Lagomasino was the bined with her work at nonprofit agencies director of Business Development and Strategic provides a valuable platform for her to have Planning at Jackson South Community Hospital. an immediate impact on the Deering Estate


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Market Square announces new leases, store openings

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Second Annual Hope 4 L.Y.F.E. Breast Cancer Awareness 3K-5K Walk/Run Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) and Chicks N’ Wings are helping to raise awareness of breast cancer by presenting the Second Annual Hope 4 L.Y.F.E. Breast Cancer Awareness 3K-5K Walk/Run. The event aims to shed light on the disease that affects thousands of South Florida families each year, particularly focusing on the disproportionate effects of breast cancer in African American women. Proceeds from the walk will assist CHI in providing mammograms to the uninsured. The walk will be held on Saturday, October 20 with on-site registration beginning at 6:30 a.m. and the walk starting at 8 a.m. The walk will begin at the Homestead Air Reserve Base (27401 SW 127th Avenue). Registration is $25 for adults, $5 for children 10 to 16 years of age, and free for children age 9 and under. Teams of five people may register for $100. Since it was founded in 1971, CHI has provided health services to uninsured and under-insured residents of Miami-Dade County and since 2007 in the Florida Keys. The private, not-for-profit organization maintains seven state-of-the-art health centers and 27 school-based programs. In 2011, CHI served more than 60,000 patients, representing more than 283,000 patient visits. For more information about the Hope 4 L.Y.F.E. Breast Cancer Awareness 3K-5K Walk/Run, contact Angela Roberts at (305) 238-5311 or Romanita Ford at (305) 252-4853. CHI is a not-profit corporation partially sponsored/funded by the Florida Department of Children & Families; District 11; the Florida Department of Health; HRSA; Bureau of Primary Health Care; Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade County; The Children’s trust; and the Health Foundation of South Florida.

This is a rendering of Market Square shopping center. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY JULIA C. BROWN

Gadinsky Real Estate LLC, a full-service retail real estate company, announced recently that Market Square, a 70,000plus-square-foot shopping center in the heart of Kendall, has signed several new leases and is now over 80 percent leased, with approximately 12,000 square feet of space remaining. The shopping center, which is anchored by a 28,800-square-foot Publix and 14,500square-foot Walgreens, includes an additional 27,000 square feet of inline shop space. Signed leases to date include Chase Bank, Shula Burger, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Metro PCS, Miami Dentistry, Hair Cuttery, Subway and Little Caesars. Many of the tenants already are open, or will open later this year. Shula Burger, Don Shula’s new burger chain, will open its first location in MiamiDade County at Market Square in early fall. The new addition to the Shula family of restaurants has opened three other Florida locations in Islamorada at the Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle, Miami International Airport and Tampa International Airport, and is scheduled to open two more loca-

tions (in addition to Market Square) at the Quay Shopping Center in Ft. Lauderdale and Delray Marketplace in Delray Beach. Market Square, which is owned by College Park II LLC, currently has approximately 12,000 square feet of retail space available, including spaces in one of three buildings, ranging from 1,207 to 2,143 square feet. There also is the opportunity to combine several bays to create a 3,888square-foot space. “We are actively negotiating other leases, but there are still excellent opportunities for retailers who want to be in the heart of vibrant market area,” said Seth Gadinsky, principal of Gadinsky Real Estate. “With nearly 156,000 residents in the area, plus the center’s proximity to Miami-Dade College, Market Square is a prime location for both national and local retailers.” Market Square is located just east of Florida’s Turnpike at the southwest corner of SW 104th Street and 117th Avenue, approximately one mile from Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus. For more information about Market Square retail opportunities, call Justin Schultz at Gadinsky Real Estate, 305-5375662 or send email to <justin@gadinskyrealestate.com>. For more information

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Gloria Floyd student earns Macy’s Spelling Bee crown BY GEORGI MORALES PIPKIN

Bianka Estrada, a fifth grade student at Gloria Floyd Elementary School in Kendall spelled her way through nine rounds of words to become the local champion of the Macy’s Spelling Bee. The winning word was “aviary.” In total, 43 students ages 8-11 participated in the Spelling Bee at Macy’s at The Falls on Saturday, Sept. 15. This is Macy’s seventh annual Spelling Bee competition in partnership with Reading is Fundamental. Each of the 27 regional Spelling Bee champs take home great prizes including an iPad, a $100 Macy’s Gift Card, a tutoring scholarship from Kaplan and an online gift card from Scholastic. For more details and a complete listing of participating Macy’s locations, visit <www.macys.com/spellingbee>. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Bianka Estrada, 10, is pictured at Macy’s at The Falls.

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Attorney Ronald Roman named ‘Ultimate Networker’ for 2012 BY RICHARD YAGER

Attorney Ronald P. Roman was honored on Sept. 19 as the “Ultimate Networker” of the Kendall Networkers Inc., following a vote by the organization’s membership. Roman was presented with the award during one of two monthly breakfast meetings conducted by the Kendall group at 7:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at La Carreta Restaurant, 11740 SW 88 St. The award was named to honor the late Allan Stoller who made outstanding contributions during his membership in the organization. Criteria for the award include high numbers of referrals given other members, recruiting new members, business presentation, superlative attitude and Sergio E. Vega, president, recognizes Attorney Ronald P. Roman as attendance. Members Marvin P. Stein “Ultimate Networker.” –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– and Alan Eisenberg conceived the award to honor from Pace University as an honors graduate Stoller following his death in 2008 and the in 1973 and a BS in Business honor was approved as an annual event Administration from the Pennsylvania starting in 2009. Previous winners were State University. Ron Lieberman, 2009; Abe Levy, 2010, Kendall Networkers, a premier Miami and Martha Rothaus, 2011. networking group, develops new business For more than 35 years, Roman has been contacts through card exchange, reciprocal involved in the fields of distribution, fran- referrals, lead generation networking, marchise, trademark and corporate law, includ- keting and sales promotion to generate ing merger and acquisition law, and trade leads, prospects, customer and client idenregulation law. tities for goods, merchandise, products and A 1976 graduate of Fordham University professional services in South Florida. School of Law, he is admitted to practice Potential members are invited to visit law in Florida, New York and New Jersey. <www.kendallbusiness.com> for details and He holds an MBA in International Business to attend a breakfast meeting.

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State Constitutional Amendments topic of club’s meeting, Oct. 10 BY KATHRYN SHEPARD

The New Neighbors Club of South Dade will have Maribel Balbin, president of the League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade, as its guest speaker on Wednesday, Oct. 10. She will discuss the 11 amendments to the Florida Constitution that will be on the ballot in November. Balbin has been a member of the League for more than 20 years, serving in different capacities on the board. She currently serves on several boards including Miami-Dade College School of Continuing Education and Professional Development Advisory Board and has served in the Community Relations and Art in Public Places boards.

Balbin is a former chair of the MiamiDade County Commission for Women. She has been recognized for her community service with the Women of Impact Award from the Women’s History Coalition and is a 2005 honoree of In the Company of Women. Professionally she is a program manager in the Office of Sustainability of Miami-Dade County. The luncheon and program take place at the Coral Gables Country Club, 997 N. Greenway Dr. Social time begins at 11 a.m. followed by the luncheon and program. Cost of this event is $25 and reservations are required. Deadline for reservations is 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4. Contact Rita Casagrande at 305-595-0213 or send email to <ritafosse@yahoo.com> to make your reservation.

Center for Independent Living now seeking volunteer tutors BY ROBERT HAMILTON

The Center for Independent Living of South Florida is seeking volunteer tutors for its tutoring program. The program provides supports to young adults with disabilities who are enrolled in Special Diploma programs or GED programs in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The volunteer must have a college degree and be able to pass a teacher background check. Background screening fees would be reimbursed by the center. The center also will reimburse mileage expenses to and from the schools. The three tutor-

ing locations are Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center, Miami Lakes Educational Center, and Robert Morgan Educational Center. The survival of the tutoring program is critical to insure that these young people with disabilities obtain the academic support needed for them to graduate with a diploma and transition into the workplace. Interested individuals should forward their resume to the attention of Kelly Greene, executive director, by email at <Kelly@Soflacil.org> or send fax to 305751-8944.


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Christina Gonzalez to launch her latest novel at Books and Books BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

What do you do when your first book is a tremendous success and has eight hardcover printings before going to paperback? If you are Christina Gonzalez, the Coral Gables author whose first book, The Red Umbrella, created a huge buzz even before it came out, you follow it up with another historical novel, but this one set at the start of World War II. The Red Umbrella became required reading in many schools across the nation and was a required read at Florida International University last year. It is on the state reading lists for Nebraska and Oregon and is featured in Scholastic Book Fairs. Her new book, A Thunderous Whisper, comes out Oct. 9 and she will have a book release party on Oct. 13, 5 p.m., at Books and Books in Coral Gables. A Thunderous Whisper already has received several very good reviews from Kirkus and Voya. In fact, one review said that readers who liked The Book Thief will like A Thunderous Whisper. A Thunderous Whisper is set in Guernica, in the Basque region of Spain. It is the story of Ani, a young girl whose father is off fighting in Spain’s Civil War.

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Ani becomes part of a spy network, helping deliver messages to the underground resistance until her market town is bombed by the Nazis. Gonzalez said she was inspired to write the Christina Gonzalez story by Pablo ––––––––––––– Picasso’s painting, Guernica. Initially, she didn’t know the history of the town, but the more she learned about it, the more it intrigued her. “It was the precursor to blitzkrieg,” she said. Another reason the story called to her is because the Basque sent more than 3,400 of their children to England to keep them safe. “That same idea of children being sent away struck a familiar chord,” she said. “The ship all these children get placed on is the SS Havana. That’s where it all began.” It struck a chord because The Red Umbrella is about two Cuban children who are sent to the U.S. during Operation

Pedro Pan. The operation was set up by the Catholic Church to find foster homes for Cuban children whose families sent them to the U.S. because of a fear that that Castro would take their children away. While Gonzalez lives in Coral Gables, she wrote much of the book at the Starbucks in Palmetto Bay on Old Cutler Road. She worked there with Danielle Joseph, a young adult writer. When she is not writing or taking care of her family, Gonzalez likely is making school visits. She often travels to talk at schools or to speak at conferences. She also does Skype school visits because they are cheaper for schools to schedule. Publisher Random House has developed a teacher’s guide for A Thunderous Whisper and is sending Gonzalez to speak at a number of events around the country. Her event at Books and Books is expected to be well attended as her first book launch party drew hundreds and almost 400 books were sold. “It’s starting to look that way,” she said. “There was a quick response on Facebook and a lot of the people who came last time that are not on Facebook tell me they are coming. It’s going to be a huge crowd.” For more information on the book signing, go to <www.BooksandBooks.com>.


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Author learns life’s lessons from books he shared with his mom BY JOSHUA LAMOREY

When Mary Anne Schwalbe returned from Afghanistan in 2007 feeling unwell, doctors suspected it was a rare type of hepatitis — for a woman who worked with refugees in places such as Rwanda and Darfur, it seemed a reasonable diagnosis. But when she was diagnosed with a fatal form of pancreatic cancer, Will Schwalbe and his mother faced the certainty of her death. Waiting for chemotherapy one day, Will decided to ask his mom what he always asked her: What have you been reading? So begins The End Of Your Life Book Club (Knopf, 10/2). Over the next two years, Mary Anne and Will began a book club that brought them together as her life came to an end. Will Schwalbe –––––––––––––– Through discussions about books by authors from Stieg Larsson and P.G. Wodehouse to T.S. Eliot and Khaled Hosseini, Will realized that their book club “wasn’t about death. It was about life — the life lessons I learned from Mom, and the life lessons we learned from the books we read.” As their list jumps from classic to popular and poetry to mysteries, the issues they discuss include questions of faith and courage as well as how Mary Anne would like the family thank yous after her death to look (and what color ink to use on them). The End Of Your Life Book Club ultimately leads Mary Anne to her last act — securing funding for a library for women in Afghanistan, which is today nearing completion in Kabul.

As Will writes, reading isn’t the opposite of doing; it’s the opposite of dying. The End Of Your Life Book Club “illustrates the power of the written word to expand our knowledge of ourselves and others” writes Publishers Weekly in a starred review. Schwalbe has worked in publishing (most recently as senior vice president and editor in chief of Hyperion Books); digital media, as the founder and CEO of Cookstr.com, and as a journalist, writing for various publications including The New York Times and the South China Morning Post. He is on the boards of Yale University Press and the Kingsborough Community College Foundation. He is the coauthor, with David Shipley, of Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better. Will Schwalbe will be speaking and signing books on Friday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m., at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables.

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24-hour Mega Pet Adoption Event set for Tropical Park BY ALICE FISHER

It’s really big; it’s humongous; it’s colossal; it’s immense — and it’s every animal lover’s fantasy come true. Miami’s Mega Pet Adoption Event, sponsored by PetSmart Charities, will take place from Friday, Oct. 26, at 11:59 p.m., until Saturday night, Oct. 27, at 11:59 p.m. — without stopping — and will have more than 800 homeless animals eager to find a forever home. The marathon adoption of puppies and kitties will kickoff the festivities at midnight and then continue with the older animals for the rest of the 24-hour event. Who will you take home? The Humane Society of Greater Miami, Miami-Dade Animal Services, and The Cat Network, together with rescue groups from all over South Florida, will host the event at the covered Equestrian Center in Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Rd. in Kendall. This is a family affair with an entire Kid’s Festival, presented by the ASPCA, complete with rides and fun games for children of all ages.

There will be entertainment and refreshments offered by a variety of vendors and performers including Ballet Dance Exchange, Belly Motions Inc., Blood Centers of Florida, Canine Counselors, Carioca Capoeira Miami, DJ Uneeq, Doggie Bag Café Chefs, Dogzy Collars, Alex Murga & Ezpinaz, Game Time, Glamour by J’s, Gourmet Truck Expo, Grove Naturals, Hurricane Jumpers, Ice Cream Time, Live! Modern School of Music, Maria Verdeja School of Arts, Mary Lundberg Art, Natalia Dance Show-Cabaret, PetSmart, Yomo Essentials, and more. Admission to the park is free and complimentary parking is available in the park. “Our goal this year is to find homes for at least 600 deserving cats and dogs,” said Donna Tallon, executive director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “With the communities’ help, I am confident that we can do it!” For more information call Dani at 305749-1825, or send email to <dani@humanesocietymiami.org>.


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Original Lots of Lox’s friendly service earns repeat business BY NANCY EAGLETON

For 34 years the Original Lots of Lox Deli located in Palmetto Bay has been serving Miami residents homemade comfort foods that satisfy the tummy and soothe the soul. The wholesome meals are not the only reason locals keep coming back to the family-owned deli — it’s the warm and friendly service. Several members of the popular deli’s wait staff have been with the restaurant for more than 20 years. They know everyone who comes in and if you’re new to Lots of Lox, you’ll be initiated into the family on your first visit and welcomed home on your second. “Our staff is the heart of the restaurant,” said co-owner Nick Poulos. “It may sound cliché, but we are the ‘Cheers’ of restaurants — the place where everyone knows your name. We have many customers who come in twice a day. As soon as they sit down, their favorite drink is on the table.” Poulos owns Lots of Lox with brother Steve Poulos and cousin Jimmy Poulos. The restaurant’s walls are lined with photos that document the family’s three-generation history in the restaurant business in Miami. “My grandparents were risk takers who sacrificed a lot to live the ‘American dream,’” Poulos said. This generation of Poulos men is passionate about this business. One of the owners always is in the deli to ensure patrons are enjoying a dining experience “second to none.” With phrases like “the customer is always right” and “we’re only as good as our last meal” as their mantra, the Lots of Lox team is destined to be cooking up homemade favorites for another 30 years. Breakfast time is busy at Lots of Lox, but the 10-minute wait is always worth it. Begin your day with the Breakfast Special, available Monday through Friday, 7-11 a.m. Enjoy two eggs served any style with

You will get “service with a smile” from the friendly staff of Lots of Lox in Palmetto Bay. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

your choice of grits, home fries, toast or bagel and coffee or tea for $6.45. All breakfast favorites, including Eggs Benedict, omelets, pancakes and waffles are served all day. Lots of Lox lunch specials start at $8.45. The choices are endless and the portions are generous. You could visit the deli every day for a month and never have the same lunch twice. Design your own sandwich or wrap, or choose your favorite New York delistyle specialty sandwich, including the famous Corned Beef Reuben and Pastrami Rachel — both customer favorites. If you’re in the mood for something from the grill, choose a burger or chicken or fish sandwich. Hearty salads and garden fresh soups also are on the vast menu.

Turkey with all the fixins’ is a favorite meal that’s not just for the holidays anymore. The oven-roasted turkey breast is served every evening at Lots of Lox, along with numerous homemade dinner choices that start at $11.95. Comfort foods like homemade meatloaf and old-fashioned pot roast served with mashed potatoes will make you feel right at home. “Our stuffed cabbage is another customer favorite. It’s made from scratch and it’s the real deal,” Poulos said. “Our traditional homemade foods are prepared daily on our premises by our dedicated staff. It’s time consuming to make things from scratch, but our customers recognize the difference.” The catering service offered by the Lots of Lox team brings comfort food favorites from its kitchen to yours for special events such as birthdays, anniversaries and bar/bat mitzvahs, and holidays such as Passover, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas. The Original Lots of Lox Deli is open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., and is located at 14995 S. Dixie Hwy. For more information, call 305-2522010 or visit online at <www.OriginalLotsofLox.com>.


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The Deering Estate to present ‘Living Artist Concert Series’ BY LEE STEPHENS

For music enthusiasts, the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble presents superb concerts intimately set in the historic Stone House Ballroom. Internationally acclaimed musicians collaborate with world-renowned guest composers, artists, and talented youth performers as part of the Deering Estate at Cutler’s “Living Artist Concert Series.” The 2012-13 Living Artist Concert Series begins on Friday, Oct. 19, with “The Circle” featuring a world premier by Composer-in-Residence Jurai Kojs, along with works by Janácek, Hummel, and Dvorák. 2012-13 “Living Artist Concert Series” season schedule: Friday, Oct. 19, “The Circle;” Sunday, Nov. 18, “Solar Winds;” Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, “Temperate Zones;” Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, “Dreams of Biscayne Bay;”

Friday, Mar. 22, 2013, “Women of Note,” and Sunday, Apr. 21, 2013, “Glades.” All concerts begin at 7:15 p.m. with a meet the artist reception at 6:30 p.m. Season subscriptions are $120 (includes all six Living Artist concerts and two piano concerts); adult tickets are $25 per concert and student tickets are $12 per concert (grades K-12 with student ID). Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668, ext. 233. The Deering Estate at Cutler, a MiamiDade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit online at <www.deeringestate.org>.


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Miami-Dade politicians and their politically connected friends are at it again. They have collected BILLIONS of our tax dollars to run Jackson Memorial Hospital. Carlos Migoya, Jackson’s millionaire banker CEO who earns $800,000 a year, wants to sell off the Emergency Room and Rape Treatment Center to the highest bidder. That’s right, he wants to sell off the very heart of our public hospital, the people’s hospital.

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Scary Spooktober coming to Zoo Miami, Oct. 17-31 BY CINDY CASTELBLANCO

Enjoy a host of Halloween festivities, Oct. 17-31, during Spooktober at Zoo Miami presented by Dixie Crystals and Baptist Children’s Diagnostic Center. If you dare, enter Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, a full-scale haunted house at Dr. Wilde’s World from Oct. 17 to 31. If dressing up and partying is your thing, show up to the fourth annual adults-only costume party, The Monster Masquerade presented by Bacardi USA, benefiting the Zoological Society of Florida (ZSF), Oct. 19. The entire family also can enjoy Halloween at the zoo at night during the second Spooky Zoo Nights on Oct. 26 and 27, and during the daytime at the annual Zoo Boo, Oct. 27 and 28. Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, a 7,000-squarefoot haunted house, is guaranteed to send chills up and down your spine when it debuts Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will make your every fear come to life. Roaches take over the kitchen while cats take over the home of a deceased grandma. What will you find when the freezer defrosts — a zookeeper or two perhaps? You will have to come and see for yourself. With an admission cost of $5 per person, this house of chills will remain open through Oct, 31. Parental discretion is advised for young children. Get your Halloween costume ready and come dance the night away at the darkest night spot around town — Zoo Miami. Costumed monsters ages 21 and over are invited to the biggest Halloween party in South Florida, The Monster Masquerade, on Friday, Oct. 19, from 8 p.m. until the stroke of midnight. Come where the wild things are and party in the dark while enjoying premium cocktails courtesy of Bacardi USA, savory treats, music and dancing by The Coast 97.3 FM. At the end of the night, organizers will announce the “Best Costume Contest” that will have you dying for awesome prizes. When night falls and the wild calls, The Monster Masquerade at Zoo Miami will be the only place to be. Your ticket purchase will support the Zoological Society of

Florida in its mission of wildlife education and conservation. Pre-sale tickets to The Monster Masquerade are $65/person. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door for $75/person. Anyone purchasing a ticket before Oct. 5 will be entered into a drawing to win a Family Membership to Zoo Miami. Tickets currently are available at the Zoological Society of Florida, call 305-2555551, and online at <www.zoomiami.org>. Spooky Zoo Nights, an after-hours family event, will take place Oct. 26 and 27 from 7 to 11 p.m. The $10.95/person admission ($9.95 for zoo members) includes entry into Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, spooky tram rides, ghoulish carousel rides, and chilling storytelling. Goodies and roving street theater will add excitement to the pathways. Save money and time by purchasing your tickets during the online pre-sale at <www.zoomiami.org>. Zoo Boo! returns to Zoo Miami Oct. 27 and 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included with zoo admission, families and kids ages 12 and under are invited to trick-or-treat in costumes, participate in costume contests, watch special performances, make Halloween crafts, see the zoo’s wild animals get their Halloween goodies, and more! Music and games with fun prizes will be provided by Radio Disney AM 990 and The Coast 97.3 FM. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 St. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (ages 3-12) plus tax. Children under 2, Zoological Society of Florida members, and parking are free. Zoo Boo! is included with paid zoo admission. Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, The Monster Masquerade, and Spooky Zoo Nights have separate admission prices. Zoo Miami’s regular hours are 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 p.m. For more information, visit <www.zoomiami.org> or call 305-251-0400. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Danny Elfenbein at 305-255-5551 or send email to <dannye@zsf.org>.


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Vampire Circus to unleash a reign of terror in Miami BY JOSE BOZA

Lock your doors, secure your homes, beginning Oct. 18 and continuing until Halloween, Oct. 31, the Vampire Circus will release an army of vampires into Miami and transform Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park into a haven for the beautiful and seductive creatures of the night. Spectators at the Vampire Circus will witness a world filled with supernatural circus performers, terror and suspense, enchanted magic and comedy that will leave them dying for more and an exotic ambiance of panic and fear that would make Tim Burton proud. The Vampire Circus is a phenomenal night of live entertainment, based on the multidisciplinary skills of 30 world-class artists showcasing theater, dance and gymnastics. All of which push the physical boundaries of human performances and leave the audiences amazed and astounded. The cast is an eclectic mix of professional entertainers featuring the cream of the crop that includes the most renowned clown in the world, “Slava the Clown;” magicians trained from the original folklore; world champion acrobats and gymnasts recruited from the top acrobatic clubs across the globe who have achieved Guinness Book of Records fame.

“The Vampire Circus will? take audiences into a journey of immersive experience, where it plunges guests into a deep hypnosis state while breaking the fourth wall,” said Javier Francisco Santos, artistic director for the Vampire Circus. “With The Vampire Circus, you are fully integrated into something that is happening in front of you, around you and sometimes inside of you. Come meet the Vampires… we’ll leave the lights off for you.” The show is inspired by the magical and captivating allure of legendary traveling carnivals. Set in Bohemia during the 19th Century, Count Dracula contemplates a plan for world domination, when he decides to open a traveling circus with his gypsy bodyguards. The Vampire Circus is a perfect cover-up to travel unnoticed and unleash Dracula’s world reign of terror and turn all humans into an army of vampires for global dominance. A good nightmare of this kind comes so rarely. The Vampire Circus will bite Miami this Halloween in the heart of the Downtown area where the mysterious Big Top will take haven at Bayfront Park, Oct 18-31. Regular Vamp performance days are Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m. In addition, Saturday shows

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Daughter shares how father’s recovery from stroke inspired With the American Heart Association Heart Walk in a few days on Saturday, Oct. 6, at FIU’s Maidique Campus, Community Newspapers shares part of an essay written by Natalie Perez. Her father, Joe, has survived a stroke against all odds and resumed a normal life as a police officer. Natalie writes:

left side of his body. Doctors said he would not fully recover or be able to return to work. (He was only 39 years old with a wife and three children ages 7, 12 and 16.) For nearly a year, Dad worked hard to be able to get his life back in order and never gave up. It was not easy. In that year of recovery, my father taught me struggles and Joe Perez challenges make you stronger. –––––––––––– Despite the grim prognosis of his BY NATALIE PEREZ doctors, he fought hard and was finally able to A hero can often be defined as a person return to work. Now Dad is better than ever of distinguished courage and ability but and has shown how one can accomplish anythese days your hero or idol usually may thing with effort and hard work. consist of a front man of your favorite band or a celebrity. My hero may not be a well-known person but he is the type of hero not regularly acknowledged. My father is my hero and not only is he my hero he is a police officer. Dad risks his life on a daily basis to make others safe. Six years back my father, Joe, had a stroke that affected the right side of his brain and

The Perez family once again will participate in the American Heart Association Walk on Oct. 6, 7:30 a.m., at FIU’s Maidique Campus and invite all to join this worthy cause. Whether you are paying it forward or paying it back like the Perez family, the 2012 Heart Walk promises to be a fun-filled morning of family fun that all will enjoy.


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Investigate the paranormal at the Deering Estate at Cutler BY JENNIFER TISTHAMMER

In partnership with the League of Paranormal Investigators, the Deering Estate at Cutler offers a variety of Ghost Tours and Paranormal Investigations. Hear about the sightings and experiences from the actual paranormal investigations of the Deering Estate at Cutler and see for yourself the evidence recorded on video, photographs, and audio. Events scheduled include: Deering Estate “Spookover,” Friday, Oct. 26; Saturday, Mar. 23, 2013, and Friday, May 17, 2013; 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.; $65 per person. Experience the Deering Estate at Cutler overnight when the lights are out. The League of Paranormal Investigators will take guests on a Paranormal Investigation of the historic houses and main grounds. Equipment used to detect spectral presences — such as pendulums, dowsing rods, EMF meters, voice recorders and cameras are welcome. This is not a sleepover; guests will investigate and participate in activities all night. Dress comfortably. Bring your own flashlight, mosquito repellant and any equipment you wish to use. A light breakfast will be served. Tour may contain mature subject matter. Ghost Tour: “Be Your Own Investigator,” Thursday, Oct. 25; Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, and Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013; 7 to 9 p.m., $25 per person. “Be Your Own Investigator” and become part of the Paranormal Investigative Team to discover evidence and occurrences with the League of Paranormal Investigators. Dress comfortably. Bring your own flashlight, mosquito repellant and any equipment you wish to use. Pendulums, dowsing rods, EMF meters, voice recorders and cameras are welcome! Tour may contain mature subject matter. Ghost Tour: “Voices of the Past,”

Thursday, Oct. 18; Thursday, Nov. 15; Thursday, Dec. 20; Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, and Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013, 7 to 9 p.m., $15 per person. This is a three-part series of tours where each month the focus is on different aspects of the paranormal investigations at the Deering Estate at Cutler. Be sure to experience all three. These are walking tours and, if weather permits, the tours go out on the natural trails. Dress comfortably. Tour may contain mature subject matter. The “Voices of the Past” Ghost Tour on Oct. 18 will focus on Psychic Impressions and Personal Experiences. Guests will learn about the paranormal experiences found on the estate and how they tie into the current history. Rumor mills also will be covered and how such rumors came to be, but are actually untrue. Tour may contain mature subject matter. Tickets can be purchased online for an additional fee or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668, ext. 233. For private tours or your own overnight paranormal experience, call the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668, ext. 233. The Deering Estate at Cutler, a MiamiDade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and a Natural Areas Tour is offered daily at 12:30 p.m. Both the Historic House Tour and the Natural Areas Tour are free with regular admission to the Estate. EcoAdventure Tours also are offered throughout the year for an additional fee. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit <www.deeringestate.org>.

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Miami’s Grammy-nominated choir begins its season at all-time high BY LEE STEPHENS

As Seraphic Fire begins its 11th season, the professional choral ensemble is riding an all-time high. Against a bleak backdrop of failing arts organizations nationwide, Seraphic Fire is entering the new season with a record number of subscribers, a newly signed record distribution deal, and the optimistic energy of an organization on the rise. Seraphic Fire’s 10th Anniversary season brought with it a series of celebrated achievements — most notably the ensembles two 2012 Grammy nominations, making it the only choir in North and South America to be nominated. With the national spotlight suddenly upon the ensemble, Seraphic Fire went on to close the performance year with more sold-out concerts than ever before. Continuing this meteoric rise, Seraphic Fire is emerging from its highest-grossing summer to date. Additionally, this past August, Seraphic Fire’s independent recording label, Seraphic Fire Media, closed a global distribution deal

with Naxos of America, the nation’s leader in classical music distribution. The deal will grant Seraphic Fire complete artistic control over future projects while placing the ensemble’s albums in brick-and-mortar stores around the world and online across all digital platforms. Seraphic Fire’s 2012-13 season began this past September with a tour across the Midwest. Highly anticipated — and even sold-out — performances to audiences in Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania were received eagerly. To open the regular season, Seraphic Fire will present “Simple Gifts,” a celebration of refreshingly simple Americana. The beautifully sincere music of Aaron Copland, declared “the American composer” by the New York Times, and his contemporaries, will be on stunning display as Seraphic Fire departs on an incredible season. The concert, titled “Simple Gifts” will be performed at St. Jude Melkite Church on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m., and at the First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables on Friday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. Tickets and information are available at 305-2859060 or at <www.SeraphicFire.org>.


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Florida Grand Opera names Susan T. Danis as new CEO BY STEFANIE HEW

$47 million for a capital campaign, part of which funded the $20 million renovation The international search is over and of the company’s historic theater. Florida Grand Opera (FGO) has She recently completed a six-year term announced the appointment of Susan T. as a member of the board of trustees of Danis as the company’s new general direc- OPERA America, three of which she tor and CEO. served as treasurer. An established arts What’s more, the selfadvocate and leader proclaimed “opera with a proven track geek” was a driving record of fiscal force behind Sarasota’s growth, Danis is dynamic artistic offerscheduled to take the ing, known internationposition as the compaally for initiatives like ny’s fourth general their American Classics director on Oct. 9. She Series and Verdi Cycle. comes to FGO with Anticipating the more than 20 years of planned retirement of arts administration and Robert M. Heuer, the particular expertise in company’s CEO of 27 the areas of marketing years, and FGO’s board and fundraising. of directors embarked “Susan is a phenomon an international enal choice to lead search for his replaceFGO,” Victor H. ment, forming a search Susan T. Danis Mendelson, president committee headed by –––––––––––––––––––– of FGO’s board of William Hill, FGO’s directors. “She has the unique combination vice president. of being a successful opera producer, man“We set out on a lengthy search to find ager and development expert. We are the ideal candidate, someone who has both ecstatic to have Susan build on FGO’s his- passion for opera and established business tory as Florida’s oldest performing arts success in arts management,” Hill said. company and infuse the company with “We also sought a reliable leader and great productions, ideas and enthusiasm.” ambassador for the company with a true Since 1999, she has served as the execu- sense of community. Susan meets and tive director of Sarasota Opera, and has exceeds all these requirements and is the been instrumental in the company’s contin- perfect choice to lead Florida Grand Opera ued fiscal development. During her tenure, into a new chapter in its history.” the company’s operating budget more than Florida Grand Opera is scheduled to doubled, growing from $3.2 million to begin its 2012-13 season on Nov. 17, with over $8 million. Beating fundraising goals La bohème. Single tickets can be purat every turn, Danis increased individual chased through the FGO Box Office by giving by more than 200 percent in a calling 1-800-741-1010 or online at seven-year period and raised more than <www.fgo.org>.

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FPL CORNER Fight Higher Taxes on Investment Income

By Lew Hay, Executive Chairman of NextEra Energy, Inc. The fiscal cliff is rapidly approaching for America’s seniors and millions of taxpayers across the nation. Congress adjourned [last week] without preventing the multiple tax increases scheduled for January 1, and without ending the uncertainty over fiscal policy that represents unnecessary additional risk for private investment. Unless Congress acts immediately after the November election during a “lame duck” session, the crippling effects of Washington’s procrastination will be felt across our entire economy. Floridians should be especially concerned about one particular tax increase that will fall disproportionately on seniors. Beginning next year, tax rates will soar on investment income from capital gains and dividends. The top tax rate on capital gains will jump from 15 to 23.8 percent and the top rate on dividends will nearly triple from 15 to 43.4 percent. Millions of seniors would feel the pain of these higher rates immediately. Given the low rates on interest-bearing investments such as certificates of deposit, many older investors have turned to dividend-paying stocks to supplement their income. And those dividend distributions have been growing. According to a J.P. Morgan study, total dividend distributions jumped from $340 billion in 2008 to about $680 billion in 2011. Higher tax rates will change the equation for everyone. Dividend-paying companies could reduce the size of their quarterly dividend checks, which would devastate those relying directly on dividend income to help pay their bills. And if major investors shift their portfolios away from dividend-paying companies to assets with lower tax penalties, including those in other nations, every American with a retirement plan or mutual fund invested in U.S. dividend-paying stocks could take a hit as well. Higher taxes on private investment would not only reduce returns for investors, but also make it more difficult for many companies to create jobs and increase the value we deliver to our customers. At NextEra Energy, Inc., under current tax policy, we’ve been able to raise the capital necessary to invest billions of dollars in our infrastructure over the last several years. These investments in infrastructure deliver major benefits for our customers. At Florida Power & Light Company, our investments help keep reliability high and bills low over the long term. At NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, our investments help bring the benefits of renewable energy to customers in more than 20 states. Our company now employs about 10,000 people in Florida alone, and our ability to attract capital by paying dividends to our shareholders has been a major catalyst for our growth. Discouraging investment in dividend-paying companies like NextEra Energy will impact many vital sectors of the economy – such as manufacturing, utilities, and telecommunications – that are creating jobs across the nation. Reducing the capital these sectors can raise in equity markets will force them to increase their debt financing. This, in turn, will lead to an even riskier economy with even more overleveraged companies. The good news is that Congress still has time to act, and we still have the opportunity to make our voices heard. NextEra Energy has joined with other companies across our industry and across the nation to encourage more people to send our leaders a clear message: now is not the time to reduce dividend income through higher taxes and punish Americans who invest in our nation’s future. Everyone who wants to help can join our advocacy campaign, Defend My Dividend at www.DefendMyDividend.org. Together we can stop tax increases on all investors, including millions of seniors, as well as prevent further barriers to job creation and economic growth. Keeping tax rates low will be good for American businesses, good for our economy, and good for all investors.


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University of Miami partners with FDOT for safe-driving campaign BY LEE STEPHENS

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six is partnering with the University of Miami to launch, “Put it Down,” a campaign that educates young adults on the risks of distracted driving. The campaign continues through October. The FDOT is targeting young drivers between ages 16 and 24 by partnering with local area educational institutions including the University of Miami, Florida International University, MiamiDade College, Barry University and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Several outreach events will take place at local school campuses including a key event at the University of Miami on Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at “The Rock” (near University Center). The UM event will feature the UM Police Department, UM Parking and Transportation, UM Association of Commuter Students, Dori Slosberg Foundation, Verizon Wireless,

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Hyundai adds LWB model to 2013 Santa Fe CUV lineup Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS Say goodbye to the Hyundai Vera Cruz SUV and hello to an all-new Hyundai Santa Fe CUV in two distinct sizes and purposes. Hyundai recently unveiled the all-new Santa Fe for the automotive media at a gala press conference in the new Montage Resort in upscale Deer Valley, Utah. To say that company brass was glowing with pride about their new baby would be something of an understatement. Big things are expected, and they most likely will be forthcoming. After driving the Santa Fe Sport — that’s the smaller of the two models, the Long Wheelbase (LWB) version was not yet available — I must agree that the Hyundai design team has come up with another winner. The all-new third-generation Santa Fe Sport is a five-passenger crossover vehicle and it’s already available in dealer showrooms.

The longer LWB model has three rows, seats seven and will start hitting showrooms in January. By adding the LWB model to the Santa Fe lineup, there no longer was any need for the slow-selling Vera Cruz, so it got the axe from the Hyundai lineup. No big loss there. The new Santa Fe is designed with Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” concept to create the illusion of constant motion. Up front, there’s a three-bar hexagonal chrome grille, LED headlight accents, a low stance, rising beltline, roof spoiler and wraparound taillights. Other design elements include body color mirrors, 19-inch wheels and a twin-tip chrome exhaust on Santa Fe Sport 2.0T. Both Santa Fe models are capable crossovers built for today’s on-the-go American family, and they come with flexible seating and cargo space. Both have the same flowing interior look, designed for passenger functionality and comfort, from the heated rear seats and available eightway power driver seat, to a standard 40/20/40 folding rear seat back. Other interior details include an optional panoramic sunroof, which allows more natural light into the cabin, and premium window switch trim.

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The Santa Fe Sport delivers excellent performance and much of that is due to a 266-pound weight reduction from the 2012 model, the result of using a lot of high tensile steel in the construction of the vehicle. There’s also a good choice of power options available. Sport buyers may choose between a fourcylinder 2.4-liter 190 hp Gasoline Direct Engine (GDI) engine (22/33 mpg) or a turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-liter 264 hp GDI engine. Both engines provide excellent power for city or highway driving and

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DREWKERN

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

Drew Kern

23801 1 Overseas s Highway y (Mile 1900 0 Pizarro o St Marker 23.8) Rare opportunity to find Mediterranean style home in Coral 9.46 acres on the Bay in Summerland Gables! 4 bdrm/ 3 bath, built in 1989. Key. Commercial property, previously a Renovated kitchen with custom cabishrimp larva farm. Seller represents 7.71 netry, granite counter tops and stainless Acres are upland (335,848 sq ft) 990 appliances. One bdrm & full bath downfeet of frontage on Overseas Highway, stairs. Great for entertaining w/ courtyard West side is on Kemp Channel, and the off dining room and pavered patio in east side is on a lagoon $1,495,000 backyard. 1.5 car garage. $749,000 22800 0 SW W 155 5 Ave

10740 0 SW W 121 1 St

Lovely 3 bdrm/ 2 bath family home in Custom built 3 bdrm/ 2 bath home in the Pine Shores community. Bright and The Redland. Tucked away on half an acre surrounded by lush landscaping in- spacious kitchen with lots of storage and room for a large eat-in area or den. cluding fruit trees. Master bedroom has Formal living & dining rooms. Private wood burning fireplace & balcony. Two bdrms on the first floor. Quiet neighbor- fenced backyard with covered patio and pool. 2 car garage . hood, situated on a corner lot on a $399,000 dead-end street. $299,000

20508 8 SW W 140 0 Ave Custom built 2008 home available in the Redland. Bank owned property, 8,704 sq ft, 5 bdrm/6 bath. 5 acre property. Needs investment and restoration, but has lots of potential. In addition there are 3, five acre adjacent lots available to purchase separately or together $750,000

7360 0 SW W 108 8 Ter Spacious 5 bdrm, 3 bath home boasts over 4,200 square feet, with large screened in pool and outdoor bar. Updated kitchen. Front bedroom combines two bedrooms to make one large room. Spacious formal living and dining rooms. Perfect for entertaining. 2 car garage

$845,000

Drew’s Recently Sold Homes 20020 Cutler Ct (Seller) 15995 SW 240 St (Seller) 4218 Braganza Ave (Seller) 15305 SW 77 Ct (Buyer) 605 W Flagler St TS6 (Buyer) 1155 Brickell Bay Dr #505 (Buyer) 935 Palermo Ave #2B (Seller and Buyer) 9394 SW 77 Ave #F9 (Buyer) 2020 SW 99 Ave (Seller and Buyer) 4990 SW 64 Pl (Buyer)

818 Medina Ave (Seller) 515 Palermo Ave (Buyer) 7500 SW 172 St (Seller) 15725 SW 87 Ct (Seller) 13500 SW 73 Ct (Seller) 6525 SW 134 Dr (Seller) 9013 SW 206 St (Seller) 810 Lugo Ave (Seller and Buyer) 23190 SW 157 Ave (Seller and Buyer)

8891 SW 208 Te (Seller) 1501 Bella Vista Ave (Seller) 12821 SW 82 Ave (Buyer) 1340 Blue Rd (Seller) 1519 Granada Blvd (Seller) 7620 SW 109 Ter (Seller) 7460 SW 125 St (Seller) 10220 SW 86 St (Seller and Buyer) 15354 SW 170 Ter (Buyer) 3901 S Ocean Dr #8Q (Seller and Buyer)

ESSLINGER WOOTEN MAXWELL, INC., REALTORS 305.329.7744 • KERN.D@EWM.COM • WWW.DREWKERN.COM


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Fitness District

On a tree lined street behind the hustle and bustle of USI a collection of the finest businesses in the area of wellness and fitness have set up shop to serve you. If you want to be strong and fit then surround yourself with like minded people. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening on Madruga and Santona. Join the thousands that have already discovered this slice of South Gables heaven and let your journey begin or continue. The right food, the right clothes, the right mood. No matter what your training goals are, motivation awaits you at these wonderful establishments.

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