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United Way Wine and Food Festival expands to 4 days, April 14 - 17 BY YANET OBARRIO SANCHEZ

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he 16th annual United Way Miami Wine and Food Festival, Miami’s first and foremost charity wine and food festival, will take place Thursday, Apr. 14, through Sunday, Apr. 17. Presented by American Express, all proceeds from the festival will benefit United Way of Miami-Dade’s work in the areas of education, income and health. This annual event brings together food and wine lovers for a now-expanded four-day festival featuring notable chefs, sommeliers, prestigious wineries and winemakers, celebrity mixologists, breweries and impressive auction lots. This year, one of the nation’s most prolific apostles of Progressive American cuisine, Chef Dewey LoSasso, executive chef of The Forge Restaurant Wine Bar will headline the Interactive Dinner on Friday, Apr. 15. Festivities begin on Thursday, Apr. 14, with the Taste & Toast — Fine Wine Tasting presented by Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, featuring dozens of international wineries and 30

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Aces pose with trophies and their favorite newspaper The Howard Palmetto 12U Aces display the RunnersUp Trophy of the Kendall Craze baseball tournament conducted March 16-20. The 12U Aces won five straight games to reach the finals which was won by the Gamewear Nationals. In the 12U Division, 11 teams from Florida competed. Pictured (l-r, first row kneeling) are Alex Feria, Chris Fojon, Max Pinto, Dylan Samole, Trevor Vela, Sam Bolduc; (second row standing) Alexander Acevedo, Chris Gonzalez, Andrew Schreiber, Nick Bermudez, Marco Gomez, Kevin Schwartz and Cameron McGahee; (back row) Coach Omar Gonzalez, Coach Steve Schwartz, Manager Silvano Gonzalez and Coach David Isenberg.

7,500 Bags Given Students by Maven Shopping Network BY YELANY RODRIGUEZ

Sunset Elementary students show off their goody filled ‘I am the Maven’ bags

Local artist’s exhibit at the First National Bank of South Miami

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hat began as self-fulfilling passion for founder Whitney Zimet, “I Am The Maven” has quickly become a “Go to Haven” for savvy moms looking for fabulous deals at the best local places. Recently, 7,500 lucky students at 35 schools throughout South Miami-Dade County received the distinctive black and pink reusable bags reading “I Am The Maven.”

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n exhibition of artworks by local artist, Ronald Shelley, and Naples artist, Muffy Clark Gill, will be displayed at The Wirtz Gallery in the First National Bank of South Miami, now through April 29. The display, Native and Natural: Seminoles & Tropical Landscapes, will feature landscapes, nature studies and batiks, with a portion of the proceeds from art sales benefitting the Florida non-profit, ArtSpring. A closing reception to meet the award-winning artists will be held in the gallery, Friday, April 29, 6 – 8 p.m. Capturing the landscape of Florida and the Caribbean are consistent themes in Shelley’s body of work. In his graceful depictions of cabbage palms in the Everglades, dramatic tropical skies and the subtleties of Florida’s changing seasons, Shelley’s seemingly effortless style contradicts his mastery of the exacting watercolor technique. Since 2006, Gill has been producing an artwork series depicting the Seminole and Miccosukee tribes of Florida using the batik process of painting on fabric. Historical documents, old and recent photographs, postcards and oral histories of the life and work of these early Florida settlers form the basis of her imagery. ArtSpring, which provides artsbased educational programming to promote self-growth and develop effective life skills in incarcerated women, men, youth and other at-risk

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populations, will receive a portion of the art sales proceeds. Since 1994, ArtSpring has achieved national recognition for being the longest ongoing arts-in-corrections program in Florida. The organization provides quality-based educational workshops to over 600 inmates and juveniles each year.

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Spectacular CG â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Night in Bollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; aids orphanage in India Gloria Burns GLORIAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GAB An unforgettable â&#x20AC;&#x153;Night in Bollywood,â&#x20AC;? the annual gala held at the Coral Gables residence of Rod Hildebrandt and Matthew Meehan, left the more than 1.100 guests on sensory overload. Acknowledged by anyone who has ever attended this affair as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the most funâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fundraiser in South Florida, this 2011 event raised a record total to benefit Sunilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home Orphanage, a home in India supported by several South Florida residents. Arriving guests were offered a photo opâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with two large camels, taken by photographer Alberto Romeu, then escorted through an exotic group of painted dancers before entering the home where silent auction items presented a wide variety of fabulous items for purchase, including furnishings and supplies for the orphanage. itself. Champagne service accompanied guests entering a backyard with several tented areas while the oversized pool was covered to provide a staging with a large

screen monitor displaying scenes from the orphanage throughout the evening. From belly dancers to acrobatic performers, entertainment was non-stop throughout the evening. Bob Soper came to assist with a live auction with one item, a two-week vacation at Hildebrandtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chateau in France, going for $28,000. Among many responsible for the successful evening: Board Members Lynn Bauer (known as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mama Lynnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to her children at Sunilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home); Chef Susan Bleemerr who catered the affair with Chef Jay, from the Mandarin Oriental supplying exquisite desserts. Guests who raved about the food and festive setting are already looking forward to even more surprises at next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event. West Point Society of South Florida held its 2011 Founderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Reception and Dinner at La Gorce Country Club April 1, guests mingling with featured speaker Brigadier General Timothy Trainor, Dean of the Academic Board of the U. S. Military Academy, alumni and West Point candidates. This writer had the opportunity to converse with several impressive incoming female cadets including Erin Mulkeen and Sarah Brown, both from Coral Shores High School; Amanda Montesinoo, John A. Ferguson High School, and Brianna Sharkey, St. Thomas Aquinas. Among many making toasts and

Incoming West Point Cadets (l-r) Erin Mulkeen, Sarah Brown, Coral Shores High School; Amanda Montesino, John A. Ferguson High School; Brianna Sharkey, St. Thomas Aquinas.

Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina (far right) presents proclamation to Sunilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home Board Members: CG ViceMayor Bill Kerdyk, Jr., Lynn Bauer, Matthew Meehan and Rod Hildebrandt.

participating in the program: Carlos Canino, William C. Bass, Jr., LTC Chauncy Nash, John Carey, Lionel V. Orr tiz-Santini, Michael Byard, Victor Olshansky, Christopher Sutton, Francisco Prieto, CPT Christopher H a rtinggs, and MG (Ret) Bernard Loeffke. Also enjoying the evening: Bob and Liz Gallagher and Hank Langston. The Chefs with a Purpose 2011 fund-raiser was held March 30 at the Intercontinental Miami as Indianapolis Coltsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wide receiver Pierre Garçon and WPLG/Channel 10 news anchor and honoree Calvin Hughes joined greats from Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culinary community for a true Haitian experience, presented in partnership with Project Medishare for Haiti, Inc. and the International Firefighters Assistance, Inc. Guests enjoyed the music of Tradisyon Lakou Lakay and Haitian performers Mushy Widmaier and Phyllisia Ross while checking out the Haitian art exhibit from Galerie Marassa. With 20 tasting stations, top chefs offered signature menu items for attendees to taste while bidding on silent auction items that featured luxury hotel stays, unique dining experiences, Tiffany & Co. jewelry, Haitian art and unique sports memorabilia. Finally, FIU Alumni Association marks its Ninth Annual FIU Scholarship Fishing

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Sir Pizza selective recruiting invitational showcases top baseball talent for college coaches BY LEE STEPHENS

The Sir Pizza Selective Recruiting Invitational was held March 14th â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 19th in Miami, bringing South Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top high school baseball athletes together for a week of intense competition. 16 schools from MiamiDade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 of which are ranked in THE Top 100 nationally â&#x20AC;&#x201C; faced off at eight different venues around Miami. The Invitational culminated in a Championship Game between American Heritage High School and Jupiter High School on Saturday, March 19th at the University of Miami. American Heritage walked away with the win 6-1, and Brandon Lopez, a Junior and early UM commit, was named Most Outstanding Player. THE 16 COMPETING SCHOOLS WERE: American High School; American Heritage High School; Archbishop McCarthy; Belen; Columbus; Coral Springs Christian; Doral Academy; Jupiter High School; Mater Academy; North Broward High School; Pace; Reagan High School; South Dade High School; St. Brendan; West Broward High School; and Westminster Christian. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Selective Recruiting started in 2006 as showcase for our top high school athletes so they could be seen and evaluated by college coaches,â&#x20AC;? said Lazaro Llanes, Director of Selective Recruiting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our purpose was to help students earn athletic scholarships.â&#x20AC;? The event attracted over a dozen college coaches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had several top Division 1 NCAA schools, including the University of Miami, Florida State University and Virginia Tech,â&#x20AC;? reported Mr. Llanes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The excellent turnout proves that we are achieving our goal.â&#x20AC;? Since the Invitational was established, over 100 South Florida players have been placed or verbally committed to colleges across the country. In addition to the Championship win by American Heritage, 33 players were named to

the Sir Pizza Selective Recruiting All Tournament Team. Nine more were Honorable Mentions. Players were chosen based on their performance during the Invitational.

SELECTIVE RECRUITING ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM: â&#x20AC;˘ Pitchers: Louie Collazo - Columbus-Jr; Andres De La Torre - Reagan-Jr; Kevin Fagan N. Broward-Jr; Alex Fernandez - McCarthySR; Calvin Greener - Jupiter-SR.; Ryan Harris Jupiter-SR; Josean Lazaro - N. Broward-SR; Andres Medina - Columbus-SR; Jimmy Nesselt â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Am. Heritage-SR; Alex Seibold - Heritage-Jr â&#x20AC;˘ Catchers: Oscar Aguirre - S. Dade-SR; Mario Amaral - Reagan-SR; Brandon Sedell - Heritage-SR â&#x20AC;˘ First Basemen: Stefan Leal - S. Dade-Jr; Julian Loret De Mola - Westminster-SR; Brian Muniz - Reagan-SR â&#x20AC;˘ Second Basemen: Jose Carrera - St. Brendan-So; Mike Obregon - Columbus-Jr; Manuel Pazos - Pace-So â&#x20AC;˘ Shortstops: Miguel Ceballos - St. Brendan-So; Brandon Lopez - Am. HeritageJr; David Thompson - Westminster-Jr â&#x20AC;˘ Third Base: Jose Brizuela - McCartySR; Anthony Gonzalez - Westminster-Jr. â&#x20AC;˘ Left Fielders: Jean Acevedo - Doral-SR; David Lugo - S. Dade-Jr; Ivan Santos McCarthy-SR â&#x20AC;˘ Center Fielders: JJ Crespo - Jupiter-SR; Demetrius Moore - S.Dade-Jr; Kyle Prats Columbus-SR â&#x20AC;˘ Right Fielders: Justin Bailey - JupiterSR; Andy Padron - S. Dade-SR; Julien Plana - Columbus-SR Honorable Mention: Billy Atkins - Coral Springs-Jr; Gio Ayala - Belen-SR; Robert Baroniel - Belen-SR; Dayan Cubas - St. Brendan-Jr; Victor Gonzalez - Jupiter-Jr; Heber Mendez - Mater-SR; Chris Perez Columbus-So; Gio Ruiz - W. Broward-SR; Danny Salamon - Doral-Jr. For information about Selective Recruiting, visit www.thesrbaseball.com.

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of South Florida’s top restaurants and caterers, including: Acqua at Four Seasons Hotel, AltaMare, Meat Market, Ortanique on the Mile, Season’s 52, Timo Restaurant and Two Chefs among many others. The VIP tasting begins at 6 p.m.; general admission begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $150 for VIP admission and $75, general admission. Following the tasting, guests can enjoy the Glenfiddich “Music to Drink Whiskey By” afterparty featuring whiskey ambassador and scotch specialist Heather Greene and deejay Adam Williams. Taste & Toast takes place at Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave. in Coral Gables. Friday, April 15, the Food, Friends & Fun — Interactive Dinner, presented by Bacardi USA, belongs to celebrity Chef Dewey LoSasso of The Forge Restaurant Wine Bar. This interactive experience is the ultimate good time for foodies, where tables will team up to cook their own three-course meal under Chef LoSasso’s tutelage. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a Bacardi cocktail reception, and Bacardi master mixologist Gary Hayward will teach guests a few tricks of the trade during dinner, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $300 per person and $2,400 per table of eight. Food, Friends & Fun takes place at the InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza in Downtown Miami. On Saturday, Apr. 16, the Cellar•bration —

Good Food and Award-winning Wines, presented by Cypress Hill Financial, features award-winning wines from the first annual Best in Glass Wine Challenge and a multicourse dinner, exclusive auction lots, and live entertainment and dancing by quintessential American jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany. A champagne cocktail reception and silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $300 per person and $3,000 per table of 10. Cellar•bration also takes place at the InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza in Downtown Miami. The festival culminates on Sunday, Apr. 17, with Brews & Bites — Craft Beer Tasting, presented by CBIZ, featuring bites from area restaurants, live entertainment, craft beers and mirco-brews from around the world including: Narraganssett Brewing, Blue Point Brewing, Shipyard/Sea Dog Brewing, Abita Brewing Company, The Boston Beer Company, Brooklyn Brewery, Sierra Nevada, Stone Brewing and many more. The VIP tasting begins at 1 p.m., general admission begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $75 per VIP admission and $55 for general admission. Admission to the event includes a commemorative tasting cup. Brews & Bites takes place at Mary Brickell Village, 901 S. Miami Ave. in Miami. For more information and tickets, visit <www.miamiwinefestival.org>; <www.facebook.com/miamiwineandfoodfestival> or follow on Twitter@MiamiWineFest. For tickets call 1877-820-3378.

Custom Frame Shop holds Art Contest for Kids

BY YELANY RODRIGUEZ

FASTFRAME, the local custom picture framing store, is hosting its annual Art Contest for Kids. Jamile Ghizoni and Claudia Fossi, owners of Fastframe of South Miami, will be encouraging children, grades 1 through 5, to create a piece of art based on the theme: “My Favorite Fairy Tale”. From now until May 7th, artwork will be accepted in to the store for the contest. Artwork is to be dropped off at 5900 SW 73rd Street. A first place will be chosen from among the

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When you think about measurements in tracking your weight loss journey, a lot of words may come to mind — anticipation, happy, sad, confusion, frustrating, jubilation, exciting, relevant, necessary, maybe even flawed. In spite of the emotions, it is essential that you track your progress for the sake of knowing what is (or is not) working. In any journey, you need a starting point, landmarks and mile markers to let you know you are on the right path, and a destination or end point. Your measurements serve as these markers during your journey into a lifestyle of health and fitness. Your scale is a liar! It gauges total body mass without taking into consideration body fat percentage and lean mass poundage (bone, joints, muscle, etc). I have a perfect example as to why. I made a physical transformation back in 2001 over a three-month period. The scale changed from 159 pounds to 164 pounds, which isn’t a big transformation. My waist went from 36 inches to 28 inches and my body fat percent went from 14 percent to six percent. This transformation was enough to land me in ads internationally. I don’t tell you this to impress you, but to impress upon you that it’s important to know the full spectrum of where you are at in relation to your lean mass and body fat. Had I simply looked at the scale and never measured certain statistics over this 12-month experience, I would have been discouraged and angry. The fact that I had to completely change my wardrobe and I lost so much body fat while gaining lean muscle mass speaks volumes. We know that we have to measure to track our progress. So which measurement methods should we use to most accurately track this journey? This can be the most frustrating experience if you are just using the scale or the mirror. It can be the most rewarding if you use a few tried and true tracking methods, usually with professional help, to determine exactly where you are. Let’s break down each method and set some rules for the most cost effective and accurate measure of your success: Body fat with skin fold calipers — So Calipers tend to be +/- three to six percent

in accuracy, but when you have the same professional take the measurements every time, it’s more likely to be accurate from one measurement to the next. It doesn’t mean this is the most reliable method available, but it’s the most practical and cost effective. Body fat percentage gives you an indicator as to whether you are losing body fat and gaining lean muscle, and it can be motivational. Have the same professional take your body fat measurements every four to six weeks. Any smaller time frame and the changes won’t be measurable enough to ensure that you don’t get discouraged. If you wait longer, you won’t have a proper indicator as to whether you need to change up your regimen. The scale — You are going to have to weigh yourself, but only to calculate in relation to your body fat percentage. Ideally, you want to keep all the variables the same very time you weigh in order to get a good indication of where your weight is. This means you should weigh in the morning, first thing, completely naked, before you eat or drink anything, and do it on the same day at the same time every week. Personally, I only weigh once a week, on Monday morning, right after I wake up. I go to the bathroom and relieve myself of any waste and then stand on the scale. I only use this as preventative measure to avoid complete disaster. If I gained five pounds in a week I would need to reconsider my program all together. Ladies, if you are seven days before or during your menstrual cycle, I highly recommend that you avoid the scale and body fat measurements until a later time. Your clothes — Your waist and rear end measurements correlate with body fat. If you are going down in size or your clothes are fitting looser on a monthly basis, then you are on the right path. If not, it’s time to reevaluate your program. If you are struggling to find a professional in your area to take your measurements, contact me at <zach@zachmarcy.com>. My studio will make a full assessment of your body for free. We are located in South Miami and Coconut Grove. Zach Marcy is a certified personal trainer, life coach, motivational speaker and writer and has personal training studios in South Miami and Coconut Grove. For more information go to <http://www.synergizefatloss.com> or <http://www.synergizerevolution.com>.


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3-2 vote approves ‘Acting’ Attorney Pepe BY KIMBERLY PORTER

Attorney Thomas Pepe was approved as acting City Attorney at the March 1 City Commission meeting, and later awarded a $200,000, contract despite absence of a bidding process and questions by two dissenting Commission members about his lack of municipal experience. Deputy City Attorney Mark Goldstein, voted then to be retained as labor attorney, declined the position as of March 24, stating: “I came to South Miami with Larry [former City Attorney Laurence Feingold] in the hope of one day succeeding him as the city attorney, much like I did in Hallandale.” Commissioner Walter Harris nominated Pepe for the post that carried with a 3-2 vote with Mayor Philip Stoddard and Commissioner Brian Beasley opposed. Both felt hiring an acting attorney would cost the city unnecessary money and that any attorney hired by the city should have at least five years municipal law experience which Pepe does not have. “Mr. Goldstein is already here,” Beasley said. “He already knows our city. He doesn’t have a learning curve. We need some continuation.” During a public discussion over credentials for the post, ex-Commissioner Lew Sellars said “It is imperative that the attorney have experience in municipal law. For those sitting up there, we have to rely heavily on legal counsel.” Stoddard remarked that he had checked

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with two municipalities and found that neither Coral Gables nor Pinecrest would consider an attorney without five years of municipal law experience. “I don’t think that it [municipal law experience] makes you a better lawyer for the City of South Miami, as opposed to someone who is very conscientious and is willing to put in the hours and the energy,” responded Pepe. After the decision to hire him and he was awarded his $200,000 contract, questions were posed by Stoddard about a potential appearance of conflict between Commissioner Velma Palmer and Pepe. Pepe represented Palmer in 2008 when she won her Commission seat by a few dozen votes and her opponent took her to court. Palmer disclosed that action before voting for Pepe as acting City Attorney and Goldstein stated the revelation would “not be a conflict of interest.” It was subsequently discovered that of $40,000 in legal fees Palmer accrued with Pepe the attorney has received just $6,000, according to email correspondence disclosed by city officials involved. Stoddard is quoted in one email as saying that “I remain concerned about the appearance of conflict generated when a sitting commissioner fails to disclose the receipt of $34,000 worth of uncompensated services by someone she ultimately rewards with a $200,000 a year contract.” No action has been taken by the Commission about Stoddard’s concerns.

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the transaction can get very sticky. These foreclosures are often best left to contractors, investors and developers who are well versed in the challenges these properties present. Finally, if the home does not sell at auction, it is repossessed by the bank and offered as an REO (Real Estate Owned by the bank). These may list at a higher price than the auction price, but you may have the home inspected and avoid any repair surprises, not to mention the fact that you have clear title to the property. However, homes in this stage are usually still offered in “as is” condition, so make sure to pay very close attention to the inspection report and, as always, consult with your agent before making any offers. Mike and Lynda Morgan may be contacted at the Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Offices at 12155 S. Dixie Hwy., 305-253-2800 or by email at <mmorgan321@aol.com>.

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Popular Swim Gym re-locates to South Miami-Dade BY RON BEASLEY

The popular Swim Gym aquatic sports program has moved its base of operations from Virginia Key to a lakeside location in South Miami-Dade County near Cutler Bay. Company vice president Jonathan Strauss says the City of Miami raised the rent on their old headquarters near the Miami Marine Stadium, so they had to find a new base of operations for the family business. Strauss’ father, Robert Strauss, a 1972 Olympic swimmer and coach at the University of Miami and Ransom Everglades School, started Swim Gym as a swim school more than 25 years ago. It has slowly evolved and expanded into a complete aquatic sports program. “In 1994, we started the first version of the Swim Gym Aquatic Sports Camp,” said Strauss. “It was a camp that specialized in all aquatic sports. Today, it has evolved into a camp that teaches you how to wakeboard, how to water ski, how to swim, sail, kayak, canoe, fish, kite surf, paddleboard, water polo – everything that you can think of to have fun with water.”

Strauss says the new Swim Gym location is on a large fresh water lake south of Cutler Bay, at 10350 SW 232 St. He says it suits their needs perfectly. “It’s a beautiful lake,” he said. “It’s just perfect for us. It’s safer than the old location because it’s an enclosed area, and we can build and expand the vision of what the aquatic sports complex is on a year-round basis.” Strauss agrees that the move to the new location may hinder the Swim Gym business in the short term, but he says the move will be a good one in the long term. “This is such a perfect facility for the vision we have,” he said. “We’re going to install Miami’s first cable wake board park; it’s a huge craze across the country. It eliminates the use of boats and gas because it operates on electric power and uses towers and cables to pull the boarders.” Strauss says Swim Gym will be up and running in time for summer camp, which is just around the corner. “We plan to be open for summer camp,” he said. “We are now taking enrollment for our summer camp, which begins on June 15. The camp runs for eight weeks, from June 15 to August 13, but we take the Fourth of July week off so everybody can

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go on vacation. We have three-week sessions, two-week sessions and one-week sessions.” Parents drop off their children at 9 a.m.

and then pick them up at 3:30 p.m. Camp cost is $350-$400 a week. For more information, call 305-273-1120 or go to <www.swimgym.net>.


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so that you and your dog don't get frustrated. • A dog's natural behavior will make some tricks easier to learn than others. For example, dogs that bark are more likely to learn "speak" and "whisper" commands quickly, whereas dogs who naturally raise their paws will take to "shake hands" and "wave" tricks. Many dogs will can learn to "fetch" almost anything-a ball, the newspaper, or even your slippers. Once they associate an item and a command with positive behavior and reward, their memory can truly be amazing! At Pet Supermarket, we have everything you'll need to train and have fun with your dog. We have a wide selection of training aids, leashes, treats, and training books, and our friendly associates are ready to assist you.

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• Cats also curl their tongues into a saucer-like shape when they drink; they take two or three laps of water, and then swallow. Interestingly enough, cats have two sets of taste buds-one set on the sides of their tongues and one at the back. Since cats like food for both texture and flavor, perhaps this is why they're sometimes known as finicky eaters. Pet Supermarket has everything a kitty needs to stay healthy and happy. We carry a large selection of brushes and other grooming aids, in addition to a wide variety of premium cat foods in various formulations, including foods designed to reduce hairballs. Come in and see us today!

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Are you due for a colonoscopy? BY BRODES H. HARTLEY, JR.

President/CEO, Community Health of South Florida March is national Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer of the colon or rectum affects both men and women and it is now almost totally preventable. But more than 50,000 Americans die from it every year, making it the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. People still die from this preventable disease mostly because they’re embarrassed about the procedure for examining the colon. During a colonoscopy, a long flexible tube with a light and camera is inserted into the rectum. The patient is sedated during the examination and there is no pain or lingering aftereffects. Typically patients are aware of nothing, feel nothing and remember nothing. The doctor looks for tiny polyps. If he sees any he can remove them during the procedure. It takes 5-10 years for small polyps to grow and develop into cancer, so if you get checked out every five years your chances of having colorectal cancer drop by 90 percent. By far, most cases of colorectal cancer involve people

HEALTH 50 years or older. And most doctors agree that if everyone over 50 were screened regularly, deaths from this cancer would drop by more than 50 percent. Some people should get their first colonoscopy sooner than age 50. They include those with a family history or someone with inflammatory bowel disease. For most people, the day before the test is worse than the test itself. You eat no solids and you use a medication that causes diarrhea to empty and cleanse the colon. So, the day before the test, patients spend the day real close to a bathroom. It’s a small price to pay every five years to prevent an ugly, painful way to die. If you qualify, plan for a colonoscopy soon. Your doctor can refer you to gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon. It’s an easy, effective way to prevent cancer now.

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A grand idea at Alper JCC helps the community BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ

Nineteen years ago, the concept of the Alper JCC holding a multi-event tournament to raise funds was a somewhat novel idea. Since that time, sports tournaments have become a popular and profitable means to a fundraising end. But what makes the JCC Grand Tournament unique is that all proceeds go right back into the community in the form of scholarships; recycling in the 21st Century. It’s a win, win, win. Tournament participants have a great time, but most importantly help support the scholarship fund that makes possible preschool, summer camp, special needs programs and senior adults activities for those in need. In 2010, the Alper JCC provided over $250,000 in scholarships to 275 families regardless of race, religion or gender. The demand for these services is increasing every year. Jodie Berman who screens applicants said “the JCC scholarship fund has a given consistency to children whose families face sudden financial reversals, and the after-school classes and a summer camp have become a safe haven for children of single and working parents.” The scholarship fund also helps support the special needs programs for children through young adults with social interaction and stimulating programs. “The frail elderly know that quality social activities await them at the JCC that help them avoid isolation from being homebound,” said Berman. The link back to the community of proceed allocations is the key to the success of the event and the reason that Jackson South

Community Hospital continues to be the title sponsor. This year other named tournament sponsors are Irving & Rose Fien Philanthropic Fund, Lexus of Kendall and Perry Ellis International. The Golf Tournament takes place on Thursday, May 5, at the beautiful Crandon Golf Course on Key Biscayne; a course known not only as challenging, but also spectacular for the breathtaking views of the bay. There are putting contests and select holes where players participate in poker golf games; and contests for the longest-drive and closest-to-pin. Any golfer who gets a hole-in-one gets the opportunity for a free one-year lease on the car on that hole. Each player receives a goody bag filled with an assortment of merchandise from the tournament sponsors and local vendors. Tournaments for women’s tennis and mah jongg are on May 9, followed by men’s tennis on May 15, all at the Alper JCC in Kendall. After each sports competition is an awards ceremony followed by a catered lunch. For the women, the Lorena Plaza – Farfalla Tennis holds a fashion show, with auction and raffles that round out the day. With multi-tournament events, there is something for every interest, as a sponsor or a participant, and so it’s no wonder the community comes out to support the JCC Grand Tournament. For more information, to register to play golf or to receive a listing of sponsorship opportunities for the Alper JCC’s 19 annual Grand Tournament, contact Susie Becker, 305-271-9000, ext.230, or go to <grandt@alperjcc.org>.


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Thompson Team gets Coldwell Banker award BY LEE STEPHENS

The Thomson Team of sales associates in the Pinecrest office of Coldwell Banker has won the company’s Society of Excellence for 2010. The award recognizes the top sales associates in the U.S. by NRT, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s parent company. Specializing in residential properties, the Thomson Team — comprised of Jennifer, Lisa and Michelle Thomson — participated in 343 sales in 2010, ranking them number four in units sold, number six in total units and number seven in listing units among all NRT sales teams in the U.S. In 2010, Wall Street Journal/REAL Trends Top 400 ranked them as the number three team in Florida in closed sides. Their experience in foreclosure properties has gained them a nationwide reputation among major lenders as top agents in the field. Pictured are (l-r) Michelle, Jennifer and Lisa Thomson. “I am proud to have the –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Thomson Team as part of our awarding-winning office,” said Joanna Richardson was equally strong in his praise. “The Thomson Team has achieved Sherman, managing broker of the Pinecrest office. “Their experience, professionalism remarkable growth in a very challenging and exceptional customer service sets them market over the past three years,” he said. in a category of their own. Participating in “They rank among the most elite agents in 643 sales in two years is an incredible feat the world with their production and offer and I am sure their success will continue the highest quality of service to the clients they represent.” for many, many years.” For more information, go to Coldwell Banker Southeast Florida Regional Senior Vice President Charles <www.FloridaMoves.com>.


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Is A Short Sale Right for You? BY PETER B. LAIRD

Recent data indicates that by the end of 2010 nearly half of all property owners in Miami-Dade County owed more on their homes than the properties were worth. That’s 245,530 underwater homes just in Miami-Dade. Statewide, the number jumps to 2.1 million. Do you owe more than your home is worth? Is a major illness, accident, job loss or divorce preventing you from making your monthly mortgage payments? Are you tired of paying for an investment property that has lost its value? You do have options, according to Robert Perdigon, president of Miamibased Perdigon Title Services, a fullservice title company founded in 2002. “In an ideal world, the best strategy is to continue paying your mortgage, wait for the market to correct, let your property appreciate and sell your house when the value has returned,” advises Perdigon. “However, we do not live in an ideal world and property owners need to know their options.” A foreclosure should be avoided at all

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costs, Perdigon says. Not only will you lose your home, you could also be forced to pay what you owe on your mortgage plus additional fees. Worse still, it will be reflected on your credit report for three to five years.

Your best option, says Perdigon, may be a short sale. In the past few years, short sales have become the leading distressed property solution. “With a short sale, your house is sold for less than what you owe on your

mortgage, and your lender willingly accepts the proceeds from the sale as payment in full,” says Perdigon. “No lien is filed against you, the sale is reflected on your credit report for only 12 to 18 months, and in some cases the lender will even contribute up to $30,000 to cover your relocation expenses.” Before making such an important decision, though, seek professional advice. Perdigon Title Services has special expertise in handling short sales, and its attorney partner can guide you through all aspects of what can be a complex transaction. “We’ve successfully handled hundreds of short sale transactions over the past few years,” says Perdigon. “We’ll work closely with you, your realtor and your lender to ensure the quickest and best possible outcome for all.” For a free initial consultation to determine if a short sale is right for you, contact Perdigon Title Services at 305-728-8184, or e-mail rperdigon@perdigontitle.com.


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Winter break is a favorite time for school aged children — a time for playing with friends and enjoying freedom from school work. For Special Needs children and their parents, though, it can be a sad period with unique challenges. Chabad of Kendall and Pinecrest’s Friendship Circle recognized this, and started a one week camp. This winter break camp meets daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and brings together Friendship Circle volunteers with special needs children, on a one to one basis. The participants enjoy each other’s company at the Chabad Center in Kendall, as well as on daily field trips. Friendship Circle Director Nechama Harlig enlisted the assistance of Chaya Shapiro, and Brachi Kagan, to oversee the activities. On a recent Thursday, the children were happily making Rice Krispy treats, while music played loudly in the background. It was hard to tell whether the children or the volunteer Friendship Circle teens were having the better time. Nechama Harlig planned trips for the campers to Zoo Miami, the Jesse Williams Ranch, and local parks and libraries. The children loved these excursions. Mrs. Harlig has a special place in her heart for Special Needs Kids. As she said “Many in our community view these children as a burden. We see them as the beautiful children they are, each with his or her own soul.” And to nurture those souls, the Chabad camp brings the South Dade Special Needs children exactly the type of fun activities provided to their brothers and sisters. The

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New fitness vibe at Stratiform Gym BY ROBIN KASKEL

Get off the couch and run, cycle or motor on over to the grand opening of Stratiform Gym on April 16 from 4-7 p.m. Get there any way you can to experience the great “vibe” of this friendly, state-of-the art community gym – one dedicated to allaround fitness, health and wellness. Learn how the Stratiform staff can help you achieve your goals while you enjoy free food, see fitness and personal training demonstrations and win membership raffles and prizes. With world-class personal training and innovative group classes, Stratiform’s experienced and knowledgeable staff will help you jump start your “feel good” program. Stratiform, formerly known as Flex, has blossomed into a supportive, comprehensive wellness center that encourages friendships and positive lifestyle changes. “Our goal is to avoid cookie cutter type classes and not be the typical fitness center,” said managing partner Julian Castro. “We bring in trainers with a certain edge and expertise.” In addition to wheat grass, protein shakes and Body by Vi’s fat burning and muscle building shakes, Stratiform offers unique

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Apparently, Senator Anitere Flores and Representatives Eric Freson and Carlos Lopez Cantera believe that our teachers are directly responsible for the recession in Florida. And so, in order to balance the budget, they have decided that those responsible for creating the recession because of their astronomical salaries (us?) should get Florida out of the recession by paying a state income tax (us again, along with other pesky public servants like sanitation workers, bus drivers, police officers, firefighters, and the other primarily female workforce (underpaid for over two centuries!) public hospital nurses. This state income tax is being created by taking money from our paychecks and making us fund one of the few benefits that allows teachers to continue on a modest wage (now vanished under the Son of Senate Bill 6, SB 736) and contribute 5% of our pay into the Florida Retirement System. Except that our 5% pay cut will not actually go into the Florida Retirement System but into the general revenue pot to pay for a less draconian cut to education. So the people who earn the least will pay a state income tax to fund what the legislature has the primary responsibility to fund under our state constitution. Now, the best part of this whole mess is that when discussion of the multiplier was brought out in the budget committee (teachers, again, at the bottom of the pile with a 1.6% multiplier) those whose earnings were at the

higher rate of 3%, or 3.1% remained at that multiplier, including our LEGISLATORS! You gotta hand it to Anitere! If there’s a teacher she can kick within kicking distance, she’ll kick! But keep your hands off her retirement! Because she makes a difference for the students and teachers of Miami-Dade County by continuing to cut funding to our public schools! This sure makes a girl wanna go to work with a smile on her face! Speaking of the private sector, send some of those goodies over here. Where’s my golden parachute worth millions received by executives and CEOs for crashing their companies into the ground? Where’s a teacher’s thousands in bonus bucks that middle managers got while their companies were pulled from the quicksand with tax dollars? If we’re talking private sector, send some of our state tax dollars into a teacher’s pocket instead of a relative’s charter school management company (a million in rent for you, a management fee for you, and an unworkable evaluation system for our teachers!) It’s good to have relatives in the ed business, isn’t it, Eric? Well, folks, all of this will make good reading in a Carl Hiassen novel in the future. I’d be laughing, too, at the greed and corruption masquerading as education reform in our state if only the stakes weren’t so high for our kids. But public schools are on the auction block for sale to the highest bidder and Florida legislators are taking away every aspect of teaching and learning that prepares our students for their futures, including vocational courses that lead so many students to high paying jobs. Florida’s children face a grim future when every course is cut out from under them, because it isn’t on the FCAT. BTW, FCAT is now in session. Get ready for tears and tummy aches from children ages seven through seventeen. It’s what passes for education here in the sunshine state.

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305.279.2569 http://JeffreyBrock.com Email:

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Website covers frequently asked questions about consultations and what to expect

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Jeffrey Brock is the Director of The Astrological & Metaphysical Research Center and has been teaching astrology since 1978. Mr. Brock also has extensive experience with personal & corporate leadership development and is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Licensed AvatarÂŽ Master.


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