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King Pins Challenge Kick-off celebration Around Town prepares for the main event on May 5 Is Horace Feliu


headed back to city hall?

BY LEE STEPHENS hile the Miami Heat racked up its 17th straight win on a recent Sunday, nearly 50 athletes of a different sort gathered at SPLITSVILLE Luxury Lanes and Dinner Lounge to kick off their season: “The Challenge Season.” These competitors are preparing for battle in The King Pins Challenge V, benefitting a hometown cause: the South Miami Drug-Free Coalition, sponsored by Informed Families. The athletes – team captains, players and supporters – came to rally for the fifth annual bowling fundraiser on May 5, when civic and business leaders, law enforcement and area high school students will take to the lanes for fun and fundraising. Competitors will vie for The King Pins Challenge Trophy – awarded to the team that raises the most money for the South Miami Drug-Free ––––––––––––––––––– See

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(Photos courtesy of SOMI Magazine)

King Pins Challenge V Team Captains Hans Huseby, TeamFootWorks; Mercy Prieto, First National Bank of South Miami; Carmen Layne-Powers, Team Chamber South; Carmen Baker, City of South Miami; Chris Doscher (rear), South Miami Senior High; Ayleen Perez, South Miami Police Explorers; and Carlos Tinoco, South Miami Hospital’s Addiction Treatment Center gather to kick off “The Challenge Season” leading up to the main event on May 5.


Artist Ronald Shelley headed in new direction BY LEE STEPHENS

onald Shelley sits at the drawing board in his homebased studio in South Miami talking about a life of creative pursuits and a future with something new. For over 60 years Shelley has made his living as an illustrator and concept artist, actor and rodeo cowboy. As an illustrator, his drawings graced book covers, magazine stories, brochures and greeting cards. In his career as a concept artist he worked for many renowned architects such as Charles Pawley, Kobi Karp and Lane Pettigrew, capturing their vision in watercolor renderings. His acting talents landed him numerous roles at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, on television, in movies and commercials. A SAG-AFTRA and Equity union member, Shelley Ronald Shelley with a painting of his new work with drawings of the sculptures on his drawing board.

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My sources tell me that the former South Miami Mayor, Horace Feliu has already consulted with his wife of 23 years and she is contemplating giving her approval. But I’ve been told that if she gives the nod, that he has to still take out the garbage, mow the yard and generally keep doing all the household duties that he has learned to be so good at doing.Putting aside the wife’s approval for a minute, Horace has been meeting HORACE FELIU

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The rise of older substance abusers -70% increase in the number of older people seeking treatment for substance abuse By Dr. Marino Carbonell A recent study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that during an eight-year span (2000-2008) there was a 70 percent increase in the number of older people (baby boomers age 50 and older) seeking treatment for substance abuse. Also, previous research indicates that older substance abusers may rise to over 4 million by 2020. These two statistics are powerful indicators of a substance abuse problem among the baby boomers. I strongly recommend to family members to be vigilant of elderly Dr. Marino E. Carbonell, licensed parents or loved-ones living alone psychotherapist/certified addictions that are going through life-altering professional/national certified counselor changes (depression, loneliness, despair, etc.). The onset of depression can very well be a sign of drug or alcohol abuse (a situation seldom identified during a routine medical visit). Consequently, elderly patients who do visit a doctor for “depression” are prescribed more medication thus adding to the cycle of substance abuse. Family members may not realize (or be around) to be aware that mom or dad may be abusing alcohol or prescription drugs. Even when they become aware, they often ignore the situation or don’t know what to do or who to turn to. This observation leads me to suggest to the medical community specializing in the elderly population to take steps in incorporating substance abuse evaluation during medical examinations and if a dependency problem is identified, a referral to a treatment facility or private addiction therapist is warranted. Families should take heed as many of these occasional drinking boomers begin to abuse drinking to relieve grief or depression, or to combat the fear of loneliness. A life-changing event such as retirement or the death of a spouse triggers the full-blown addiction. Sometimes a positive change such as a leisurely retirement life-style can also trigger an increase in drinking and lead to an alcohol-use disorder. Happy and sad moments can both lead to excessive drinking. Other statistics show that 22 million individuals are 65 or over which means that not only are people living longer lives, many are also living lonelier lives. Adult children and relatives should regularly check on elderly lovedones living alone that are going through the aforementioned life-altering changes. If the drinking or pain medications are being abused suggest ways of getting help. Knowing your elderly mom or dad’s drinking tolerance and patterns can only help avoid an addiction problem later on. One way is to refer them to their medical doctor for evaluation. For additional articles and information on this subject visit

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has acted with Jose Ferrer, Stacy Keach and Cliff Robertson. The rodeo gig brought him to the United States from his native England to be a wrangler, bronc-rider and actor in a Texasbased outfit he had worked when it toured as a wild-west show in France. For a number of years, Shelley was in the employ of the famed Bobby Estes, an inductee into the Rodeo Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. For Shelley, retirement doesn’t exist and his idea of relaxation is to draw and design practically every day. An award-winning artist for his Florida landscapes, his newest endeavor “Man as Machine” is a departure from two-dimensional paintings. This sculpture series is based on a concept the artist first experimented with decades ago. At the heart of the work is the artist’s interpretation of the way in which humans and

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machines have become intertwined. “We thought we harnessed machines instead of horses to help with our work, instead, the machines have harnessed us,” said Shelley. The prototype three-dimensional figure, “Steel Head” was made in cardboard and constructed on a base made from a car engine’s connecting rod. The helmet-headed figure with slots for eyes was later the subject of a painting that Shelley sold to a collector in Chicago in the 1970s. Decades later the artist’s thoughts once again turned to the prototype. “I wanted to continue to explore this idea. I wanted to invent something that went beyond creating pleasing pictures; something that revealed me,” said Shelley. What the machine-themed sculptures and drawings disclose about the artist is his childhood fascination with the ways things work. Warplanes firing bullets in the skies over World War II England are among his earliest drawings; as are convoys of hefty American trucks and tanks lumbering along country roads. The fact that his father worked in the British Thompson-Huston factory in Rugby says something, too in this body of work that relies heavily on his skills as a model-maker. Working back from the original smoothskinned aluminum head, Shelley is fashioning sculptures with exploded views of the interior and others as rusted or retired heads destined for the scrap heap. Telephone circuit boards, small LED lights and motorcycle carburetors are incorporated into the sculpture as the brain, the eyes and the mouth. In addition to sculptures, Shelley continues to produce fine art paintings. See his work at <> and in his studio by appointment. Contact him at 786-251-2330 or visit online at <>.

Cobras, we are excited to be organizing such a special and exciting reunion for our Class of 83. We truly hope everyone can join us. We have organized three special events for everyone to participate in. See below for details. Kids are welcomed and can participate in Sunday’s Family BBQ. If you have any questions, feel free to reach us through facebook, classmates or by email at: When: Where:

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Successful Jr. Opera Guild Fashion Show raises funds for charitable efforts

Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB The young women of The Junior Opera Guild (JOG) coordinated another great fashion show with this year theme being “Springtime in Paris”. This annual affair serves as a major Guild fundraiser as well as an opportunity to honor JOG’s high school senior members and its Executive Board. A 15 foot black Eiffel Tower complemented the floral arrangements that adorned the Riviera Country Club where guests enjoyed delicious French cuisine, iconic French music along with the “haute couture” fashion show. The combination was certainly a recipe for yet another JOG success. Among the seniors being honored were JOG President, Julie Salzinger, from Ransom who will be attending Harvard in the fall; Sara Tillett, of Palmer Trinity


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who plans to major in classical voice performance and international relation; and Stephanie Pinon, a senior in the IB program at Carrollton who plans to major in journalism; Leah Schwartz, from the High School of Advanced Studies; and Katherine Flinn, of Coral Reef High School who will major in agriculture. The JOG is an active group of high school students who usher for Florida Grand Opera and raise money to fund Girl Scout Music workshops and scholarships for the Young Patronesses of the Opera National Voice Competition. Coral Gables Rotarians invited district Rotarians and wine lovers to join them for their next Wine and Dine for Charity fundraiser scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, at CRAVE in the Village of Merrick Park. Save the date for a gourmet 4 course dinner with wine pairings for an all inclusive price of $125 per person. For tickets, call 305 968-3090. Seating is limited. Proceeds will benefit The First Tee Foundation and the charities of the Coral Gables Rotary Foundation. Children for around Miami Dade Clinic were the winners in an over the top Casino Night party that helped raise more than $22,000 to benefit the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic on March 9. With a theme of “High Rollers to Hollywood”, guests entered the event on a long red carpet that set the stage for the evening’s entertainment. A variety of gaming tables, a DJ for dancing, a silent auction and lots of good food made for a memorable evening. Chairing the event was Past President Linda Hartwell while another Past President, Pam Schaefer, chaired fundraising and also co-chaired the auction with the Club’s Dental Clinic Director, Dr. Iris Torres. Among the many helping out with the evening were Carmen Suarez, Nancy DesMangles, President Mireya Kilmon, Robin Burr, Mayra Dominguez, and Debi Moore, to mention a few. Guests included such notables as Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason and wife, Carmen; CGWC Past President Tania Stern and husband, Rudy; Lynn Bauer, of Bauer Financial; UM’s Dr. Hal Wanless and Steve and Risa Parsons. 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

Mayra Dominguez, Robin Burr and Carmen Suarez await guests at check in for Coral Gables Woman’s Club Casino Night fundraiser.

ABOVE: Among the many members helping with CGWC Casino Night seen here are (l to r) Debi Moore, Carmen Suarez, Lisa DiMarco, Barbara Lapsley, Pam Schaefer, Mitzi Jenner and Myra Dominguez.

Seen here modeling at Junior Opera Guild’s fashion show on March 17th are Sara Tillett and Leah Schwartz.

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Coalition. Funds raised at the event go directly into programs in the community that help kids make wise choices and grow up safe, healthy and drug free. South Miami Coalition Director Margaret Sotham thanked the players and sponsors – many of them returning for the fifth year in a row – for their steadfast support of the event and the work it makes possible. “The simple act of throwing a bowling ball down a lane at The King Pins Challenge means more kids will hear the message that they don’t have to turn to alcohol and other drugs to feel good or fit in,” Sotham said. “It’s been amazing how the support for this event has grown over the last five years, and I think this will be our most successful event yet.” Teams from Chamber South, City of South Miami, First National Bank of South Miami, South Miami Hospital and Team FootWorks will compete, as will teams sponsored by the Rotary Club of South Miami (South Miami Senior High) and the Police Benevolent Association (South Miami Police Department and South Miami Police Explorers). The South Miami DrugFree Coalition will also field a team. Community Newspapers is the media sponsor for the event.

Event organizer John Edward Smith noted that participants in this year’s King Pins Challenge will include NBA celebrities, members of the Dolphins Perfect Season Team and current NFL players. Hosted by SOMI Magazine and SPLITSVILLE Luxury Lanes and Dinner Lounge, The King Pins Challenge V is the capstone event for The Challenge Weekend, a slate of activities to increase awareness of the coalition’s mission and promote healthy living. Events include a Spring Sidewalk Sale in downtown on Saturday, May 4; a benefit brunch hosted at various local restaurants and a Parenting Challenge Dialogue event on Sunday, May 5, followed by The King Pins Challenge V bowling tournament and spectacular silent auction that evening at SPLITSVILLE. A portion of the proceeds from the sidewalk sale and the brunch will be given to the coalition; all of the funds raised at The King Pins Challenge benefit the group. Additional sponsorships and player positions for the bowling tournament are still available. The public is invited to join in the fun of “The Challenge” on Sunday, May 5, 5p-8p at SPLITSVILLE. Spectator tickets may be purchased for $25 per person by calling 305-856-4037. Ticket price includes the buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, entertainment and admission to the event’s the silent auction, which features offerings from local businesses.

ABOVE: The King Pins Challenge Pre-Event Celebration drew more than 45 attendees, including Det. Joe Mendez, SMPD; Tiffany Morris, Outside The Huddle Foundation; Chris Doscher, South Miami Senior High; Mayor Philip K. Stoddard; Margaret Sotham, South Miami DrugFree Coalition; Mary Scott Russell, Chamber South; Veronica Flores, First National Bank of South Miami and Vice Mayor Josh Liebman. (Photos courtesy of SOMI Magazine)

RIGHT: TeamFootWorks players (l-r) Hans Huseby, Anthony Gomez and 7-month-old daughter Aaliyah, Kathy and Marco Reyes size up the competition and work on team strategy at the kick-off celebration for The King Pins Challenge V.

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AROUND TOWN, from page 1 with his team and they got the ball rolling, so to speak. Horace, who served the city for two tears on a volunteer board, 4 years as a commissioner, 2 years as Vice Mayor and 3 terms (6 years) as the mayor, seems ready to start campaigning for the next election, which is in February. Horace also whispered to my usually unreliable sources that there just might be a



politically experienced woman that is looking to knock off Commissioner Wally “The Dude’’ Harris. That should be interesting, huh? Could you imagine, Horace as mayor, a reasonably experienced woman on the commission and recently announced commission candidate Hector Fernandez on the commission? Golly, that just might work. Was over at Joanne’s Market, which is on SW 67 Ave., and chowed down on a custom made salad with lots of goodies, selected by yours truly and a lot of help from the nice folks with big smiles. If you haven’t been there in a while, stop on by again, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. While there couldn’t help but run into Wayne Brackin, the former South Miami Hospital CEO who now serves as a big wig over at Baptist Health on Red Road. And speaking of South Miami Hospital I chatted for a moment with Javier Lichtl Hernandez, the CEO of the

West Kendall Baptist Hospital at Casa Larios and of course just to round out things, couldn’t help but see Brian Keeley, the #1 top guy at Baptist Health at Deli Lane. And not too long ago, ran into interim (I don’t want the job on a permanent basis, well maybe I do,) Steve Alexander, former city manager of Cutler Bay, at Big Cheese. Sitting nearSTEVE ALEXANDER by, but out of earshot were lots of cops. And at another table was Wilson Alvarez; THE computer guru was with a political novice looking for advice on how to promote himself on social media. And BTW, a little birdy told me that Howard Schneider, another Big Cheese connoisseur, has shed around 50 pounds. Proud of ya, Howard! Went way out of my zip code and headed south, to Lots of Lox at 149 St and US1 and funny thing happened there. I ran into Nick Poulos one of the owners who served us an 11am favorite of the Millers. A beautiful Reuben Sandwich. To say it was good would be a huge understatement. The hot and steamy corned beef and Swiss cheese, covered with Sauerkraut and Russian dressing squeezed between two wonderful pieces of warm butter soaked rye bread did me in. Well, almost, it was actually the pickles and coleslaw topped off with some bubbly Dr. Brown’s Black Cherry soda (diet of course) got me going for the day. Thought of the Day: Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. — Albert Einstein Got any tips? Contact me at 305-6697355, ext. 249, or send emails to <>

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Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott visits Miami Children’s Hospital

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Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott visited Miami Children’s Hospital on Thursday, Mar. 21, for a tour and to read to children from the hospital’s day care center. “I was so grateful to have the opportunity to visit Miami Children’s Hospital and see the family-friendly facilities and meet some of the dedicated staff,” Mrs. Scott said. “I truly enjoyed my visit and I want to thank everyone at Miami Children’s Hospital for the wonderful care they give to the children and families who are there for treatment.” Scott and other guests in attendance learned about the growth of Miami Children’s Hospital by touring the site of the future Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion, Emergency Department and M.B. Fernandez Trauma Center, as well as the Michael Fux Family Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the new Miami Children’s Hospital Telehealth Center. “We are honored to have the opportunity to spend time with First Lady Scott and show her firsthand our plans to serve the growing number of Floridians who rely on Miami Children’s Hospital for their pedi-

atric healthcare needs,” said Lucy MorilloAgnetti, president and CEO of Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. Scott was joined by guests including Constance Fernandez, who along with her husband, Mike, and family funded the M.B. Fernandez Trauma Center at Miami Children’s Hospital Emergency Department as part of the hospital’s Together For The Children capital campaign. “We are incredibly grateful to Constance and Mike and our other generous supporters for making children’s healthcare their priority,” Morillo-Agnetti said. “Miami Children’s Hospital currently has the fourth largest trauma center in the country by volume, and the new Emergency Department and M.B. Fernandez Trauma Center will revolutionize pediatric emergency medicine.” Scott’s tour ended in the hospital’s playroom, where she read a book about selfesteem called I’m Gonna Like Me by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell to 10 children from the hospital’s day care center. To learn more about the Foundation and offer support, visit <> or call 305-666-2889 (toll free: 1-800-9878701).

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MDC celebrates Miami’s culture during Arts and Letters event BY ROXANA ROMERO

Art comes in many forms: performing arts, visual arts, music, and literature, among other genres. This year Miami Dade College (MDC) commemorates Miami’s unique artistic flair with the 21st anniversary of Arts and Letters, continuing through Apr. 10, at its Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104 St. This 10-day affair includes poetry readings, photography exhibits, arts and crafts, live music, and many more activities the whole family can enjoy. All the festivities are free to the public. A sampling of the planned events: Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2-3 p.m., McCarthy Auditorium, Room 6120 — Derrick Adams, a multidisciplinary New York-based artist, will give a presentation about his artistic process. Adams studied at Pratt Institute, Columbia University, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He is the recipient of a 2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and an honored finalist for the 2011 William H. Johnson Prize. Tuesday, Apr. 2, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Library, Building 2, Second Floor — Kids’ Choice Story Contest. Kids will do the judging! Bring your children (ages 5-11) to this story contest where the kids will decide the winners of original stories by Miami Dade College students. Rita Fernandez-Sterling

and Nancy Yi Ortiz will direct the event and present awards. Student writers’ submissions are coordinated by Marta Magellan. The stories will be read by Sherri Ahern, Sofia

Funk, Elena Perez-Mirabal and Monica Plata. Refreshments will be served. Wednesday, Apr. 3, 9-11 a.m., Library, Building 2, Second Floor — Heart of the Arts Photography Exhibit. This juried exhibition displays works by MDC photography students with the theme “Heart of the Arts.” Coordinated by Tony Chirinos. Wednesday, Apr. 3, 12:15-1 p.m., McCarthy Auditorium, Room 6120 — Keynote speaker Jody Steiger will deliver a speech on the importance of the arts in the community. Steiger has divided her career between the performing arts — as both designer and director — and the fields of educational innovation and curriculum planning. She holds a doctorate degree in education with special emphasis on the role of the arts in education and social development. She is a member of the board of AcciónArte and the board of the Orchestra of the Americas and the Fundación ARDE (Arte para el Desarrollo). She is the former director of the National Theatre of Costa Rica. Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2-2:50 p.m., Room R-403 — What is Beauty? Explore the nature of beauty through the prism of philosophy in this interactive workshop. Share, develop, and discover the aesthetics among the arts, nature, and human beings. Participate in a discussion on Plato, Kant and David Hume. Facilitated by Allen McPhee.

Wednesday, Apr. 3, 7-10 p.m., Theater, Building M — Rehearsal. Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello calls into question the levels of theatricality and contrivance inherent in all plays. Be one of the first to attend this classic, made up of student cast members. Directed by Brad Beckman. Thursday, Apr. 4, 6-9 p.m., Art Gallery, Room M-123 — Emerging Artists: 47th Annual Juried Student Exhibition. Enjoy original works in all media by Kendall Campus art students. Friday, Apr. 5, 7-8 p.m., McCarthy Auditorium, Room 6120 —Originals. The Miami Music Revolution Student Organization performs original compositions and arrangements. Wednesday, Apr. 10, 11 a.m.-noon, Room R-403 — Tim O’Brien, author of the lauded The Things They Carried, a Big Read choice, will read from his work and share his thoughts on being an author. The details of warfare may have changed since Vietnam, but O’Brien’s semi-autobiographical account of a young platoon on a battlefield without a front, dodging sniper fire and their own misgivings, continues to win legions of dedicated readers, both in uniform and out. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literary reading in American popular culture.

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Disc sports equipment now available at point of play Disc game gear now is available in vending machine at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park.


Disc throwing enthusiasts at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park now are stocking up on “fly gear to elevate their game” before hitting one of the park’s two 18-hole courses, thanks to a new automated “proshop” placed in the park. The first-of-its-kind vending machine from Omaha-based TeeBoxx is stocked with new discs from leading manufacturers like Innova and Discraft. The inventory provides gear for three unique disc sports — disc golf, free style and ultimate — all of which can be purchased on the spot by players with a credit card. Local player, disc golf course builder and parks advocate George Alvarez stepped up to the shiny new TeeBoxx with credit card in hand recently, selecting Innova Echo Star for $17.99 Alvarez said he is excited to help TeeBoxx launch here in Miami, because disc sports are a positive

development for the parks and the community. Disc sports, and disc golf in particular, have been growing at a rapid pace for more than a decade. Today, there are more than 3,000 disc golf courses in the United States and 3,000 more in countries around the world. “Our TeeBoxx helps introduce people to the sport, so the gear in our machines is geared to beginners and intermediate players,” said Aaron Martin, TeeBoxx cofounder and chief marketing officer. Martin said the company’s business model is one of private-public partnerships. “We have a deep interest in helping to fund and resurrect public parks,” Martin said. “There’s self-interest here, in that these parks are literally our fields of play, but it’s bigger than disc sports. It’s about getting people to move and have fun.” Customers can purchase disc sports equipment and learn more about disc golf, freestyle and ultimate at

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Rep. Joe Garcia honors Columbus High School

Chamber South announces winners of annual Legislative Essay Contest BY ARELIS FERRO

U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia (right), pictured with Brother Kevin, recently visited Columbus High School to present a copy of a Congressional Record statement that honors the school for 55 years of service to the community. Rep. Garcia entered the statement into the Congressional Record on Feb. 12. During his visit to Columbus, the congressman talked with students and was interviewed by reporters from the school’s CCNN TV station and other local news media. Garcia also toured Columbus’ Mas Technology Complex accompanied by two alumni who now work for him, district manager Raul Martinez Jr. and director of communications Giancarlo Sopo.

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The Chamber South Education and Business Coalition has announced the winners of the 16th Annual Legislative Essay Contest. This year’s winners are Gonzalo Crivelli of the School for Advanced Studies at Miami Dade College (Kendall Campus) and Kathryn Lopez of Miami Killian High School. They will receive a VIP trip to Tallahassee to experience the state of Florida’s legislative process first hand. The Education and Business Coalition sponsors this contest each year in an effort to help develop writing skills and instill in our future leaders an understanding of how individuals can make a difference. The two winning students from the School for Advanced Studies at Miami Dade College and Miami Killian Senior High and their parent chaperones will be attending a VIP trip to Tallahassee on Apr. 3 and 4. They will attend meetings with local legislators during Dade Days, tour the Old and New Capitol and the Supreme

Court, and network with local officials and business professionals. For more than a decade, the essay contest winners and their parents have described the trip as a once-ina-lifetime experience that provides an eyewitness view of state government. The two winners wrote a 500-word essay that answered one of two questions: 1. Should elected officials be held to a higher moral standard than you and I; 2. There appears to be apathy among youth today as to political involvement. If given the opportunity, what would you do to change it? You can read the two winning essays on Chamber South’s website at <>. This year’s contest was sponsored by Chamber South, with support from Florida State Sen. Anitere Flores, and an MDRT Foundation grant courtesy of Donald Marx, who has contributed through the years to Chamber South and the Education and Business Coalition. For more information, call the Chamber South offices at 305-661-1621.

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Miami Surgical Center marks opening with ribbon cutting

Picture (l-r): Dr. Julio Roble, Dr. Alexis Jimenez, Mike Doyle, Dr. Mauricio Herrera, Dr. Emilio Suarez, Ron Zelhof, Dr. Daniel Kalbac, Dr. Pedro Cavajal, Joe Fernandez and Dr. Guillermo Tablada. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


The Miami Surgical Center celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 28. In practice in West Kendall since 2003, the new, relocated orthopedic and sports medicine center is a state-of-the-art facility with physicians who have access to the finest surgical equipment available. The celebration — attended by physicians, staff and wellwishers — featured tours of the new facility located at 7600 SW 87 St. in Kendall. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Kalbac, FACS, a partner of and practitioner in the facility, said of the center, “Efficiency is huge for us as surgeons. At the center, we get the technology hospitals don’t have.” The center’s new 13,000-square-foot location is designed for outpatient/sameday procedures with six operating rooms and one procedure room. The patientfriendly design of the venue ensures optimum efficiency. The center is outfitted with the newest surgical equipment from Arthex and the latest instrumentation for hip, shoulder, and distal extremity reconstruction and repair. The procedure room is outfitted with Nu-Boom surgical imaging equipment. The Miami Surgical Center is state licensed, Medicare approved, and accredited by the Accreditations Association for Ambulatory Health Care; it can service 20 to 30 patients per day currently and can expand to upwards of 40 per day in the future. The center is in partnership with Surgery Partners, a business that manages, develops and acquires ambulatory surgical facilities. They have 49 locations nationwide and strive to be a highly progressive and innovative healthcare services company.

“We are trying to be a solution to the high costs associated with modern healthcare,” said Ron Zelhof, vice president of operations for Surgery Partners. “By maximizing efficiency, we have been able to lower costs and become part of the answer to the question of the availability of effective and affordable healthcare.” The Miami Surgical Center provides orthopedic and pain services at costs that are 40 percent lower than that of a traditional hospital. The center’s procedures are minimally invasive. The patient and his or her family are kept well informed about the procedure and the progress of healing throughout the process. In partnership with Arthex Medical Education, the center has established an educational program for international surgeons. The group will be involved in training the most advanced and contemporary techniques in Orthopedic/Sports medicine. Physicians, primarily from Central and South America, will be coming to the Center’s 2,500 square foot learning center to train in the very near future. According to Mike Doyle, CEO for Surgery Partners, the new facility is five years ahead of most other centers. Thanks to everyone’s efforts it is on the front line of service because of its commitment to the vendors, physicians and patients. Dr. Kalbac, a U.S. Soccer Team physician, who also maintains an orthopedic practice on Sunset Drive in South Miami, is overjoyed with the new Miami Surgical Center. “It’s like a dream come true for me,” he said. The Miami Surgical Center is located at 7600 SW 87 Ave., Suite 200. Visit online at or call at 305-5952114.

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Jon Paulisin, CEO and owner of South Florida Energy Savers in Palmetto Bay, is a man who believes that greening South Florida is going to be a sure-fire success. “I believe in this. I started this company because I knew that greening was going to be the way to go,” Paulisin said. And it is no accident that he based his company in Palmetto Bay. He said that it is located in the “heart” of the region’s energy conservation initiatives. The village’s Municipal Complex was named as a Platinum LEED building by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the highest award and the only government building in the entire state with this distinction. South Florida Energy Savers is a business ready to help commercial and residential customers save the planet, reduce their carbon footprint and pay less for their utilities — a lot less. The company, which was certified by the Ygrene Energy Fund in November 2012, offers a free energy survey to potential clients to determine what can be done to make the physical plant more energy efficient, and they make information available about service and products to help realize some serious changes to energy consumption. South Florida Energy Savers can make recommendations regarding solar photovoltaics, solar hot water heaters, solar pool heating, LED lighting, insulation, air conditioning and hurricane impact windows. The movement to green South Florida received a big boost when a number of municipalities became involved in the Clean Energy Green Corridor about two years ago. The municipalities, working with the PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program,

a consortium of businesses, along with the Ygrene Green Energy Fund, will provide norisk administration of the PACE program. Ygrene’s certification program gives participating contractors access to its databank of approved products and has in place a system of checks and balances that requires a final inspection from Ygrene before the final check is paid to the energy contractor. The PACE program allows municipalities to levy non-ad valorum assessments to fund energy improvements. And this is where a company like Paulisin’s comes in to help qualify the residential or commercial property owner to receive low-interest financing for energy improvements. South Florida Energy Savers informs the client about all the products available to reduce energy costs and is knowledgeable about attendant rebates and federal tax credits. Solar power can make your home into its own power plant and add considerable resale value to your property. The installation of solar radiant barrier insulation in the attic can reduce the amount of time the air conditioner runs by upwards of 50 percent. For a real life success story about the efficacy of the PACE program and solar power, consider Mayor Ed MacDougall of the Town of Cutler Bay (a Green Corridor community), who recently had a solar array installed on his home. His monthly electric bills routinely averaged about $200. After the first full month on solar power, his bill was $8.20. That was $7 for administrative costs and $1.20 for tax. If you want to know how to affordably manage the same success as Mayor MacDougall, think about contacting South Florida Energy Savers to learn more at 305807-6925, or pay them a visit at 9048 SW152 St. in Palmetto Bay.

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Tennis player Victoria Azarenka visits Baptist Children’s Hospital Tennis player Victoria Azarenka took time off from the tennis courts during the Sony Open to visit the pediatric patients at Baptist Children’s Hospital. Victor OrtizLopez, 3, was excited to receive a large autographed tennis ball and backpack filled with goodies.

Valeria Diaz, 2, receives an autographed tennis ball and backpack with goodies from tennis player Victoria Azarenka during a recent visit to Baptist Children’s Hospital. Azarenka, who competed in the Sony Open Tennis tournament, took time

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Local professional can teach you how to Improv Yourself BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

Improv is being used to help business people overcome their fear of speaking in front of groups. Carey Kane, founder of Improv Yourself Communications, is offering workshops and classes to help companies train their employees in better presentation skills. “We teach professional how to think better on their feet,” Kane said. “We also teach them how to speak from a place of confidence, so that their clients feel at ease.” The goal of the classes is to boost productivity through communicating better both within the company and out to the world. “You are making the work more enjoyable because you’re communicating better,” she said “That brings clients in and boosts the bottom line.” Kane began teaching the classes part-time as evening courses in 2005. Throughout that time, her dream was to teach the courses as a full-time venture. “We do tailor a workshop to the needs of each company,” Kane said. “Among our array of workshop options, we offer one tailored to women professionals and women attorneys. We also offer one-on-one public speaking coaching.” Improv Yourself has been offering the workshops since April. Their clients include Crispin Porter + Bogusky and Antonia Canero PA, a Brickell Avenue law firm. The classes were developed after years of being in professions that required public speaking. Kane grew up in Pinecrest and left to attend college at Northwestern. After college, she worked for Teach for America and non-profits including Breakthrough Miami. Her ability to stand in front of others and speak comfortably came from her years in acting classes. “When I took acting classes I didn’t plan on “I’m going to use that for public speaking

skills,” Kane said. The workshops have paid off for attendees. Kane said one of the attorneys who took her evening courses was asked by his senior partners what he was doing that had improved not only his litigation skills but his interpersonal skills. Kane said a popular misconception about Improv is that you have to be funny. “Stand up comedy is when you need to be funny,” she said. “The courses are not about being funny but they are enjoyable. You’re anchoring the learning in fun.” When someone is going in front of the class doing Improv, Kane helps them through the presentation through gentle side coaching. “I teach people how to not undermine themselves,” she said. “Improv helps with so many skills.” One of those skills is collaboration. “You build brick by brick,” she said. “Your partner adds the mortar, and you add the brick.” Although Improv teaches you to be in the moment, it doesn’t mean that she advocates an undisciplined approach to work. She comes from a corporate culture but likes to think outside the box and help others to release their creativity. Kane’s work has caught the attention of not only companies but ABC News. “ABC News came out a couple of months ago and they covered a class and afterward they interviewed students about how it helped them with their careers,” she said. When she went into business full-time she took on a partner, Israel Maya, who was one of her first Improv Yourself students. “When enough attorneys and bankers told us, you’ve got to do this, I knew enough to approach him,” she said. “He’s an outstanding teacher as well.” For information, call 305-968-6502 or go online to <>.

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Local filmmaker Bernstein creates documentary on famed illustrator BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

Local filmmaker Brad Bernstein has created a documentary called Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story about a famed children’s book author/illustrator who climbed to the top of the industry but his work in erotica killed his children’s book career. “Basically, essentially he lost all the publishing contracts in the U.S. The erotica started to clash with the children’s book,” Bernstein said. Bernstein’s goal is to get the documentary qualified for an Academy Award nomination. The documentary was sparked by an article about author/illustrator Tomi Ungerer, the illustrator of the original Flat Stanley. “Every single quote was a sound bite,” Bernstein said. “We knew it had to be a film. I reached out to some of the people in the article.” In order to make the film, Bernstein interviewed Ungerer for more than 40 hours. He also interviewed Maurice Sendak, the author/illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are, about Ungerer. Bernstein learned that Ungerer is an unusual character, profoundly affected by his father’s death when he was very young and growing up under the Nazis. He came to the United States and became an illustrator for many of the best magazines. He was discovered by one of the great children’s book editors and went on to write and illustrate numerous critically acclaimed children’s books. His work is still considered brilliant by today’s editors. But his erotica undermined his career in children’s books. Ungerer left the U.S. for Nova Scotia and eventually settled in Ireland. “When he left in the ’70s he didn’t create a children’s book for a quarter century,” Bernstein said. He eventually wrote Flix, about a cat who marries a dog. In 1998, Ungerer won the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson award. This documentary is a departure for Bernstein, whose company, Corner of the Cave Media is usually hired to make documentaries by companies like VH-1, ESPN, PBS and CBS. In fact, he has a show airing Apr. 23 on CBS and a show on a jazz concert filming in late June. “We do a lot of music and documentary programming” Bernstein said. “We do a lot

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of stuff about TV. The network hires us out; we write produce, and edit.” But this time, he had to go out and look for financing to get the project off the ground. “Our goal was to start at festivals and start to get it distributed,” he said. The documentary has had theatrical runs in France and in Germany. The theatrical runs are needed to qualify the documentary for the Oscars. “We’re hopefully putting ourselves in position for 2014, for 2014, you do it in 2013,” he said. The change in pace for the filmmaker has been interesting. “We look for interesting projects that pay well,” he said. “We mix up projects.” Bernstein attended the University of Michigan and in 2007 he was contacted by Larry Rosen who used to own a jazz label. Rosen asked Bernstein to supervise a project. The project led him to meet Rich Sakowski, the editor and now his business partner. The project also enabled him to interview many fascinating musicians such as Billy Joel and Paul Simon. Bernstein’s documentary aired Mar. 6 and 8 at the Regal in South Beach during the Miami International Film Festival. The next airing is at the Florida Film Festival in Maitland. For more information go online to <>.

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Former Bank Lawyer Fights for Miami Homeowners By Ann Lino Should I pay the mortgage on my home? What about the taxes and condo fees? What’s the worst that can happen if I don’t pay? What’s the best I can hope for? There are so many people offering advice. Realtors will tell you to sell. Bankruptcy attorneys will tell you to go bankrupt. Loan modification services will tell you to ask nicely for a loan modification. One attorney who spent years representing banks in foreclosures, Bruce Jacobs, will tell you to negotiate from strength. Bruce Jacobs is not only a former bank lawyer, he is also a foreclosure defense client. “I didn’t want to go bankrupt or spend the rest of my life paying for this mortgage mess,” said Bruce. “I had five mortgages on two properties underwater by almost $500,000.00. I stopped paying and put up a fight. Now, I have one property with one mortgage.” There are plenty of reasons to fight. Banks got a bailout of $7.7 Trillion in almost interest free loans from our taxpayer dollars. They pay out billions in bonuses to Wall Street executives while Main Street is left to fight for themselves. The loan modification programs are not working. Homeowners run in circles before getting denied or offered a deal that only helps the bank make more money. Bruce is part of a national group of dedicated lawyers fighting back against banks. They train at seminars around the country and online to share resources and develop cutting edge strategies in foreclosure defense. Many of the attorneys are former bank lawyers who, like Bruce, are passionate about fighting for meaningful help for their clients. Bruce has lectured on foreclosure defense at continuing legal education seminars for other attorneys and realtor offices so more homeowners have access to his strategies. “The goal is either a meaningful loan modification with a principal balance reduction, a release from the debt, or to fight to clear the mortgage off the property,” said Bruce about most of his clients. “There are reasons banks filed ‘robo-signed’ fraudulent documents in foreclosures all over the country. Many have serious paperwork problems which makes proving the right to foreclose in a courtroom difficult.”

To schedule a free consultation with Bruce Jacobs at his downtown Miami office please call (855) BANK-LIE (226-5543) or watch their free webinar: “Strategies for an Underwater Mortgage” at “Not paying your mortgage is only a strategic default if you have a strategy.”

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MAC, Miami String Project join to present Man of La Mancha BY LIZETH CARRERA

Local high school students, ages 15-18, from the Miami String Project will perform an entire musical score alongside professional musicians and seasoned actors from the Miami Acting Company. Both organizations strive to preserve the arts in South Florida and provide once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for music and live theater lovers. For the first time, these organizations will perform the award-winning musical Man of La Mancha, Apr. 5-7, at the scenic Banyan Bowl at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Rd. in Pinecrest. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Man of La Mancha is a fivetime Tony Award-winning musical, including Best Musical. It tells the story of the “mad” knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play. It was written by Dale Wasserman with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion. The Miami Acting Company was established in 2006 — its main goal, to provide exceptional live theatrical performance to the South Florida area. Over the years MAC has been praised for its productions of Cats, A Chorus Line, Company, The Producers, Chicago, The Odd Couple, No Exit and The Sunshine Boys. The company expects to top itself with the beloved Man of La Mancha. This production will be directed by Pamela Kirkpatrick, an accomplished professional of the theater world, along with Miami Acting Company’s artis-

tic director Bill Altfield, one of MAC’s founding board members. The Miami Strings Project was born out of a simple mission — to provide gifted students with extraordinary educational and performing opportunities, to nurture future generations through outreach programs and share the love of music. The students will play alongside seasoned musicians and be led by the musical direction of Antoine Khouri, musical director for the Miami Strings Project. For tickets visit online at <>.

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Cancer survivors celebrate at East Kendall Relay for Life

Cancer survivors — (l-r) Sheila Salon, Francis Zolotin and Muriel Sommers — take a break by the lake at Baptist Hospital during the American Cancer Society’s East Kendal Relay for Life on Mar. 9. They were among 4,000 people who participated in the fundraiser and survivor celebration on the hospital’s campus.

Cancer survivor Mia Miller, 5, has a laugh with her mom, Irene Caleca, during the American Cancer Society’s East Kendall Relay for Life at Baptist Hospital on Mar. 9. The event raised more than $235,000 for the Society’s research, education and patient services. It was the eighth consecutive year that Baptist Hospital hosted the East Kendall Relay on its campus. (Photos by Fareed Al-Mashat, BHSF)

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Third annual Redland Blues and Deering Estate offering reduced Barbecue Festival, Apr. 20-21 entry on ‘Welcome Wednesdays’ BY BRIAN CULLEN

Miami-Dade Parks and Miami-Dade County District 8 Commissioner Lynda Bell present the third annual Redland Blues and Barbecue Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 20 and 21, at the Fruit and Spice Park located at 24801 SW 187 Ave. in Homestead. Join in lakeside for some tantalizing barbecue and incredible blues and country music. Relax while strolling through the park or spread your blanket and gaze at the sky. A multitude of children’s activities, petting zoo and pony rides will be available, as well as catch and release fishing provided by MiamiDade Parks EcoAdventures. There also will be an interactive zone sponsored by Homestead Motor Speedway all day on Saturday. Featured bands performing onstage throughout the day include: “Iko Iko,” “Pit Bull Blues Band,” “The Jay Blues Band,” “Big City Band,” and Shadow Creek. On Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., Thunder Country’s deejay Doug Hitchcock will be remote live on the air for the festivities and barbecue competition. The sponsors for the third annual Blues

and Barbecue Festival include Miami-Dade County District 8 Commissioner Lynda Bell, Budweiser, Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, Community Bank, Thunder Country 100.3, and rib vendors Huckleberry Hillbilly BBQ, Big Pig BBQ, Smok’n Hot Ladies BBQ, M&M Barbecue, and Smoke n’ Spice BBQ. Additional vendors include fresh roasted corn on the cob, funnel cakes, ice cream, silky smooth milk shakes and fried cheesecake. Admission is $8 and children under 11 years of age are admitted free. Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call the Fruit and Spice Park at 305-247-5727. Fruit and Spice Park, operated by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, grows more than 500 varieties of sub-tropical fruits, herbs, spices, vegetables and nuts from around the world on 39 lush acres in the agricultural Redland. The park offers daily botanical tours, fruit tasting and naturalist led workshops. For more information, visit <>, or call 305-247-5727.


The Deering Estate at Cutler will offer $5 after-hours admission on the first Wednesday of each month from 4 to 8:30 p.m. as part of “Welcome Wednesdays.” On Wednesdays, Apr. 3 and May 1, bring a picnic and enjoy it on the main lawn of the estate. Guests can enjoy a relaxing evening and take in the rich colors reflecting off the boat turning basin. Chef David Schwadron Catering and Joanna’s Marketplace are the official picnic providers for the Deering Estate at Cutler and can be contacted directly for preordered meals. Call 305-238-5881 for Chef David Schwadron Catering and 305-6615777 for Joanna’s Marketplace. The main grounds of the estate will be

open to guests for a reduced rate of $5 and Deering Estate Foundation members receive free admission. There will be limited access to the buildings — only restrooms will be open. Guests will be able to meander through the public outdoor areas. 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 Natural Areas Tours are offered daily at 12:30 p.m. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit online at <>.

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23rd annual Great Taste of the Grove, Apr. 13-14 BY VANESSA GOODIS

Miami’s original family-friendly food festival, the Great Taste of the Grove Food & Wine Festival, is back and celebrating its 23rd year with a weekend of food, wine, music and fun for the whole family. On Saturday, Apr. 13, and Sunday, Apr. 14, from noon to 7 p.m., Coconut Grove’s picturesque Peacock Park will host the lively event, showcasing samplings from Miami’s best restaurants. Unlike many food festivals that charge large entrance fees at the door, the Great Taste of the Grove remains budgetfriendly for families. At only $10 for adults to get in and $5 for kids under 12 (free for kids under 3), attendees can sample tastes from nearly 20 restaurants in the three giant “Great Tasting Tents” for only $1-$8 per small plate. PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS INCLUDE: Acropolis C&R Food Concepts Calamari Restaurant ColdStone Creamery

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New York Roma Pizza Panorama at the Sonesta Hotel Peacock Garden Café

Ritz Carlton Spartico at Mayfair Hotel & Spa The Lot Bar & Lounge Timo’s at Villa Mayfair Toby’s Concessions And more are being added. While snacking and sipping throughout the festival, guests always look forward to the live performances on the Main Stage. Saturday, Apr. 13, is all about “Tribute Concerts.” So, get ready to sing along as performers pay tribute to some of our favorite bands: Neil Zirconia (Neil Diamond), Turnstiles (Billy Joel), and Odyssey Road (Journey). Sunday, Apr. 14, it’s a “Clash of the Decades” with local bands playing tunes from the ’40s to the ’90s with headliner Suenalo! In addition to all the live music, there will be a Kids Fun Zone with rides and attractions dedicated to keeping the youngsters entertained. For more information about this event, check the Facebook page, or visit the website at <>.

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BCH to perform corrective facial surgeries for free BY BARBARA MOORE

A child’s smile is one of the greatest joys of life. Unfortunately, one in 800 children in the United States is born with a facial deformity. For the 12th year, Baptist Children’s Hospital will donate its facilities and charitable funds to perform corrective facial surgeries and other clinically needed reconstructive procedures for South Florida children. These operations will be provided at no cost for children whose families are unable to pay for these types of services. A screening to identify children who may be candidates for surgery will take place on Saturday, May 18, at Baptist Children’s Hospital. The surgeries will take place on Saturday, June 15. Types of facial deformities that can be corrected include: cleft palates, cleft lips, scars, tumors, burns, ear deformities, port

wine birthmarks and congenital hand deformities. Baptist Children’s Hospital doctors from various specialties, including plastic surgery, dentistry and anesthesiology, also will donate their time and expertise for this cause. To be eligible, patients must meet certain surgical and financial criteria. Patients must be age 18 or younger and residents of Miami-Dade, Broward or Monroe counties. They also must present documentation substantiating their parents’ or guardian’s previous 12 months gross income. A financial screening must take place before the clinical screening on May 18. To make an appointment for the financial screening, call Baptist Children’s Hospital at 786-596-3673. For more information, visit and connect with BaptistHealthSF on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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WellCare makes donation to benefit children with complex medical needs

The WellCare Community Foundation recently donated $5,000 to benefit children and families who receive services from PATCHES Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care, a treatment center that serves children who are terminally ill and have complex medical needs. Pictured (l-r) are Paul V. Wilson, PATCHES event coordinator; Tracy Schmidt, WellCare vice president for Florida Field Sales and Marketing; Suecia Mendez Padilla, WellCare community relations specialist; Kyle Smith, PATCHES founder and CEO; David Carrasco, WellCare director of community relations, and Joanie Ippolito, PATCHES founder and COO.


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Stephen Hertz named to NJCAA Fernandez joins local kids to mark 10,000th youth-sized tennis court Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame BY MARK KRUG

The NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association has announced its 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame class, which includes Stephen Hertz, former coach of Miami Dade College. This year’s inductees include former coaches Donald Green of Jefferson State Community College (AL), Hertz, and Jim Walker of College of Southern Idaho. The 2013 class also includes longtime NJCAA Division I World Series Tournament vice chair and volunteer Bruce Hill of Grand Junction, CO. The four inductees will be honored at the pre-tournament banquet of the 2013 NJCAA Division I World Series on May 24 in Grand Junction. Hertz spent a quarter century as the head baseball coach at Miami Dade College. During his tenure, his teams finished as either the champions or runners-up of the Southern Conference 19 times (10 championships / 9 runners-up). Even more impressive, his teams advanced to the Region 8/Gulf District tournament 19 times during his 26 seasons as head coach. His 2001 squad won the Gulf District title, advancing to the JUCO World Series where they finished fifth. Miami Dade was ranked consistently in the top 10 nationally under Hertz and he was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year 10 times and Region 8/Gulf District Coach of the Year once. He retired in 2010 with a career NJCAA mark of 945-325 (.750). He is one of just 36 coaches in NJCAA history with 900 or more career victories. Including a combined 15 years as the head coach at Coral Park and Southridge high schools in Miami, Hertz’s all-time coaching record stands at 1,245-420 (.748) over 41 years. More than 150 players tutored by Hertz signed professional contracts, including four currently in Major League Baseball —

Placido Polonco (MDC 1993-94); Andres Torres (MDC 1997-98); Jon Albaladejo (MDC 2000-01), and Jesus Feliciano (MDC 1998). Hertz also has coached at the international level. He helped Team USA win gold at the 1999 Pan American Maccabi Games as an assistant coach. Returning to the same tournament in 2003, Hertz was head coach of Team USA and led the squad to the gold medal. In 2007, he led the Tel Aviv Lightning to the semifinals of the inaugural season of the Israel Professional Baseball League. A notable baseball player during his time, he signed a professional contract with the Houston Col 45’s in 1963 and made his MLB debut that year at the age of 19 — the eighth youngest player that season. In the minor leagues he twice was an All-Star (1965 Western Carolina League and 1966 Florida State League). He concluded his professional career in 1969 at the Triple-A level with the New York Mets affiliate in Tidewater, VA. Hertz is a member of the following halls of fame: Florida College System Activities Association (2007), Coral Park High School (2006) and Miami High School (1985). Since 1938 the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has been the governing body of two-year college athletics, offering athletic and academic opportunities to college students. Now entering its 75th anniversary, the NJCAA is the second largest national intercollegiate athletic organization in the United States with over 500 member schools in 43 states. Each year 60,000 student-athletes compete in one of 28 different sports and the organization sponsors 48 national championship events and nine football bowl games. NJCAA Headquarters has been located in Colorado Springs, CO, since 1985. For more information visit online at <>.

Miami native and U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez (second from top right) joins local youth at Tamiami Tennis Center in celebration of the 10,000th youth-sized tennis court throughout the country as part of USTA’s commitment to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. Pictured with young tennis hopefuls are (l-r) Katrina Adams, USTA first vice president; Doug Booth, USTA Florida executive director; Fernandez, U.S. Fed Cup captain and Olympic gold medalist, and Kevin Kirwin, Miami-Dade Parks, (Photo credit: Chris Trotman/USTA) Recreation and Open Spaces Department.

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Mayor appoints Emilio T. Gonzalez as county’s new aviation director BY SUZY TRUTIE

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez has appointed Dr. Emilio T. Gonzalez as the new director of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, effective Apr. 1. Dr. Gonzalez’s appointment follows the resignation of José Abreu, who announced his resignation on Jan. 4. Abreu’s last day with the county is Mar. 31. “I want to thank José Abreu for his service and commend him for his many accomplishments during his time at the Aviation Department,” said Mayor Gimenez. “I am confident that Emilio Gonzalez — with his knowledge of domestic and foreign business, government and policy practices — is the ideal person to lead our airports forward.” Dr. Gonzalez oversees the department’s 1,227 employees, $428.9 million budget and will finalize a $6.5 billion capital improvement program. He is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating an extensive and complex airport system, including Miami International Airport, Homestead General, Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, Opa-locka Executive Airport, and the Dade-Collier Training and Transition Airport. Dr. Gonzalez also will encourage the maximum use of airport facilities to provide a range of high quality aviation-related services for the communities served by the airport system, and generate revenues adequate to operate and develop the airport system as

a self-sustaining financial enterprise. Prior to joining Miami-Dade County, Dr. Gonzalez was president and CEO of NPI Advisors, an international and government affairs consulting firm. Previously he served as president and CEO of Indra USA, the United States subsidy of Spain’s Indra Sistemas SA, a leading European-based international company specializing in IT solutions. Dr. Gonzalez has spent most of his career involved in foreign affairs and international security policy issues. He served as director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, an under secretary position within the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC. He also was director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House. He completed a distinguished career in the U.S. Army retiring with the rank of colonel. A graduate of the University of South Florida with a BA in International Studies, Dr. Gonzalez also earned MA degrees in Latin American Studies form Tulane University and in Strategic Studies and National Security Affairs from the U.S. Naval War College. He was awarded a PhD in International Relations from the University of Miami. Dr. Gonzalez is a member of various boards in the banking, technology and social services fields including the Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys and St. Thomas University School of Business, among others.

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Florida Grand Opera to close season with Verdi’s La traviata Florida Grand Opera (FGO) closes its 72nd season with one of the most beloved opera’s of all time — Verdi’s La traviata. The story that inspired the blockbuster movie Pretty Woman, La traviata follows the fiery courtesan Violetta as she meets a young suitor and considers running away with him. Filled with passion, scandal, and glorious music, it’s a show not to be missed. Opening Apr. 20 at the Adrienne Arsht Center, tickets are on sale now starting at $11 at the Florida Grand Opera Box Office at 1-800-741-1010 and online at <>. Pictured is soprano Maria Alejandres.

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Special weekend offers teachers free admission to Seaquarium BY MARITZA ARCEO-LOPEZ

During Totally Teachers Weekend, Saturday, Apr. 20, and Sunday, Apr. 21, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach county teachers in both private and public schools will receive free admission to Miami Seaquarium, plus a discount for up to four guests at 50 percent off of regular admission. Teachers also may enter to win a free field trip to Miami Seaquarium at the Education Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Only one trip will be awarded each day. Teachers must show a valid school ID card or pay stub along with a picture ID to redeem discount. The offer is only valid on regular admission to Miami Seaquarium and is not combinable with any other offer. “Totally Teachers Weekend is our small way of recognizing our teachers for the invaluable service they offer to our community,” said Andrew Hertz, general manager at Miami Seaquarium. “We encourage teachers to bring out their families and take advantage of this great offer.” For more than 50 years, Miami Seaquarium has been a firm advocate of marine life conservation and education.

Through its current interactive educational programs, Miami Seaquarium continues its mission of educating students of all ages about the wonders of marine life. Miami Seaquarium hosts several educational programs throughout the year, such as: Day Camps, Spring Camp, Home School Days, Girl Scout and Boy Scout Days and “Mommy and Me,” a program for mothers and young children. In addition, the park hosts thousands of local students for educational fieldtrips year-round. Teachers are invited to visit the Education Center at Miami Seaquarium during Totally Teachers Weekend for more information on educational programs offered at Miami Seaquarium. Miami Seaquarium, South Florida’s most popular tourist attraction, is a family-oriented marine-life park open to the public 365 days a year. The park, located on Virginia Key, provides visitors with a greater understanding and appreciation for marine life through shows, presentations and marinelife exhibits. General admission to Miami Seaquarium is $39.95 and $29.95 for children (ages 3-9). More information on Miami Seaquarium is available at <>.

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TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Pain BY SONIA MARTINEZ, RPH

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. TMJ pain or inflammation can be caused by a jaw injury, arthritis, and muscle fatigue from clenching or grinding your teeth, or a bad bite. TMJ disorders are most common in women aged 30-50 and occur more often in people who have rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome or sleep disorders. It is very important to see a dentist or oral surgeon to determine the cause of the problem to receive proper treatment. Some TMJ disorders may require dental treatment (adjustment of the bite, or a bite guard) or surgical interventions. In many cases, the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders can be relieved with analgesics, corticosteroids, or muscle relaxants. We can work together with dentist and patient to compound a topical preparation containing the most appropriate medications to treat each individual’s specific problem.

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Honda Accord offers luxury, agility and sophistication Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS Add my name to the growing list of auto writers singing the praises of the all-new 2013 Honda Accord. This ninth-generation Accord really is quite an automobile, with an all-new directinjected powertrain, a laundry list of safety innovations and a new plug-in hybrid model added to the lineup. Completely redesigned for 2013, this sleek Accord has a host of engineering, electronic and safety firsts combined with nice looks and smart styling. The new Accord lineup includes Sedan and Coupe models powered by four-cylinder, V-6 and hybrid powertrains, paired with manual, automatic and continuously variable transmission (CVT) options. Using the most high-strength steel ever in a Honda, the 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe bodies combine sophisticated, athletic styling with a flowing aerodynamic design, while revised Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structures improve frontal crash safety. Honda’s all-new Earth Dreams powertrains

include the first U.S. application of Honda’s next-generation 2.4-liter direct-injected fourcylinder engine. Both the Sedan and Coupe offer a more powerful and efficient V-6 and there even is an all-new two-motor Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Sedan. Four transmissions are available, including the first-ever application of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) on 2.4-liter fourcylinder models, a six-speed automatic on V-6 models, and unique six-speed manual transmissions on 2.4-liter four-cylinder models and the 3.5-liter V-6 Coupe. Fuel efficiency is the best ever for the midsize Accord, with fourcylinder models getting up to 36 mpg on the highway and V-6 models reaching 34 mpg. A new MacPherson-strut front suspension improves ride and handling, while also reducing interior noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). The new lighter aluminum and steel front subframe also uses a proprietary Honda friction-stir welding process. Other new Accord technologies include the first application of the all-new cloudbased HondaLink system, which lets drivers put away their smartphones and remain connected to their contacts, music and social media. One especially interesting new item is the available LaneWatch blind-spot display that uses a camera on the right exterior mirror for a better look at the road behind. It

Sleek Honda Accord was completely redesigned for 2013 and has a long list of new powertrain, engineering, electronic and safety features.

channels the expanded rear view image through the Multi-Information Display (iMID) monitor on the dash. The system also includes a rearview camera and is standard on Accord EX, EX-L and Touring Sedan and EX-L Coupe models. Two additional popular features are now standard on all new Accords: Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and USB/iPod integration. All Accord models have Econ button with Eco Assist as standard equipment and the new Smart Entry & Push Button Start is

included on Accord EX, EX-L and Touring models. Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) features are standard on some trim levels. Base pricing on the 2013 Honda Accord ranges from $21,680 to $33,430. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <>.

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