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Couple’s Ride Across America for Parkinson’s Around Town helps change lives along their journey Mayor and two



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t was the trip of a lifetime – and a trip that changed their lives. Roy and Lynn Roden rode their bicycles cross-country on a fourmonth, 5,000-mile journey from Seattle to Miami to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease and money to find a cure. Roy, 55, who grew up in Pembroke Pines and Miami, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease five years ago. He’s worked in the fitness industry for more than 37 years. He met his wife Lynn, who is now a personal trainer, when she was a client at Olympia Gym in Aventura. The Rodens are certainly not ones to sit around and let Parkinson’s disease take control. The couple began their Parkinson’s Ride Across America last November with their two dogs in tow, riding in carriers behind them. Their route took them along the Pacific Coast Highway –––––––––––– See




On their journey to increase awareness about Parkinson’s disease, Roy and Lynn Roden found a happier, simpler life.

Dr. Donald R. Hopkins — The Dragon Slayer

BY HORACE G. FELIU hen one thinks of a dragon slayer, the image of St. George slaying the evil dragon comes to mind. In the story, St. George rescued a village by slaying a dragon that demanded they sacrifice their young to the point that the King’s own daughter was in peril. While the story of St. George, the patron saint of England, is well known throughout the Christian world, the saintly work of Dr.

Donald R. Hopkins is not. Indeed the soft-spoken and modest Miami native of Coconut Grove is hardly known. At age 71, his humble beginnings as the son of Bahamian immigrants underscore his struggles in a country that was rife with racism to become Vice President for Health at the Carter Center. Former President Jimmy Carter Dr. Donald R. Hopkins As a 10th grade Miami Northwestern student, Dr. Hopkins took a test which resulted in him skipping 11th and 12th grades to enter Morehouse College. Dr. Hopkins’s

professional relationship with former President Jimmy Carter culminated in both of them being Knighted by the country of Mali. In addition, he was dubbed by Nigerians as “Healer of the World.” Along the lines of a fire breathing dragon, the Guinea worm which has plagued mankind since biblical times, excretes a burning acid to create a blister on the skin of its victims, hence creating a burning sensation. It was once known as dracunculiasis, or “afflic––––––––––––––––––––––––––– See

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Executive Editor

Vice Mayor Josh Leibman is playing target practice on the foreheads of the current mayor, which by the way happens to be Phil Stoddard and two of our other fearless leaders Commissioners Wally and Bobble Head. Not sure what has gotten into Josh recently, but I’ll just betya that he is fed up with all the nonsense and rhetoric that escapes from the mouths of Josh’s dais buddies. Folks, it’s a sad state of affairs over at city hall and I urge you to listen to what Josh is saying and to watch Channel 77, where you can watch the commission meetings, old ones, as well as live ones, too.

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RocDoc and Actors’ Children’s Theatre entertain top achievers

Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB The RocDoc, Dr. Stephen Etkin, was featured recently at a recent Jr/ Sr. High School Achievement breakfast held at the Westin Colonnade on May 8. Top students from nine area schools were recognized with certificates and metals during an entertaining morning event presented by the Miami-Dade Chapter of Thrivent Financial and coordinated by Joan Reitsma, owner of The Giving Tree and the Coral Gables Friends of Education. Before presenting the students their awards, RocDoc, a local gastroenterologist who happens to be a professional musical and song writer as well, spoke to the students about pursuing their passions even when it may not be your career. Who better to speak on that than a well respected doctor who uses his musical talents and medical knowledge to educate youngsters. The numerous songs he has written and per-

forms are available on CD at Once you listen to this, you will find yourself singing the songs. They are just that catchy and memorable. Of course, for Eskin, that is the point as he seeks to make learning medical concepts easy and fun. Speaking of fun, on May 2nd, there was a similar recognition breakfast, this time for the elementary school grads, also at the Westin Colonnade. That breakfast program featured a few numbers from Actors’ Playhouse production of EXCELLENT CONQUEST. The cast from that show, roller blades and all, performed numbers from the show with music and lyrics by Actors’ Playhouse Musical Theatre for Young Audiences Children’s Theatre’s Earl Maulding, who directs the show, and Scott Morlock. By the way, registration is now open for the many theatre camp programs offered by Actors’ Playhouse. For information, call 305 444-9293 X 621 or visit Both of these May student achievement recognition events are annual affairs coordinated by Joan Reitsma, of owner of The Giving Tree; presented by Miami-Dade Chapter- Thrivent

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Financial; hosted by the Westin Colonnade; and sponsored by the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club, Claire Frances Whitehurst, Gulliver Schools, the Rotary Club of Coral Gables, and the Education Foundation of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. In other news, the Rotary Club of Coral Gables tackles another great fundraiser with their next Wine and Dine for Charity Dinner on Tuesday, June 4, at the Westin Colonnade. This dinner will benefit Shake-A-leg and the charitable programs of the Coral Gables Rotary Foundation. With the Westin hosting this dinner, Westin’s Chefs Thomas Russo and Brian Harding have prepared an amazing four course dinner with wine pairings that are sure to delight. An all inclusive price of $125 per person includes a champagne reception at 6:30 p.m. sponsored by Yolanda Woodbridge, YW Associates, followed by an exquisite dinner, wines, door prizes and more. This promises to be a sell-out event and seating is limited. To reserve your space, call Coral Gables Rotary’s Event Chair Rodney Langer at 786 251-8459 or Gloria at 305 968-3090. 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


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SoMi Fitness – where great bodies are made BY LEVI MEYER

It's bold when a gym defines itself as the place "where great bodies are made." When you make a statement like this, you better have the right stuff to back it up. Six months ago when I walked into SoMi Fitness for the first time, I knew this was no ordinary gym. The parking lot was lined with tires, which was part of an obstacle training course that I admittedly didn't want anything to do with. When I went inside, I was instantly greeted by the lovely and talented Unni Greene, aka the “Diet Diva," and Willie Del Sol, aka "Coach Willie." I quickly learned that these trainers are the real deal and they run a gym that is anything but ordinary. We all know what your typical gym looks like. You see 100+ people wandering around aimlessly, stumbling between machines that they barely know how to use. I've been one of those people. I've been to those gyms, and I've finally found something better at SoMi Fitness. In the 2000 square-foot SoMi Fitness training facility, everything about the place is designed to push, pull and drag you to your goal. You are assigned both a personal fitness trainer and nutritionist. After recording your weight and measuring your BMI, your licensed and certified nutrition consultant learns about your body, schedule, lifestyle and activity level in order to provide you with a meal plan tailored to your specific needs. Yes, you came here to sweat and shred the pounds, but Unni reminds you that “great abs are made in the kitchen.” With a membership at SoMi Fitness, you don’t simply gain access to a gym with bells and whistles; you get private sessions with a personal trainer who guides and directs you, moving you closer to your goal with every hour-long workout. During one of these scheduled one-on-one sessions, there are rarely more than 10 people in the gym at the same time, unless there’s a class in session upstairs. There are several trainers available. I work out with Willie, who trains several dozen peo-

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ple every week. Still, he seems to magically remember which muscle group we targeted in our last session, even when I forget. Willie knows my limits better than I do. When I think I am incapable, he shows me otherwise. My muscle definition has gotten more noticeable as the weeks go by and not a day passes without Willie reminding me to follow the diet plan that Unni provided me. (I guess I’m not fooling him when I skip meals or go for late-night ice cream runs). At SoMi Fitness, you are surrounded by people who take exercise and fitness seriously. Everyone is on a mission to accomplish a

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AROUND TOWN, from page 1 Make sure you have your Barf Bag next to you, cuz ya going to feel like vomiting after you see what is going on at city hall. And on my eating rounds: Over at Deli Lane: Former Vice Mayor Brian Beasley and Oliver von Gundlach, were there and sitting nearby was former mayor Horace Feliu and current vice mayor Josh Liebman and no they were not sitting together. But if they were, my oh my what stories that could tell. And at Casa Larios; Obdulio Piedra from Great Florida Bank, Donna and Ronald Shelley, Dr. Jorge Blanco, Angelo Bosques,Jr. the personal trainer from Fitness Together, Armando Oliveros, the former vice mayor and lots of South Miami’s Finest, as well. While at Town Kitchen and Grill, I ran into Paul & Lizette Marolf, Susan Greene, as well as Levi and Lauren Meyer all there along with lots of other beautiful people enjoying a Sunday brunch. I hear that some city hall staffers are being bugged now- a- days, not just by the little pests that are you can step on, but by the larger pests, the two legged ones that are making their jobs a lot harder to do. And by the way, I’m not saying that the place is really bugged, as in recording your every move, but there are cameras everywhere and I’m told really everywhere. What the heck is going on over at the bathrooms at the city owned, Murray Park. Ooops did I really write that? Folks, don’t worry too much it’s not that bad unless you think that dirty bathrooms and no toilet paper on many an occasion are Ok. But be that as it may, I wonder if the bathrooms over at city hall are treated the same. With speculation on whether U. S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-FL might run against GOP Gov. Rick Scott in the fall of 2014 a hot topic. Nelson on Friday was coy when veteran Miami Herald political reporter Marc Caputo suggested reasons why he might, or might not run for governor in the coming years. And the senior senator from Florida told the reporter when it came to him running for governor. “You figure it out,” he said. However, Nelson is the only statewide Democrat in office in a state dominated by the GOP, and some party faithful want him to ride back from Washington as Gov. Lawton Childes did back in 2004 when he left the Senate and defeated a young Jeb Bush in his first gubernatorial campaign. Scott who spent some $73 million of his own money to be elected in 2010 has proved since then to be an effective Republican Party fundraiser as gubernatorial challengers in the GOP for the moment are keeping their political powder dry and are not running in the race. However, this widespread speculation that Nelson would be a great challenger


for the Democratic Party has been out there, but some pundits wonder why he would want to run. Since he just was reelected to the world’s most exclusive club, has major seniority since he was first elected in 2000, and at 74 if he ran. He could find the younger Scott a formidable challenge even thought the governor is low in the polls. Editor’s note: I believe Nelson will stay in the U.S. Senate. “I trust but I verify,” says Carvalho when it comes to projects program manager Parsons Brinckerhoff for $1.2 billion bond program Alberto Carvalho, the superintendent of the nation’s fourth largest public school district has put his reputation on the line when it comes to the projects to be financed by a $1.2 billion bond offering passed overwhelmingly by voters in Nov. 2012. And he recommended to the school board that Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. be the district’s program manager and to provide support services to assist in the delivery of district wide school renovations, replacements and technology upgrades for the bond, state district documents. Carvalho told the school board members on Wednesday that he negotiated a “rate and cost multiplier that is significantly less,” for other program management firms that were used for the “Houston and L.A.” public schools system and these markups were “the lowest cost multipliers in the country,” he told the board. And while he had faith in the large company that also did much of the work at the new American Airline terminal at MIA. “I trust but I verify,” and with the district’s “power of verification” he is “assured we will get to the goal,” because the oversight of the projects and money is being “done at the highest level.” And the superintendent since Sept. 2008 told the board it will be “reflective in the outcome” of the hundreds of projects and the whole program will be done through an “honest, transparent and legitimate process,” he assured the nine-member board. Further, of this over billion in projects to be done over the next six to seven years. In this first year, the school district is expected to sell some $508 million in bonds to get the ball rolling and Carvalho noted with this contract. Parsons is “responsible,” for the results and there is “no other company,” to place the blame on. And he expects all the projects to be “on time” and “under budget,” he concluded his discussions. The pediatric heart surgery program at Jackson Health System’s Holtz’s Children’s Hospital is “voluntarily accepting probation designation in order to allow us sufficient time to demonstrate full compliance with CMS Standards,” and would “welcome a later assessment,” wrote Steven Burghart, the Sr. VP and Chief Administrative Officer of Holtz’s Children Hospital & Women Hospital Center. The cardiac program is required to do at least 150 cases a year and this past low surgical volume had been under review over the past months after a past unsatisfactory review

earlier detailed in a past Watchdog Report. Two of the program’s physicians also signed the letter by the top administrator. The letter further said the request came because the pediatric cardiac program “will fall short of the CMS Facility Standard of 150 cases annually,” and they are “pursuing a number of avenues toward programmatic growth but developing and modifying such a large academic program takes time.” In addition, there has been “insufficient time since the last evaluation for us to demonstrate a substantial change in surgical volume.” And they wish more time to become compliant with the required surgical volume. And when it came to the “upcoming CMS visit to UM/Jackson Pediatric Cardiovascular Program.” The Jackson executive says, “We suggest canceling a Jun. 4 site visit.” And the Apr. 25 letter was sent to Jeffrey P. Jacobs, M.D., head of the CMS Cardiac Subcommittee, which is a Division of Children’s Medical Services. In a past CMS review, the program’s surgical volume was becoming an issue and there was also a need to replace a cardiac surgeon, since the program was short on one, but this new wrinkle for such a high profile medical service so important to the community’s kids at Jackson deserves being monitored and why the Watchdog Report over the past nine months has been keeping my eye on the matter.

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Fairchild Gardens turns 75, MiamiDade’s version of Camp David A community treasure has turned 75-years old recently and it is the Fairchild Tropical and Botanical Gardens located on Old Cutler nestled on the bay. The Gardens dubbed by the Watchdog Report as the community’s Camp David after a potentially contentious political meeting was held there in 2001 but turned into a kumbaya event between state legislators and county commissioners at the time. Fairchild hosts a variety of different events including the yearly Ramble that show cases the beautiful gardens, and includes the new attraction Wings of the Tropics, featuring thousands of butterflies from all over the world. Further, part of the Garden’s experience is the large number of volunteers that work there seven days a week, and these peoples giving countless hours helps keep the Gardens manicured and in great shape and saves the taxpayers millions of dollars by this free activity. And the Watchdog Report gives all the volunteers a Tip of the Hat. For more go to: (The last four items were provided by Thought of the Day: Wishes cost nothing unless you want them to come true. — Frank Tyger Got any tips? Contact me at 305-6697355, ext. 249, or send emails to <>.

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in California and then through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and finally, to Florida. The Rodens’ return home was a brief pit stop on their continuing journey. They were back in the area just long enough to pack up their Airstream with life’s necessities, and then move west. They sold most of their belongings before their four-month bike trek and bought the camper, which was driven by family members and friends and served as their safe haven. “We got rid of the penthouse and the Porsche, and traded it all in for a simpler, stress-free lifestyle,” said Roden. “When you get a disease, your priorities change. It’s not about quantity of things and what’s in your bank account; it’s about the quality of life.” The Rodens will live in Wesport, California, during the summer and work at a KOA campground where they stayed on the trip. They’ll spend the winters in Tucson, Arizona. “The two places we stopped for longer than a day during our trip are the two places we plan to call home – for now,”

said Roden. “Westport is simply beautiful. And, we met some amazing people in both places.” In Tucson, the couple met Becky Farley, Ph.D., a researcher, physical therapist, neuroscientist and Parkinson’s exercise specialist who founded Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR), a wellness center for Parkinson’s patients. The doctor’s motto at PWR is: “We believe people with Parkinson’s can get better and stay better with exercise.” “Dr. Farley is looking to expand her facility and take her exercise program nationwide,” said Roden. “I will serve as a consultant, and Lynn has become a certified instructor and will also assist with marketing.” In other words, the Rodens will continue on their journey to educate people about Parkinson’s disease and help those afflicted by it. “Our ride was simply a tool to help us spread awareness,” said Roden. “We were able to speak to the media and get exposure. In El Paso, we were on three television programs, did two radio shows and talked to two newspapers in one day.”

Along the way, the Rodens also met with Parkinson’s patients, physicians and researchers, and Roy shared his experiences of managing the disease. A few of his key messages: Parkinson’s is not an “oldperson’s” disease. It’s not a death sentence. Get treatment. “Although I was diagnosed at age 50, I had symptoms when I was 40,” said Roden. “No one thought about Parkinson’s disease at that age.” Roden continued, “Because there’s no cure, people get depressed, give up and don’t seek treatment. I met people on this trip who had been diagnosed, but had received no treatment and were not even taking medication to help with the symptoms. It was infuriating. I hope I’ve inspired people to get treatment so they can live life to the fullest, even with this disease.” Across the country, Roy spoke about the benefits of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), a treatment he had last summer. DBS is a brain stimulation therapy that uses an implanted medical device, similar to a pacemaker, to deliver electrical stimulation to precisely targeted areas of the brain. The treatment suppresses Parkinson’s symptoms, which can include tremors, cramping, involuntary movements, insomnia and difficulty swallowing and walking. “I would not have been able to complete

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this trip without the benefits of this treatment,” said Roy. “I encourage people with Parkinson’s to not view DBS as a last resort.” An estimated 1.5 million Americans have Parkinson disease. Each year, about 50,000 to 60,000 cases of Parkinson’s are diagnosed. About 10-20 percent of those diagnosed are under the age of 50, and about half of those are diagnosed before age 40. To date, there is no cure. On the Rodens’ website,, donations directly benefit various Parkinson’s charities that work to make a difference and find a cure. The Rodens have been lifted by the overwhelming community support they received before their journey and along the way: Olympia Gym of Aventura hosted fundraisers; Whole Foods donated pallets of supplies and food; City Bikes in Aventura donated equipment, including a GoPro to document their journey; Best Buy donated an iPad to blog; and KOA Campgrounds offered free lodging. The couple is planning another epic bicycle ride later this year. They’ll bike from New York to Montreal, Canada, to attend the third World Parkinson Congress, held in Montreal, Oct. 1-4. “We’re really just getting started,” said Roden.

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HOPKINS, from page 1



tion with little dragons.” Calcified evidence of the Guinea worm has even been found in an Egyptian mummy. The Guinea worm enters the human body via a village’s water supply which is usually a stagnant pond. Once the larva enters the body, it can grow as long as 36 inches before migrating to the skin, usually a foot, hand or even an eye socket. Secondary infections and a litany of complications can result, diminishing life expectancy. To fight this plague of mainly African villages, Dr. Hopkins sword is the sword of knowledge. The University of Chicago Medical School graduate, Harvard Medical School educator and retired C.D.C. director has been on a quest of educating villagers of the importance of using filtration techniques prior to drinking. His eternal optimism and faith are extensions of his sword which he uses to build local native networks and relationships that continue to educate. Due to his perseverance and tenacity in dealing with petty wars, politics and defeatist obstacles, Dr. Hopkins’s quest has resulted in reducing the number of cases from 3.5 million in1986 to less than 600 cases worldwide! Complete eradication is well within reach! His formula for eradication of this disease was the strategy of direct intervention with

segments of a population. This pre-emptive initiative was the same one he used to help eradicated the deadly smallpox virus. In doing so, Dr. Hopkins saved the lives of an estimated 50 million people! Smallpox up to now is the only disease that has been wiped out from the face of the earth. Our country, our world, needs real heroes as opposed to those that seek glory through wars and politics. Given his life-long work over insurmountable odds we need to look no further than Dr. Donald Hopkins. Dr. Donald Hopkins is our modern day St. George and indeed someone whom is worthy of higher recognition. Former President Carter was quoted as saying, “He is a doctor and a public health professional committed to alleviating the suffering of millions who go unnoticed by the media. There have been few heroes in my life and Dr. Donald R. Hopkins is one of them.” With all accolades aside, one can only presume that these efforts have been nothing less than phenomenal. A very profound and persistent question that has always eluded humankind and now being answered is simply…”Am I my brother’s keeper?” Given the magnitude of Dr. Hopkins’s efforts, one would conclude that his answer has overwhelmingly been…I am. Horace G. Feliu is a freelance writer, former Mayor and author of the controversial new thriller, The Nativity Conspiracy

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Junior Orange Bowl crowns Royal Court for 2013-14 Pictured is the 2013-14 Junior Orange Bowl Royal Court (l-r) Princess Skyler Odin, Queen Camilia Romero, and Princess Alexis Santana.

The Junior Orange Bowl celebrated a night of glamour and royalty as the 2013-2014 Junior Orange Bowl Royal Court was crowned at the Rebeca Sosa Theatre in Miami Springs on Saturday. Camilia Romero, a 7th grader from Somerset Academy, was crowned as the 62nd Junior Orange Bowl Queen. Joining Queen Camilia are Princesses Skyler Odin, an 8th grade student at David Lawrence Jr K-8, and Alexis Santana, a 7th grade Florida Virtual Home School student. A new addition to the Royal Court this year is the Little Sister title. This title is awarded to an 11 year old who will have the opportunity to gain the experience and confidence that will prepare her to become Junior Orange Bowl Queen or Princess for the following festival season. This year’s Little Sister is Celine Alvarez from South Miami K-8. The Royal Court will serve as volunteers and goodwill ambassadors at all of the 2013-2014 Junior Orange Bowl Festival events. The Queen and Princesses will also ride on The Royal Court Float at the most anticipated 65th Junior Orange Bowl Parade on Miracle Mile in downtown Coral Gables. All girls that participated in the search will be invited to The Queens Ball on January 3 at the beautiful Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. “I am extremely proud of all of the girls that will be our ambassadors for the year. They are bright, accomplished and beautiful representatives”, says Isa Goenaga, chair of the Junior Orange Bowl Royal Court Committee. “The girls embody the characteristics of what the Royal Court represents; leadership, confidence and a love for their community”. The Queen, Princesses and Little Sister are chosen based on personality, poise, and their desire to be involved in their community. “We had a wonderful group of girls that competed this year and it was tough for the judges to single out these few but we are very proud of the

2013-2014 Royal Court” says Goenaga. This year’s judges included Mark Trowbridge, CEO of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Andria Hanley, Executive Director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation, Ruth Paul, Vice-Chair of the Anthony Dejuan Boatwright Foundation, and Carroll-Lynn Willgren, Owner and CEO of the public relations firm High Intensity Productions LLC. The first ever Miss Junior Orange Bowl, for young ladies ages 18-26, was crowned as well. Meghan Orsley won the Miss Junior Orange Bowl title and will go on to represent the Junior Orange Bowl at the Miss Florida USA competition in July. The Junior Orange Bowl is set to begin its 65th “Diamond Jubilee” Anniversary Festival Season. The 2013-2014 Festival will consist of over 15 athletic, academic, and cultural events for youths featuring the Junior Orange Bowl Parade through downtown Coral Gables. All of the Junior Orange Bowl festival events are produced entirely by volunteers. To learn how to become part of the Junior Orange Bowl team, call 305-662-1210 or email The Junior Orange Bowl Festival is possible with the support of the City of Coral Gables, Miami Children’s Hospital, The Orange Bowl Committee, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor, and Board of County Commissioners. The Junior Orange Bowl Committee, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that serves the community of South Florida and the Youth of the world by providing opportunities for wholesome, competitive and multicultural experiences. For more information on the Junior Orange Bowl, please contact 305662-1210 or visit our website at

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It’s time for high school sports to do the right thing BY GRANT MILLER

Publisher Here is a question: Is doing the right thing always the right thing to do, or only when it’s convenient? I would like to put that question to the principals and athletic directors of area high schools. It seems to be a national trend these days, but I bring this up because of incidents at local schools in which student athletes have displayed bad sportsmanship, yelling at referees or angrily throwing their equipment against a wall to show their displeasure. It was a significant enough violation to get one student suspended, but the problem was that the school administrators didn’t suspend the kid there and then. They put the suspension off until later because there was an important game or match coming up and they apparently didn’t want to hurt the team’s chances for a victory by removing a key player. What would happen if the student athlete behaved that way in the classroom? For sure the student would be suspended. I know for a fact that some public and private school student athletes are walking out on their class if there is a test and the athletic directors let them get away with it. In many cases, student athletes are caught blatantly cheating on tests and the teachers tell the administration, but they wait to do anything to the kid until after the big games are played or the playoffs are over. The suspensions were delayed and, in some cases, some of the parents of team

members even objected to any suspension or any punishment at all because they thought it was no big deal and they didn’t want to harm the team. One of the biggest problems in the end is the fact that the coaches are paid, hired and fired based on the records of their top sports teams, so their very livelihood often depends on making sure that their best athletes play at any cost. More and more we see schools doing this sort of thing, and it’s easy to understand their motivation. But the main job of schools of any kind, public or private, is to educate — to teach. When principals and athletic directors put expediency ahead of ethics, what kind of a lesson are they teaching our kids? That morals and ethics don’t count and that “doing the right thing” is just an empty phrase? Wouldn’t it be better to teach them that actions have consequences and that they, and the adults in charge of them, need to follow basic ethical guidelines? If a suspension caused by a violation hurts a team’s chances, then maybe that’s an important lesson the students (and parents) need to learn to encourage better behavior. Sure, these are just games, just high school sports activities. But the lessons kids learn now will stay with them for the rest of their lives. As they grow up and mature, and evolve into families, businesses or even politics, do we really want them instilled with the idea that ethics is something they should only worry about when it’s convenient? High school sports often are touted as being character building. Isn’t ethical behavior an important part of character? Isn’t “doing the right thing” right?

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Expo promotes programs of area’s public schools BY GARY ALAN RUSE

grams — the Forensic Science and the Global Studies. All the schools in the Killian feeder pattern have a lot of magnets or academies. They’re excellent schools. “This is a good way to get in touch with parents who might be in charter schools or private schools and that way we can let them know what wonderful schools we have, and what programs we have that they might not know about. All our schools are ‘A’ schools and our test scores are off the charts.” Sara Martin, the principal at Sunset Park Elementary, also thought the expo event was worthwhile. “I think it’s fantastic,” Martin said. “It brings the community together, informs the parents of our curriculum and it’s a fantastic idea. Next year we’ll be starting our STEM Academy and we’re very excited about it, and are advertising and promoting it.”

A special “school expo” event at The Falls shopping center on Saturday, May 18, brought together principals and teachers of many area schools for a chance to spread the word to parents about the quality programs offered by the Miami-Dade Public Schools system. Similar events have been conducted at other locations during the past month, but this one focused on schools within the Miami Palmetto High and Miami Killian High feeder patterns. Its theme was “Discover excellence in your own backyard.” Representing the Palmetto feeder pattern were Howard Drive, Pinecrest, Palmetto, R.R. Morton, Perrine and Coral Reef elementary schools; Frank C. Martin K-8 and Vineland K-8; Palmetto Middle and Southwood Middle, and Palmetto High.

Pictured (l-r) are teacher Dan Corradino and assistant principal Doug Lobo of Palmetto High School; principal Magda Pereira and teacher Joanie Lobo of Southwood Middle School, with teacher Eddy R. Urquia of Palmetto Middle School. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

The school expo at the Falls shopping center attracted parents and students. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

For the Killian feeder pattern administrators and staff attended from Gloria Floyd, Kendale, Snapper Creek, Sunset Park and William Lehman elementary schools; Devonaire, Kenwood and Leewood K-8 centers; Arvida Middle and Glades Middle, and Killian High. Southwood Middle School principal Magda Pereira was pleased with the opportunity and stressed the importance of reaching out to parents. “This is our second expo that we’ve done,” Pereira said. “The reason that we’re doing it is to promote our curriculum and our programs that we offer in public education so that we can bring back all of those students who are out in private schools and in charter schools — bring them back to the public school system where we have exceptional teachers and exceptional pro-

grams for the students. We have brochures and videos that show what the students are actually doing.” Todd W. Morrow, principal of Gloria Floyd Elementary School, agreed about the purpose of the important event that brought administrators out on their own time. “We’re here to let the community know about the wonderful things we have going on at our school, and also hopefully to recruit students,” Morrow said. “This is the first one we’ve done out in a public location. We did one at a high school earlier on in November. This helps us reach people we wouldn’t normally have contact with.” Principal Nancy Aragon of Arvida Middle School was understandably proud of her school’s accomplishments and offerings. “We’re here showcasing my school,” Aragon said. “We have two magnet pro-

Pictured (l-r) are principal Todd W. Morrow of Gloria Floyd Elementary School, and principal Jeanethe D. Thompson and teacher Jennifer Gonzalez of Kendale Elementary School. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society crowns Man, Woman of Year BY BRITTANY NGUYEN

The Southern Florida and Puerto Rico Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has announced the winners of its 2013 Man and Woman of the Year campaign in Miami where a total of $187,000 was raised by all candidates. Alejandro Mendieta, senior financial consultant for Amtrust Bank, was crowned the Miami Man of the Year (He raised $34,000.) and Alexandra “Alix” Arguelles, vice president, Online Account Management & Consulting Services for Amadeus North America, was crowned the Miami Woman of the Year. (She raised $72,000.)

“The 2013 Miami Man and Woman of the Year winners and candidates are some of the most devoted volunteers that have ever been involved in the campaign,” said Carolyn A. Cauceglia, vice president of Strategic Sales and Account Management for Amadeus North America and co-chair of the 2013 Man and Woman of the Year Miami campaign. The Man and Woman of the Year campaign is a 10-week program to raise funds to help find cures for blood cancers. The campaign recruited candidates in the community who agreed to conduct their own fundraising campaigns and compete to earn the coveted title of Man and Woman of the Year. “It was an honor to work with each of

Pictured (l-r) are Ryan Pino, Boy of the Year and cancer survivor; Vanessa Vicente, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-Southern Florida and Puerto Rico Chapter, and Melanie Garcia, Girl of the Year and cancer survivor. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Pictured (l-r) are Carolyn Cauceglia, 2013 Miami MWOY co-chair; Alejandro Mendieta, 2013 Miami Man of the Year; Alexandra “Alix” Arguelles, 2013 Miami Woman of the Year, and Roberto Munoz, 2013 Miami MWOY co-chair. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

their dedicated teams, our committed sponsors and the inspiring Boy and Girl of the Year,” said Roberto R. Muñoz, South and Southwest Florida Market president for BBVA Compass and co-chair of the 2013 Man and Woman of the Year Miami campaign. Each of the candidates raised funds in honor of the Boy and Girl of the Year, who are local blood cancer patient survivors and sources of inspiration to their families and to others. The 2013 Miami Boy and Girl of the Year were Ryan Pino and Melanie Garcia, respectively. Ryan was only 20 months old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. He was nicknamed “Little Soldier,” having fought and screamed his way through every one of the 18 spinal taps, 11 bone marrow punctures, daily blood tests, and 18 medicines a day. Today, Ryan is a happy, healthy, athletic 13-year-old who has been cancer free for

over 10 years. Melanie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia shortly after her 14th birthday. She endured weekly hospital stays, bone marrow tests, blood transfusions, lumbar punctures, numerous cycles of chemo and hair loss. Today, Melanie is a positive and happy 10th grader. Roxanne Vargas, NBC 6 Entertainment host of “6 in the Mix,” was the emcee for the Miami Man and Woman of the Year Journey of Hope Gala on Saturday, Apr. 20, at the InterContinental Miami Hotel. The 2013 Man and Woman of the Year Miami Campaign Gold Sponsor was the law firm of Shook Hardy & Bacon. Silver Sponsors were Amadeus North America Inc., and LPL Financial & New York Community Bank. For more information about the Southern Florida and Puerto Rico Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, call 1954-744-5313 or visit <>.


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Junie B. Jones Stupid Smelly Bus Tour coming to Books and Books BY NICOLE BANHOLZER

Random House Children’s Books celebrates the 10th anniversary of the popular Stupid Smelly Bus Tour, scheduled to visit 27 bookstores, libraries, and military bases through June 29, including a stop at Books and Books in Coral Gables at 6 p.m. on June 11. Launched in 2004 as part of the company’s “June Is Junie B. Month” promotional campaign to support Barbara Park’s bestselling Junie B. Jones book series, the Stupid Smelly Bus Tour continues to bring Park’s lovable character to fans across the country, all of whom love to meet their favorite book character in person. The first tour was voted “Most Effective Children’s Marketing Campaign” by booksellers in Publishers Weekly’s annual Off the Cuff Awards (Publishers Weekly, 1/10/05). Last year’s tour brought Junie B.’s hilarious antics to life for more than 5,000 fans, and this year’s tour is poised to do the same. “Yikes! I truly cannot believe that Junie B. and Mr. Woo have ridden that stupid smelly bus from coast-to-coast for 10 years

Kid favorite Junie B. Jones and the gang will be coming to Coral Gables on June 11. (Photo courtesy: Marcia Ciriello) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

in a row,” Park said. “That is just amazing! My thanks to all for allowing Junie B. to

meet so many of her friends and share her ‘treasures’ from home. It has been such a happy ride!” The eight-week tour features live performances by two actors playing Junie B. Jones and Mr. Woo, who travel from city to city in a bright pink “Stupid Smelly” school bus adorned with colorful graphics, including the series’ signature checkerboard and the faces of Junie B.’s friends in the windows. At each event, Junie B. will open her Big Pink Trunk of Junk and perform a Show and Tell, sharing instantly recognizable items from the series such as her stuffed elephant, “Philip Johnny Bob,” and the floaty ball from the toilet tank, Junie B.’s favorite plumbing supply. The events are recommended for children ages 5 up, and also include an official book stamping and free Junie B. souvenirs for all

kids in attendance. For more information about the Junie B. Jones book series and for complete details regarding the tour’s cities, dates, and event locations, visit the series website at To encourage an enthusiasm for and love of reading, this summer also will mark the launch of the new Junie B. Kids’ Reading Club. Members will receive a reading log full of activities, Junie B. quotes, and plenty of pages to record their favorite Junie B. moments, as well as a free copy of the first book in the series Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus. As an interactive component, the website will host two new games, as well as book quizzes for kids to show off their Junie B. knowledge. For an added incentive, each quiz entry the child and parent submit will enter them to win a visit from the Stupid Smelly Bus to their school in summer 2014. With over 55 million copies in print in all formats and translated into more than a dozen languages, the Junie B. Jones series first burst onto the literary scene in 1992, and has been keeping kids (and grownups) laughing — and reading — ever since. Over 20 years and 30 books later, Junie B. Jones has become a staple in classrooms across the country and been featured in USA Today, Time Magazine, and on the Today show. Park adds, “I’ve never been sure whether Junie B.’s fans love her in spite of her imperfections: or because of them. But either way, she’s gone out into the world and made more friends than I ever dreamed possible.” This original performance is produced and directed by G. Wayne Hoffman. The Junie B. Jones Stupid Smelly Bus Tour is produced and sponsored by Random House Children’s Books.

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Palmer Trinity AD receives Florida State Award of Merit

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Dr. Jake von Scherrer, Palmer Trinity School athletic director, has been recognized by the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association as this year’s Florida State Award of Merit winner. The Award of Merit is presented to the athletic director in each state whose leadership and programs have made a significant impact at the national level. Under Dr. von Scherrer’s leadership, Palmer Trinity has become recognized throughout the state and beyond as being on the cutting edge of sportsmanship on a school-wide basis. In the past few years, von Scherrer has started a variety of sportsmanship initiatives, including a Captains Pre-Game Sportsmanship announcement, the creation of a Pre-Season Sportsmanship Powerpoint for Parents, the placement of Sportsmanship banners in the gym, along with starting a Captains Council of student athlete leaders while also developing a first class student public address announcer. All of these efforts culminated with

Dr. Jake von Scherrer –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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The Miami Phenoms Team won the Hialeah Spring Classic Tournament 9U Division after defeating the Hialeah Bulldogs 8-5. The Miami Phenoms went undefeated to get the crown.

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Diamondbacks 9U team wins Cinco de Mayo tournament

The Danny Berry Diamondbacks 9U team won the USSSA Cinco de Mayo Madness tournament sponsored by Danny Berry Baseball and Kendall Hammocks Optimists. Pictured (l-r, bottom) are Jared Guell, Milo Suarez, JJ Cominsky, Peter Frometa and Javi Barrenechea; (middle row) J.P. Dare, Hunter Anes, Nate Nevins, Adrian Quintero and Will Bettridge; (top row) coaches Joe Guell, Nelson Suarez, Jeff Cominsky and Scott Bettridge. Not pictured is coach Peter Frometa.

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MDC’s School for Advanced Studies again named among best in nation BY ROXANA ROMERO

school initiated in the 1988-89 school year as a combined effort between Miami-Dade Miami Dade College’s (MDC) dual- County Public Schools (MDCPS) and enrollment high school, School for Miami Dade College. Advanced Studies (SAS), is Students attending SAS among the nation’s best pubcomplete their last two years “ I t i s t ru l y a lic high schools, according to of high school while attendprivilege to be Newsweek. ing MDC and, in many cases, The highly respected magasimultaneously graduate with a s s o c i a t e d w i t h a zine’s 2013 Best High School both a high school diploma high school which list ranked SAS No. 6 in the and an Associate of Arts nation, and No. 2 in Florida, degree from MDC. The has a rich compared with 2,000 other school, fully accredited by public high schools across the t r a d i t i o n o f p ro v i d i n g the Southern Association of country. SAS was the only Colleges and Schools, is exceptional high school within Miamilocated on four of the colDade and Broward counties to e d u c a t i o n a l s e r v i c e s lege’s campuses: Homestead, make the coveted list. Kendall, North and Wolfson. to students in this This year’s distinction highStudents receive free lights those schools that have tuition and fees, free textc o m m u n i t y. ” proven to be the most effective books, and, if eligible, school — SAS principal bus and Metrorail transportain turning out college-ready grads. The findings are based Dr. Omar Monteagudo tion funded by MDCPS. Each on components such as gradusemester, students enroll in a ation and college-acceptance minimum of three college rates, and the average SAT/ACT scores, dual-enrollment courses, taught by MDC among other factors. faculty, and four high school courses, taught “It is truly a privilege to be associated by SAS faculty. All high school courses are with a high school which has a rich tradi- Advanced Placement courses except for tion of providing exceptional educational Pre-Calculus and Research. The SAS popuservices to students in this community,” lation consists of 500 students — 100 at the said SAS principal Dr. Omar Monteagudo. Homestead Campus, 200 at the Kendall “This recognition, coming on the heels of Campus, 100 at the North Campus, and 100 our silver anniversary, is a testament to the at the Wolfson Campus. degree of professionalism exhibited by our The opportunity for acceleration and faculty and staff and the dedication and enrichment attracts motivated and academresilience of our remarkable students. This ically talented students who wish to is one more example that opportunity truly advance their studies. One hundred percent of students graduate and continue their changes everything.” SAS is no stranger to superior distinc- academic studies at top colleges and unitions. Last year, it clinched the No. 12 spot, versities in Florida, throughout the nation, and was voted among the top 100 Best or at foreign universities. School for High Schools in the nation by the Advanced Studies provides a unique transition between secondary and post-secondWashington Post. SAS is a full-time, dual-enrollment high ary education.

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Women’s Fund celebrates 20 years at annual Power of the Purse event BY JODIE KNOFSKY

Thanks to the support of 1,000 Women’s Fund friends, partners, donors, volunteers and staff members, the annual Power of the Purse luncheon raised more than $325,000 for the women and girls of Miami-Dade. The event, a celebration of 20 years of service to the community, took place on Apr. 19 at Jungle Island. One of the many highlights of the day was the introduction of the 24 members of the inaugural Honor Roll — extraordinary women whose unique contributions have made the mission real through their very tangible actions. Each woman was presented with a special commemorative bracelet as they were introduced by luncheon cochairs Judy Chorlog, Aletha Player and Kristin Francisco. Chair Marj Adler and new executive director Marilyn March were onstage for this memorable presentation. Board treasurer Faye Wright delivered passionate and heartfelt remarks, reminding all that the Women’s Fund work was not yet done. CBS4 News anchor Shannon Hori was emcee for the event and provided both lively and thoughtful insights throughout the afternoon. Guests were inspired by a special tribute video and moved by presentations by two of the many thousands of women whose lives have been changed by the Women’s Fund. Their remarks were followed by a standing ovation as many were moved to tears by the stories of personal triumph. Speakers included Rebecca Francisque, a high school student and part of the Thelma Gibson Health Initiative’s Coconut Grove Girls’ Group, and Eve Hansen, a graduate of the LEAP program. The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade Honor Roll 2013 members are: Sophie Brion, Women’s Fund’s advocacy director 2004-09; Ann Bussel, community activist, philanthropist and long-time Women’s Fund supporter; Deborah Bussel, philanthropist, consultant, and advocate. Women’s Fund

Pictured are members of the inaugural Women’s Fund Honor Roll. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

supporter and donor; Kate Callahan, nurse, consultant and long time supporter of women’s programs at Camillus House; Alexandra “Ali” Codina, documentary filmmaker, activist, past board member and supporter; Margarita “Maggie” Codina, Women’s Fund supporter and philanthropist; Evelyn Cohan, Women’s Fund co-founder and first and long-time board chair and visionary, social worker involved with many women’s organizations; Sue Gallagher, former Women’s Fund Board member and advocate for the homeless; Marilynn Gladstone, Women’s Fund founder; Tiffany Zientz Heckler, Women’s Fund development director for seven years; Sally Heyman, county commissioner serving Miami-Dade County since 2004 and a longtime Women’s Fund supporter and advocate for women’s issues; Deborah Hoffman, community activist, philanthropist, attorney and consultant; Fran Katz, Women’s Fund’s senior programs officer and staff member since 1988; Kathleen Kennedy-Olsen, executive director of the Kennedy Family Foundation and longtime Women’s Fund supporter, advocate, and philanthropist;

Claudia Kitchen, Women’s Fund executive director for 10 years, and longtime advocate for women and girls; Kathie Klarreich, former Women’s Fund board member, author, journalist and longtime donor; Ann Machado, past Women’s Fund board member and chair of the Alumnae Council; Ellen Shishko, alumnae council and board member Emerita, member of Women’s Fund

board since 1994; Katy Sorenson, MiamiDade commissioner 1994-2010, longtime advocate for equality and civil rights; Leslie Sternlieb, philanthropist and advocate for women’s issues; Eileen Nexer, first executive director of Women’s Fund, and Honored in Memoriam — Evelyn Gilbert, Joanne Hayes and Margaret “Peggy” Wilson.

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Rosenberg, Lawrence honored Chamber South gives The Falls at Donor Next Door Luncheon ‘Best Corporate Citizen’ Award BY ALICIA WHITLEY

Leave A Legacy and the Miami Foundation presented Amy Rosenberg with the 2013 Ruth Shack Leadership Award and David Lawrence Jr. with the Community Champion Award at the 15th annual Donor Next Door Luncheon, which took place on Wednesday, May 8, at Jungle Island. Rosenberg is an attorney and arts advocate who founded Overtown Music Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and showcasing the tradition of music that existed for decades in Overtown. Lawrence is president of the Early Childhood Initiative Foundation and leads the Children’s Movement of Florida. Pictured (l-r) are Ruth Shack, Miami Foundation former president; Amy Rosenberg; David Lawrence Jr., and Hank Raattama Jr., shareholder at Akerman Senterfitt’s Miami office.


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Sports-oriented charter schools to open next to Marlins Park BY LAURA ACKER

Academica, one of the nation’s leading charter school service and support organizations, has announced that Sports Leadership and Management Charter Middle and High School (SLAM) — a specialized MiamiDade County public school featuring a sports-directed curriculum — will be expanding to a new location for the 2013 academic year. The innovative school also will have new neighbors, the Miami Marlins. The newest addition to the Mater Academy network of high-performing charter schools, SLAM currently is operating at a smaller capacity within Mater Academy East Charter High School, at 998 SW First St. However, come August, the school will open within a state-of-the-art, seven-story facility overlooking Marlins Park, located at NW 12th Avenue and Sixth Street. The school, which currently is under construction, will feature a 500-seat gym and is poised to compete in a wide variety of sports as the “Titans.” “It is a privilege for those of us at Academica to be working with SLAM,” said Fernando Zulueta, founder and president of Academica. “We are thrilled to take this next step in the school’s evolution and are confident that its new location will provide outstanding opportunities to the students we serve.” With a capacity of 980 students, the school now is enrolling students, in grades 6-12, who are interested in pursuing sports-related professions. SLAM students choose a program focus from three academies — Sports Management and Marketing, Broadcasting and Communications, and Medicine and Health Sciences — and are exposed to various career fields within their area of interest. Tailored curriculums prepare young minds for futures in:

• Athletic training; • Media and public relations; • Physical therapy, and • Sports-related advertising, agent representation, business management, medicine, entertainment marketing, journalism, psychology, and nutrition. SLAM students are encouraged to participate in community service initiatives associated with their concentration. Additionally, the school aims to provide students with ongoing opportunities to intern with local athletic teams and professionals within the sports arena. “SLAM is off to an amazing start and will only continue to gain momentum at its new home,” added Alex Tamargo, principal of Sports Leadership and Management Charter Middle and High School. “Featuring a oneof-a-kind curriculum and unmatched experiences, the school will serve as a catalyst for other Sports Leadership and Management Charter Schools throughout the nation. I am honored to be tasked with heading the SLAM team into its bright future.” As a charter school management company, Academica serves in a similar capacity to a school district’s staff and board’s role in managing a traditional public school. The Florida-based organization has a proven track record of developing and growing networks of successful charter schools throughout the U.S. and currently serves the largest population of high-performing charter schools in the state of Florida. Academica’s strategic formula of establishing schools in areas of great need has made them an instrumental resource in accelerating student and school performance nationwide for the past decade. Interested parents should call 305-3246963 or visit the SLAM website at <> to register or for more information.

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It has been known for over a decade that some oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as diclofenac are associated with more cardiovascular complications than other NSAIDs such as naproxen. According to a Science Daily article published recently in PLOS Medicine (an openaccess, peer-reviewed medical journal provided by the Public Library of Science), when taken orally, diclofenac’s risk is almost identical to that of Vioxx® (rofecoxib), which was withdrawn from worldwide sales in 2004 because of cardiovascular risk. Diclofenac has no advantage over other NSAIDs in terms of gastrointestinal safety and some researchers are calling for diclofenac to be removed from the market. Yet, an indepth analysis found that diclofenac prescribing/sales were three times higher than that of naproxen, likely due to marketing efforts by pharmaceutical companies. Check with your doctor if you take diclofenac, particularly if you have other cardiac risk factors. And, ask our compounding pharmacist about the value of transdermal NSAIDs for relief of pain and inflammation.

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Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department, in collaboration with the Miami Marlins Ayudan Team The Voice, will be celebrating the third pet adoption event, Marlins Adopt-O-Mania, on Sunday, June 2, at Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way (NW 16th Avenue), from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., along with the Humane Society of Greater Miami and The Cat Network. “We are extending an invitation to the community to celebrate a day of family fun, sports, festivities, pet adoptions, sterilization and vaccinations” said Alex Muñoz, director of Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department. As an added feature, Animal Services will provide spay/neuter surgeries for dogs under 50 pounds at no cost to the residents of surrounding communities and The Cat Network will offer free sterilization for cats. Dog and cat booster vaccines will be offered free of charge. Rabies vaccinations

and microchips will be provided for $10 each (low cost rabies applicable for qualifying pet owners). Licenses will be available to purchase onsite. Vaccinations are essential in protecting the health of pets and microchips provide permanent lifetime identification, which is invaluable should a pet become lost. In order to spay/neuter your dog at the event, an appointment must be scheduled by calling 3-1-1. For cat spay/neuter appointments, contact The Cat Network at 305-233-9958 or by email at <>. Each year, Miami Dade County Animal Services Department receives over 30,000 pets. The goal of this event, as with any event in which the department participates, is to increase pet adoptions, sterilizations, vaccinations and community awareness and involvement with the shelter. For more information, visit online at <> or call 3-1-1.

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Sue and Chuck Cobb receive United Way Tocqueville Award BY SANDRA RODRIGUEZ

Ambassadors Sue and Chuck Cobb received United Way of Miami-Dade’s prestigious Tocqueville Award for Outstanding Philanthropy durintg the United Way Tocqueville Grand Reception at the Coconut Grove home of Lisa and Victor Mendelson on Apr. 23. The Tocqueville Grand Reception united 300-400 of Miami’s most generous givers who contribute $10,000 or more annually to better the community through United Way. Emmy-award winning actress Sharon Gless was the celebrity host for the evening. Sue and Chuck Cobb have dedicated their lives to serving their country, state, and community through representing the United States in Iceland and Jamaica, serving the State of Florida, and endless involvement in Miami-Dade County activities. Longtime generous contributors, they joined the United Way Million Dollar Roundtable in 2011. “Both Sue and Chuck believe in philanthropy and service to others. They have demonstrated it through their professional careers and civic involvement,” said Harve A. Mogul, president and CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade. “Together, they provide a leadership example that we applaud and should aspire to emulate.” Charles Cobb is CEO of Cobb Partners, a private equity firm located in Coral Gables. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Iceland under President George H.W. Bush and Undersecretary of U.S. Department of Commerce under President Ronald Reagan. In the 1970s and 1980s he was the CEO or COO of Arvida Corporation, Penn Central and Disney Development Company.

Harve A. Mogul, United Way of Miami-Dade president and CEO, (center) is pictured with Hon. Sue M. Cobb and the Hon. Charles E. Cobb Jr. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Just as important as his career, Chuck has held a number of key positions in the community. He has been a trustee of the University of Miami for 38 years, is former chair of the board and has held several other university leadership positions. He was chair of Gateway Florida, Florida FTAA and the Governor’s Florida Council of 100. He also was the founding chair of the Barry University Miami Shores Charter School and has been a long-time trustee/director/member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Plymouth Congregational Church, Council for Education

Change, Our Kids, Annenberg Challenge Fund and the Orange Bowl Committee. Sue Cobb is president of the Cobb Family Foundation and of the American Friends of Jamaica, a New York-based international charity. She spent many years serving in federal and state government as U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica under President George W. Bush, Secretary of State of Florida and CEO of the Florida Lottery under Gov. Jeb Bush. Sue also served several years as the U.S. State Department’s co-chair of Ambassador Seminars. While practicing public finance law at Greenberg Traurig, Sue was a three-term chair of the Federal Reserve Bank, Miami Branch. Sue has served as an officer on the boards of United Way of Miami-Dade, Goodwill Industries, and the Zoological Society of Florida. She has been honored as the University of Miami Alumnus of the Year and the Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year. Sue and Chuck each received the NCCJ Silver Medallion Award. While serving as United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Sue hosted a women’s leadership exchange between the United Way in Miami-Dade and Jamaica. The two-part outreach first involved 20 women from Miami traveling to Jamaica to consult together on social service challenges, volunteerism and philanthropy. Two months later, a group of 25 Jamaican women traveled to Miami to continue the exchange and to discuss non-profit administrative best practices. Sue and Chuck have two sons, Christian and Tobin, and seven grandchildren. To learn more, visit <>.

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Beth David Congregation members celebrate Torah restoration event

Pictured at the Apr. 14 Torah restoration event at Beth David Congregation in Miami are (l-r, seated) David Schaecter, survivor and president of Holocaust Survivors’ Foundation, and Rabbi Menachem Bialo, Sofer (Scribe); (standing) Sydney Carpel, Lisa (Schaecter) Sharf, Amy Schaecter and Neal Schaecter. (Photo by Robbins-Udel Images) ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


Torah literally means teaching. A Torah scroll contains The Five Books of Moses, which lays out the overall body of Jewish religious teachings encompassing the whole body of Jewish law, practice and tradition. The Beth David scroll celebrated during a Torah restoration event on Apr. 14 was rescued by Barbara Lefcourt from a collection of 1,564 Torah scrolls confiscated from synagogues in Europe by Nazis during the Holocaust. In ancient times, the ink used for writing a Torah was obtained by boiling oils, tar and wax, and collecting the vapors. The mixture would be combined with tree sap and honey, then dried and stored. Before its use, it would be mixed with gall-nut juice. Nowadays, scribes prepare ink using gall-nut juice and gum. Black is the only

color acceptable for writing a Torah and the black color is achieved by adding various tints. Most Torahs today have 42 lines per column, however, the Beth David scroll has 57 lines per column and is nearly 5-6 inches taller than most scrolls today. It is lighter in weight than most of its size, due to the fine, thin gauge of the parchment. A Torah may be written only on parchment from the skin of a kosher animal and must be prepared with the intention that it be used for a Torah. The scribe writes with a feather pen or reed pen, filling its tip from the ink. Iron and steel nib pens are not proper for two reasons: 1. They may puncture the parchment. 2. Iron and steel are often used to make weapons of death and destruction, both of which oppose the intent of the Torah. For more information about future Torah restoration events at Beth David Congregation, call 305-854-3911.

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Collage artist Erika King tells Miami Heat’s story on canvas BY REBECCA SHARP

From having her art celebrated on the floor of the AmericanAirlines Arena during a Miami Heat game to shaking hands with presidents, Erika King creates classic South Florida treasures. Originally from Philadelphia and educated in Europe, King conjures collage creations that document and embrace life on her vast canvases of “still videos.” “I’m just really happy doing it and creating the pieces I’m creating,” King said from her Coconut Grove-based studio. Photos of the famous — like President Bill Clinton, Gloria Estefan, and world championship racecar driver Emerson Fittipaldi — adorn the creative space. “It is an honor to be in the flow of having calls come in from people who are interested and have connection with the work somehow.” Today her flow of work often centers on local and national athletic legends. Twotime NBA champions, the Miami Heat, have worked with Erika for 15 years on her unique larger-than-life pieces. It all started in 1998 for the first annual Heat Family Festival, the team’s charity event.

“The artists were invited to create for the benefit at Marty Margulies’ Grand Bay Towers on Key Biscayne,” King said. “I took my easel, paints and collage images, and was painting away when Pat Riley came over.” The well-known Miami Heat president and former coach loved the work and a unique relationship began whereby the artist became exclusively commissioned to tell the Heat’s story through her distinctive trademark collages. Retirement celebration pieces for stars like Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway, the 2006 and 2012 NBA Championship collages, and the two pieces she currently is working on for Heat owner Micky Arison and team president Riley’s corporate offices keep her busy. Sports themes have been a part of Erika’s work going back to a collage she did for the Miami Dolphins in the 1970s. The action and energy of the visuals inspire her to create these dynamic — often fourby six-foot pieces and larger — representing a visual symphony of motion and expression. Beyond the sports, works for the Miami Centennial Celebration, 75th Anniversary of the University of Miami, and commem-

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orative pieces for Miami City Ballet, Blockbuster Video, United Way, and Estefan Enterprises, distinguish her varied internationally exhibited body of work.

Inspired by a generation of artists in her own family, Erika received the nurturing and support at a young age to pursue the profession of her dreams.

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A post-spring practice high school football preview BY JUSTIN HESSER

With spring practice season coming to a close, high schools are gearing up for another exciting season of football. Every school ends the spring with the same record and the same goal of winning the state title. The hope is that all of the hard work put in during these months of practice turns into great play and, most importantly, wins in the fall. The truth of the matter is that we end spring practice with more questions than answers, more expectations than realities. Which schools will be competing for the state title? Who will be the next great running back (like Lamar Miller or Jaamal Berry) to come out of the area? Is there another quarterback like Teddy Bridgewater among the ranks? How about a Derrick Thomas or Sean Taylor on defense? Although we will have to wait until December to know the answers to these questions, we can tell you what we expect from each school in the area and which players you should be looking out for when you attend games this season. CORAL REEF Coach: Chevas Clements District: 8A 2012 Record: 6-4 2012 Signature Win: Miami Southridge High School, 28-19 Returning Stars: Nicodem Pierre QB, Jacob McCrary WR, Marcus Leslie DB, Sterling Shippy NG, Joe Suarez DE Newcomers: Harvey Clayton Jr. DB, Michael Ricardo OL, Adrian Reid OL, Jawon Hamilton RB Preview: The Coral Reef Barracudas have high hopes for this upcoming season. With 10 returning starters on defense and star quarterback Nicodem Pierre running

the offense, the Barracudas expect to be competing for the state title at the conclusion of the 2013 season. KILLIAN Coach: Cory Johnson District: 8A 2012 Record: 10-2 2012 Signature Win: Christopher Columbus High School, 21-17 Returning Stars: Matt Colominas DE, Jakari Bolton OL, Trumane Washington DB, Anthony Olibencia WR, Bruce Davis LB, Jaquan Johnson DB, Armando Martinez FB, Tadam James RB, Bryan Maderos LB Newcomers: Jordan Herrera RB, Nick Adams WR, Jamaal Burgess RB Preview: The Killian Cougars look to duplicate the success they enjoyed last season. This will be no easy task after losing 22 seniors, all starters or strong contributors. Expect Armando Martinez and Tadam James to give Killian a strong running game, while Jermaine Washington, Matt Colaminas and Bryan Maderos will lead a stout defense. As always, the goal for the Cougars is to make a run at the state title. PALMETTO Coach: Matt Dixon District: 8A 2012 Record: 3-7 2012 Signature Win: Coral Gables High School, 24-14 Top Returning Players: Mikal Smith LB, Matt Coll QB, DaSean Cannon WR, Jeremy Greenidge DL, Jerron Rollins WR Top Newcomers: Johnny Scharlengne WR, Willie Brown LB Preview: While the Panthers only have a small group of seniors on the roster this season, the team centers around six senior leaders: Mikal Smith, Matt Coll, DaSean Cannon, Jeremy Greenidge, Christopher Winkler and Daniel Suarez. If the Panthers can stay healthy and overcome their youth, they have a shot to compete for the district title in 2013.

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GULLIVER PREP Coach: Earl Sims District: 4A 2012 Record: 6-6 2012 Signature Win: Monsignor Pace High School, 21-20 Top Returning Players: Cornelius Floyd ATH, Raymond Edwards OL/DL, Jowan Watson QB, Antonio Sotolongo S Top Newcomers: Brandon Shuman ATH, Charles Callender DE/OL, Walker Gautier WR, Mo Hassan QB, C.J. Hassan RB Preview: Although they made a strong run in the district playoffs, making it to the second round of the tournament, the Raiders ended last season unsatisfied. If the Raiders can shore up the offensive line and handle the loss of a strong senior class, the team – full of talented athletes — has a great opportunity to build on the great Gulliver Football tradition and improve from a year ago. PALMER TRINITY Coach: Darin DiBello District: (Independent Conference) Gulf Atlantic Football Conference 2012 Record: 1-7 2012 Signature Win: Princeton Christian, 46-0 Returning Stars: Daniel Chumbley QB, Jonathan Sourber OL, Andy Beauperthy LB, Blake Miller FB Newcomers: Blake Rubin RB, Dustin Phillip LB, Matt Lewis RB, Chad Seratte WR, Dylan DiBello QB Preview: With a new head coach (Darin DiBello) and a new conference (Gulf Atlantic Football Conference), the Palmer Trinity Falcons look to turn things around this season. As a team filled with freshmen and sophomores, the Falcons will use a strong passing game to compete for a division title and build for the future. WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN Coach: Sedrick Irvin District: 3A 2012 Record: 6-4 2012 Signature Win: Archbishop Coleman Caroll High School, 70-14 Returning Stars: Hunter Boyett QB, Tim Irvin ATH, Chris Barbota OL, Jordan Cronkrite ATH, Jimmy Armstrong LB, Matthew Lynch OL, Chris Mantega OL/DL Newcomers: Dillon Charalton LB, Albert DelSol WR/DB, Brian Vazquez DE Preview: Coming into his fourth season

as head coach, Sedrick Irvin will finally have a team of players that he has coached for their entire high school careers. Expect the Warriors to be a disciplined football team with enough fight and experience to win many games. CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS Coach: Chris Merritt District: 8A 2012 Record: 9-5 2012 Signature Win: Miami Killian High School in District Playoffs, 36-19 Returning Stars: Tucker Beirne QB, Nick McBeath OLB, Oshton Armstrong RB, Nick Garcia OLB, Zack Marti OL, Jose Alvarado TE, Sasha Kelsey WR Newcomers: Amir Rasul RB, Andres Levy DL Preview: Having won the district championship 10 out of the past 12 seasons, the Columbus Explorers have high expectations for their football team every season and this year will be no exception. With a well-balanced offense centered around QB Tucker Beirne, the Explorers are looking to win another district title and compete for the state championship. RANSOM EVERGLADES Coach: Joseph Mancuso District: (Independent Conference) Southeast Football Conference 2012 Record: 6-5 2012 Signature Win: Miami Country Day High School, 49-27 Returning Stars: Tyler Martin FB/LB, Eddie Garcia-Montes QB, Rodrigo Poma OL/DL, Cedric Joseph WR/DB Newcomers: Ani Lovett RB/LB, Sean Becker OL/DL, Bennet Sanders LB/OL Preview: After tying for fourth place and missing the playoffs because of a tiebreaker in their first season in the Southeast Football Conference, the Ransom Everglades Raiders are looking to take the next step and make the conference playoffs in 2013. Behind QB Eddie Garcia-Montes in his second year as a starter and FB Tyler Martin in his fourth year as a starter, the Raiders have a great chance to make a run in the playoffs. Justin Hesser is a native of Miami and has been involved in local sports for more than 20 years. He has an MBA with a specialization in sports administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in business. He may be contacted by addressing email to <>.

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County’s new ‘Turtle Truck’ Electronic Cocaine! in time for nesting season BY LAURA PHILLIPS

May is the official start of sea turtle nesting season and an active one in MiamiDade County. The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department has announced that its Sea Turtle Conservation Program has successfully documented more than 6,886 sea turtle nests and released more than 585,000 live hatchlings to the sea, since it started the program in 1980. The program can look forward to delivering thousands more to the sea, thanks to a $13,500 Challenge Grant from the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation that helped pay for a new “Turtle Truck.” The new “Turtle Truck” will patrol MiamiDade County beaches — including Crandon Park Beach and Haulover Park Beach — from sun-up to sun-down, seven days a week, now through the end of the sea turtle nesting season (Oct. 31). The Challenge Grant funds have allowed the Miami-Dade Sea Turtle Conservation Program, a program of the Miami-Dade County Parks Eco Adventures enterprise, to replace a rusted and failing pickup truck that it had been using for its turtle patrol runs, with a new 4x4 model that is better suited for beach terrain. The new truck is equipped with a custom topper to keep injured or sick sea turtles stable during transport. The public is invited to join Miami-Dade Parks’ “Turtle Rangers” as they release hatchlings to the sea every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 to 10 p.m., at the Crandon Park Visitor and Nature Center, 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, and at Haulover Park, 10800 Collins Ave. The cost to participate is $10 per person and serves as a donation to Miami-Dade County’s Sea Turtle Fund. Advance reservations are required. Call 305-361-6767 ext. 121. “Generous donations like this help us to carry out our mission to protect and preserve the threatened and endangered sea turtles on our beaches,” said Miami-Dade County Parks director Jack Kardys. Donations for Miami-Dade County Parks are made through the Parks

Foundation of Miami-Dade. You can help through the donation of a financial gift, an in-kind gift, through sponsorship opportunities, supporting a special event, volunteering, or through an ongoing corporate partnership. Find out more by visiting the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade at <>. Andrew E. Sabin from New York founded the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation in 2007 to intensify his philanthropy, which primarily supports environmental and conservation groups and has a particular interest in reptiles and amphibians. Sabin also is known worldwide, as “Commander Salamander,” for his extensive conservation efforts on behalf of the Tiger Salamander. Once a nest has been completed, it is abandoned by the mother. The eggs and resulting hatchlings are left to fend for themselves and locate the water upon emerging or die. On average, sea turtles lay 110 eggs in a nest, and average between two and eight nests a season. Because hatchlings are small and the egg chambers are deep, it is almost impossible for a single hatchling to escape from the chamber alone. As hatchlings break free from their shell inside the egg chamber, they stimulate other hatchlings to emerge from their eggs too. Once most hatchlings have emerged from their shells, they climb on top of the discarded eggshells to propel themselves to the top of the chamber. The hatchlings near the top of the egg chamber scratch down sand from above and around them. They emerge either en masse or in small groups. Emerging together increases the chance of survival as many hatchlings can overwhelm would-be predators. A single hatchling would be an easy target. A sea turtle nest will take 55 to 60 days to unfold baby sea turtles, known as hatchlings. The first nest is historically in midMay. June and July are very high nesting months and known as the Peak Nesting Time. Nesting will continue until midSeptember. The last baby turtles will leave about the end of October. For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit <>.

By Dr. Marino Carbonell The digital world of Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Google, and other social media is becoming ingrained in our present lives and for children and adolescents it is their world. Yet their online world is a two-edged sword. Tony Dokopil, who wrote an article for Newsweek about “connection addiction,” refers to several scientific studies that indicate that the internet was originally thought to make us Dr. Marino E. Carbonell, licensed happy and productive but stud- psychotherapist/certified addictions professional/national certified counselor ies also indicate that it is “making us dumber and more anxious, [and] fosters greater levels of OCD and ADHD.” The average person sends 400 texts monthly. In comparison, the average teenager processes almost 9 times more texts, at 3700 per month. One Pharmacology professor at Oxford University is writing a book about how the digital culture is rewiring our brain and not for the better. The director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA refers to the computer as “electronic cocaine.” Media is addictive. Several studies have confirmed this observation including a Stanford study of 200 people and their iPhone habits concluded that 1 in 10 were fully addicted. Finally, a Harvard-educated doctor, whose specialization is the impact of media on young people notes that while media teaches; parents, educators and counselors need to be well aware of what is being taught. He shares a few statistics: 1) Facebook is currently the third largest nation in the world; 2) the average child is exposed to media 7.5 hours a day; and 3) 42% of young people between the ages of 10 and 17 have been on a pornography site. We have a responsibility as counselors and educators to understand the digital world. We must be alert to the positives and negatives of navigating it and the consequences of too much exposure and the possibility of media addiction. Cited studies excerpted from a recent Ransom Everglades Publication.

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Mitsubishi i-MiEV efficient and affordable plug-in


LET’S TALK CARS The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is an odd looking little car and I had my doubts that I would find very much to like about it. Much to my surprise, I came away from my few days of test driving it with a grudging respect for the plug-in electric vehicle. In fact, it may be the perfect option for short-hop, around-town commuting. With a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $29,125 for the base ES model before a federal tax credit of $7,500 and other state financial incentives, the Mitsubishi i (at about $6,075 less than other electric cars) is the most affordable mass-produced electric vehicle available in the United States. And, while you may argue that the design is less than eye-catching, it does allow for a surprisingly roomy cabin and excellent handling, stability and safety. It also is very low maintenance and the

“refueling” costs are low. With its 49 kW electric motor, 88-cell lithium-ion battery pack and onboard charger, the Mitsubishi i is rated by the EPA at 126 mpg equivalency in city driving and 99 mpg on the highway, equivalent to a 62-mile range. It takes about 22 hours to fully re-charge the batteries using a standard outlet, but just seven hours if you have a dedicated 240v Level 2 EVSE charger, and an 80 percent charge takes less than 30 minutes at a Level 3 quick charging station. The batteries are housed in a waterproof stainless-steel safety cell and fortified platform beneath the rear seat. That platform is based on Mitsubishi’s innovative RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution body) energy-absorbing safety technology and is designed to protect the batteries in the event of a crash. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV already has a track record, having received excellent crash test ratings from numerous governmental safety and regulatory agencies around the world. Following its successful launch in Japan, the i-MiEV entered the Hong Kong and Australian markets in 2010, then Germany and the United Kingdom in 2011. It is now

Mitsubishi i-MiEV is odd looking, but an efficient everyday driving option.

available in many countries across Europe and more than 10,000 units have been sold. In some European markets, a rebadged iMiEV is available from French auto manufacturers Citroën (C-ZERO) and Peugeot (iOn). The next-generation U.S. version of the i-MiEV is even roomier than the original and has improved safety features, thanks to a 4.3-inch wider track and redesigned front and rear bumpers, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) to warn pedestrians of the approaching EV. Standard equipment includes a four-

speaker, 100-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3/WMA playback capability; Electric Power Steering; air conditioning; a vehicle security and immobilizer anti-theft system; advanced airbag system; fourwheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), and Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL). 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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Happy Feet 305-342-6475 / Foot & Full Body Massage. 13817 S. Dixie Hwy. Miami, FL 33176 —————————— Mindful Time 305-761-5001 Meditation with Alice Lash/ 7800 Read Rd. Suite 207B South Miami, FL 33143 —————————— LA Fitness SoMi: (305) 665-7846 South Dade: 305-232-6778 Gym and Sports Club —————————— Stormy Smoleny, Ph.D. 305-412-9885 Professional Counseling. 9150 SW 87th Ave. Suite 106 Miami, FL 33176 —————————— A Personal Touch Fitness 786-395-1588 Sibyl Adams, personal trainer for all ages and fitness levels sibyladams@comcast. net —————————— Fleur Sack M.D. 786-871-7188 Experienced Family Physician. 8740 N. Kendall Dr. #112 Miami, FL 33176 —————————— Paul Merker, MS, CAP 305-34-5887 Addiction Therapist. 7600 SW 57th Ave, Suite 215 S. Miami, FL 33143

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Nonsurgical Lipo & Tightening Center 305-278-0928 Face & Body / —————————— Urgent Family Care 305-385-3949/ General Medicine, Minor Emergencies. 5673 SW 137th Ave. Miami, FL 33183 —————————— Zumba with Fabi www.zumbawithfabi. com / Zumba® and Zumba Gold® Weekly and Weekend Classes in Cutler Bay

HOMES HOMESFOR FORSALE SALE Condos in South Miami 305-812-3370/ 1/1½ 924 sq ft. $199k; 2/ 1½ 1290 sq ft. $299k. Heart of South Miami, walk to shops and restaurants. —————————— Key Largo Getaway Home 305-304-6334 100430 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo. 5000 sq. ft. home on 23,000 sq ft. lot. 5 bedroom 5 bath, pool & lagoon —————————— If You Are Looking To Sell to sell your 3 or 4 bedroom home in Kendall and it is fairly priced and you are willing to hold a mortgage then call Paul at 305970-3067. —————————— 29240 SW 172 Ave 305-979-0370/ Remodeled 6 bedroom 6 bathroom coral rock home, 2 car garage & separate in-laws quarters. 5.52 acres —————————— Medical & Professional Offices 305-431-5409 Pinecrest area all inclusive, and completely updated. Various sizes available. 8353 SW 124th Street —————————— 16882 SW 86 Ave. 305-606-3007 3 bedroom 2 bath home in Palmetto Bay. Screened in pool and 2 car garage.

15 Seaview Avenue 305-606- 3007 1.3 acre Marina Facility in the Florida Keys. Ocean access, protected deep water lagoon. —————————— 29430 SW 172 Ave 305-979-0370/ 3 bedroom 3 bath redland ranch with walk-in closets on 1 acre. Screened in pool and spa and dog kennel. —————————— Realty World Office: 305-251-4044 Cell: 305-613-8421 Dr. Patricia Brumley, Realtor brumley@ —————————— We Buy Houses 305-726-2422/ Call Today for a Cash Offer on Your House.

LANDSCAPING LANDSCAPING Otero 786-499-9501 Residential and Commercial Landscaping services —————————— Steve Moring 305-233-0699 Tree Trimming, Landscaping, Fence work, Stump Grinding, Chickee Huts, Free Estimates —————————— Verber’s Jungle Garden 305-242-9500 Wholesale and Retail Nursery. 24605 SW 197th Ave.Homestead, FL 33031 —————————— ArborTreck Tree Services 786-236-6784/ Tree Trimming, Stump Grinding, Specializing in Hazardous Removalstkolo@ —————————— Joey’s Tree Service 305-666-2044 Tree Trimming, Stump Grinding, Tree Planting, Removals


Classes for Kids & Adults 305-298-8907 Computers, Public Speaking, E-business, Internet and Math In English, Español & Portugues —————————— Tutoring with Andrea 786-651-0862/ Reading, Math, Spanish and Language Arts —————————— Music Lessons with Ricky 305-775-8270/ Home Lessons, Guitar, Piano, Drums, etc. www.mystarschool. com —————————— Tutoring with Shane Smoleny 786-367-6713/ SAT, ACT & GRE Prep, Algebra, Geometry Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry & Physics 15 Years of Experience —————————— Math Tutor 305-303-8966/ 20 Years of Experience, 6th Grade to College Level Math, Reasonable Rates, Will Come to You if Needed. —————————— Jiu-Jitsu Miami 305-397-8049 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy. 6600 SW 62nd Ave. Miami, FL 33143 /

MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS TWO BOATS FOR SALE 28’ Bertram 1972 Restored wires, motors, paint, 350 Marine Power - 700 Hours. $27,000 28’ Bertram 1973 New long blocks, stearing, new shaft, rebuilt transmissions, new props and the list goes on. $17,000. Both Vessels: $39,000 Call Captain John: 305-522-4787 —————————— Experienced Nursing Assistant available to help you on a part time basis. Will also drive to appointments and will do light housework. Good references. Call Christine at 305-7758270.

Miami Crystal 305-767-7550 Cleaning service; Carpet, Tile & Grout Discounts for Seniors and the Disabled —————————— Plaster Repair 305-238-3956 / Interior Ceilings & Walls, Water Damage Repair, Match Any Finish, 30 Years Experience —————————— The Solution Cleaning Service 305-392-6696 Carpet Cleaning, Free Estimates, Commercial & Residential —————————— Byran Home Health Care For the Elderly 786-732-4635 Elderly Care, Errands and Personal Care Needs Aztek —————————— Pool Service 786-273-8796/ Maintenance, Plumbing, Pumps, Acid Wash, Filters, Motors, Lights, Electric. —————————— Florida Storm Protection, Inc. 305-971-9379/ Storm Panels, Impact Glass, Bahama &Colonial Shutters. 16215 SW 117 Ave. Suite 2 Miami, FL 33177 Licensed & Insured —————————— Nursing Registry Inc 305-252-7511 16201 SW 95th Suite #213 Miami, FL 33157 —————————— Tiki Huts 305-259-9232 New Installation and Repair —————————— Spray Rite Inc. 305-598-3866 Complete Pest Control Services —————————— Isabella Concrete Finish 305-781-0188 Concrete services, Patios and Pool Decks, Specializing in Driveways. Lic. #11BS00563 —————————— Carpet Steam Cleaning 954-479-1302/ Basic Cleaning, Tile and Grout, Sofas, Driveway Pressure Cleaning, A/C Duct Cleaning.

Video Lab 305-665-6697 Transfer Old Home Movies to DVD and Video Disc —————————— Asian Massage 305-665-6055 Shiatsu, Swedish & Chinese Tuiana 5815 SW 72nd St. Suite A, 2nd Floor South Miami, FL 33143 —————————— Riva Insurance Group 305-252-8680/ Group Health Insurance, Individual Health Insurance, Medicare Supplements —————————— Sunshine Painting & Restoration Co. 305-668-4344. Coating & Waterproofing Specialist. 8305 SW 117 Ter. Miami, FL 33156. Lic.#CC 18924 —————————— Garay Kitchens & Baths, Inc. 786-252-8474 Over 20 Years of Experience, Custom Cabinets, Complete Remodeling, Free Estimates. —————————— Ace Grooming and Boarding 305-264-1717/ Voted Best Groomer in South Florida by CBS Channel 4 —————————— Friendly Wheels (305) 790-6880 or 305-230-5606/ Personal Driving Services —————————— One Price Dry Cleaners is now providing Pick-up and delivery free of charge 305-259-3800 —————————— Dog from Ipanema It’s the best place to pamper your pooch 305-663-1712

PAINTERS/ PAINTERS / HANDYMAN HANDYMAN Steve’s Painting 305-248-8180 Free Estimates, House Painting, Pressure Cleaning & Roof Cleaning. Lic. & Ins. CC#968500340 —————————— Painter and Handyman 786-337-2374/ Call for an Estimate

PLUMBERS PLUMBING Arko Plumbing Corp. 305-978-6937 Backups, Slow Drains, Water Damage, Experts in Cast Iron Drainage Problems Chapman Septic Service 305-661-0628 Drainfeild Installation and Repairs, Pump-Out, Septic tank Inspections

ROOFING ROOFING Evans Roofing 305-896-4846 Re-Roofing, Roof Repair, Free Estimates Lic. CCC1326276 —————————— Roofing Repairs 305-216-4717 Residential & Commercial, Wood Replacement/ Repairs. Free Estimates and Consultation. Lic. CCC052480/ CGC1515299

SUMMER SUMMER PROGRAMS PROGRAMS Fit 2 Play Call: 331 or visit www. Miami-Dade County Parks Summer Camps programs —————————— Teen Miami Summer Institute 305-375-1601 Photography, research, culture and design. Work with other teens and experts to create an exhibition. —————————— FunCamps 305-666-2992 Magicamp, Jurassicamp, Space & Rocket Camp, Amazing Science Camp —————————— MVSA Summer Camps (305) 234-0723 Dance, Music, Fashion & Acting Camps. Ages 5-14, in Pinecrest.

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Brown Mackie HELP WANTED EASY FUN JOB College seeking Immediate opening $14.25 per hour, minimum Master Pre School for personal driver. part time, 5 days Teacher level Adjunct Up to $10.00 per week, three Certified Faculty to instruct per hour. hours per day, General Education Full/Part time Reading 5yr. govt. position. courses at our two available, female Math Location: 36th St locations now in Miami. Seniors Language Arts preferred. Drivers located in Miramar must have a valid and Veterans Spanish and Miami. driver license. Welcome. Contact Herb Call Kathy at Email: Coral Gables area at 786-242-0703 614-864-6582 786.303.5036



Do you have diabetes? Several pharmaceutical studies are currently underway at BDA Research. We have conducted over 250 trials in the past 21 years supervised by board-certified endocronologists. Medication is supplied, and compensation is provided for time and travel. Call 305-595-8252. REAL ESTATE

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Kendall Commercial Center

Great location 1/11/2 924 sq ft. $199k. 1 2/1 /2 1290 sq ft. $299k. Heart of South Miami. Walk to shops and restaurants.

1,900-3,000 s/f Warehouse Space 5,662 s/f 2-Story Office Space Near Tamiami Airport






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Looking for a jump start to your career? Do you want to own your own business right here in the greater Miami area? Let Matco Tools show you how. You can test drive, learn and earn as an employee while building equity in your future Franchise. For more info call Andy Mabrey at 414-324-1322 or apply at


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Independently Owned and Operated


With my market savvy and knowledge of your neighborhood, I can sell your home fast and for top dollar. “Your Real Estate Consultant For Life!” Dr. Patricia Brumley Realtor - Associate Call Pat at 305-613-8421, I can make it happen!

Certified New Home Specialist

CRS - Certified Residential Specialist 12498 SW 127th Ave. • Miami, FL 33186 SRES - Seniors Real Estate Specialist E-Mail: sensitive to age 50+ issues and priorities

Cell: 305-613-8421 • Fax: 305-251-4094 • Office: 305-251-4044

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DIABETES CLINICAL TRIAL Do you have Type 1 Diabetes? Do you use an Insulin Pump? Are you 18 or older? If so, BDA Research is seeking participants for an FDA-approved study. Medication is supplied, and compensation is provided for time and travel. Our center has conducted over 250 diabetes trials in the last 21 years under the supervision of board-certified endocrinologists. If interested, please call us at 305-595-8252.

BDA RESEARCH 7867 N. Kendall Drive, Suite 80

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TUTORING SERVICES Subject Areas Taught: SAT Prep (math), ACT Prep (math), GRE Prep (math), Algebra I & II, Geometry, Calculus, Statistics, Physics, College Physics, Chemistry, Organizational Skill, Memory, Technical Writing. 15 Years Experience Office near 786-367-6713 Baptist Hospital

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- CLASSES FOR KIDS & ADULTS MATH Ɣ INTERNET Ɣ COMPUTERS PUBLIC SPEAKING Ɣ EBUSINESS Algebra, Geometry, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Email, FaceBook, Twitter, eBay, PayPal, Skype, Photoshop, Web Pages, iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Apps, Video Editing, Business Presentations.

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Licensed & Insured


Impact resistant Windows and Doors High Performance Accordion Shutters Hurricane Panels Call 305-803-7602 for a free estimate



Licensed and Insured Florida State License SCC 131150340 Miami Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties Approved

• Tree Trimming • Consultation • Stump Grinding • Landscaping • Lawn Services • Fertilization • Sprinkler Repair • Debris Removal • Backhoe Service • Driveway Pavers • Fencework - All Types • Chickee Huts • Outdoor Kitchens • And More

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