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contents :: october 2013 CALENDAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . COMMUNITY NEWS Halloween Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pinecrest Gardens: South Florida’s Cultural Arts Park and the Crown Jewel of the Village of Pinecrest . . . . . . . . . Packs of Love, Ensuring a Bright Future for Students . . . . . . . . . COVER STORY Pasta Del Giorno: Their Family is Pleased to Welcome Yours . . . . FROM THE MAYOR It’s Time For Pinecrest Pups To Have Their Own Park . . . . . . . . DESTINATIONS Cruising the Florida Keys & Bahamas with Cruzan Yacht Charters . SCHOOL NEWS A New Public High School With a Private School Feel in Cutler Bay. LEGALLY SPEAKING Are You a Victim of Predatory Lending Practices? . . . . . . . . . . . PET OF THE MONTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . COACH’S CORNER Dear Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RECIPE OF THE MONTH Shrimp and Grits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SPORTS NEWS Team-of-the-Month: U12 South Miami Grey Ghosts . . . . . . . . . . HEALTH & WELLNESS Top Medical Apps and Websites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SEEN ON SCENE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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6th Annual “It’s All About the Kids” Friends of St. Jude Event – Enjoy a chiccirque themed event featuring a delectable menu, fabulous cocktails, silent auction, and live entertainment by Culture Live Band and DJ Irie. 7:30p.m. at the JW Marriot Marquis in Miami. For more information, please contact: Carolina Masri (305) 265-1371 or email at: carolina.masri@stjude.org.

October 26 Jazz at Pinecrest Gardens – This year jazz nights come alive with a seven concert series showcasing a broad spectrum of jazz genres, from Big Band to Brazilian Samba, from Swing to Steel Drums.

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Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival – 10 am - 6 pm Peacock Park - The Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival is back and more wonderFALL than ever, featuring a true pumpkin patch with 5,000 pumpkins to pick and decorate on site! Included in the entrance fee, are unlimited kids carnival rides, kids hay maze, a dress-your-own scarecrow village, corn stalk maze, hay ride, with shows & activities on our main stage!

October 6 Arsht Families Imagination Ball – 2 pm at Adrienne Arsht Center - This oneof-a-kind children’s gala is an afternoon of immersive arts activities, dancing, wild dessert displays and performances by “America’s Got Talent” finalist David Garibaldi and His CMYKs, and kids rock band LIVE! Modern School of Music - all set on the Lynn Wolfson stage of the Ziff Ballet Opera House. Proceeds will support the Center’s Arts Education and Community Engagement programs. For more information, visit: www.arshtcenter.org/imaginationball.

to raise money to find a cure for breast cancer. On October 19th, we celebrate the 18th anniversary of the Race in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. Be a part of something special and register today so we can break last year’s attendance of over 20,000 participants! If you have any questions, please call 855867-0431 or email race@komenmiaftl.org.

The Monster Masquerade at Zoo Miami – Costumed adults ages 21 and over are invited to the biggest Halloween Party in South Florida. Come out in costume to party in the dark with spooky creatures while enjoying complimentary open bars, savory treats, Dr. Wilde’s Creepy Haunted House, costume contests and the latest music that will keep the zombies dancing all night long!

October 12 The Color Run – The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community. The race will be held in Grand Central Park, Miami. For more information: thecolorrun.com/miami.

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SoBe Seafood Festival – The Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival will celebrate the seafood experience of Miami and help kick off Miami Beach’s premier Stone Crab season. The SoBe Seafood Festival will be hosted on the sandy beaches in SoBe and include fun for the whole family. Located at Lummus Park on 9th and Ocean.

Green Baby Fair – The Green Baby Fair offers an opportunity for South Florida families to gather information in a relaxed, fun atmosphere about the green resources and options available to them during their pregnancy, birth, and early parenting. 10 am to 4 pm at The Little Haiti Cultural Arts Center. Grovetoberfest – For the third year, Grovetoberfest will hit Coconut Grove with over 200 great beers from across the county and across the world. What could easily be called the “most scenic beer festival in the world,” Grovetoberfest is hosted at the seaside park, Peacock Park right in the heart of Miami.

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Ironman 70.3 – Participants will swim 1.2 miles in the protected ocean waters of downtown Miami before entering T1, located at Bayfront Park. The one-loop, 56-mile bike course will take athletes through the scenic communities of Miami. Athletes will head west toward the Everglades in Broward and back to downtown Miami. The 13.1-mile run course will lead athletes alongside the waters of Miami and through one of the most popular and beautiful ports around the world—The Port of Miami. Howl-o-ween, a Pet Friendly Family Celebration at Pinecrest Gardens starting at 12 pm – Enjoy a Halloween “prequel” with a day full of activities for everyone in the family especially your four legged friends. The celebration begins with a Pet Fair featuring pet adoption agencies, vendors, and activities like the DOGGIE FUN ZONE PERFORMANCE COURSE designed to take your dog on a thrill ride in a fully enclosed activity area.   Continue a funtastic day with a costume parade for humans and pets including prizes for the first place four legged winners in different categories. 

October 20 Coconut Grove Seafood Festival – Peacock Park, 11am till sundown - This family-friendly festival will feature seafood from around the world. There will be a “world” of seafood, including delicacies from the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as Cajun, Asian, and, of course, local Florida lobster and fish caught in our own backyard. Close to two dozen Miami restaurants will be on hand to serve seafood lovers. Behind the Veil Bridal Show – 1 pm - 5 pm. At the Luxurious Sofitel Miami Hotel, 5800 Blue Lagoon Drive. For details or to RSVP

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community news Halloween Safety Tips by alexis prieto

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community news Pinecrest Gardens: South Florida’s Cultural Arts Park and the Crown Jewel of the Village of Pinecrest by alexis prieto

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inecrest gardens is a unique cultural asset nestled in the thriving and inclusive Pinecrest community that welcomes over 150,000 visitors each year. Moreover, attendance is growing annually as area residents and visitors alike discover the natural botanical beauty of the Gardens, while partaking in an abundance of arts and cultural activities either organized by the Gardens or co-produced each year. The beautiful 531-seat Banyan Bowl, an outdoor amphitheater that boasts new theater seating; a weather-proof geodesic dome covering the full stage area; and a full complement of theatrical sound and lighting equipment, is an ideally-sized venue. This venue is poised to present the very best local, regional and international performing artists, all at exceptionally affordable ticket prices. Thanks to a supportive Council, with a vision of creating a venue that honors its rich history as a world-class tourist attraction and entertainment facility, this historic venue has embarked on a bold, new direction—that of an arts park where all of South Florida can find artistic experiences that entertain and educate as well as enhance and empower audiences of all ages.

This year the Gardens will present ten new art exhibits in the Gardens Gallery, six orchestral concerts performed by three different orchestras, and two jazz series. The Gardens will also present five plays performed by three different theatrical companies, three different dance companies including Hip Hop, Flamenco and Mixed Ability Contemporary and a pop series featuring the Greater Miami Symphonic Band. Additionally there is a festival every month including Nights of Lights where the Gardens lights up the night with a magical display of season’s twinkling light features, a Holiday Festival celebrating the season in music, dance and merriment, the 11th Annual Fine Arts Festival, a Chili Cook-Off, a Spring Egg Hunt called Eggstravaganza, and the Earth Day Festival. Performing arts, art shows, festivals and several elegant evening soirees...there is no end to the entertainment and enjoyment this magnificent venue offers with a backdrop of one of the most breathtaking botanical settings in all of South Florida. For information on any of our events or festivals call the offices at 305-669-6990 or at pinecrestgardens.org.

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he beginning of a new school year means a time of newness and change. For many children, the thought of not having the needed materials to be successful in school weighs heavy on their minds and hearts. There are various backpack projects where small children receive all that they need for school. One local mother wanted to give the same kindness to middle and high school students who also deserve a good start to the school year. Packs of Love, Inc. was started in 2010 by Ana Matos, originally as the Backpack Project, as a means for Matos’ own children to help other children. “I basically called Camillus House (a local agency providing humanitarianism to homeless men, women, and children) with the intention of helping a handful of kids with school supplies that summer and ended up committing to 100 kids!” Matos explained. Due to the large amounts of kids in need, Matos needed assistance to help them all, hence the fundraising began and the need for a Non Profit 501 (c) 3 status in order to gain more support with the help of the community. To date, Packs of Love, Inc, has helped over 380 kids through summer fundraising efforts. “We basically fundraise through private donations and provide fully loaded backpacks to Middle and High School kids that are either homeless or in Foster care,” stated Matos.  This past summer, Packs of Love, Inc. helped 145 kids in six locations and from four different agencies throughout Miami-Dade raising about $7500 in a short three months time. The students who have been helped by Packs of Love, Inc. include Middle and High School students currently residing at Camillus House Homeless Shelter in Homestead, the Charlee Foster Organization Downtown, Miami Bridge (South River Drive), and Baptist Children’s Home. Packs of Love, Inc. is an organization that relies on complete volunteerism from family, friends, and the community. Since this organization has no overhead costs, 100% of the donations collected go directly to the students that are being helped.  Ana Matos believes that these needy middle and high schoolers should receive the same quality materials that her own children go to school with, therefore the organization will only accept financial contributions. All materials are purchased through office supply companies in large quantities in order to ensure that the packs are filled with the same supplies. The donated backpacks include brand new, name brand materials including, but not limited to a backpack, 5 subject notebooks, geometry kits, scientific calculators, USB ports, pens, packs of Paper, and highlighters. Along with the help of volunteers, the bags are given directly to the students themselves.  It is heartwarming for the volunteers to be able to meet each student being

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Ana Matos, with 9 year old daughter Nicole, ready to fill backpacks with supplies and love for students helped by the Charlee Program.

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like you’re at home and you’re part of our family,” says Ariel. With their first year under their belt, Pasta Del Giorno prides itself in their family of regular guests. Wayne Hildreth, whom they lovingly nicknamed “The Mayor,” is a guest who frequents the restaurant and raves about the dishes to his friends on Facebook. “Pasta Del Giorno is one you should definitely try! Great food and the owners are so very friendly!,” says Hildreth to his friends. The food brings the customers to the restaurant, the “family” keeps them coming back for more. You feel this family love as you are welcomed in the restaurant formally, but leave on a first name basis with the owners and staff. Pasta Del Giorno offers catering for parties, weddings and other special occasions, as well as delivery services. It is located at 8739 SW 136 St. and is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visit Pasta Del Giorno with your family and become a part of theirs. For more information, call 305- 969-0075 or go online to www.pastadelgiornomiami.com.

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t first glance, pasta del giorno is a typical quaint Italian restaurant. The pleasant sounds of Andrea Bocelli fill the room while the eyes are drawn to the classic Italian colors that adorn the walls. A closer look proves there is much more to this gem nestled amongst a shopping center in the Falls area. Husband-and-wife owners, Ariel and Fabiana Pavese, envisioned this restaurant as a quaint and authenticly Italian. Fabiana’s grandmother, “Nona” Arancibia, was the inspiration behind the original recipes. Mrs. Pavese developed the menu with head chef Pedro Valdes using “Nona’s” time-tested methods, combining classic Italian dishes with Argentinean meat selections. Unlike most Italian restaurants, Pasta Del Giorno is open for breakfast and has become quite popular in the morning hours. They currently have four menus– breakfast, lunch, early bird and dinner – and they have something reasonably priced for everyone, from homemade soups and fresh, custom made salads to fish, pizza and, of course, pastas. Not to mention, Pasta Del Giorno has a special gluten free menu and a selection of whole wheat pastas if you choose. One signature dish is their classic lasagna, which is an absolute must have for Italian food lovers. Topped with a heavy coating of mozzarella, freshly shaved parmesan, béchamel sauce and a delicate drizzle of olive oil, its robust tomato sauce, creamy ricotta cheese and fresh meat make it sing with flavor. Some other favorites include the Risotto di Mare, Mahi del Giorno, and the Fiocchi di Gorgonzola. The Fiocchi di Gorgonzola is a pear and gorgonzola tortellini sautéed with gorgonzola cream sauce and topped with walnuts. It is a dish not to be missed. The Truffle Parpadella di Manzo, another fan favorite, is a delightful dish of filet mignon tips sautéed with mushrooms, a touch of red wine and truffle oil, and topped with shaved parmesan over a wide pasta. Some other unique touches found only at Pasta Del Giorno are the amazing and clever original paintings by world-renowned painter, David Schor. The “Everybody Eats at Pasta Del Giorno” series boasts original depictions of owner Ariel with the likes of “Tony Soprano,” Sammy Davis, Jr. and the legendary Frank Sinatra. A new addition coming soon is Schor’s rendition of Fabiana alongside actors Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. “From the moment you sit down, we want you to feel


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t seems tHat almost everywHere we go these days, we can find a dog park to visit with our dog. Everywhere, that is, except our own hometown of Pinecrest. We go to Key West and spend afternoons at the dog park enjoying the ocean air and making new people friends while our dog runs free, plays ball or just rolls around in the dirt. We go to Boca Raton in Palm Beach County, same thing. Pembroke Pines Dog Park is one of at least 26 dog parks in Broward County. And in Miami-Dade County, we have Kennedy Bark Park on South Bayshore and Blanche Bark Park on Shipping and Virginia in the Grove, Amelia Earhart Bark Park in Hialeah and Palmetto Bay Bark Park on South Dixie. But right here in Pinecrest, right in our own backyard, so to speak…no dog park. A dog park is not just for dogs, although they certainly enjoy the freedom to run and play with other dogs. A dog park is for people, too. A bark park fosters a sense of community. It reinforces a kinship with our neighbors. It’s easy to make new friends at a dog park. Everyone has an automatic icebreaker, love of dogs. Conversations and friendships spring up naturally.

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A dog park is another way to enjoy the outdoors on a beautiful South Florida day, even if that means just sitting on a bench in the shade while your dog chases sticks. And it’s an opportunity for more sedentary dog owners to spend some time outdoors and give their dogs the chance to run and play. In Destin, Florida, a grass roots effort started the wheels turning and a new dog park opened on January 7, 2012. The Grand Opening of the Destin Dog Park saw more than 2,200 dogs and human visitors in the first week alone. A news article quoted a nearby city councilor who said, “I was absolutely amazed and astounded at the sense of community in that little park. I saw children, I saw elderly people, I saw people from all walks of life, all occupational levels, all co-existing in a safe, comfortable environment.” We can do that here in Pinecrest. We certainly have enough dogs and dog lovers. Just walk around your neighborhood any morning or evening and you’ll see people of all ages, shapes and sizes walking dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes. If almost every municipality in Florida has dog parks, surely Pinecrest can find the space and resources to develop our own. A majority of Pinecrest dog owners and residents want a dog park right here. We already have the perfect location for it – Veterans Wayside Park at US 1 and SW 112th Street. This is a community project that is long overdue. And Pinecrest residents can certainly make it happen. If you want a dog park in Pinecrest now, it’s time to speak up to our elected officials. A citizens group of supporters, the Pinecrest Dog Park Committee, has made it easy. Please sign their online petition at www.PinecrestDogPark.com, and “like” their Facebook page, Pinecrest Dog Park. Or, contact the Village council at council@pinecrest-fl.gov. Pinecrest pups deserve their own park. Now. to advertise in the florida Villager, please call 786-505-1817


Destinations Cruising the Florida Keys & Bahamas with Cruzan Yacht Charters

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o you love boating, but don’t Have tHe time or patience to own your own boat? Are you looking for a new way to travel with family or friends? Cruzan Yacht Charters is the right fit for you. Established in 1980, Cruzan Yacht Charters is your local go-to company for sailing, snorkeling, fishing or cruising on one of their luxury yachts. There is great diversity with yachts of different sizes, accommodations and price ranges. Yachts that specialize in the Bahamas or the Caribbean, or yachts whose crew are well-versed in the secrets of the Mediterranean ports. No matter where they go, their experienced crew know where to drop anchor, allowing you to experience the world in a different and special way. Visit the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, New England or the Mediterranean on your own private yacht. There is something about a private yacht vacation, no matter how luxurious the interior or fine the linens on the beds, slip out of your shoes and step onto the warm teak decks and you can instantly relax. You can be minutes away from civilization, hear the echoes of life on shore, and yet feel as if you have left all your earthly worries behind. Nothing else quite says vacation like lifting the anchor and watching a trail of white water as the yacht heads for the next anchorage. Discovering a secluded

harbor as the yacht rounds a cliff is so much more special than landing at an airport miles away from town. Everyone’s idea of perfection is different. Cruzan Yacht Charters lets you design a vacation that matches your personal dreams. Looking for a day trip for someone special or family and friends? Book a fishing excursion to the Florida Keys to catch a Sailfish. Have you always wanted to go sailing but don’t know how? Cruzan Yacht Charters can take you sailing and “show you the ropes.” Want to go to the best dive spots or reefs to check out the sea life with a trained professional? Call Cruzan Yacht Charters to book a snorkeling adventure. Sit back, relax, and daydream about your Caribbean cruise and soaking in the Atlantic sun. Since 1980, Cruzan Yacht Charters has offered luxurious yacht charters and dream vacations for our very pleased clients. We have over 1000 yachts throughout Florida, the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Bahamas and New England. Whether you are looking to party, de-stress, or enjoy a bit of romance, Cruzan Yacht Charters is here to help. We guarantee that our world-famous Caribbean yacht charters will replenish your mind and body. Whatever the occasion may be - bareboating or crewed

yachts - sailing, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, sunset cruises, corporate meetings, eco-trips, a honeymoon cruise, or a romantic moonlight cruise for two - we will be glad to arrange the perfect yacht charter for you. We are conveniently located in Miami...the gateway to the most popular yachting destinations of the world! For more information on Cruzan Yacht Charters, call (305) 858-2822 or Toll Free: (800) 628-0785, you can also visit us online at: visit www.Cruzan.com.

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school news A New Public High School With a Private School Feel in Cutler Bay by alexis prieto

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utler bay is Home to tHe newest and most innovative HigH scHool in recent years. Cutler Bay Academy of Advanced Studies is a comprehensive four-year educational institution within Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The educational program is designed to provide students with a unique and personalized program of study that combines a specialized curriculum with rigorous academic instruction. On April 18, 2012, the School Board of Miami-Dade County voted to approve an Interlocal Agreement with the Town of Cutler Bay. Part of this agreement included the conversion of Centennial Middle School into a high-performing senior high school: Cutler Bay Academy of Advanced Studies. For the 2013-2014 school year, the campus houses students in Grades 8, 9, and 10. Cutler Bay Academy of Advanced Studies is devoted to delivering academic excellence in the classroom. The teachers are committed to providing dynamic, rigorous instruction each and every day. Students accepted into the high school will be enrolled in one of three academic tracks:

Coast Academy

This unique program places emphasis on the advancement of marine and environmental conservation through scientific research, literacy and mathematics education. This type of learning will lead to responsible guardians and the sustainability of our natural marine resources. Students will be able to work with local agencies to do environmental research. One resource will be the National Park Service.

Liberal Arts Academy

This program is designed to prepare students in the humanities and social sciences through research, technology, and collaboration. The students will explore, analyze, produce, and respond to various subjects. They will gain an appreciation for, as well as an understanding of, themselves and the world through an interdisciplinary approach to learning. In addition to these academies, the school offers courses as part of the International Cambridge Program. Students in all three programs will have the opportunity to participate in coursework through the Cambridge The iCafe is a place where iPrep students can go to relax or Mr. Ruffo, COAST Academy Leader, teaching Science to his students. Program. This is a pre-university curriculum and collaborate with other students on classwork and projects. examination system for academically able students. It is a flexible, broad based, two-year curriculum, which is being offered worldwide in schools and colleges. Additionally, Cutler Bay Academy will assist in registering students for course acceleration through Florida Virtual Schools, an accredited public “e-learning” school, during the academic year and/or over the summer. The administration and staff are dedicated to providing the best experience possible for the students. With a small class size, Cutler Bay Academy can not only deliver a high quality education, but to also provide more of a family feel to the campus. This is evident iPrep students collaborating on campus with their Mr. Gabriel, French & Art teacher, provides as they interact with the students on a first name school issued MacBook Pro computers. students some in-class entertainment. basis and are involved in the students’ every day lives. iPrep Academy Cutler Bay Academy of Advanced Studies is a welcomed addition to the Cutler Bay This innovative program provides students an opportunity to accelerate the regular and Cutler Ridge area. The challenging and innovative programs will help to inspire high school curriculum while departing from a traditional experience. The atmostudents to reach their potential, to become productive citizens, and to embrace lifesphere is technology rich, while still being able to be a part of the comprehensive high long learning. school experience. Many enrichment activities and electives are also provided for the students. Beginning this school year, the students will also have the opportunity to Registration for the 2014-2015 school year begins in October. For more information, include internships and community-based projects into their day. visit www.BayAcademy.org. 18

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leGally speaKinG Are You a Victim of Predatory Lending Practices? by oMar J. arCia, esQ., ForeClosUre DeFeNse aND baNKrUptCy proteCtioN attorNey

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redatory lending is wHen a lender imposes abusive, unfair and sometimes illegal loan terms on borrowers, without regard for the borrowers’ ability to repay the loan. When two or more of the following factors are present in a mortgage transaction, the subsequent forensic audit performed on that loan has revealed serious violations of federal and state lending laws.

Property Purchased or Refinanced Between 2003 and 2007.

This four year period marked the peak of the real estate boom in South Florida. Just about anyone, including foreign nationals without regard for past credit history or current ability to pay, could obtain a “sub-prime” loan for up to 115% of the value of the mortgaged property. The sub-prime mortgage market thrived during this time, allowing borrowers to encumber their properties well beyond their true market values.

Mortgage Loan Contains an Adjustable Rate or “ARM” Feature.

These types of loans are initially set at an artificially low interest rate for a brief period of time. They then switch to an adjustable rate for the remaining term of the loan, and the rate can increase as often as every six months. Even if the U.S. interest rate index remains unchanged, the monthly payments on these loans could increase by up to 50%.

Mortgage Loan Suffers From Negative Amortization.

Negative amortization occurs when the monthly mortgage payment is not sufficient to even cover the interest due, and therefore, the balance of the loan increases over time even though payments have been made. If you owe more today on your home loan, than when you originally purchased or refinanced, your loan is negatively amortized.

Mortgage Loan is Interest-Only or Pick-a-Payment.

Under these types of loans, the borrower is only required to pay the interest due on the loan, or a minimum payment that does not cover the interest on the loan. After a few years, the required monthly payment is usually increased to cover the outstanding principal balance. Once the loan payment increases, so does the likelihood the borrower will default.

Mortgage Loan Approval Was Based Only on Stated Income.

Many borrowers from 2003-2007 were given “stated income” loans, in which they were qualified based on statements in the loan application as to their income. These statements of income were largely unverified, and often the “stated income” required for the loan to be approved was the exact amount included in the application by the mortgage broker. If two or more of these factors apply to your current loan, you should have a forensic audit of your loan performed to find out whether you have been a victim of predatory lending. If you possess these claims, and they are timely raised against your lender, you may be entitled to actual damages and/or a reduction of the amount you owe on your loan. Detailed explanations of different options available to homeowners are also discussed in a new DVD developed by the Arcia Law Firm entitled “Fight For Your Home.” Mention that you heard about the DVD through this magazine, and you will receive a free copy during your consultation with a member of our legal team. The Arcia Law Firm is privileged to represent dozens of homeowners in our community with mortgage fraud, foreclosure defense and bankruptcy cases. If you are struggling to make your monthly mortgage payments, if you are in the middle of a frustrating loan modification process, or if you just received a foreclosure summons, contact the Arcia Law Firm today at 954-437-9066 to schedule your free consultation, or visit us online at www.arcialawfirm.com. to advertise in the florida Villager, please call 786-505-1817

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coach’s corner Dear Coach… by bobette reeDer, Master CertiFieD CoaCH, CertiFieD MeNtor CoaCH

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elcome to tHe first “dear coacH” column written exclusively for The Florida Villager! Okay...Here’s the Deal: For the next few minutes, I’d like you to be my Coaching Client (and since my Coaching relationships are strictly confidential, I promise I won’t reveal your identity!). Let’s start by establishing the foundation from which to build our ongoing “Coaching” relationship: ▸ My favorite description of Coaching (Executive, Business or Life Coaching) is that I partner with clients to help them close the gap between where they are and where they want to be. ▸ Coaching is about taking action...so for our relationship to make a positive difference in your life, you will need to not only have an intention to take steps toward your goal...but to actually take them (the hard part!). ▸ Each month I will make a request for a specific action (remember, you are my virtual client). ▸ My request might include an exercise, answering a question, dancing in the rain (a personal favorite), creating a strategy, offering up a random (or specific) act of kindness, or any one of a myriad of possibilities. In addition (and this is the exciting part: drum roll, please) , I will respond to a question or comment submitted by YOU, a Florida Villager reader -- THIS is the “DEAR COACH” part! Moving right along to the Coaching YOU part...

WHAT ARE YOU TOLERATING IN YOUR LIFE?

What are you putting up with? “Tolerations” are things, situations, even people in your life that cause stress, drain you of time, energy, happiness and peace. Most are so tiny as to seem insignificant or they have been around so long that we hardly notice them. Once you identify your tolerations and begin to “zap” them, it is amazing how different (in a good way) you will feel. YOUR COACH’S (That’s me...remember?) REQUEST: ▸ Spend a few minutes (literally, a few) creating a list of your Tolerations. ▸ It could be 10, it could be 50! Tolerations come in all shapes and sizes: broken door handle (a “to-do” for months!), torn/mildewed shower curtain (you see it everyday!), lost camera battery charger (cannot use the camera!), pants that need shortening (now almost out of season!), neighbor’s light shines in your bedroom window every night, books to return to library, piles to be filed on your desk... ▸ Got your list? GREAT! My Request is that you “handle” 5 of them by next month’s issue of The Florida Villager. “Handle” means ELIMINATE! Fix the door handle, buy and install a new shower curtain, order a new battery charger, pants to the alterations person, books to the library drop box, file the piles and speak (kindly) to your neighbor about illuminating the flowers instead of your pillow! ▸ Then (an important step) email me to let me know you have completed your commitment (you are committing to this, aren’t you?) at CoachBobette@thefloridavillager.com and let me know how it feels! We will all do the “Snoopy Dance” together to celebrate! Now, off you go to a great month of Toleration Zapping!! And if you have a question or “situation” you’d like to share with me and 30,000 of your neighbors, email me at CoachBobette@thefloridavillager.com and you might just see a response!!!

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recipe of the month Shrimp and Grits

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Grits:

3 slices bacon, chopped 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 tablespoons flour 1 1/4 cups sliced cremini mushrooms 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce 1/4 cup scallions, thinly sliced

4 1/2 cups water 1 cup stone ground grits 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 3 tablespoons butter 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

Cook bacon in a medium skillet over low heat, until crisp. Drain the bacon on paper towels and reserve the bacon fat. Add enough oil to give you 1 1/2 tablespoons of fat in the skillet. Toss the shrimp in the flour until they are lightly coated and shake to remove any excess. Cook the shrimp over mediumhigh heat just until they turn pink, about 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and bacon, cook another minute; add the chopped garlic and toss, careful not to let the garlic burn. Finish with Tabasco sauce, lemon juice and scallions. Remove from the heat. Be sure not to overcook this dish!

Bring water to boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Whisk in the grits and salt, reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until grits are thickened, 35-40 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the cheeses, butter, pepper and Tabasco. Adjust seasonings as desired.

Serves four

“This is an easy and delicious favorite. Enjoy this with your favorite white wine”

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sports news Team-of-the-Month: U12 South Miami Grey Ghosts

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ur u12 soutH miami grey gHosts girls team placed 2nd at the Disney Memorial Day Shootout over Memorial Day weekend. They were just nudged out of first place in a thrilling final game that came down to Penalty Kicks. This was the first tournament in which the girls competed 11v11 in preparation for their move to U13.

For more information on the South Miami Grey Ghosts, visit the club’s website www.greyghostssoccer.com and Facebook Page www.facebook.com/SMGGSC.

Front row: Gaby Garcia-Linares, Cecilia Rodriguez, Kayla Rembold, Aly Scroggin, Sophia Sousa, Amanda Santin Middle row: Hannah Evans, Sabrina Pino, Chase Merrick, Sophie Bond, Alanis Roca, Kiki Maribona, Natalie Zawadzki, Mickey Back Row: Coach Rodriguez, Coach Rory, Coach Thai

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Zach Bastien

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CATCHER/INFIELD 1993 :: BORN IN MONROE, MI

1996 :: GETS FIRST BASEBALL MITT

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1999 :: ZACH PLAYS HIS FIRST TEE-BALL GAME.

2007 :: STARS ON FRESHMAN BASEBALL TEAM.

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1992 :: THE NORTH CENTRAL ASSOCIATION ACCREDITS LOURDES COLLEGE FOR FIVE YEARS, DESIGNATING THE COLLEGE AS AN EMERGING INSTITUTION.

1997 :: LOURDES COLLEGE RECEIVES TEN YEAR ACCREDITATION FROM NORTH CENTRAL ASSOCIATION.

2002 :: GRADUATE PROGRAMS AT LOURDES ARE APPROVED BY THE OHIO BOARD OF REGENTS AND ACCREDITED BY THE NORTH CENTRAL ASSOCIATION.

2004 :: LOURDES COLLEGE REDUCES TUITION BY 41%. THE PRINCETON REVIEW NAMES LOURDES COLLEGE A “BEST COLLEGE IN THE MIDWESTERN REGION”.

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309/25/6 TACKLES/SACKS/INTERCEPTIONS

2007 :: THE PRINCETON REVIEW NAMES LOURDES COLLEGE A “BEST COLLEGE IN THE MIDWESTERN REGION” FOR THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR.

2010 :: NAMED AS LCAA HONORABLE MENTION.

2011 :: ZACH EARNS COAHES AWARD.

2010 :: PRINCETON REVIEW NAMES LOURDES A “BEST COLLEGE IN THE MIDWETSERN REGION” FOR THE SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR.

2011 :: ZACH SIGNS TO PLAY BASEBALL AT LOURDES UNIVERSITY.

LINEBACKER 1983 :: JANUARY 3 :: BORN IN MONROE, MI

1996 :: GETS FIRST BASEBALL MITT

WADECOLE

1999 :: ZACH PLAYS HIS FIRST TEE-BALL GAME.

2004 :: LOURDES COLLEGE REDUCES TUITION BY 41%. THE PRINCETON REVIEW NAMES LOURDES COLLEGE A “BEST COLLEGE IN THE MIDWESTERN REGION”.

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2012 :: INAUGURAL SEASON FOR LOURDES BASEBALL.

1983 :: THE NORTH CENTRAL ASSOCIATION ACCREDITS LOURDES COLLEGE FOR FIVE YEARS, DESIGNATING THE COLLEGE AS AN EMERGING INSTITUTION.

1997 :: LOURDES COLLEGE RECEIVES TEN YEAR ACCREDITATION FROM NORTH CENTRAL ASSOCIATION.

2002 :: GRADUATE PROGRAMS AT LOURDES ARE APPROVED BY THE OHIO BOARD OF REGENTS AND ACCREDITED BY THE NORTH CENTRAL ASSOCIATION.

2007 :: STARS ON FRESHMAN BASEBALL TEAM.

1997 :: LOURDES COLLEGE RECEIVES TEN YEAR ACCREDITATION FROM NORTH CENTRAL ASSOCIATION.

2004 :: LOURDES COLLEGE REDUCES TUITION BY 41%. THE PRINCETON REVIEW NAMES LOURDES COLLEGE A “BEST COLLEGE IN THE MIDWESTERN REGION”.

2007 :: THE PRINCETON REVIEW NAMES LOURDES COLLEGE A “BEST COLLEGE IN THE MIDWESTERN REGION” FOR THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR.

2010 :: NAMED AS LCAA HONORABLE MENTION.

2011 :: ZACH EARNS COAHES AWARD.

2010 :: PRINCETON REVIEW NAMES LOURDES A “BEST COLLEGE IN THE MIDWETSERN REGION” FOR THE SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR.

2011 :: ZACH SIGNS TO PLAY BASEBALL AT LOURDES UNIVERSITY.

2012 :: INAUGURAL SEASON FOR LOURDES BASEBALL.

M 1992 :: MIKE ILITCH PURCHASES SOLE INTEREST IN THE TIGERS.

1999 :: SEPTEMBER 27 :: THE LAST DETROIT TIGER BASEBALL GAME PLAYED AT TIGER STADIUM. AFTER AN 87 YEAR RUN, THE CORNER SAW IT’S 6,783RD-AND FINAL-GAME WITH A SOLD-OUT CROWD OF 43,356 FANS.

2000 :: APRIL 11 :: TIGERS WERE WELCOMED INTO THEIR NEW HOME, COMERICA PARK. OPENING DAY SAW 34-DEGREE WEATHER, A SOLD-OUT CROWD.

2005 :: OCTOBER :: JIM LEYLAND NAMED TIGERS’ MANAGER REPLACING ALAN TRAMMELL.

2006 :: IN TERMS OF RAW WINS, THE TIGERS PUT TOGETHER ONE OF THE BIGGEST TURNAROUNDS IN BASEBALL HISTORY WITH THEIR RUN FROM 43 WINS IN 2003 TO 95. THE TIGERS ALSO REACHED THEIR FIRST WORLD SERIES SINCE 1984.

1984 :: MIKE ILITCH PURCHASES SOLE INTEREST IN THE TIGERS.

1999 :: SEPTEMBER 27 :: THE LAST DETROIT TIGER BASEBALL GAME PLAYED AT TIGER STADIUM. AFTER AN 87 YEAR RUN, THE CORNER SAW IT’S 6,783RD-AND FINAL-GAME WITH A SOLD-OUT CROWD OF 43,356 FANS.

2000 :: APRIL 11 :: TIGERS WERE WELCOMED INTO THEIR NEW HOME, COMERICA PARK. OPENING DAY SAW 34-DEGREE WEATHER, A SOLD-OUT CROWD.

2005 :: OCTOBER :: JIM LEYLAND NAMED TIGERS’ MANAGER REPLACING ALAN TRAMMELL.

2006 :: IN TERMS OF RAW WINS, THE TIGERS PUT TOGETHER ONE OF THE BIGGEST TURNAROUNDS IN BASEBALL HISTORY WITH THEIR RUN FROM 43 WINS IN 2003 TO 95. THE TIGERS ALSO REACHED THEIR FIRST WORLD SERIES SINCE 1984.

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PINE CREST 2012 Pine Crest Football

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AUGUST 31 (W) 28-6 @ FORT LAUDERDALE

SEPTEMBER 7 (W) 40-6 v. ST. ANDREW’S

SEPTEMBER 14 (W) 17-14 @ WESTMINSTER ACADEMY

SEPTEMBER 21 (W) 38-7 v. CORAL SHORES

SEPT. 28 (W) 24-14 v. POPE JOHN PAUL II

OCTOBER 4 (W) 41-0 v. CORAL SPRINGS CHARTER

OCTOBER 12 (L) 26-41 @ BENJAMIN

OCTOBER 19 (W) 31-21 v. JOHN CARROLL*

THE DEFENSE LEADS THE WAY RECORDING 2 SACKS & 2 PICKS. WILL WITTICH (SR) LEADS TEAM W/ 14 TACKLES.

RUSHING ATTACK LEADS PANTHERS WHO FINISH W/ 217 YARDS RUSHING. DEFENSE SNAGS FIVE INTERCEPTIONS.

PANTHERS EEK BY THE LIONS THANKS TO 242 YARDS ON THE GROUND. KYLE DIENER (SR) NETS 13 TACKLES.

PANTHERS REMAIN PERFECT DUE TO 220 YARDS RUSHING LED BY KYLE DIENER’S 89 YARDS ON 11 CARRIES.

SENIORS KALVIN CLINE & MIKE CIBENE EACH RECORD TWO SACKS HELPING THE PANTHERS TO 5-0.

PINE CREST GETS FIRST SHUTOUT OF THE SEASON, LED BY TREVOR OSCEOLA (JR), KYLE DIENER, & ALEX WELCH (JR).

ZACH SMLTH (SO) PASSES FOR 234 YDS AND TOSSES FOUR TOUCHDOWNS, BUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH.

KALVIN CLINE LEADS THE WAY FOR THE PANTHERS SCORING 3 TDS, 3 DIFFERENT WAYS (RET, REC, INT).

PC PANTHERS (1-0)

PC PANTHERS (2-0)

PC PANTHERS (3-0)

PC PANTHERS (4-0)

PC PANTHERS (5-0)

PC PANTHERS (6-0)

PC PANTHERS (6-1)

PC PANTHERS (7-1)

ALLEN DAWSON RUSHANE WILSON LANCE CRAWFORD HARRIS STOLZENBERG LEO ZINGG DANIEL ARKIN KYLE DIENER KALVIN CLINE

WR, DB RB, DL WB, DB WB, PK WR, DB QB, DB RB, LB WR, DE

SR. SO. JR. SR. JR. SR. SR. SR.

5-11 5-5 5-9 5-7 5-10 5-11 6-0 6-5

178 150 156 150 157 186 217 206

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ZACH SMITH JACKSON BUHLER DAVID LEIBOWITZ MARK CIBENE JONAH STERNTHAL NICK MILLER SEAN DICAROLIS STEVEN GRAF

QB, DB QB RB, LB WR, DB TB, DE WR, DB WR, DB QB, DB

SO. SO. SR. FR. JR. SR. SO. SO.

6-1 5-11 5-10 5-5 5-4 5-9 5-8 5-10

168 150 185 112 138 126 123 136

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CARMINE SCARFONE ALEX WELCH AUSTIN LITOFSKY JIMMY CRISSY OLIVER KING WILL BECKER JON BROVENDER MATT URBAN

QB WR, DB WB, DB WR, DB WR, DB WB, DB WR, DB WR, DB

FR. JR. JR. SO. SO. SO. SO. FR.

5-8 5-9 6-2 5-10 5-10 5-11 5-6 5-8

142 146 176 140 126 158 113 130

30 31 35 40 41 42 43 47

JOE JARECKI TREVOR OSCEOLA NOAH DEARMAN ALEX GONZALEZ AUSTIN NERO JAY WILSON OREN MILSTEIN GRIFFIN SCHWARTZ

RB, LB RB, DB RB, DB RB, DB RB, LB WB, DB P, K WR, DB

FR. JR. FR. SR. FR. SO. FR. FR.

5-10 5-6 5-4 5-8 5-11 5-5 5-4 5-7

163 191 142 170 150 137 117 130

50 51 52 53 54 54 55 56

JOSH MONDSHINE PATRICK HALEY MAX MARTINEZ CHRIS MATTHEWS NOAH SPROSTY WILL WITTICH BRIAN ARCIOLA FARHAAN ANJUM

OL, DL OL, LB OL, DL OL, DL OL, DL RB, LB OL, DL OL, DL

JR. SO. JR. SO. FR. SR. SO. SR.

6-2 5-10 5-8 5-11 5-9 5-10 5-6 5-8

181 175 209 180 154 180 144 200

58 60 61 62 63 64 69 70

NICK NOLTING OL, DL ALY LAKHANI OL, DL JUSTIN STOLZENBERG OL, DL SCOTT HALPERIN OL, DL EMILIO FEIJOO OL, DL MATT BODNER OL, DL CODY SHAMON OL, LB STEWART HACKLEMAN OL, DL

SO. FR. SO. SR. SO. SR. SO. FR.

THE PANTHERS ENJOYED A BYE WEEK PRIOR TO THE START OF THE SFC PLAYOFFS. WITH THEIR 6-0 START, THE PANTHERS MARKED THEIR BEST START SINCE THE EARLY 1990S. 6-4 5-7 5-9 5-10 6-0 5-9 5-10 6-2

195 140 190 212 200 225 168 200

71 72 73 73 74 75 77 79

MATT CIBENE MIKE CIBENE ETHAN GOLDMAN JACOB SCHAFFER CARTER HELSCHIEN CLAYTON LISY BRENDAN MCCUE McCOY BERGER

NOVEMBER 1 (W) 31-14 @ FLORIDA CHRISTIAN

NOVEMBER 8 (W) 45-26 @ POPE JOHN PAUL II (SEMI-FINAL)

NOVEMBER 17 (L) 20-41 @ BENJAMIN (FINALS)

PINE CREST RUNS WILD WITH 305 RUSHING YARDS LED BY TREVOR OSCEOLA’S 189 YARDS ON JUST 20 CARRIES.

ALL AROUND TEAM EFFORT HELPS THE PANTHERS REACH THE FINALS. HARRIS STOLZENBERG (SR) SCORES 2 TDS AND ZACH SMITH THROWS 3 TDS.

PC PANTHERS (8-1)

PC PANTHERS (9-1)

GAME PLAYED AT FAU STADIUM. PINE CREST FINISHES THE SEASON WITH A 9-2 RECORD AND ARE RUNNERS-UP IN THE SOUTHEAST FOOTBALL CONFERENCE.

OL, LB OL, DE OL, DL OL, DL OL, DL OL, DL OL, DL OL, DL

SO. SR. SR. FR. JR. SR. JR. SO.

5-10 6-0 6-5 5-11 6-2 6-4 6-1 6-3

147 170 270 195 195 270 251 189

80 81 82 83 85 87 88 89

EDDIE SOTO MAX POPKIN IAN SPROSTY TERRANCE BRENNAN JAMES LEAHY CLAY ROUSSO TIMMY COX MAX COHEN

WR, DB TE, LB TE, DE WR, DB TE, DE TE, DL TE, LB TE, LB

FR. FR. JR. FR. SO. JR. FR. SR.

5-4 5-8 6-5 5-6 5-10 5-10 6-0 6-1

110 140 160 105 160 160 168 185

HEAD COACH JIM PLETCHER (8TH SEASON)

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Judy the elephant takes a swim at Jungle Island’s recent Nabor Day event that took place on Labor Day weekend.

GREEN CORRIDOR

Mayors of Miami, Pinecrest, South Miami, Cutler Bay, Palmetto Bay, and other municipal officials, at the official opening of the Clean Energy Green Corridor Program’s Energy Center in Coconut Grove. For more information about the first PACE district in Florida, please visit www.ygrene.us/fl/green_corridor.

THALATTA JUNGLE ISLAND

Mayor Shelley Stanczyk and Parks Director Fanny Carmona address attendees at the Thalatta Grand Re-Reopening and Wedding Expo in Palmetto Bay.

Miami Heat’s own Mario Chalmers feeding a kangaroo at Jungle Island.

ZOO RUN 5K

Zoo Run 5K benefiting West Kendall Baptist Hospital and the Zoological Society of Florida.

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