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CONTENTS :: NOVEMBER 2013

14 CALENDAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 LETTER TO THE EDITOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS Sea Turtle Conservancy Funds Sea Turtle Nesting Habitat Restoration Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 COMMUNITY NEWS Trader Joe’s Celebrates Pinecrest Grand Opening . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Giving Thanks by Giving Back This Thanksgiving . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 COVER STORY The Christmas Palace: Where Every Day is Christmas . . . . . . . . . . 14 KIDS FITNESS Tae Kwon Do: Providing Self-Esteem and Confidence . . . . . . . . . . 17 BOOK REVIEW The Day an Angel Ran Into My Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 MUSIC NEWS What Role is Music Playing in the Lives of your Children? . . . . . . . . 19 FROM THE MAYOR Getting to know Cognac, France, Pinecrest’s Sister City . . . . . . . . . 20

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DINING OUT Catch of the Day: A Restaurant with an Island Feel . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 IT’S THEIR BUSINESS The Art of Gifting With Gift Chixx . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 ASK THE EXPERT How to Avoid Overeating on Thanksgiving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVES Vapor4You: A Revolutionary Cleaner Way to Smoke . . . . . . . . . . . 25 PET OF THE MONTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 COACH’S CORNER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 FROM THE KITCHEN Chocolate-Bourbon Peacan Pie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 LEGALLY SPEAKING Using Chapter 13 To Keep Your Home and Other Properties For Much Less Than You Owe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 TEAM OF THE MONTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 SEEN ON SCENE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

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November 7 Ice Palace at Dolphin Mall – Featuring a 30-foot ice dome with falling snow, a light show, and interactive fun. A 360-degree arctic immersion will showcase footage from BBC Earth. Lasting until December 24. For more information call 305-365-7446 or greyes@conroymartinez.com.

8-17 2013 Miami International Auto Show – This signature South Florida event is back with popular returning exhibits, including Topless in Miami’s display of convertible cars in a picturesque Miami environment, and Havana Classics, a spin-off of Memory Lane celebrating nostalgia of the 50s. Ride & Drive events, including Camp Jeep will also be back at Convention Center Drive. Log to www.sfliautoshow.com for more information and ticket information.

on race day. Baptist Health South Florida’s Turkey Trot presented by Publix will be giving all food donations to those in need for their Thanksgiving meal.

Project Give Kids Fundraising Event at Sawa Restaurant of glitter, glamour and entertainment! Pinecrest Gardens celebrates the return of the Masquerade Ball - this year, celebrating the passion of Brazil’s Carnival!  Experience a breath-taking ambience and a magical backdrop for an evening filled with delicious food, excitement and too many surprises to describe. Be a part of a captivating event you will not soon forget. Proceeds from this charitable event provide support for Historical Pinecrest Gardens. For more information call 305-669-6990.

9 Ugly Sweater Day – Wear your ugly sweater to Amy’s Hallmark and receive a FREE gift. Visit Amy’s Hallmark at 14765 South Dixie Highway, next to Publix. Call 305-232-5559 for more information.

13 Nite Hike and Campfire – 7:00pm Deering Estate at Cutler, Miami, FL. Walk down tropical hardwood hammock trail for rare opportunity to view the woods and its wildlife as it comes to life at night. A Deering Education and Interpretive Staff member guides to Tequesta burial mound and provide facts about Tequesta Indians. Includes free s’mores. Recommended for age 9 and older. For more information go to www.deeringestate.org.

16 2013 Savor the Season Food and Wine Festival – Savor the Season is Brickell World Plaza’s annual semi-formal food and wine festival showcasing Miami’s most exciting restaurants. This community event provides guests with a brilliant opportunity to usher in the holiday season under the stars and take part in 600 Brickell’s grand

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countdown to light up its signature 40-foot Christmas wreath. Guests will start off the evening enjoying holiday classics and then rock out the rest of the night with The Big Tasty ­– one of South Florida’s hottest acts. Visit www.savortheseasonmiami.com for more information.

17 Miami Book Fair International – The nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, Miami Book Fair International, presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC), turns 30 this year! The beloved festival will take place November 17 – 24, 2013, at Miami Dade MDC’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.

23 Masquerade Ball at Pinecrest Gardens – Don’t miss this extraordinary evening

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27 Project Give Kids Fundraising Event at Sawa Restaurant – 7pm at Sawa Restaurant in Merrick Park. Help us raise funds from food, drinks and silent auction items for Project Elf. Project Elf helps ill kids and their families from Miami Children’s Hospital to provide them with toys, gift cards, entertainment and holiday cheer. For more information www.pgkids.org or becky@pgkids.org. 

28 The Baptist Health South Florida’s Turkey Trot presented by Publix – 7:30am Tropical Park Miami, FL - The Baptist Health South Florida’s Turkey Trot presented by Publix is a Family Friendly event. We encourage everyone from 2 on up to run/walk on Thanksgiving Day. With a 10K, 5K and kids’ races, there is something for the whole family. This Thanksgiving holiday help those in need by bringing canned goods to our food drive

The Nutcracker Ballet presented by the New World School of the Arts and Thomas Armour Youth Ballet. 7pm at the Dade County Auditorium 2901 West Flagler St. Enjoy the music and magic of The Nutcracker, a beloved holiday tradition. This is South Florida’s original and longest-running Nutcracker presentation, now celebrating its 36th year! For tickets call 305-547-5414 or visit ticketmaster.com.

December 5 Art Basel, Miami Beach – Leading international galleries show work from masters of Modern and contemporary art as well as pieces by newly emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are displayed in the main exhibition hall, while ambitious artworks and performances become part of the landscape at nearby beaches, Collins Park and SoundScape Park.

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BY FLORINE HO TAI, PINECREST RESIDENT

his is responding to the article by the Mayor of Pinecrest in the October issue of The Florida Villager, “It’s Time for Pinecrest Pups To Have Their Own Park”. In 2010, the residents of Pinecrest clearly, explicitly and unequivocally voted NO to the issue of changing the Veterans Wayside Park to a ‘Pinecrest Dog Park’. So why would the Mayor of Pinecrest publicly voice her own individual opinion in the magazine, The Florida Villager, instead of implementing the vote of her constituents? My understanding of representative democracy is that “elected officials” are to represent the views and concerns of the voters even at the sacrifice of their own personal views and opinions. In addition to blatantly dismissing the vote of NO, sometime between 2010 and 2013 a resolution was passed by the Council, under the leadership and influence of the Mayor, allotting $100,000 in the budget for a dog park that was already clearly voted NO on by the residents of Pinecrest! How was this resolution able to get by the residents of Pinecrest and how legal was such a resolution without the vote of the people? And if it isn’t enough to disregard the vote of the residents, how dare the Council of Pinecrest, disrespect and dishonor our Veterans! How do you replace the value of lives lost at war who fought for the very freedoms we have with placing a higher value on the life of a dog to run free at a park? What an exchange…the freedom of a dog to come run, play and poop at their own park and the Veterans whose very lives were lost for that freedom are dishonored and disrespected by dismantling their park where they and their families received some kind of recognition for the sacrifices they made, many with their very lives! This issue never ever should have been on the table! Below are additional reasons that the Veterans Wayside Park should remain as is: ▸▸ The Park is a vibrant balanced habitat and even a home during the winter for migratory birds. ▸▸ It is where residents learn to observe and care for wildlife. It is the site for recreational outings and even for school band practice. ▸▸ Finances for maintenance of a dog park would be laid on the residents. Among these costs are the prevention of tick and flea infestation. Ticks and fleas are vectors of many parasites that cause human diseases. This would be a public health problem for the Village of Pinecrest! ▸▸ Another public health problem: Responsible disposal of Dog poop. Who foots this bill? The Village of Pinecrest? ▸▸ Legal costs when Pinecrest is sued for ‘accidents’ of dog bites and attacks. Again, the financial burden on the residents of Pinecrest. ▸▸ Increased traffic flow becomes a traffic endangerment. Let’s respect the decision of Pinecrest as expressed in the dedication in 2007 and the vote in 2010 and pass a resolution that it is The Veterans Wayside Park, in perpetuity!

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ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS Sea Turtle Conservancy Funds Sea Turtle Nesting Habitat Restoration Project BY ALEXIS PRIETO

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he Coastal Cleanup Corporation (CCC), a grass-roots non-profit organization dedicated to removing marine debris from the south Florida coastal environment, was awarded a grant for $2,152 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is funded by the sales of the sea turtle specialty license plate. Their project, The Restoration of Sea Turtle Nesting Habitat on Elliott Key, FL (Phase II), was one of 17 approved proposals selected from 44 applications to receive funding. Launched in 1996, the “Helping Sea Turtles Survive” specialty license plate raises money for two important programs that benefit Florida sea turtles—the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Marine Turtle Protection Program and the Sea Turtle Grants Program, which distributes money back to the local level for sea turtle conservation projects. The local non-profit will use the funds to facilitate the removal of marine debris and invasive, exotic vegetation from coastal dune habitat on Elliott Key within Biscayne National Park (BNP). Earlier this year, as part of a previous Sea Turtle Conservancy-funded project, volunteers from the CCC collaborated with BNP resource managers to remove large amounts of accumulated marine debris from the ocean-side beaches of Elliott Key where female loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) dig their summer nests. Over 200 trained volunteer participants donated more than 1,800 volunteer-hours to remove massive amounts of accumulated marine debris from the coastal dune habitat, beaches, and mangrove shorelines of the islands within the park. More than five tons of plastic, glass, Styrofoam, rubber, synthetic ropes, lines, and fishing traps were removed by volunteers in just 20 cleanup days of the project.  “Unfortunately, with every tide, locally and globally-derived marine debris washes up and litters the island, posing significant obstacles to nesting sea turtles,” said George Pappas, Director of CCC. Much of the debris is of local origin, but a surprising amount is trash that floats in with wind and currents from the Caribbean; volunteer assists a Biscayne National Park biologist in marine debris items from Cuba, Averifying that loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) eggs were Hispaniola, Brazil, Venezuela, and deposited in a nest chamber below the sand. (Photo : CCC) Mexico are frequently found on the barrier island. Removing the marine debris and the invasive, exotic plants from the coastal dune habitat will augment the strategies that BNP resource managers currently utilize throughout the year to restore nesting habitat: removing large wood items that can interfere with nesting females, monitoring the beaches for sea turtle nesting activity, and installing wire mesh managers from BNP place a wire mesh screens atop nests to discourage Resource screen atop a loggerhead sea turtle nest to protect predation by raccoons. the eggs from predatory raccoons. (Photo CCC) 10

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Volunteers from the CCC removed over 5 tons of marine debris last year from the sea turtle nesting beaches on Elliott Key. (Photo: CCC)

So far this year, CCC volunteers have been able to maintain the cleanliness of many of the beaches during the nesting season by accompanying BNP sea turtle monitors on their daily patrol and removing accrued marine debris. Data for the 2013 season thus far suggest that the collective restoration efforts are having meaningful impacts on sea turtle nesting activity within Biscayne National Park, as resource managers have surveyed roughly three times the number of loggerhead nests that are typically observed, and for the first time, have recorded an endangered green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) nest. With sea turtles encountering fewer obstacles as they come ashore to nest, the number of observed false crawls (failed attempts by sea turtles to nest) has also declined this year as compared with observations from previous years. The Sea Turtle Conservancy-funded Elliott Key project will likely have similar future positive effects on loggerhead and green sea turtle nesting activity. To learn more about the Sea Turtle Grants Program and the “Helping Sea Turtles Survive” specialty license plate, please visit www.helpingseaturtles.org. To see more of what CCC is doing to help sea turtles survive within Biscayne National Park, visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CoastalCleanupCorp. To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817


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COMMUNITY NEWS Trader Joe’s Celebrates Pinecrest Grand Opening BY ALEXIS PRIETO

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rader Joe’s, a unique, neighborhood grocery store with foods and beverages from the exotic to the basic, recently opened a Pinecrest location on Friday, October 18th. The 13,500 square foot store is located at 9205 South Dixie Highway and the trading hours are 8A.M.-9P.M., daily. Trader Joe’s Captain (store manager) Jodi McCullough, Regional VP Kent Smathers, Mayor Cindy Lerner and the crew gathered for a ceremonial lei cutting to welcome new customers– Trader Joe’s style. The celebration continued throughout the day with live music, giveaways and food demonstrations. Inside the new store, customers found Trader Joe’s signature festive décor, which mixes cedar covered walls, Hawaiian-inspired elements, and some “local flare” – including art that celebrates the neighborhood.

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have other special attributes. Trader Joe’s carries an extensive array of domestic and imported foods and beverages including fresh baked artisan breads, Arabica bean coffees, international frozen entrées, 100% juices, fresh crop nuts, deli items, and vitamins and supplements, as well as the basics, like milk and eggs – all at honest, low prices. Trader Joe’s is truly a grocery store unlike any other. Trader Joe’s is a “store of stories,” meaning every item in the store has its own virtues -- high quality ingredients, great flavor or simply an extraordinary price -- many items often feature all of those qualities. Another significant point of difference, all of Trader Joe’s prices are everyday prices. Trader Joe’s doesn’t have “sales” for a few days, only to hike

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Throughout the grocery store, there are several handthe prices back up again. Their prices change only when painted murals that pay homage to the local landmarks their costs change -- there are no fancy promotions, with a Trader Joe’s twist. These include: Pinecrest discount cards or couponing wars. Gardens, Lifeguard Towers, South Beach, Matheson So how does Trader Joe’s offer unique groceries Hammock State Park, Snapper Creek Canal and more. at prices everyone can afford? By offering more than The “Trader” in Trader Joe’s refers to the way the com3000 items under the Trader Joe’s private label, which pany blazed a distinct trail through the grocery industry, includes Trader José’s salsas, Trader Ming’s fried rice, searching the world for great values and distinctive Trader Giotto’s marinara sauces, in addition to specially products. Store employees, dubbed “Crew Members,” purchased items. consider themselves “traders on the culinary high seas.” Also, Trader Joe’s buys differently than other groCrew Members sport brightly colored Hawaiian-themed cers – they purchase from manufacturers, not through shirts, adding to the friendly and light-hearted air of distributors. They’ll take a brand name product, take the store.  out the preservatives and artificial colors and ingrediMany area residents can expect to receive a copy ents, and put it under their Trader Joe’s label to sell it of the Trader Joe’s “Fearless Flyer” in their mailboxes. at a real discount. The Fearless Flyer is a somewhat irreverent description of a timely selection of Trader Joe’s products. It’s Trader Joe’s is a chain of neighborhood grocery been called a cross between Consumer Reports and stores featuring high quality imported and domestic Mad Magazine. Each edition highlights a selection of Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner with Trader Joe’s foods and beverages at honest, low prices. Trader Trader Joe’s products that the company buyers believe Captains at the opening of the Pinecrest store. Joe’s (www.traderjoes.com) began in 1958 in the Los are worthy of customer interest, including comfort foods and items that are organic or Angeles area. Since then, Trader Joe’s has expanded to 400 stores in 35 states. 12

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he Christmas season is upon us again and that means a time of decorating and bringing a festive feel to your home or business. Offering only the highest quality merchandise available and providing customers with outstanding value, The Christmas Palace has the largest selection of Christmas decorations in South Florida. In its 23rd season, The Christmas Palace is overflowing with over 100 thousand trims and gifts that are on sale both in store and online. First opened as a seasonal business idea 20 years ago, today, the expansive holiday department store receives waves of visitors year round who stroll amid more than 30 styles of faux Christmas trees, shelves full of elegant ornaments, and novelty items such as a 38-inch Santa swinging on a hammock. Collectors can stock up on train sets and Department 56 village-collection pieces. Open year round, The Christmas Palace has something for every part of your home both in and out. From decorations for your bathroom, kitchen, living room, office, or outdoors, there are special touches for your every need. New this year, is the opening of the Design and Outdoor Gallery, which is located right next door. This unique showroom of decorations will showcase the thousands of holiday items for all of your needs. Along with this new gallery, there is also a “Tree Forest” full of trees of different sizes, shapes, and colors. The trees range from 1 foot to 50 feet tall and come with or without lighting. With nearly 25 areas available, they offer ideas for creating themed spaces such as candy, snowmen, crystal, elf, Santa, as well as color coordinated themes. If you prefer someone to help with the design and layout of your holiday decorations, The Christmas Palace has a team to help make your vision come 14

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to life in your home or place of business with wholesale options for hotels and stores. The Christmas Palace is the largest and most tastefully decorated Christmas store in the nation. They carry the finest products from the leading names in the industry and guarantee the integrity of their products and services. As authorized dealers of the most popular Christmas collectibles such as Department 56 and Mr. Christmas, The Christmas Palace carries items that cannot be found in other South Florida stores. They also carry Fontanini nativity sets, a family that began sculpting nativity scenes more than 100 years ago in Italy and is the official nativity display for The Vatican in Rome. The selection of animated characters and animals for indoor and outdoor uses are unparalleled. If you are looking for 75 foot toy soldiers or a life sized Santa chair, then this is the store you need to visit. Decorative trains and Disney toy model trains are also in stock. From fun to ornate decorations, The Christmas Palace is the one-stop-shop for everything festive. If you’ve never been inside, The Christmas Palace really is a must see! Here you can do all your Christmas shopping and find everything you need to create the Christmas of your dreams. The Christmas Palace is a one-of-a kind Christmas shop where you can find traditional as well as unique Christmas home decor and holiday gifts. Take the Christmas shop tour and discover why they are the favorite of so many and see for yourself why a trip to The Christmas Palace is a must. If you love the joy and excitement of the Christmas season, then enjoy those special feelings all year long at The Christmas Palace! The sights, sounds, and spirit of Christmas completely surround you at this amazing store. At The Christmas Palace, every day is Christmas! To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817


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COMMUNITY NEWS Giving Thanks by Giving Back This Thanksgiving BY ALEXIS PRIETO

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KIDS FITNESS Tae Kwon Do: Providing Self-Esteem and Confidence BY ALEXIS PRIETO

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artial Arts was developed in Asia centuries ago as a form of self-defense. Tae Kwon Do was developed in Korea, emphasizing kicks more than other forms, making it ideal for those with less strength since legs have a greater reach and are stronger than arms. Tae Kwon Do training is great for helping even the youngest students to develop motor skills and concentration, as well as self-esteem, confidence, respect, physical fitness and discipline. One of the first lessons a Martial Artist learns is to never misuse his or her skills. Being physically and mentally strong does not allow one to be a bully or hurt someone else. Master Velazquez Tae Kwon Do Institute expects its students to be humble, courteous, respectful and careful about where and when they practice their skills. Bullying is one of the most difficult issues that students, parents and educators might encounter in or out of school. Discipline, order and respect are the foundations of Tae Kwon Do. Powerful mental skills are also practiced, teaching kids how to react to different bullying situations and how to avoid possible confrontations before they get physical. Master Velazquez encourages his students to share these effective skills and teach others how to be safe in the community. Tae Kwon Do can also assist kids on the autism spectrum with the ability to concentrate and focus their attention in a consistent and highly structured environment. Additionally, parents find that new skills carry over into home and at school. The LAYOUTOPTIONS.pdf 1 10/17/13 environment 7:22 PM release of energy in a safe and ritualized can bring a child to a new sense

of calm. Friendships are formed around a shared activity and that sense of belonging can be the greatest reward of all for a child on the autism spectrum. Master Velazquez Tae Kwon Do Institute provides students with highly certified instructors trained by Master Velazquez himself to be professional, courteous, friendly and proficient trainers. The main goal of the institute is to know the specific needs of each student to help them become the best they can be both physically and mentally. It has designed a system that allows students to develop their skills in a rewarding and effective manner. Students learn speed, flexibility, balance, strength and confidence with each new belt. Each step brings them closer to the ultimate goal in Martial Arts: becoming a Black Belt. Master Velazquez Tae Kwon Do Institute was founded in 2004 by Master Philippe A. Velazquez and his wife, Roxana Fernandez. The school was selected as a Top 10 school two consecutive years (2005 & 2006), and won back-to-back State and National Championships in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Master Velazquez’s students have won multiple Regional, State and National Martial Arts Championships, including the Junior National Martial Arts Championships and Tiger Claw Best of the Best held annually at the Disney World Sports Complex in Orlando. The school now has over 100 active students ranging in age from 3 years old to adults. For more information about the Master Velazquez Tae Kwon Do Institute, visit www.mastervelazqueztkd.com or call 305-235-3088.

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BOOK REVIEW The Day an Angel Ran Into My Room by Anabelle Valenzuela-Alarcon BY ALEXIS PRIETO

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lessandra is a typical six-year-old, who one day meets an angel in her bedroom! Through this encounter, the little girl discovers her own power and magical inner world. This is the story of The Day an Angel Ran into My Room. At bedtime, Alessandra asks her mother if she can stay up for “only five more minutes.” Then she gets an unlikely visitor: her guardian angel, Angelisse. The angel looks very much like a child herself, making it very easy for Alessandra to relate to her. The angel explains to the little girl how important every person is in the universe, how every action causes a reaction, the importance of visualization, and many other magical things. The story teaches kids that they are never alone, since their guardian angels are always looking out after them, and that children have the power to change their world through their thoughts and actions.

Written in a light, conversational style that kids will immediately understand and relate to, “The Day an Angel Ran Into My Room” gives children a positive message which will empower them, help them see how they fit into the world that surrounds them and impress upon them the importance of acknowledging the spiritual side of their natures. The sweet and whimsical illustrations compliment the text of this book wonderfully. First-time author Anabelle Valenzuela grew up all over the world, including Europe, the United States and her native Honduras. For the past 18 years, she has lived in Miami with her family. She was inspired to write this book by her kids. Publisher’s website: http://sbpra.com/ AnabelleValenzuela.

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MUSIC NEWS What Role is Music Playing in the Lives of your Children? BY PENNY DANIELS

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hen our children are young, we sing them lullabies and entertain them with nursery rhymes. We encourage them to make music by tapping their feet, clapping their hands, dancing with the beat. But why do we stop teaching our children the benefits of music as they get older? In today’s world of technology, music is at our fingertips by clicking just a few buttons on our computers, iPads or Smart Phones. There is little motivation to learn to play music yourself. But are we missing out by leaving music to the professionals? Or should we be encouraging our children to learn music and use it to develop self-esteem, creativity, and other skills that will last a lifetime?

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The benefits of playing a musical instrument, outweighs the challenges and difficulties. Studies show that learning music can help improve reading comprehension, mathematics, and cognitive skills. Researchers believe it’s because reading musical notes and playing instruments involve thinking ahead, visualizing, and pattern recognition – which children don’t get when they’re just watching TV, playing video games or using the computer. Music has been linked to mathematical intelligence and abstract reasoning. Teamwork is another lesson learned by playing a musical instrument. Each musical instrument has its own part and place in a song, and by working together with others, a shared goal is met. This team approach is very similar to that of football, baseball or other team sports. It takes discipline, patience and working well with others to be successful. With the undue pressures on children today, music is a good form of stress relief and relaxation. Studies show that playing an instrument can lower heart rates and blood pressure and provide comfort. There are many benefits that children can get from learning music and playing an instrument. Luckily there are a wide range of instruments children can choose from to find the right one for them. The selection process can begin by an introduction to different kinds of recordings (flute, piano, and drum) or having them experience musical instruments first hand at a concert, symphony or musical play. Finding the right musical instrument is an important step in providing a positive experience for our children. Let the professionals at Musicians Discount Center in South Miami help. They are the one stop music shop that has been sharing their expertise with others for more than 26 years. They offer new and used instruments, instrument rentals, rent to own programs, and music lessons. Stop in and see for yourself … a musical experience for your children is only a “note away.” To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817

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n Feb 15, 2013, the Village of Pinecrest and town of Cognac, France signed a formal agreement to become Sister Cities. The agreement contemplates a friendship and exchange of culture, information and education, business and tourism. Our cities have some similarities, the population size is similar: they have 19,534 residents, we have 18,300, both have a love of culture as well as host jazz series. Then there are some real distinctions: we are a new city, just 17 years old as a municipality; while Cognac is truly a medieval city, with a beginning in the 11th century. Cognac is the birthplace of Francois the First in 1494.  It sits along the Charente River, which was one of the main supply routes for the salt trade, where it flourished. The Cognac region is of course best known for their eau de vie, and is surrounded by 80,000 hectares (192,000 acres) of vineyards.  My initial introduction to Cognac Mayor Michel Gourinchas was by happenstance. The Cognac delegation was visiting Miami in February of 2012 and the Mayor and I were both invited to a luncheon at Pinecrest Gardens, where we were seated next to each other, striking up a conversation. A few days later, he and Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner and Cognac Mayor Michel Gourinchas his delegation visited our signing the twinning agreement establishing a sister city relationship. Village Hall for an “official state visit,” at which I issued a Proclamation to signify the day by declaring it “Cognac Day” in Pinecrest. The Mayor was very impressed and promised they would return the following year during Cognac Day. The host organization of that luncheon where we met, Les Dames d’Escoffier, Miami Chapter provided an opportunity to visit France, with a tour of the Cognac region, which I had the great fortune to participate in last fall.  The mayor of Cognac held a lovely reception for us at Cognac Town hall, which was when we agreed to pursue the creation of a sister city relationship.  And on February 15, 2013, on our second Cognac Day, Mayor Gourinchas, his wife, and two of his Council members came to Pinecrest, to sign the formal sister city agreement.  This past month, I was invited to attend the World Mayors Summit on climate change in Nantes, France (all expenses paid by the French conference) and took a quick side trip to Cognac to work on developing an educational exchange program. We visited the Lycee Jean Monnet, their high school, where we discussed how our teachers and theirs could develop educational exchanges through the power of the Internet, followed by visits to each others’ country. They will focus on culture, history, environmental issues and, of course, food. There will also be student trips and exchange programs between the two cities. And finally the opportunity for adults to travel to Cognac will be a real option next summer, as we plan for a Sister city visit there.  For more information on Cognac visit www.tourism-cognac.com. If interested in joining the trip next July, contact Mayor Lerner at Mayorlerner@gmail.com. To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817


DINING OUT Catch of the Day: A Restaurant with an Island Feel BY ALEXIS PRIETO

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IT’S THEIR BUSINESS The Art of Gifting With Gift Chixx BY ALEXIS PRIETO

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ow that the holidays are around the corner, it is the gift-giving season again. There is a true art to gifting. The key is to select gifts that will make the recipient excited. For many people, the worthiness of gifts has nothing to do with monetary value, but everything to do with love. Gift Chixx, a boutique located in Pinecrest, is a place where you can come in and find a gift for anyone at any price point. They carry unique items that will set your gift apart from others. Their job is to make YOU look good! Gift Chixx is the perfect solution for busy professionals, as well. They will gladly select the ideal gift for your special clients or colleagues. Hostess gifts for wedding or bridal showers are also their specialty. Also, both bridal and baby registries are also available. There are countless ways to choose a good gift, but the best gift is often one that is personalized. A personalized gift really takes gifting to the next level. Gift Chixx has many items that can be personalized to make your gift more special. From garment bags, to baby blankets, to wooden cutting boards, your gift will truly stand out and be appreciated. Gift Chixx is a friendly and inviting store where you feel like you are a friend. Your shopping experience will be relaxed and easy. The courteous and outgoing staff will simplify your shopping experience by helping you add the extra flair that will help your gift to be an unexpected, well-though-out surprise. With the warm and inviting atmosphere, comfy couches, and fresh baked goodies, it has the feel of “home.”

Owners Karen Sklawer and Shelly Brodie, along with employees Carol Wilson and Ali Jacobs, will take care of your every need. Gift Chixx provides full service - from helping to pick the perfect gift, to specialty gift wrap, to shipping and delivery, if needed. At Gift Chixx - presentation and customer service are key! When you have a gift to give, visit your “friends” at Gift Chixx. They will be sure to make your special someone thrilled to receive your gift. Stop into Gift Chixx at 8239 SW 124th Street in Pinecrest, contact them at 305-2323214, online at www.giftchixx.com, or email at contact@giftchixx.com.

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ASK THE EXPERT How to Avoid Overeating on Thanksgiving BY KIMBERLY HALE

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Putting your fork down once in awhile will also allow you to join in the conversation.

hanksgiving is approaching quickly and it traditionally conjures thoughts of family gathered around a table laden with lovingly-prepared foods -roast turkey with the trimmings, savory side dishes, flavorful gravy, buttery rolls and mouthwatering pies. But, according to the Calorie Control Council, the average American may consume as much as 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day. If you find that statistic staggering, you are not alone. Dealing with an overabundance of rich, tasty foods can really test your willpower and, without a plan in place, you can end up consuming excessive calories with your Thanksgiving meal. However, there’s still time to develop your holiday eating strategy. Here are some basic tips to help you fight the desire to overeat this Thanksgiving:

Watch your alcohol

Liquid calories also count towards your total caloric intake. Be sure to drink plenty of water and avoid drinking too much wine, beer and hard liquor, which not only adds unnecessary calories, but also lessens your resolve to eat more than you planned.

Leave some food on your plate

There’s no requirement that you must leave a clean plate on Thanksgiving. Try to leave at least one bite of each item on your plate. If you still have food on your plate, it is much easier to decline second portions and stop eating when you are full.

Portion your holiday leftovers

Don’t fast all day

Resist the urge to consume your Thanksgiving leftovers in another big meal. Rather, portion them out in several different size containers and label them with the specific days you plan to eat them. Or, better yet, place the containers in the freezer to enjoy at a later date.

Eat normally before your “big meal”. Skipping breakfast or starving yourself in an attempt to save up your calories for your holiday meal not only slows down your metabolism but it also leads to eating more calories later in the day.

Don’t rush through your meal

Experts claim that it takes the brain 20 minutes to realize you are full so eat slowly and chew thoughtfully. Use your time to enjoy the family and friends around you.

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COACH’S CORNER Dear Coach… BY BOBETTE REEDER, MASTER CERTIFIED COACH, CERTIFIED MENTOR COACH

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h My Goodness!! It’s November! How did THAT happen?? While we have been merrily going along...going to work... going to Publix…going to kid’s soccer games, football games, tennis matches, dance lessons, school functions, going to dinner parties, movies, shopping…watching the Nightly News, NCIS, The Voice, American Idol, Two and a Half Men…time has been flying by! Yep! Here we are…THE HOLIDAYS! … B-R-E-A-T-H-E… Last month we talked about “Tolerations” - things we all ‘put up’ with. And, now that we are in November, you would expect that we will chat about “Being Grateful”… Uh, NO! My guess is that we will all see so much about gratitude in the next few weeks that we will completely tune it out anyway (and besides, we ARE grateful people, aren’t we?). Instead, I’m going to share a concept that will actually make a large and lovely impact in your life, IF you will adopt its simple process: ELIMINATING DELAY! Eliminate the high cost of delay in all that you do. Delay is one of many challenges (and bad habits) that can be greatly reduced--in your business and in your daily life. I said “simple process” because this one is not rocket science. Just handle things as they come floating by in your life. You receive a gift in the mail from Aunt Martha. You open it (a sweater with puppies on it!), you smile, toss the sweater on your bed, put the card into the pile that is already on the counter and plan to send a thank you note soon. Now, you have a new “To-Do”! If you go to the drawer, get a blank note, write a sweet thank you message, address the envelope and stamp it RIGHT NOW (4 minutes!)... VOILA! Done! Never makes it to your plate! Delay has been averted! A Few Tips on Eliminating Delay: ▸▸ Become the type of person who responds to others’ requests immediately Putting off a response is actually more painful to you than to them. ▸▸ Request immediate response. Begin to expect others to respectfully respond to you in a timely fashion without your having to chase them down…requesting that from the beginning will save you time and energy. It is amazing how powerful your polite request and expectation of others can be. ▸▸ Get rid of your inventory of “To-Do”s. Not easy, but if you begin to tackle the current list, and eliminate delay of new tasks you will get there! Git ‘Er Done! ▸▸ When you find yourself delaying, find out why. There is always a reason and it’s worth knowing why, even if you choose to do nothing about it. Be aware of the red flag of fear. If you find that the reason you are delaying action is often about fear...you might want to seek a therapist to move you through that...or a Coach to lovingly kick your butt! Responding with the Coach Approach:

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LEGALLY SPEAKING Using Chapter 13 To Keep Your Home and Other Properties For Much Less Than You Owe BY OMAR J. ARCIA, ESQ., FORECLOSURE DEFENSE AND BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION ATTORNEY

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investment properties, under a Chapter 13 plan you are able to wipe out any second mortgages or credit lines, and even reduce the principal balance of the first mortgage on each property down to the property’s market value, payable at a low fixed interest rate, and under one affordable monthly payment. Once a debtor submits a Chapter 13 plan and stays current on plan payments, the lender cannot proceed with a foreclosure of any properties listed in the plan. If you owe more on your first mortgage than the home is worth, have a second mortgage, line of credit or other liens on that property, you are a perfect candidate to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. If you also have any investment properties which are upside down in value, and would like to keep them because they are generating rental income, a Chapter 13 bankruptcy is the ideal solution to resolve your mortgage crisis instead of wasting countless hours attempting to modify your loans directly with lenders. More detailed explanations of different options available to homeowners in foreclosure, at risk of foreclosure, or considering bankruptcy are discussed in a DVD developed by the Arcia Law Firm entitled “Fight For Your Home.” If you mention that you heard about the DVD through this magazine you will receive a FREE copy during the appointment to discuss your case in detail with a member of our legal team. You may contact the Arcia Law Firm at 954-437-9066 to schedule your free consultation. You may also visit www.arcialawfirm.com for more information about the Firm, our staff and credentials, detailed articles, informative videos, and even to make your appointment online.

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