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calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 community news Chili Day in Cutler Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Learning to Live Like Bella: A Night at Turley Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . 10 5 Tips for Staying Sane During the Holiday Season. . . . . . . . . . . . 12 70th Anniversary of Golden Rule Seafood. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 cover story Dasani Jewels: An Extraordinary Jewelry Experience . . . . . . . . . . . 14 school news Riviera Preparatory Students Lend a Helping Hand. . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Frank Steel is New Head of Schools at Gulliver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 music news The Gift of Music: A Gift that Lasts a Lifetime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 from the mayor The Village of Parks…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 the florida villager : exclusive Uncle Tom’s BBQ Will Open a 2nd Location. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

coaches corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 it’s their business Progressive Therapy Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 recipe of the month. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 legally speaking What Homeowners Need to Know About Florida’s New Speedy Foreclosure Law. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 pet of the month. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 pet care Choosing A Perfect Holiday Gift For Your Pet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 photo contest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 going green Local Communities Go Solar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Team(s) of the month Purple Power & Cherrylicious . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 seen on scene. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32

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Winter Wonder Island – Jungle Island– Join us each night from November 29th through January 5th as we bring all of your favorite winter dreams to life! Winter Wonder Island promises to delight children from 1 to 92 with holiday-themed lighting and activities, a spectacular laser light show, a special screening of a holiday movie, photos with Santa Claus and of course, SNOW! For activity and special show times, please visit jungleisland.com. #WinterWonderIsland

Life In Color Festival – 12 pm - Life In Color, The World’s Largest Paint Party comes to Sun Life Stadium on December 27th as a part of the Rebirth Tour. For more information: www.sunlifestadium.com.

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Members: $18.00 (adults) and $13.00 (kids); Non-Members: $20.00 (adults) and $15.00 (kids) - Reservations ARE Required and space is limited - Call us 305-253-0063 or visit us on our website at www.gcrm.org.

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15 Nights of Lights at Pinecrest Gardens – 6 - 9 pm - Join us for an enchanted experience like no other as Pinecrest Gardens transforms into a holiday wonderland filled with magical creatures and animated animals - illuminated by thousands of spectacular and sparkling holiday lights!

December 7 Florida Baptist Children’s Homes Open House/Christmas Festival – 10 am - 1 pm - Tours of Cottages, Craft Booths, Face Painting, Bounce House, Food, Music, & Games. Free Family Photo with Santa! Please reserve a booth by calling 305-271-4121. Holiday Festival at Pinecrest Gardens – 11 am - 6:30 pm - It’s a day for the whole family to enjoy, where you can indulge in delicious food, take a photo with Santa, sing along with our carolers, enjoy live music, theater and dance and immerse yourself in the holiday spirit! $5 general admission, children under 2 enter free.

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Holiday Music at Fairchild – Guests will enjoy a delicious champagne dinner under the stars. After, a holiday program of seasonal music will keep everyone entertained. For more information, call 305-667-1651.

13 Family Friday at the Gardens: The Polar Express – 8 pm - Flashlight Tours begin at 7:00 p.m. and the movie begins about 8:00 p.m., and don’t forget to bring your appetite for the best hotdogs and popcorn in town. General admission, $5 and children under 2 enter free.

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Mercy Hospital and Tutti Bambini’s Holiday Extravaganza – 10 am - 1 pm Mercy Hospital 3663 South Miami Avenue Miami FL 33133 - Featuring Santa and his storytelling elves, Santa’s Bake Shop, Letters to Santa, Pony Rides, Food and Entertainment. Free Admission.

20-30 Zoo Lights – The zoo’s glorious grounds come to light for nine brilliant nights, (excludes Dec. 24-25) from 7 - 10 pm (ticket booths close at 9:30 pm). Guests can enjoy thousands of bright animal-shaped lights along our walkways, listen to wonderful holiday music, sip hot chocolate, munch on delicious cookies, take a spin on the carousel, “ice skate,” and have your picture taken with Santa. General admission is only $5 per person plus tax. Included with admission is a pair of 3D glasses, which will make the Zoo Lights experience even more engaging and amusing. Food, beverages, carousel rides, “ice skating,” and photos with Santa are all available at additional costs.

The 32nd King Mango Strut in Coconut Grove – 2 pm - The King Mango Strut continues to bring it’s off beat, off-thewall mangomania to a new generation of MangoHeads and it doesn’t intend to stop. The 32nd Strut will be ready to strut their stuff on Sunday, December 29th, 2013 at 2pm in Downtown Coconut Grove. Warning: No one and nothing is safe from parody and satire at the King Mango Strut. Visit www.kingmangostrut.org for more information.

January 4 5th Annual Chili Day in Cutler Bay – 11 am - 3 pm - Cutler Ridge Park 10100 SW 200th Street - Chefs – get your favorite chili recipe ready for the fifth annual chili challenge in Cutler Bay. Prizes will also be awarded for the best salsa and the best corn bread in Cutler Bay. Plenty of entertainment for the whole family throughout the day. To register as a chef and to reserve your booth space, please contact Fred Bobson in the Parks and Recreation Department at (305) 238-4166.

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community news Chili Day in Cutler Bay

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or the past four years, the Parks and Recreation Department in Cutler Bay has held an annual Chili Day in Cutler Bay where residents of the surrounding communities compete to see who has the best chili recipe. The idea originated when trying to settle the age old argument “I make the best chili.” It’s proven to be a fun-filled day for the serious and not-so-serious chili chefs out there. This year, the much anticipated event will take place on Saturday, January 4th from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Cutler Ridge Park. Contestants traveling from all over the tri-county area, will meet to compete to see just whose chili really is the best. In the Open division, anyone is eligible to compete tot win cash prizes and trophies,. A panel of judges will award prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in three categories - Chili, Salsa and Corn Bread. There will also be prizes given for the Best Decorated Booth, showmanship as well as the “People’s Choice” award where attendees may vote on their favorites. The

Firefighter Division of the chili challenge allows our local heroes to test their firehouse cooking skills. The winning team gets a trophy to display for the entire year and bragging rights for their particular station. The event is open to all ages and taste buds, and you don’t have to be a competitive chili chef to enjoy the day. There will be no charge for chili sampling, and for those who do not eat chili, other foods and drinks will be available for purchase. There will also be live music and children’s activities throughout the day. Come out and enjoy as much chili, salsa and cornbread that you want and support the local “chefs!” The Town’s fourth Annual Chili Day in Cutler Bay is scheduled for Saturday, January 5th, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Cutler Ridge Park (10100 SW 200 Street). For more information on the event, or to register as a chef, please contact Fred Bobson at (305) 238-4166.

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Pierini Esthetic Center held its 4 year anniversary in which beauty was the star.

Pierini Esthetic Surgery Staff. Dr. Pierini and Veruzhka Ramirez Miss Venezuela and 1st Finalist Miss Universe 1997.

Dr. Pierini and Beauty Queens for Miss Miami Tropic.

Dr. Pierini and Master of Ceremony, Artist Gaby Espino.

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Dr. Marina Vargas, Stephanie Stover MD and Dr. Pierini welcoming family, friends and patients.

ovember 8th was a special night at the Pierini Esthetic Center in Doral. In the presence of many colleagues, associates as well as grateful past and current patients, Dr. Alberto Pierini, Esthetic Center President recalled the early stages of the center in Miami with a facility of 2,400 square feet that has grown to its present size of 14,000 square feet. Within the expansion he so proudly told the hundreds that attend-

ed the anniversary party about the 10 specialty rooms for the many different treatments, (preoperative, surgical and postoperative). The celebration continued when Dr. Pierini was joined on stage with Dr. Stephanie Stove MD as they thanked the team of professionals and their families who have been the key to centers success. The festivities culminated as Dr. Pierini gave success stories that included procedures to celebrities both nationally and inter-

nationally such as members of the european royalty as well as many winning beauty competitors such as Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss Venezuela, Miss Aruba, Miss Curacao, Miss Brazil, Miss Puerto Rico, Miss Santo Domingo in addition to models and artists of national and international reputation many of which were in attendance. Here is to many more years of beauty and living well at the Pierini Esthetic Center.

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community news Learning to Live Like Bella: A Night at Turley Jewelers

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n May 28th, 2013 the South Florida community lost a dear member of its family; a little girl, Bella, who not only became an inspiration across counties and states, but a heroine across the world. Although she is gone, she is not forgotten, nor has her philosophy faded: to go through life as spirited and as fully as you possibly can. Bella Rodriguez-Torres was only four years old when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, and while doctors and medical specialists across the world claimed that she would never walk again, Bella triumphed over her paralysis and was able to add running and jumping back onto her list of things to do. She went into remission several times before she was finally unable to keep the cancer at bay, and six years later on May 28th the exuberance with which she filled everyone’s lives around her was stolen by the terrible illness. It was during Bella’s struggle that her mother, Shannah Rodriguez-Torres, created an unexpected movement through a simple, yet powerful Facebook post. Shannah encouraged people everywhere to “Live Like Bella” and make the most of life by doing things that Bella loved. And so, “Ways to Live Like Bella” flooded the lives of people all over the globe and now serves as hope for those fighting through the same treacherous disease. Now, the Live Like Bella Foundation helps to fund pediatric cancer research and provides support for families with children in treatment, as well as those who have lost children.

Bella’s parents, Raymond and Shannah Rodriguez-Torres, with Charlotte and Eddie DePaula, owners of Turley Jewelers.

Honoring Bella's memory, may we all Live Like Bella!

Ways to Live Like Bella ▸▸ Wear Red ▸▸ Eat S’mores ▸▸ Belly Laugh Really Loud ▸▸ Sing at the Top of Your Lungs ▸▸ Pray all the Time ▸▸ Cuddle

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On Thursday, November 21st Turley Jewelers in Suniland hosted an evening to Live Like Bella. It was a light-hearted event, filled with family and friends of the Rodriguez-Torres’s, all gathering in commemoration of Bella and to bring awareness to their cause. Turley’s staff and Bella’s parents welcomed invitees to share in some s’mores, macaroni and cheese balls, and fruit (all Bella’s favorite foods), and the staff wore bright red shirts with a list of ways to live like Bella on the back. Red bracelets adorned with lovely B’s in Bella’s handwriting lay askew in various locations about the store for purchase; from which proceeds will go to the Live Like Bella Foundation for Childhood Cancer, as will a portion of all Turley’s holiday purchases made from November 21st through December 24th. It was an inspiring evening and the love for Bella resounded among Turley’s patrons. 10

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Members of our community marveled at the great lengths Bella’s family has gone to help other families courageously trying to beat an illness for which there is no cure; only hope. Though hearts grow heavy with the thought of such invigorating life fading from the world, The Rodriguez-Torres family has made it their supreme duty to continue to fight back against the cancer that took their daughter by still keeping her alive and well everyday through their persistence to share her story. After one night of living like Bella, it was easy to see how important it is to the family to not only keep Bella in their lives and hearts, but also to help bring comfort and hope to the lives of others struggling through the same feat. Thus, I made my pledge, to Live Like Bella. Visit LiveLikeBella.org to learn more about how to contribute to the foundation for childhood cancer. To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817


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community news 70th Anniversary of Golden Rule Seafood

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stablished in 1943, Golden Rule Seafood has been a staple in the community for decades, and this year marks their 70th Anniversary. Golden Rule Seafood, located on US 1 in Palmetto Bay, has the largest selection of seafood in the area, all sold at reasonable prices. You’ll find a considerable variety of fresh local seafood including stone crabs, blue crabs, Key West shrimp, and Florida lobster, as well as dozens of other seafood items brought in daily from many other locales. They also sell fresh local produce, key lime pie and a number of grocery items to compliment your seafood purchase. Their shelves are stocked with every imaginable seasoning and sauce, including over 30 types of hot sauce.

In 1969, Golden Rule Seafood became completely family-owned and operated when Benn and LaVerne Mullins purchased the then grocery store. Over the years, many family members have joined Benn and LaVerne, working at Golden Rule. Some of the family members who are currently proud to work with their family at Golden Rule Seafood are Walter Flores (current owner/ Benn & LaVerne’s son-in-law) Jeffrey Mullins, Brittany Mullins, Courtney Reeder & Taylor Mullins-Flores. Five generations of family have worked at or grown up at the store. Having so much of the family there is part of what makes Golden Rule Seafood so special and unique in the community. Keeping it in the family is what Golden Rule Seafood is all about. That’s why some of the local seafood sold at Golden Rule Seafood is caught by family members who are also commercial fishermen: Jeffery Mullins, Lisa Mullins, Alberto Diaz and Taylor Mullins-Flores. If you can’t cast a line off your own boat, Golden Rule Seafood is the next best thing. So if you’re in the Palmetto Bay area and are craving something from the sea, Golden Rule Seafood is the market for you. If you prefer pre-cooked eats, they’ll even steam your seafood on site for you. And if you’re too impatient to wait until you get home, there are tables where you can sit and dig in to your tasty seafood treats. In honor of the 70th Anniversary of Golden Rule Seafood serving the community, there will be a “Friday Night Fish Fry” on Friday, December 6th from 7 p.m. till 10 p.m. The cost of the event is $25 per person. This event is open to the public and will feature Golden Rule’s signature fresh fish, fried shrimp and fried conch, live music and dancing. Come and help celebrate the 7 decades of deliciousness.

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asani Jewels, a high-end wholesale retail store dedicated to selling the best quality jewelry, is known for the excellence and craftsmanship of its pieces. With stores in South Miami and in the Seybold Building located in Downtown Miami, Dasani Jewels specializes in custom jewelry design, accurate appraisals, jewelry repairs, special orders, and imaginative remountings. Dasani Jewels helps customers celebrate the milestones in life with an offering of pieces from the simple to the extraordinary. They offer an array of interesting pieces to choose from by using gemstones and precious metals that are crafted with careful attention to detail. Dasani Jewels specializes in one-of-a-kind pieces, making it a standout among other jewelry stores in South Miami. They pride themselves on creating fabulous, distinctive designs that reflect the personality of the customer, as well as, the beauty of the gemstones used in the piece. By listening to their clients and paying special attention to detail, Dasani Jewels is able to discover the wants and needs of their discriminating clientele. Customer satisfaction is their utmost concern and has been key to the success of the business thus far. With 12 years in the jewelry business, owner Naveen Shivdasani, also known as “Dasani the Jeweler”, started his career in jewelry when he was only 18 years old. He began by working with a diamond sightholder (bulk purchaser of rough diamonds) in the “diamond district” of New York City. In this position, he dealt with the wholesale trading of diamonds within the United States and the Caribbean. This unique background allows Dasani to offer his customers the best prices possible when purchasing Gemological Institute of America (GIA) certified diamonds. With this certification and expertise, you are assured that you will be purchasing a quality diamond while getting the most value for your investment. With a love of finely made jewelry, Dasani aims to offer classic, modern and playful lines. His trained eye, and extensive experience helps him select the finest jewelry 14

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available. His love of beautiful and refined design, and his aesthetic sensibility will inspire and enchant you. He also creates custom jewelry pieces for celebrities such as Rick Ross, as well as several Miami Heat and Miami Dolphins players. The upscale jewelry store offers an array of top brands for men and women, such as, Pandora, Rebecca, Adami & Martucci, Oliver Webber, Kapara Shamballa bracelets, and fine watches. They pride themselves in creating exclusive jewelry from engagement rings, diamond encrusted watches, bracelets, and earrings, just to name a few. Whether you are looking for diamond earrings, a watch for everyday wear, or a one of a kind engagement ring for that special someone, Dasani Jewels is the place for you! Open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Holiday store hours starting Black Friday through Christmas Eve from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information, visit their website at www.DasaniTheJeweler.com. To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817


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school news Riviera Preparatory Students Lend a Helping Hand

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he National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are the nation’s premier organizations established to recognize outstanding high school and middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NHS and NJHS serve to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character (and Citizenship for NJHS). These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since their beginnings in 1921 and 1929. At Riviera Preparatory School, the same level of excellence is demanded of the students who are members of both organizations. As each NHS inducted student begins the school year, they are required to submit two community service projects to their faculty advisor, Janet Mantecon. Not only are the students required to maintain the standards that were used as the basis of their selection into NHS, but they must also dedicate time to a service project of their choice in order to demonstrate distinction in all facets of their learning process. Each month, one student’s project is selected as the focus and the selected student must organize and facilitate the

planning of their event. November’s service project, led by NHS member Victoria Basnuevo, was to help meet the needs of Miami’s homeless community by serving lunch at Camillus House. The NHS members prepared 300 meals for the individuals at Camillus House. They then divided into groups, where some students served the meals from behind the counter, while the other half worked in the cafeteria catering to the needs of those who were handicapped. This was an eye opening experience for all students involved and will help them to understand that although excelling academically is important, giving back to the community is also crucial to learning.

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ecently, a new Head of Schools was announced at Gulliver. Frank Steel joins the Gulliver family after a 30-year career at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, where he held several positions, including head of school, head of Upper School and associate admissions director, as well as teacher, advisor and coach. “Following a national search, I am confident that Frank is the perfect choice for the head of schools position with Gulliver as we begin our 61st year. He will work closely with John Krutulis, director of Gulliver Schools, and with the Board of Trustees,” said Emilio Nunez, president and chairman of Gulliver’s Board of Trustees. “Frank brings effective leadership skills to the job —having worked with parents, students, faculty and staff, administrators and boards of trustees,” said John Krutulis, Gulliver’s current director and head of schools. “His integrity, drive for academic excellence and management skills will ensure that the Krutulis legacy, established six decades ago, lives on. Our Gulliver community should be assured that this management change solidifies our unwavering dedication to honor our traditions, as well as a commitment to plan for the continued growth of our great school.” Frank Steel Steel’s academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts in American studies (history) from Yale University and a Master of Arts in history from

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music news The Gift of Music: A Gift that Lasts a Lifetime

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o you know a music lover that you want to buy a special gift for? There are lots of neat gadgets and equipment that your musician would love to get and would probably appreciate more than the typical after shave, tie or socks! Just about this time of year you will ask or be asked the seasons most frequently asked question…what do you want for Christmas. If you are like me, this is the moment that your mind goes blank and you come up with some lame response. Of course, after I have given them some dumb answer, I actually come up with a huge list of my “I wants”. Unfortunately, this epiphany comes much later and then I am too embarrassed to tell them what terrific, “gotta have” thing or things I have come up with.

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from the mayor The Village of Parks…

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ncreasing outreach and information sharing to the Village residents is one of my goals as Mayor. Palmetto Bay was founded 11 years ago through the hard work of a group of residents to provide for better control of zoning, better safety and security and a higher quality of life. The Village aims to build a sense of community through programming and living up to its identity as the “Village of Parks”. A Back to School Carnival at Palmetto Bay Park, a Concert and Antique Car Show at Ludovici Park, exercise classes at Coral Reef Park, the Re-Opening of Thalatta Park, and just a couple of weeks ago, Coral Reef Park hosted Monsters in the Park. These are events aimed at bringing friends and neighbors together for fun. Great weather blessed the Halloween night event and included the movie “Monsters University” shown under the stars. An estimated 1000 little monsters and ghouls filled the Coral Reef Park Green following Trick or Treating at the newly refurbished Tennis Center.

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There is a new Down Town Redevelopment Task Force whose focus is the re-development initiative of our downtown area or commercial corridor on US1 and the Franjo Triangle. The revitalization of this area will bring new services to our community, better retail, restaurants as well as the beautification that will accompany it. The importance of this initiative stems from my goal of keeping our taxes low but continuing to grow our services and quality of life for our residents. 92% of our Village portfolios are residential and provide the main source of our ad valorem tax income. However, the 8% of our portfolios that are commercial provide 21% of our property tax income. Growing our commercial sector will shift the burden of taxes from our residential property owners. The Task Force is comprised of professionals, businessmen, property owners and staff most of whom are residents. Their expertise and dedication to creating a plan are an outstanding example of what a team can accomplish. Much interest has been expressed in the area and the success of the project will be witnessed in years to come. The Task Force is also looking for opportunities to bring presentations to community groups, HOAs, Church groups, etc. Please contact the group to make arrangements. The Task Force webpage will provide details of the process and plan at www.palmettobay-fl.gov/ content/downtown-redevelopment-task-force. Over the years our little Village has developed into a great place to live, raise a family, work and enjoy all of the great aspects of community life. I appreciate this opportunity to catch you up on Palmetto Bay and look forward to more opportunities to share the goings on around the Village. I encourage you to attend our Council Meetings held the first Monday of the month (unless there’s a holiday). Our next meeting is December 9 at 7PM at Village Hall. You can watch the meetings live on WBAY, or on the website live streaming or archived from the webpage. It is important to participate in the governance of your Village. If you have questions or concerns I am always available to you. Please feel free to contact me on my email, ShelleyStanczyk@ShelleyStanczyk.com or on my cell phone at 305-389-3425. To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817


the florida villager : exclusive Uncle Tom’s BBQ Will Open a 2nd Location

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ncle Tom’s BBQ, Miami’s oldest restaurant has had it’s life and history restored. New owners, new paint and a new menu have made this landmark come back to life. Uncle Tom’s BBQ first opened its doors in 1948 by Tom Fannis, on, what was then, the dirt road of 8th Street. The original Uncle Tom’s BBQ offered classic southern BBQ with ribs, pork, and all the fixin’s. The primary location at I re s to OCAT ew L n ig N E W ur b n o T OUR i e A ar We IT US S I V

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3988 SW 8th St. in Miami is reopening soon with all of the classic American BBQ recipes that launched the Miami landmark. Received from a reliable source, Uncle Tom’s BBQ will be opening a second location in the Pinecrest area. This new location will be in the former Food Spot location just off of US1 and 124th Street. With a tentative opening date of April 2014, this newest

location will also serve the best in timeless southern BBQ recipes. Get ready for mouthwatering ribs, brisket, chicken and sliced pork sandwiches. And don’t forget the traditional sides such as corn on the cob, fries, cornbread, and of course, stuffed mac ‘n cheese. We’ll keep you posted as details emerge on the opening of this classic Miami BBQ treasure!

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ell, well, well...Here we are at the beginning of December! A time of great joy, family, love, friends, peace, harmony, AND hustle-bustle, dashing about, running late, running out, running yourself ragged...sound familiar?? As your “Virtual Florida Villager Coach”, I don’t want to add to your craziness, your stress or your “to-do” list by suggesting or requesting that you take some steps to de-clutter, eliminate, clear up, clean up, show up, go anywhere or do anything! My request for you during this special month is for you to simply BE AWARE. It takes no extra time, no extra money, no extra energy, no extraneous people. Between now and the end of another extraordinary year, Be Aware of what is happening around you. Awareness begins with our senses: SEE the beauty in the neighborhood landscaping, the flow of the cars on South Dixie Highway (and the people in the cars around you as you wait patiently for that “flow” to occur!), the bright colors and twinkling lights of the holiday decorations. FEEL the warmth of the Miami sun on your face as you take your long walks through parking lots, the touch of the hand you are holding! SMELL the floral centerpieces, the scented candles, the cookies in the oven! TASTE those cookies, the eggnog, and savor the flavor of the wine. HEAR the bells, the familiar music of the season, the giggles of children and the laughter of those you love. I know that you understand what I’m talking about here, so I am not going to take any more of your precious December moments. Opening your mind, your heart and your “awareness” will ensure that your December days are meaningful and “wonderfilled”! If you have a question or situation you’d like to share with me, email me at CoachBobette@thefloridavillager.com and watch for response (without delay!!).

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rogressive Therapy Center is a leader in Pinecrest for physical and occupational therapy for patients in the Miami area. They are dedicated to the highest level of patient-centered care. For over 20 years, Progressive Therapy has helped patients from pediatrics to geriatrics suffering from orthopedic and sports injuries, as well as neurological issues. From the front office to the therapists, Progressive Therapy goes above and beyond for their patients in a fun and professional setting. This private practice has a staff of varied therapists dedicated to utilizing the best in evidenced-based research regarding treatment protocols and techniques, maximizing patient care and results. What separates Progressive Therapy from other practices is the hands-on manual therapy that is provided to patients. The individualized care sets up patients for success. They don’t just set people up on machines using the same routine everyday. The exercises chosen for therapy are based on the status and progression of each patient. “If you’re going to bring people in frequently, it is important that they get exactly what they need to progress, but also have fun. We want them to enjoy the experience,” says owner Greg Welch. This team of passionate therapists is devoted to learning all that they can in their

field and providing the utmost in quality care, by specializing in their respective fields and earning doctorate degrees. “When you love what you do when you come in to work, it will show and produce great results,” says Welch. Progressive Therapy Center provides treatment for patients of the top physicians in Miami. Working closely with physicians, the center takes a team-approach to help the patient to get the best results. They also work with all major insurances, helping patients stay in their insurance network. The therapists and staff are committed to providing excellence in all areas of orthopedic care and sports medicine, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and hand therapy. Even the most complicated cases have been treated with positive results. That is why patients recommend Progressive Therapy Center to their family and friends for an incredible therapy experience. If you find yourself with an orthopedic injury and want the best quality physical, occupational, or hand therapy around, visit Progressive Therapy Center. You will be treated like you’re family. Progressive Therapy Center is located at 12651 South Dixie Highway, Suite 205 in Pinecrest. You can contact Progressive Therapy Center at 305-232-9222 or via email info@progressivetherapy.net.

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recipe of the month Walnut-Gorgonzola Crackers These savory treats are the perfect accompaniment to your favorite wine. Wrapped in a cellophane bag and tied to a wine bottle, they also make a wonderful hostess gift! 3/4 cup walnut pieces, toasted 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 3 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces 4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled In a food processor, process walnuts until just ground. Add flour, salt and pepper, pulsing until blended. Add cold butter and pulse 5 or 6 times, until mixture is crumbly. Add crumbled cheese to processor and process until dough begins to leave sides of bowl. Shape the dough into 2 5-inch logs and wrap in waxed paper. Chill logs several hours or until firm. Cut into 1/4 inch-thick slices, and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned, about 10 or 12 minutes. Cool 1 minute on baking sheets, then remove to wire racks to cool. Crackers can be stored in an airtight container for 5 days. Yield: about 2 1/2 dozen crackers

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legally speaking What Homeowners Need to Know About Florida’s New Speedy Foreclosure Law

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By Omar J. Arcia, Esq., Foreclosure Defense and Bankruptcy Protection Attorney

fter a two year effort, Florida legislators approved a new foreclosure law that significantly affects the rights of homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages. Under the veil of “helping Florida’s economic recovery,” Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 87 into law on June 7, 2013. Unless this new law is overturned by the courts, it is expected to have a profound impact on the foreclosure process in favor of the banks and homeowners’ associations. The new law permits a lender or its servicer to file a foreclosure action and instead of being required to prove its right to foreclose, it unfairly shifts the burden on the homeowner to “prove” that the lender “does not have the right” to foreclose. This new procedure is time sensitive, and if the homeowner does not provide the necessary evidence, a final judgment of foreclosure is entered. In as quickly as 45 days, the property could be sold at a foreclosure auction. The new law also provides homeowners’ associations with same expanded rights to quickly evict non-paying homeowners through this new expedited foreclosure process. For homeowners that are behind on their mortgage or HOA payments (but not yet in foreclosure), it is imperative that you immediately consult with a legal professional about your case. There are a number of “pre-foreclosure” steps that must be taken in order to defend yourself and your family from this new speedy foreclosure law. Remember you will only have a limited amount of time (20 days) to prove that the party suing for foreclosure does not have the legal right to do so. This means that the evidence needs

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to be gathered before the foreclosure process starts, and there are critical requests for information that must be presented to lenders prior to a foreclosure to avoid losing your home. The new speedy foreclosure law also states that if your house is foreclosed on fraudulently, you cannot get it back. You will only be entitled to file an action for damages against the lender or other party that obtained the wrongful foreclosure. We all know that in foreclosure cases there are a disturbing number of mistakes being made by banks and their attorneys. For those homeowners currently in foreclosure, it is critically important that any mistakes in the process be identified and brought to the attention of the court BEFORE a final judgment. In short, this new speedy foreclosure law is wrong, and it clearly violates the due process rights of the good citizens of Florida. It will force many more homeowners into bankruptcy as the only reliable means of saving their home. More detailed explanations of different options available to homeowners in foreclosure, at risk of foreclosure, or considering bankruptcy are discussed in a new consumer-friendly DVD developed by the Arcia Law Firm entitled “Fight For Your Home,” available for purchase on our website. 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 qualified legal team. Contact the Arcia Law Firm today at 954-437-9066 to schedule a free consultation, or visit www.arcialawfirm.com for more information.

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pet of the month Meet Merlot!

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erlot is a Yorkshire Terrier and will be seven years old on Christmas Eve. Merlot’s favorite “person” is actually a cat by the name of Rex, but her favorite human is Sam, her owner. Merlot’s favorite toy is a tennis ball. Once she starts playing with her tennis ball, it’s hard to get her to stop playing. Merlot loves taking rides in the car, as well as chasing squirrels and lizards. She is a very easy going dog who gets along with everyone.

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pet care Choosing A Perfect Holiday Gift For Your Pet

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by Dr. Marta Sanchez Emden

hristmas is around the corner and if you’re planning to get a gift for your pet, you are not alone. At least fifty percent of pet owners give their pets a gift for the holidays. The average pet gift-giver will spend about $30.00 on the gift. Is it worth it? Well, consider the benefits: it reaffirms them as an indisputable part of the family, it makes the day more fun for everyone, and, most importantly, it makes us happy. There is no limit for the kind of present you can get for your pet. The most common pet gifts in order of popularity are toys, special treats, a new bed, clothes, and a new collar. Try including a small treat or some catnip to help your pet find their gift on their own and add to the excitement. Now before you go running to the pet store or start making that homemade gift, here are some rules you should follow:

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▸▸ Rule #1: Safety is the priority. The gift must be ideal for the size and age of your pet. Choose materials with high durability. Avoid toys that have parts that can be detached and swallowed such as bells, feathers, or strings. ▸▸ Rule #2: Avoid toys that look like household objects such as squeaky toys that look like shoes or stuffed animals with the appearance of children’s toys. Your pet will not know the difference and will chew on both. ▸▸ Rule #3: More expensive is not always better. Your pet may favor the homemade peanut butter doggie cookies baked by your children over the overpriced storebought cookies with excess icing, preservatives, and a dubious nutritional profile. ▸▸ Rule #4: Stay away from “edible” chew products such as pig ears, bones, and raw hides. Even though dogs love them, these products have a high potential of causing obstructions or trauma to the gastrointestinal tract that can result in your pet spending the holidays in a veterinary emergency clinic. ▸▸ Rule #5: Avoid treats made in China. Theses treats have been under investigation by the FDA for years now because of pet deaths that have been reported after eating them. There are new recalls all the time. If getting your pet a gift doesn’t seem like something you might want to do, that’s just fine. They’ll love you all the same. As all pet owners know, the most precious gift you can give a pet is your undivided attention, love and care.

Dr. Marta Sanchez Emden, is a veterinarian at Animal Health & Rehab Center in South Miami. Specializing in Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation and Acupuncture. She has been practicing veterinary medicine in Miami for over 20 years and is a reoccurring guest on Despierta America and Tu Desayuno Alegre, educating the public on pets topics. See more at www.animalhealthrehab.com. To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817

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going green Local Communities Go Solar

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ayor Ed MacDougall, chairman of Choice One Companies, recently entered into contract with Raluna Solar Energy Solutions, owned by Raul Vergara and partnered with South Florida Energy Savers, to install a 25 Kilowatt system on the Choice One building located at 18400 SW 97 Avenue in Cutler Bay. Ygrene, the only company in the United States that offers a fully funded clean energy district, will help finance this landmark move toward renewable energy in this community. Choice One will be the first commercial building powered by the sun in the Town of Cutler Bay. Mayor MacDougall, a longtime friend of the environment has been looking for ways to reduce the impact his business has on the environment. Mayor MacDougall knows the benefits personally; he had a 10k solar power system installed in his own home earlier this year. Choice One looks to be a leader in this movement, from the fleet of environmentally friendly Smart Cars, to energy efficient lighting, and now Solar Panels. Choice One has made a long-term commitment to this community to responsibly lead in this worthwhile endeavor. Mayor MacDougall says, “It is important for companies like Choice One to lead the community. By installing this system we want to minimize our carbon footprint and lead the way for others to follow in this important endeavor.” The installation of 100% USA made solar panels at the Choice One building by South Florida Energy Savers is expected to offset their power by 70% monthly, essentially saving Choice One $8,000 a year. The partnership between Ygrene and the cities of Cutler Bay, Palmetto Bay and Pinecrest has led to the creation of the Green Corridor. Citizens who live in this Green Corridor are able to finance this type of home improvement project with no money up front and one yearly payment built into their property taxes. This unique financing tool has helped to bring this solar revolution into South Florida. Marcos Fullana, broker for Choice One Real Estate, is not only committed to pro-

viding the best service, but believes Choice One has the responsibility to lead the community. “Renewable power is the way of the future, and who better than Choice One to lead the movement.” The installation of these panels will not only save money, and minimize the impact to the environment, but it will also send a strong message to the community that it’s time to “let the sun power your lifestyle.” Cutler Bay’s #1 Real Estate firm is excited to partner with South Florida Energy Savers, a local company based out of Palmetto Bay. They are committed to bringing solar power to South Florida, currently installing over 100 Kilowatts in projects all over Cutler Bay, Palmetto Bay, and Pinecrest. Homeowners all over South Dade are making the choice to lower their carbon emissions, and save money on their electric bills. With the use of conventional methods like installing Radiant Barrier in the attics, converting electric water heaters to Solar power or installing Solar panels, South Florida Energy Savers has saved their average customer over 70% of their electric bill. For more information on Ygrene, visit www.ygrene.us. For more information on Raluna Solar Energy Solutions, call (305) 251-1116. For more information on South Florida Energy Savers www.southfloridaenergysavers.com.

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Team(s) of the month Purple Power & Cherrylicious

The Pinecrest Premier U8 soccer teams "Purple Power" and “Cherrylicious" get together for an end of game cheer!

COMMEMORATE YOUR SPORTS STAR’S CAREER WITH A SPORTS TIMELINE .333/10/19 LEAGUE AVERAGE/RBI/RUNS 2010 LCAA HONORABLE MENTION 2011 COACH’S AWARD

Zach Bastien

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.

TACKLES/SACKS/INTERCEPTIONS

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CATCHER/INFIELD 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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seen on scene Gulliver schools day

Gulliver Schools celebrated their 60th anniversary under the leadership of the Krutulis family. Mayor Lerner participated in the festivities and presented a proclamation designating November 5 as “Gulliver Schools Day”.

olympic fest

An estimated 2,000 Pinecrest Elementary students, faculty and friends went for the gold at this year’s Olympic Fest, held November 16 at Pinecrest Elementary School. All money raised went directly back to the school, allowing the PTA to complete its goal of purchasing a smart board for every classroom, as well as upgrading the computers in the school’s four computer labs and classrooms.

Veterans Day Thank you to all who participated in the Veterans Day commemoration in Pinecrest and THANK YOU to all veterans for their service.

halloween at veronica’s dollhouse

Veronica’s Dollhouse in South Miami hosted it’s Annual Haunted House on October 31.

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The Florida Villager : December 2013  
The Florida Villager : December 2013  

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