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s the holiday season comes to a close, we hope this edition of The Florida Villager finds all of our readers happy, healthy, and excited for a new year. January is a month of new beginnings, new projects, and resolutions for many people. It is a great time to re-focus your time and energy on what is important, whether that is your family, friends, career, or hobbies. Our 2014 resolution is to work even harder to make this publication the best it can be! We could not have asked for a better start, and are excited for all that this upcoming year has in store. We raise our glasses and toast to 2014: May it exceed all your expectations! From all of us at The Florida Villager, have a Happy New Year! Sincerely,

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contents :: January 2014

10 calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 can do kid Nicole Bouza on a Mission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 cover story Miami’s Ultimate Maternity and Baby Destination: Tutti Bambini . . . . 10 weekend fun History’s Most Playful Time: Art Deco Weekend 2014 . . . . . . . . . . 12 community News Fashion in the Gardens Luncheon & Fashion Show . . . . . . . . . . . 14 #GivingShoesDay for Dress For Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 from the mayor To my Palmetto Bay Neighbors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 music news Play a Guitar – For the Fun of It! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

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school news Gabriel Taylor recognized in Sports Illustrated Kids’ “Fab Five” for his success in athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Riviera Schools Students in the Giving Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 fitness forum Meet Your Fitness Goals at CrossFit MIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 health & wellness Foods For a Healthy Smile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Pet of the month. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 pet care Controlling Pet Obesity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 receipe of the month. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 legally speaking A Dangerous Waiting Game . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 seen on scene. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

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January 11 The 2nd Annual Cutler Bay Music and Art Festival – Cutler Bay Sports Bar & Grill will host 4 stages of live music, bands, arts & crafts, vendors, give-aways, raffles, bounce house, kids zone and more. The festival starts at 2 pm with non stop music til 2 am. Family friendly till 10 pm. Kids 12 and under free. $5 cover. 20305 Old Cutler Rd, Cutler Ridge, FL 33189.

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17-19 The 37th Art Deco Weekend – Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139. “Art Deco at Play” For schedules, vendor applications and information: www.artdecoweekend.com.

18 Fairchild Farmers’ Market – 9 am to 2 pm. Come and stock up your kitchen at the brand new Fairchild Farmers’ Market every Saturday (excluding festival weekends)! Local vendors will be selling fresh produce, honey, artisan products, handmade soaps, herb and vegetable plants, baked goods, and much more! Located in Fairchild’s lowlands parking, the Farmers’ Market is free to attend.

Mommy and Me Tea – Create a special memory with our Mommy and Me Tea, held on the veranda and in the ballroom of the Jean DuPont Shehan Visitor Center. Live music by local guitarist Rob Friedman enhances the ambiance of our Afternoon Tea, which is served at beautifully set tables by delightful garden volunteers. Tea service begins at 3:00 p.m. Cost per person is $27

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18-19 The Beaux Arts Festival of Art – University of Miami. Thousands of patrons visit the Festival to view and purchase art from over 200 juried exhibitors from around the US and abroad. Cash prizes totaling $20,000 are awarded across ten categories, as well as the Student Artist Showcase, featuring art

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from students all over Miami-Dade County. For more information: beauxartsmiami.org.

19 Singin’ With Susan, A Children’s Concert – 3 pm- 5 pm at The Alper JCC - Russell Theater - Come and sing along to the fun and playful music of Susan Shane-Linder and Company. Susan is a Miami-born award winning, published singer/songwriter and children’s recording artist. She was nominated for a 2009 Nickelodeon Parents’ Picks Award for best party entertainer in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, and in 2010 she won that award. For more information contact Marcy Levitt at 305-271-9000 x268.

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can do kid Nicole Bouza on a Mission

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here is a generation of people whose heartbeat is to see a changed world. It’s a generation that’s dissatisfied with the status quo and is actively rising to the challenge of transforming the world through tangible expressions of faith and love. These people are participants in The World Race. The World Race is a grand mission trip of young people between the ages of 21 and 35, who dedicate 11 months to visit 11 countries and spread love, guidance, and aid to people in the chosen places. Sure you may not see the romanticism of sleeping on the ground, eating undistinguishable items, or carrying all your worldly possessions on your back. Many young people would do that and more for the chance to help those less fortunate. Each day on The World Race is a little different. Some days are jammed packed with construction, Vacation Bible School, building relationships with orphans, or praying for the sick at a hospital. Some days are slower — shopping for groceries at the market, cooking for your team, and spending time praying for the community you walk through. Regardless of the pace or the activity, every day will be focused on being a part of mission work. One local young woman, Nicole Bouza, will be traveling to four continents with her team “Brazen Hearts” this

month. Bouza’s journey with The World Race will begin in Honduras and follows with Guatemala, El Salvador, Albania, Bulgaria, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Thailand, Cambodia and ends with Malaysia. For the past two years, Nicole has dedicated her life to studying and giving back to her community, while attending the Miami Dade Honors College, Wolfson Campus. After many long nights of studying and completing projects, she decided to pause her academic career and put her entrepreneurial passion to the test. Since the shoe line TOMS began, Nicole has dreamt of starting a business that gives back to those less fortunate. By blending the business world filled with innovative ideas and her philanthropic mind set, Nicole has molded her famous Bouza Brownies into her ideal start-up business.  When hearing back from The World Race Mission Trip almost one month before the rest of her transfer College/Universities gave a response, it was clear to Nicole that now was the perfect time to pause everything and begin a new chapter in her life. Bouza Brownies came to be, simply for the purpose

of helping Nicole raise the funds she needs for the mission trip launching in January 2014. “It is a chance to start a business, travel, and give back; a 3-in-1 combo,” Nicole says. Luckily for her, the Bouza Family is excited to see Nicole grow during this time, as well as continue her family business once she departs. Babson College is deferring Nicole’s acceptance for when she returns, in the spring of 2015. There, Nicole will be able to continue her entrepreneurial studies and earn her bachelor degree. The World Race is a program of the inter-denominational organization Adventures in Missions (Adventures). Adventures is an established missions organization that has been around since 1989, sending people from different churches and backgrounds all over the world on life-changing mission trips. For more information on Nicole’s journey with The World Race, follow her adventures at www.bouzabrownies.com. Each purchase of brownies helps to fund Nicole’s mission.

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cover story Miami’s Ultimate Maternity and Baby Destination: by alexis prieto

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utti Bambini is a sophisticated maternity concierge establishment in South Miami that specializes in preparing expectant parents for the big day and continuing to support families through the teenage years. With knowledge and experience, the Tutti Bambini Baby Planners guide parents-to-be through the baby preparation maze of endless shopping, researching, conflicting advice, and the general stress and confusion that comes with being a new parent of one or multiples. This unique concept was conceived when owner, Lourdes Leon-Vega, was pregnant with her second baby and was ordered to be on bed rest. Due to her limited mobility throughout the pregnancy, Leon-Vega found there were no Miami based companies catering to expectant mothers, as well as an absence of certified baby planners that could help with the impending arrival of her second baby. With so many products and brands on the market to choose from, she made it her mission to not let other mothers experience her same situation. Leon-Vega decided to provide new and expectant mothers with vital information paired with only the best baby products available on the market. Tutti Bambini is proud to offer certified baby wearing experts, as well as certified baby planners who are available to deliver over 15 classes and assist customers at the store or by appointment. Now, with the South Florida market in mind, Tutti Bambini will host “Miami’s Ultimate Baby Affair” on January 19th at Coral Gables Country Club. This one of a kind event will help guide expectant and new parents, as well as couples trying to conceive through the amazing journey that is parenthood. The event, sponsored in part by Mercy Hospital, Land Rover, STOKKE®, Orbit Baby© and Ergobaby™ will house over 50 luxury brands all under one roof. The event will have lectures and appearances by New York Times Best-Selling author and Donald Trump’s original Apprentice, Bill Rancic, Jamie Grayson, the Baby Guy, and actress, author and mother of four, Tori Spelling. Miami Housewife, Lisa Hochstein will also join the event.

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Some of the highlights of the event include a Speakers’ Room hosted by Conceptions Florida, where informational seminars will be presented by, IVF doctors, pediatricians, attorneys, lactation consultants, baby wearing experts, baby gear experts, financial planners, and many more. Attendess will have the opportunity to participate of a FREE onsite photo session by international lifestyle photographer, Alain Martinez, who will bring his studio and greet guests in his modern lounge Lourdes Leon Vega, Owner & President. Land Rover will sponsor the Daddy’s Lounge, where dads will relax, smoke a cigar, watch Sunday Football, have a drink, enjoy a snack and test drive one of the Land Rovers from the 2014 collection on site. Miami’s first stroller test track, sponsored by STOKKE, will allow guests to take strollers for a spin to compare the push and pull performance of each stroller showcased at the event. An Italian buffet will be served in the Fountain Room that will be decorated as a baby shower and where attendees will receive professional advice from one of Tutti Bambini’s certified baby planners on how to put together an effective baby registry. The day will end with a runway presentation from Peace, Love, World’s new baby and maternity line, available exclusively at Tutti Bambini and the mommy and me shoe collection CAMI created by reporter and TV News Anchor from “Primer Impacto,” Bárbara Bermudo. All guests will leave with a lavish swag bag sponsored by Belly Bandit. Thousands of dollars in luxury items will be raffled among all attendees throughout the event. Some of the items to be raffle are tickets to the One Direction concert, Orbit Strollers, Disney vacations, jewelry pieces by Maria Paola Jewelry, a 3D-4D Sonogram from A Peek in the Pod and a one year school registration to La Piazza Academy among others raffle items. The event’s emcee will be CBS 4 Meteorologist and mom to be Lissette Gonzalez. Part of the proceeds of ticket sales for this event will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charity of South Florida. “Miami’s Ultimate Baby Affair” delivers modern moms and moms to be the tools and trends to help them enjoy the ride, showcasing the resources for the most challenging and exciting period in their lives. Tickets are on sale now at Tutti-Bambini.com or at EventBrite.com. Tutti Bambini is located at 7211 SW 58th Ave., South Miami. From pregnancy to parenting, Tutti Bambini is South Florida’s ultimate maternity and baby destination. Tutti Bambini is led by owner Lourdes León-Vega and her team of in-house experts, Tutti Bambini is a sophisticated maternity concierge establishment that specializes in preparing expectant parents for the big day and continuing to support families through the teenage years. With knowledge and experience, the Tutti Bambini Baby Planners guide parents-to-be through the baby preparation maze of endless shopping, researching, conflicting advice, and the general stress and confusion that comes with being a new parent of one or multiples. At Tutti Bambini, “Mom’s the Word” — meaning from preparing one’s nursery, to bringing home baby to breastfeeding workshops to losing stubborn baby weight to photography services — this premium concierge service has moms-to-be covered.

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hen you think of Miami, perhaps you think Miami Vice; fast cars, blue skies, a little Armani, and a lot of action. Or maybe you just think palm trees and Cuban coffee. Regardless of the things we tend to associate with living at the very bottom of this sunshine-filled state, there is often a more creative part of our culture that we forget to think about, and that is the Art Deco. Actually, the Art Deco District served as the backdrop for Miami Vice, and the vibrantly colored, geometric buildings that paint Miami Beach became recognized internationally, contributing to the visually-striking Deco style that Ocean Drive commemorates every January. The Miami Design Preservation League initiated Art Deco Week in 1978, thus, this year will be marked as the 37th annual Art Deco Weekend, and on January 17th-19th, South Floridians will gather on Ocean Drive to take a step back into the past and find themselves surrounded by timeless art. This year, the event will be a tribute to 1930s pop culture and history, showcasing fashion, music, film series, antiques, automobiles, and even a vintage toy exhibit. All of which featuring icons like Shirley

Temple, Mickey Mouse, and popular games of the 30’s era like Monopoly and Scrabble. Art Deco 2014 will also remind those of us who already know, and educate those who don’t, that the 1930s was a time when Girl Scouts began selling their famous (or infamous) cookies and Legos became all-the-rage. Thus, this year’s exhibit will serve as a tribute to “History’s Most Playful Time,” and rightfully so. All showcases considered, I wouldn’t forget the “Arf Deco Dog Parade” (for those of you who have young children, I highly recommend you do not pass up the chance to watch frivolously decorated dogs parade around with their owners in matching costumes). Basically, it will be an extravagant art-filled blast from the past that everyone in the family can take part in. We forget living down here in Suburbia that Art Deco is a part of our great culture and if tourists can embrace all Miami has to offer, then maybe we should, too. Perhaps revisiting it once a year will help to alleviate some of the humdrum we experience after the holiday excitement passes, or perhaps, it will simply inspire us to be more creative as we ring in the New Year.

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eachers, principals and students posed and twirled wearing the latest fashions. Artists donated Teacher’s Pet sculptures for auction. And locals enjoyed a one-of-a-kind fundraising event that in its first year raised $30,000 for Pinecrest’s five public schools. The Fashion in the Gardens Luncheon and Fashion Show would not be possible without sponsors and silent auction donations by renowned artists and generous merchants that last year included Williamson’s Automotive, Macy’s and Phil Fung Studios. The event is slated to take place for the second consecutive year in the picturesque Pinecrest Gardens, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014. Pinecrest resident and parent Ceil Fitts knows that a vibrant school system is the foundation for a good community. “Fashion in the Gardens is a wonderful example of how local businesses and the Village of Pinecrest truly show their support for the five Village schools.  The funds generated by the event help ensure that the quality of local education will remain strong,” said Fitts, who is the Palmetto High School Parent Teacher Association president. This year’s goal is to raise $60,000, doubling last year’s proceeds. In its first year, the event drew over 400 guests and provided an excellent opportunity for business owners to market themselves to a receptive and loyal group of patrons.  The money raised goes to educational programs, classroom supplies, campus improvements, and technological resources in Palmetto, Pinecrest and Howard Drive Elementary Schools, and to Palmetto Middle and High Schools. Some 6,000 students benefit from the proceeds 14

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of this event. Due to the current state of the economy and reduced allocations from the State of Florida, the need to raise money has never been more critical. Depending on the sponsorship level, sponsors will get recognition at three major Pinecrest events benefiting Pinecrest public schools, an ad in the event program, and recognition in the Pinecrest Tribune, social media and newsletters. Other fundraising events for Pinecrest’s five public schools are the Rotary Club of Dadeland and Coral Gables Golf Tournament held in the Biltmore Hotel and Taste of Pinecrest in Pinecrest Gardens. Mayor Lerner helped raise funds for a Smart Board to be placed in each of Pinecrest’s classrooms through the smARTy Dog campaign and continues champion education initiatives in Pinecrest. “It is a shared vision for parents, local business owners and Village government for our schools’ reputation for excellence to attract young families to our community,” said Lerner. “It truly takes a village to raise our children.” Fashion in the Gardens Luncheon and Fashion Show was the brainchild of the Pinecrest Education Advisory Council which is led by Mayor Lerner and provides a forum for discussion, problem solving and seeking creative opportunities and resources to support and enhance the area public schools. Principals attend the meetings and parents are welcome. The next meeting will be January 14th at 9:30 a.m. in the Pinecrest Community Center, 5855 Killian Drive. For more information on how to be a sponsor, email Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner at mayorlerner@gmail.com. To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817


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ress for Success Miami recently t u r n e d # G i v i n gTu e s d ay i nt o #GivingShoesDay on Tuesday, December 17. On that day, women across South Florida were encouraged to donate their new or gently used professional shoes to Koko & Palenki stores across Miami to benefit Dress for Success Miami. The supporters of Dress for Success weren’t the only ones giving on this distinguished day of charity. Koko & Palenki generously gave away a free pair of jeweled Dini flip-flops to anyone who donated two or more pairs of gently worn professional shoes to the cause. Those who donated one pair received a gift bag with goodies as a token of appreciation.  Having a complete outfit that a woman feels confident in is the key to making a good first impression in an interview setting and subsequently acquiring a new career, making the need for shoes important to Dress for Success Miami. “We believe in the power of giving back to the community and we are so proud to be able to partner with Dress for Success Miami to empower women in our community, “ said Vanessa Cardoze, marketing representative for Koko & Palenki.  IO re sto OCAT w e L n b ig N E W o u r OUR n i AT a re We IT US S VI

About Dress for Success Miami - Dress for Success Miami promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Through its dedicated services and programs Dress for Success addresses every phase of a woman’s career-from being unemployed and searching, to recently employed and adjusting, to gainfully employed and succeeding. Our programs transition women towards self-sufficiency by addressing their social and economic needs in relation to work, home and community. Each woman is a success story: she has gone from unemployment to economic independence. Since 1994, Dress for Success Miami has assisted over 30,000 reentering the workforce. For more information, visit www.dfsmiami.org.  Sonia Jacobson, Founder Suited for Success and Executive Director Dress for Success Miami with Pamela Garcia, owner Koko & Palenki.

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asta Del Giorno is proud to welcome Chef Fernando Echeverri as their newest head chef. Chef Fernando is from Pamplona, Spain in the Basque Country bordering France at the Pyrenees. His parents entertained a lot and after his mother returned from the Cordon Bleu in Paris, he became her “sous chef.” A friend of his father was a chef at a hotel, and as a youngster, Chef Fernando was mesmerized by the magic of the saucier. At the age of 10, he first emulsified eggs, butter and lemon to make Hollandaise sauce and became fascinated by the alchemy of the process. Chef Fernando’s family moved to Miami Beach from Spain when he was 14. Fishing was plentiful in those days and he would spend a lot of time on the First Street pier catching big fish and spearing even larger fish and lobsters along Government Cut. Fernando was the seafood provider for his family and his mother would prepare delicious seafood dishes with his catch. Chef Fernando held a part time position as a prep cook in a diner by on Meridian Avenue where he learned the staples of American comfort foods. Since then, Chef Fernando has worked in many facets of a kitchen in his seasoned history as a rising

chef, including a prep cook at Epicure Market on Miami Beach, a sales clerk at Maison Glass in New York, a chef garde manger in charge of cold dishes, also in New York. He later trained at the New York Restaurant School and completed internships in Gascogne, France under renowned chef Henri Daguin where he become a saucier and expert in charcuterie, and in Spain with Pedro Subijana, one of the top chefs in San Sebastian. He then worked his way up in the New York restaurant scene, introducing tapas at

Now that Chef Fernando calls Pasta Del Giorno home, he wants to share his vast experiences with family, friends, and customers. Beginning on January 15, Pasta Del Giorno will introduce a fourweek cooking instruction class centered on the flavors of Spain, France, Italy, and Greece. Not only will the participants learn from the experienced teaching of Chef Fernando, they will also be entertained by his stories, but they will also enjoy fine wines paired specifically to the meals that they learned to prepare. The classes will be offered as a four-week package, or individually. Come learn from a celebrated chef, as you taste flavors from around the world.


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e are reminded during the holidays of what a great place Palmetto Bay is for families. The Menorah Lighting at Coral Reef Park on December 1 sponsored by Chabad House kicked off the holiday season. The candy Menorah was a special treat for the children following the lighting ceremony, traditional games and dancing. Snow flurries arrived in Palmetto Bay just as planned at the 4th Annual Holiday by the Bay event at Ludovici Park on December 9, 2013. Christmas lights, carnival rides, children’s performances, and pictures with Santa filled the day. Well over 2,000 people enjoyed the event topped off by a blizzard of snow just as dark settled over the park.

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The brightly lit Holiday Boat Parade sponsored by the Canal Boating Association left port at sunset from Coral Reef Park and docked at SW 184 St on December 21. The Parade winds through the Palmetto Bay canal system each year collecting non-perishable foods. The food drive in support of the Chapman Partnership was aided in the effort by Palmetto Bay who collected food at Village Hall. The business of the Village continued through December with the Town Hall Meeting on the Proposed North Side Fire Station on December 11th. Approximately 75 people turned out to discuss the need for emergency/fire services. The December Council Meeting included appointments to the Education Advisory Board. The Zoning Meeting of December 16 approved the site plan for the $30 million dollar South Motor BMW project. The project includes a new park as well as street and landscaping improvements to benefit the residents of the area. The Committee of the Whole Meeting on December 17 centered on a detailed presentation by the Down Town Redevelopment Task Force. The Task Force, at work since May, presented the planning program for the US1 business area. This important effort will bring better businesses and services to our downtown area while shifting the burden of taxes from our residential areas to the commercial. To all my Palmetto Bay neighbors, I have great hopes for the New Year with the fresh start that it brings. My wishes for everyone are that the New Year brings the peace and happiness that you desire. Best wishes for the New Year, Shelley Stanczyk Mayor of Palmetto Bay

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aise your hand if you have ever played “air guitar” when listening to music. Well … you are not alone. Air guitar is a form of dance and movement in which you pretend to play the guitar with exaggerated strumming and picking motions. It is often coupled with loud signing, lip-synching, fun and laughter. Playing the “air guitar” or even the guitar used in the video game “Guitar Hero” has inspired many people to start playing the guitar. This includes those without previous musical instrument experience or any musical knowledge. And for many, playing a musical instrument such as a guitar is something they have always wanted to do … it is an item on their “bucket list.”

What is the guitar and how do you play it? The guitar is a popular musical instrument that makes sound by strumming or plucking the strings with one hand while pressing down the string behind the raised element on the neck of the guitar with the other. There are several different types of guitars to choose from – classical (nylon-string guitar), bass guitar, and the electric guitar – to name just a few. The guitar is recognized as a primary instrument in various types of music such as blues, bluegrass, country, folk, jazz, reggae, rock, soul and pop. Playing the guitar is a mental and physical process. It can be played individually or in a group setting. The best thing you can do when you begin playing the guitar, is to receive lessons and watch/listen to other guitarists. You can often gain new knowledge and learn something new. Although the guitar is limited to three octaves (musical pitches), you can create a million plus unique songs. It is also one of the most convenient instruments there is. A guitar is very portable in comparison to many other instruments and can be used to play music almost anywhere. And once you learn how to play the guitar, it doesn’t take long finding others with that same interest and making music fill the air. Getting started is simple: let the professionals at Musicians Discount Center in South Miami help you find the guitar that suits you and fits your budget, too. They are the one stop music shop that has been sharing their expertise with others for many years. They offer new and used instruments, instrument rentals, rent to own programs and music lessons. Stop in and let the sounds of music begin in your house today. Contact Musicians Discount Center at 305-255-9466 or visit them online at www.musiciansdiscountcenter.net. To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817

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ecember is the month of giving. In this spirit, Riviera Schools delivered thousands of toys and infant needs to various charities throughout South Florida. Student Government representatives and National Elementary Honor Society members from Riviera Day School collected more than 850 toys, all donated by Riviera families, and distributed them to select needy children in preschool through third grade in the MiamiDade County Public School System. “Our students were grateful for the opportunity to help others. We’re also excited knowing that the children enjoyed dancing and singing with our troop of elves, reindeer, candy canes, Santas, and menorahs,” stated Betty Johnson, Riviera Day School’s Student Government faculty advisor. Through the efforts of Riviera Preparatory School’s Student Government, more than 1,000 toys and infant needs were donated by the student body and delivered to the Chapman Partnership Homeless Assistance Center in Homestead. Chapman Partnership is the private sector partner of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust and operates two homeless assistance centers with 800 beds located in Miami and

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Homestead. Additional funds were also collected and given to the Center. With the same spirit of giving, Riviera Preparatory School students Ray Aguila, Juan Andres Mestre, and Lucas Delgado went “above and beyond” when organizing the collection for the Verde Gardens Toy Drive. These students built toy collection boxes for the drop off sites, created flyers and emails to be distributed to local area businesses, and organized the delivery of the boxes to the collection sites. At one of the distribution points, Aguila, Mestre, and Delgado spoke with employees on the importance of the See More Page 30

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his is the time for many Americans to resolve to lose weight and get in shape for the New Year. By next month, more than half of those promises will be broken. Thanks to CrossFit MIA, this year you can keep your promise to become a better you. CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program which combines weightlifting, gymnastics, traditional high intensity “cardio”(running, biking, swimming, rowing) along with certain powerlifting movements, kettle bell exercises, plyometrics and other traditional and not so traditional methodologies to produce workouts that are unrivaled in their intensity and their results. There are different types of clients at CrossFit MIA: the CrossFit is defined as “constantly varied, functional movement executed “fully immersed” student who enjoys working out and at high intensity”. All CrossFit movements enable one to better perform at knows the benefits of exercise, the “on the fence” student random physical everyday tasks. No matter your age or fitness level, people who hasn’t worked out in a while, and the “beginner” who must be able to lift objects off the ground, drive them over head, run to and is trying something new for the first time, often motivated from situations and have control and dominance over body weight. CrossFit by a doctor’s recommendation to get in shape. The typiOwners Zack Bayag and Charles Allen and coach provides you with the tools needed to live a better, more productive life. cal client is one who is bored or stagnant in their current Jennifer Mitzenmacher are dedicated to helping Owners Zack Bayag and Charles Allen, along with coach Jennifer all clients achieve their personal fitness goals. exercise regimen and needs a new solution. Mitzenmacher, possess an astute attention to detail that is evident in the Whether it’s weight loss, fat loss, muscle tone, energy quality of the instruction, adherence to proper execution of movements, and careful level, self-esteem, structured routines, anything you’ve had trouble finding a solution consideration for the student. Their consideration of past injuries and/or physical for, CrossFit MIA is your answer to your fitness resolution. limitations is clearly identifiable through their effective use of modifications. Most notably, however, is their commitment to continuing education. These qualities are CrossFit MIA is located at 8893 SW 129 Street, Miami, FL 33176. For more informaof paramount importance -- ensuring safety and effectiveness -- and setting CrossFit tion about CrossFit MIA, visit www.CrossFitMIA.com, call (305) 900-0547 or email MIA apart from the other programs. at zack@crossfitmia.com or Charles@crossfitmia.com.

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By Dr. Rebeca Garcia, DMD

our smile says more about you than you may think. Actually, most dentists would agree that the mouth is the window to the overall health of the patient. Without healthy teeth, we cannot eat or even speak well. Although most of us are much more conscious these days about what we eat for dietetic reasons, not many are aware that our teeth and mouths directly benefit from eating healthy foods as well.

Water

Not all fruits and veggies, however, are healthy as far as your teeth are concerned. Unfortunately, dried fruits such as dried cranberries and raisins are extremely sticky and adhere to the teeth, acting almost as badly as a highsugar lollipop. The longer they stay on the surface of the teeth, the better the chances for breakdown of enamel and formation of decay. The bacteria in our mouths feed off these sugars, releasing acids that eat away at our teeth and cause cavities. There are also nutritious, acidic foods like oranges and tomatoes that can actually erode enamel and should be eaten in limited quantities or in conjunction with other foods as part of a meal.

Raw Fruits & Vegetables

Water is definitely one of the most essential elements in maintaining overall health of the mouth and entire body. Fluoridated water is the easiest and most cost effective way of making teeth strong and keeping them that way. However, many of us are drinking bottled water in which the fluoride has been filtered out. Recently, many bottled water companies learned that is detrimental to our health and began adding fluoride to bottled water. Systemic fluoride is critical in depositing strength in developing teeth, which directly assists in prevention of tooth decay. There are many interwoven factors that help maintain your teeth and gums healthy. Limiting added sugar and making intelligent choices with what we eat and drink are extremely important steps to achieving great oral health. Aside from brushing and flossing twice a day, including dairy, fruits, vegetables, protein and plenty of water will help assure you keep your smile healthy and beautiful. And keeping your smile healthy will definitely help promote your overall health.

Calcium & Protein Rich Foods

Most raw fruits and vegetables are powerhouses to promoting great oral health. Aside from delivering important vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants to our bodies, the tougher ones to chew, such as carrots, celery and apples, physically remove plaque from our teeth as we chew them, keeping our teeth smooth and shiny. The smoother our teeth are, the harder it is for plaque (and pathogenic bacteria) to accumulate. These pathogenic bacteria are the culprits for tooth decay and gum disease. The chewing also stimulates saliva production, which essentially helps wash teeth clean in between brushing.

Foods that are rich in calcium and protein are also considered very important in maintaining good oral health. Milk, cheese, yogurt and leafy greens are just some of the calcium-rich foods that help make our teeth and bones stronger and more resistant to decay and gum disease. Meat, fish and eggs are examples of the protein-rich foods that help round out a balanced diet. The phosphorous in protein and the calcium found in these foods work in conjunction help keep enamel strong and to remineralize areas of the teeth that may be weakened.

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1993 :: BORN IN MONROE, MI

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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.

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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.

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1996 :: GETS FIRST BASEBALL MITT

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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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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).

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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

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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.

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

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appy New Year! This is the time we all take to reflect on the year past, dust off our scales (if we can even find them) and make vows on all the positive changes for 2014. It is a fact that obesity continues to be a leading health problem in the United States and now has proven to be a forerunner in veterinary health concerns as well. Too many calories and not enough exercise have made our active furry friends more like dormant floor mats. Obesity in pets can lead to insulin resistance and diabetes, exacerbate joint pain and arthritis, trigger pancreatitis and high blood pressure to name a few. All in all, obesity shortens our pets’ lifespans.

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8 oz shredded pulled pork 4-5 oz of BBQ sauce 3 strips of Apple Wood Smoked Bacon 2-3 Chopped Romaine Lettuce leafs 3 Vine Ripe Tomatoes 1 oz of Hellman’s Mayo 3 slices of Muenster Cheese 1 - 6” sub roll 1. Shred the pork, set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine the barbecue sauce and pork. Cook over medium heat until 3-4 minutes. 2. Apply a thin amount of mayo on both sides of the sub roll. 3. Lay the chopped lettuce followed by the Vine ripe tomatoes. 4. Spread the BBQ pork evenly throughout the roll. 5. Place the Apple Wood smoked bacon vertically. 6. Layer the Muenster cheese last.

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legally speaking A Dangerous Waiting Game

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

ost homeowners that are in foreclosure, or even at risk of foreclosure, attempt to solve their mortgage crisis through the means of self-help. They will submit one loan modification application after another, numerous sets of the supporting documents, and updated financial information in hopes that their lender will quickly respond with a positive result. This process may take months or even years. Most lenders will not stop the foreclosure process or a judicial sale of your home just because a loan modification application is under review. The longer the modification review process takes, the more likely you will be declined, and lose your home through foreclosure. Here are three keys to stop foreclosure proceedings so that you can obtain a loan modification before losing your home. The first key is to consult with professionals that are knowledgeable not only about the loan modification process but also about the foreclosure process. The Arcia Law Firm not only has an experienced in-house loss mitigation department with full time loan negotiators, but has over 17 years of experience defending foreclosure matters. We are familiar not only with the valid legal defenses to a foreclosure case in Florida, but also with the very limited reasons why courts cancel foreclosure sales. The second key is that the best defense is usually a good offense. As explained in previous articles, whenever it is appropriate we will present a counterclaim against lenders within a foreclosure case. This counterclaim usually involves violations of Federal or State laws committed by the original lender in connection with the loan that are attributable to the current lender, or even errors committed by the current lender managing your loan (i.e., escrow errors, misapplied or unapplied funds, and overcharges). Placing

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The longer the modification review process takes, the more likely you will be declined, and lose your home through foreclosure. lenders on the defensive in this way not only slows down the foreclosure process, but also provides much needed motivation for lenders to negotiate a loan modification under reasonable terms. Thirdly, a bankruptcy filing under Chapter 13 not only stops the foreclosure proceedings, but actually provides homeowners an opportunity for lenders to take a “second look” at the loan modification application under the all new mediation program available only in South Florida bankruptcy courts. The Arcia Law Firm has an established bankruptcy department that works alongside its loan negotiators to ensure that a viable loan modification plan is always submitted with a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Under a Chapter 13 bankruptcy you may be able to eliminate second mortgages, homeowner’s association liens, reduce IRS obligations, wipe out credit card debt and more. A foreclosure is a serious legal matter that can lead to the loss of your home if not properly handled by legal professionals. Even if you are in the middle of a loan modification, you are still at risk of losing your home if you decide to ignore the foreclosure process. 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. If you are struggling to make your monthly mortgage payments, or if you just received a foreclosure summons, 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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school news Riviera Schools Students in the Giving Spirit (cont.) project and how they could help with the cause by allowing the box to be placed at their location. Located in Homestead, Verde Gardens is part of the Homeless Trust Continuum of Care. It is an organization providing housing for the formerly homeless with family members of minors and those with disabilities. The ultimate goal is to lead the residents to achieve self-sufficiency and independence. Verde Gardens currently provides housing for 145 different families. The toys collected by these young men will be used to bring joy to the children of Verde Gardens. Due to their service, Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez honored these young men at a special event in honor of the respectable contribution made for those less privileged. The board of commissioners, including Lynda Bell, Rebecca Sosa, and Steve Bono, were also present to recognize these students. Ray Aguila, Juan Andres Mestre, and Lucas Delgado received a distinct award for outstanding efforts in the Verde Gardens Toy Drive. “This year’s response by our students has been overwhelming,” stated Riviera Preparatory Student Government faculty advisor Matthew Jordan. “Riviera Schools not only strives for academic excellence but also prides itself in forming students who are community-service oriented.”

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seen on scene

the Nutcracker

For over 35 years the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet has brought the magic of the Nutcracker to Miami at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium. In collaboration with New World School of the Arts, this years’ performance gathered over 7,000 school children during the morning performances and 2,500 audience members during the evening performance. Cast members come from all corners of the county, representing the diversity of Miami, and are eight through college age students. This production of the Nutcracker is a Miami tradition you don’t want to miss!

holiday festival The Nutcracker Ballet at the Pinecrest Gardens Holiday Festival.

Toy run

Motorcycles ready to ride for the 2013 Peterson’s Migrant Toy Run.

Christmas caroling

Students from Wigham Elementary singing traditional Christmas carols at Southland Mall in Cutler Bay.

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