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JANUARY 2015 EDITION

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National MS Society Gets Ready for Gala New Year Brings New Crime Prevention Ideas The Dog That Barked Too Much

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CONTENTS :: JANUARY 2015

EVENTS 10 January 2015 COMMUNITY NEWS 12 Coral Gables Community Foundation Awards Nearly $50,000 in Grants in 2014 14 Miracle Mile receives “Golden Age of Glamour” Makeover for the Holidays 16 National Multiple Sclerosis Society Gets Ready for Gala 18 Florida Blue & Miami Children’s Hospital Unveil HealthSpot

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50 18 SCHOOL NEWS 20 Palmetto High Students Receive Medals at Special Olympics 22 Palmetto Middle School revs up for First Silent Auction 25 Holocaust Survivor Visits Palmetto Elementary School 26 “Project Lead The Way” National Teacher of the Year 28 Palmer Trinity School Hosts Annual PTS Gives Back Event

FEATURE 32 Tutti Bambini FROM THE CHIEF 34 New Year Brings New Crime Prevention Ideas OUR MAYORS 36 What’s Happening in Our Communities? HEALTHY LIVING 37 Yoga 101 HEALTH & FITNESS 39 Get Your Fitness Back! FITNESS FORUM 41 Children and Exercise IT’S THEIR BUSINESS 42 Endodontix: Root Canals Never Felt So Good GETTING TO KNOW 44 Gymboree Still Flourishing After 30 Years MUSIC NEWS 45 Play a Guitar – For the Fun of It!

KID’S CORNER 46 Q&A with Lil’ Jungle HEALTHY PET 47 How to Cope With the Loss of a Pet PET OF THE MONTH 48 Meet Cooper PET CARE 49 The Dog That Barked Too Much TRAVEL NEWS 50 Beyond Magical – The Turks and Caicos DESTINATIONS 51 Cruising the Florida Keys & Bahamas with Cruzan Yacht Charters BOATING TIPS 53 The Importance of Using Authorized Service Centers THE MINDFUL DIVORCÉE 54 The Aftermath of Divorce CHAMBER NEWS 56 Chamber South is The Small Business Champion TEAM OF THE MONTH 57 WCS Sailing Team SEEN ON SCENE 58 Images from MCH 60 Snapshots Around Town

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2015 SOUTH MOTORS FINE ARTS FESTIVAL AT PINECREST GARDENS Come to one of Florida’s premiere juried art shows and enjoy an afternoon surrounded by spectacular visual arts in the most lush and luxurious setting. Amongst a generous representation of the best artists and artisans from the US and abroad-you will find the perfect piece of art for your home that includes painting, sculpture, mixed media and photography, or peruse a selection of original handcrafted jewelry or wearable art for yourself or significant other. Additionally there is always a great selection of delicious food, live music, and other activities for the entire family. 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest, Florida 33156, 10am – 5pm.

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13 THE 64TH ANNUAL BEAUX ARTS FESTIVAL OF ART Miami’s oldest juried fine arts show features over 220 fine art exhibitors. The festival features live music in the Main-stage tent, the Miami Children’s Art Park for kids ages 4-12 and a variety of dining options, making this event ideal not just for art enthusiasts but for families as well. University of Miami, 10am – 5pm. JANUARY 23 - 25 MIAMI MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON

On January 23 and 24, enjoy the Health & Fitness Expo, presented by The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, featuring more than 100 exhibitors showcasing the latest trends, designs and advances in running shoes and apparel. The expo will also include the latest in various sports, fitness and nutrition, and is a great opportunity to learn more about the sponsors of the 2015 Miami Marathon and Half Marathon. The Expo is free and open to the public and located at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Also on January 24, The Tropical 5K will take place which serves as a sneak preview and warm-up for those running the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon. Friends and family not running the marathon or half marathon will also be able to share in the inspiring Miami Marathon weekend experience. The actual Marathon and Half Marathon will start on Sunday, January 25.

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THE PURPLE PALACE – AN ORCHESTRA MIAMI FAMILY FUN CONCERT In the land of Chromatica, everything is light and color -until the selfish Princess Purple banishes all the other colors! She eventually realizes that her actions were misguided and invites all of the other colors to return. Diversity and tolerance ultimately triumph.  Performed by a Narrator and thirty-two musicians from Orchestra Miami, with Elaine Rinaldi conducting. Music by Bruce Adolphe and story by Louise Gikow. Great for kids ages 4 and up. Duration is 50 minutes.  Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 S.W. 57th Avenue, Pinecrest, Florida 33156, 4pm JANUARY 22 - FEBRUARY 15 INTO THE WOODS, ONCE UPON A TIME… “Do you know what you wish? Are you certain what you wish is what you want?” Once upon a time, in the fairytale kingdom of the Brothers Grimm, a baker and his wife were sent on a quest into the woods by a mysterious witch. Thrust into a world of magic and adventure, they find their story intertwined with a whole group of legendary characters including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and a certain young man named Jack who happens to have some very magical beans. Sondheim’s dazzling lyrics and sumptuous melodies, paired with Lapine’s captivating plot, make this Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about wishes, chasing your dreams and the importance of the stories we tell our children at once deeply touching and laugh-out-loud funny. This is a show for all ages, and for all time! Carnival Studio Theater at Adrienne Arscht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132. ALL MONTH - JANUARY 25 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Don’t miss your last chance to visit Amaluna, a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s comingof-age ceremony in a rite that honors femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance. In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men lands on the island, triggering an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test. The couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony. Sun Life Stadium, 347 Don Shula Drive.

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Coral Gables Community Foundation Awards Nearly $50,000 in Grants in 2014 BY BROOKE BLOOM LAM

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HILE RESIDENTS WERE BUSY BUYING PRESENTS FOR FAMILY MEMBERS and friends, The Coral Gables Community Foundation was also in the spirit of giving. Recently awarding grants to seven local non-profit organizations, the Foundation brought its annual community giving through grants to $50,000. The Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida, Pridelines Youth Services, Actors Playhouse, GableStage, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Merrick Festival, and Coral Gables Senior High School College Assistance Program, were the lucky recipients of these gifts.

Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida: Awarded $5,000

The Foundation awarded this grant toward the Girl Scout Leadership Development Program, which serves 200 girls in Coral Gables.  The funds will be used toward Girl Scout memberships, patches, activities and camperships for girls to attend camps (two of which are located in Coral Gables Camp Mahachee and Coral Gables Little House). The Girl Scout camp scholarship recipients will be named for the Foundation and they will receive a special Coral Gables Community Foundation logo patch.

Pridelines Youth Services: Awarded $5,000

With their grant, The Pridelines Youth Services will provide support for LGBTQ youth (ages 14-24) living within Coral Gables and the surrounding areas by developing a weekly Rainbow Circle, a peer-led support group within the City limits. Pridelines currently operates Rainbow Circles throughout Miami-Dade County, including in Miami Shores, South Miami, Cutler Bay, and Coral Gables. Additionally, the organization seeks to collaborate with Safe Schools South Florida to ensure the success of

their annual Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Summit at Coral Gables Congregational Church and with the intention of assisting in the development of a GSA at Coral Gables Senior High School.

Actor’s Playhouse: Awarded $2,500

The winner of the Playhouse’s Young Talent Big Dreams talent contest will be the recipient of a scholarship set up by these funds awarded by the Foundation. The objective of the contest is to provide youth from Miami’s diverse ethnic and socio-economic communities the opportunity to develop their artistic skills and talent by preparing and auditioning on a professional stage. Winners receive cash prizes for scholarships to arts programs. The Foundation will present the scholarship to the recipient on stage at Actor’s Playhouse in May 2015.

GableStage: Awarded $5,000

GableStage at the Biltmore was awarded this Foundation grant to support the upcoming

2014-2015 season as well as for Educational Programming. For example, productions of Choir Boy and Macbeth will be toured directly throughout Miami-Dade County Public Schools. All programs are offered through Miami-Dade’s Cultural Passport Program and are free of charge to the students. The Foundation will partner with GableStage on a special preview night on July 31, 2015, at the playhouse with proceeds going directly to the Foundation.

the largest award of the competition, the Full Choir award, which was named the “Coral Gables Community Foundation Full Choir Award.” A Foundation representative presented the check to the winning caroling team in December.

Coral Gables Senior High School College Assistance Program (CAP): Awarded $2,500

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired: Awarded $5,000

With the Foundation’s grant, The CAP program will purchase approximately 25 tablet computers and one charging station. The tablets will be used to register students for college financial aid and Bright Futures Scholarships. Over 70% of the students at Gables High are on free and reduced lunch and many of these students do not have access to computers or internet at home. The purchase of tablet computers for CAP office use will ensure that students are provided with the most up-to-date technology with which to prepare for college.

This Foundation grant is earmarked for the Better Chance Music Production Program, which enables blind and visually impaired musicians to learn music production and the business of music. Miami Lighthouse for the Blind served 100 Coral Gables residents in the past 12 months.

Merrick Festival: Awarded $1,500

The Merrick Festival is known for its Caroling Competition. This grant funded Led by community leaders, the Coral Gables Community Foundation provides the philanthropic conduit to connect individuals and corporations looking to positively impact the success of the community. The Foundation’s next application deadline is April 17, 2015. Grant information and applications can be found on its website, www.gablesfoundation.org.

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South Floridians living with multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progression, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving closer to a world free of MS. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of those affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. Through its home office and 50-state network of chapters, the MS Society has devoted $122.1 million to programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $43.3 million to support more than 350 new and ongoing research projects around the world. In addition to honoring David Schulman, the MS Gala itself will include a champagne reception, fashion show, silent auction, and raffle prizes. A successful local businessman, Schulman joined the board of trustees of the National MS Society, South Florida Chapter in 1982, just months before his wife, Carrie, was diagnosed with MS. “David Schulman is an extraordinary friend and supporter of the National MS Society for almost 30 years,” said Karen Schneier Dresbach, chapter president of the National MS Society, South Florida Chapter. “He and his beloved wife, Carrie, have been involved with the Gala since the event’s inception and have helped the luncheon raise more than $5.4 million to accelerate research and provide important services for people affected by MS,” she said. As General Agent at the MassMutual/DBS Financial Group Fort Lauderdale, Schulman’s company takes its

corporate responsibility seriously. A wide variety of programs provide in-kind donations and financial support to non-profit organizations. Education is also a priority for the company which offers an extensive array of programs and support for those in need. Among its programs and initiatives that provide opportunities for students to prepare for their futures, Mass Mutual/ DBS Financial Group provides educational expenses following the loss of a parent through its unique LifeBridges Free Life Insurance Program as well as scholarship programs for students. This year, MassMutual/DBS Financial Group will return as title sponsor of the MS Gala for the 10th year. Other event sponsors include South Florida Audi Dealers, the official automobile sponsor, and J.R. Dunn Jewelers, the official jewelry sponsor. Platinum-level sponsors include Bienenfeld, Lasek & Starr, LLC; Hotwire Communications; the Leo Goodwin Foundation; Sandie & Norman Schulman; Ultimate Software; and Terra Group.

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(Left) Karen Schneier Dresbach, President of the National MS Society, South Florida Chapter (Right) Carol Lasek- partner with Bienenfeld, Lasek and Starr, LLC.

Guests of the Luncheon will additionally delight in a fashion show by designer Mayda Cisneros, who will debut her Spring 2015 collection for women. Donors were invited to purchase a “Supermodel Package,” complete with professionally styled hair and make-up and the opportunity to strut down the runway in a design selected especially for them. Cisneros’s Coral Gables studio showcases ready-to-wear designs, as well as cocktail, evening wear, bridal, and custom couture. For information about reserving tickets, sponsorships, volunteer opportunities and more, please visit the event webpage at www.MSGala.org or contact Monica Whiting at Monica.Whiting@nmss.org or at (954) 731-4224. Visit nationalMSsociety.org to learn more about the National MS Society.

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LORIDA BLUE MEMBERS NOW HAVE NEW CONVENIENT ACCESS TO HEALTHcare thanks to HealthSpot and Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH). The two organizations have teamed up to offer patients a convenient alternative option to healthcare with telehealth technology at Florida Blue’s Retail Center in Miami. Through a unique walk-in kiosk, the HealthSpot station offers a private 8-foot-by-7-foot enclosure outfitted with touchscreens, medical devices and videoconferencing capabilities. This station enables Miami Children’s medical providers to see and treat adults and children members age two and older from the remote location. The station is also supported by an on-site accredited medical attendant. A pioneer in connected care, HealthSpot has built a comprehensive healthcare delivery platform that combines cloud-based software with the award-winning HealthSpot station, digital medical devices, and mobile applications. The station features two-way, high-definition video screens, which deliver a unique face-to-face experience between patients and L to Right: Ed Martinez, CIO at MCH; Alex Soto, Chairman of providers. The digital medical From the Board at MCH; Lani Ferro, Director of Public Policy at MCH; devices in each unit, including Edwit Tironi, Director of Clinical Engineering at MCH; Dr. Narendra Kini, President and CEO at MCH; Dr. Jefry Biehler, Chairman of a stethoscope, scale, blood M. Pediatrics at MCH; Christine Suarez, Telehealth Presenter; Nancy pressure cuff, pulse oximeter, Humbert, Senior Vice President of Ambulatory Services at MCH; Terrell, Regional Director of Rehab Services and Telehealth thermometer, otoscope and Evelyn Operations at MCH; William Manzie, Telehealth Manager at MCH. magnascope, stream medical information to the provider and patient. In doing so, HealthSpot’s platform radically transforms today’s healthcare system. “Our mission at HealthSpot is to create convenient and affordable access to high-quality care,” said Steve Cashman, CEO of HealthSpot. “We are thrilled to be able to work with Florida Blue and Miami Children’s to bring Florida families the opportunity to get the care they need, when and where they need it.” Miami Children’s Health System has also been reinventing the healthcare experience, through the creation of MCH Anywhere, the first pediatric telehealth program of its kind in South Florida. The program is supported by a state-of-the-art Telehealth Command Center, based on the hospital’s main campus, designed by doctors and consumer experts to support review of diagnostic information by board-certified clinicians through sophisticated videoconferencing. “At Miami Children’s, we always seek opportunities to serve children and families wherever the need arises,” said Dr. Narendra Kini, President and CEO of MCH. While in the past the program was geared toward children, it has now expanded to help adults as well. “Through our MCH Anywhere telehealth program we are reaching out to communities in the southern part of Miami-Dade County to offer convenient access to board-certified clinicians capable of serving adults and children,” Dr. Kini added. “It is our hope that this unique service will be a valued convenience to Florida Blue members of all ages who reside within this lovely area.” The latest in a series of initiatives across the state focused on innovation and collaboration to deliver higher value for its members, “Florida Blue believes […] efforts like this are critical to the future of healthcare,” said Penny Shaffer, South Florida Market President. “We are proud and excited to meet the growing needs of our members by providing this convenient and affordable option to access care.” Interested Florida Blue members can make an appointment or walk into the Retail Center and utilize the HealthSpot station for minor, common conditions and services such as: Fever, Colds and Flu, Rashes and Skin Conditions, Pinkeye and Styes, Earaches, Sore Throat, Sinus Infections, Upper Respiratory Infections, and Seasonal Allergies. Florida Blue is located across from The Falls at 8895 SW 136th Street, Miami, Florida 33176. For information call 305.256.5480. To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817


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s magnet and charter school application deadlines loom, parents are inundated with educational options. Programs proliferate as Miami-Dade County expands its “School Choice” focus to encompass 375 programs in 100+ schools. For students zoned to failing schools, these can be a good alternative. But parents with access to high-performing community schools such as Palmetto Senior High should look beyond the marketing and understand the trade-offs required in committing a child to a specialized track of study.

awards, and were admitted to 175 colleges and universities, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Brown, William and Mary, Amherst, Penn, Cal Tech, UVA, Duke, UNC, UF, UM and more. Colleges also want to know what students do when they aren’t studying. At Palmetto, they have access “With all the buzz about magnets and charters, The school offers 71 honors and 28 AP classes, with to 43 clubs, 10 honor societies, 24 varsity sports, and it’s easy to overlook the advantages of the superior a new AP Computer Science starting fall 2015. There 8 junior varsity sports. Of course there is football, community school in your own backyard,” said Anna are no limits to the number of honors and AP classes soccer and lacrosse, but also badminton, swimming, Hochkammer, Miami Palmetto Senior High PTSA students are allowed to take. bowling and others - the maximum possible number president. “If you live in the district, Palmetto Senior of high school sports is offered. A robust selection High should be top on your list. Our students have an of after school activities that require enrollment incredible array of real choices, without being locked 312 course offerings 71 honor courses in a corresponding class, such as marching band, into a narrow field of study.” orchestra, dance/drill team, and journalism rounds out 28 AP classes 43 clubs 10 honor societies extracurricular offerings. Parents may not realize a big downside of magnet 24 varsity sports 8 junior varsity sports tracks is they severely limit students’ ability to take Finally, Palmetto is conveniently located in your other electives, negatively impacting their ability to community, where your child’s classmates are 1,000+ students enrolled in AP classes your neighbors and friends. This facilitates social explore other areas or take AP classes. And of course, 2,618 AP exams in 2014 w/ 3.7 avg. score interactions, making it easy for students to participate kids change their minds. “It’s really difficult for an 8th grade child to commit take leadership roles – in after school activities Class of 2014 admitted to 175 colleges and –oneven to a somewhat inflexible field of study for the next four campus, collaborate on group projects or simply universities $24 million in scholarships hang out with their school friends. years,” said MPSH PTSA Board member Ann McMaster. were awarded Her son withdrew from a highly-regarded magnet “Somehow, there seems to be this misperception school after only one semester because he lost interest that magnets and charters are automatically better in his track. What’s more, he wanted to try Japanese “Multiple AP classes keep bright, motivated students than a traditional community school,” said McMaster. and take more AP social science classes, but these challenged, and they impress college admissions “It simply isn’t so. They’re different, but our family options weren’t available in his magnet program. officers,” said Marian Hasty, also a MPSH PTSA board found out first-hand that different does not necessarily Fortunately, Palmetto is his home school. member. Her oldest graduated in June with over 70 equate to better. My kids have attended both magnet “High school should be a time for teens to explore all college credits. “And, depending on where they go to and elite private schools, and we found the wellsorts of knowledge areas, “ McMaster said. “Palmetto college, AP credits can give them a huge head start on rounded choices available at Palmetto best suited their has a full menu. If they like an area, they can take more their degree, saving time and money.” needs.” classes. If not, they can try something different.” Smaller or more narrowly-focused schools simply At Palmetto, student choice isn’t just a slogan. Palmetto currently has 312 course offerings. For can’t offer this many AP classes. Over 1,000 students If you want to choose academic rigor and variety, electives, students are free to sample everything from are enrolled in AP classes, and Palmetto has the extensive electives and extracurricular, choose performing arts (47 classes) and music (41 classes), plus highest AP scores and pass rate among Miami-Dade Palmetto Senior High. strong business education offerings, TV production, public schools. Palmetto students sat for 2,618 AP Oh, and if your student really wants a magnet track, film photography or digital media, to name a few. exams in 2014, with an average score of 3.7. Palmetto High offers two: IPrep, a technology-based In addition to a smorgasbord of electives to explore Top-tier college admissions for the class of 2014 alternative learning environment, and the prestigious or expand their interests, the Palmetto curriculum demonstrate the quality of a Palmetto education. Cambridge Program, a popular, growing alternative to offers a choice of academic rigor, depth and variety. Last year’s seniors won over $24 million in scholarship International Baccalaureate (IB).

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for swimming in Morelia, Mexico where OT ONLY DO THEY DEFY GRAVITY WITH she placed 9th overall in free-style and their impeccable gymnastic skills, they backstroke. defy the odds with smiles on their faces. “This participation and excellence at Last month, Palmetto students Megan Fernandez, the Florida State Fall Classic for Special Michelle Mazzacane and Kristen Santalo attended Olympics proves that Palmetto is a school the Florida State Fall Classic for Special Olympics for everyone and all students have the at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in ability to flourish here,” Principal Allison Orlando. With help from their coaches, Lauren Harley said. “I am unbelievably proud of Petrick and her staff at LEAP South Florida and Ms. Sandra Tilton at these students and they represent the best Miami Palmetto Senior High, all three girls were able to bring home of Palmetto.” Palmetto’s first Special Olympics gymnastic titles. Their teacher, Ms. Tilton, who has Junior Megan Fernandez competed in Level B and earned gold taught at Palmetto for 5 years, devotes medals in floor exercise, beam, bars and all-around and a bronze her time and energy to providing the medal for vault. Junior Michelle Mazzacane also competed in Level upmost paramount opportunities for her B and earned gold medals in floor exercise, vault, bars and all-around students. “I think I was more excited than and a bronze medal in beam. Senior Kristen Santalo competed in they were about their placements,” Tilton Level 2 and earned a gold medal in bars, a silver medal in all-around, said. “It takes hard work and determinabronze medals in vault and beam and 4th place in floor exercise. tion to memorize a routine and compete “I have done gymnastics since I was thirteen-years-old,” Fernandez in these games. This has been a learning said. “I was nervous and the anticipation was crazy. My family came (From left to right) Michelle, Kristen, Dr. Harley, Megan, and Paavlena. experience for me as well. The girls are to support me and they made posters. They were very proud and that made me really extremely talented and root for me [too].” happy.” Senior Paavlena Madhivanan also participated in the Special Olympics swimming Sidney Sterling is a senior at Miami Palmetto Senior High School and Online Copy category. At the event, she qualified for the Down’s Syndrome World Championships Editor of The Panther Newspaper staff.

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Florida Occupational Healthcare Puts Its Patients First “Physical Therapy…the science of healing, the art of caring”. This is the motto of Florida Occupational Healthcare (FOHC). Just take a walk through their doors and you’ll see it’s true. Taking pride in the treatment of their patients on a medical and personal level, the staff at FOHC will treat you like family. Owner, Dr. Alex Pereda, opened the practice in 1998, believing he could make a difference. Knowing that physical therapy is about healing the body, Dr. Pereda also wanted to create an atmosphere that was client centered. As a professor at many local schools including Nova, Florida International University, and Miami-Dade College, Dr. Pereda teaches to “treat from your heart, not from your mind.” Dr. Pereda became a physical therapist as a second career after a spine fracture left him as a patient himself. After receiving his Bachelors in Physical Therapy from FIU in 1998, he later went on to receive his post-graduate doctorate degree from the University of St. Augustine, followed by a certificate in Manual Therapy, a certificate that only 5% of therapists nationwide possess. After working as a physical therapist for a few years, Dr. Pereda believed

Diogo Trevisan, SPT, monitoring a patient performing cervical exercises.

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They serve the South Florida community with quality personalized physical therapy. During a patient’s first visit, they are evaluated by a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). Special tests are performed to give an accurate confirmation of their diagnosis. The DPT will then that his patients needed a higher level of care. go over the diagnosis, along with all signs and He opened FOHC and hasn’t looked back since. symptoms that they are experiencing. PaAfter involving himself in many local little tients are given a specific and individualized leagues and other local sports teams, including plan of care that is unique to each patient. Tae Kwon Do, Dr. Pereda attended three OlymIn addition to a treatment plan which often pic Games and the 2013 Pan-American Games can include coming in to the clinic 2-3 times as Medical Staff. He will be returning to the Olyma week, patients are educated on exercises, pics in Brazil in 2016, as well. stretches, and preventative measures that Being an injured athlete is a difficult position are to be done at home to help the recovery to be in. When treating athletes ranging from process. During visits, patients can expect to Olympians to the everyday athlete, FOHC unbe treated for an average of 45-60 minutes. derstands the importance of getting back out “As a manual therapist, every patient receives on the field or court. Sport Specific Therapy is a hands on care,” assures Dr. Pereda. This goes specialization of the practice, including Pediat- Dr. Pereda assessing a patient’s beyond the mere application of a hot pack progression during her treatment. ric Sports Injuries and the treatment of children and some electrical stimulation. ages 6-18. Children are often seen with sports injuries as well as orFOHC is a great option for those patients who have an issue with thopedic injuries, ranging from ankle sprains to sprained injuries. scheduling, due to the office’s flexible hours. Offering extra-long FOHC’s extensive sports injury rehabilitation program is geared hours, FOHC is open from 6:00 AM – 7:30 PM on weekdays and 6:30 to athletes of all levels. With a program tailored for post-surgical AM – 3:30 PM on Saturdays. They do not close for lunch. FOHC is one patients as well as athletes who are trying to avoid surgery, paof a few clinics that accepts all major insurance plans, and most tient’s treatment plans include a throwing regime, plyometrics, others as well. Although a prescription is required for treatment calisthenics, resistance training, and other aspects that are specifbilled to insurance, FOHC does take self-pay patients as well. ic to the athlete’s injury. With a specialty in pediatrics, orthopedics and sports mediFOHC has a well-established reputation for delivering outstanding cine. FOHC’s facility is designed to treat patients of all ages and physical therapy services and is dedicated to providing the best clindiagnoses. On the other end of the spectrum, FOHC offers a Seical care possible. It adheres to the highest ethical standards, and is nior Fitness Program geared to helping geriatric patients maintain committed to continuing professional development according to the functionality in their daily activities. latest research in our field. FOHC is located at 8585 Sunset Drive, Suite At their new state of the art facility, which includes a full gym, #103, Miami, Florida 33143. For more information, call 305.274.3311 or FOHC has an above average staff including over 18 members. visit www.fohcpt.com.

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Palmetto Middle School revs up for First Silent Auction BY BROOKE BLOOM LAM

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are tirelessly working to organize the event, teachers are donating their own time and OCAL SCHOOLS ACROSS THE AREA HAVE OFTEN RELIED ON AUCTIONS TO services (tutoring, pet sitting, and bowling with a teacher) and local companies are meet various fundraising goals. Whether the events offering all kinds of donations and in-kind support,” she have revolved around art auctions, live auctions for added. Auction participants will have the opportunity to school privileges, or silent auctions with exciting items bid on, among other things, resort certificates for Elite donated by local businesses, these events have brought in Island Resorts, Walt Disney World Park Hopper Passes, significant revenue due to the involvement of generous wine tastings at Total Wine, Botox injections from Dr. Brad participants. Herskowitz, full sets of braces from Mariani Orthodontics, This school year, on February 5, 2015, Palmetto Middle Ritz Carlton SoBe vacations, and Braces by Greg Ross DMD School’s PTSA is joining in on the fun by hosting its first MDS Orthodontist. Silent Auction. The goal of the auction is to help raise In addition to the bidding, the event will have other funds for much needed projects for the school. Some of sources of entertainment including food, drinks and music. these identified projects include buying laptops and new Fresh Market and Nothing Bundt Cakes are already lined musical instruments, updating lighting in the auditorium, up to donate some of their delicious offerings, with many renovating the basketball court, and investing in benches more generous contributions to come. These additions will for the breezeway and around campus, as well as new school help make the night a truly enjoyable community night display boards. Funds raised may also help students and out. PMS invites parents and residents to attend and supteachers purchase needed supplies. port the event to help kick off this new annual fundraiser. In preparation for the auction, the PTSA has reached out to the community for sponsors and donations of any size The auction will take place on February 5, 2015, at 7pm to help raise funds and make the auction a success. Thanks at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, located at 14260 Old to the positive response and early donations, PMS already Cutler Rd, Palmetto Bay, Florida. Tickets will cost $20 per has some very exciting offers lined up for them. “Everyone person presale or $25 per person on the night of the event. has been generous and enthusiastic about this first ever Purchase tickets at www.pmspta.org. To donate items to auction,” said PTSA President Linda Dwyer. “Volunteers Terri Ortiz, teacher and chair of science department. the auction, email lindadwyerfl@gmail.com.

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INCE 2007, FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS AT PALMETTO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL have read the Newbery Medal winning book, Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry. The book deals with the escape of a Jewish family from Copenhagen during World War II and centers around the friendship of two young girls. While students often grudgingly skim through assigned reading, “[s]tudents are enthralled by [this] historical fiction chapter book,” remarked fifth grade teacher Janice Ennis. They are also very interested in the assignments that go along with the book. “[The students] are meticulous with the related activities and projects that parallel the story,” Ennis added. Palmetto teachers have developed many enriching activities for the students to help them further apply what they’ve learned from the book. Some of the activities include designing a movie poster for the “release” of Number the Stars, researching Danes who influenced the outcome of the efforts to relocate Danish Jews, researching existing monuments that commemorate the events in Denmark during the covered time period, designing an original monument and explaining its significance and creating a Jeopardy game with categories and questions to be played in class.  Though students are given various story related assignments dur- Julius Eisenstein speaks with students. ing their reading of the book, the culminating activity around the study of this book and this time in history is the most powerful. As in previous years, Palmetto students welcomed a Holocaust Survivor, to the school on November 12. Julius Eisenstein came to share his own World War II experience with the students. Offering a variety of stories, photographs and documents, visiting survivors have come to the school from various European countries, including Germany and Poland. The day allows the Survivors to educate the students and make sure the horrors of the Holocaust are never forgotten. “As an educator, I feel there is no better means of sharing this important part of our history than to bring a primary source to the children,” fifth grade teacher Donna Martinez said. “Our students feel the significance in a different, deeper way after hearing personal stories first-hand.” After spending time in the classrooms, Eisenstein, joined by Palmetto Elementary teachers and staff, attended a formal luncheon provided by the PTA and the fifth grade parents. “This opportunity of listening to a Holocaust Survivor helps the students understand the Holocaust really did happen, and that it’s not just a story from a book,” noted Palmetto Elementary Principal Eric Torres. “It is an experience the students will never forget.” To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817

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015 IS HERE, IT’S TIME TO GET YOUR FITNESS BACK IN gear! This time as opposed to the past, let’s make it FUN and set-up to Last! 5 keys to a successful workout regimen: 1. Set Goals (SMART) 2. Develop a Plan 3. More Work in Less Time 4. Change is Great 5. Have FUN Set Goals – Specific Measureable Achievable Results Time. Simply stated, keep your goals specific, measure through app or simply write them down in a logbook, be realistic & make sure you can achieve these goals, stay motivated looking forward to the results and finally, enjoy the process, have a good time with your fitness. Developing a plan keeps you on track and you will be less likely to have as many “cheat days,” resulting in a more desirable outcome. More work in less time is the HIT principle. High Intensity Training, where you push your body to its threshold every workout, with sound mechanics & technique. This will in turn, burn more calories in a shorter period of time. Change it up, variation is the KEY! You have to shock your system in order to get results. Routine is the enemy. A program must be switched out every 4 weeks, at a minimum. Having FUN is by far the most important key to success. Once working out becomes a chore and undesirable, your mind and body will slowly begin to shut down. So hang-up the traditional workouts and do something different, shake that body up! Here’s a quick little 100 CALORIE burner: »» 40 Jumping Jacks »» 30 Crunches »» 20 Squats »» 10 Push-ups This is just a simple bodyweight management workout. Add some bear crawls, burpees and some running, with multiple rounds to spice it up. This will lead you into being prepared for one of our Obstacle Course Races. Obstacle Course Racing is taking off, challenging over 1 million racers annually, providing that shake up we all need. At the end of the day, if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. Take it a step further and get the entire family on board. This will springboard our children to develop a love for fitness at an early age. At BattleFrog, we offer age appropriate obstacles to build up their confidence while having the time of their lives. As adults, we return to the childlike sense of adventure that we’ve lost, and get to experience this with the ones we love. BattleFrog is a total test not just for competitive athletes but for everyone in the family to enjoy. Each step is inspired by the training that forges SEAL operators and prepares them to do anything, anytime, anywhere. With varying distances and entertainment for all, BattleFrog is a great bonding experience and an incredible Goal to strive for and achieve – HOOYAH! Visit us at www.BattleFrogSeries.com to check out our 2015 schedule. To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817

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Children and Exercise BY GABRIEL LAMAS, OWNER, FITNESS TOGETHER

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’M SURE THAT MANY OF US HAVE HEARD THE NOTION THAT children should not engage in “heavy” resistance training. I am also sure that many of us remember the somewhat odd and disturbing documentary of the heavy weight lifting child dubbed “Little Hercules” who – at an unreasonably young age was extremely muscular. Now, I don’t think that any of us want our children to look like “Little Hercules,” by any means, but we do want the next generation to be happy, healthy and well adjusted with a positive quality of life. We know that exercise provides these benefits to adults, but what is the truth about children and working out? Could it have harmful consequences? The scary reality is that, according to the Center for Disease Control, in 2012, 11% of children and 12% of adolescents were obese. That is a frightening statistic that more than 1 of every 5 teenagers is obese – and thus in danger of all the associated health risks. Much of this is a result of an easier accessibility to high calorie foods and a greater level of inactivity. These two factors combined leads to truly deathly consequences and it is affecting younger and younger people in the United States.

In the past, research and anecdotal evidence had indicated that heavy weight lifting at a young age could cause the growth plates (the parts of the bone responsible for lengthening – i.e. getting taller – as one gets older) to close. This was the primary reason that weight lifting was often contraindicated for children. Since then, there has been conflicting evidence – often pointing to the contrary, that it is has no real negative affect on growth – regarding weight lifting at a young age. While I would not necessarily recommend forcing your youngster to squat hundreds of pounds – if anything, simply because most kids would not find this “fun” – and spending their formative years being forced to associate health and fitness with something negative could be detrimental – I would recommend teaching children to have fun exercising. Whether it be cardiovascular, with their bodyweight, or just engaging in sports, the more active they are at a young age, the more the risk of childhood obesity and its associated health problems are mitigated. Take your family, kids included, out for a fun day at the park to play some fitness related games, run around, play Frisbee and teach your kids the positive effects of exercise at a young age to build those healthy habits – it will help, if not save, their lives in the long run! Passionate about the fitness business, Gabriel Lamas began owning franchised fitness studios at 23 years old. Originally from Massachusetts, Gabriel attended Florida International University and his fitness business holdings company, Gabriel Lamas Fitness LLC acquired the Fitness Together Miami brand his senior year of college. Conveniently located in South Miami and Coconut Grove, Fitness Together Miami has helped countless clients get in the best shape of their lives. Please contact Gabriel directly at gabelamas@fitnesstogether.com or visit www.fitnesstogethermiami.com for further information. To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817

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Endodontix: Root Canals Never Felt So Good BY BROOKE BLOOM LAM

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A perfectionist who doesn’t settle for anything HILE MOST PEOPLE DON’T ADD “GOING less than the best, Dr. Alonso often spends hours to the dentist” to their list of favorite things of uninterrupted time with each patient. Since he to do, many can tolerate a simple cleaning. solely performs root canals, he does not have other It’s when patients start to feel tooth pain and hear patients coming in and out of the office needing his that they have cavity, or worse, that they need a root attention. With his gentle approach, Dr. Alonso and canal, that many people want to run for the hills. his staff strive to make sure their patients are relaxed With doctors like Anthony Alonso Jr. of Endodontix and comfortable during their procedure. “Working Dental Group, however, even the most dreaded of with Dr. Alonso is a reward for me,” said Lead Dental procedures can seem like a walk in the park. Assistant Libby Verbruggen. “I am proud to tell our Dr. Alonso, a Miami native who graduated from patients they have nothing to worry about during Palmer Trinity School as the class valedictorian in their visit with us.” Dr. Alonso’s exceptional reputa1994, and attended Duke University, followed by Tufts tion also makes him a valuable go to for dentists who University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, is an refer patients out for these complicated procedures. Endodontist specializing in root canals. Returning Time and time again, Endodontix has performed to Miami after dental school to start his practice, Dr. root canals on patients who are pleasantly surprised Alonso furthered his studies by achieving status as a by their experience. “It is such a pleasure for me Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. to hear the response from the patients after their Board Certification in Endodontics is a process that procedure that I was correct in telling them they takes years to achieve and Dr. Alonso is one of only would be relaxed and wouldn’t feel a thing,” said four Board Certified Endodontists in Miami Dade Verbruggen. After all, it was during the clinical County out of a total of 43 practicing Endodontists. portion of dental school that Dr. Alonso realized While his background is enough to make him that the best service he could provide his patients stand out, Dr. Alonso’s practice is equally impreswas relieving their pain in a gentle way. As he said, sive. “There are a few things that set my practice “perfecting the way I treat dental infections allows apart from others,” Dr. Alonso explained. “First Dr. Alonso and his team; Rosalina Sanchez, Stephanie Portuondo and Libby Verbruggen. me to gain [my patients’] trust for life.” and foremost we strive for each patient to be treated as only performs exceptional root canals but often works any of our family members would. We want them to with other offices when they come across problems. Endodontix Dental Group is located at 550 Biltmore have the best experience in a doctor’s office bar none.” In “Having the latest technology and surgical microscopes Way, 3B, Coral Gables, Florida 33134. They can be addition to excellent service, the technological advances allow me to see the smallest of canals or fracture lines,” reached at 305.447.4000. Visit Endodontix online for at Endodontix are state of the art. “Technologically, we Dr. Alonso promises. “I also increase my success in root more information at www.endodontix.com. have a Carestream9000 cone beam CT machine that has canal therapy by not reusing the micro-instruments that changed the way I practice,” he said. The cone beam allows are used during the procedure. This ensures that the best Dr. Alonso to see the tooth in 3 dimensions, unlike a regular instruments are used only on your tooth.” At Endodontix, x-ray. This advanced view offers valuable information and every patient receives their own individual sterile files, “also confirms the extent of the infection and the reason unlike at many other offices that often just sterilize and why the infection occurs,” said Dr. Alonso. Helping with reuse their files, causing wear. These weakened files are diagnosis and patient acceptance of treatment, the cone more likely to break inside the tooth, leaving the patient beam is an extremely valuable tool to have. with even more problems. Armed with the proper information, Dr. Alonso not Dr. Alonso’s process of performing root canals through a microscope with individual files is not something that is offered at all offices. Through the use of the microscope, Dr. Alonso can also open the tooth up more and see the smallest of canals in order to get in there and really clean them out. This specialized practice is one of just many reasons why root canal patients benefit from having Dr. Alonso perform their root canal rather than going to their regular dentist. “This is what we do,” explained Interoffice Referral Coordinator Stephanie Portuondo. “You wouldn’t choose to go to your general physician for a cardiology Our Carestream 9000 Cone Beam CT. 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014 WAS A MILESTONE YEAR FOR GYMBOREE PLAY & Music franchise owner Coni Ensor Goudie. In addition to celebrating a 30 year anniversary and opening a new center in Palmetto Bay, her team successfully implemented a new technology system to further propel the business and improve the experience for customers. What started out as a small business thirty years ago has blossomed into a successful trio of locations across Miami offering unparalleled early-childhood classes for parents and their children. “We are among the top three franchises in the country, one of Coni Ensor Goudie the firsts on the East Coast with locations in Palmetto Bay, Coral Gables, and Kendall. We have now joined a growing franchise movement with over 700 centers across the globe, all dedicated to helping children learn through play. To see this baby grow with such intensity is so exciting”. It’s hard to believe one can still be so passionate 30 years on the job, but Ms. Goudie’s passion has grown along with her business. Though Goudie started out in the beauty industry, winning the Miss Florida title in 1972 and placing second runner up in the Miss USA pageant, her business skills are what really made her shine. In March 2014, she won Business Woman of the Year by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce in the Entrepreneur Category. Giving back to the community that has supported her success is a tenet of her business strategy. Goudie and her staff are active in many charitable organizations for children, and have a special connection to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation along with the national corporate charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Coni’s Gymboree Play Music centers offer a unique learning experience for children and their parents. Walk into the new Palmetto location and you’ll see a fresh and innovative space for play, offering even more discovery and whole-child learning. Children are free to move and explore, as they explore brand new play challenges wrapped in vibrant color and texture. The new play equipment and state-of-the art flooring was custom-designed for young children by renowned Play Architect Jay Beckwith in collaboration with Gymboree’s early childhood play experts. It offers even more of the climbing, sliding and creative discovery you’ve come to love. As always, classes provide age-appropriate activities that create a personalized play experience for every child, allowing the learning to unfold at his or her own pace. Creativity and confidence are a powerful benefit for the children, but attending parents are also supported with a welcoming lobby and a coffee bar. Goudie invites moms to hang around the location before or after class. “Gymboree is not just for the child, but also for the mom. I want the moms to stay and meet each other to form community.” One of the unique aspects of the Gymboree program is that many of the kids in classes today are second generation Gymboree members. Prior students who return to the program as parents delight in the familiarity of the experience and what it meant to them as children. Visit Palmetto Bay and you’ll find all the elements you love about Gymboree, parachute fun, bubbles, and the iconic Gymbo who still loves to dance with guests. “The most exciting aspect of the new equipment is the enhanced challenge for the 3-5 year old kids, and the age-appropriate play opportunities it also offers babies and toddlers” explained Goudie. In addition to classic play classes, Gymboree also offers music and art. Our School Skills program for children ages 2.5 to 5 is a drop-off program in pre-school skills including programs like Handwriting without Tears. With a maximum of twelve children in a class and two teachers, the program is a great transitional program for kids who have grown up at Gymboree. We also offer a range of special events and oneo-kind Birthday parties to help parents celebrate those milestones. Whether attending classes to gain physical skills, educational skills, or make new friendships_Gymboree has it all. As Coni Ensor Goudie says, “It’s a good time to be a child.” Gymboree Play and Music’s Palmetto Bay location is at 14109 South Dixie Highway, Miami, Florida 33176. To contact this location, call 305.232.3399. The Kendall location is at 8530 Southwest 124th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33183. To contact this location, call 305.270.0021. The Coral Gables Gymboree Play and Music is located in Merrick Park at 358 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida 33146. To contact this location, call 305.476.9500. To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817


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Play a Guitar – For the Fun of It!

mUSICIAnS DISCOUnT CEnTER

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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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KID’S CORNER

Q&A with Lil’ Jungle BY BROOKE BLOOM LAM

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IL’ JUNGLE IS A HAIR SALON SPECIALIZING IN HAIR-CUTS FOR KIDS AND THE whole family. Take an inside peak at this local business with a Q&A session with Lil’ Jungle owner, Victor Lara.

HOW WAS THE IDEA FOR LIL’ JUNGLE BORN?

We have been open for four years now, although we actually started out with a different name - Zoo Cuts. To be honest, this business wasn’t my idea. It was started by my mother and my uncle-in-law. That partnership fell apart and my mother asked me if I wanted to run the business. I had no hesitations and after a couple of days of brain storming with my best friend, came up with the name Lil’ Jungle.

WE SPECIALIZE IN CHILDREN

WHAT DO YOU SPECIALIZE IN?

We have childrens DVDs, Nintendo Wii’s and free Wifi.

Children! I have an amazing staff of stylists that are super patient with children. Some kids don’t like getting haircuts, and they show it, but these stylists get it done and the kids look great. I have a feeling a lot of parents think we only cut kids hair but our stylists are more than capable of taking care of adults too. All of my stylists are great, but Gloria is particularly skillful with experience in everything from hairdos to coloring and everything in between.

HOW IS YOUR SHOP “KID-FRIENDLY”?

It’s colorful in here - a little too colorful – but, for kids it’s great because it looks like a fun place. In our waiting room, we have toys and TVs, two of which have Nintendo Wiis. Our big TV has anything from sports to kid’s shows on at any time. The real fun, though, starts on the cutting floor, where we have three chairs for bigger kids and adults and five chairs for the little ones. The five “little” chairs include an airplane and a cop car. Each station has its own wall mounted TV where we can put on any children’s channel or a movie from our selection of DVDs.

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We differ from other local haircut spots when it comes to patience. If a child is scared, we first try to be as friendly as possible. If that doesn’t work, we try their favorite TV channel or movie. The last thing we try is a lollipop. Sometimes even that doesn’t work and then we have to just sit them in their parents lap. We try any combination of things to make it as pleasant an experience as possible. Even if none of these things work, our stylists surprise everyone and get the job done as well as if the child had sat patiently. It’s quite the show. 

WHAT ARE YOUR PRICES?

Haircuts are $17. Women’s Haircuts are $20. Bang cuts are $8. Wash and Blower is $25. Haircut, Wash and Blower combo starts at $35, and may increase depending on hair length. Highlights and/or coloring are offered by appointment only and start at $70. Visitors should ask about our rewards program. We also offer 25% off for recommending a new customer. Lil’ Jungle is located at 13985 S. Dixie Highway. Contact them at 305.238.1017 or visit facebook.com/Liljungle. Store hours are Monday: 12-6pm, Tuesday – Saturday: 10am-7pm, and Sunday: 11-5pm.

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How to Cope With the Loss of a Pet BY TAMI MAIER

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LOVING PET CARE IN YOUR HOME OR MINE

HIS MONTH HAS BEEN VERY EMOTIONAL FOR ME AS A PET SITTER. I HAVE become so close to the pets I watch that they truly become like family to me. Over Thanksgiving I lost two dogs from two different families. One died to cancer and the other to a brain tumor, both were only 6 years old. This has caused me to be up at night thinking about how you really cope with the loss of a dog? What advice could I give to the grieving owners? Anyone who considers a pet a beloved friend, companion, or family member knows the intense pain that accompanies the loss of that furry friend. So this month my article is dedicated first to the owners of Cooper and Coconut (two amazing dogs) and then to anyone else that has experienced the grief and sadness associated with the loss of their pet. Heaven’s Doggy Door My best friend closed his eyes last night, As his head was in my hand, The doctors said he was in pain, And it was hard for him to stand. The thoughts that scurried through my head, As I cradled him in my arms. Were of his younger, puppy years, And Oh ... his many charms. Today, there was no gentle nudge With an intense “ I love you gaze” Only a heart that’s filled with tears Remembering our joy-filled days. But an Angel just appeared to me And he said, “You should cry no more, God also loves our canine friends, He’s installed a ‘doggy-door’!”

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I hope this poem helps provide comfort for those that have lost a pet, and I pray you understand that intense grief over the loss of a pet is normal and natural. Do not let anyone tell you that you are crazy to feel the way you do. Do not let others dictate your feelings, they are valid and maybe extremely painful. But remember, you are not alone, thousands of other pet owners have gone through the same feelings, and in time your heart will heal and when you are ready your heart may have room to allow another pet to be loved by you as well. If you would like more information about pet sitting or pet boarding please contact me at Tami@ livepawsitvely.com.

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The Dog That Barked Too Much BY DR. MARTA SANCHEZ EMDEN

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OU DID YOUR HOMEWORK AND FINALLY ADOPTED THE dog of you dreams, the one that fits your personality and lifestyle, only to find out that your new friend is an “extreme” barker. The constant barking is driving you, your family, and your neighbors crazy. You have tried everything in your power to stop the noise but nothing works. Sound familiar? This is a common scenario that can lead many dog owners to get complaints from neighbors, get fined, or even abandon their dogs in shelters or the streets. Barking is how dogs express their necessities and enthusiasm, but barking excessively is not normal. It is a problem that needs to be addressed. In order to manage a problem barker it is important to understand what is triggering the behavior. There are many reasons why a dog may bark in excess. Genetics is an important factor influencing barking. Certain breeds are well known for their tendencies to bark more, such as the German Shepherds and the Miniature Schnauzer. Some dogs are highly territorial and may bark to protect their area. Aggressive dogs may bark to warn others that they will bite if provoked. It is common to see excessive barking due to boredom or separation anxiety, especially in dogs left alone all day while their owners are out working. Most of all, a dog will bark when they want something such as to go outside to relieve themselves, a cookie, a toy, or the owner’s attention. It is important to make sure that the excessive barking is not due to pain, hunger, or physical discomfort. In our attempt to correct the excessive barking, we often commit important mistakes that instead of helping solve the problem, will exacerbate it. Avoid yelling or punishing your dog as they will only learn to be scared of you. Avoid showering your dog with attention when they are barking such as picking them up or giving them a treat to distract them. This will teach your dog that good things happen when they bark. Do not give in to a demanding bark. If the excessive barking is to demand a cookie, a toy, or to be placed on the couch -among many other examples- ignore it. You are being trained by your dog to follow orders. Most importantly, avoid the use of shock collars regardless of the intensity of electric charge produced. It is not only cruel, but also does not address the underlying problem that is leading to excessive barking in the first place. There are certain basic steps that you should take to address the problem barker. The goal is to modify the unwanted behavior; to retrain your dog not to bark in excess. Ignore the dog when they engage in the behavior and only give your attention when it is calm and quiet as a reward. You can also use a cookie or a favorite toy as rewards. Teach your dog to follow a command such as “no” or “quiet” when spoken in a firm decisive way. Praise him or her when follows the command. The use of artificial pheromones is helpful in the retraining process. It can help distract your dog and break the barking cycle so you can get the dog’s attention for training. Collars that produce a citric-smelling aerosol when the dog barks is based on the same principle. These types of products should never be used by themselves but as part of a behavior modification training plan. They are readily available in pet stores and the internet. Finally, daily exercise can prevent excessive barking. In some more challenging cases, you may need the assistance of a professional. A Veterinarian Board Certified in Behavior is the professional best suited for this task. With patience, determination, and a good behavior modification plan your dog can become your dream dog. Excessive barking represents a problem and it has a solution. Dr Marta Sanchez-Emden is the founder of the Animal Health and Rehab Center in South Miami. She has been practicing Veterinary Medicine in Miami for over 20 years. As a Certified Veterinary Journalist, she is the resident veterinarian for various national TV shows. She authored the book “CHIHUAHUAS : How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend,” available on Amazon. Follow her at youtube.com/ahrcvet, Facebook. com/dr.sanchezemden, Twitter @DrMartavet, and www.animalhealthrehab.com. To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817

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

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

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ES, MY MIAMI FRIENDS, THERE IS A PLACE OTHER THAN OUR BELOVED Bahamas to explore this summer, and that place is the Turks and Caicos. Situated on the island of Providenciales is the Ocean Club Resorts. Its two properties, Ocean Club and Ocean Club West are right on the beautiful Grace Bay Beach. Their motto is, “Stay at One, Play at Both.” And boy did I play…and relax. As I opened the door to my condo, the breeze from the fans mixed with the ocean air eased the Miami tension from my body. The sliding glass doors that spanned the length of the family room and bedroom were opened wide to a screened in porch that led straight onto the beach. No time to unpack as their famous pink umbrellas beckoned me outside where my feet slipped into sand that can only be described as silk. After a leisurely stroll down the beach, I decided to explore the resort. A quick shuttle ride or a fifteen-minute walk along the water’s edge connects both properties. The accommodations are studio–three bedroom condos decorated with a seaside décor and a private balcony or patio. There are three pools between the resorts and poolside BBQs that guests can use at any time. One pool even has bridges you can swim under! Tennis courts, fitness centers and three award-winning restaurants round out the Ocean Club Resort experience. The Cabana Bar and Grill, Seaside Café and Opus with its tree lit garden lounge and largest wine cellar on the island offer up fresh fish, island spices and of course…conch. I quickly came to the sad conclusion that there was more to do here than I had time for, so I did what anyone would do in my position, I grabbed a frozen drink, sat on the beach and plotted out my next move. I made my way over to Big Blue and went for a kayaking tour amongst the mangroves while my guide gave me a quick lesson on the history of the area. Having worked up an appetite and thirst, da Conch Shack, an open air, landmark restaurant was where I headed. I took a seat at one of the pastel colored tables that dotted the beach, ordered some conch fritters, Jan’s Infamous Rum Punch (CJ, my waiter, warned me, “It’s a creeper”) and lost myself in the crystal clear turquoise water. The next couple of days I experienced island life at its best. Something not to be missed is riding with Provo Ponies, because this is a far cry from your typical trail ride. I cantered on the beach and even rode my horse into the water for us both to cool off. What an amazing feeling! I did a sunset sail onboard the Atabeyra, a 77’ rigged trading schooner. With my feet dangling over the side and the coolness of the setting sun, I welcomed the end to a simply beautiful day. My last day in paradise was spent just doing nothing. Don’t get me wrong, I had options: scuba diving, snorkeling, golf, parasailing, paddle boarding or fishing, but I picked up my book and ensconced myself in a lounge chair under a pink umbrella. The sound of the waves lulled me to sleep until I awoke with a start. Had I missed my massage appointment? Luckily, I was on time to SpaTropique and that is where I met Demas, my masseur. Let’s just say I left wondering if I had time to get another one before leaving the island. Well, it happened, my departure day had arrived. I walked outside and onto the silky sand, looked out over the water and said those famous words, “I’ll be back.” (accent included) Debbie Martinez is a Miami Dade resident and Travel Editor for The Florida Villager. She can be reached at debbiemartinez1@mac.com. To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817


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The Importance of Using Authorized Service Centers BY ERIC RAISTRICK, OWNER OF ERIC’S OUTBOARD

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AVING A RELIABLE BOAT AND engine is important to all owners. Customer satisfaction and reliability of your major investment can be attained by using an authorized service center. The following categories are areas where service centers are invaluable: engine service and repair, boat hull repair and painting, electronics and rigging. Eric’s Outboard Marine Service, a Yamaha Five Star Gold dealer, meets these needs or can direct you to the right company. Authorized dealers keep on hand the most up to date inventory of parts, certified technicians, and can warranty their work. Our Yamaha technicians are Certified Master Technicians, having attained this status by completing a comprehensive course load and continuing their education on a regular schedule. One Master Technician works exclusively in our shop; the other Master Technician services engines at marinas and at customer’s homes. Since Master Technicians have many years experience and extensive, ongoing training, they can usually identify and repair difficult problems the first time. This saves money by avoiding unnecessary trial and error repairs by less qualified technicians. Authorized service centers receive periodic technical bulletins from the engine manufacturer, enabling them to perform warranty repairs that independent shops may not even be aware of. Because an authorized dealer gets paid directly from the manufacturer for warranty repairs, his technicians are always on the lookout to affect these

repairs, even without the customer’s prior knowledge. If an independent technician identifies a warranty issue, he would have to advise his customer to take his boat to an authorized shop. Your service manager is an important component as they help you diagnose some of your issues before arranging an appointment. The training includes a combination of technical course work for technicians, service management courses for service managers, and business management for dealer principals or store managers. Dealers who sell Yamaha marine products exclusively and demonstrate the highest level of commitment to training can earn Five Star Gold, the top dealership certification level available. In choosing a Five Star Gold dealership, you can be confident that you will be able to find Yamaha products on their shelves and receive a high level of service from the point of sale and after. Other departments at this dealership include rigging installation, engine sales, electronics installation including Simrad, Garmin and Seastar Steering’s all new Optimus 360 systems. We would like to reiterate our emphasis on using authorized service technicians and service centers. The best care possible will extend the “life” of your equipment. Eric Raistrick opened Eric’s Outboard in 1986 as a mobile outboard marine mechanic. He became a Yamaha dealer in 1996. Eric’s Outboard is now Full Line Yamaha dealer, servicing only Yamaha outboards. Eric’s Outboard is proud to have the only two Yamaha Master Marine Technicians in Miami on their staff. Please contact us at 305-251-4067, ericsoutboard.com or visit us at 8755 SW 129th Street.

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HE PROCESS OF DIVORCE DOESN’T STOP AT THE SIGNING of the papers; there is the aftermath, which can be exceedingly over-whelming. Here you have just gone through some of the most difficult months of your life and now being emotionally drained, you have to face a litany of things to do in order to wrap it all up. This is daunting at best due to the fact you don’t know where to begin. Sometimes it’s just a matter of getting organized, which in turn helps you feel in control.

Here is a list that will help you on your way to wrapping this divorce up in a neat little package: 1. Change your name and/or address, passport, social security, driver’s license, voter registration, credit cards, bank accounts, mail 2. Remove former spouse from credit cards and change address 3. Check your credit reports 4. Change all passwords/ID’s for online access 5. Bank accounts - savings, checking, safety deposit box, money market, loans 6. Joint accounts - need to be closed 7. Loans - if possible, have your name removed from note 8. Stocks, bonds, retirement - need to be dispersed according to MSA 9. Redo trusts and wills 10. Homestead Exemption 11. Insurance - life, medical, dental, vision, disability, homeowners, car, boat – new policy and/or change beneficiary 12. Titles to property - car, boat/jet ski, house, quit claim deeds (title should be changed to new owner) 13. Electric, gas, pool, water, cable, phone, alarm, cell phones (remove former spouse from accounts) 14. Cars and boats - transponders, registration, service warranties, leases/loans 15. Medical - any doctors associated with the children should be updated with both parent’s contact info and co-parenting requirements 16. Professional advisors - CPA’s, attorneys, financial planner, etc. 17. Employers - any changes in retirement/pension plans, health insurance, stock options, benefits, exemptions due to divorce/MSA 18. Magazine subscriptions, social/club/professional memberships 19. Reward programs - remove former spouse or distribute points as per MSA 20. Pets - if you are retaining the family pet, you will need to contact the vet, chip registration and any pedigree association

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»» Contact children’s schools with address changes, people authorized to pick them up, billing and get online access »» Advise teachers, childcare workers, coaches, etc., of the divorce and arrangements »» Decide who will be responsible for keeping the children’s social security card, passport, birth certificate, baptism certificate, medical records and photos

As tempting as it may be to put these things off, face that mountain, conquer it and move on feeling the freedom of having no loose ends. Debbie Martinez, MA is a certified, mindful life coach specializing in divorce (aka: heartbreak coach). She professionally coaches clients on how to avoid the breakup backlash and live better, not bitter. As a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator trained in collaborative divorce, Debbie gives clients the tools they need to successfully untie the knot and stand strong in the wake of adversity. She brings her formal training and life experience into her coaching practice to empower and educate clients through their divorce journey and onto new beginnings. You can contact Debbie at debbie@thepowerofdivorcecoach.com.

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HAMBERSOUTH IS THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR greater south Miami-Dade County, providing leadership and vision in our communities, including South Miami, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, and Greater Kendall. Since its creation in 1931, ChamberSOUTH has become an effective voice for local business and is committed to improving the economic vitality of the community. Our Network Luncheon is a fun, informal event where you’ll meet everyone in the room. We have members who do 40% of their business as a result of their regular attendance at this event. It’s a must for new members: you’ll feel like known these people for years. Want to learn more about ChamberSOUTH and meet our amazing Ambassadors? Come to Brio Tuscan Grille at The Falls on Wednesday, January 14th, at 11:00 am for our New Member Orientation, then stay for a fantastic lunch and quality networking beginning at 11:45 am. This month, the past Chairman of ChamberSOUTH as part of the ChamberSOUTH Gavel Club invite the Miami-Dade County Public School’s Office of Economic Opportunity to educate our members and guests on how to do business with M-DCPS. Business After Hours is one of ChamberSOUTH’s premier networking events, allowing members to meet, exchange ideas, and make important, long-lasting bonds in a comfortable setting while giving the hosting business an opportunity to showcase their workplace and gain valuable exposure. This month, our

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Networking Luncheon & New Member Orientation Presentation by The Office of Economic Opportunity: “Doing Business with Miami-Dade County Public Schools” Hosted by: ChamberSOUTH Gavel Club Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 Orientation 11:00 am Luncheon 11:45 am Brio Tuscan Grille at The Falls 8888 SW 136th Street, Suite 380, Miami

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ChamberSOUTH Trustee Committee invites you to join us at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center on Thursday January 22nd for a VIP Reception and show. We will be meeting at 6:30 pm for networking at a private cocktail pre-show reception and watching The Second City Hits Home at 8:00 pm. The General Membership Breakfast is ChamberSOUTH’s official monthly meeting. It’s the area’s place to see and be seen if you’re a businessperson and, of course, a great place to garner exposure for your company! Learn about what is happening in our community by joining presenting sponsor Kendall Regional Medical Center at the Miami Dadeland Marriott on Wednesday, January 28th, at 7:15 am. In addition to serving the business community by providing monthly networking opportunities, ChamberSOUTH is also a resource to the community at large through our committees by offering educational opportunities, providing environmental outreach, supporting our military, acting as municipal liaison, developing leadership, assisting in small business marketing, championing non-profits, promoting wellness, and becoming a technology resource. ChamberSOUTH is THE SMALL BUSINESS CHAMPION. For more information on any of these events, contact ChamberSOUTH by visiting www.chambersouth.com or calling 305-661-1621.

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ESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (WCS) has added an eight member, co-ed sailing team to its athletic offerings. The team recently participated in their inaugural regatta in Jensen Beach. Several team members bring with them high accolades. Junior George Williams is the First Place Junior Champion Crew for North America in the Club 420. Sophomore Shane Riera has been on the United States Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) National Team for the last two years and placed second in the Sunshine State Championship, and Freshman Olivia de Olazarra will be competing in the USODA Midwinter Championship. The WCS Sailing team competes year-round.

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JOY AND EXCITEMENT

Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna and the Live Like Bella® Foundation brought joy and excitement to children battling cancer at Miami Children’s Hospital, distributing toys collected from this year’s toy drive earlier today. Children participated in a magical event full of activities, face painting, special treats and surprises by the mysterious creators and red amazon warriors from Cirque du Soleil. The Live Like Bella™ Foundation recently announced the Live Like Bella Pavilion at Miami Children's Hospital, which will offer temporary lodging for families of children receiving inpatient care at the hospital.

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Team Hasbro volunteers came together with Miami Children’s Health Foundation (MCH Foundation) to visit patients at Miami Children’s Hospital on Thursday, Dec. 4, for the Company’s second annual Global Day of Joy. During the visit, there was a special appearance by Mr. Potato Head and TRANSFORMERS Optimus Prime and Bumblebee.

A group of South Florida middle and high school students spent a day at Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) shadowing pediatric nurses. Part of Day in the Life of a Nurse™, the program provides students a glimpse at some of the many career options in the nursing profession and motivates them to prepare to pursue nursing careers. Day in the Life of a Nurse™ has been coordinated for fifteen years by the Nursing Consortium of South Florida, a non-profit membership association supported by most of the regions hospitals and nursing schools among others.

A few patients began the day woken up by Mr. Potato Head who also treated them to a toy. Other activities throughout the day included ‘Game Day’ stations where patients got to play with the pros as members of Team Hasbro brought in hundreds of games and toys, while other patients painted a mural to give back to Hasbro and also thanked their nurses with cupcakes.

Top:“Day in the Life of a Nurse” Participants Pose with Nursing Leaders at MCH. Bottom: MCH Nurses Sandra Wehking and Danielle Hoffman with students in the MCH OR training room.

2014 HOPE DIAMOND BALL

Approximately 800 celebrities, community leaders, philanthropists, physicians, friends, supporters, patients and families of Miami Children’s Hospital came together as Miami Children’s Health Foundation hosted the Hope Diamond Ball Affair. The premier signature event raised more than $6 million, including announced gifts, that will help support world-class care at Miami Children’s Hospital and will continue to position them as a global destination for pediatric health and wellness, as well as a provider of hope for children everywhere.

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WINE, WOMEN & SHOES Left: Jorge Luis and Marile Lopez, Chair of Miami Children’s Health Foundation’s Board of Directors, unveil a new logo for Together For The Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s Hospital alongside the President & CEO of Miami Children’s Health System, Dr. M. Narendra Kini. Above: Alice Catena Bernard with her son, MCH patient Jake; Jorge Rodriguez with his daughter, MCH patient Astry; and Juventino Alvarez with his son, MCH patient Gabriel.

The anticipated Wine, Women & Shoes Kickoff event benefiting Miami Children’s Health Foundation took place this on Dec. 13. The glamorous event was hosted by renowned interior designer, Sofia Joelsson on the rooftop of her penthouse home in South Beach. Funds raised will benefit the children and families at Miami Children’s Hospital through Together For The Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s Hospital. Photo: Lucy Morillo Esq., President and CEO of Miami Children’s Health Foundation; Criselda Breene, Chair; Dr. M. Narendra Kini, President & CEO of Miami Children’s Health System; Sofia Joelsson, host; Carola Pimentel, Chair; and Cassie Preston, General Manager of Sergio Rossi Bal Harbour.

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SEEN ON SCENE REACH FOR THE STARS FOUNDATION

The Reach For The Stars Foundation held it's 11th annual fundraising event on Friday, November 28th, at the W Hotel South Beach. The fundraiser featured cocktails courtesy of GreyGoose, music by DJ Zak Mann, and a silent auction. The silent auction included items donated by local businesses such as American Social Bar & Grill for their new Brickell location, Zak The Baker, Top Secret, JetSet Pilates Miami, Juvia Restaurant, local artist Artie Sandstone, and more. Over 200 people were in attendance, and approximately $10,000 was raised for the charity.

READY TO LEAD COLLEGE READINESS WORKSHOP

Miami Dade College hosted this program for the seventh consecutive year on Saturday, Decenber 6. The intensive one-day program helped Hispanic high-school students entering postsecondary education by motivating them to complete high school, empowering them to serve and lead in their communities, and instilling a belief that a college education is achievable. The students were trained in college planning, financing a college education, and leadership development.

The Reach For The Stars Foundation originated in 1998 after the untimely death of Alan Epstein, who tragically died in a car accident at the age of 18. Through the Miami Foundation, Alan's family started the Reach For The Stars Scholarship Fund to honor Alan's memory, which provides financial aid to deserving high school seniors to further their education. RFTSF has since grown to not only raise funds for the scholarship fund, but also supports various cancer foundations in memory of Alan's parents, Murray and Cheryl Epstein. For more information about the foundation, please visit www.RFTSF.org.

ART WITH A HEART

The “Art with a Heart” Club, founded by Westminster Christian School (WCS) sophomore Ashley Castano, performed their first service project on November 1. The group visited Miami Children’s Hospital and worked on Thanksgiving art projects with the children. It was a great way to brighten their days, while sharing their passion for art with others. Their next service event will be in December, and every month there after. Back row left to right: Jon Fernandez, Natasha Strump, Tamara Kurt, Julia Decker, Annika Heetderks, Ana Campos, Katrina Musa, Front row: Abigail Raffalski, Alyssa Kreps, Ashley Castano, Sofia Forwood, Brittney Brigham

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT-South Florida) hosted the 13th Annual International Business Woman of the Year Awards at the Rusty Pelican December 3, 2014. The event featured the international fashion icon, Diane von Furstenberg, with a live, on stage interview by our very own Local 10 News Anchor, Laurie Jennings. Ms. von Furstenberg spoke about her new book, The Woman I Wanted To Be, and her new reality show. She’s Forbes 68th most powerful woman in the world.

SHOP TO STOP MS

The University of Miami Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence hosted its 6th annual Shop to Stop MS at Saks Fifth Avenue, Dadeland. What could be better than a night of shopping, food, and an open bar? Raising money for a wonderful cause while enjoying all of these things. Photos: Brett Hufziger/BHUF.com

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The Westminster Christian School community rallied around sophomore Sophia Gonzalez as she worked to raise awareness and funds for the Arthritis Foundation as the Youth Honoree for the 2014 Walk to Cure Arthritis. A Westminster student since preschool, her classmates and teachers organized six teams to help support her fundraising efforts. In the end, they were able to raise $34,000 in direct donations and in-kind support. Sophia has suffered from Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis since she was two years old. Sophomore Sophia Gonzalez (second from left, front row), Arthritis Foundation Youth Honoree, is surrounded by just a few of the friends and family who came out to support her cause to raise awareness for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the 2014 Walk to Cure Arthritis.

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