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OVEMBER IS HERE, AND IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE we’re in the final stretch of another calendar year. The holiday season is officially upon us, and we are looking forward to a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with those we love. This time of year gives us the perfect opportunity to take stock of all there is to be thankful for. At the top of the list, of course, is good health and great family and friends. And let’s not forget this amazing community we live in, with its beautiful weather and abundance of fun events for everyone to enjoy. For a complete list of upcoming events, check out the Events Calendar (page 6). And don’t miss this month’s special feature, the first annual Gift Guide, to find the perfect match for everyone on your list (page 20). If you’ve been curious about the latest trends in window coverings, we invite you to read ‘5 Questions’ with Rick Diesmone, owner of Rick & Nancy’s Window Fashions (page 22). And lastly, if you’ve been looking for a great turkey recipe for Thanksgiving, don’t miss ‘Frank’s Famous Turkey Brine Recipe’ from Istueta Roofing owner Frank Istueta (page 34). Don’t forget to connect with us via social media. You can find us on Twitter (@FloridaVillager), Facebook (The Florida Villager), Instagram (@thefloridavillager), and Google + (The Florida Villager). You can also find an on-line version of our publication at www.TheFloridaVillager.com. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The Florida Villager! Sincerely,

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EVENTS CALENDAR 6 November 2015 COMMUNITY CALL 8 News From Our Community COMMUNITY NEWS 10 Around the County 12 South Miami Hosts WHEELS Weekend SCHOOL NEWS 14 An Entrepreneurial Spirit FROM THE MAYOR 16 What’s Happening in Our Communities? FIRST PERSON 17 Living with MS GIFT GUIDE 20 Holidays Unwrapped 5 QUESTIONS 22 Rick Diesmone of Rick & Nancy’s Window Fashions FEATURE 24 ResultsMD Leads NonSurgical Gastric Balloon Weight Loss in South Florida FITNESS FORUM 26 Why Do We Exercise? REAL ESTATE TALK 27 We’re Attached to People, Not Walls!

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ASK THE EXPERT 28 Gratitude 34 Frank’s Famous Turkey Brine Recipe! HEALTH & FITNESS 29 The Benefits of Pilates For Runners PET OF THE MONTH 30 Meet Willie Nelson PET HEALTH 31 Medical Acupuncture for Animals SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION 33 Building a Culture of Inclusion in STEM HEALTH SERVICES 35 What is Hospice? SEEN ON SCENE 36 Snapshot from Around Town

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LOVE AND HOPE PREVIEW PARTY The 43rd Annual Preview Party for the annual Love and Hope gala will take place at the St. Regis Bal Harbour, on November 6, 2015 to benefit the Diabetes Research Institute’s work. The events raises thousands of dollars each year to work towards a cure. Minimum donation of $250 required; diabetesresearch.org

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WHEELS Join the green mobility trend as thousands of people in and around South Miami will celebrate wallet-friendly and environmentally friendly transit options like walking, bicycling, riding transit and using trails. Activities will include bike tours, trail runs, bike safety trainings, Critical Mass transit rides, a conference highlighting green mobility topics, and the first-ever bike-in South Miami street party. wheelsflorida.org

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4TH ANNUAL SHOP TO STOP MS AT SAKS DADELAND The University of Miami MS Center for Excellence will host the fourth annual Shop to Stop MS from 6-9 pm. Local tastemakers and MS activists will be invited to enjoy fine wine, cocktails and tastings from local restaurants. Each guest will receive a $25 Saks gift card and 10 percent of the event sales to benefit the University of Miami MS Center for Excellence. Tickets are $60.

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BRUNCH FOR THE ANIMALS Grab your best furry friend and head over to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach on Sunday November 22 for Brunch for the Animals an unforgettable afternoon of great food, great shopping and even greater people and dog watching. More than 300 guests and their dogs fill the lawn overlooking the ocean, of this world-class resort-a legend in Miami Beach. Donations for the event are $200 per person, $50 for children ages 3 to 10, and free-of-charge for dogs.

ALGONQUIN BOOK CLUB AT BOOKS & BOOKS GABLES Join in the excitement of independent bookselling and get a peek into the world of independent publishing when Algonquin’s director of marketing, the wise and witty Craig Popelars, gives us a sneak peek at their list and introduces you to three of Algonquin’s best authors; 8pm at Books & Books in Coral Gables. Free and open to all.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION WALK More than 2,200 participants in Miami-Dade County will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities and clinical studies enrollment to support programs and services during the The Miami-Dade Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Museum Park. alz.org/walk

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2015 GOLF CLASSIC The 2015 Golf Classic will kick off Friday morning at 8 am at the Trump National Doral Miami. Proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. 10TH ANNUAL RECYCLED FASHION SHOW The Young At Art Museum will host this runway event, featuring one-of-a-kind, edgy clothing designs completely made from recycled materials, created and showcased by teen models. Proceeds support Young At Art’s teen leadership and other pioneering programs for underserved and at-risk youth in the community. The event will begin at 7 pm, $45; youngatartmuseum.org

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NASCAR FORD CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND The Homestead Miami Speedway will host the must-attend weekend for all NASCAR enthusiasts. The weekend will feature three season ending championship finales in the Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series, and Sprint Cup Series. Tickets range from $35-$140

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SALUTE TO HEROES AT MIAMI SEAQUARIUM For a full week, veterans, military, police, fire and EMT personnel will receive free admission into the seaquarium. A valid military ID is required and up to 4 family members will receive half priced admission; miamiseaquarium.com

CHANCE THE RAPPER Rap star Chance the Rapper take his Family Matters tour to the Fillmore crowd on Saturday night, November 7th. 8 pm, all ages welcome, general admission tickets $37.50 (not including taxes and fees); ticketmaster.com

FAIRCHILD 75TH ANNUAL RAMBLE & FALL GARDEN FESTIVAL Experience all that fall has to offer in South Florida with autumn-inspired cooking classes and gardening demos combined with Ramble traditions like antique sales, rare books, art, a tea garden, and large plant sale. For more information visit fairchildgarden.org.

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MIAMI BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL Packed full of tons of literary hits, the Miami Book Fair International is 8 days of book parties, readings, street fairs and the “Festival of Authors”, featuring over 350 authors. The event will take place at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus. Street fair entrance requires tickets ($8, $5 for children and seniors); miamibookfair.com

PINECREST ELEMENTARY GALAXY FEST Come out and support Pinecrest Elementary at their annual Carnival fundraiser with a day of rides, games, food and more. Other activities include a silent auction, basket auction, bounce houses and raffles. All proceeds support Pinecrest Elementary programs. Free admission; 11 am – 4 pm.

ZENZATIONS FREE EVENT TOXINS AND THEIR EFFECTS ON YOUR HEALTH. Protect your body temple! It is your greatest resource. Myriam Lluria Sitterson, Certified Holistic Health Coach, will talk about the many ways TOXINS in the environment, your food, your personal care products, cleaning products, common household items and in your water, can affect your health and wellbeing and what you can do about them. Zenzations; 3:30 pm

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CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AND FOOD TRUCK INVASION Downtown Miami’s official start to the holiday s e a s o n w ill take place the day after Thanksgiving as Bayfront Park reveals its 50-foot tree covered with glittering lights. Holiday music and s o m e of M iami ’s legendary food trucks will accompany the event. 5-9 pm, free admission.

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Five students from Gulliver’s class of ’16 have been named National Hispanic Scholars as part of the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program. Top: Dante Benitez, Ivan Perdomo Bottom: Luis Vera, Phillippe Bethlem, Julian Asilis

Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason joined a bipartisan group of more than 30 mayors and local officials last month to raise awareness that coastal flooding/sea level rise demands more attention from leaders at all levels of government.

St. Theresa Catholic School celebrated 90 years of service to the Coral Gables community. Founded in 1925, the fully accredited school offers preKindergarten through 8th Grade quality education emphasizing spiritual and academic formation.

The Junior Orange Bowl Festival announced this year’s Royal Court: Queen Alexa Rodriguez, Princesses Madison Estape and Alexandria Egues and Little Sister Takiya Belfore. The Royal Court members were chosen based on their personality, poise and willingness to serve as good role models in the community.

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The Shops at Sunset Place sold to Maryland-based Federal Realty for $110 million. The buyers also purchased CocoWalk in May.

Lululemon Athletica, Harmont & Blaine, Cole Haan, Illesteva and OndadeMar will join Saks Fifth Avenue, Cinemex, Valentino and Chopard at Brickell City Centre next fall.

Popular ride-sharing service Uber will set up its Miami headquarters in Brickell City Tower.

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Miami-Dade residents over the age of 65 are eligible to ride transit free with a Golden Passport EASY Card. Sign-up events are held regularly at local community centers.

School Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman was honored by The Jose Marti Foundation and The Hispanic Education Committee with The Seal of Biliteracy Leadership Award for her outstanding leadership in strengthening and providing support to the expansion of bilingual and biliteracy skills among students, staff and community.

Communities in Schools of Miami was awarded $4,000 grant from The Dollar General Foundation to support its AmeriCorps Miami Reads and Achieves Literary Tutoring Program. Thanks to the grant, CIS will be able to provide over 400 students in five Miami-Dade County elementary schools free literacy tutoring and literacy building activities.

The Alzheimer’s Association has announced plans for a Miami-Dade Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Museum Park in Miami.

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TRI-COUNTY DEMONSTRATION of walking, bicycling, riding transit and using trails to get South Floridians out of their cars will roll out November 11-15. More than 20 local, state and national governmental agencies, nonprofits and companies are behind the WHEELS initiative, a program meant to get citizens out of their cars as infrastructure improvements further help reduce the region’s notorious road congestion. At least 10,000 people are expected to try some mix of green mobility during the program, which extends through Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. It’s centered in South Miami, the only South Florida city where transit and a multi-use trail directly pass through downtown. Activities include bike tours of transit systems and trails; critical mass transit rides; a conference; and the firstever bike-in South Miami street party. South Miami was chosen for WHEELS when planners for the national East Coast Greenway Alliance trail nonprofit realized it could hold its annual fall leadership meeting in a place that didn’t require travel by car. Alliance leaders will arrive at Miami International Airport, ride the Orange Line to lodgings in Dadeland, and otherwise get around for three days by walking, using rental bikes, riding transit, and biking the M-Path, which is a portion of its 2,900 route. “You can bet that the conference will talk about showers in the workplace and secure places to park bikes,” says town planner Victor Dover, principal of Dover, Kohl & Partners and volunteer chairman of WHEELS and a walk-bike-transit-trail commuter. The program will also include safety training, including how to use bikes with trains and buses, and will provide free helmets and bike tune-ups for early registrants. One unique activity will include mentoring by Dover and others like him for drive commuters “stressed beyond coping,” he says. “It’s time that Miami joins the ranks of the great American cities that have strong walk-bike components,” says Dover, whose company added inoffice showers for other walk-bike-transit commuters. “This is critical for Miami’s future, and we hope this event will help jump-start the process.”

THE FULL SCHEDULE OF (MOSTLY-FREE) ACTIVITIES APPEARS BELOW AS WELL AS ON WHEELSFLORIDA.COM. NOVEMBER 11 (WEDNESDAY) 6:30 pm Miami Bicycling Heroes Reception (Glasgow Lecture Hall, University of Miami School of Architecture) NOVEMBER 12 (THURSDAY) 6:30 am Underline Commute (South Miami Metrorail Station) 6:00 pm Emerge Miami: Twilight Bike Ride (University Metrorail Station) 6:30 pm Footworks Run (Sunset Drive) and Brickell Run Club (Brickell Metrorail Station) NOVEMBER 13 (FRIDAY) 7:00 am Underline Commute (Dadeland North Metrorail Station) 12:30 pm Conference Part I: National Leaders Speak Out on Green Mobility (South Miami Hospital) NOVEMBER 14 (SATURDAY) 7:00 am Ludlam Trail Run (Dadeland North Metrorail Station) and 550 Riders Saturday Ride (Dorn Avenue) 7:30 am EBC Spice Ride (Cocoplum Circle) 8:00 am Conference Part II: Green Mobility: The State and Regional View / 24th Annual East Coast Greenway Alliance Membership Summit Opening Program (South Miami Hospital) 10:00 am Emerge Miami: Farmers Market Ride (Vizcaya Metrorail Station) Noon: WHEELS at Vizcaya: A Family-Friendly Ride to South Miami (Vizcaya Museum & Gardens) 1:00 pm 24th Annual East Coast Greenway Alliance Membership Summit (South Miami Hospital) 1:00 pm SOMI Bike-In Family Festival (Downtown South Miami) 1:00 pm Kidical Mass to Dante Fascell Park & Safety Skills Bike Rodeo (Dorn Avenue) 2:00 pm Gravel Grinders’ Mountain Biking on Ludlam Trail (Dadeland North Metrorail Station) 3:00 pm Florida Bicycle Association Best Practices Workshop (South Miami Hospital) 5:00 pm Critical Mass Transit Ride (from Government Center) 5:30 pm SOMI Bike-In Street Bash (Downtown South Miami) NOVEMBER 15 (SUNDAY) 9:30 am Magical Mystery History Tour (Kirk Munroe Tennis Courts-Coconut Grove) 10:00 am Gables Bike Tour: A Wheelie Great Ride! (Coral Gables Museum) 10:30 am: WHEELS Concluding Ceremony (University Metrorail Station) 11:00 am Dolphins Cancer Challenge (University of Miami)


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NYONE WHO HAS LOST A PET CAN RELATE to the panic and worry that comes with missing a furry friend. Luckily, one enterprising Coral Gables High School student has a solution…and $5,000 seed money. On October 1st Gables High senior Khareem Oliver was awarded first place in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s (NFTE) LaunchED Challenge for his business “Find or Found,” an innovative app/website that helps pet owners keep tabs on their animals. “It works with a pet tag that has a QR code on it,” explains Oliver, who is currently a student in Gables’ Academy of Finance program. “Every time the QR code is scanned it’ll send the owner a GPS notification via email or text message.” The students that participated in the LaunchED Challenge were selected from 21 participants in Gables High senior Khareem Oliver Startup Summer, an intense eight-week teen business incubator organized by NFTE at the Miami Dade College Idea Center for advanced high school entrepreneurs under support from the Citi Foundation. Over the summer, each student received a laptop, $1,000 in seed capital, a $1,000 stipend; as well as intense one-on-one mentoring and support to launch the business. The “Shark Tank”-style event allowed four of those students to pitch their businesses to a panel of entrepreneurs and executives

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LEARNING EXPRESS 9529 S Dixie Hwy. learningexpress.com This Pinecrest standby (a favorite of local parents looking for the best birthday gifts!) says Star Wars and Minions will remain a favorite for 2015, as well as the ever-popular Stand Band bracelet kits (simple, stretchable, mixable friendship bracelets). And for lucky Miami little ones the pool is always in play- kick up your backyard style with funky floats (we’re partial to the donut) and sequined goggles. GROUP LX Market: 5818 Sunset Drive Finds: 7211 SW 58th Ave shopmarketonline.com Fans of the Group LX family have more than a few options when it comes to the always-tough task of narrowing down their final buy from one of the retailers plethora of stores. Luckily, LX’s Marilyn Sanchez came to the rescue with two easy ideas. “This is the perfect gift for your best friend from the 305,” she says of Finds delicate necklace. And the perfect gray sweater? Says Sanchez, “It’s our must-have basic for the holiday season.”

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ZENZATIONS 7520 SW 57th Ave zenzations.com This holiday season give a memorable gift of relaxation, healing and transformation. Ultimate Zen Gift: includes a one hour Swedish Massage, plus a one hour Classic European Facial for $100 (Reg. price $200 save $100). Zen Delight Gift: Choose either a one hour Swedish Massage or a one hour European Facial for $60. (Reg. price $99 save $39). You can add to either offer a 30 minute Foot Detox for $25 (Reg. price $49 save $24). Each gift offer includes one free pass at one of Kevin O’Brien’s Kripalu Yoga class (75 mins); and one 20 minute free consult with either an Acupuncturist, a Holistic Life Coach or a Certified Holistic Health Coach. (Offer must be purchased by Dec. 15th and cannot be combined with any other discount.) JUST OM 7520 SW 57th Ave yogamiamijustom.com Give the gift of yoga via three different options from this South Miami yoga studio. Choose from Yoga Sample (3 Classes for $45); Yoga Immersion (one month of unlimited yoga for new students for $69); or Yoga Inspiration (8 classes for $98).

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SOUTH MIAMI JEWELERS 7214 SW 57th Ave southmiamijewelers.net “This beautiful 18k white Diamond Tanzanite ring with the perfect shade of blue with a hint of purple that you can buy for Christmas, holidays or a birthday in December,” says Ericka Meurrens of South Miami Jewelers. Her other pick? The new “Guardian Angel Collection” from Roberto Giannotti, an 18k yellow gold & diamond guardian angel charm.

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CORPO YOGA 9030 SW 72nd Ct corpoyogamiami.com This popular Dadeland yoga studio’s picks revolve around, what else? Yoga. Owner Cybele Chamas says one can never go wrong with a gift card (“So many people love to practice yoga or would love to start a practice.”), but she doesn’t stop there, citing the studio’s selection of essential oils and all-natural candles. For the yoga aficionado Chamas says her stock of apparel and gear is an easy choice, but has one specific suggestion. “Many of the shirts we sell have prints like ‘Be Kind Always,’ messages that remind us all to live always in the spirit of the holidays.”

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LIVING ALFRESCO 7291 SW 57th Ave living-alfresco.com The perfect stop when you’re hunting for the friend who already has everything, Living Alfresco’s holiday picks are predictably perfect for just about any Miami home. Friends with a flair for entertaining will fall for the shop’s Chilewich coasters (they come in a set of six), while outdoor enthusiasts will surely find a spot for Riado’s classic Mogador lantern.

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ROTUNDA JEWELERS 14477S. Dixie Hwy rotundajewelers.com After three decades in business, the Rotunda family are literal experts in holiday gifting and seasonal trends. This season they’re looking to Alex and Ani bangles to make a splash (“They’re a really popular and affordable choice.”) and seeing no slow to the trend of initial pendants in both silver and gold options. And for those looking to up their spend, diamonds are always the right choice. “We have a wide selection of diamond jewelry including necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings available at all price points.”


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MUSICIAN’S DISCOUNT CENTER 19405 S Dixie Hwy musiciansdiscountcenter.net Serving the South Florida music community since 1987, Musician’s Discount Center is in prime position to make picks for the musician in your life. This season their experts say the Fender CD60CE with Hard shell case is “the perfect choice for acoustic/electric accessibility for beginners and intermediates.” For the beginner looking to channel their inner rock star the ADW 5-Piece drum set includes hardware and cymbals as well as drum throne (seat). KATHLEEN BALLARD ballard-photography.com What better way to celebrate the holidays than to capture special moments with family and friends? Photographer Kathleen Ballard’s picks include two options for keepsakes (grandparent gift anyone?). Accordion books (in different sizes) “come small enough to carry in your purse or pocket and show off your family photos, wedding or engagement pictures,” says Ballard. For those looking for a more substantial effort, a personalized coffee table book can showcase baby’s first year, a special event or even your home or garden.

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THREADS BOUTIQUE 13843 S Dixie Hwy miamithreads.com For Threads owner Tennille Gutierrez this season is all about personalization. “I think people really enjoy getting personalized gifts because they’re unique and…personal,” says Gutierrez with a laugh. Two of her favorites? A 14K filled double chevron necklace personalized with initials and a 14K gold filled cuff hat can be personalized with a name, date, or even coordinates. And, of course, Gutierrez says, if you want to go completely personal, a gift card will allow the giftee to choose exactly what’s missing from their closet. VENETIAN NAIL SPA 13605 S Dixie Hwy This nail spa, located in the Colonial Palms shopping center, says gift cards are the way to go for those in your life who need a quick spa break. Gifting a mani or pedi (or both!) from this spa-like nail salon gives the recipient not only a wide variety of colors and services, but the opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy the pampering.

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CREAM BEAUTY 5731 SW 73rd St creambeauty.com Seven years serving South Florida’s most discerning beauty addicts has given South Miami’s Cream a front-row seat to what Miami’s most stylish want year round. So when it comes to holiday cheer the beauty experts know exactly what to give. Always a winner? One of the shop’s hand-poured (and surprisingly affordable) candles from Seda France. With a 60+ hour burn time and irresistible scents, it’s the perfect addition to anyone’s dressing table. For the guys, Cream says it’s all about the shave. Gifting your man with The Art of Shaving’s chrome and black lacquer razor along with one of their super luxe shaving creams will ensure a smooth holiday season.

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SPECS APPEAL 11217 S Dixie Hwy specsappealoptical.com Sunglasses are necessity in South Florida… and also happen to make a great gift. This season, Specs Appeal says it’s (as always) all about the aviator for the ladies, with these Chanel beauties taking top honors. For the guys one can never go wrong with sleek and masculine wraparounds from Tag Heuer.

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EXIT WIRELESS 13835 S Dixie Hwy Give the gift of connectivity this year with a brand-new smartphone for the loved ones in your life. Apple addicts are always clamoring for the latest iteration of their beloved iPhone, while Android believers are giving rave reviews to the Galaxy S6 for its cool glass-and-mattemetal body and convenient camera phone shortcuts.

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Tell me what you’re seeing with recent customers? The biggest trends with window treatments are the California shutters; the wide-blade shutters. People love those. It’s probably 50 percent of what we’re doing now. People are also very interested in the poly-wood. It’s going to last two-to-three times longer than anything else and it doesn’t go out of style. The poly-wood is completely cleanable, it doesn’t have the upkeep of real wood, and it gives that clean, light-colored look that people really favor. I don’t see the demand slowing down.

What’s new as far as product innovation? When it comes to shades and blinds the industry is trying to get away from cords or pulls. It’s a safety concern. Hunter Douglas has been very innovative in that area. You can basically get anything cordless these days. In fact, many of the newer shades will have a built-in gear so with just the touch of a finger you can open the shade and it will stay in place.

What do you see as the next big trend? The biggest thing in the next fiveto-ten years will be a turn toward making everything remote. Every developer is introducing smart homes, with all the controls of the home accessible via computer or smart phone. It’s great because you can control shades when you’re out of town or have them set to shift according to the light. It’s going to become more and more prevalent and become more affordable over the next few years.

What’s unique to South Florida as far as window fashions? Well, and I would guess it’s the same in places like Southern California, people want to keep the light and bright feel of their home while keeping out the heat. To that end the big craze has been sheer weave shades. They’re made to stop 99 percent of the UV and heat from coming in without covering up the views or blocking the light. You can have the best of both worlds; you get the sunlight but control the heat.

What about drapes? Are they a thing of the past? No! Not at all. It’s actually bouncing back. A lot of people are doing shades and blinds but then dressing up their windows with accents of material or side panels. A really modern way to do that is with a ripple fold—it’s sort of an updated version of a pleated fold. It will give the windows a little something extra and dress them up. You always have to have that extra accent. We’ll always send someone out to look at the home and then make suggestions as to what will work within the space and with the windows. I’ve been doing jobs out on Key Biscayne and they don’t want the look of shades. Some people just love drapes. Rick & Nancy’s Window Fashions can be found at 8781 SW 132nd St, Miami, FL 33176. You can find them online at rickandnancyswindowfashions.com or for more information call 305-255-6991.

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LASTIC SURGERY INVOLVES MANY CHOICES, so it is important to find a surgeon you can trust. Dr. José Soler-Baillo (aka Dr. Results) is a highly trained, board-certified, plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in aesthetic and complex cosmetic revision surgery of the face and body. Patients from all around the world travel to South Florida to undergo surgical procedures by him and the group of related surgeons under his direction and guidance. Here are a few things to know about Dr. Soler-Baillo and his practice.

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most importantly, keep it off. This application is cutting edge HIPPA compliant technology that allows for constant medical supervision of the patients through their smartphones, as well as long term follow up.

What is special about your staff? Our medical team is comprised of some of South Florida’s top physicians and staff members who have years of experience in cosmetic surgery and weight loss. From the time patients first contact the office, our doctors and staff are committed to providing them with undivided attention. Our entire staff provides a memorable experience using the highest standards of professionalism, modern facilities, techniques, and equipment.

Describe your practice. ResultsMD offers a full range of face and body cosmetic surgery, as well as a weight loss program and weight loss procedures for both men and women. We normally see patients who are 18 years of age and older.

Why is continuity of care important?

What differentiates you from the competition? At ResultsMD, we pride ourselves on the consistency of our patients’ satisfaction. We guide patients to set realistic expectations. Our goal is to help each patient achieve a very natural-looking appearance. We show uncompromising concern for their comfort and safety by using the highest quality anesthetists, state-of-theart quality equipment, and highest quality surgical tools. We seek out and implement the latest surgical developments, minimally invasive techniques and the newest technological advancements to provide the best possible results.

Did you join forces with Dr. Amaryllis Pascual? Yes. I recently joined forces with Dr. Amaryllis Pascual, a celebrity weight loss physician who is featured weekly on Univision’s popular Spanish show Ritmo Dieta, hosted by Don Francisco. Together, we treat the whole patient by considering one’s current health status, body type, lifestyle, and goals. We have 25 years of combined plastic surgery and weight loss experience.

What is your background? I am a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in aesthetic and complex cosmetic revision surgery of the face, breast and body. I have perfected techniques such as breast lifts and reductions without

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Dr. Amaryllis Pascual and Dr. Jose Soler-Baillo holding the newly FDA approved gastric balloon.

the need for implants, the bikini tummy tuck, and the scar-less breast augmentation with implants. I received my Doctor of Medicine from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and completed my residency in plastic surgery at University of Texas and residency in general surgery at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey.

Continuity of care is essential in medicine, especially in cosmetic procedures. From the nurses to the administrators to the friendly faces that greet patients for their appointments, everyone in the office ensures that patients receive the highest quality of care. Passion and compassion is the team’s philosophy, which starts with advice from the initial consultation to the personal guidance throughout the pre-op and post-op journey. Even long after surgery, the relationship between the practice and patient persists.

Is your team bilingual? Yes. Our bilingual team can assist patients with all of their plastic surgery and weight loss needs.

What do you offer that is new in the field? What is Dr. Amaryllis Pascual’s background? Dr. Amaryllis Pascual specializes in weight loss medicine. She received her Doctor of Medicine from St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed her training at the Cleveland Clinic. She has developed an effective weight loss program and an exclusive ResultsMD weight loss application powered by Twistle™. This application allows remote monitoring of weight, activity level, and key information to achieve optimal weight loss. This information is then monitored real time by our team of experts who will give you immediate feedback and the support you need to help you lose the weight, and

Over the past 15 years, a few of the techniques I have perfected include: the scar-less breast augmentation (transaxillary approach), bikini tummy tuck, and the “natural” (breast lift without implants). I will also be introducing a minimally invasive procedure to rejuvenate the neck in the fall called The Angle®.

Do you accept insurance? No. ResultsMD is located at 7231 SW 63rd Ave. South Miami, FL. For information, call 786-661-3491 or visit www.resultsmd.com.


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HY DO WE EXERCISE? WHY DO WE PUT OURSELVES in periods of extreme discomfort numerous times per week through weight training and cardio or through hot yoga and pilates? Most of us who exercise frequently have no goal or intention of becoming a professional athlete, stepping on a bodybuilding stage or competing with anyone other than ourselves - so, what is it that drives us? I was a competitive athlete all through my school years and eventually got into competitive bodybuilding. Ironically, exercise became more of a natural part of my life after I ended my pursuit of those endeavors. Throughout sports and bodybuilding, working out felt like a chore - a responsibility, in many ways, something that I had to do as a necessity for my other purpose. It was only once I became a part of the professional world, became more consumed by day to day responsibilities that characterize life after college, that I began to really enjoy exercising. Rather than being a necessary evil, it became a necessary release - a catharsis and an escape from my daily responsibilities. I found that on the days that I exercises, I was more centered at work, more productive and more focused. I believe that one of the greatest benefits of exercise beyond the obvious health and physical aspects - is mental. For most of us, our days are spent in a controlled environment, generally working on a means to an end, to some degree. Going to the gym and lifting weights, going outside and running, doing yoga or any variety of physical exercise provides a much-needed escape from the mundane, from the average. It gets our adrenaline pumping, it releases endorphin, it makes us feel even primal. It provides us with a feeling of release that we do not normally get. Finally, exercise gives us an amazing aspect of control. Our body - the results we achieve from diet and exercise - is one of the few, if only, things that we have complete and utter control over. We can choose to lose weight, build muscle, get stronger, get faster, get more flexible based on our own desires and dedications without the interference or involvement of outside influences. It is extremely satisfying to look in the mirror and know your reflection is a byproduct of your own dedication and desires. For those of you currently following a dedicated exercise routine, keep going! Take it up a notch and add an extra day or even get a personal trainer to push you further! Set a goal that may seem impossible to reach and try to achieve it. For those of you that have not yet taken the fitness plunge, start now - you will be amazed by the control and balance it provides your life. 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.


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We’re Attached to People, Not Walls! BY FRANK DEVALDIVIELSO

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HE BUSINESS OF SELLING RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE often reveals these competing priorities. Some homeowners are so attached to the home that you can sense they have grown roots down into the foundation and are essentially part of the structure, while others perceive the residence as a material component of their lives that can easily be traded in for another model. Some people love their homes and feel an attachment outside of reason. It can be that the home brings memories of moments and times that are cherished. When the discussion of moving to another place comes about the body language and vocabulary clearly demonstrate they’re not moving. “They’ll take me from here straight to the cemetery,” is a far too common response. Often we also hear that there has to be room for the kids when they come back to visit. Living in the hope that they do come back to visit has an opportunity cost also measured in time, wouldn’t you agree? What can you do with that time if you live near the kids? Or parents, siblings and those that are truly important in one’s life? Once we’re given the opportunity to decide, why do we let the four walls have such weight on the decision? Moving on and evolving is a conscious choice that is best made for oneself, isn’t it? On the other hand there are those that are not attached to the home beyond its useful purpose. If another home comes on the market that is more suitable to their needs, they move. Really. No drama, just a decision made because it makes sense. This can be someone that is moving to a larger home because they have been graced with another child and need an extra bedroom. It can also be the family that is right sizing to a three-bedroom home because five bedrooms are too many for a couple. After all, it is cheaper to put the kids and grandchildren up in a five-star hotel the one time they do visit every year, than to pay the taxes on the five-bedroom home. When the financial crunch came around some years ago, the perception by homeowners was more practical than emotional. We all know someone or another who defaulted on their loan as a financial strategy. No roots there. So, now that our homes are worth more than the debt on them, why the emotional attachment? Eventually as homeowners grow older the inevitable conclusion is that it’s more about whom you’re with than where you are. This holiday season can be a very good barometer to help determine whom you want to be nearby for the foreseeable future. The current real estate market allows for move-up, right size moves and relocation to Anywhere USA. Take full advantage and make good use of this market for the next phase in life. We’re all very grateful for a stable and appreciating market. If you can move to be close to “them,” (whomever it might be) then go for it! Tick, tock…vv Frank DeValdivielso, a member the Miami FL Team and The Keyes Company, is based out of 2423 Le Jeune Road, Coral Gables, FL 33134. For more information you can reach Frank at his office, 786 378 8450, or cell, 786 273 8507. You can also email him at RealEstate@MiamiFLTeam.com and please be sure to visit www.MiamiFLTeam.com for the latest listing and news regarding real estate. Call to sign up for a free monthly market report of your zip code.

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ASK T HE E XPERT Are you pAying too much Are you pAying too for your insurAnce? Are you pAying too much much for for your your insurAnce? insurAnce? Gratitude BY LUIS ORTEGA, OWNER, SECURITY ARMS INTERNATIONAL

Let’s stop to consider our under-thanked blessings The most obvious often get all the attention: Our parents, our spouses, our children, our friendships, Our jobs and our earnings and our education. We tend to acknowledge what delights our fancy or that which arrests our hungering guile. I submit we might consider unearthing those fortunes that have been buried a-while. Begin with the dawn that every day greets us with hues that portend a burgeoning chance to start life all over with energized vigor, to take up the challenge to stand up and dance. Lest we take for granted automatic fortunes, let’s recognize once the good choices we’ve made: That time when we shunned a toxic temptation, when out of life’s lemons, we made lemonade. Let’s concentrate on the positive subtleties that daily have nourished our will to succeed, against every storm that has tried to capsize this life-faring vessel we skillfully lead.

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Let’s stop to consider our imagination: that source of variety that colors our grey. Be grateful for having the chance to help others, how lending a hand has made someone’s day. Not all has been terrible in our earthly visit: We’ve surely made memories worth smiling about. Our health could be better, but at least we’re breathing, without wishful thinking we can do without.

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The Benefits of Pilates For Runners CHRISTA GURKA, MSPT

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OST RUNNERS FEEL THEIR RUNNING ACTIVITIES ALONE provide them with a well rounded exercise program. However, while running is great cardiovascular work, it can lead to imbalances in the body. Those imbalances can sideline runners and must be addressed in order to continue the activity in a healthy and beneficial way. Pilates is an excellent complement to any runner’s routine as it can help strengthen muscles to allow for decrease stress on the body during running. There are many different kinds of runners. There are marathoners and other distance cravers who may or may not be competitive; there are short distance runners who also may or may not compete and then there are casual runners who just try to fit in a few miles a week to keep their cardiovascular systems in good working order. No matter which type of runner, the same muscle groups are used to propel the body forward. Primarily the hip flexors to pull the top of the leg forward, the quadriceps to extend the knee then tibialis anterior to flex the foot and prepare to plant the forward foot. Once down, that leg is pulled back using the gluteus and hamstrings. The big issue here is that while in that running gait, the runner’s body is moving in the sagittal plane therefore the muscles that support movement in the horizontal and frontal planes are not challenged specifically. Runners can exhibit imbalances in a number of different ways. Some may have tight hip flexors on one side and a tight IT band on the other due to an instability in the pelvic girdle. Some runners may have great quadriceps strength but poor hip strength causing asymmetries with each stride creating low back or knee pain. Pilates can also help runners with core strength so they can be more upright in their posture as well as with increase chest expansion allowing for improved breath functions.

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Increasing core strength and correcting postural imbalances Increasing balance in the muscles of the back and hips Increasing flexibility of LE and trunk musculature Increasing thoracic mobility Reduce the risk of injury

Of course there are many Pilates exercises that can complement a runner’s program. If you are looking to begin a Pilates based program designed for runners visit our website at pilatesinthegrove.com to learn more about our services and instructors or to register for one of our small group classes. You may also benefit from attending one-or-two private sessions to identify any specific needs your body may have and how Pilates can address those specific needs. We are currently located in Coconut Grove with our South Miami location opening this month. We hope to see you there! Christa Gurka -
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Building a Culture of Inclusion in STEM BY SIDHARTH OBEROI, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER OF ZANIAC

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Y NOW, MOST AMERICANS ARE AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. It is widely accepted that for our economy to remain competitive we must solve for the expected shortage of qualified workers in STEM fields, 3 million of them by 2020. For decades, as the pace of technological integration into economies accelerated at a breakneck pace, the education resources available to the majority of young learners has remained frustratingly stagnant. Few students are equipped with the experience, and most importantly, the confidence to complete a college major within a STEM field successfully. Academic success, and eventual professional success, is built on an early educational foundation. For technical skillsets related to computer science and math, a child’s confidence is made or broken by the time they reach middle school. Lifelong opinions on their ability to excel in technical fields are fundamentally linked to experiences and perceptions formed during elementary school. Antiquated representations of STEM fields, often men in lab coats doing boring, repetitious work, persist in today’s media and culture. The result has been a preconceived notion among young learners that being an engineer, mathematician, computer scientist, or even a doctor is not something they can or should achieve. The shortage of positive, STEM-related educational experiences at a young age has produced a generation of students who are choosing not to pursue those fields at all. Even those who choose to enter a STEM discipline will rarely be prepared for the challenges they encounter. Inclusion of girls as members of the STEM community is crucial to solving this flawed construct. Creating an environment where all kids, regardless of gender, can be inspired is vital to reversing the trend of STEM-phobia in American students. Intimidating drills, rote memorization, and outdated classroom technology were not designed for the needs of 21st century learners. Skills like conceptual problem solving and critical thinking will be as important as reading and writing in the workforce of the future, and are better taught through a hands-on, peer-based approach that integrates fun as an essential ingredient to learning. The sooner society learns to embrace teaching students not just how to use technology as a tool for learning math and reading, but also how to create technology itself, the sooner we will be providing them with a path for accelerated success. Companies like Zaniac, a K-8 enrichment program with a campus in South Miami, are leading the charge for a modernized education. A forward thinking approach allows students to grasp math and logic concepts, which are fundamental to computer programming, in a way that feels like play. Game-based learning utilizing Minecraft™ has completely rewritten the established paradigm of learning as work, and a modern pedagogy capitalizes on the love kids have for the game to teach concepts ranging from biology to physics. Modular robotics systems designed for education bridge the gap between theory and practice in engineering. The introduction of technology as a tool that students can both use and create at a young age further prepares them to comprehend the shifting dynamics of careers in their future. These young engineers, empowered, knowledgeable, and excited about technology and math, are not a hypothetical. They exist today at places like Zaniac. With the tide of the STEM conversation showing no signs of subsiding, these engineers will no doubt lead the way for countless more. Zaniac is located at 8322 S. Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33143. For more information, please call 305.668.0605 or visit zaniaclearning.com.

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Frank’s Famous Turkey Brine Recipe! BY FRANK ISTUETA, OWNER, ISTUETA ROOFING

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T’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN AND LUCKY FOR YOU, ROOFING ISN’T THE ONLY THING WE ARE PROFESsionally skilled in! We also happen to be some very talented turkey briners! There’s a reason this recipe is requested year after year! So loosen up that belt and prepare to devour the best turkey you have ever tasted!

Ingredients:

Directions:

»» 1 12-14 lbs Turkey »» 1 Cup Salt (we prefer using less salt and adding more spices; we recommend you try it!) »» 1 Lemon, cut into wedges »» 1 Orange, cut into wedges »» 1 Medium Onion, cut into wedges »» 3 Garlic Cloves »» 4 Bay Leaves »» 1 Tablespoon Dried Thyme »» 1 Tablespoon Ground Black Pepper »» 1 ½ gallons Cold Water

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Rub salt on the turkey. Place ingredients and remaining salt into a large pot, then add the turkey and finally the water. Keep pot in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, throw out the brine and roast turkey as planned. Your turkey will be melt-in-your-mouth tender and have amazing flavor! Happy Brining!

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What is Hospice?

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OSPICE IS A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM OF MEDICAL CARE AND SUPPORT for people nearing the end of life. The Hospice philosophy is based on several ideas: »» No one should die alone or in pain. »» Life-limiting illnesses can cause emotional and spiritual distress as well as physical pain, all of which deserve quality professional attention and compassionate care. »» A serious illness affects the entire family, not just the person who is ill. Those affected need and deserve ongoing support before and after a loved one’s death. Hospice provides pain management and appropriate palliative care, care that focuses on the patient’s comfort, when curative medical treatments no longer enhance quality of life. Hospice strives to meet the patient’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs and provides support for the entire family during the illness and for at least one year after a patient’s death. Most Hospice Care is provided at home, where people most want to be when they are ill. Hospice Care can also be provided in a nursing or residential facility and in certain circumstances, in a hospital or hospice management residence. Hospice Dr Ismael Roque-Velasco President and Chief Executive Officer also provides medications, medical Hospice Care of South Florida equipment and supplies necessary to promote comfort at home or in other Hospice settings. Hospice does not mean giving up hope. The focus shifts toward helping the patient achieve the maximum quality of life by focusing on their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Hospice Care vs. Standard Medical Care Some differences between Hospice Care and Medical care are: »» Hospice looks at all of the patient’s and their family’s needs. A coordinated team of hospice professionals, assisted by volunteers, work to meet the patient’s and family’s emotional and spiritual needs, as well as the patient’s physical needs. »» An emphasis is put on controlling pain and symptoms through the most advanced techniques available as well as on emotional and spiritual support tailored to the needs of the patient and their family. »» Hospice recognizes that a serious illness affects not only affects the person who is ill, but the entire family as well. The family and patient is the “unit of care” for hospice professionals. At times, other family members may actually need more attention than the patient.

Who pays for Hospice care? Hospice palliative care is covered 100% by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, with no out-of-pocket costs to the patient or family. Costs covered related to the terminal illness, including the services of the Hospice team, medications, medical equipment and supplies. Contact Hospice Care of South florida to learn more on how they can you and your loved ones in your time of need.

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SEEN O N S CENE PALMER TRINITY ECO CLUB CLEANS UP AT BLACK POINT Palmer Trinity School Eco Club participated in National Public Lands Day by removing exotic species and trash from Black Point Park and Marina. Students removed Brazilian Pepper trees, an exotic species that inhabit the mangroves and prevent their growth. After a hard day of work, the students collected four tires and four bags of trash, providing a cleaner environment for visitors and native plant and animal species.

Dr. Gioia Massa and Trent Smith of NASA discuss growing plants in space at Fairchild workshop.

FAIRCHILD AND NASA EVENT Fairchild and NASA recently hosted an event to prepare teachers from 125 schools to engage their students in researching which plants can grow best in space, a program set to launch this year via The Fairchild Challenge.

THIRD ANNUAL BURGER KING BEACH RUN The Burger King McLamore Foundation’s third annual beachside race, the Burger King Beach Run, brought together more than 1,800 runners, walkers and spectators this past Saturday on Miami Beach for a family fun-filled event, which included an oversized sand sculpture, a Family Fun Zone and an interactive play area. Since its inception, the event, which benefits South Florida high school students through the Foundation’s BURGER KINGSM Scholars program, has raised over $255,000 dollars. Presented by the Burger King brand, the event featured both a 5k and 10k course.

GABLES MUSEUM “TRAILBLAZERS” OPENING Approximately 100 people attended the opening of Coral Gables Museum’s original exhibition, Trailblazers: The Perilous Story of the Tamiami Trail. Curated by environmentalist Jon Ullman, the exhibit depicts the construction, history culture of the Tamiami Trail, and its’ devastating impact on the Everglades. The multi-media interactive exhibit features images, artifacts, historic documents and film.

Teachers identify seeds for botany labs at the NASA-Fairchild workshop.

Teachers learn how to set up mini botany labs at NASA-Fairchild workshop.

LIGA CONTRA EL CANCER EVENT ON MIAMI BEACH Actress and breast cancer survivor, Adamari López, and Procter & Gamble’s Orgullosa kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by reuniting forces with Liga Contra el Cáncer and hosted an event on October 1st in Miami Beach, where they launched the campaign, TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER, and encouraged all Latinas to invite the Rachael Harper Edgcumbe, Moore, andcancer Dana Rhoden. womenBobman, in their life to win the battleIrene against breast before it begins.

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