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EVENTS CALENDAR 8 February 2016 COMMUNITY CALL 10 News From Our Community COMMUNITY NEWS 12 Around the County 14 Arsht Center Celebrates Ten Years With Ten New Commissions 16 Get Fit Palmetto Bay Kicks Into Gear for 2016 THE PHILANTHROPIST 18 The Business of Giving SCHOOL NEWS 20 Howard Drive Cuts Ribbon to Mark the End of Construction

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STUDENT CORNER 22 The Middle School Leap OUR MAYORS 25 What’s Happening in Our Communities? LOVE IS IN THE AIR 28 The Business of Love FEATURE 30 New Faces Take a Traditional Approach to Dentistry WOMEN’S HEALTH 32 A New Cure For A Common Problem ASK THE EXPERT 33 Diamond Tips 40 Love Retreats in Florida 47 Cool Metal Roofing for a Hot City

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MIAMI INTERNATIONAL MAP FAIR

The Miami International Map Fair displays collections from some of the world’s most revered map collectors. Guests are given the opportunity to explore antique atlases, maps and books from around the world as well as interact with the dealers themselves. historymiami.org

BABAR THE ELEPHANT BY ORCHESTRA MIAMI

The beloved story of Babar the Elephant to ld in En glish and Spanish and illu strate d w ith gorgeous music by French composer Francis Poulenc, performed by Orchestra Miami, conducted by Elaine Rinaldi. Designed for children of all ages. $15 for adults, $10 for children (up to age 17); pinecrestgardens.org

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TOP 40 PLANTS FOR SOUTH FLORIDA

Newcomers to the area, new gardeners and those looking for new ideas will enjoy this informative class. View photos and listen to descriptions of South Florida’s Top 40 plants and take home a informative packet containing a description of each plant, information on its availability and advice for the homeowner on specific plant selection, planting and care. fairchildgarden.org

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MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW The Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, recognized as one of the world’s largest boat shows and THE winter destination to find the best in boating, marks its 75th year at a new home - the iconic Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. Just minutes from downtown Miami, the boat show’s new location is an island oasis, ideal to shop more than 1,200 new boats and accessories and experience life on the water. Miamiboatshow.com

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Join us and give back to YOURSELF while we bring local health related businesses together for a day filled with fitness classes, live demonstrations, workshops, vendors, music, food and fun activities for you and your family! Free parking. RedBike Studios - 1399 Southwest 1st Avenue. #102. Miami, FL 33130. eventbrite.com

Produced by the Coconut Grove Arts and Historical Association, Inc., the Coconut Grove Arts Festival showcases the works of 360 internationally recognized artists who are selected from nearly 1,300 applicants. Jurors evaluate the artist’s work and displays to select participants in such categories as mixed media, painting, photography, digital art, printmaking & drawing, watercolor, claywork, glass, fiber, jewelry & metalwork, sculpture and wood. coconutgroveartsfest.com

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Celebrate Miami’s best artists, musicians, fashion designers, culinary masters, and cocktail creators at the Coral Gables Museum. Ticket prices include complimentary food, wine, cocktail and beer sampling. This one-night event features live music, fashion shows, dance and theatrical performances, along with galleries filled with works from local artists. $20-$40.

Ms. Lundy is celebrated throughout the world for her vocal artistry and is highly regarded for her jazz innovation. She travels to Miami from Los Angeles, along with her world-renowned quintet for an evening of some of the best jazz this city will hear. $25 - $30 ; pinecrestgardens.org

It’s a country hoedown Pinecrest-style at the 4th Annual Chili CookOff. Live country music bands, line dancing, mechanical bull riding, Heat Dancers, a delicious selection of food, chili sampling and so much more! Though sanctioned by the International Chili Society, and the primary competition is for professional chili cooks, we will host an amateur cook-off as well. General Admission $5 (children under two enter free); Pinecrest members and active military enter the festival free of charge. pinecrestgardens.org

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ART WYNWOOD

Art Wynwood solidifies the Fair’s reputation as the winter season’s premier art fair with this year’s roster of 70 international galleries presenting emerging, cutting edge, contemporary and modern works of art. The annual Presidents Day Weekend fair presents a dynamic array of works from street artists and muralists, emerging young talent, and world-renowned contemporary and modern artists - artwynwood.com

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“IT’S SO MIAMI” WEDDING SHOWCASE The It’s So Miami Wedding Showcase will feature more than 60 wedding relevant exhibitors, featuring the latest wedding ideas, food, drink and product sampling. New this year will be a bridal accessory shop, a make-over salon, interactive panel discussions and tons of valuable prizes, including hotel getaways and more. Coral Gables Country Club, 5-8 pm.

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CINDERELLA JR. The timeless fairy tale becomes a new audience favorite in Disney’s Cinderella, an adaptation of the treasured animated film. Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters and denied a chance to go to the royal ball. With a little help from her mice friends, and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella’s dreams come true. areastagecompany.com

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SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL One of the nation’s premier food festivals, the SBWFF spans four days and draws some of the top talent in the wine and culinary industries. This year’s lineup includes everyone from Jose Andres to Timon Balloo to Bobby Flay. sobefest.com

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LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO AT SMDCAC

For more than 50 years, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. Ladysmith Black Mambazo is ever-evolving with an eye toward their long musical legacy. $25-$45; 8 pm; smdcac.org

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ROTARY CLUB OF CORAL GABLES FIRST ANNUAL CHILI COOKOFF

The Rotary Club of Coral Gables presents its First Annual Chili Cook-Off, Chili Chillin’. With food, drinks, kids entertainment, and live music all afternoon, this event will be fun for all! Admission is free, with food and drink available for purchase. Details for participants and contestants can be found on our event website and event Facebook page. chilichillin.com

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CATS, JR. AT ACTORS PLAYHOUSE

Based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” CATS, Jr. is set at the annual reunion of the Jellicle cats at the Jellicle Ball. The eldest of this special breed, Old Deuteronomy, seeks to select which of the many cats in the neighborhood will be reborn to begin another life. Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, CATS, Jr. features 20 of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless melodies, including “Jellicle Ball,” “Rum Tum Tugger,” and the hit song “Memory.”


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The Pinecrest Village Council recognized a local UPS driver at its January 12 meeting after he assisted police in arresting two men attempting to break into a home on 63rd avenue and 92nd street.

BEETLE BELIEVERS

The Village Council unanimously passed a resolution asking the wildlife commission to add the Miami tiger beetle to the statedesignated threatened species list.

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Pinecrest Gardens culminated their “Light Up the Night” events on January 2 after almost a month of partnering with the Live Like Bella foundation to bring locals thousands of holiday lights as well as activities, concerts and treats.

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Palmetto Bay was awarded the Village’s eighth consecutive Tree City USA designation on January 15. The Tree City USA designation is provided by The Arbor Day Foundation, in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

BOND CELEBRATION

Howard Drive elementary hosted a ribboncutting to celebrate renovations as a result of the MDCPS’ $1.2 billion General Obligation Bond.

LEFTOVERS

Christmas tree mulch (collected from locally-donated post-holiday trees) will be available to residents early this month at the Eureka Drive and West Perrine trash and recycling centers.

GIVING BACK

Whole Foods Market’s Florida region donated more than 1 million pounds of food statewide in 2015. The feat was made possible through Whole Foods Market’s partnership with Food Donation Connection, since solidifying the partnership in April 2015, all 24 Whole Foods Market locations in Florida have jumped on board and partnered with a total of 65 charities and organizations. More than half the food Whole Foods Market donates is produce (22%), dairy and cheese (26%) and prepared foods (13%).

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Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Emergency Department and Orthopedic Department have treated a total of 54 combined patients with injuries related to hoverboards from December 15 through January 9.

CASH BACK

Motorists who frequent local expressways are now eligible for the MDX Cash Back Toll Dividend (CBTD) Program to save money on MDX tolls from through March 31. $2.2 million in cash back rebates were distributed last year.

FAIR WINNER

The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and Exposition picked up 24 awards at the 125th International Association of Fairs and Exposition Convention this past December.

ANIMAL RIGHTS

Miami-Dade Animal Services achieved a 90 percent combined save rate for cats and dogs in 2015, thanks in part to a strong focus on adoptions.


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MDCPS SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES TWO NEW ITEMS The School Board unanimously approved two items proposed by Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman in early January. The first item promotes the 2016 College Fair scheduled for Sunday, February 21, 2016. “The College Fair provides parents and students with excellent information about educational opportunities and choices,” said Ms. Hantman, who has co-chaired the fair’s local committee for 20 consecutive years. “It is a wonderful way for them to become informed and discover their options for post-secondary education.” The second item endorses March 2016 as “Arts in Our Schools Month.” “The arts have been shown to develop a child’s self-esteem and sharpen their critical-thinking skills, as well as increasing multicultural awareness, technical, communication and expressive skills,” said Hantman, a long-time supporter of arts education.

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AAADT in Robert Battle's Awakening. Photo by Paul Kolnik

The Arsht Center and Alvin Ailey will also present education and outreach programs as part of their commission, including a special presentation of Revelations on February 19th free of charge for public school students in Miami-Dade County. Additional offerings are also available during Ailey’s 2016 Miami engagement which runs from Thursday February 18th through Sunday February 21st. In March, 10@10 presents two more commissions. The first being Rubalcaba & Fernandez (Grammy-award winning pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Spanish singer Esperanza Fernandez) who put their spice flamenco twist on a tribute to legendary Cuban bandleader Beny More’. The performance hits the James L Knight Concert

AAADT’s Jamar Roberts in Robert Battle’s Awakening. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Hall stage on March 4th. The final installment of 10@10 in March is a visit from the Cleveland Orchestra on March 18th and 19th. Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero will lead three pieces with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, including Franz Liszt’s second piano concerto and a new work by Avner Dorman that will celebrate the diverse influences that comprise Miami’s musical landscape. Making 10@10 even more special is the fact that this program will be one of the largest number of commissions completed in the same year by a performing arts center less than a decade old. For more information and tickets visit arshtcenter.org. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Linda Celeste Sims and Yannick Lebrun. Photo by Andrew Eccles


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T HE PHIL ANT HR O PIST A person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.

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UPCOMING PLANS: The BoA team is currently gearing up for the Miami Dolphins Cancer Challenge at Sun Life Stadium on February 20, as both sponsors and volunteers, another way Schaefer is able to introduce friends and family to the many “needs and issues in our community.” In addition to his own desire to give back, Schaefer gives much credit for his efforts to the culture of giving that permeates his workplace. “We are also gearing up for Bank of America’s Global Service Month in April,” says Schaefer. “Each year, hundreds of employee volunteers participate in a variety of events throughout April addressing areas such as financial literacy, housing, hunger, jobs, and the environment.”

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I am continuously moved by the passion and dedication of those who lead Miami’s nonprofits and see the results of their efforts on a daily basis, including the dedication of the number of committed volunteers who contribute not only funding, but their time and skills to these organizations.”

DO YOU KNOW A COMMUNITY HERO? Do you know someone who has dedicated their time and efforts to a community cause? We want to hear from you. Nominate them for our monthly Philanthropist column by visiting www.thefloridavillager.com/nominate.


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DAY IN AND DAY OUT, MEET THE COUPLES WHO SHARE MORE THAN JUST A LAST NAME. BY ANDREA CARNEIRO

TIM AND MICHELLE ALEXANDER

JUTTA AND MATIAS CAMPIANI

When Michelle Alexander met husband Tim in 1994 he had already begun working at Trinity Air Conditioning, the company he would eventually purchase. 12 years later, the nowmarried couple took on their current roles as President (Tim) and Treasurer (Michelle), blending their backgrounds to grow the company—and their family (they now have three children). “Working with your spouse can be tricky as it adds a layer of complexity that does not exist in many relationships,” says Michelle “We make a conscious effort to not bring personal issues to the workplace and work issues into the personal space.”

The globe trotting couple (they met as students when Jutta took a semester abroad) both bring business backgrounds to their joint endeavor, Elements Massage in Pinecrest, which they opened after pursuing their own careers in countries including Germany and South America. Their interest in health and wellness led them to Elements, where they work together to “promote and maintain wellbeing” within the community.

Married: 18 Years Working Together: 10 years

What’s the best thing about working together? MICHELLE: We really are best friends on top of being married, and while we don’t work side by side (which is probably a good thing), we do get to see each other more often than couples that don’t work together. The positive aspects of working together for us definitely outweigh any negative ones and we have learned from each other and gained a new view and dimension to our marriage bond that didn’t exist 10 years ago when we did not work together.

Married: 13 years (together for 24 years) Working Together: 2 years

What’s the best thing about working together? JUTTA: He is one of the few, if not the only person, I work with that I can trust blindly and that I know does everything possible to make our business successful. In our case, we share ethical standards and beliefs about the quality of the service we want to provide our clients. That does not mean that we never have different opinions and points of view, but that we usually find a solution that works for both of us pretty fast. MATIAS: We share more aspects of our life together. We can totally relate to what we are going through each day-- our challenges, our struggles and our successes.

FRANK AND LIEDE DEVALDIVIELSO

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For Frank and Liede DeValdivielso home is where the heart—and the business—is, literally. The realtors, who work under The DeValdivielso Team, became partners almost a decade ago, when Liede grew her business to a point that Frank says “it made sense to join in and continue our growth together.”

Together for 50 years (they met as teens), the Gegerson’s have worked together since Gary launched his practice as an Optometric Physician in 1978, with Dale first taking on a role from home, buying frames and handling invoicing and billing while their two children were small, and eventually moving into the role of “Director of First Impressions.” Says Dale, “That’s the groundwork before patients can see the wizard. Front desk can either make it or break it. That’s where it all begins.” Gary agrees, praising his wife’s talent for helping patients select the right frames, as well as her ability to go with the flow. “We work extremely well together-- no airs, no drama, no problems and no attitude. We know what the other is thinking.”

Married: 26 years Working Together: 9+ years

What’s the best thing about working together? FRANK: We tag-team priorities and tasks, both at work and at home. There is no need to double check any work… it’s always done right. We have different skill sets that complement each other well. Each one of us can focus on our individual strengths with full support of the other.

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MATIAS: After 24 years together there are not many new things to learn about Jutta. However, the experience has helped validate many of her qualities I knew she had, such as being a stickler for detail, having a good business instinct and being very caring with people.

Married: 41 years Working Together: 37 years

What’s the best thing about working together? DALE: The best part about working together is seeing how much he enjoys his patients. He truly cares about everyone. Patients come back year after year and it’s like family. We have watched patients grow up, get married and have a family.

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What have you learned from your spouse or about your spouse by working together? JUTTA: Rather than something new it was something that was confirmed: He is a very sociable guy and a great promoter for our services.

GARY: The best thing about working together is that she has my best interest in mind and I have hers. We are working together for the same goal. We enjoy each other’s company, and I get to go home with her! DALE: Our mindset is so different as time goes by. This really isn’t just work, it’s our pleasure. We enjoy each other’s company and laugh…what’s not to like? What have you learned from working with your spouse? GARY: I have learned that I can be corrected and she is almost always right.


SELENA AND RICHARD LESSA Married: 9 years Working Together: 2 years

As the owners of freight brokerage company ROL Transport, the Lessas work with businesses to help streamline their logistics and transportation services, transporting most anything across the U.S., a business Selena joined after leaving a travel-heavy corporate career to spend more time with Richard and their two children. “We made the decision to start working together as my background could compliment his background to help to grow our business,” says Selena. “While owning and working for yourself is challenging, it has given us the freedom to be present to raise our family.”

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What have you learned from your spouse or about your spouse by working together? SELENA: I have a newfound respect for my husband. His ability to handle multiple transactions at a time, while staying organized and juggling the stress of logistics in a calm manner has enabled What’s the best thing about ROL Transport to become working together? successful and ultimately has SELENA: We have a much given us this opportunity. He more balanced life. The best is a master at negotiation and part about working together does not react to situations.

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PETER AND YENILE PINTO Married: 4 years Working Together: 2 years

As the owners of Deering Dental, the Pintos have worked as a team from Day 1, with Peter overseeing the day-to-day operations of the office while Yenile focuses on patient care; a partnership that both say is key to their success. “On my days off [from my previous job] I would oversee the office build-out, deal with contractors and do anything I could to get the office finished. At night Yeni and I would pop a bottle of wine and work into the night on our business plan and make decisions about layout, equipment, etc…” says Peter of getting the business off the ground. “The agreement from day one has been that if either of us feels like this is putting a strain on our marriage that I will resign as manager, but so far things couldn’t be better.”

Peter’s really worked to make sure I can concentrate on patients and I think they have noticed the difference. What have you learned from your spouse or about your spouse by working together? PETER: I learned that my easygoing wife is as hardheaded as I am. But honestly, my wife is incredibly organized and has helped me set up many systems to keep track of everything in the office, which has made my job much easier.

What’s the best thing about working together? PETER: It’s been really cool to open a business and watch it turn into something better than either of us could have done on our own. I find that Yeni and I do a pretty good job of filling in each other’s’ gaps and that’s been central to the success of our practice. YENILE: I’ve always been on the quiet side and Peter has YENILE: I honestly couldn’t definitely helped me improve imagine doing this without my communication skills and Peter. I was afraid that having gotten me to come out of my my own practice would mean shell more. He’s also helped me that I would have to split my be more assertive, which has time between patient care proven invaluable in running and administrative work, but my own business.

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FE AT U R E

New Faces Take a Traditional Approach to Dentistry

BY ANDREA CARNEIRO

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OR DENTISTS KARI MOSS VINUELA AND HUSBAND Larry their professional—and personal—life has come full circle. After meeting in Charlotte, where Larry was a resident and dental student Kari was looking into residency programs, the two kept in touch via Facebook and social media (“A true modern relationship,” says Kari with a laugh.) before their friendship took a romantic turn. Dating long-distance soon turned into a long-distance engagement before Kari took the leap to move to South Florida permanently. Today, however, the two spend little time apart, having joined forces to partner in Floridian Dental Group. “We can actually have an entire day go by and never see each other,” says Kari of their newfound togetherness. “But it’s been great. Now we can really bounce things off of each other, we can both see a patient rather than just talking about it when we get home.” The partners’ road from dentists to business owners has been a long time coming. After working in other practices in South Florida, the Vinuelas decided they wanted to establish their own legacy, bringing together the best of what they had each learned from previous mentors. “We originally found one practice that we were interested in but it ended up not working out,” says Kari, who admits the initial disappointment turned into a blessing in disguise. “It was through that doctor that we met Dr. [Gary] Lubel.” Calling their eventual collaboration with Lubel “meant to be,” Kari says the practice was a natural fit for what the Vinuelas had hoped to create on their own. “One thing that Larry and I told each other was above all else we want to continue that feeling of trust and loyalty that Dr. Lubel fostered for so many years. You

don’t see that anymore.” For the Vinuelas that means a dedication to decreasing patient wait times to no more than a few minutes (“an appointment is an appointment,” she says.), a focus on personalized care and a belief in transparency between doctor and patient. “Dentistry is a mysterious things to many people- they have to put their trust in us. We’re the expert and we have to earn their trust,” says Kari. “I tell people ‘If we don’t get to the point of trust it’s not worth it. You have to trust me.’” To that end they populate their office and website with educational information that can help patients feel comfortable and better understand their own dental health. “People crave information,” says Kari. “I never mind when people bring me questions or information that they’ve come across. It’s an opportunity to have a conversation.” The Vinuela’s focus on patient care and relationships extends to their staff—most of whom have worked in the office for many years. They also foster their family environment (the couple’s two-year-old can often be seen stopping by for a visit) by working with entire families of patients. “We’re a true family practice, like the old days,” says Kari. “We see people’s families- even kids [six and older]. Their parents or grandparents see us and they feel comfortable bringing the rest of their family.” Looking ahead the couple hope to continue to grow the practice with new –and old—patients coming back year after year. “I think that there’s a really great, unassuming, nice vibe to the office,” says Kari. “It’s calm, it’s warm, it’s an enjoyable experience. I like to think it’s how doctors used to be.” Floridian Dental Group office is located at 9595 N Kendall Dr., Suite 203, Miami, FL 33176. For more information, please call 305-274-8253 or visit floridiandentalgroup.com.

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FFECTING ANYWHERE BETWEEN 20 TO 45 PERCENT of middle-aged and elderly women (according to the North American Menopause Society), vaginal atrophy may be the least talked about, yet most common, problem for women of a certain age. Now there is a solution! The Mona Lisa Touch is an FDA-approved medical laser available for use in the U.S., replacing past treatment options such as hormone therapies, which are often laden with side effects or contraindications. So what is the Mona Lisa Touch and how does it work? Here’s what you need to know.

Patients will receive three treatments spaced about six weeks apart. Each procedure takes only a few minutes to perform. The procedure is done in-office (patients feel only a small vibration) and requires no anesthesia or painkiller, with patients able to resume sexual intercourse after about 48 hours. After the three treatments, some patients may return for annual maintenance.

HOW FAST WILL PATIENTS FEEL THE RESULTS? Many patients experience symptom relief after just one treatment and almost all feel a difference after the second.

WHAT IS VAGINAL ATROPHY AND WHAT CAUSES IT? Vaginal atrophy is a condition often coinciding with menopause in which the vaginal walls thin and dry out, creating issues with urinary functions, dryness and tightening as well as pain during sexual intercourse. Though often painful and frustrating for sufferers, few women ask for help –or know it exists.

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Carat is the weight or the distribution of that weight and, as a result, diamonds of the same shape and carat weight will not necessarily appear to be the same size. For example, a precisely cut, one carat, round shaped diamond will have a diameter of 6.50 millimeters. In comparison, another one carat may appear smaller measuring 6.25 mm and another larger at 6.65 mm. In either case, these diamonds will not perform as well as the precisely cut 6.50 mm; light (think sparkle) will be lost through the bottom and sides of the diamond. Beautiful people come in all different shapes and sizes and the same is true of diamonds. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and there is nothing wrong with choosing a diamond whose weight distribution is not ideal. You just want to make sure that the price you’re paying fairly reflects the quality of diamond you’re buying. For more diamond information, check out my videos on YouTube… simply search “Montica Jewelry”. John and his wife Marichi own Montica Jewelry. They moved to a new showroom in January at 500 South Dixie Highway, Suite 203, Coral Gables, FL 33146. See more at Montica.com.

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USIC, TALKING AND LAUGHTER FILLED THE AIR. ALTHOUGH THE HOLIdays are behind you, the memories that were shared during this time with family and friends may still be in the back of your mind. You may have even played an old-time holiday song on your record player. You probably selected the right song on the vinyl album for the right moment. And the sound … it doesn’t compare to digital, does it? Do you remember the first record album you ever owned? Hmmm … was it the Beatles, Beach Boys, Bob Seger, Elvis Presley? Are you still listening to your vinyl records? Or are they gathering dust, filling milk crates in the garage, or on a bookshelf in the living room? Do you wonder if they even make these collectibles anymore in a world that is mainly digital in nature?

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In the mid-60s to the late 70s, vinyl records turned music into America’s most favorite entertainment industry. Today, a record album is a click on a computer mouse. Music downloads become a taste test for the listeners as they browse music online and then purchase a few sample songs. Then, if they like what they hear, they may buy the series of songs either on a CD or a vinyl album. According to Nielsen Music, LP sales were up 51.8% in 2015, compared to the previous year, to almost 12 million (up from 9.2 million in 2014). This marks the 10th straight year of vinyl sales growth. With digital music, the value is really in its convenience and the immediacy of its delivery, and the fact you can play it while doing something else. There’s a quiet ceremony to playing a record. It requires more dedicated listening and planning. It’s the audio quality, the visual quality, and the physical touch of the artistic, one-ofa-kind cover and vinyl album. For those of us that grew up when the vinyl record album was at its peak, it also brings back many fond memories and oftentimes a smile. Whether you are interested in learning the value of your old record albums, trading them in, or adding to your collection, let the professionals at Musicians Discount Center in South Florida help. Keep music alive in your house and enjoy the ambiance of turning the lights down low, putting your favorite album on the record player, picking the perfect song, and enjoying the quality sound of your favorite artist. Music provides enjoyment for years to come! 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.

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HAT’S IT, I’M OUT OF HERE.” EVER HAVE ONE OF THOSE DAYS WHERE THE walls are closing in on you or the kids have driven you crazy for the past month? Well, that day had arrived for me and I threw some clothes into a bag, jumped in my Jeep and headed out of town. As I pulled into Delray Sands I knew I had picked the perfect place for a quick mental and physical reset. A few minutes drive from the heart of Delray, the hotel was a welcome respite from the sounds of cars and people; quiet and secluded yet so close to town. So, it was on this hot day that I ensconced myself on the patio of the Latitudes restaurant, rumrunner in hand, and felt the ocean breeze caress my neck. I wanted to go into town but decided that could wait until happy hour, so I grabbed a book and made my way to the beach where my chaise and umbrella waited just for me. Nestled on my chaise, I looked out at the azure blue water dotted with the tanned bodies of beach goers and let the sound of the waves lull me into sleep. It’s 5:00 somewhere, well; actually it was 5:00 when I headed into town to check out the happy hours. I have to admit I made the rounds to Boston’s, Blue Anchor, Atlantic Grill and Caffe Luna Rosa. From there it was all downhill as I stopped off at Sloane’s with it’s multi colored chandeliers, funky walls and novelties for a double scoop of ice cream. Note to self: walk the beach tomorrow. Back at the hotel, I changed into my bathing suit and slipped into the Jacuzzi, letting the water from the rock waterfall cascade over me. The stars came out and there I sat, with only the sound of the water breaking the night’s silence, feeling the most relaxed I had felt in a long time. I allowed myself to sleep in and had my coffee on the balcony that overlooked the beach. Today I was going to explore the galleries and boutiques that lined Atlantic Avenue. Thought of stopping again at Sloane’s, but my voice of reason got the better of me and I kept walking. By now I was getting hungry and I knew exactly what I wanted for lunch. I had seen it on the Latitudes menu the day before: a lobster salad with green beans, goat cheese, avocado and caramelized onions. Another afternoon on the beach, a quick nap by the pool and I was ready to dance the night away at Johnnie Brown’s. The awesome thing about this place is that a single person can go there and always find a dance partner. The live band was great and by midnight my feet needed a massage. Back under the stars at the hotel, I took my shoes off and let my feet soak in the Jacuzzi and then limped over to the outdoor fire pit, sunk into the cushioned sofa and had a glass of wine. As the sun rose, so did I and took a nice long walk on the beach so I could gear up for their Sunday brunch, voted one of the best in Palm Beach County. Not surprisingly, my only disappointment was that I couldn’t eat more. Note to self: bring a one-piece bathing suit next time. Not being able to put off the inevitable any longer, I had to accept reality and head home but as I pulled into my driveway I felt rejuvenated and ready for the weeks ahead. Bring it on! Debbie Martinez is a Miami Dade resident and Travel Editor for The Florida Villager. She can be reached at debbiemartinez1@mac.com.


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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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Oh Baby: Nini and Loli Takes the Guesswork out of Shopping BY ANDREA CARNEIRO

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VERY NEW PARENT HAS BEEN THERE. STANDING AMID ROWS OF GEAR AND apparel, drowning in strollers, cribs and high chairs, they have a moment of realization that they may just be in over their head. It’s this overwhelming experience that Nini and Loli seeks to eliminate, likening themselves to a “one-stop shop” where the first time parent can find everything that they need, eliminating the necessity to store hop and become overwhelmed with too many options. Bright, colorful and welcoming, the store (named after the owner’s children) makes a point to cater to not only new parents but also anyone in the market for children’s items. Coveted Bugaboo strollers and accessories sit comfortably next to plush animal heads, diaper bags and educational toys while those looking ahead will find will find 3-in-1 scooters, sleek humidifiers and the latest Yoyo stroller (folding so flat it can be stored in an airplane’s overhead compartment). As owners pre-select what they think are the best in a specific category, shoppers are treated to three of the best in varying price ranges rather than ten of the same thing. Helping shoppers navigate the curated offerings are Nini and Loli’s trained staff who are on hand to give first hand advice on products and help newer parents figure out exactly what they might need from nursery furniture to layette options. Nini and Loli’s owners say they are careful to make sure the store not only offers shoppers the best in every price range, but also that offerings are there when needed. With in-demand brands such as Bugaboo (the store is one of only a few in Miami to carry the brand) the store is diligent about keeping the latest colors and styles in stock…resulting in no wait for parents who are on a deadline. That dedication to customer service has helped the owners grow their business from a small storefront in Aventura to two shops totaling more than 9,000 square feet, their latest taking up 5,000-sqaure-feet in donwntown Coral Gables. In fact, the shop is now eyeing options outside the U.S. to better serve their growing

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international clientele, boasting customers from Brazil, France, Mexico and more And, after 15 years in South Florida, the owners aren’t ruling out a third location in the area (South Miami and Weston are options, they say). But for now they’re happy to focus on their growing fan base and continue to bring the latest in baby gear to shoppers, crediting their success to “…hard work and being consistent… and offering great customer service.” Nini and Loli is a destination for modern expecting parents who want the best of everything a baby needs. With a large selection of baby gear, strollers, furniture, diaperbags, toys apparel, and all the baby registry basics. Nini and Loli has two locations in South Florida–Aventura: 20335 Biscayne Boulevard. L22-L23, Aventura, FL 33180, 305-936-9959 and Coral Gables: 2300 Salzedo Street, Coral Gables, FL 33134, (Intersection of Salzedo and Giralda two blocks north from Miracle Mile) 786-534-7766. You can also visit niniandloli.com for the online store.


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OVE AND FRIENDSHIP SHOULD BE CELEBRATED YEAR round, but the month of February has been especially chosen to encapsulate, deliver and share feelings of affection and amity since the year 1400 A.D. To this end, I recently polled a few Floridians about their perfect place for a romantic getaway. So, if you desire to spend some time away with your baes this year, I invite you to consider the following hand-picked, Florida retreats:

The Standard Spa - South Beach Perhaps one of the best kept secrets in South Beach, this beautiful and serene oasis is at once accessible and secluded. Located on Belle Isle, it boasts tropical gardens, private terraces and an outdoor deck with breathtaking sunset views, all within a stone’s throw of Lincoln Road, Purdy Lounge, and the hottest Miami nightlife. Its world-class indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy experiences are complimentary to guests and include a Roman waterfall hot tub, Arctic plunge, and infinity pool. Restorative yoga sessions, mud bath tubs, and a full bar and grill make this unique and ultra chic mini paradise a place that you’ll frequent beyond your first romantic interlude. Under $300 a night, it is one of my favorite “two-day trips” in Miami. Details at standardhotels.com

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If you like SoBe, then this getaway will resonate with your chic-vibe senses. It is located at the end of the worldfamous and busy Duval Street, but it is insulated enough that you will not notice it. This place is made to help you relax your senses, rejuvenate your inner self, and connect with your external space in a healthy and healing way, like Key West is known for. They boast “island luxury with barefoot elegance” in a way that is as opulent as it is natural. Some of the most sought-out suites are found in this world-class resort, from which all the waterborne amenities, like catamaran sailing, snorkeling, and jet skiing are readily accessible for you to enjoy with the object of your adoration. Key West in general has always been in my favorite top three places in Florida, and Ocean Key is among the best that can be enjoyed here. Visit oceankey.com

Watercolor Inn and Resort - Santa Rosa Beach, FL Nestled between Fort Walton Beach and Panama City, this getaway is one of the most desirable vacation destinations in the State. It is no wonder that it is the only AAA Four Diamond Rated Hotel on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. The main inn boasts 60 rooms that face beaches of sugar sand and crystal blue waters. To move around the area, do as the Romans and use loaner bikes. At turndown, you and your better half will enjoy freshly baked cookies. Whether you fancy kayaking and canoeing in the morning or awe-inspiring beach walks at dusk, this top-end retreat will seamlessly combine modern amenities with the “nostalgia of an unassuming beach town from days gone by.” More at watercolorresort.com February evokes feelings that we should demonstrate year-round, but it allocates an opportunity, a specific time span so-to-speak, for planning a special experience with our loved one (or significant other). Fortunately, as Florida experts declare, we need not leave our State to transport ourselves to a retreat worthy of the apple of our eye. After all, folks worldwide come here to get away. So, fellow Villagers, enjoy the best Florida has to offer, and have a happy month of love and friendship! Luis E. Ortega is a hopeless romantic, world-travelled poet, and love philosopher. He also owns and operates a firearms store in Palmetto Bay. For further relationship advice or for related gun safety training, you may write him at ceo@saiops.com.


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Love the Home You’re With BY FRANK DEVALDIVIELSO

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INTER IS A GREAT SEASON TO FIND THE TIME AND inspiration to take full advantage of the cool temperature and complete that project that is lingering, or, start a new one that you can accomplish on your own. Put more sweat equity into the home you love. The love is reciprocal in personal enjoyment and financial reward. The do-it-yourself projects can include painting the wood trim throughout the house, de-cluttering the “stuff” we accumulate and donating to someone in need, deep-cleaning of the bathrooms, use a caulking gun and fill in the cracks that need it, pressure cleaning the driveway and sidewalk, repaint the kitchen cabinets. For those of us that are newbies at this head to YouTube and learn how to do this from others. Love is in the details. A vintage bathroom can be attractive when the small square tile is spotless, the formica shines, the paint is fresh and there are no empty cracks in the shower stall, counter top or around the toilet. You can get another five years out of that bathroom, Ca-Ching! Speaking of money... GoldPrice. org, CNBC and Corelogic reported that in 2015 real estate values outperformed Silver, Gold, Dow Jones, SP 500 and NASDAQ with a national average of 6.8 percent return on investment. Let’s also address the white elephant in the room… mortgage rates are increasing! The rates are projected to go up to 4.7 percent by the fourth quarter of 2016. That will have an effect undoubtedly, especially for the first time buyers. Zillow reported that 70 percent of first time home buyers will continue with their home buying plans and about half of those will reconsider a smaller home or less expensive community. In Miami-Dade, inventory has leveled off at four-to-five months, where if no other home comes on the market it will take that long to sell off all of the homes that are on the market now. We’re heading towards a normal market where an average of six months is a balanced market. Buyers are buying every day. Most of us live in a home that was built more than fifty years ago and the grand dame has held strong in extreme climate conditions. Older homes tend to have amazing foliage and beautiful trees that surround them, are in well established and safe neighborhoods and have access to the best schools there are. In short, your home is very desirable to the next family that will enjoy it. We can be good stewards of the home and preserve it for the next family by taking on small projects and completing them with pride. It will also pay you back when it’s time to pass it on to the new family in our community. So, what does your honey-do list look like? Enjoy the projects knowing that your home will pay you back in personal enjoyment and in appreciating values! 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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T’S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO HEAR ABOUT STEM CELL therapy in newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. Stem cell therapy has been studied by researchers across the world, and is available for humans in many countries… but stem cell therapy for animals? Stem cell therapy falls under the discipline of Regenerative Medicine, where cells, growth factors and other natural agents are used to repair damaged tissues. It represents a breakthrough in medicine, where we no longer focus on treating the secondary effects of the degenerating tissue or organ, but instead will facilitate their regeneration. In Veterinary Medicine Stem cell therapy has been FDA approved for many years for dogs, cats and horses. It is approved so far for the management of arthritis and for injured ligaments/tendons. Once injected in the pet, the cells have the ability to turn into cartilage, ligament and bone tissue. They also will facilitate repair and regeneration of the injured site and decrease inflammation. In animals with orthopedic disease these benefits translate into decreased pain and inflammation (decreasing the need for medications) and enhanced repair of cartilage, ligament and bone injuries. So far thousands of dogs have been treated and benefited with this breakthrough therapy. Here’s how it works: A small amount of the pet’s own adipose (fatty) tissue is surgically removed to harvest the stem cells, thus eliminating potential for cell rejection and the use of embryos. The adipose tissue is sent overnight to a specialized processing veterinary laboratory, where the processing is performed under strict quality standards. The stem cells are evaluated and counted, and a specific amount of cells is placed in each dosing syringe. The dosing syringes are then sent overnight to a veterinary clinician with experience on stem cell therapy who will administer the cells guided by ultrasound directly into the affected joints. Excess cells are banked in frozen nitrogen at the processing laboratory for future use in the pet. There are companies offering equipment to process the adipose tissue at your veterinarian’s clinic. Disadvantages of this option is the lack of strict quality standards, lack of highly trained professional handling the stem cells, and the inability to evaluate the stem cells and to store the excess cells for future use. Stem cell therapy should be integrated with a comprehensive rehabilitation program by a certified veterinary rehab practitioner in order to maximize the potential of successfully managing arthritis and soft tissue injury on the pet. Like any novel therapy in high demand, it is important to find a veterinary clinician with formal training and experience in the procedure in order to obtain the best results. Stem cell therapy represents one of the few cases where -for the time being- animals have a better cutting-edge therapy available to them than any allowed to their owners. It is a real breakthrough, were the focus is not on treating the symptoms of the disease, but minimizing its progression. It provides a safer and better alternative than conventional treatments.

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The Star-Crossed Love Story of Chocolate and Valentine’s Day BY NORMAN LOVE

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O MOST PEOPLE, CHOCOLATE IS A WONdrous substance to be eaten. To me, chocolate is art. Gleaming truffles awash in vivid color are far greater than mere treats; they are a decadent proclamation of love for your someone special. We may agree to disagree, but there is no arguing that chocolate takes center stage each Valentine’s Day. The sweet fixation dates back to Roman times, when sugar was a precious commodity for exchange. As Valentine’s Day spread to the English-speaking world in the 1840s, Richard Cadbury began selling a new variety of edible chocolate in beautifully decorated boxes he designed himself. From that point, it was a quick jump to taking the familiar images of Cupids and roses and putting them on heart-shaped boxes. While Richard Cadbury didn’t actually patent the heart-shaped box, it’s widely believed that he was the first to produce one. Today, consumers spend nearly $2 billion on candy each Valentine’s Day. The connection of chocolates and Valentine’s Day is much like the sentiment of everlasting love, and unwavering devotion that never disappoints. Chocolates, whether savored or admired, are miniature works of art containing romantic blends of pure, intense flavors that will captivate your taste buds. This February 14, Norman Love Confections will bring back its best-selling taste and textures that have aroused the senses from years past. Inspired by the tale of a blossoming romance, the appropriately named First Love collection is available from

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UR DOG CASPER’S BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS THREE YEARS AGO MOTIvated me to evaluate her nutritional intake in 2012, and to consequently steer clear of highly processed dog food and treats.Why exactly? Because the latter contain a plethora of artificial, harmful, and completely unnecessary preservatives and ingredients, whereas single ingredient treats are made of only one ingredient, and one ingredient only. There are single ingredient, freeze-dried treats (98 percent of water is removed), as well as single-ingredient, dehydrated (75 percent of the water is removed) dog treats. Here are a couple things to know about these healthy treats… »» They are great for allergic dogs. Should your dog have a known allergy to a certain kind of protein, single ingredient treats will provide peace of mind for you as you’ll know exactly which kind of protein they are made of. You won’t have to worry about your dog having an allergic reaction to one of the ingredients because the treat only consist of ONE ingredient. Many companies sell a variety of single-ingredient treats, meaning you’re able to choose between different proteins, such as beef, chicken, fish, lamb, etc. »» There are no superfluous add-ons. If you have ever taken a closer look at the ingredient list of standard dog treats you will find at major pet retailers, you will have noticed the addition of artificial colors, animal byproducts, salt and sugar and cheap fillers such as corn and wheat. The beauty of single-ingredient dog treats is that they do not contain any of the above mentioned garbage (quite literally, that’s what by-products are: the leftovers from slaughtered mammals, such as beaks, hooves, undeveloped eggs, skin, etc…). »» No harmful preservatives are needed. Single-ingredient, freeze-dried and dehydrated dog treats never contain any harmful preservatives such as BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin, TBHQ, Propyl Gallate or Propylene Glycol. Here is why they do not need them: When treats are freeze-dried/dehydrated, moisture is removed, eliminating the need to add preservatives and resulting in a shelf stable treat. If your dog treats contain any of the above mentioned artificial preservatives, I strongly suggest tossing them in the trash now, as they are known to cause serious health problems if eaten on a regular basis. »» The full nutritional value is maintained. Cooking is not necessary when freeze-drying/dehydrating dog treats, which means that no nutrients are loston the contrary, the full nutritional value is maintained. While I do not believe that limited ingredient treats are bad, and I do occasionally give them to my dogs, I prefer single ingredient ones and will definitely no longer offer my dogs any treats with a long ingredient list, particularly with anything that is hard to pronounce ( and likely of artificial nature). We at Lux Paws have one desire and that is to keep your pet healthy, we offer a full line of all natural single ingredient treats at www.lux-paws.com please check us out, and look out for our new line of single ingredient treats coming for 2016. Tami Maier, MS in Counseling Psychology, with current focus and certification on Aromatherapy for pets. A native of Miami, Florida, she is the owner and operator of Lux Paws Pet Sitting, a dog boarding, doggy daycare, dog walking and pet sitting business for 8 years. Tami strives to provide care for the whole dog through love, companionship, nutrition and exercise. You can reach Tami at 786.306.9192 or tami@lux-paws.com.

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Assumptions are dangerous. Just because you felt a connection and/or had a good time doesn’t mean the other person sees or feels the same way. NO stories, deal with the here and now and save the daydreaming for further along in the relationship. This is where women create the most angst for themselves. Listen to what he is saying and not try to make it what you want to hear. If he is telling you he doesn’t know what he wants, take that at face value and don’t put your life on hold while he is trying to decide. As hurtful as it may be, he might not feel the same way and doesn’t know how to tell you. Keep moving. Bottom line is a guy will go after what he wants. Don’t try to convince him or sway his decision. You want someone who will jump over the fence to be with you, not sit on it. You need to be on the same page. Perspective is paramount. As disappointed as you may be, this is someone you just met and there are other people out there whom you will feel connected to and who will be a good fit. Acceptance is key. When you get hooked into trying to figure it out and understand it in order to let it go, you are going down a deep, deep well. Accept that you might not ever understand and that the reasons don’t really matter; the end result is the same, he doesn’t want what you want. Don’t jump to conclusions. Let things unfold naturally and don’t force things. You might be doing yourself and the relationship an injustice. Last but not least, don’t put your heart in the path of hurt. If he only wants to be friends and you still have feelings for him, save the palling around when you have been able to hit the reset button on your feelings.

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ERE IN OUR HOT MIAMI CLIMATE, ROOFING contractors and homeowners are changing the way they select roofing materials based on their energy efficiency. Did you know that a roof can wield the greatest impact on the energy performance of a home? Cool metal roofs – which have been designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof - can help reduce energy consumption by lowering cooling loads. Lightly colored, more reflective roofs can save up to 40 percent in cooling energy. Just as wearing light-colored clothing can help keep you cool on a sunny day, cool roofs use solar-reflective surfaces to maintain lower roof temperatures. Cool metal roofs are ideal for Florida’s hot and humid climate, as they are most effective in areas where temperatures and air conditioning use are high. By reducing heat gain through the roof surface, cool roofs decrease air conditioning use that leads to 10-30 percent in energy savings at the hottest part of the day, when energy demand is at its peak. By 2030, our nation’s electricity demands will be 45 percent greater than today according to the Nuclear Energy Institute. And according to recent studies, if

cool roofs were installed nationwide, we would save an astonishing $1 billion in cooling costs, with $20 million in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area alone. Coatings and finishes available today certify metal as a recognized cool roof product. In addition to being energy efficient, metal roofing is recognized as a sustainable building material for several other environmental reasons. Being a “green” building product makes it a popular choice for Miami homeowners. Cool metal roofing is available unpainted, with oven-baked paint finishes, or with granular-coated surfaces. This family of roofing can achieve solar reflectance of more than 70 percent. Reflected solar energy allows the roof surface to remain cooler, which means less heat is transferred into your home.

If You Avoid Maintenance Now...You’ll Pay Up Later! Whatever type of roof you have, it will deteriorate over time if you neglect to maintain it. Almost all of us regularly maintain and clean our vehicles in order to avoid costly problems and to keep them looking and running as best as possible for as long as possible; shouldn’t we do the same for the roofs over our heads?

Regular inspection leads to early detection of possible roof problems (that can become more costly later), protection of your valuable assets and maintenance of a safe environment for your family. Since your home represents a sizable investment (probably one of the largest you’ll make in life) - and because your roof plays such an important role in protecting you and your family - you need a professional roofing contractor who will inspect the roof and provide proof, such as photographs, of any problem areas. They should also provide a description of how the problem will be fixed, how long the repair/replacement will take and how much it will cost. A good contractor will also make recommendations to increase the lifespan of the roof. Bottom line: Proper roof maintenance – performed by an experienced professional – can save you from future heartaches, future expense and provide you with peace of mind that one of your most valuable assets remains in a healthy condition. Istueta Roofing, South Florida’s Most Trusted Roofer Since 1985, can be reached at 305.671.9625 or online at www.istuetaroofing.com.

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SEEN O N S CENE TOWARD A RESILIENT PINECREST “Toward a Resilient Pinecrest” workshop series continued with a film and panel discussion. On Wednesday, January 20th “This Changes Everything”, a film by Avi Lewis, was shown in the Banyan Bowl at Pinecrest Gardens. The film was followed by a panel discussion with panelists: Kamalah Fletcher of Catalyst Miami & Moms Clean Air Force, Caroline Lewis of The CLEO Institute, John Van Leer of Citizens Climate Lobby, and Mateo Van Thienen, Student & CLEO YTF Member. The panel was moderated by Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner.

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ARTHUR MITCHELL VISITS ARTHUR & POLLY MAYS CONSERVATORY OF THE ARTS Accomplished artistic director, astute educator, talented choreographer and extraordinary dancer, Arthur Mitchell, visited Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts on Jan. 22, 2016. Mr. Mitchell offered a master class followed by a question and answer session.

PERRINE ELEMENTARY CAREER DAY The youngsters at Perrine Elementary School got to hear what it was like to be the Mayor of Palmetto Bay at their Career Day event early January 21.

SPARKLE + SHINE DARLING HOSTED VISION BOARD SOIRÉE WITH LIFESTYLE EXPERT LATHAM THOMAS Sparkle and Shine Darling, the Miami Beach retail boutique and event space founded by Adrienne Bosh, hosted its second successful event on Sunday, January 17, 2016. Lifestyle expert and bestselling author of Mama Glow, Latham Thomas, and Adrienne Bosh hosted an inspiring Vision Board Soirée and provided guidance to visualize one’s goals and ambitions for 2016. More than 200 women attended, creating their own motivational vision boards with photos, quotes, magazine cutouts and more. The boutique was transformed into a creative space, empowering women of all ages, from expectant mothers to young girls. Guests celebrated the afternoon with bubbly, charming desserts and messages of inspiration. Signed copies of Thomas’ bestseller, Mama Glow, were available for purchase. After a successful afternoon, participants went home with complete vision boards to guide them through a fabulous 2016.

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Pinecrest was the stage for the 13th Annual South Motors Pinecrest Gardens Fine Arts Festival where more than 50 artists exhibited their works among 14 acres of native forested wetland, tropical hardwood hammock and native cypress slough hammock on Saturday and Sunday, January 9 – 10, 2016.Each artist was carefully selected to show at South Florida’s premier juried fine arts festival from a pool of close to 100 painting, mixed-media, jewelry, sculpture, photography and wearable art artists.


SEEN O N S CENE AFTER-SCHOOL ALL-STARS SUPERFEST Superfest, the biggest sports and fitness event hosted by After-School All-Stars South Florida, the nonprofit founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger. SuperFest took place on Saturday, January 23rd, from 9 am to 3:30 pm, at Florida International University, and gave more than 1,500 lowincome and at-risk youth from the Miami community the opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled day of free fitness activities and sports tournaments, including: basketball, soccer and flag football, dance and DJ contests, bounce houses, prizes, food and more. The event was made possible thanks to the support of FOXSports Florida, MetroPCS, the Best Buy Foundation, Miami HEAT, Baptist Health South Florida, Miami Marlins, The Irie Foundation, and PDQ.

GRAND OPENING DAY AT THE ZEN SPOT The Zen Spot welcomed more than 300 guests at their opening day event which featured catering by Obba Sushi and lectures from Zen Spot practitioners such as Dr. Tanya Pergola, nutritionist Elke Zabinski, acupuncturist Heather Hickson, energy healer Lina Sisco and Ayurvedic therapist Wanda Kruszynska. Guests worked with yoga teachers on aerial yoga hammocks, enjoyed free custom blended samples of Salt of the Earth products and indulged in signature spa services including: luxurious foot soaks, reflexology, cranial sacral therapy, and a special Ayurvedic Balancing Bowl foot treatment.

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