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C O N T EN TS :: J U LY 2016

12 EVENTS CALENDAR 8 July 2016 COMMUNITY CALL 10 Around the Area COMMUNITY NEWS 12 Find Your Fourth 14 Pool Rules of Summer 16 The Push for Bike Safety THE PHILANTHROPIST 18 Silvia Planas-Prats STUDENT CORNER 21 Buckle Up in the Back SCHOOL NEWS 22 Palmetto Middle Gets A New Look Thanks to Western Union

26 HURRICANE SAFETY 26 The A to Z’s of Hurricane Season ASK THE EXPERT 28 The Good Craving OUR MAYORS 29 What’s Happening in Our Communities? FEATURE 30 A Commitment to Confidence DANCE TIPS 32 Pointe Shoes – What Is All the Fuss About? REAL ESTATE TALK 33 Brisk Summer Market

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IT’S THEIR BUSINESS 34 Kendall Regional Brings a New Level of Care to South Florida LEGALLY SPEAKING 37 To Keep or Not to Keep: Tenant’s Security Deposit MUSIC NEWS 39 Invest in Your Future: Shop Locally TRAVEL 40 Mayberry Does Exist in Mt. Airy, North Carolina DENTAL HEALTH 41 Gums Health: A Very Serious Matter HEALTH SERVICES 43 What is Hospice?

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Join the Palmetto Bay Business Association for their annual Summer Social and enjoy food, drinks and lively conversation. The PBBA welcomes friends, partners and co-workers for an evening of meeting new people and learning about new business opportunities. No tickets required; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Palmetto Bay Village Center.

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CRAFT + CRAFT This Wolfsonian workshop invites artists to play with air-dry clay while sipping beer from J. Wakefield Brewing. The cost, which includes craft supplies and a craft beer sample, is $5 for museum members and $10 for nonmembers. Call 305-531-1001 or visit wolfsonian.org.

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24TH ANNUAL MANGO FESTIVAL

CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: PINK FLOYD’S DARK SIDE OF THE MOON Last year they performed the Beatles’ Abbey Road, now come experience the musical brilliance of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. This is a live recreation of one of the greatest pop/rock albums ever made (“Money”, “Breath”, “On the Run”, and “Time”). Classic Albums Live takes classic albums from the 60s and 70s and performs those albums live on stage – note for note, cut for cut. Using the world’s best musicians, fans are treated to an exact replication of the album followed by a second set of the featured artist’s greatest hits. smdcac.org

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Delight in a weekend of delicious activities at the International Mango Festival, this year featuring the mangos of Cuba. Check out the Mangos of the World Display, bid on your favorite cultivars at the world’s only Mango Auction, sample mouthwatering mango dishes, and more. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. fairchildgarden.org

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Join Pinecrest Gardens specialists in the Hibiscus Room at 10:30 a.m. at Pinecrest Gardens for a hands-on workshop to learn the tips and tricks of managing pests and diseases on their orchids. This highly diverse topic has some surprisingly simple methods for problem control. Pinecrest Gardens

Winner of the 2013 Drama Desk Award, this fantastically funny oneman tour-de-force was the most talked about new comedy of last year’s Off-Broadway Season. Buyer & Cellar is an outrageous new comedy about the oddest of odd jobs: an underemployed Los Angeles actor goes to work in Barbra Streisand’s Malibu basement. What follows is a riotously funny new play that gets every comedic element right, ultimately questioning the price of fame. One actor will amaze audiences playing a handful of roles including himself, his boyfriend Barry, Streisand’s House Manager, James Brolin and ultimately Barbra herself. actorsplayhouse.org

Join fellow animal lovers at the Bird Bowl for a special night to help save rhinos! The registration fee includes shoe rental, pizza and soda. All funds raised go directly towards rhino conservation in both Asia and Africa. To register, please visit the website. $25. 6:30 p.m.. zoomiami.org/bfr

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MMF Opera Studio singers perform an intriguing program of opera and operetta dating from the inception of the art form to current works. Barry University; miamisummermusicfestival.com

Headliner Market Group proudly announces the return of the Overtown Music and Arts Festival to be held in the historic Overtown district of Miami. Free to the general public, the highly anticipated festival of celebration will include live performances by soon to be announced nationally-known recording artists, vendors showcasing artwork, ethnic cuisine, unique crafts, jewelry and a vast array of entertainment. overtownmusicartsfestival.com

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MIAMI EXOTIC AUTO RACING Miami Exotic Auto Racing provides the opportunity to drive some of the world’s most exotic cars at Homestead Miami Speedway. Take the wheel of a Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo or an Audi R8. All participants will receive one-on-one instruction from professional race car drivers that have more than 20 years experience. Kids are also welcome to come and enjoy a high-speed lap ride along experience. homesteadmiamispeedway.com

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SEA KAYAK AND SNORKEL ADVENTURE @ CRANDON

Join us as we paddle past sea-grass beds to a 2,000-year-old fossil reef to snorkel and observe the tropical fish, spotted eagle rays, sea stars, and coastal birds that share this fragile and unique environment. Trip meets at the Crandon Park Nature Center; bring plenty of drinking water, closed-toe shoes and sun protection. $60 to participate. 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m; miamiecoadventures.com

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FLAMENCO PURO Flamenco Puro Dance Company brings Sentio (from the soul), an exciting production of traditional and contemporary Flamenco, choreographed and directed by Clarita Filgueiras. This exciting show celebrates the heart and soul of Spain with a display of colorful costumes, soulful song, and the virtuosity of the flamenco dance and guitar. smdcac.org

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DEERING SUMMER CABARET SERIES

Enjoy an intimate concert inside the historic Stone House Ballroom featuring Chloe Dolandis, a dynamic entertainer with a uniquely stylistic blend of jazz, pop and soul. Guests are welcome to bring refreshments and snacks to enjoy during the show. Limited seating is available. Advance tickets are recommended. $20. deeringestate.org

MIAMI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL: FOCUS ON ARGENTINA The Miami Short Film Festival will be presenting 8 short films ranging from documentary to narrative and experimental. The screening will run about 78 minutes. Enjoy a complimentary Stella beer with ticket purchase. 8 p.m.; Cinepolis Coconut Grove.

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PTA CHAMPIONS The Village of Palmetto Bay was awarded the “Champion of PTA” award by the Dade County Council of PTA/PTSAs at their annual gala. Nominated by Miami Palmetto High School, the award recognizes a community partner instrumental in the success of PTSA efforts to support a school. The Village was honored by the countywide recognition and says they will continue to support local schools. Anna Hochkammer, Palmetto PTSA president, shared the award with the Council at the June Council Meeting.

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Local favorite Red Fish Grill was named one of the “100 Best Al fresco Dining Restaurants in America for 2016” by Forbes Magazine.

Miami Spice Restaurant Program is kicking off the summer with its exclusive Miami Spice Mash-Ups. The popular dinners will once again unite some of the city’s most beloved chefs for a night filled with indulgent dishes previewing their upcoming Miami Spice menus.

During the 2015-2016 school year Palmer Trinity School juniors raised $3,600 for NGO Feeding Children Everywhere. The class of 2017 packed 12,000 meals in one hour during a June 7 event.

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South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union awarded full tuition scholarships to 14 Miami-Dade County Public School seniors at its annual Hubert O. Sibley Scholarship ceremony on May 19.

Mayor Cindy Lerner has announced her participation in the second U.S. - China ClimateSmart/Low-Carbon Cities Summit in Beijing, during the first week in June, to demonstrate a commitment to climate action.

Lily Stephenson-Ellis, a fifth grader at Coral Reef Elementary School, has been named the winner of the American Immigration Council Creative Writing Contest for Fifth Graders. 130 entries were submitted for this year’s contest, with the theme of, “Why I Am Glad America Is a Nation of Immigrants.”

The Miami Palmetto Senior High School class of 2016 won admission to seven of the eight Ivy League schools and more than $24 million in scholarships.

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WHAT: July 4th Fireworks Celebration WHAT: Village of Palmetto Bay Independence Celebration WHERE: 9705 E. Hibiscus St., Palmetto Bay; 5 p.m.

WHERE: The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue; Grounds open at 5 p.m., live concert at 7 p.m. and fireworks show at 9 p.m. WHY:

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Colorful fireworks will fill the night skies over Coral Gables this July 4th. Enjoy a special concert by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band, concessions and a spectacular fireworks display. Plus- free parking (and shuttles throughout the night!), a bike valet and wheelchair accommodations.

WHAT: Old-Fashioned Picnic WHERE: The Barnacle Historic State Park; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. WHY:

Celebrate Independence Day the good old-fashioned way with hot food, live music, games, crafts, and fun for the whole family at this gorgeous Grove location. Expect burgers, crafts and traditional table and lawn games.

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WHAT: America’s Birthday Bash WHERE: Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd.; 12 - 10 p.m. WHY:

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Enjoy the great outdoors while exploring the park’s bikeways, scenic jogging trails, or 1.5 mile long jetty into the Bay. Grab a delicious bite to eat and raise a glass to Old Glory at Black Point Ocean Grill, the dockside restaurant and bar; or bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a family picnic. The waterfront fireworks show starts promptly at 9 p.m.

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A sea of people, awash in reds, whites, and blues, will descend upon the track—being treated to live music, food trucks, and kids’ activities. Last year’s event boasted over 20,000 attendees and this year is expected to draw even more. Of course, no 4th of July celebration would be complete without a fireworks display so expect to be awed.


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The Push for Bike Safety BY TFV STAFF

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N EVER-INCREASING NUMBER OF PEOPLE CHOOSE TO RIDE BICYCLES in our South Florida communities as both a form of exercise and a means of commuting. Unfortunately, headlines in South Florida center on injuries and deaths from bicycle accidents — accidents that are preventable through bike safety education and awareness, and the construction of bike lanes. Nonetheless, the road to safety is slow and long. All involved — the city, the county, the Florida Department of Transportation, homeowners, business owners, planning departments, and zoning officials — have good intentions. Progress, though, is stalled because of decision-making red tape and, sometimes, conflicting city agendas. The demand for biking, coupled with more people choosing to incorporate biking in their daily life, has outpaced the city planners in making our streets safer for cyclists. Both the safety of our community and the health of our environment depend on bicycle-friendly future for our towns and cities. The Bicycle Action Committee (BAC), a not-for-profit entity that promotes bike safety and awareness through joint-venture relationships with participating cities, is working towards this goal. Founded in 2008 by accountant and avid cyclist Richard A. Cahlin, the BAC raises money by selling bike apparel featuring a city’s seal and colors. Cahlin presents at various city council meetings for permission to use a particular city’s seal and colors. The BAC’s jerseys and Bicycle Action Committee Founder Richard shorts, manufactured by Veloce A. Cahlin with celebrated actress Kristen Speedwear and sold by Mack Cycle Wiig on Key Biscayne Florida. & Fitness, display visual safety monikers to alert oncoming automobiles to use caution as they approach cyclists. The clothing also exhibits the names of corporate sponsors, including the BAC’s main sponsor, EisnerAmper Accountants and Advisors. Proceeds go directly to the participating cities to fund various city bicycle initiatives. ‘“Bike safety and awareness is analogous to school lunches,” says Cahlin. “Everyone is for it; however, trying to get a bike lane is a bureaucratic traffic jam.” So far, the BAC has partnered with thirteen South Florida cities. These municipalities, realizing the difficulty in retrofitting their roads to construct more bicycle paths, support the BAC’S cause. Aventura, Coral Gables, The City of Doral, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Miami, Miami Beach, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, South Miami, Surfside, and Sunny Isles all have granted the BAC permission to use their seals and colors. The BAC already has funded a mountain bike trail in Virginia Key for Miami, as well as bicycle racks for Coral Gables. Future partnering municipalities include the cities of North Miami, the Town of Miami Lakes, and the City of Miramar. The BAC relies on these public- and private-sector partnerships to further its objective. The BAC’s clothing sales fund local bike projects that promote bicycle safety and awareness, allowing community members to help simply by purchasing the BAC’s apparel. Furthermore, community members can support the BAC while simultaneously promoting their own business by placing their logo on BAC clothing. These logos will be seen not only here in South Florida, but also in cities across the country as cyclists network outside the State. Aside from potentially gaining national exposure, sponsors receive a jersey and shorts, as well as recognition in the BAC newsletter. And, because the BAC is a Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, all donations are tax-deductible. Visit BicycleActionCommittee.com for more information.


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T H E PH I L A N T H R O PI ST A person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.

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miamiiskind.org BACKGROUND: A former executive with DuPont Corporation in Barcelona, Planas-Prats and her husband relocated to the United States so that older son Marc, now 13, would have access to autism-focused schooling and opportunities that were not available in Spain. Though she let go of her career at DuPont, Planas-Prats’ drive and motivation led her to explore a new path in Miami. Upon realization that, despite his incredible strides, Marc’s ultimate employment opportunities looked “bleak,” according to Planas-Prats, she faced the challenge head on by creating Miami Is Kind, an industrial bakery that plans to employ bakers, packers, warehouse operators, maintenance crew, customer service reps and dispatchers that have autism or other disabilities. “Today there are very few jobs available for persons with Autism or disabilities,” says Planas-Prats. “With Miami Is Kind we construct that future for the children with Autism in Miami that are educated in baking and pastry arts.”

ABOUT MIAMI IS KIND: The concept of Miami is Kind was based around Planas-Prats own experience with Marc, an avid baker. “Marc has always loved baking macaroons since he was four; baking keeps him focused and behaviors are reduced,” she says, noting that he is not the only one. “Many adults I meet who are on the spectrum are passionate about baking.” The bakery launched in 2015 with two bakers and today employs six in total, who bake the gourmet, dairyand gluten-free macaroons. The bakers, many of whom come from the J.R.E. Educational Center’s baking and pastry arts program, are supervised by volunteers that include special education teachers from Ruth Owens Kruse Education Center as well as dedicated FIU students and board members, while bakers are hosted by Joanna’s Marketplace. “Our goal is to have 20 employees by 2020. Community involvement will make it possible,” says Planas-Prats.

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FEEDING THE COMMUNITY: Planas-Prats says the community is key to realizing her vision and the community, for its part, has responded. Right now the gourmet treats (available in multiple flavors such as Chocolate-Dipped, Rum Lovers and Orange Lovers) are sold at the Pinecrest, Coral Gables and Arsht Center farmer’s markets; Joanna’s Marketplace and Small Tea in the Gables. The bakery also offers a monthly delivery subscription for $19.66 (including free delivery), corporate gifts, party favors and more. “We have companies that subscribe and give away the macaroons to their customers as appreciation gifts,” says Planas-Prats. “We also work with hotels, cafeterias, hospitals and schools who wholesale from us.” The organization has already received a community grant from Autism Speaks and a grant from the De Moya Foundation. “Everyone can help,” says Planas-Prats. “The community has strong buying power… and who doesn’t like healthy sweets that help our children?”

A job brings dignity, socialization and opportunity and takes persons with disabilities out of poverty. As buyers the community can make a big difference.”

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URNITURE MAY NOT BE THE FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN looking for school donations, but the basic need for new desks, chairs, tables and more was top of mind for one Western Union employee. The employee, who is part of the Western Union Foundation’s Volunteer Ambassadors is an alumni of Palmetto Middle and, when the company began moving offices to a new facility in downtown Miami, he let his employer know of the school’s need for furniture. That small act led up to a June 3 delivery of three trucks full of beautiful, gently-used office furniture, kitchen appliances and decor to Palmetto Middle School. “This generous gift will enhance the lives of the students and staff in our school by allowing all to learn and grow in an environment that makes them proud,” says Palmetto Middle’s PTA President Linda Dwyer. As a result of the gift, teachers will have new desks, the conference room will get a “much-needed” makeover, students will utilize new couches and chairs and school walls will be decorated with beautifully framed pictures among other improvements. “We are thrilled that Western Union has cared enough to donate to our school. When businesses and schools work to bring resources together, our students’ education and lives are improved,”

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THE A TO Z’S OF HU BY ANDREA CARNEIRO

APPRAISAL Don’t wait until the storm is blowing in to take inventory of your personal possessions. Make sure to note brand names and descriptions of items along with an estimated value and date of purchase (look for apps that will help!). Also be sure to create a safe spot for important documents (including insurance policies, medical records and your pet’s veterinary records) along with copies that reside outside of your home.

BOATS According to the experts at Eric’s Outboard Marine the best place for your boat is hauled out and secured on dry land. Boat owners should also always check their insurance policy, make sure the batteries are charged and the bilge pumps functioning. Also, don’t forget to remove all loose items from the boat ( i.e. cushions, fishing rods, coolers and radio equipment).

COMMUNICATION In the event of a storm, experts suggest having a family communication plan in place, which includes making sure everyone has emergency numbers and picking a single family member for everyone to check in with should they be separated. Also important? Try texting rather than calling, texts can often get through easier and won’t tie up phone lines needed by first responders.

DRYER SHEETS Dog get nervous during storms? Try this simple trick: Lightly rub an unscented dryer sheet on their fur to lesson the static electricity and, as a result, calm their nerves.

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Exit El Nino; enter La Nina. This weather system (anticipated by most meteorologists), characterized by below-normal water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean near the

The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides a wealth of information and downloads on their website (fema.gov) while their app allows users to receive weather alerts from NOAA’s National Weather Service, lifesaving safety tips, and provides access to disaster resources should survivors need them.

GUTTERS Don’t forget to secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.

HISTORY Historically the peak of our season hits between mid-August and late October and brings with it 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major (Category 3 or above) hurricanes.

INTERNET Miami newbie or South Florida veteran, the web is alive and well with a plethora of help for storm prep. Check out FEMA’s website for checklists and preparedness plans, Ready.gov for detailed plans broken down into timeframes, and sites such as redcross.org and emergency.cdc.gov for up-to-date supply checklists. Want to track a hurricane? Follow the National Hurricane Center at nhc.noaa.gov or head over to Stormpulse.com for live radar and forecast models.

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Dubbed “Godzilla” for its ability to hold back hurricanes in the Atlantic, El Nino was declared dead by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center in early June. What does that mean for South Florida? It means all eyes are now on La Nina — which could

The most basic of hurricane prep, stock a kit with water; non-perishable food; battery-powered radio plus extra batteries; flashlight; first aid kit; whistle; garbage bags; wrench

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equator, creates less wind shear in developmental regions of the Atlantic Ocean, increasing the likelihood of active storms.

plies that family members may need such as hearing aids with extra batteries, walking canes or syringes.

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Along with a new hurricane season comes a new list of names. Here are the winners for 2016: Alex; Bonnie; Colin; Danielle; Earl;

Experts suggest stockpiling at least a three-day supply of all medicines and making sure to have any sup-

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URRICANE SEASON Fiona; Gaston; Hermine; Ian; Julia; Karl; Lisa; Matthew; Nicole; Otto; Paula; Richard; Shary; Tobias; Virginie; Walter.

OLD WIVES TALES We’ve all heard them, but are they true? Well, according to experts a red sky (of the “Red Sky at Night,

Sailor’s Delight. Red Sky in the Morning, Sailor’s Warning.”) can imply moisture in the air; hence stable air coming if seen at night and a rain warning if seen in the morning. But what about the old Miami favorite of counting the seconds post-lightning strike? Turns out it’s actually close — light travels

faster than sound (about a mile per every five seconds).

PETS According to the Humane Society the best way to keep pets happy and safe during a storm is to keep them with you. Be sure they have an up-to-date ID tag with a current cell phone number; close off unsafe nooks or crannies where your pet may want to hide; bring your pet indoors as soon as trouble is on the way; and never let your pet roam free post-storm.

QUESTIONS Riding out a storm with young children can be a stressful experience but there are ways to make it a little bit easier. Experts agree that remaining calm and in-charge during storm prep and the actual storm can ease kids fears. Additionally, they recommend answering kids questions truthfully but without embellishment and encouraging kids to ask questions and discuss what’s going on.

ROOF Don’t neglect your roof when it comes to prep time. Be sure to fix missing or loose shingles to prevent water from leaking into your home as well as remove any and all lawn furniture that could fly up and damage your roof. Also- be sure to trim back trees to a safe distance to reduce the likelihood of them falling onto the roof during a storm.

brightness on your screen, turn off all push notifications and send text messages rather than make phone calls.

TREES When it comes to trees, Miami-Dade county advises that those with a thick canopy should be regularly thinned (though try to not remove more than 25-30 percent). Palms, however, are adapted to wind storms and don’t need hurricane pruning; simply remove coconuts and large palm seeds.

UNDERWATER Think rainfall and floods are the only water too worry about? Think again. Pools need extra care pre-storm as well. Always be sure to remove any pool toys or furniture from the patio, turn off circuit breakers to the pool and shock your pool as your normally would. The one thing to never do? Drain the pool. Pool water provides important weight to hold the sides and bottom of the pool in place and empty pools can experience serious structural damage.

VIDEO Put your cell phone camera to good use by photographing valuables before a storm hits and taking images and video of post-storm damage. Experts advise getting video as soon as the storm passes so that insurance adjusters can see the damage in the correct state.

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windows and can be permanently attached to the home, making it easy to either roll them out or put them in place when a storm is imminent. Plywood can be a good option as well but may require at least a weekend of work to measure, cut and pre-install.

X MARKS THE SPOT The Miami-Dade County storm surge planning zones have been redrawn in relation to updated data so be sure to check your address at miamidade.gov.

YARD Before a hurricane make sure to walk your yard and remove any loose object including bird feeders, wind chimes, toys and trash cans. Also be sure to harvest any fruits or veggies growing in the yard as they can become dangerous flying objects should high winds hit.

ZIKA With all the new of the Zika virus, mosquitos are an even bigger story than normal this summer. So how to keep them in check? First, stay inside during peak activity time or wear light-colored, loose clothing and insect repellent. Second, remove all standing water including leaky pipes, flower vases, birdbaths, potted plants, trash cans and pet bowls.

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RAVINGS. WE ALL GET THEM. SOMETIMES, THEY ARE INEXPLICABLE (pickles) and sometimes, they make perfect sense (you just saw an IHOP commercial and now want a stack of hotcakes). There’s a theory that cravings are your body’s intuitive needs speaking to you, but that’s only really if you’re deficient in a vitamin (let me help you decide!) or quite malnourished. For the rest of us, it’s intensely psychological-physiological; our bodies and minds playing funny tricks on us. The problem is that succumbing to cravings for foods that can mar your Essence Nutrition plan can lead to bad news bears. Here’s how to cope with The Crave: 1. Do something non-food related. Remove yourself from the kitchen. Our environment is a very, very powerful cue. Stuck at your desk? Your craving could be stress/anxiety/frustration/boredom manifesting as a craving. Go outside for ten minutes and either sit or walk. Bonus points for including a dog in this activity. 2. Have a cup of tea. Studies show that the soothing, warm, flight flavor of teas can rewire and settle craving signals. Any tea is fine, but for the caffeine sensitive, stick to herbal. Personal favorites: apple cinnamon spice, ginger twist, green, white oolong, and anything lavender. Don’t add anything to your tea; any milk or even nut milks can bind to tea’s antioxidants. Sip it like a queen. 3. In the same vein, have a glass of water. Oftentimes, our brains confuse hunger for thirst. And you’re probably dehydrated, anyway. 4. Identify and Substitute. Is your craving for something sweet? Salty? Chewy? Pudding-like? Crunchy? Chocolate-y? Cinnamon-y? Hone in and decide on a suitable substitute that is more nutritious and healthier. For example, if you’re craving… a. Chocolate - Dark chocolate roasted Blue Diamond almonds or Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle or freeze a banana rolled in melted 88 percent vegan chocolate (I like Theo’s, Hu Kitchen, or Endangered Species brands). b. Salty - any organic popcorn, unflavored, and add your own herbs/ spices in a plastic bag with some coconut oil. c. Cheesy - add nutritional yeast to any dip for a cheesy flavor. You can also have either an organic cheese stick or a modest amount (1-2 oz.) of gourmet cheese (as in, the expensive kind) with some raw veggies or grapes or an apple. Sprinkle some anti-inflammatory cinnamon on there. d. Crunchy - bake your own kale/beet/carrot/zucchini chips. You can legit eat the whole tray and use your own spices for anti-inflammatory flavor. e. Cereal - use ½ cup of muesli you made yourself (see Essence recipes) or ½ cup of Purely Elizabeth granola. Add in 6 oz. of 2 percent plain Greek yogurt, some organic honey, some berries, some hemp, some chia, and you’ll be full for hours. f. Ice Cream - portion is key, here. Yasso Greek Frozen yogurt bars are super satiating and at least have some probiotics up in there (why probiotics? Read the Essence blog) g. Chips and Dip - Portion yourself 1 oz. (or read the label for exactly how many chips that is) of Lentil chips/Beanitos/Mary’s Gone Crackers and make your own hummus using chickpeas/lentils/white beans/peas, etc… + tahini + salt OR your own Greek yogurt dip using 2 percent plain yogurt, spices, salt, and a touch of chia. Your intellectual self will thank you after you’ve chosen a more #essenceapproved option to satisfy the Crave. Trust me. Monica Auslander, MS, RD, LD/N is the owner of Essence Nutrition, LLC and is the nutrition princess of South Florida’s food culture. A practicing registered dietitian, Monica completed her Master’s in Dietetics and Nutrition at Florida International University with published and presented research at the 2013 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition. Monica has previously worked as a pediatric dietitian at Jackson Memorial Hospital in the pediatric intensive care unit and completed internships at Oliver-Pyatt Center, the University of Miami Crohn’s and Colitis Center, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and University of Miami hospital. She also consults for corporations, groups, organizations, restaurants, and athletic groups.


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ALMETTO BAY TOOK A HUGE STEP FORWARD ON USE of social meeting, successfully implementing Facebook Live reports from the Tri City Hurricane Preparedness event. We also took another step forward in direct communications as Ed Silva, our Village Manager, held a Telephone Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, June 5, 2016. More than 400 people participated. We continue to work to increase participation in our Village. Look to both our evolving village website – www.palmettobay-fl. gov and our official Palmetto Bay Facebook page for continued improvements in communication. Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest and Cutler Bay look forward to increased Fire Rescue presence along Old Cutler Road. Station 62 is set to open a temporary station near the end of July/early August while the permanent station is being built at 142 and Old Cutler. We continue to work with our County partners for another station slated for the south end of Palmetto Bay. Please keep up with all the events, meetings and ongoing public works projects going on in our village through the official village website: palmettobay-fl.gov. I also keep up on issues through my blog found at eugeneflinn.com. My direct e-mail is eflinn@palmettobay-fl.gov. You may also reach out to the entire five-member Village Council by sending a single e-mail to: council@palmettobay-fl.gov. Thank you. Have a happy and safe summer!

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A Commitment to Confidence

Questions about cosmetic surgery? Here are answers to some of the most common concerns… What does it mean to be board certified in plastic surgery? To become a board certified plastic surgeon, one must undergo five to seven years of rigorous post-doctorate training at an approved learning institution. Prior to receiving the certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery, one must pass an arduous set of written and oral exams.

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EAD OVER TO DR. DEIRDRE MARSHALL’S Instagram page and you’ll find an eclectic mix of images. Sprinkled in between the before-and-after’s, laugh-out-loud plastic surgery memes and candid images of the Marshall Cosmetique staff you’ll find inspiring (and jawdropping) snaps of the cosmetic surgeon running, biking and swimming her way through the Alcatraz Triathlon — visual proof of her dedication to health and happiness. In fact, Dr. Marshall is one of Florida’s leading physicians in the area of plastic surgery. For the last 20 years she has held medical licenses in three states, as well as two board certifications in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In 2009, Dr. Marshall was named to South Florida’s “Super Doctors” list. In addition, she is considered an expert breast reconstruction and pediatric craniofacial and hand surgeon. She has taken several overseas surgical missions to Vietnam and various locations in Central and South America to educate and provide treatment to children in indigent and poverty stricken areas. A graduate of Yale University, Dr. Marshall completed her medical degree at the Stanford School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, where she did her internship and residency in a combined program in general surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Marshall has also completed fellowship training in hand and microsurgery in Paris and cosmetic surgery in Miami Beach. She opened Marshall Cosmétique,

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a leading Miami cosmetic and reconstructive surgery center in 1993. Today, the doctor dedicates her time to both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, performing procedures on both the body and face including breast implants, liposuction, tummy tucks, face and neck lifts, nose reshaping and eyelid lifts. On the reconstructive side, Dr. Marshall is aware of the effects that genetic defects, infection, tumors, disease and trauma can have on normal functioning and appearance. Throughout the years, Dr. Marshall has become the number one referral option from oncologists in Miami when it comes to breast reconstruction after a breast cancer surgery. Years of experience performing reconstructive cosmetic surgery that creates a normal, anatomical appearance, have given her a well-deserved reputation for artistry and excellence. Her caring and experienced staff know it can be hard to go through reconstructive surgery, but assure patients they are in good hands. “We will make sure you have all the attention and care you need to obtain the results you want,” says Dr. Marshall. “I am well aware of the impact this procedure will have on patients and I will make sure they leave our practice satisfied with the results.” Marshall Cosmétique is located at 6360 Sunset Dr, South Miami, FL 33143. For more information, please visit www.marshallcosmetique.com or call 305.663-5790.

What procedures does Dr. Marshall perform? Dr. Deirdre Marshall regularly performs the following procedures: • Cosmetic procedures related to the face, neck and trunk. • Benign (non-cancer) and malignant (cancerous) tumors of the head, neck, skin and soft tissues. • Traumatic injuries of the bony facial skeleton and hand as well as soft tissue injuries of any part of the body. • Surgery of the jaw and facial skeleton. • Reconstructive surgery following removal of cancer resulting in disfigurement of any part of the body including the face, breasts and/or trunk.

What can be done to address facial aging? Facial aging can normally be attributed to the natural aging process, heredity and lifestyle. The most common facial rejuvenation procedure is the facelift. A facelift tightens and lifts excess skin on the face and neck. Additional procedures are available to improve the appearance of the eyes, cheeks, chin and neck. Wrinkles of the face may be best treated by minimally-invasive skin rejuvenation products.

Does Dr. Marshall treat men as well as women? Although many plastic surgery patients are women, Marshall Cosmétique can meet the cosmetic needs of men as well. From rejuvenation procedures like chin and neck reshaping to face and eyelid lifting to body contouring surgery to eliminate gynecomastia, Dr. Marshall realizes the importance of meeting the cosmetic needs of men as well as women.

What does cosmetic surgery cost? Cosmetic surgery is elective and rarely covered by insurance plans. Costs vary based on the procedure. Dr. Deirdre Marshall offers financing for liposuction, breast augmentation, face lifts, tummy tucks and more.


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HOSE LITTLE PINK TORTURE CHAMBERS; OH HOW DANCers love them and dream about floating along on their satiny tips. Aspiring ballerinas all over the world just can’t wait to go up on pointe! Why? For one, they are a rite of passage that indicates that a trained ballet dancer has “made it” to a certain level in ballet. They also represent all that is beautiful in ballet. That beautiful pink satin, those laces, that look of gliding across the floor effortlessly… those are just a few of the reasons why these special shoes are coveted so dearly. It takes a lot to get up on pointe, and it should not be taken on lightly. A dancer should be of a certain age, level of technique and commitment, as well as have the appropriate strength in her feet, ankles and legs. I would also recommend that a new pointe student get fitted in her new pointe shoes by her teacher. While our local dance store, Dance Plus, has excellent fitters that I love, I know my students’ feet better than they do, so I always go with first-timers. There are two major things that make up a pointe shoe: the box and the shank. The box is what a dancer stands on and supports the dancer’s toes. The shank is a hard piece of material that serves as a support for the arch. There are about a million different ways these two things can be manipulated to create different kinds of shoes for different kinds of feet. People come in all shapes and sizes and so do pointe shoes. Some boxes are really hard and come up high on the toes and some are broad and provide a great platform for balancing. Additionally, shanks come in different styles as well. Hard shanks are usually for dancers that have high arches and/or weak feet. Medium to soft shanks are for dancers that may not have archy feet or who want to be able to put their shoes on and perform without much break-in time. With that being said, pointe shoes do have to be “broken in” and that is a ritual that is different for every dancer. Breaking in pointe shoes is basically softening them up to conform to your individual foot. Some common ways are wetting the box a bit to conform to your bunion, stepping on the box to soften it up, cutting the shank of the shoe to fit your own arch, and some dancers even darn the tips of the pointe shoes for better balancing. It really is a procedure that is different for each individual dancer. Recently I tried on about 25 pairs of pointe shoes and each one fit differently than the next. For example, Grishko, which is a brand of pointe shoes, has four different styles of pointe shoes available at Dance Plus. The Ulanova, 2007, Elite and Fouette are all available but there are at least ten other styles of Grishkos in production. Within the four styles that Dance Plus offers, there are a variety of sizes, widths and shank strengths which make it difficult, but also fun, to find the correct shoe for each dancer. Along with Grishko, there are other brands such as Capezio, Bloch and Freed, which also have several different styles to offer. So when a dancer heads to a dance store to get fitted they should be prepared to try on tons of shoes. It is a process, but it is rewarding when you find the perfect shoe. It is also quite common for a dancer’s foot to change shape after spending time on pointe which usually results in having to find another perfect shoe every time the foot changes. Bunions grow, calluses form and sometimes the foot gets a bit smaller; this is all part of the pointe shoe process. Lots of dancers, teachers and students say pointe hurts and causes all sorts of foot problems, but I have to say that is not true. Of course standing on the tips of your toes will feel different, but if the student has been fitted properly and is of the proper age and strength, pointe should not hurt. Sure, certainly students might get blisters once in awhile, but so do pitchers, soccer players, gymnasts and violinists, to name a few. In this ex-dancer’s opinion, the beauty and the technical challenge far outweigh any blister or toe pain; judging by how many ballerinas are out there and how many ballerinas I have put up on pointe, they all feel the same! Opening its doors in 2008, Soul Purpose Studio has become the place to train in advanced ballet thanks in part to Alison’s very well-respected name in the community. The studio offers ballet class from ages 3-18 as well as Pilates and Yoga. Alison primarily teaches the Pre-Professional program which is ages 10-18 as well as all of the Pilates classes and absolutely loves what she does every single day! For more information, please visit soulpurposestudio.net or theballetspace.com.


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Brisk Summer Market BY FRANK DEVALDIVIELSO

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NE FORM TO MEASURE THE MARKET IS TO LOOK AT the number of homes for sale and compare that with the number of homes that have recently sold (closed sales, or CS) and with the number of homes that are under contract (pending sales, or PS). With the results you can determine which type of market we’re in. If there are less than six months of inventory it’s considered a sellers’ market, when home prices appreciate. Between six and seven months it is considered at neutral market where home prices will only appreciate with inflation. Greater than seven months is considered a buyer’s market where home prices will depreciate. So, what’s in your market? According to the Multi-Listing Service, in Palmetto Bay there are 179 homes available for sale (active-A). In the last six months 159 have sold (CS) which is an average of 26.5 per month and an additional 59 are under contract (PS). That equates to 6.7 months of inventory based on closed sales and 4 months based on pending sales. The closed sales had a median list price of $600,000 and the median sales price is $500,000. In Pinecrest there are 256 homes active for sale. In the last The Impact of Monthly Housing six months 115 have sold (CS) Inventory on Home Prices GREATER THAN 7 MONTHS which is an average of 19.2 per BETWEEN 6-7 MONTHS month and an additional 51 are LESS THAN BUYERS 6 MONTHS under contract (PS). That is 13 NEUTRAL MARKET months of inventory based on Home prices SELLERS MARKET CS and 6 months based on PS. will depreciate Home prices MARKET The median list prices for CS was will only Home prices appreciate with $1,200,000 and the median sales will appreciate inflation price was $800,000. There is a disparity between what sellers ask for and what buyers are willing to pay. That is very different than what happened in the boom market of 2001 to 2005 where buyers would line up and pay whatever sellers asked for. In fact, there were multiple offers and the market was very heated favoring sellers. We all know how that turned, and how quickly it did so if you were here for the bust of 2006-2010. We’re now in recovery mode since 2011. Home Price Expectation for 2016 projected by a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists is 3.7% In the current local market buyers have plenty of options and are demanding that homes be in very good condition. Again this month an out of town buyer, this one moving down from Chicago, was surprised at how some sellers put very little effort in showcasing their home for buyers, and ask for so much money. We’ve heard that multiple times this year. Buyers will consider the cost of putting the house to current standards and discount the cost from the fair market value of the home, which is not usually the same as the list price. That gap is why so many homes remain for sale. There are plenty of buyers looking for homes right now. The crunch period is here for those that want to be in the right school district before the beginning of the school year. The 30 year fixed mortgage rates are contributing to buyers’ ability to increase their price point. What better place than Palmetto Bay and Pinecrest? If you’re thinking that it’s time to move consider speaking with your agent about fair market value and buyer’s expectations. We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you. 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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Kendall Regional Brings a New Level of Care to South Florida BY ANDREA CARNEIRO

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Regional was making in trauma.”) and looks forward to not only continuing to grow KRMC’s reputation as a regional teaching hospital, but adding additional training in critical care by 2018.

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past the adult and child would have been separated and sent to different hospitals,” he says, noting that KRMC can handle patients from Key West to Miami and offers 24/7 visitation for families. “We can now bring them both to one place and even arrange for them to be close to each other [within the hospital].” The recognition also brings benefits in the form of high-caliber doctors who are attracted to working within a Level I center. “It attracts both those who want to learn a specialty and those who want to be inside because they know that it’s a mark of success,” says McKenney. The doctor is also proud of a recently launched residency program that blends both medicine and surgery. “Older patients with medical issues can truly benefit from both teams,” he says of the program. Now that the provisional Level I has been awarded, KRMC will go through a site survey sometime over the next six months before the “provisional” is removed after the first year. For his part, McKenney says he is honored to offer the highest quality of care (Says the medical director of his decision to join the center five years ago, “I really saw the commitment that Kendall

Kendall Regional Medical Center, an award-winning 417-bed hospital, is recognized for providing a wide array of services to the residents of South Florida, as well as visitors from around the world. We offer 24-hour comprehensive medical, surgical and diagnostic services, including trauma and burn care, pediatrics and maternity services, an orthopedic and spine institute, along with patient and community services. For over 40 years, we have been committed to expanding and improving every facet of the organization, devoting significant time and resources to enhancing the facility, staff and medical care. Kendall Regional Medical Center has grown into a major tertiary-care teaching facility, with an outstanding staff that includes more than 700 physicians and specialists and over 1,700 employees, all of whom place importance in making our patients feel welcome and comfortable.


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O, YOU ARE A LANDLORD AND YOU RENT OUT A PROPERTY THAT YOU bought at foreclosure for investment and have simply and cleanly restored in an effort to create income. You do the legwork to protect your property: you check the background of the proposed tenant, check their credit, interview them, collect a security deposit for damages etc…. You find what you think is the ideal tenant. You lease to them, renewing each year, month after month because they always pay on time. They never complain that anything is broken and you are ok with that because you love not having to spend more money. You also do not inspect because you do not have the time. Suddenly, the tenants do not want to renew anymore and advise they will be moving out and they hand in the keys at the end of the month. When you go to show the property to the realtor so she can rent it out, you find that the tenant has damaged the property. They left trash behind. The property needs repainting. Most of the appliances do not work. Moreover, the air conditioner is hardly cooling because of all the pet hair from the pet you did not know was kept indoors. To boot, the edges of some of the floorboards and kitchen or bathroom cabinets have little teeth marks. Can you keep their security deposit? The answer to that question is what many tenants and landlords want to know, and the answer is: it depends. It depends on whether the landlord sent a timely notice in the method and form required by law, and on whether the landlord can prove the tenant damaged the property. If a landlord cannot prove that the tenant was the one who damaged the property, the landlord will learn an expensive lesson. Florida Statutes provide that the prevailing party in a lawsuit over a security deposit is entitled to receive attorney’s fees and costs. (See Fla. Stat. 83.49(3)(c).) In a recent case, Belmyers LLC. V. Daniel Bart, et al. 23 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 1037a, the court stated that a court of law does not assume that a rental unit was in pristine condition before a tenant moved in. The landlord must prove the property was in pristine condition and that requires evidence, such as walkthrough checklists and pictures and/or video. The landlord must also prove that the damage was caused by the tenant. For example, in the same recent case mentioned above, the tenants argued the property was handed to them with the problems for which the landlord was trying to keep their security deposit to fix. Because evidence such as pictures prior to move in and executed checklists were absent from the record, the court determined the landlord did not carry its burden and did not prove that the tenant had damaged the property. Pictures of the damages after the tenant had vacated did not prove the tenant had caused the damages. It is important for a landlord consult an attorney prior to a decision to keep a tenant’s security deposit because if you cannot prove the tenant caused the damages, you could end up losing more money than just what you spent to repair the damages caused by the tenant. You are even more likely to see the same negative results if you do not send proper notices to the tenant explaining that you are keeping their security deposit, in compliance with Florida law. Omaida Delgado, Esq. is the Managing Partner and Founder of Law Office of Omaida Delgado, P.A. Ms. Delgado practices in the areas of Real Estate Closings, Refinance title work, Foreclosure and Modifications, Landlord Tenant Issues, Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Traffic Citations. She also has over 20-years experience in the Air Freight Industry and Business Administration. The Law Office of Omaida Delgado, P.A. is a general practice firm based in Doral, FL that represents corporate and individual clients in transactional and litigation matters thoughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties. For more information, please visit www.lawyermeup.com or call 305.888.8896.

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Mayberry Does Exist in Mt. Airy, North Carolina BY DEBBIE MARTINEZ

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HERE HAVE BEEN MANY TIMES IN MY LIFE where I have sat back and longed to live in Mayberry, a town where everyone knows you, kids are watched over and neighbors are neighbors. So when I got the call to do a story on Mt. Airy, I jumped on it. I figured if it was the home of Andy Griffith, well it just had to be Mayberry. Rounding the corner into town I felt like any moment I would see Barney Fife’s patrol car. This was Mayberry, this was Hometown, USA, with all the old brick storefronts, Floyd’s Barber Shop, Wally’s Service Station, Opie’s Candy Store and one shop in particular that caught my eye, Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies. Her storefront window was enticing with a vast array of cobblers. When I ordered the peach one, I was told they are not cobblers but Zonkers and there is in fact a Zonker Trail where you can hit up seven different establishments that serve Zonker. After Miss Angel herself served me up a big portion and then let me try others, I was convinced this was far better than any cobbler I had ever had. The Andy Griffith Museum was my next stop and I really could have stayed longer than I did. Everything Mayberry was there; his uniform, his office, pictures and the audio self-guided tour is a must. In an adjacent building is a smaller museum on Chang and Eng Bunker, the famous Siamese twins. If you have the time, watch the video in its entirety, as I found it pretty fascinating. Not sure I was ready for lunch after that fabulous Zonker, but I had heard you shouldn’t miss going to Snappy Lunch for their famous pork chop sandwich.

I could only eat a portion of it since it was so big and I was excited to get to my next Mayberry experiencethe Squad Car Tour. Walking up to Wally’s Service Station I could see Barney’s squad car waiting for me. I was deputized, placed in the front seat and, with the siren blaring, we pulled out onto Main Street. “Barney” gave a great tour with all kinds of interesting and fun facts. We drove by the quarry, old churches and Andy’s childhood home. This, I have to say, was the highlight of my trip. . A dinner and wine tasting at the Harvest Grill at Shelton Vineyards was a beautiful way to end my first night in town Rounding out my weekend trip back in time was a stop at the historic Earle Theatre to listen to an open mic session. A stop off at the Mayberry Spirits Distillery where everything moonshine is made, including soap.

The owner is a former monk and gives quite an informative and hilarious presentation of his journey from monk to moonshine. Not to be left out of your must-do list is dinner and drinks at The Loaded Goat and a spin by the Mayberry Sock Exchange where you will go sock crazy for very little money. And by all means, rest your Zonker-filled tummy at Mayberry Motor Inn where Alma, the owner will give you a tour of her Aunt Bee room; a collection from Bavier’s estate and will even dress up like her right down to the pearls. Leaving town I remembered a quote from Andy, “That’s the main thing, ain’t it? That’s the goal that every individual is shooting’ for, ain’t it? It’s kinda the prize of the game-to be happy.” And happy you are in Mt. Airy.

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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Gums Health: A Very Serious Matter BY MARTHA RESTREPO, SOUTH MIAMI FAMILY DENTAL

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AVING BEEN WORKING AS AN OFFICE MANAGER FOR SEVERAL YEARS now, you would think I would know a lot about dentistry by now and I have, but it wasn’t until my son got his braces that I realized how fast healthy pink gums can become red and swollen from poor oral hygiene. Yes, it happens to dentist’s kids too…. You know the saying, “The shoemaker’s son always goes barefoot’.” So I began reading more about it and found some interesting information that can come handy to all of you.

Recognizing Gum Disease When teeth aren’t kept clean, bacteria start to grow in the mouth. Bacteria can cause inflammation and, over time, lead to the development of gum disease. Gum disease doesn’t actually cause pain or discomfort as it begins to develop, making it more difficult to recognize at first so be at the look for the following symptoms: red, swollen, or tender gums; bleeding while brushing or flossing; a receding gum line; sensitive teeth; and a metal taste in the mouth. When not taken care, these symptoms can develop into periodontitis, which leads to infected pockets of germy pus. This may result in losing bone and even your teeth.

Diabetics are More at Risk for Dental Problems Emerging research suggests that the relationship between serious gum disease and diabetes is two-way. If your blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, you are more likely to develop serious gum disease and lose more teeth than non-diabetics. Like all infections, serious gum disease may be a factor in causing blood sugar to rise and may make diabetes harder to control. Other oral problems associated with diabetes include: thrush, an infection caused by fungus that grows in the mouth, and dry mouth which can cause soreness, ulcers, infections and cavities.

Healthy Gums Healthy Heart Your gums are full of blood vessels, and your mouth is full of bacteria. When periodontitis is present bacteria gets into your bloodstream. These bacteria can go anywhere and trigger inflammation throughout your body including the heart. Recent studies have shown that people with periodontal disease are 2.7 times more likely to suffer a heart attack.

Prevention Begins at Home Prevention of gum disease begins at home and if you are consistent you will see those gums healing fast when detected at an early stage. You have to keep a good hygiene routine and make sure your children do too. Believe me, deep cleanings are expensive and if you do not have insurance to cover a good portion of it, you will not be very happy. »» Brush at least two minutes twice daily. Take special care along the gum line to remove any food and bacteria. Be gentle with your gums. A soft brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Sometimes a soft electric toothbrush with a built-in timer is a good option. »» Floss, floss, floss. Floss removes food and bacteria that brushing can’t, preventing the formation of plaque and related gum health issues. If you struggle with traditional floss, you may opt for an interdental cleaner or water pic. But honestly nothing will be more beneficial than flossing. »» Use a mouthwash. Mouthwash, in combination with brushing and flossing helps to reduce plaque buildup, thereby preventing gum irritation. But it should never be used as a substitute for tooth brushing. If you do not feel comfortable using alcohol or fluoride-containing mouth washes you can try saltwater rinses made at home. »» Eat a healthy diet – A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and fatty fish not only provides all essential nutrients, but helps suppress inflammation. Avoiding starchy and sugary foods helps to decrease plaque and potential for gum disease. Don’t let you or your family suffer from gum disease. By taking steps to understand, recognize, and prevent gum disease, you can enjoy a healthy smile, gums included:)

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Routine Home Care Continuous Care at Home General Inpatient Care Respite Care

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 together 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 the person who is ill, but the entire family as well. The family and patient are the “unit of care” for hospice professionals. At times, other family members may actually need more attention than the patient.

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F YOU HAVE EVER GOTTEN DIVORCED, YOU WILL ALWAYS remember the moment in time when you realized your life was changing forever. I do. I remember where I was standing when that fateful text came through on his phone and I saw it. I remember the ground opening up in slow motion and me falling like Alice through the rabbit hole only to look up from below to see a very tiny prick of light so very far above and wondering how was I ever going to reach it again. But you do and as you climb your way up, you learn and you grow and you emerge into the sunlight a different person. Friends always asked, “How did you do it?” and as Peter Pan said, “Faith, trust and a little bit of Pixie dust.” Well, actually, my Pixie dust came in the form of 3x5 index cards that lined my bathroom mirror. It worked so well for me I have passed this exercise of empowerment onto my clients. Below you will find motivational/empowerment quotes I used. Write them on 3x5 cards and keep them on your bathroom counter. Every morning flip through them till one jumps out at you and tape it on your mirror. Sometimes I had three-to-five up there at one time because I felt they were so inspiring. Now, here is an added bonus, my kids saw them as well. One day I walked into my son’s room and he had two of his own on his mirror. By doing this, you are constantly empowering yourself and in the process teaching your children how to find the light in the darkness. »» How do you view your life? Are you a victim or an explorer on a quest for a new and exciting life? »» I am developing a new image of myself. I am a warrior. I have strength and peace. I am in control. I am not a victim. »» It’s not so much what is happening in that moment or in our lives. It’s our thoughts about what is happening that causes us great stress. Control your thoughts and you control the situation. »» Always listen to your heart. Do not let it harden. »» The fear of something is always greater than the thing you fear. »» “The point was to free yourself from something that costs your heart even more.”- Paulo Coelho »» “Everything that begins also ends. Make peace with that and all will be well.”- Buddha »» “In the midst of winter, I discovered within me an invincible summer.”- Albert Camus »» Slide your Katharine Hepburn glasses on and face the day. »» A person can justify anything. Don’t let their justification become your reality. »» Surround yourself with positive people and activities »» Divorce is a sad, traumatic “time” in one’s life. Don’t make it a “lifetime” event. »» When you fall into that abyss, take a deep breath, put it all into perspective and climb out. No relationship is worth residence there. »» Divorce is not the worst thing that can happen, losing yourself is the worst thing. »» Do not let fear cloud your decisions. »» Whoever angers you, controls you. People always say this is a new chapter but I say, “Hell, this is a new book and I am the writer, the director and the heroine.” You be the same and I’ll see you on the New York times bestseller list! Debbie Martinez, MA is a certified, mindful life coach specializing in divorce (aka: heartbreak coach). She professionally coaches clients on how to avoid the breakup backlash and live better, not bitter. As a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator trained in collaborative divorce, Debbie gives clients the tools they need to successfully untie the knot and stand strong in the wake of adversity. She brings her formal training and life experience into her coaching practice to empower and educate clients through their divorce journey and onto new beginnings. You can contact Debbie at debbie@thepowerofdivorcecoach.com.


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It provides Adequate Moisture Intake With Their Food. Regardless of whether you are feeding dry food, homemade and fresh food or raw food, increased moisture is of great benefit to your companion animal’s overall health. Dry food (kibble, cookies, etc.) is formulated in direct contradiction to a dog’s and cat’s natural diet. A species appropriate diet for a dog and cat is high in moisture content.

Prevention, Treatment of Arthritis, Cancer Bone broth made from organic grass-fed animal bones is a good source of MSM (a form of naturally occurring sulfur) that is present in all vertebrates. Dogs with cancer (humans as well) are often found to be deficient in sulfur. Sulfur performs multiple actions that make it difficult for cancer and inflammation to spread. MSM also protects against oxidative stress by supporting the body’s ability to produce glutathione. Glutathione is one of the most important antioxidants produced naturally by the body and it can not be produced without sulfur. MSM is also used to help alleviate symptoms of arthritis. Strengthens collagen an amino acid that gives strength to many structures in the body (i.e. bone, connective tissue, skeletal muscles, etc.). Healthy collagen helps to hamper the spread of cancer and helps to repair the damage from chemotherapy. It helps to rebalance the body’s pH level from acidic to alkaline. Most dogs, cats and people that are suffering from cancer have an acidified body pH level.

Restorative Digestive Health If your dog or cat has just experienced a bout of diarrhea and you have fasted him/ her for a day and you want to start re-introducing food to his/her diet you can start by offering your dog or cat a bowl of bone broth. Bone broth, when made properly, is rich in nutrients and easy on the digestive system. If your dog or cat has leaky guy syndrome bone broth can help with cell repair. Bone broth contains substances that are important for intestinal cell health these substances are collagen, gelatin, glycine and proline.

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United Way of Miami-Dade Young Leaders hosted its 4th annual mural painting volunteer project at Coral Terrace Elementary. More than 50 young professionals rolled up their sleeves and gave of their time to paint a mural inspired by Miami-based artist, Michael Halley. Since the project’s inception, three other MiamiDade County Public Schools have been beautified: Citrus Grove Elementary, G.W. Carver Elementary and Paul Laurence Dunbar K-8 Center.

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Nathan B. Zeder and Daniel J. Diaz Leyva recently received Palmer Trinity School’s (PTS) Distinguished Alumni Awards. Nathan B. Zeder, who graduated in 1998, received the Founders’ Alumni Award, recognizing those who have demonstrated honor, courage and leadership, and who have helped to fulfill the vision of Palmer Trinity School’s founders. Daniel J. Diaz Leyva received the Head of School’s Alumni Award, recognizing distinguished service to the community and exemplifying Palmer Trinity School’s mission. Additionally, Arasay Guerra, Coach Michelle (Brenner) Mondell and Michael Haggard were inducted into Palmer Trinity’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

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