SEPTEMBER 2016 EDITION
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Dr. Luis E Roca II, M.D., FACOG
The Power of Words
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MIAMI SPICE Calling all foodies! Miami Spice is an annual showcase of Miami’s hip culinary scene. Enjoy three course menus prepared by Miami’s hottest chefs at the best restaurants in the city for good value prices (lunch $23 and dinner $39).
Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks is the first major exhibition focused on Jean-Michel Basquiat’s notebooks, filled with poetry fragments, word play, sketches, and personal observations ranging from street life and popular culture to themes of race, class, and world history. This exhibition features 160 pages of these rarely seen documents along with related works on paper and large-scale paintings. pamm.org
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NICOLE HENRY AT SMDAC In this special appearance at the South MiamiDade Cultural Arts Center, Nicole Henry goes back twelve years to when she first discovered the Great American Songbook. Reviving performances from her first three CD releases and songs that established her as a worldrenowned jazz vocalist. Nicole Henry explores songs by Harold Arlen, George & Ira Gershwin, Lerner & Loewe and more! smdcac.org
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Playing is learning in this new hands-on children’s exhibit. Discover how cities are created, explore building materials, construct with building blocks, design a skyscraper, or curl up with a good read in our Book Nook. Children ages 2 through 12 and their parents and guardians are encouraged to visit and play. coralgablesmuseum.org
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NOCHE FLAMENCA: GALA DINNER WITH FLAMENCO SHOWS Join us for an unforgettable Spanish Soirée at our award winning restaurant Dining Room! Enjoy a four-course Prix-Fixe meal plus two amazing flamenco shows featuring the best Spaniard singer/guitarist Paco Fonta and two professional flamenco dancers Maria Mercedes and Jorge Robledo. 8 pm and 9:30 pm; Bellmont Spanish Restaurant, 339 Miracle Mile
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KANYE WEST : SAINT PABLO TOUR For the first time, Kanye will bring to life songs from his seventh consecutive #1 album The Life Of Pablo, which made history as the first album to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart based on streaming only. aaarena.com
In an artsy small town, an unlikely collection of strangers sign up for Marty’s “Adult Creative Drama” class. Unfolding like a charmingly funny indie film, the group plays Marty’s imaginative (and sometimes awkward) theatre games. But as their relationships develop over the course of the summer, the seemingly silly games generate some real-life drama. areastagecompany.com
MIAMI FASHION FILM FESTIVAL Offering a close and colorful look at the creative and fast-paced world of the fashion industry, screenings include documentaries, designer brand and experimental shorts, fashion-in-film classics as well as the style-filled movies that have inspired our love of fashion. miaff.com
BRIDAL EXPO AT THALATTA ESTATE
Planning a wedding or anniversary party? Then you don’t want to miss this event. The annual Palmetto Bay Bridal Expo attracts top notch vendors to meet all your needs for a special event while you enjoy the stunning Thalatta Estate on the beautiful Biscayne Bay. Meet dozens of event planners and caterers, enjoy live DJ music and check out all the amenities and beauty that Thalatta Estate has to offer. 5-8 pm; thalattaestate.com
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CITY'S ANNEXATION INITIATIVE FOR LITTLE GABLES AND HIGH PINES MOVES FORWARD The City Commission agreed recently to move forward with the annexation process to incorporate the Little Gables and High Pines neighborhoods into Coral Gables. On July 26, the City Commission heard a presentation addressing the feasibility of annexing both neighborhoods that are surrounded on three sides by properties already in Coral Gables. The next step in the process is to discuss the annexation proposal with neighborhood residents and gauge community support primarily through local meetings in the annexation areas. Petitions supporting the City’s annexation proposal will be sought from 20 percent of registered voters in each area. Following this step, the City Commission will hold a public hearing with mailed notice to all residents within Little Gables and High Pines, and those within 600 feet outside the boundaries. Any resident of Coral Gables may attend this hearing and express their opinion. If the City Commission determines at the hearing that the annexation will be in the best interest of the City and has substantial local support, they could vote to submit a formal application to Miami-Dade County for review and approval, a process estimated to take about 12-15 months.
The Coral Gables Police Department’s K9 Roy, a 5 year-old Belgian Malinois, is set to receive a bullet-and stabproof vest donated by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and Wayne Stathers of Key Largo, Florida.
Congratulations to Coral Gables Television, recipient of seven Telly Awards for outstanding local cable television programs. More than 13,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries were received this year.
The 25th Anniversary of the Coral Gables Community Foundation was celebrated during the July 26th City Commission meeting with a proclamation from the Mayor and City Commissioners. Board members and past Foundation Chairmen were present as the City Commission proclaimed July 26th as “Coral Gables Community Foundation Day” in Coral Gables.
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South Miami Police Sergeant Henry Guzman retired from the force on August 5 after 18 years with the department. Sgt. Guzman worked in a variety of assignments including uniform patrol, criminal investigations, explorer advisor, bicycle patrol, community affairs, field training officer, public information officer and criminal investigations supervisor and acting commander.
More than 50 volunteers came together to finish a mural at the Gibson-Bethel Community Center thanks to ArtSouth, Miami Dade College, Global Ties Miami, and a group of dignitaries from the United Kingdom.
South Miami is urging the MiamiDade County commission to reject a request to rezone an area off of Sunset Drive that would house a possible charter school. The city is citing traffic concerns and other transportation issues.
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HERE’S A NEW FOUR LETTER WORD IN TOWN AND IT’S BEEN INESCAPABLE for the population of South Florida this summer: Zika. The virus that’s taken hold of the area (and the world) is transmitted by mosquitoes and causes only a brief, mild flu-like illness in most but is extremely dangerous to pregnant women; Zika-related birth defects have now been declared an international public health emergency. We spoke with Dr. Luis Roca of South Miami Women’s Health to find out the what, where and how of this year’s most notorious virus.
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Take precautions. Unfortunately we are now in an area where Zika infection has been documented and although it seems to have been contained you can not be too safe. Use mosquito repellants and long sleeves/pants, avoid prolonged exposures outside if possible and certainly avoid affected areas, and finally empty any containers or vessels with standing water that you may have outdoors.
HOW CONCERNED SHOULD WOMEN BE ABOUT THE VIRUS, BOTH THOSE WHO ARE PREGNANT AND THOSE WHO MAY BE LOOKING TO GET PREGNANT IN THE NEAR FUTURE? Although rare, Zika is still a real threat and women and their partners shouldn’t put themselves at risk.. Women thinking of getting pregnant may want to hold off for a month or two until we are sure it’s been contained and also gives them that eight-week window that women who have tested positive need to wait before attempting pregnancy.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A ZIKA TEST AND WHO SHOULD GET ONE? Any woman who is pregnant (and her partner) living in Miami-Dade should discuss testing options with her physician. Certainly, those that have had symptoms of Zika or have been in the Wynwood area should be screened for Zika infection.
WHAT’S THE TREATMENT FOR SOMEONE WHO TESTS POSITIVE? Unfortunately there is no treatment. Women who are pregnant and test positive will be monitored closely with frequent ultrasounds to check for adequate growth of their baby.
SHOULD YOUNG WOMEN THINK ABOUT PUTTING OFF GETTING PREGNANT UNTIL THE VIRUS IS BETTER UNDERSTOOD/UNDER CONTROL IN MIAMI? I don’t think it would hurt to wait a month or two while we ensure there are no more outbreaks in Miami-Dade County.
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IF SOMEONE CONTRACTS ZIKA, HOW WILL THAT AFFECT THEIR FUTURE PREGNANCY PLANS? Women who test positive should wait at least eight weeks before getting pregnant and if their partner tests positive, it is recommended that they wait six months before attempting pregnancy.
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The Power of Words BY BRENNEN LOPEZ
OU JUST FINISHED THE LESSON TODAY AND YOU HAVE A TEST TOMORrow? That’s retarded.” “That hat makes you look like a retard.” The definition of retard is a slowing down, diminution, or hindrance, as in a machine. Many decades ago, the word retard or retarded was used in both medicine and law as a way to describe persons with intellectual disabilities. While that is no longer the case (federal and state laws and the medical community now properly use the terms intellectual disability or intellectual disabilities) an unfortunate result of that dated description is that has become a slang term used to insult someone or something. I have a young cousin who is intellectually disabled, but other than the fact that he doesn’t process information as I do or as his brother or many others do, that doesn’t mean anyone has the right to insult him or anyone else who’s different. I know that most people don’t use the word with the actual intent to hurt someone. However, I believe that if people took the time to consider how the word was used in the past (and still by many) and the impact that it has, they would think twice before using it. I am a member of the Youth Activation Committee of Special Olympics FloridaMiami Dade and one of our main focuses right now is the R-Word Awareness campaign. The R-Word Awareness campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-Word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people, like my little cousin. While I’ve gotten support for the campaign, I also have had people tell me that using the word is no big deal and that it’s not hurting anyone. But it is a big deal, and it does hurt so many people. When you refer to something as “retarded,” you are insulting my cousin and everyone in the special needs community. Lately, our society has been focused on being politically correct... and I think that’s important to help all of us get along better. But that should include everyone who’s different. Just like no one has the right to call anyone else a slang word or derogatory term, it’s important to not use the word retard to refer to someone with intellectual disabilities, to try to insult someone, or to refer to something that doesn’t seem right. I’m hoping to help raise awareness and instill compassion for special needs children at my school and in my community. To that end, I’m asking everyone to please take the pledge at r-word.org/r-word-pledge.aspx. Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions. Hopefully, together we can change the R-word to Respect.
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THE CHILDREN’S FUND FOR GSD RESEARCH BACKGROUND Just four short years ago, Pinecrest native Gussin had never heard of Glycogen Storage Disease, but when her son Jamie was born with the disease she got a crash course in living with the genetic disorder. After being introduced to other families in the GSD community, Gussin (who owns the Downtown Dadeland, West Kendall and Doral locations of Lime Fresh Mexican Grill with husband, Grant) learned of The Children’s Fund and immediately set out to help them work toward their goal — a cure. “I knew that I wanted to immediately get involved and jump into fundraising to help Jamie and other kids with GSD as actively and as best possible,” says Gussin. “I became a board member and now am the co-chair of our annual fundraising event.” ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S FUND AND GSD1 Established by Wendy and David Feldman in 2002 after the birth of their son Jonah, the foundation is run by parents, family and friends of children affected by GSD1. And what is GSD1? Glycogen Storage Disease Type 1a is a rare genetic metabolic disorder centered in the liver. In children afflicted with GSD1, a specific enzyme that breaks down certain carbohydrates, including glycogen, is either missing or not functioning properly. Because of the missing /impaired enzyme, the body cannot create glucose from glycogen and it is difficult to maintain normal blood sugar levels between meals without constant feedings. Dangerous by-products, in combination with low blood sugar, leads to numerous complications including impaired breathing, seizures, coma and death if a very strict dietary regimen is not followed. “The Children’s Fund is the only foundation in existence that raises money to support research for GSD1a,” says Gussin. “In addition to caring for our children, a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week responsibility with grave consequences if extreme vigilance is not practiced, we work tirelessly to raise money and to support exciting research. Dogs born with GSD have been cured via gene therapy and we are beyond hopeful that human clinical trials will commence in the very near future.”
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SPREADING THE WORD Because the Children’s Fund is run almost entirely by volunteers who have a family connection to the disease, the daily work of education and fundraising is an extremely personal undertaking. “GSD is so rare that it is considered an orphan disease, which means it gets no federal funding,” she says. “Without the families of kids with GSD raising money, GSD will not have the funding needed to help us accomplish our goals of curing this disease.” On a daily basis that means raising awareness, working with local news and media outlets and planning events throughout the country. “A cure is so close, but we can’t get there without fundraising,” says Gussin.
ROCKING ON Gussin’s South Florida gala, which takes place this year on October 1, is the single largest fundraising event of the year for the foundation, with every cent raised going directly to research. “We’ve had close to 400 people in attendance each year,” she says. “We work hard on changing the venue and theme each year to keep our guests engaged and excited for the event.” This year’s event takes place at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, with a theme of “Rock the Night for GSD.” “We have an amazing community surrounding us that help keep our cause relevant,” says Gussin.
For more information on GSD1 and the October 1 Gala visit curegsd.org
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NARCISO RODRIGUEZ: AN EXERCISE IN MINIMALISM
October 9, 2016 – January 8, 2017
For its first couture exhibition, the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU will showcase designs by Cuban-American fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez as well as never-before-seen archival materials, original sketches, video and works of art, selected by the designer to showcase the influence of the visual arts on his creations.
SUSAN HILLER AT PAMM
October 14, 2016 – April 30, 2017 The Gables High graduate and multi-media pioneer brings her immersive works to Miami in this exhibition that includes video, slide projection and an interactive audio installation complete with customized jukebox.
BEYOND THE GAME: SPORTS AND THE EVOLUTION OF SOUTH FLORIDA July 6, 2016 – January 15, 2017
HistoryMiami explores how sporting events and institutions (think Jai-Alai and Hialeah Park) have mirrored and shaped the growth of South Florida since the 1920s. Look into the history of Miami Marine Stadium, the Fifth Street Gym and the birth of professional sports franchises at this innovative and educational exhibit.
CUBAN ARCHITECTS AT HOME AND IN EXILE: THE MODERNIST GENERATION November 4, 2016 – February 26, 2017
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The Coral Gables Museum examines the life and work of mid-20th-century Cuban architects in both Cuba and overseas, bringing together for the first time important works of art and architecture of the 20th century that extend beyond the island of Cuba and reveal the sense of Cuban architectural culture at home and away.
DANCE SPRING TO LIGHT: THE PETER LONDON DANCE COMPANY December 29-31; Arsht Center
A highlight of the company’s fifth anniversary season celebration, “Spring to Light” is a powerful transitional and transformational performance heralding 2017 with bold change. The performance pays reverence to the simple gestures of love, light and spiritual awakening, electrifying the inner landscape of the company’s magnificent dance artists who are joined by international dance stars in spectacular, explosive choreography.
ESTAMPAS PORTENAS TANGO COMPANY November 26, 8 p.m.; South Dade Cultural Arts Center
From the company that brought you “Tango Fire,” Estampas Porteñas presents their newest production. “Deseos” is a celebration of the greatest artistic elements of Argentina including the indomitable tango, the athletic malambo of the gauchos, and musical styles that range from the melancholic to celebratory.
MIAMI CITY BALLET PROGRAM ONE: GISELLE October 21-23; Arsht Center
In Act One the ballerina gets to be a naïve, loving peasant girl who is betrayed by Albrecht, her aristocratic lover, and has a harrowing mad scene before dying. In Act Two she’s a ghostly Wili, raised from her tomb to join her spectral sisters in driving inconstant men to their death -- only to defy the Wilis and use the power of her love to save Albrecht from his doom. Giselle, with its own wonderful score by Adolphe Adam, is the ultimate dance statement about the centrality of dance to life.
FAMILY POKEMON SYMPHONIC EVOLUTIONS December 3, 8:00 p.m.; Arsht Center
MUSIC NEW WORLD SYMPHONY: RENÉE FLEMING, AMERICA’S VOICE
December 10, 11:00 a.m.; South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center Elephant Gerald is an elephant: lumbering, formally attired, prone to melancholy. Piggie is (what else!) a piggie: perky, smiley, full of fun. Total opposites? No way! In Mo Willems’s beloved, award-winning, bestselling children’s books, Elephant Gerald and Piggie are best friends! And in We Are in a Play!, a brand-new vaudevillian romp of a musical, Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense!
DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS: FOLLOW YOUR HEART
September 22-25; AmericanAirlines Arena Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal Hank; cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from “Inside Out;” venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa; see Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel and the Disney Princesses make their dreams possible; and celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and The Toy Story gang.
VOCALOSITY BY CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI
February 3, 2017; South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center Vocalosity is the all-new live concert event from the creative mind of artistic producer Deke haron (Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off) that takes a cappella to a whole new level! This fast-paced production features an all-star ensemble of diverse young vocalists singing some of today’s chart-topping hits in brand-new arrangements that set a new standard for 12-part harmony. It’s the acaperfect concert experience!
Saturday, October 22 - 8:00 PM; Arsht Center
Brought to life by a full orchestra, Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions is the mustsee video game concert of the year, giving fans and newcomers of all ages the chance to experience the evolution of the Pokémon franchise like never before! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to meet up with friends of all ages to catch, battle and trade Pokémon from your favorite games!
ELEPHANT & PIGGIES: WE ARE IN A PLAY!
THEATER The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Carousel is a powerful ride of hope and tears. With stunning choreography and breathtaking music, Carousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s personal favorite of all their musicals, and was dubbed “the best musical of the 20th Century” by Time Magazine. From the magical evocation of the carousel in the overture to the majestic and moving strains of the immortal song “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” this giant of the musical stage remains timeless and star bright.
Incomparable soprano Renée Fleming joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony for a daring evening of Russian masterpieces and influence, featuring the dramatic suite from Prokofiev’s opera The Love for Three Oranges, Ravel’s exotic and mysterious treatment of the Arabian Nights classic and a thrilling performance of Stravinsky’s primal The Rite of Spring.
October 25-26; AmericanAirlines Arena Adele released her third album 25 on November 20th and it went straight to #1 in over 100 countries around the world. In the U.S., Adele’s 25 is the only album to sell more than three million copies in one week and the only album to sell over a million albums in two separate weeks. “25” is the #1 album in the U.S for three consecutive weeks since its release.
PULSE AT THE NEW WORLD SYMPHONY
Feb 1-26; Actor’s Playhouse at the Miracle Theater
DIRTY DANCING: THE MUSICAL
November 29 – December 4; Arsht Center The much-loved story on stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heartstopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.”
AN ACT OF GOD
November 4, 9 p.m.; New World Center
November 19 – December 19; GableStage
The New World Center transforms into a late-night lounge—complete with clubstyle lighting and video projections—during this innovative event. A DJ spins electronic grooves alongside performances by the New World Symphony of contemporary and classical works for orchestra and ensembles.
Broadway’s #1 Comedy and The New York Times Critics’ Pick – this sinfully funny and critically acclaimed new play has the Almighty and His devoted Angels answering some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. He’s returned to set the record straight… and He’s not holding back! This hilarious 90-minute comedy was written by God and transcribed by 13-time Emmy Award winner David Javerbaum of “The Daily Show.”
CARMEN (FLORIDA GRAND OPERA) November 12-13, 15, 18-19; Arsht Center
No opera is more requested. No opera is so anticipated. And no opera is more beloved than Carmen! Carmen, the fiery gypsy cigarette girl, gets any man she wants—and then gets rid of him when a better one comes along. When she sets her sights on Corporal Don José, he doesn’t stand a chance. He’s smitten and gives up everything to be with the sultry siren. For a while, they revel in passion. But then Carmen meets a famous matador and dumps Don José in a heartbeat. This time, though, she has finally pushed a man too far!
February 23 – March 4, 2017; Ring Theater An angsty, rock musical adaptation of the seminal play about the trials of tribulations of growing up, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical, winner of eight Tony Awards, is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality, and rock & roll.
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IAMI CAN BOAST MANY THINGS. SUNSHINE, PALM TREES, CULTURAL arts, and, according to Cisca Real Estate Managing Broker and Chief Legal Officer Bryan Levy, one more thing: a truly unique real estate market. “There are a lot of creative transactions going on in the marketplace,” says Levy. “That’s one reason having a real estate agent with my experience helps clients.” Levy, who brings almost two decades of experience as a real estate attorney, opened the real estate brokerage Cisca Real Estate in 2009 after noticing a growing need for real estate guidance in clients who came to his firm, Balleste & Levy, PA, and to that of his good friend Frank Balleste, CEO of Cisca Construction. “It made sense for us to open up the real estate company,” says Levy, who grew up as a close family friend to Balleste. “What we’ve seen is a lot of times where an agent may not represent clients in all aspects of the real estate transaction or may have them sign listings or contracts without the client being appropriately consulted. As such, it seemed like a natural progression to provide the realty services.” Today, Cisca Real Estate works with buyers and sellers in both residential and commercial capacities, handling everything from sales, contracts and closings to advice and guidance to reach clients’ goals. Rather than just focusing on a specific area of South Florida, the Cisca Team focuses on client relationships, offering what they call “boutique services” from Miami to West Palm Beach and beyond. “It’s not just servicing a certain area, or specific services for here or there. We can help the client with anything that’s going on with their real estate holdings,” Levy says. That means protecting clients’ interests and avoiding the risk that comes with not being represented by the right agent. As Levy says, “questionable real estate transactions” are still occurring. “People are still being taken advantage of, especially if their home is upside down or in distress,” he adds. Levy also works hard to help clients protect their finances and future, whether that means placing properties under a
trust or LLC or sitting down for a guidance talk with potential clients. “You have to protect your assets – everything you’ve worked hard for,” he advises. To that end, Levy always offers potential clients a strategy consultation when needed. “They tell me what they’re trying to do and I’ll give them my thoughts on all aspects of the transaction, not just the purchase or sale,” he says. Levy’s attention to detail and dedication to honest advice has gained him a loyal stable of clients who have stayed with the attorney since his early days and have continued to refer him business. “When a client comes to me they feel secure and protected,” he says. “I’m going to be completely transparent, whether it’s telling you the true value of your home, how to best sell your home, or how to otherwise protect your assets.” His team, as well, brings more than 40 years of experience in the South Florida real estate market and takes pride in making itself available to clients no matter how large or small the request, creating a comfort level that Levy says separates them from other companies. “We like to have an open platform for the client to be able to ask questions and make sure they feel comfortable,” he says. “Trust is born from treating clients honestly and with transparency.” The Cisca Team’s unique blend of real estate, law, and construction under one roof continues to expand their geographical and client base, allowing them to service everyone from high-end residential real estate buyers to estate sellers and commercial clients looking for buildings or office space. “We are a team,” explains Levy. “We work together with our clientele through every step of the real estate process to deliver thorough, consistent, and dependable results. Once you walk through our doors, you become a member of the Cisca Team.”
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Healthy Eyes for Back to School BY DR. LINDA CHOUS, CHIEF EYE CARE OFFICER, UNITEDHEALTHCARE
UGUST WAS CHILDREN’S EYE HEALTH AND SAFETY MONTH, MAKING now an ideal time to get your child’s eyes checked as the new school year begins. Children face unique eye health challenges, including injury, infection, reading difficulties and nearsightedness. According to the American Optometric Association, 80 percent of what a child learns is through his or her eyes. The inability to see clearly can affect a child’s physical, mental and social development, which in turn can affect academic and athletic performance and, ultimately, self-esteem. Many times a child is unaware and won’t complain if vision isn’t normal. Early detection of vision problems is crucial, as untreated vision problems can impair development, affect learning, and possibly lead to permanent vision loss. As your child heads back to the classroom, schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye examination. It’s also important to look for these signs of possible vision problems: »» 3D movies: 3D movies require eyes to process information as a team, so difficulty viewing 3D content can be a sign of underlying vision issues. After watching a 3D movie, look for these “3D” signs of vision problems: discomfort, dizziness and the inability to appreciate 3D content. If your child shows or talks about any of these signs, head to the eye doctor. »» Squinting while reading or watching television: Ask your child if the text or screen is blurry or if reading gives them a headache. A “yes” answer could be an indication of an underlying vision problem. »» Difficulty hitting or catching a ball: If your child regularly misses or drops the ball, schedule an eye exam. Vision impairment might be affecting handeye coordination. This could also be due to a lazy eye, otherwise known as amblyopia. Amblyopia is when one eye is favored over the other, which can affect depth perception, making it difficult to assess objects in front of you. Another factor that can affect your child’s eye health – and adult eye health – is digital eye strain, which is caused by frequent or prolonged use of computers, smartphones or tablets. Help your child practice healthy vision habits by keeping computer screens and tablets about 30 inches away from their eyes, resting their eyes every 20 minutes; and blinking frequently. Also, it’s good to practice the 20/20/20 rule: every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds and look at something 20 feet away. Remember that a school’s vision screening does not look for the same problems that a comprehensive eye exam does. A child’s first comprehensive eye exam should occur between 6 months and 12 months, again at age three and before entering school at age five or six. A visit to an eye health professional can help detect conditions such as crossed eyes (strabismus), lazy eye, nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism early, before visual development and learning is affected. Treatment may include glasses, patching and/or eye exercises. For adults and children, a comprehensive eye exam also can uncover other health conditions not usually associated with the eyes, including multiple sclerosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, elevated cholesterol and Crohn’s disease. A recent study by UnitedHealthcare found that six percent of these chronic conditions were first identified by eye care doctors. For some diseases, including multiple sclerosis and diabetes, eye care professionals identified 15 percent of study participants diagnosed with those chronic conditions. Make an appointment for your child now as part of this year’s back-to-school routine. In partnership with your child’s eye doctor, you can make sure your child is ready for school and ready to learn.
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What’s Happening in Our Communities? JIM CASON MAYOR OF CORAL GABLES
HE CITY OF CORAL GABLES IS PROUD TO HAVE SISTER city relationships with Aix-en-Provence, France; Cartagena, Colombia; Granada, Spain; Province of Pisa, Italy (emeritus); Quito, Ecuador (emeritus), and La Antigua, Guatemala. The City of Coral Gables International Affairs Coordinating Council (IACC) is a seven-member volunteer advisory board that administers these international relationships on behalf of Coral Gables. I am proud to announce that the City of Coral Gables has been awarded the 2016 Sister Cities International Humanitarian Assistance Award for cities with a population less than 100,000. This award is in recognition of the outstanding exchange work done by the City of Coral Gables to help save the lives of people caught in fire accidents by donating the only hook-and-ladder truck existing in La Antigua, Guatemala. Last April, through the efforts of the IACC and in partnership with the International Affairs Foundation, Coral Gables donated a retired 1988 hook-and-ladder fire truck to its sister city of La Antigua along with other fire equipment such as protective gear and special helmets. The large fire truck was transported from Homestead Air Reserve Base to Guatemala aboard a military cargo jet, thanks to the Denton Program, a Department of Defense transportation initiative that moves humanitarian cargo. A second fire truck from Coral Gables to La Antigua was also donated this summer. Since the beginning of the sister city agreement in 1993, the City of Coral Gables and La Antigua have enjoyed a strong sister-city bond which have included various cultural art and trade exchanges. This latest exchange is just another example of how Coral Gables shares its resources with our sister cities.
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ROTECTING YOURSELF DURING A DIVORCE STARTS before your marriage. Although one shouldn’t anticipate divorce, everyone needs to take certain steps to protect themselves in the event that the worst does indeed occur. There are two types of divorce: contested and uncontested. An uncontested divorce is one where both spouses agree on asset division and child visitation. A contested divorce is one where the spouses do not agree and will need the judge to make decisions for them. A divorce does not have to be completely contested or uncontested – for example, couples are free to agree to just asset division but ask the court to make a parenting plan. There are essentially three key tasks a court has during a contested divorce: asset division, child time sharing, and support (alimony and child support) determination. Most people think a split will be “50/50” and assume that each spouse will receive half of everything they collectively own. This is not quite correct. Florida courts “equitably” – not “equally” – divide property. Equitably means fairly (which in many cases is half and half). However, a court may decide that certain circumstances make it fair that one spouse receives more than half of a couple’s assets, such as a stay-at-home mom who keeps possession of the house to raise three kids alone. Furthermore, the only assets divided by the court are marital assets. Essentially, a marital asset is an asset acquired using the income of either spouse during the marriage. Perhaps you purchased a house before you were married, but rented it out during your marriage. The house itself should be considered a separate and individual asset that will not be divided by the court because Spouse A purchased it before the marriage entirely with Spouse A’s own money. The rental income however, as income produced during the marriage, is a marital asset that must be divided. Something important to watch out for is commingling, which turns individual assets into marital assets. Commingling is most easily explained by using a bank account as an example. Spouse A enters the marriage with a bank account balance of $11,000.00. He puts all his income into the bank account during the marriage. The bank account is now a marital asset that will be split, because spouse A mixed non-marital and marital money. A couple can commingle any asset, even a house, perhaps without realizing it. The only way to combat commingling is to have a prenuptial agreement, also called a premarital agreement. Although a prenuptial agreement can be difficult to bring up to your future spouse during your happy engagement, a premarital agreement is a good idea for any individual who accumulates assets prior to marriage. A prenuptial agreement is a contract between future spouses that defines which assets will forever be considered “separate”/”individual,” and which may be divided in the event of a divorce. A prenuptial agreement can even spell out the terms of your divorce before it even happens, by determining who will take what from the divorce, and whether either party will pay alimony (spousal support) to the other. A good prenuptial agreement can make a divorce smoother, faster, and more amicable for everyone. One of the few things a prenuptial agreement cannot do is determine child support in advance of a marriage. If you have any assets other than simple bank accounts, it is highly recommended that you hire an attorney to protect your rights in a divorce. If you are considering a divorce and marital real estate is an issue, then it is important to find a lawyer that understands not only family law but real estate law as well, because in these cases both are very relevant. Finances are very important in married life, and in-depth discussion about these issues prior to marriage will make your marriage happier and healthier. Angela Bousalis has been an Associate Attorney at the Law Office of Omaida Delgado, P.A. since her graduation cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law. Ms. Bousalis practices in the areas of Family law, Real Estate matters, Landlord-Tenant Law, Collections, and Criminal Defense, to name a few. 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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HEN TALKING ABOUT “PITBULLS” THE MAIN MISconception is that it is a dog breed. The word pitbull refers to a CLASSIFICATION of dogs derived from gene lines created centuries ago with the purpose of producing the perfect blood sport dog, for dog fights against bulls, bears or other dogs. The Fila Brasileiro, Argentinian Dogo and Presa Canario are examples of dog breeds that were also created for the same purpose in mind. This “ pitbull” classification includes any dog with physical characteristics shared by the American Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Bulldog. The physical characteristics of these “bull terrier ” breeds vary, and that is why it is so difficult for any person to visually establish what a bull terrier (“pitbull”) dog is. It is known, though, that these bull terrier breeds have strong, powerful jaws that potentially can cause major bite trauma in comparison with the bite from other dogs. However, it is a myth that upon biting the jaws lock, making it impossible to release the prey. It is also known that bull terrier breeds enjoy the company of humans, and in general get along well with other dogs and cats. Sadly, many bull terriers dogs are forced to participate in underground dog fights and act as protection for illegal drug operation sites. Most bull terrier dogs are family pets. In the past, some counties prohibited bull terrier dogs in an attempt to decrease the incidence of dog bites. Research has shown that bull terriers attacks are not the most common, but the most publicized. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) stated that discrimination against specific dog breeds is not an effective way of In the photo is Luna. A bull terrier dog, rescued as a puppy. She had suffered major trauma to the leg leading to loss of decreasing dog bites, since her paw. We are now in the process of creating a custom it provides a false sense of prosthetic, so she can jump and play around like any other dog. security. Any dog has the potential to bite if the right conditions are present. Aggressive dogs are created by irresponsible dog owners. In my personal experience as a veterinarian, in a clinical environment we have to be much more cautious when handling some individuals from other breeds such as Chow-Chows, German Shepherds, some Chihuahuas and even some Cocker Spaniels. We cannot make breed generalizations. In 1990 Florida approved laws against specific breed discrimination, though the Miami-Dade County law prohibiting bull terrier breeds was already established many years prior. Today, Miami-Dade County is the only county in South Florida where the American Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and ANY dog with “visual characteristics” of these breeds are prohibited. An owner breaking this law will be fined $500.00 and will be ordered to remove the dog from the county. Additionally, any person can anonymously report a dog that they feel has characteristics of the mentioned bull terrier breeds. Breed specific discrimination in the county negatively impacts other facets of life with increases in homeowners insurance, increases in liability insurance, and restrictions when renting a house
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HEN GAME DAY ARRIVES AND FRIENDS AND FAMILY are gathered around the big screen to cheer your team to victory, the only thing missing is some great grub to make the celebration complete. Putting together an all-star spread is actually easier than you may think. Simple recipes featuring high-quality ingredients make it possible to serve up big flavor without a lot of fuss. Follow these tips to score a game day menu that will let your guests enjoy themselves to the fullest.
Create a DIY pizza station Prepare dough ahead of time or purchase individual serving size crusts and invite guests to make their own personal pizzas. Provide an array of fresh veggies, meats and herbs for endless combinations. Don’t forget plenty of quality cheese, and for a special twist, add some unexpected flavors, such as Jarlsberg Brand Cheese. Best known as a classic wedge, this nutty, mild cheese is also wonderful shredded for a uniquely delicious pizza flavor. Get guests started with this Sausage, Mushroom and Herb Pizza and then invite them to get creative on their own.
Top it off right No game day party is complete without chips and dip. Take your nachos to another level with premium toppings such these Barbecue Chicken Nachos. Other upgraded topping options: grilled steak or chicken, grilled corn and onions, a variety of flavorful cheeses, homemade guacamole, diced fresh veggies, seasoned olives and spices, such as Cajun or Caribbean jerk.
Bring the heat Spice things up with peppers as an added ingredient to other treats like pizza and nachos, or make the pepper the star, as with these Jalapeno Poppers, which blend the heat of a whole jalapeno balanced by the distinctive flavors of goat, Jarlsberg and Parmesan cheeses. Find more game day recipes at jarlsberg.com.
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Makes: 1 large serving »» 1 rotisserie chicken »» 1 cup barbecue sauce »» nacho chips »» 1 cup shredded Jarlsberg Cheese »» 1/4 cup chopped green onion »» sour cream (optional) Heat oven to 350 F. Pull white meat off rotisserie chicken and place in mixing bowl. Add barbecue sauce to pulled chicken and gently mix together. Scatter nacho chips on oven-safe dish and place pulled chicken on top. Shred cheese with grater and coat top of chicken. Place in oven for approximately 10 minutes. Sprinkle green onion on top and serve with sour cream, if desired.
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Makes: 1 pizza »» 1 premade pizza dough (14-16 ounces) »» 5 tablespoons tomato sauce »» 2 diced Roma tomatoes »» 8 ounces shredded Jarlsberg Cheese »» 2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese »» 8-10 sliced mushrooms »» 2 teaspoons oregano »» arugula (optional) Heat oven to 425 F. Follow premade pizza dough instructions on package. Spread thin layer of tomato sauce and fresh tomatoes on uncooked pizza dough, sprinkle with cheeses, top with mushrooms and finish with oregano. Bake pizza in oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Garnish with arugula, if desired.
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August 10, was World Lion Day, and what better occasion for The Zoological Wildlife Foundation (ZWF Miami) to announce the arrival of its newest male Lion cub, “Bosu.” ZWF Miami is also thrilled to welcome a female Amur Leopard cub named “Masha” to the foundation’s family of exotic animals. “We are simply overjoyed by the arrival of Bosu and Masha,” said Mario Tabraue, President and Director of ZWF Miami. “The adorable cubs are already growing and thriving in their new home.”
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With the mission to prevent Miami-Dade County students from dropping out of school, Communities in Schools of Miami hosted a “Striking Against Striking Out” bowling fundraiser on Sunday, August 7th at Bird Bowl Bowling Center to raise funds for their dropout prevention programs and resources in local schools. Corporate sponsors, such as the Miami Marlins, AT&T, United Way of Miami Dade, and City National Bank came out to support the organization and bowl for a good cause, just in time for back to school.
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Pokémon Go trainers came together at Suniland Park on a recent Friday for a Pokémon hunt. Lures and incense modules were dispensed to attract wild Pokémon and help trainers fill up their Pokédex in a fun and safe environment. Many stayed afterward to battle their Pokémon at Suniland’s very own Pokémon gym, and for delicious food and ice cones from Mr. PB&J and Kona Ice food trucks. Gotta catch’em all!
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