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14 EVENTS CALENDAR 8 September 2016 COMMUNITY CALL 12 Around the Area COMMUNITY NEWS 14 Q&A With: Dr. Luis E Roca II, M.D., FACOG 16 American Legion Update 18 Traveling in Style THE PHILANTHROPIST 20 Meredith Gussin STUDENT CORNER 22 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).

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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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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

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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

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This event raises funds for local breast cancer support groups. In the past, The Sporty Mommas Charitable fund has raised thousands of dollars for charities like Susan G. Komen, American Cancer Society, the Sandy Mueller Foundation and Beautiful Gate. So mark your calendars and get your teams together. Splitsville, 6-9 pm; sportymommas.com

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Pinecrest Elementary is enjoying new landscaping around their entrance on 104th street thanks to a group of hard working Eagle Scouts and former Pinecrest students.

Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools and places to live, recently released its list of the best suburbs in the U.S. and rated Pinecrest as the best suburb in Florida.

The Rotary Club of Miami has donated 45 backpacks filled with school supplies, and Palmetto Middle School shirts and hoodies to be donated to students in need.

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Honor Flight South Florida is looking for WWII Veterans who have not had the opportunity to participate in an honor flight to give each of these extraordinary veterans a chance to visit his/her memorial in Washington D.C. The next Honor Flight will depart from MIA on Saturday, October 8th. The flight is free of charge for each WWII Veteran.

Due to its negative impact on the environment, the Palmetto Bay Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale or use of expanded polystyrene (styrofoam) by Village contractors. More recently, the Board of County Commissioners declared that styrofoam products in all county parks, marinas, and beaches will be banned starting in the Summer of 2017.

Palmetto Bay received final approval of its multi-million dollar grant award from the County Commission. Grant funds will be used toward the transformation of Franjo Road and other infrastructure improvements in the future downtown area.

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The interactive educational programs at Miami Seaquarium are now available for online booking with a special offer to buy four sessions and get the fifth one free. There will be several educational programs in 2016-2017 including Day Camps, Home School Days, Mommy and Me and Winter Camp.

CABA Pro Bono Legal Services paralegal, Jackie Rodriguez was honored by LIBRE Initiative for her valuable contribution in organizing and executing various monthly naturalization clinics across MiamiDade County.

The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board this month continued its commitment to reduce the tax burden on South Florida property owners for a sixth consecutive year. The Governing Board locked in lower “rolled-back� millage rates as staff presented the tentative budget for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year.

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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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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.

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to the Saint Andrews Pipe & Drum for donating their wonderful, inspiring bagpipe and drum for the Ceremony. Our Patriots were proud to have honored our Patriots who have given their lives and blood for the freedoms we all enjoy. We also just had our Officers installment Ceremony at the Post. After the Ceremony we served a delicious free dinner for all attendees and families. The Post is active in our Palmetto Bay Veterans Park Advisory Committee and we hope our entire South Florida Community will pitch in toward making our Veterans Park and Gold Star Family Memorial Monument the best that it can be. Medal of Honor recipient, Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams, the very last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from Iwo Jima, is planning to attend the groundbreaking to present his Foundation’s $5000 check toward the Gold Star Family Memorial. As soon as we solidify a date for the groundbreaking, I will send out an announcement so all our Patriots in South Florida can attend the Ceremony. “Woody” is a National Treasure himself and every American’s Grandad. He cleared the way for his fellow Marines to raise Old Glory over Mount Suribachi. So stay tuned, and come by on Sunday mornings for a great breakfast at the Post. Until next time, remember: You don’t have to wear a uniform to be a Patriot.

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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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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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David Zisman is the President of his family-owned business, Evenings Delight Fireplaces & BBQ’s. Evenings Delight has been in business for over 40 years and has served our community by providing hundreds of good paying jobs to local residents. Zisman has been a local political activist for the last decade, keeping tabs on the Mayor and Council, and pointing out wrongdoing for the benefit of the Palmetto Bay residents. When ask why Zisman wants to be Vice Mayor, he said, “The top three issues in Palmetto Bay are Traffic, Traffic, and Traffic. Traffic is the number one issue in Palmetto Bay today and

the current Council including the Vice Mayor, have done nothing to help.” Is there anything else? “Of course, making sure our parks are number one in the county and making sure we have adequate police protection are also very important. The current Vice Mayor never bothers to mention any of this.” Zisman also told this reporter, “I have developed a Comprehensive Traffic Plan that’s ready to be unveiled. I have worked with city officials over the last two years and I hope the residents give me the opportunity to help solve our terrible traffic problem.”

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EUGENE FLINN CHOOL IS BACK IN SESSION SO THE SUMMER ‘TRAFFIC holiday’ has ended. Commutes are more difficult. Please have patience as you maneuver through the school zone. The safety of our students is paramount. With safety in mind, your Palmetto Bay is taking extraordinary efforts in defending against ZIKA. There are NO REPORTS in or near Palmetto Bay. We want to keep it that way. We have set traps to look for the Aedes species mosquito, the species responsible for transmission. Please keep up on the latest on our special mosquito section of our website – palmettobay-fl.gov as well as Miami-Dade County and CDC information. And remember – “Drain and Cover” (and use repellant)! Are you ready to run? Announcing the Baptist Health Old Cutler Run Club. All levels – families welcome. Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest and Cutler Bay are proud to announce that we have a sponsor – in line with “Get Fit Palmetto Bay” and “The Mayor’s Fitness Challenge”, we kick off the Baptist Health Old Cutler Run Club in September – 4:00 PM on Sunday, Sept 11 at the Deering Estate. More info on Facebook or my blog – eugeneflinn.com 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. Have a happy and safe school year! Congrats and good luck to our High School Seniors 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!

CAROUSEL

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.

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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!

SPRING AWAKENING

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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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ISCA CONSTRUCTION CEO FRANK BALLESTE has an innate sense for the construction business, working his way up from broom-pushing apprentice to CEO of a multi-million dollar company. His knack for (and experience in) hiring, budgeting, timing and, yes, even interior

design has drawn nationwide praise and recognition, but there was one thing that tripped up the businessman for a brief moment in time: naming his company. Originally dubbed “FGF Construction,” Balleste soon realized it wasn’t the best choice for his burgeoning business. “That name was horrific,” says Balleste

with a laugh. Today, Miami-based Cisca (renamed for Balleste’s beloved grandmother, Francisca) is making the move back into a residential focus while balancing their commercial clients (think CVS, Walmart and Miami-Dade College). Here are 10 things to know about Balleste and the Cisca team.

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IT’S A TRUE PASSION THAT DRIVES THEM.

For Balleste, the passion took hold more than two decades ago, propelling him up the ladder and into his ultimate dream of owning his own company. “I love this business. I cherish it,” says Balleste. “I think about it every five seconds of the day.”

One of the things Balleste is proud of is Cisca’s knack for shaking up industry norms. Rather than subcontract work out to plumbers, roofers and others, Balleste went about getting licenses in each area and then buying out companies to join the already-established Cisca. “I have 90-plus employees, from electricians to drywall to painters,” says Balleste. “Now I’m in control of my schedule and my budget. I don’t sub anything out and I don’t wait on anyone.”

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THEY HAVE A SOLID MOTTO.

Balleste says being in control (#2) allows Cisca to be more precise than others when it comes to schedules, timelines and budgets… a benefit that he rolled into a (succinct) company motto: “On time, on budget and no b.s.”

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With clients needs at top of mind, Balleste is most passionate about the people he works with, giving every potential employee a 50-question test at the beginning of the hiring process. Question one? “Can you read a tape measure?” He also values loyalty—citing how many of his employees have been approached by other companies and choose to stay with Cisca. “I want everyone to be happy when they’re driving into work, knowing they have the ability to grow within the company, and that they like their job,” he says. “They know I’ve got their back.”

“Contractors have bad name,” says Balleste, who personally approves every estimate that comes through the company. “They take deposits and never come back or have false insurance. I’ve seen it all. I want to bring a different breed of contracting to people.” That means keeping licenses and documents in order and up-to-date (Cisca is a state-certified general contractor) and giving clients straight talk on pricing and timing. “I’m not the cheapest guy or the most expensive guy, but I’m the guy who’s going to do it right the first time,” he says. “Trust me, you would rather pay it once the correct way.”

THEY SPEND A LOT OF TIME ON HIRING.

Though he started in residential, Balleste’s roster of commercial clients kept him busy in that arena for many years, making Cisca’s refocus on residential even more exciting for the owner. “I love it, I like dealing with the client,” he says. “You put yourself in their shoes and realize that [the home] is like their child. I build like I’m doing for myself.

It’s not all numbers (more on that later) for Balleste and his team; the seasoned builder says he truly enjoys the more creative aspects of his job, whether than means collaborating with owners on a paint color or drapery, or bringing in his in-house architect to find clever solutions to challenges. “That’s just another piece of the puzzle I can give the client,” he says. “We can sit down and see what the needs are, go back and forth. We can bounce ideas off of each other and create solutions.

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THEY REMAIN HUMBLE.

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THE JOB’S NOT OVER UNTIL IT’S OVER.

Balleste takes pride what he calls his “punch-out” team, a three-man operation that thoroughly inspects every job at the close of construction. “They have a 25-to-30 page list,” he says. “They’re looking at everything. Drywall, skimming the wall, cuts of the baseboards… every detail. I’m blessed to have them.”

Not one to forget his beginnings (“When I was starting out I would have changed one shower tile if I had to.”), Balleste says small connections can lead to larger partnerships. He cites one homeowner in Pinecrest who came to Cisca after four other contractors came through, damaging the bathroom and costing the owner in excess of $40,000. “I’ll never forget it. We did the project in two weeks and cleaned up all the other work that had been done,” he says. “From that little job we’ve gotten millions of dollars in work and referrals.”

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THEY DO IT ALL.

Steering back into residential work is also exciting for Balleste and the Cisca team as it opens up various ways to keep the job exciting and inspirational. From interior and exterior renovations to additions, older homes (Balleste says he has done many restorations in Coral Gables) to new construction smart homes, Balleste says he loves every minute. “We do everything from A to Z,” he says. “I’m always pushing myself.”

CISCA Construction is located at 11430 N Kendall Drive, Ste 111, Miami, FL 33176. For more information you can call 305-595-2246 or 1-877-CISCA-48 or you can also visit www.ciscaconstruction.com.

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Home Improvements BUILD IT TO LAST AND GO FOR THE CONVENIENCE BY FRANK DEVALDIVIELSO

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E ARE IN THE MIDST OF A SOLID AND STABLE YEAR in real estate and with this comes the adjustments for those looking to sell their home. How do you anticipate what the next wave of buyers will look for? Not that long ago you may have remodeled your kitchen with granite counter tops, travertine flooring, wood cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. These materials will last a lifetime. You can enjoy them now and when you’re ready to sell the home will be move-in ready. Buyers will appreciate the updates and be willing to pay top dollar. Right? People that are selling their homes often find that prospective buyers do not have the same taste in materials. In fact, the new homeowners now want quartz countertops, white porcelain tile throughout the house, wood cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling, and an open kitchen. This means that one or more walls will be coming down, and that the house that you cared for so much becomes the dreaded “project” for the prospective buyers. Once these prospects start knocking down walls and rearranging the layout of the house in their mind’s’ eye it’s the beginning of an uphill climb. After all, did you make the improvements to the home for your enjoyment, or, for the next homeowner? Ouch! Who should pay for these updates? The buyers of course. Except that buyers use this information to make an offer that considers some or all of these upgrades. Sellers that are motivated and can part with their home and the sweat equity will negotiate. Some sellers are directly offended and politely (almost always) ask the buyers to look elsewhere. It’s common for sellers to “lose” one or two buyers before realizing that it’s a market condition and not personal at all. So, after going back and forth on numbers sellers and buyers agree on the terms of the sale. The sales price, closing date, inspection period, financing, appraisal, etc. Inspection periods can last from 10-15 days on average. Inspections can last fourto-five hours and include the electrical system, air conditioners, plumbing, septic tanks, roofs, wood-destroying organisms, and the overall condition of the house. During the inspection period buyers can cancel the transaction without losing their earnest money deposit. A veritable sleep deprivation period for some sellers. You really don’t want to do this alone when you can have someone on your side that goes through this regularly and effectively. The inspection companies then issue a written report with pictures and itemized descriptions. Buyers that have lived in the area and know that many homes are well over 30 years old and closer to 100 in some areas, understand that there will be issues on the report. If you have not had termites in your home, it’s a matter of time. Most rooftops were replaced after Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and will require replacement within a short period of time. Buyers that are new to the area are usually shocked at the number of items on the report and can overreact emotionally. Our community is very consistent in the way homes are well preserved and cared for, are well landscaped, and have an infrastructure that is enviable. This is when out of town buyers have to take it all

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IT ’ S T H EI R B U S I N ES S

DESIGN TIME BY ANDREA CARNEIRO

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HOOSING A PAINT COLOR FOR YOUR WALLS (whether home or office) may not seem like a monumental decision, but ask anyone who’s stood in front of a blank wall and you’ll soon realize it can be more than difficult… it can be paralyzing. At Palmetto Paint and Decorating Center, which offers the complete line of more than 3,500 Benjamin Moore paints, it’s not uncommon to stumble across clients pondering their next color choice. “We try to get clients down to what they really want,” says store manager Greg Arabatzis, whose brother Perry owns the store with partner Robert Lingle. “You take it down to three, take some samples home and knock it down to two. We try to help people narrow it down a bit.” And, as a Benjamin Moore signature store, Palmetto Paint recently underwent a remodel of that color section, installing new shelving and lighting to better complement the plethora of Benjamin Moore offerings, including asthma and allergyfriendly paints, exterior stains and humidity-resistant bath and spa paints. Says Greg “All the colors are in complete order. It’s easier to see the full spectrum of colors.” And paint is just the beginning. The store, which has been family-owned for more than 45 years (Perry Arabatzis and Lingle bought the store from the original family just under a decade ago), also offers options for windows and flooring, including Hunter Douglas window fashions. “We’re more than just paint,” says Greg. That all-encompassing approach to design is at the heart of Palmetto Paint’s dedication to customer service, beginning with an attention to detail that the team says rarely exists in big-name stores anymore. “Our clients really feel like they’re being taken care of,” he says. “We can’t compete with the bigger chains in certain aspects, but knowledge-wise and in customer service we can beat them.” To that end, the store employs a full time interior designer in Amanda Leather, who works closely with clients to see the big picture and collaborates with the Benjamin Moore paint specialists to make sure the project (whether room or entire building) comes together in sync. “There’s a level of service here that many people think doesn’t exist anymore,”

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says Greg, who sees clients come in with everything from tear sheets to fabrics or pillows as inspiration. “[Amanda] will go out to people’s homes to understand what they want. It makes the process easier.” Another standout at the design center is the interaction with the owners. Though the store employs a small but well-trained staff, Greg says he and the owners are always there to work directly with clients, a perk that has built the store a loyal legion of fans who return time and again with their design needs. The familiarity not only breeds trust and an understanding of tastes, but a more practical benefit as well. “When customers come in we can look their previous colors right up,” says Greg. “We’ll remember the color for them.” Palmetto Paint and Decorating Center is also dedicated to building relationships with the community, working closely with area schools and local businesses on their painting, remodeling and decorating needs. Palmetto Paint and Decorating Center is located at 14031 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33176. For more information, please call 305.233.1224 or visit palmettopaintanddecorating.com.


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Orcas Island – “The Gem of the San Juans” BY DEBBIE MARTINEZ

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RCAS ISLAND, LARGEST OF THE SAN JUAN islands is 56 square miles of breathtaking beauty that leaves you feeling tranquil and rejuvenated. It was a cool foggy morning that I boarded the ferry from San Juan Island to cross over to Orcas. You can make your way to Orcas by seaplane as well but I wanted to go by water and experience the beauty of the landscape from below instead of from above. An hour later I was pulling up to the landing at Orcas, which dates back to 1889, and so my two-day respite began. Jumping in the car, I was told to follow the Scenic Byway, as it would bring me to all the main stops and true to their word, it was a full days adventure. My first stop was in Deer Harbor, a quaint hamlet, where I procured a kayak and found myself surrounded by some of the most awe-inspiring scenery. Despite the people milling about on the dock and boats, it was surprisingly quiet except for the birds overhead and the lapping of my paddles. I could have gone whale watching but since I had just done that at San Juan Island, I wanted to get in some hiking at Moran State Park. Moran State Park has five freshwater lakes where you can rent a paddleboat or, as I was about to do, hike to a waterfall. With fifteen trails, there is a level for everyone. I ended up hiking Mt Constitution because, at an elevation of 2,409 feet, there is a 360-degree view once you reach the observation tower. Upon arriving at the top, I caught my breath. I have been all over hiking and exploring nature but this view was unsurpassed. I think I must have sat on my little ledge for more than an hour just feeling the breeze and soaking up the beauty. Needless to say, because of time constraints, I never made it to the waterfall as I had a date with a horse. Orcas Trail Rides saddled me up and for an hour and a half I meandered the trails through the forest. To be honest, if I had done nothing else but these few hours of being in nature, I would have been fine but I needed to move on. Whether you hike, drive or float your way in Moran State Park, please don’t miss this experience. “Ok, this isn’t fair,” were my first thoughts as I walked into the Doe Bay Café at Doe Bay Resort and Retreat. Once again, another place I wanted to hang out at. At Doe Bay you can rent cabins, a campsite or a

yurt. They offer massage, individual soaking tubs, yoga and a community fire pit to help you unwind. The café offers seed to table cuisine and the people could not be nicer. I added it to my bucket list! My final stop for the day was in Eastsound Village, the main village on the island. The Outlook Inn, built in 1888, sits on Main St. and houses a gorgeous 125-yearold fireplace. I met up with Sara Farish, the owner, and had one heck of an amazing dinner at New Leaf Café. I asked her to describe Orcas and her description was spot on. “We have a renegade, maverick spirit here.” Funny thing is, I could feel that spirit in talking with the locals, which only added to the overall energy of the town. After dinner, I stepped out into the cool salty air and walked Main Street; the whole village brought back a distant memory of Maine. Emmanuel Episcopal Parish has a labyrinth that I stopped to walk and then took up

residence in one of the many Adirondack chairs scattered about to gaze out at Fishing Bay with its towering old cedars and Douglas firs dotting the coast. Up early, I grabbed some steaming coffee, walked the labyrinth one last time and headed out to explore the many farms and pottery studios. All these farms, Pebble Cove Farm, Red Rabbit Farm, Orcas Moon Alpacas and Once in a Blue Moon Farm, are interactive and worth enjoying. Orcas has many studios that are filled with paintings, jewelers, sculptors and woodworkers. The pottery is fabulous and they will ship. My favorite is Orcas Island Pottery, which is the oldest pottery in the Pacific Northwest and has a tree house. The whole studio and grounds has a very whimsical feel and is a must see. My day was quickly passing and I had two more stops to make. Pulling up to the front of the Rosario Resort was taking a step back into a different era. My jaw dropped! Between the old architecture and the magnificent views of Cascade Bay and East Sound, I felt like I was on a movie set from the 1920s. My last stop before heading out was Roses to grab some of those crab cakes I had heard so much about. While there, I picked up some homemade bread and a bottle of wine from their bakery and wine shop and slowly made my way to my car. With a wave of my hand and the breeze blowing through my windows, I said goodbye to Orcas and rounded the bend to my next adventure on Whidbey and Camano Islands. 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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AVIGATING THE SCHOOL YEAR IS TOUGH ENOUGH, BUT when you are divorced and trying to co-parent with an uncooperative ex spouse, your job as the primary parent gets even more difficult and stressful. Here are some tips to lessen the stress of dealing with your ex: 1. Make sure the school has your ex’s email and mailing address so that they can mail things directly to him. This takes you out of the picture. 2. Any school papers that need to be given to your ex should be scanned and emailed or mailed. Don’t get the children involved by making them the messenger. Provide the teachers and coaches your ex’s email so they can email him directly whenever possible. 3. Make sure the child has a set of uniform clothes at your ex’s house. Even if you have to buy it. That way that set becomes his responsibility and one less thing for you to worry about. 4. Money is always an issue with exes. If you are dealing with an ex that feels since he pays you child support, you should cover ALL costs right down to book fair money, accept it and move on. Don’t make the child feel uncomfortable because he/she has to ask for book fair money. If the child will be staying with your ex on the night before the book fair, make sure they have money before they leave. 5. Set up a calendar with your ex that clearly outlines days the children will be with him and times of pick up and drop off. This avoids any daily confusion. Its best to have a calendar set for at least 3-4 months. 6. Have a set of books and school supplies at your ex’s even if you have to buy them. This way your child doesn’t have to worry about remembering where a certain book is, or lug things back and forth. 7. Try to plan school projects ahead so that they are at one parent’s home and you’re not realizing the night before it’s due that your child will be with your ex. 8. Take the emotion out of any emails or texts or phone conversations. Don’t get caught up in what is “right” or “fair”. The goal here is that your child is not worried or stressed and that the school year runs smoothly for you. It’s the daily drips and drabs that can unravel us as primary parents. With a little planning and acceptance of the way things are, it will be a better school year for you and your child. 9. Talk with your ex regarding the consistency of staying in one home during exam weeks. 10. And this last one is for the kids. Develop a Command Center. This is set up in a location where the kids will pass by it everyday. Have a whiteboard where the kids write down what they need three days in advance of needing it, an in and out box with their names on it. As the kids unpack their book bags, they put any papers you need to read or sign in the in box and in the morning, they go to the out box and take whatever is in there. Also, have a calendar so they see what their activities are and any special things they need for that day. This system accomplishes several things. Children thrive on structure, they have the security of knowing where to look for information and it teaches them responsibility. Model stress free living as best you can. Remember, your mood sets their mood.

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S SEPTEMBER APPROACHES, THAT MEANS IT IS BACK TO SCHOOL TIME for many households. With all the hustle and bustle of getting the kids ready and off to school, it can be easy to forget the dog. While back to school is usually an exciting and fun time for the two legged people in the home, for your dog it can mean loneliness and boredom. All summer long our dogs became used to having someone in the house most of the day, which means constant companionship and more walks and playtime. As everyone shifts back into their regular fall schedules the dog can easily feel neglected and can even experience depression. According to veterinarians, dogs can suffer from depression similar to us. Watch for symptoms such as listlessness, lack of energy, loss of appetite, hiding or cowering and not wanting to play.

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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.

Makes: 16 »» 16 whole jalapeno peppers, rinsed and drained »» 2 logs (4 ounces each) goat cheese »» 1 cup shredded Jarlsberg Cheese »» 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese »» 1/4 cup diced green onion (scallions) »» dash of hot sauce »» cilantro leaves »» mini hot red peppers (optional) Using small sharp knife, cut slit down one side of each pepper. Leave stem intact and remove seeds and veins. In bowl, mash all cheeses, onion and hot sauce. Divide among peppers, stuffing each generously. Refrigerate. (Note: Recipe can be made ahead to this point.) Arrange peppers in heavy aluminum foil packet. Grill 8-10 minutes, or until cheese begins to melt. Garnish with cilantro and, if desired, hot red peppers.

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in and realize you can live in the home and make it your own. In fact, you really don’t have to do anything out of the ordinary by local standards. When in Miami do as the Miamians. With the inspection report in hand the sellers and buyers have to work out together what the solutions will be. It can be simple repairs that the seller can handle, or, the buyer may not care about. When the items on the report require a high cost repair or replacement there is a second round of negotiation that will ensue, inevitably. One conclusion that can be drawn is that when considering remodeling of your home it may behoove you to first take care of the home’s’ basic infrastructure. Specifically, if it’s time replace the roof, the a/c units, the cast-iron pipes (yes it’s time for that, too), service the septic tank regularly, make sure the hurricane protection is up to code (including the garage door), that the pool equipment works well, etc. And for goodness sake do any and all work on your home with permits. That will come out in the inspections, too. Once that is done make all of the remodeling decisions based on your taste and enjoyment. You may get lucky and find that when you go to sell the buyer will also like it. Buyers may also find that the flooring you had installed is covering the now much coveted terrazzo flooring. Who knew?

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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.”

COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS HOSTS STRIKING AGAINST STRIKING OUT FUNDRAISER

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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SUNILAND PARK HOSTS POKEMON HUNT

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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Hosted by Chefs Jeff Maxfield and Andrea Marchesin, Brickell’s Toscana Divino hosted a gastronomic, multi-course feast pairing “tradizone” v. “moderna” Tuscan recipes. Since opening in 2012, Toscana Divino has wowed guests with its authentic Italian offerings and healthy, flavorful ingredients. The contemporary eatery, designed in the classic spirit of Tuscan tradition, is a welcoming restaurant offering lunch, brunch and dinner.

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