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APPY NEW YEAR! WE HOPE THIS EDITION FINDS OUR READERS HAPPY, healthy, and recovering from a busy holiday season. January is such a great time of year - anything is possible, and we're excited for what the future holds. This is also a wonderful time to prioritize what's most important in life. Health and happiness should always be towards the top of the list, and it's never too late to start working on it. Take advantage of all the city has to offer by making 2017 a year of new beginnings. To help with some ideas, check out our "A New Year/A New You" special feature starting on page 20. This month's cover features Laser Center of Miami & Spa, who's bringing CoolSculpting, the only FDA-approved non-surgical fat reduction treatment, to South Florida. To read more about this cool new treatment see page 18. This January edition also marks the introduction of our new and improved logo. It gives the magazine a fresher, cleaner feel. The new The Florida Villager logo also works better with the overall look and feel of the magazine. I would love to hear your thoughts on the new look! Please email me at dan@theflordiavillager.com. As always, be sure to check out our Events Calendar on page 6, for a comprehensive list of happenings around town. And don't forget to connect with us via social media. You can find us on Twitter (@FloridaVillager), Facebook (The Florida Villager), and Instagram (@thefloridavillager). You can also find us online at TheFloridaVillager.com.

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EVENTS CALENDAR 6 January 2017 COMMUNITY CALL 8 News From Our Community 10 Coral Gables COMMUNITY NEWS 12 Caba Pro Bono Legal Services Hosts Their 12th Annual Art in the Tropics Event 14 2016 Caroling Competition Winners Take the Stage 5 QUESTIONS WITH… 13 Victoria Rios ARTS SCENE 16 Art Basel at The National 17 Aqua Art Miami Draws Crowds and Sales FEATURE 18 The Big Chill 2017: A YEAR OF HEALTH 20 A New Year, A New You

ASK THE EXPERT 27 The Art of Camouflage THE PHILANTHROPIST 28 Mercedes Sorensen: A Sense of Panther Pride PET OF THE MONTH 30 Meet Rocco PET HEALTH 31 New Year 2017 Resolution: Keep The Cat Healthy RESTAURANT LISTINGS 32 Eat, Drink & Be Merry FROM THE MAYOR 33 What’s Happening in Our Communities? SEEN ON SCENE 34 Snapshot from Around Town ASK THE PLASTIC SURGEON 36 The Psychology of Weight Loss and The Ten Commandments

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CUBAN ARCHITECTS AT HOME AND IN EXILE: THE MODERNIST GENERATION.

DAVID REED: VICE AND REFLECTION – AN OLD PAINTING, NEW PAINTINGS AND ANIMATIONS

This scholarly exhibit will be the first to examine the lives and work of mid-20th-century Cuban architects in both Cuba and abroad. Many artifacts come from straight the personal collections of Cuban architects and their families. Lending institutions include CINTAS Foundation, the Bacardi Archives, History Miami, the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami, Miami Dade College, and University of Pennsylvania. education@coralgablesmuseum.org

David Reed is known as a colorist and for creating long, narrow abstract paintings on canvas that layer gestural marks in disjunctive ways, creating paintings that resemble collages or photographs. Often referencing Abstract Expressionist brushwork, variations on swirling brushstrokes are juxtaposed within a single painting. He will present several televisions in the space, showing scenes from the Miami Vice, into which he will have digitally inserted the painting #212. pamm.org

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MCT PRESENTS BEAUTY AND THE BEAST See the Disney classic come alive thanks to the talented kids of Miami Children’s Theater. miamichildrenstheater.com

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RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY PRESENTS OUT OF THIS WORLD This show has an action-packed storyline filled with space-age family fun and technology, which deepens their connection to the performers. Through the lens of a magic telescope capable of discovering the most spectacular circus stars in the galaxy, they will join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic mission of good versus evil to bring performers back to Earth, traveling to interstellar worlds of sand, water, fire and ice. aaarena.com

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MIAMI JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL Enjoy the best that world cinema has to offer for 13 days and over 40 feature films at the preeminent festival for Jewish film. Miami Beach venues include Regal Cinemas South Beach, Miami Beach Cinematheque, Temple Beth Sholom. Other venues in the Greater Miami community include O Cinema Miami Shores , Bill Cosford Cinema, Temple Beth Am, and Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center. miamijewishfilmfestival.org

Fine arts show that features art, crafts and a variety of media from more than 300 exhibitors on the University of Miami campus. Live music and other free entertainment, children's art experiences, fabulous dining options, and free admission all weekend to the Lowe Art Museum. beauxartsmiami.org

6TH ANNUAL SPLENDOR IN THE GARDEN LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW

SCHOLL LECTURE SERIES: JULIE MEHRETU IN CONVERSATION WITH FRANKLIN SIRMANS

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Neiman Marcus Coral Gables along with co chairs Barbara Hevia and Lydia Touzet and honorary chairs Swanee DiMare and Frances Sevilla Sacasa and presenting sponsor MERCEDES– BENZ Coral Gables and Cutler Bay invite you to the 6th annual Splendor in the Garden, an afternoon of Fashion and Philanthropy. Fairchild Tropical Gardens, 10:30am

Artist Julie Mehretu will speak with PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans about the development of her paintings and drawings across the span of her career. Mehretu is best known for her large-scale paintings in the language of abstraction which blend elements of architecture and mapping. Her work, Myriads, Only By Dark, is a point of departure in the current permanent collection exhibition, Routes of Influence. pamm.org

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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. actorsplayhouse.org

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SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Olivier Award for Best Musical, and hailed by critics as one of the first truly modern works of musical theater, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday in the Park with George has become one of the most acclaimed musicals of our time. arshtcenter.org

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Indulge in chocolate delicacies during the season's most delicious event: The International Chocolate Festival! Enjoy fine chocolate samples from artisan chocolatiers, lectures on chocolate making and demonstrations from Miami's master chefs and chocolatiers! Take our ChocoWalk to learn about the life cycle of a cacao plant, with stops in our Rainforest and more. Find out everything you ever needed to know about chocolate from the experts. fairchildgarden.org


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WATER SERVICE UPDATES Beginning on January 17, Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department is planning to upgrade the water service in the City of Coral Gables. The work will take place on the north side of the median on Miracle Mile from LeJeune Road going east to Douglas Road. The work will be done at night, Sunday to Thursday, from 10 pm to 10 am and is expected to last for a maximum of 90 days.

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The Coral Gables Business Improvement District (BID) has named Taciana Amador as its executive director. Amador joined the BID in 2000, and has been the organization’s marketing manager since 2007. “Having been with the BID for 16 years, Taciana knows downtown Coral Gables inside and out, making her exceptionally qualified for this position,” said Mindy McIlroy, president of the Coral Gables BID. “Her management background combined with her extensive experience in marketing and her familiarity with the BID’s membership and organizational structure are tremendous assets.” As executive director, Amador will be responsible for promoting the merchants of downtown Coral Gables through advocacy, networking, establishing a long-term vision and plan for growth and the oversight of budgets, marketing and special events. Among her highest priorities are the Streetscape and the Downtown Overlay projects that will enhance the aesthetic, physical and environmental character of the downtown by promoting a pedestrian friendly experience.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) is launching the #MDCPSRefresh contest to create a new logo that will embody the innovative learning and teaching that takes place in our schools and classrooms. Books alone no longer represent how our students prepare for the global society we live in, and we want to make sure our brand communicates what M-DCPS truly stands for. Recognizing that logos are one of the most important aspects of a company or entity, we believe it’s time for an update to reflect our world-class brand. But we can’t do it alone, so we’re launching a contest to find the design that best characterizes our district. The contest, open to Florida residents, will earn the winner $2,500 and bragging rights. Judging will include an initial review by a selection committee and an online vote open to the community to determine finalists. Details of contest rules, submission requirements, and information on how to enter may be found at mdcpsrefresh. dadeschools.net.

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The 2016 National Academy of Inventors Fellows Selection Committee has named FIU Provost and Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton an NAI Fellow.

Real estate broker, investor and philanthropist Edie Laquer has donated $5 million to Miami Jewish Health. The donation will go toward building a support residence for the diagnosis, treatment and research of Alzheimer’s disease and other memory diseases.

The Arsht Center’s AileyCamp received the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award — the nation’s highest honor for creative youth development programs. The free summer program uses dance as a vehicle for developing self-esteem in young students

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GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club and the City of Coral Gables were recognized for their donations to the Donna Perry Venetian Aquatic Club Swim Scholarship Fund. The fund helps underprivileged children learn how to swim at Coral Gables’ Venetian Pool.


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TEAM MIGHT BE A BUZZWORD FOR STUDENTS THESE DAYS, BUT IT’S STILL impressive when theory and practice meets practical application. Gulliver Prep student Victoria Rios took app building to a truly practical place, finding inspiration in her own family for Simple Sign, her straightforward and intuitive platform for learning sign language. That initiative district ended up helping her nab a district win in the 2016 Congressional App Challenge. We sat down with Victoria to talk inspiration, coding and the future of her innovative app.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR THE APP AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

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After being given the assignment to make an app, I immediately thought of my younger sister, Zoe, who is nine years old. She was born with CHARGE Syndrome. This resulted in her being deaf, visually impaired and unable to speak or swallow properly. The biggest issue my family faced was being able to communicate with her. This is why I made my app, Simple Sign, an app that teaches basic sign language skills. The app is designed to be user friendly with a simple interface. It contains pictures and videos of signs along with their meaning--split up into categories. After the user has reviewed the signs, they can take a quiz on them.

HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN CODING AND APP DEVELOPMENT AND HOW HAVE YOU FED THAT INTEREST?

The first programming class I ever took was just last year. I didn't know much about computers when I signed up but I naturally gained interest in it. I wasn't seriously into programming until I attended the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program during the summer of 2016. The program was eight hours a day, five days a week for seven weeks; needless to say it was big commitment. After getting a more in depth view of programming, I realized it was my calling in life. To feed my interest, I signed up for three computer classes this year: Java, C++ and AP Computer Science. My hope is to keep learning more about programming each day.

TELL ME ABOUT THE CHALLENGE AND THE PROCESS OF APPLYING AND THEN WINNING. It was pretty simple to apply to for the Congressional App Challenge. All I had to do is go to the website and enter some of my information. Then when submitting my app, I had to answer a few questions and share a video of me using the app, explaining how it works.

IS THE APP AVAILABLE NOW AND HOW CAN PEOPLE ACCESS IT? Currently, it is not on the App Store--that would be the second phase. The actual coding behind the app is completed but there are still more signs that I plan to add so I can then publish it on the web and embed it onto an app. Because I decided to make this app using HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and JQuery, I can make this app available for both iPhone users and android users.

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WHAT ARE YOU HOPING TO DO WITH IT NEXT? ARE THERE OTHER APPS IN THE WORKS? I hope in the near future I can have my app published on the App Store, and I can add more information to the app. My goal is to assist families like mine, who has a deaf family member, to be able to build better communication among the family unit.

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HE 30TH ANNUAL CAROLING COMPETITION ENDED ON TUESDAY, December 6 with an amazing Awards Show that showcased seven of the eight Grand Prize winners of the Competition. Hosted by the 550 Biltmore Way Building in Coral Gables, the event was presented this year by UHealth Jackson Urgent Care Centers. The Competition began November 30th and ran through December 4th. 29 different schools perform every half hour over the five nights. The free concerts were held on the steps of the 550 Building and the Merrick Festival awarded $13,000 in cash prizes to 20 South Florida middle and senior high schools. This is in addition to each school receiving $225 for their transportation costs. Ronald Reagan Doral is a full choir with a huge sound! Alysia Velez - Soloist The Grand Prize winners were: They are directed by Alicia Romero-Sardinas. Of the Year »» New World School of the Arts - Grand Prize - Senior Magnet Schools »» Doral Charter Academy - Grand Prize - Senior Full Choir in the June 2017 festival at Barry University. She was selected from a field of six soloists entered by their Directors. »» Florida Christian School - Grand Prize - Senior Small Ensemble The event is made possible through the support of some 30 local foundations, »» Hialeah Senior High - Grand Prize - Senior Show Choir municipal organizations, corporations and local businesses, and with the support of the »» South Miami Middle School - Grand Prize - Junior Magnet Schools City of Coral Gables Cultural Development Board and Miami Dade Cultural Affairs. In »» Florida Christian School - Grand Prize - Junior Full Choir addition, other sponsors of this 30 year old event include: REA Charitable Trust, Coral »» Good Shepherd School - Grand Prize - Junior Small Ensemble Gables Community Foundation, Tweed Charitable Foundation, Mercedes Benz-Coral »» Ronald Reagan/Doral Senior High - Grand Prize - Senior Full Choir In addition to the Grand Prizes, Merrick Festival awarded ten other schools with Gables, Publix Supermarkets, Rotary Club of Coral Gables, Waste Management and a Runner Up or Honorable Mention Prizes. Robert Morgan Senior High won the covhost of other companies located throughout the City. In the spirit of the season, Piano eted Rotary Music Award with a song entitled, “Pueri Concinite” by Johann Herbeck. Music Center provides the piano for the school's accompanists. The impressive panel Soloist Alysia Velez, a senior at Robert Morgan Senior High won the Miami Music of judges for this year's Competition included: Tony Arroyo, Yvonne Barclay, Rafael deGuzman, Kevin Rutledge, Giselle Elgarresta Rios, Charles Vitale and Teresita Wessels Festival Scholarship and will receive a $3,200 scholarship to attend and participate

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THE BIG CHILL

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LASER CENTER OF MIAMI & SPA BRINGS A (LITERALLY) COOL NEW TREATMENT TO SOUTH FLORIDA.

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REEZING ISN’T USUALLY A WORD ASSOCIATED WITH SOUTH Florida. In fact, most people take up residence in the area for precisely that reason. But the owners of Laser Center of Miami & Spa are betting that they can turn that attitude around and make “chill” into a positive. Known for being pioneers in laser hair removal, Laser Center owners Myriam Barrero and partner Maggie Avila are now offering their loyal fan base access to CoolSculpting, the buzzy non-invasive treatment beloved by everyone from Molly Sims to the Kardashian clan. “Some people can’t go under the knife for medical reasons or don’t want to deal with the downtime of surgery,” says Barrero, who brings more than three decades of experience to her business. “They love the efficiency of the machine with no down time, returning to work or play the same day.” So how does it work? CoolSculpting, says Barrero, is the only FDA-approved nonsurgical fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. It relies upon “cryoliposis,” a treatment used to freeze fat cells that are then eliminated as the body breaks down the cells. Most commonly used to treat the abdomen, “muffin top,” upper back and

bra line, CoolSculpting has evolved over the past four years to now allow for 3-D cooling, with minimal suction while chilling the entire area. “It’s a fabulous device,” says Barrero, who notes that most patients require between one-to-four treatments and then about 90 days to eliminate the fat. The result? About a 25 percent reduction in fat cells per treatment. “You’re not going to lose weight in pounds,” Barrero says. “But it sculpts the body. Your pants and tops are going to fit better.” It also draws rave reviews for it’s virtually nonexistent down time, allowing patients to return to normal life immediately. And Barrero and Avila would know. Though they began with just one treatment room in a medical office, today, the women and their highly trained staff see patients from around the world at their self-standing facility on Sunset Drive. And, unlike other centers, Laser Center of Miami & Spa is one of the few facilities that does not require pre-payments, contracts, or commitments. The center also has a medical director on-staff to address any questions or concerns. . “We are here for our patients,” says Barrero. “We care and want them to be happy.” Aside from hair removal and med-spa procedures like CoolSculpting and Hydrafacials, Laser Center of Miami & Spa also offers patients traditional spa treatments such as facials and lymphatic drainage massage, but at the center of the company’s mission is always a dedication to their patients and concentration on excellence in customer service. “Our goal is to do the right thing by our patients,” says Barrero. “Money has never been our goal. We believe that if you do the right thing and you do it with love, success will follow.” Laser Center of Miami & Spa is located at 9280 Sunset Drive, Suite 102, Miami, FL 33173. For more information, please call 305-270-3925 or visit LaserCenterofMiamiSpa.com.

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Not loving your muffin top? Head over to the team at Laser Center of Miami and Spa for the latest innovation in fat treatments: CoolSculpting. Fat cells are frozen during treatment and then eliminated naturally through the body, resulting in a loss of inches with just a few visits and no down time. lasercenterofmiami.com

Everyone needs a little help when it comes to weight loss. For some it’s a trainer, for some it’s a nutritionist and, for some, it’s medical intervention. Results MD’s Dr. Jose Soler-Baillo now offers patients the ORBERA Intragastric Balloon, which, he says, delivers results without drastic measures. resultsmd.com

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PAMPER YOURSELF From pedicures and facials to Cryotherapy and salt therapy, My Derma Clinic is up on all the latest in medical spa offerings. Check their website for regular specials designed to make your 2017 beautiful and relaxing. mydermaclinic.com

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Weight loss is in the details. Vida Wellness works off that theory to create personalized programs that offer coaching and mentoring every step of the journey. With varied packages that include everything from blood testing and monthly body composition measurements to lipotropic injections and electrocardiograms, they are ready to give clients the tools they need to succeed. info@vida.miami

More than just a gym, the South Dade Y strengthens community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Stop by to tour the complex’s extensive cardio and wellness center, spin studio, family locker rooms, indoor gym, kids zone, lounge and more. ymcasouthflorida.org

Want a workout that will beat the heat? Jump in and give waterbiking (think spin class meets water aerobics) a go. A huge fitness trend in Europe, the class has now made its way to Coral Gables thanks to this low-impact exercise that not only tones the body and burns calories (twice as many calories as on land), but also improves joint flexibility and aids in active recovery. waterbikingstudio.com

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Much has been made about the benefits of meditation, but for some relaxation is easier said than done. Get help with your inner voice thanks to Innergy, Miami’s first dedicated meditation studio. Offering dropin 20-40 minute classes, the studio also offers an Intro class to walk newbies through meditation basics. innergymeditation.com

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1. The experience level of the technician. Have they performed a tremendous amount of these procedures? Camouflage tattooing done correctly is a very advanced procedure and requires years of experience and a technician that understands pigment and skin undertones implicitly. 2. How old is the scar or disfigurement? Good candidates for camouflage or micro needling have a scar that is at least one year old that has turned white. Pink, purple or brown scars or spots are not good candidates for camouflage but can often be improved with micro needling. Laser can be performed by a dermatologist. For areola repigmentation post reconstruction, I wait a minimum of three months. 3. The reason potential client is considering

camouflage or repigmentation procedures.

or dermatological intervention to improve the scar or disfigurement? I always make sure my client has tried and exhausted other interventionary measures prior to performing camouflage. 5. Does the client have realistic expectations

about what can or cannot be done with the scar? After 19 years of doing this, I have a good idea of who is or who is not a candidate for my work, but everyone’s skin is different and results can vary from client to client for many reasons. They must realize that their skin will never be virgin again but can have a drastically improved look. 6. Are they committed to the process? The client must realize that even though this is permanently in the skin, it will fade over time depending upon lifestyle and other factors will require touch ups to keep it looking optimum. 7. Pain Management. Post mastectomy pigmen-

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

Mercedes Sorensen: A Sense of Panther Pride

PAWS FOR PANTHERS

BACKGROUND

Counting three siblings and three children as Palmetto students and alum, Mercedes Sorensen was no stranger to the halls of Palmetto Senior High School (PHS). But even after years of volunteering, and six as a PTSA Board member, she was surprised to learn that the school (as well as PMS and Palmetto Elementary) employed a full-time social worker. It was because of that social worker Ana Garces, that Paws for Panthers was born when Garces alerted Sorensen and then-PTSA President Diana Reeves about a student in dire need. After losing his only living family members, the student was alone and distraught, with not much government help as he had already turned 18. Garces had fixed his living arrangements and helped him find a job, but it was not enough to cover his costs. “She told us that if we could help him for the rest of the school year, then she would be able to keep him in school,” says Sorensen. The PTSA was able to fundraise the money in addition to new clothing and other items. With this, the student was able to graduate and go on to the army. “I asked how many [other cases like this there were] and she told me that there were anywhere from 12 to 40 cases any given year just at Palmetto High,” says Sorensen. “I told her to give me her email and phone and that during the summer I was going to organize something to start helping these kids. That was the beginning of Paws for Panthers.”

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Now a line item in the PTSA accounting system, Paws for Panthers (PfP) fundraises separately from the rest of the PTSA efforts to be sure the money is solely used for the program. This also allows PfP to bypass the usual need for a majority vote as the children’s needs are often immediate and cannot wait for a PTSA meeting. Sorensen (and now-program head Helen Garcia, who took over from Sorensen) finds out about possible needs for at-risk students via the PTSA as well as keeps an eye on all important school dates and events to calculate fees and expenses that may come up. “Then, I keep an eye on all the needs of my own children at school (in order to understand what any other student might need) and maintain constant communication with the social worker,” she says. “It works likes a team; sometimes the social worker tells me of a need and other times I tell her of an event that is upcoming so that she can find out if these kids need any help.”

DEDICATION AND DONATIONS

Donation come via students, parents, alumni, local businesses and a small group of “angels” who are contacted whenever a request is made. The donations also come in various forms. “When a request is made which requires an immediate response -or can only be done with cash such as school fees, we use our monetary funds,” says Sorensen. “If clothing, shoes, feminine products, school supplies and books are needed, then we try to first locate the material donations through our donors.” And with a cost per graduating student of about $350-$450 (including prom, an Orlando trip and class picnic) it can add up quickly. “Last year we had 27 students in our program. We received about $8000 dollars in cash and goods,” says Sorensen who has collected everything from school supplies to Thanksgiving baskets and field trip fees. “This was the difference needed to keep 27 students in school and through graduation.”

A NEIGHBORHOOD CAUSE

Most of the children affected have lived in and around the Palmetto feeder neighborhoods, with circumstances forcing them to move into shelters or with friends and/or family members but remain at PHS. For Sorensen it was seeing such financial need in her own backyard that struck a chord… and has, in turn, literally changed lives. “One of our students won a full scholarship to a great university but couldn’t afford the acceptance fee,” she says. “He was going to lose a $200,000+ scholarship over a $200 admission fee if PfP wasn’t able to cover this fee…which we did thanks to our generous supporters.”

If you would like to participate in “Paws for Panthers,” or to be informed when a need arises, please contact Helen Garcia at Thegarciafamily@bellsouth.net or Mercedes Sorensen at merci4466@bellsouth.net.

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PERRINE TOYS FOR TOTS

Dr. Henry E. Perrine Academy of the Arts held its 5th Annual Toys For Tots toy drive and we are happy to report that we collected over 400 toys this holiday season. Pictured here is a small representation of the students who donated to this worthy cause along with Mercedes Diaz, coordinator, and Maria Ibanez ( Merlina the Magician).

MIA EMPLOYEES COLLECT 200 BIKES FOR KIDS

Miami International Airport employees have collected close to 200 new bicycles for local disadvantaged children to receive this holiday season. During an MIA employee holiday party, the bikes will be picked up by Miami-Dade County’s Community Action and Human Services Department, who will distribute them to registered families at its 12 service centers. MIA’s bicycle drive is part of Miami-Dade County’s 29th Annual Holiday Toy Drive.

ANIMAL INVASION DURING GULLIVER FINALS

In light of the stress that can be brought on by finals, Gulliver school's counseling and activities departments brought several kittens and puppies on campus for the students to pet and play with during their lunchtime. Research done on behalf of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shown that social interaction of humans and dogs may lead to increased oxytocin levels in both the human and the dog. In fact, interacting with a friendly dog also reduces cortisol levels most likely through oxytocin release, which attenuates physiologic responses to stress.

MIAMI DADE COLLEGE WINTER WONDERLAND

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) NorthHoliday at North, on Saturday, Dec. 10. Festivities included Santa’s grand arrival from the North Pole along with Mrs. Claus and a spectacular parade of Santa’s little helpers, s Campus presented its beloved annual winter wonderland, Children’s everal Disney characters, and riveting marching bands. Children also greeted Santa and snapped a picture with him by his chimney. Other highlights include a 12-foot mountain of snow where children were treated to a new outdoor experience of South Florida style sledding. The United States Postal Services also celebrated Christmas with a holiday stamp dedication ceremony of a new stamp featuring a traditional Nativity scene.

PTS TOY DRIVE BENEFITS MUJER

This December, more than 600 gifts were collected by the students, faculty and staff at Palmer Trinity School (PTS) to benefit the families served by MUJER (Mujeres Unidas en Justicia, Educación y Reforma). MUJER is a nonprofit communitybased social services organization that provides one-stop domestic violence and certified sexual assault center services in Homestead, Florida. The Spanish Honor Society at PTS led the toy drive for the second year in a row. MUJER’s mission is to provide a trusting environment that promotes emotional wellness and stability by empowering individuals through advocacy, direct response to domestic and sexual abuse, and support services that strengthen families.

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BESITY AND BODY WEIGHT ISSUES AFFECT TWO-THIRDS of the country. Every year, dieters spend more than 100 billion dollars in mostly unsuccessful weight loss schemes. The obesity epidemic and its associated medical conditions threaten to bankrupt our healthcare system on its current track. We can fix the problem, though, by addressing the main issue – a lack of attention to the psychology of eating behavior. By understanding what makes us eat (and get fat), we ensure the success of any dietary weight loss plan. I believe chief among the main reasons we fail to achieve weight control is a misguided dependence upon the psychological strength of the individual. Unfortunately, when it comes to food, almost 70 percent of the population is hard wired in such a way, that the genetic urge to eat overcomes the conscious benefit of self-control. We need to tap into the powerful force of group psychology instead to help in the battle of the bulge! In order to understand the topic of weight loss, let’s examine two main components of any dietary weight loss plan; prescription and compliance. The prescription of the diet tells you what to do. Eat so much, at such a time, etc. Compliance addresses how likely it is that someone will stick to the prescription, or diet. The majority of diets fail with compliance. In actuality, most dietary prescriptions work. If we decrease calories, eat low carbs, etc. we lose weight, no doubt about it. However, our brains have not evolved to discriminate very much when it comes to food and eating behavior. Evolutionarily, getting fat means a higher chance at survival – a concept evident in humans, as well as in many animals that store their energy as fat. The urge to eat for pleasure is directly linked to natural selection. Two million years of human evolution demand that we find high calorie foods pleasurable to eat. This behavior will cause the animal to gain weight and thereby survive to pass on its genes. We cannot ignore this silent and exigent force, equally as powerful as our need to procreate. Survival behaviors can present a challenge when it comes to people living together. Once you have a bunch of people living in the same geographical location, we must define some fundamental rules that we live by. Otherwise, natural instincts take over, and then it gets ugly. In our Western Judeo-Christian world, we abide by the ten commandments. These provide some general social rules that we collectively agree upon and will (mostly) follow. Pretty much everyone knows these; don’t kill, don’t lie, don’t desire your neighbor’s wife. They get drilled into us as children and taught to us right from wrong. Usually, people consciously try hard not to break the rules, but every so often, people won’t abide by them. So, what force keeps these rules in place? Group psychology. We, as a group, police each other. If someone gets out of line in a public area, the group as a whole will judge, or in the worst cases, shun the offender. Thus, most people tend to comply. So, if we look at getting fat as just another survival urge, then we can assume that a group approach to weight loss, where the participants are exposed to scrutiny and judgment, will effectively improve the compliance of any dietary program. An International, multilingual Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Jose Soler-Baillo brings to South Florida a refreshing, modern approach to Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Soler-Baillo earned his Medical Degree at the prestigious Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, trained in General Surgery at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey, and received extensive training in Plastic Surgery in Miami, New York, and Texas. Dr. Soler-Baillo is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. For more information please visit, resultsmd.com or email info@soler-baillo.com.


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