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C O N T EN TS :: FEB R UA RY 2017

18 EVENTS CALENDAR 8 February 2017 COMMUNITY CALL 12 Around the Area COMMUNITY CALL 14 Around the County COMMUNITY NEWS 16 Fpl Accepting Applications for $20,000 Education Scholarship 18 Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Adds New GPS-Like Technology to Cardiac Program THE PHILANTHROPIST 20 Marlene Quintana: Building A Bridge

26 STUDENT CORNER 22 Creating Sunshine in the Lives of Others FROM OUR MAYORS 24 What’s Happening in Our Communities? LOVE IS IN THE AIR 26 Forever Love FEATURE 30 Breaking the Myth: Cisca Founder Frank Balleste Breaks Down the Do’s and Don’ts of Hiring a Contractor MUSIC NEWS 33 The Touch and Sound of Vinyl DENTAL HEALTH 34 Is Your Dental Office Up To Date With The Latest Technology?

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TRAVEL 46 Summer Fun in New England 5 QUESTIONS 48 Anthony Acevedo of Visiting Angels of Miami THE MINDFUL DIVORCÉE 50 Being Mindful Through a Divorce RESTAURANT LISTINGS 52 Eat, Drink & Be Merry CHAMBER NEWS 53 Chamber South is The Small Business Champion SEEN ON SCENE 48 Snapshot from Around Town ASK THE PLASTIC SURGEON 56 The Psychology of Weight Loss and The Ten Commandments

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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. Inspired by Georges Seurat’s landmark painting Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, this poignant musical is a masterpiece about a tortured artist and his devoted muse searches for truths about life, love and the cost of creativity. arshtcenter.org

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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DAVID REED: VICE AND REFLECTION – AN OLD PAINTING, NEW PAINTINGS AND ANIMATIONS 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. Reed will revisit the colors and forms in this decades-old work and create a series of 4 new large-scale paintings, inspired by #212. He will also present several televisions in the space, showing scenes from the Miami Vice, into which he will have digitally inserted the painting #212. www.pamm.org

RICK ASTLEY One of the music industry’s most distinctive voices, Rick Astley has left an indelible mark on pop culture since his emergence into the limelight nearly three decades ago. With well over 40 million records sold, and an enviable back-catalogue of chart-topping hits, Astley remains one of the most successful solo artists to have emerged from the UK. Astley was just 21-years-old when he unleashed the iconic “Never Gonna Give You Up”; few debut singles have had such impact. arshtcenter.org

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JAKE MILLER American singer, musician, rapper and songwriter Jake Miller first came to prominence after gaining attention on his performances videos that he uploaded on YouTube. He taught himself to play guitar, piano and drums from a very young age, which helped him considerably in his career. In his high school day, he uploaded many self-made videos on the net and in early 2011, gave his first live performance in Pompano Beach, Florida as the opener of rap musician Snoop Dogg. fillmoremb.com

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One of the most coveted Flamenco Companies in the United States, Siempre Flamenco, led by husband and wife team Paco and Celia Fonta. Now in its seventh year, Siempre Flamenco will take their emotionally charged art to the Banyan Bowl Stage for one night only along with their company of eight talented musicians and dancers. Pinecrest Gardens; pinecrest-fl.gov

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UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE Widely recognized as home to today’s funniest actors and writers, UCB’s touring arm brings the most innovative and hilarious comedians from UCB’s New York and Los Angeles theaters directly to you. Recommended for ages 13 and up. South Miami-Dade Arts and Cultural Center, 7:30pm and 9:30pm; smdcac.org


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MY FUNNY VALENTINE: THE RODGERS AND HART SONGBOOK FEATURING ALAN PAUL AND THE JIM GAISOR TRIO

Alan began his career on Broadway at the age of 12 in the original Broadway cast of Oliver and worked extensively in stage, film and TV; some of the productions include The King and I, The Pawnbroker, The Pursuit of Happiness and The Patty Duke Show. After graduating from college, Alan was cast in the original Broadway production of Grease where he created the roles of Teen Angel and Johnny Casino. While still performing in Grease, Alan met Janis Siegel, Tim Hauser and Laurel Masse’ and together formed “The Manhattan Transfer”. Pinecrest Gardens, 8pm; pinecrest-fl.gov

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COCONUT GROVE ARTS FESTIVAL A “Celebration of the Arts” across all disciplines, inspiring one’s imagination for visual, culinary and performing arts. This three-day event brings the most talented and creative artists from all over the world to Coconut Grove. The quality of the participating artists contributes to the Festival’s continual recognition as one of the most prestigious fine arts exhibitions in the nation. cgaf.com

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DANIEL ZAMIR QUARTET Israel’s top-selling Jazz Artist of all time and one of the most influential musicians in Israel, Daniel Zamir is a virtuoso saxophone player and composer of “Israeli Jazz”, a fusion of ethnic and world music with serious jazz. Zamir’s albums are the most successful jazz albums ever to be recorded in Israel, receiving critical acclaim in Israel, Europe and the U.S. Zamir's album Amen created a revolution in Israeli listening habits and was the most-selling jazz album in Israel ever. For tickets and more info visit: Pinecrest Gardens, 8pm; pinecrest-fl.gov

The 2017 edition of “Premio Lo Nuestro a la Música Latina” will broadcast LIVE from the AmericanAirlines Arena on Thursday, February 23, 2017, on the Univision Network and via Univision NOW. The nominations for the 29th Annual “Premio Lo Nuestro a la Música Latina” (PLN) Latin Music Awards have been revealed via the Univision Network morning show “Despierta América” and PLN’s digital platforms on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Recognizing the top four musical genres in Latin music – Regional Mexican, Pop/Rock, Urban, and Tropical, 70 music icons have been nominated across 26 different categories. American Airlines Arena, 8:00pm; aaarena.com

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LIVE IN COLOR DANCE COLLECTIVE National Award Winning Live in Color Dance Collective is a culturally diverse dance company comprised of remarkably talented, captivating and vivacious individuals. The dance ensemble is a true representation of life as it displays a mixture of Caribbean, African, Latin, Urban cultures, as well as a diverse range of ages. Under the direction of Zedric Bembry, LICDC has been able to attain well-deserved recognition dazzling the nation with their unique, crowdpleasing performances. Pinecrest Gardens, 8pm; pinecrest-fl.gov

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China’s most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, and gymnasts complemented by live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments will bring their 2,000-year-old tradition of acrobatics to you. South MiamiDade Arts and Cultural Center, 3pm and 8pm; smdcac.org

Celebrate Valentine's Day as we strike up the band! The Greater Miami Symphonic band will present a musical valentine featuring love songs throughout the ages. There are ballads, music from motion pictures, Broadway shows and so much more that evoke memories and emotions that only music can do. This wonderful 75-minute concert is geared to all audiences. Pinecrest Gardens, 3pm; pinecrest-fl.gov

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Full of the live and in-your-face entertainment Netflix can’t provide, this must-attend show features improvised comedy, audience interaction, and of-the-moment sketches and songs from The Second City, made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more. South Miami-Dade Arts and Cultural Center, 8pm; smdcac.org

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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Miami Palmetto Senior High congratulates its six National Merit Semifinalists. These seniors had PSAT scores last fall that placed them in the top one percent of the nation’s more than 1.5 million juniors that took the test. They all have the opportunity to vie for National Merit Finalist honors, which will be announced spring 2017. Congratulations to Benjamin Tordi, Sean Bunce, Brooke Ortiz, Kaylee de Soto, Jonathan Roth and John Gray.

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Harvey Bernstein joined Pinecrest Gardens as their new Horticulturalist. A Miami Beach native, he comes to the Village from Chicago where he was the Curator of Collections for the Chicago Park District

The new tennis building at Coral Pine Park is scheduled to open in March 2017. Drainage improvements and a perimeter berm were completed in July.

Pinecrest was awarded a $500,000 Cultural Facilities Matching Grant to replace more than 1,200 feet of covered walkways surrounding the Banyan Bowl, and other areas throughout Pinecrest Gardens.

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Palmer Trinity School sophomore student, Miguel Franco, was recently awarded first place in the High School Digital Arts category of the 2017 Beaux Arts Student Artist Showcase for his submission “Identity Silhouette.”

Three Palmer Trinity School students have been selected as Senior Volleyball All Star Selection Players. Seniors Daniela Diaz, Juliette Hamilton and Ashley Quero were set to play in the All Star game on January 17.

Get Fit Palmetto Bay 2017, a year long fitness and wellness program for the entire community, is now being offered to Village residents. Community members can take advantage of wellness workshops, fitness classes and more throughout 2017.

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Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) and The National Theatre for Children (NTC) have partnered again to bring energy efficiency education to elementary schools throughout FPL’s service areas in the winter of 2017.

The 2017 Miami-Dade STEM Expo honored the 2015-16 Miami-Dade STEM schools on Feb. 4. The STEM School designation criteria included: STEM competitions, professional development, partnerships, equity and accountability.

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LORIDA POWER & LIGHT COMPANY (FPL) RECENTLY announced that it is accepting applications for its annual $20,000 STEM education college scholarship. The scholarship application period will run through Feb. 15, 2017. Announcement of the scholarship winner will take place in May. In 2015, FPL President and CEO, Eric Silagy announced the start of an annual scholarship that awards $5,000 annually to a high school senior who has participated for two or more years in a FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science) robotics program in FPL’s service area, has a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and has been accepted to an accredited four-year college or university majoring in engineering or information technology. Provided the student maintains a college GPA of 3.0, the scholarship is renewable for up to four years, totaling $20,000 in college tuition assistance. “This is just one way that we express our commitment to working with the communities we serve to make Florida an even better place to work and raise a family,” said Pamela Rauch, vice president for external affairs and economic development for FPL. “We’re optimistic that this scholarship will aid students with an already-bright future, and ultimately encourage

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them to explore the great opportunities and benefits of a STEM career.” In its inaugural year, the first recipient of the scholarship was Boca Raton-native Myles Byrne. Myles, who was a student at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton now attends the University of California, Los Angeles and is pursuing a degree in electrical engineering. In the fifth grade, he created a demo for his school’s FIRST® robotics team and later became a member of the Dirty Mechanics, a community-based FIRST® robotics club sponsored by 4-H that is made up of students from eight different schools in South Palm Beach and North Broward counties. With this team, Byrne attended regional, state and national competitions throughout his junior and senior years. Last year, the team’s efforts earned them a trip to the World Championship competition in St. Louis, Missouri. Across the state, FPL sponsors 50 robotics teams and also sponsors the Southeast Florida FIRST regional competition, which will be held in West Palm Beach in early March. In all, nearly 1,300 Florida schools have been touched by an FPL education program, including robotics clubs, and “Captain Wattage,” a traveling school assembly show about energy conservation. FPL has constructed

more than 125 school solar energy stations and trained nearly 600 teachers in a curriculum used in conjunction with the solar stations. In 2016, FPL hosted four STEM teachers from the School District of Palm Beach County in paid “externships.” The teachers spent the summer working alongside FPL professionals, seeing firsthand how skills acquired in STEM curricula translate into real world jobs – insights they took back to their classrooms. For more information on applying for the STEM scholarship, visit FPL.com/education


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ICKLAUS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IS THE SECond pediatric facility in the world to use new medical technology in cardiac procedures that is similar to global positioning systems (GPS) that motorists use to determine their vehicles’ locations on a map. The new equipment is part of the hospital’s new state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab, in which minimally invasive catheter-based procedures are performed to treat and evaluate children with congenital heart defects. The MediGuide™ Technology allows physicians to see the precise location of specially designed delivery tools and catheters enabled with miniature sensors to navigate within the heart. Using a low-powered electromagnetic field, the system enables physicians to see in real-time, a three-dimensional (3-D) image of these tools on pre-recorded fluoroscopy (a rapid series of X-ray images). Automatic adjustments are made to the pre-recorded images to compensate for changing heart rhythms, breathing and patient movement. “The longstanding commitment of The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children’s is to minimize the cumulative impact on the children in our care,” said Dr. John Rhodes, medical director of cardiology. “The MediGuide Technology supports us in this effort by reducing exposure to radiation during procedures and enhancing patient safety. It reflects our commitment to investing in the latest technology to ensure the best possible outcomes and safest practices for the children we serve.” The current standard practice for viewing devices in the heart uses continuous, live fluoroscopy, which is a rapid series of X-ray images taken throughout the course of the procedure. Worldwide, physicians perform several billion of these radiation-based imaging procedures annually and approximately one-third occur in cardiovascular patients. While the benefits of imaging provided by fluoroscopy are important, studies show that the ionizing radiation from repeated exposure to

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fluoroscopy over time may compromise a person’s immune system, elevate the risk of developing cancer, or present other health hazards. By allowing the physician to track devices on pre-recorded fluoroscopy, MediGuide technology can help avoid additional fluoroscopy throughout the procedure, which in turn significantly reduces radiation exposure. The Heart Program also welcomed world-renowned congenital heart surgeon, Kristine J. Guleserian, MD who will serve as the Director of

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Marlene Quintana: Building A Bridge

BY ANDREA CARNEIRO

MIAMI BRIDGE YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES BACKGROUND:

The child of immigrants, Marlene Quintana says she was taught at an early age to look beyond her own life and into the community around her, leading her to begin volunteer work in grade school. “My Father always told me, ‘Haz bien y no mires a quien,” says Quintana (it loosely translates to “Do the right thing, even when no one is looking.”). “As I became older, I realized how many needs there were in the community, and felt a responsibility to become actively engaged in service and effectuating change for those who are not blessed with some of the basic things that many of us take for granted.” A chance invitation to a Miami Bridge gala 11 years ago sparked an interest in the organization, leading Quintana, now a Shareholder at GrayRobinson, to begin working with the organization (“ I fell in love with the mission,” she says.”). When her term as President of the Cuban American Bar Association ended, she joined the board and eventually began chairing the annual gala.

ABOUT MIAMI BRIDGE

Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services is the only 24-hour emergency shelter in the county that provides refuge, protection and specialized care to youth in crisis via two shelters (one Downtown and one in Homestead) and various community outreach programs. They provide abused, neglected or abandoned children under the age of 18 with everything from basic needs such as food and clothing to life skills, counseling and opportunities that may not otherwise have. “They also give them things that are absolutely priceless such as love, warmth and hope,” says Quintana. “Most children are only one caring adult away from a different path.” Unlike other organizations, Miami Bridge has, sometimes, just days to form a connection with the children who come through their doors, making all the more necessary to create an inviting home.”The average length of stay for our children is about 19 days. We have just days, not months or years, to make a difference in the life of a child,” she says. “That’s why it is so important to make them feel safe and loved and create a positive environment, so that they want to stay. We have to make immediate connections with them.”

LOOKING AHEAD

In addition to the two shelters, Miami Bridge has what Quintana calls an “incredibly active” truancy program that goes out into the Miami community as well as a “First Stop for Families” to focus on prevention. Right now the organization is looking at ways to keep children who are 17+ for an extended period of time as well as a long term goal of creating transitional housing for kids who age out of foster care and are enrolled in a school--whether high school, college or vocational. “Most people don’t understand that even though we desperately want to, we simply cannot keep a child after they turn 18,“ says Quintana. “At 18, when they age out of the Bridge foster care, most of these children are still in high school. If they don’t have a place to live, how does an 18 year old finish high school and support themselves? It is a hugely unmet need in our community, and we intend to do something about it.”

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Miami Bridge’s annual gala takes place March 18 and, says Quintana, strays from the traditional model of speeches and sit-down dinners. “It's’ an interactive and unique evening with lavish food stations, cocktails and entertainment stations,” she says. “We just allow people to mingle and have a good time with old and new friends, while supporting a great cause. Once people understand what we do, it is hard to stay away.” Aside from the gala community members can make tax-deductible donations or volunteer their time as a mentor to the children who find themselves in one their programs. Says Quintana, “If you love music, come spend some time sharing that love with our children. If you are an artist, come do projects with them. Come cook meals with our children. Come play a game of kickball or a board game with them. The possibilities for giving are endless.”

For more information on Miami Bridge and their upcoming gala visit miamibridge.org.

Miami Bridge enriches my life and my soul every single day. The board, the management team, the staff, the volunteers, the children…the work they do, the kindness I see in others, the energy and dedication, and of course, the stories. I could never enumerate the emotional gifts that being a part of Miami Bridge has given to me.” 20

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E NEED TO KEEP OUR PARKS WITHIN BUDGET AND a source of community strength. We are “The Village of Parks”. Upcoming events include our Camping/ Movie night (scheduled for Feb 4-5) and Run, Walk and Stroll 2K for Cerebral Palsy (set for Feb 25). Our parks need to be configured to best serve our residents and at a cost that remains manageable. Activities, density and costs – big reasons to make your voice heard throughout the Parks Master Plan Process. I look forward to hearing from you. You will see e-mails notifying of upcoming Parks Master Plan Meetings as well as posting on the official village web site. 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. Please continue to keep me up to date with what is important to you. My direct e-mail is eflinn@palmettobay-fl.gov.

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“In launching Innergy, we’ve learned when to push each other, and when to back off. How to divide and conquer in a way that plays off each other’s strengths and minimizes the weaknesses. We bring different skill sets to the table so its helpful to get insights and opinions from one another. We’ve learned to curb unsolicited advice, which isn’t always easy when you are sharing the same office or kitchen table,” --Andrea

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“Working together can strengthen your marriage bond since you are both working towards a common goal not only personally but also professionally. We've learned that we both can balance our home and work lives better by working together,” ---Tim

TED AND JANICE TATE

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CISCA FOUNDER FRANK BALLESTE BREAKS DOWN THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF HIRING A CONTRACTOR BY ANDREA CARNEIRO

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business, Cisca Construction Founder and Owner Frank Balleste has seen his fair share of contracting disasters. In fact, some of Balleste’s clients have landed at Cisca’s door (often via referral) after wading through years of building or remodeling work with other vendors. “We worked on a house in Pinecrest that had gone through four contractors in their bathroom,” he says. “It was $40,000 of horrific work. We came in and cleaned up the mess in two weeks.” And though bathrooms are just a small part of the Cisca empire (they handle everything from commercial to residential construction), Balleste is more than happy to share his knowledge of a business he loves dearly. “I love this business, I cherish it,” he says with a laugh. “I think about it every five seconds of the day.” Here are Balleste’s tips on how to hire a reputable contractor.

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Check their background. Hiring an unlicensed contractor leaves homeowners little recourse should anything go wrong on their project, making a licensed contractor a must in protecting your home and finances. “Know the difference between a contractor’s license and a business license,” says Balleste. “A lot of people say they are contractors but most are just building contractors, we’re statecertified general contractors.” Doing a quick search can also help clients see if potential contractors have had a history of disputes with clients or subcontractors.

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Know what you want. Come to the table with an idea and a plan, says Balleste. Starting the process by interviewing contractors may not only confuse you, but also cost you money in the long run. “If you have a strong idea of what work needs to be done and a good feel for the materials or function you need and want you’ll get a truer, more realistic estimate,” he says.”These days it’s very easy to educate yourself before jumping into a big project."

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Hire the cheapest guy. “Get rid of your lowest bid,” advises Balleste, who maintains that a low bid can mean they’re either desperate for the work or cutting corners. “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. “Believe me, you would rather pay it once the right way.”

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Get it writing. At Cisca, all client estimates go directly through Balleste, who says it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting into no matter what the scale of the project. “I have a set of project managers and superintendents,” he explains. “They measure and then they sit with the client to understand exactly what they want to do. We get all the information and create a plan. Our estimating team then sits down and plugs in numbers. I hate unknowns.”

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Rush into anything. Be sure to take your time and investigate all avenues, says Balleste. “It’s not just buying a coffee.” Once you’ve decided on someone be sure not to put down too much money right up front. In fact, Balleste says you shouldn’t part with more than ten percent of the job at the beginning of a renovation. “Incremental payments are completely fair to make sure no one goes running off with your money,” he explains. “You can even schedule the last payment for 30-or-so days after completion. It gives you a window to make sure nothing goes wrong and it’s completely reasonable to an experienced, professional contractor.”

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In the mid-60s to the late 70s, vinyl records turned music into America’s most favorite entertainment industry. Today, a record album is a click on a computer mouse. Music downloads become a taste test for the listeners as they browse music online and then purchase a few sample songs. Then, if they like what they hear, they may buy the series of songs either on a CD or a vinyl album. According to Nielsen Music, Vinyl LP sales, which have reached an all-time Nielsen Music-era high volume of 13M units, increased for the 11th consecutive year in 2016. With digital music, the value is really in its convenience and the immediacy of its delivery, and the fact you can play it while doing something else. There’s a quiet ceremony to playing a record. It requires more dedicated listening and planning. It’s the audio quality, the visual quality, and the physical touch of the artistic, one-ofa-kind cover and vinyl album. For those of us that grew up when the vinyl record album was at its peak, it also brings back many fond memories and oftentimes a smile. Whether you are interested in learning the value of your old record albums, trading them in, or adding to your collection, let the professionals at Musicians Discount Center in South Florida help. Keep music alive in your house and enjoy the ambiance of turning the lights down low, putting your favorite album on the record player, picking the perfect song, and enjoying the quality sound of your favorite artist. Music provides enjoyment for years to come! Getting started is simple: let the professionals at Musicians Discount Center in South Miami help you find the guitar that suits you and fits your budget, too. They are the one stop music shop that has been sharing their expertise with others for many years. They offer new and used instruments, instrument rentals, rent to own programs and music lessons. Stop in and let the sounds of music begin in your house today. Contact Musicians Discount Center at 305-255-9466 or visit them online at www.musiciansdiscountcenter.net.

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Is Your Dental Office Up To Date With The Latest Technology? BY BRIAN NITZBERG

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N THE PAST 10 YEARS, DENTISTRY has begun to take shape as a rapidly changing field of the future. Computer technology and improved materials have evolved in leaps and bounds in terms of the quality and speed at which dentistry can be performed. This equates to less time in the chair and happier patients. Screening for oral cancer is very important, but often overlooked. Luckily, we have seen a drastic improvement in technology with the Velscope. This handheld device emits a harmless, bright blue light which is used to inspect the mouth and tongue. Unfortunately, most cases of oral cancer are discovered in late stages, when the five-year survival rate drops to around 50 percent. New research confirms that the risk factors for oral cancer have been expanded to include HPV, in addition to tobacco use, frequent and/or excessive alcohol consumption, a compromised immune system, and past history of cancer. This changing demographic presents an unprecedented call to action for oral cancer awareness and regular screenings. We can also use digital x-ray machines that allow the

images to be viewed instantly, with less radiation to the patient. The pictures are clearer and can be expanded for accurate diagnosis. When a more involved image is required for diagnosing or planning a surgery, we have 3-D CT scans that can assist us in the process. Dental photography is another modality to determine what is best for the patient. Taking photos of the face and teeth from different angles with high resolution cameras allows the dentist to determine how to build the restorations more esthetically and symmetrically. Tiny intraoral cameras allow us to visualize small areas

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O, IT’S BEEN TEN YEARS OF WORKING AS A COUPLE IN SELLING REAL estate. This Valentine’s day celebration is good reason for a quick review of the pros and dare I say cons. Liede DeValdivielso has been a licensed realtor for 17 years now. When she first entered the business it was much against her husband’s (my) desire. After all, as an executive with a multinational company I saw no need for an additional activity in our already busy lives raising three wonderful children. Short cut to seven years later and she invited me to work with her instead of for another company. Much obliged! From the get go there was a plan, which included professional coaching and training with well-established real estate coaches. More importantly, she really did let me in and was even willing to let me make mistakes that in the shortterm cost us money and in the long run worked out. She truly was willing to take the high road, as is always the case with Liede. The main reason we can consider ourselves successful is that we truly work as a team in all facets of the business. We have different skill sets and we recognize that and apply the knowledge to our business. Liede is very comfortable executing contracts and seeing them through the finish line to closing. I’m comfortable negotiating the transaction and reaching agreement on terms. Liede and Frank DeValdivielso However, if a customer prefers to interact with either one of us, then that person takes the lead throughout the entire transaction. The customer is the driving force in our business and we’re thankful to adapt. The teamwork in our business has translated into other aspects in our lives. We pray together, go grocery shopping together, plan our nutrition, workout, set goals, execute our plans, hold each other accountable, work on our mindset and more. The reverse is also true, things we learn to help our relationship can also apply to the business. For example, recently we learned about “The Right Strategy” from Gretchen Rubin, whose goal is to use positive psychology in the pursuit of happiness. She suggests that by pointing out to your spouse the behaviors that you appreciate will naturally evolve into the spouse doing more of that behavior and even additional ones. The reward in positive feedback comes back tenfold. And, yes it works. In fact, it’s a way to stay on track with making each other’s day better. A little thing like emptying the dishwasher before she does is just one example. Easy to do, too easy not to. In business, when we pay close attention to our customer’s need and really get on their side, the customer truly is right, it makes for a very strong relationship. Understanding what is right for them is the guide to getting them to their next step. Sometimes, it includes the customer not selling their home for the price the market is willing to pay. Others, the customers do make the adjustment knowing full well we’re really watching out for their interest. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to work in business with my best friend and that our business has grown to include two of our children. We can work together and sustain our family. The Keyes Company, Realtors and the Pappas family have made it possible. Oh, and there are no cons… Wishing you and your loved ones a Valentine’s day filled with gratitude and admiration for one another.

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HERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME” IS MORE THAN A POPULAR SAYING, IT’S A sentiment felt in the hearts of most. Even better is a home designed to reflect the individuality of its owner. That’s where JSC Kitchen & Bath steps in with creative kitchen and bath ideas to suit even the most particular homeowner. Offering a touch of class at a reasonable price to help you get the look you desire, JSC proudly serves the Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, and Falls area. Husband and wife team, Carlos and Diana Perez, along with sisters Rocio and Sandra Marquez, JSC Kitchen & Bath is a true family-owned and operated business. Specializing in European bathroom vanities, kitchen and bathroom fixtures and kitchen cabinets, JSC Kitchen & Bath’s dedicated staff ensures the customer’s complete satisfaction. With over 29 years of retail experience, JSC Kitchen & Bath will ensure you receive the highest quality product and service. As a “One Stop Shop” with a track record of exceptional customer service in the South Florida community, JSC Kitchen & Bath is a direct factory distributor and makes sure the customer receives the highest quality products at the best prices. Whether visiting their showroom or shopping on their website, you will always find the very best products at the very best price. JSC Kitchen & Bath strives to educate their target customer about remodeling options while giving clients an enjoyable worldclass experience, by delivering style and value that truly exceeds the investment. Utilizing the design/build process allows JSC Kitchen & Bath to identify and prioritize the parameters of the project. They help to establish the client’s remodeling goals, priorities and budget. JSC Kitchen & Bath is committed to building lasting Carlos and Diana Perez

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Do cats and dogs see like we do? Just like us, our pets have binocular vision. The image they see is the superimposition of the image seen by each individual eye, creating a depth perception. On the other hand, the images they see are blurry. Dogs have a 20/75 vision, and cats a surprising 20/100-200 vision. A reason for this is that our domesticated animals do not rely on a sharp vision to survive. As a point of comparison, natural selection has given wolves excellent visual acuity, since they rely on the sharpness of their vision to hunt and survive. Dogs and cats have sharper sense of smell, taste and hearing than us. And, in addition to their vision this heightened sensorial perception allows them to better investigate their surroundings. Being crepuscular creatures, cats have developed adaptive features on the anatomy of their eyes that allow for a better vision at night, when compared to their dogs and human counterparts.

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S VALENTINE'S DAY IS APPROACHING SOME OF US GET VERY EXCITED with the giddy anticipation of flowers, heart shaped chocolates, fine wines and champagne. As a single mom a lot of my Valentine's days have been spent at home with my kids and of course my fur children. Spending Valentine's days with my dogs and clients dogs has taught me a lot about Love over the years, certainly a love that is far greater than flowers or candy and I hope that we all get to experience this kind of love in our lifetime!

1. Love is Unconditional. My dog loves me no matter what, in their eyes I am perfect no matter what I look like or what I am going through. 2. Love Changes You. No matter how much your heart has been broken the love of a dog will soften you on the inside. 3. Love is Patient If you have ever owned a dog you know what I am talking about, housebreaking, chewing, digging, etc... learning to be patient as your dog matures can be hard but no one can look into their big brown eyes and stay angry. 4. Love Never Gets Tired. No matter how tired or comfortable my dogs may be on the couch, when I come home all tails are wagging and no one is short on kisses. 5. Love Shows Compassion. Dogs are kind souls, full of compassion and love. In times I have been upset my dog is the first one to comfort and cuddle with me. 6. Love the Moment you Are In. Dogs teach us to live in the moment. Our dogs do not have a big master plan. They are not worried about the past and they are not scared of the future. They live right here in the present moment. 7. Love is Pawsitive. As the bumper sticker says, "Wag more, bark less." 8. Love the Journey. When I see the sheer joy on a dog's face while it's head is sticking out of the car window I realize, that is the way life is meant to be lived! 9. Puppy Love. Puppy love is fun and exciting but it is only after a dog has lived a good life that we really realize all of the wonderful things they brought into our lives. As with us a new relationship is fun and exciting but true love last a lifetime even through the ups and downs. Let your dog show you the ropes till that special person comes along and one that your dog approves of, of course! 10. Love Forgives. You know the moment when you pull the shoe out of your dog's mouth that they so badly want to play with. But the next moment they are by your side eager to please you in any way they can. Always Forgive! So Smell the roses and close your eyes and breathe in the fresh air. Put your phone down and fully experience your life today as your dog does everyday! Tami Maier, MS in Counseling Psychology, with current focus and certification on Aromatherapy for pets. A native of Miami, Florida, she is the owner and operator of Live Pawsitively Pet Sitting, a dog boarding, doggy daycare, dog walking and pet sitting business for 8 years. Tami strives to provide care for the whole dog through love, companionship, nutrition and exercise. You can reach Tami at 786.306.9192 or tami@livepawsitively.com.

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ELIEVE IT OR NOT, SUMMER IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER AND WITH IT comes the yearly summer family vacation. As parents, we are very well aware of the cardinal rule; if the kids are happy, the parents are happy. A vacation with kids is the best vacation if strategically planned based on age and interest of the children. Since kids would rather do than see, sometimes it becomes a challenge for us parents. Here are some exciting places in New England that will spark an interest in your children and put some zing in your family vacation. New England encompasses Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. With its vast array of history and breathtaking beauty, New England offers several places that are sure to bring fond memories. New Hampshire – Lake Winnipesaukee is all about family gatherings by the lake. There are cottages, water activities, moonlit swims and even an old fashioned drive in. True quality family time. Maine – For the outdoor oriented family, Acadia National Park offers 47,000 acres of tide pools, lakes, forests and mountains. Looking for a classic, sleepy New England seaside village? Don’t pass up Ogunquit. For more of a selection of activities, Bar Harbor has it all. Vermont – Lake Champlain is your consummate lake retreat and spectacular for exploring and relaxing. There is even a Champlain Coast Wine Trail for the parents. Smuggler’s Notch is the quintessential family destination. There are lawn games, arts and crafts, pools, water park, nature walks and much more. A trip to Vermont would not be complete without visiting the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. Rhode Island – Newport’s Cliff Walk is breathtaking. As you walk its 3.5-mile shoreline, you are transported back to an era of Gatsby mansions once owned by America’s most elite families. Connecticut – Mystic Seaport is a recreated 19th century maritime village. It houses the largest maritime museum in the US. The Mystic Aquarium, Olde Mistick Village, boat tours, Fields of Fire Adventure Park and even a Seaside Shadows Ghost Tour will leave your kids exhausted at the end of the day. And last, but certainly not least, is my home state of Massachusetts. This state is brimming with history, architectural beauty, interesting towns and relaxing seashores. From Plymouth Plantation to walking the Freedom Trail in Boston, to picnicking in the Boston Commons along with The Boston Children’s Museum, a hands on museum that will mesmerize your children, your family will never be bored. A stop in Salem to stroll the streets of “The City of Witches” cannot be left off the itinerary. Boarding a ferry to Martha’s Vineyard and having a true old-fashioned beach vacation will go down in the annals of your family photo albums. Note of warning: the Flying Horses will end up being a daily occurrence. The bottom line is, no matter where you choose to spend your vacation in New England, as long as you are with your family, it will be a time to remember. 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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EN YEARS AGO ANTHONY ACEVEDO SAW THE future. While he and his wife, Mirian Montano, held management positions with a large bookseller, he knew that the business climate at the time was unstable and that his position would eventually be downsized. With Montano’s family already in the home health field the two looked to what they knew and decided to take the leap to work for themselves. “We looked at different businesses in the ‘home care’ arena but found that Visiting Angels stood out as being the most altruistic company offering services to adults and the elderly,” says Acevedo. Today, Visiting Angels of Miami serves families across Miami-Dade, finding quality home care help for everything from Alzheimer’s and Dementia care and private duty care to assistance with running errands, shopping and hygiene. But finding the right caregiver isn’t always easy, nor is putting trust in a stranger to care for a family member. We sat down with Acevedo to explore the mechanics behind this sensitive industry, his recruiting methods and why he loves his work.

WHERE DO YOU RECRUIT YOUR HOME CARE WORKERS AND WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN TERMS OF PERSONALITY TRAITS? We ask that those who register with us be a Florida certified nurse assistants with at least a minimum of two years’ experience in the field. The state of Florida also requires that each individual have a digital FBI level background screening. Many of our best caregivers recruit their co-workers or friends in the field. The caregivers feel that our staff is working hard to give them great opportunities to work with good families. Above all we look for compassion and caregiving as a vocation, not just a job. It may sound simplistic but

having elderly parents, we look to see if this person could take care of them, if needed

WHAT ARE THE MAIN CONCERNS OF YOUR CLIENTS AND HOW DO YOU ADDRESS THEM? Most families want to know if the caregivers are experienced, background screened, reliable and can communicate well. We do a lot of work to recruit caregivers who meet those criteria, however, the clients all have an opportunity to meet and interview each candidate before services begin. We find that our “choose your caregiver” policy has worked well. Most of our caregivers stay with families for a year or more.

ARE YOU EMPLOYING ANY NEW TECHNOLOGIES OR SYSTEMS WITHIN THE INDUSTRY? We use the iPad and cloud-based software to ensure that the caregivers and the families are on the same page with schedules and care Visiting Angels owners Anthony Acevedo and Mirian Montano. plan issues. We also utilize an industry-based satisfacand “Provider of Choice” awards the last three years. tion management company called Home Care Pulse to survey our clients and caregivers monthly on our WHAT MAKES YOU MOST overall performance as a service provider. We’re proud PROUD OF YOUR WORK? to say that our office has won “Leader in Excellence” Families reach out to us to find a way to keep their loved ones at home. We provide that solution by sending experienced, qualified, caregivers that they can choose to assist them. Most times that support is enough to give their loved ones the safety and quality of life. It also gives the primary family caregiver some respite and peace of mind so they can take care of their own health. When families tell us that they both appreciate that an “angel” is there to help, we know we’ve done our job well.

WHAT DO YOU SEE FOR THE FUTURE OF THE BUSINESS? We know that a “senior tsunami” is coming, in terms of the baby boomers hitting 65 by the thousands on a monthly basis. We’re hopeful that the workforce can keep pace with the increasing demand. We remain confident that our Visiting Angels Miami office will be able to recruit and register the best and most caring individuals in the area. Visiting Angels of Miami is located at 9990 SW 77th Ave., Ste. 328. For more information, call 305-728-3153 or go to www.visitingangels.com/miami.

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»» Divorce does not define you, how you get through it does. »» Being your best doesn’t mean being perfect. »» Turn your divorce into a beacon not an abyss. »» You learn to love yourself more than you care or love the person who hurt you. »» People don’t set your limits; you do. »» Get out of your own way. »» Rise each morning with hope and anticipation in your heart. »» Divorce can close you off. Stay open to see the miracles and remember, miracles don’t always come with a marquee. They can be small but powerful. »» Trust your inner wisdom. »» Have your own purpose/passion. »» Do what makes you happy. »» Don’t believe the naysayers and give up. Change does happen but you create the change you want. »» Life is tough, but you’re tougher. »» Get out of your comfort zone. »» Just because something worked 5 years ago doesn’t mean it works now. Make room for new things. »» Focus on your strengths more than improving your weaknesses. As a Man Thinketh, don’t get hung up on what you’re not good at, stand strong in what you are good at. »» Let go of the outcome and enjoy the moment! »» Divorce needs to be about healing, not just splitting assets. »» Write down your fears post divorce and then their solutions.

»» Work on being open to see others point of view including your children’s. »» Use divorce to course correct the rest of your life. »» Being in the present moment was never more important than now. »» Don’t respond to things based on your fears or hurts. Be non judgmental and don’t take things personally. »» Don’t be reactionary. Take a deep breath and look at the bigger picture before responding. Divorce is not black and white. »» If you write a story where all the blame goes on the other person, you are robbing yourself of tremendous growth. »» Divorce can become mindless if you let your ego take over. Stay in control. »» ALL of this is time limited. »» Find ways to lessen your daily load. Perfection is out the window. »» Do the things you enjoy. »» Happiness is something we ourselves generate, not our circumstances. »» Let go of things. Let go of mindsets or a belief system that no longer serves you. Let go of all the “shoulds” you have encountered in your life. »» Mother’s guilt is alive and well and living in your mind if you let it. »» Your children will always love you and this is not a competition. »» Stop worrying about what people have to say. They are not living your life. »» Your family structure has changed, so redefine it and stop struggling to keep it the same. It has changed, so change with it. »» And finally, there is hope for a newness that will light up your soul.

Debbie Martinez, MA is a certified, mindful life coach specializing in divorce (aka: heartbreak coach). She professionally coaches clients on how to avoid the breakup backlash and live better, not bitter. As a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator trained in collaborative divorce, Debbie gives clients the tools they need to successfully untie the knot and stand strong in the wake of adversity. She brings her formal training and life experience into her coaching practice to empower and educate clients through their divorce journey and onto new beginnings. You can contact Debbie at debbie@thepowerofdivorcecoach.com.


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STEVE'S PIZZA 18063 S Dixie Hwy (305) 233-4561 stevespizzamiami.com

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GAETANO'S PIZZA 9800 SW 77th Ave (786) 542-5860 gaetanospizzamiami.com

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HAMBERSOUTH IS THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR GREATER SOUTH Miami-Dade County, providing leadership and vision in our communities, including South Miami, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, and Greater Kendall. Since its creation in 1931, ChamberSOUTH has become an effective voice for local business and is committed to improving the economic vitality of the community. ChamberSOUTH Wellness Committee is excited to introduce the first Walk In To Wellness 2017. Bring your family and enjoy a walk while sharing a mission of health and wellness with the ChamberSOUTH Business community on Sunday, February 5th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at The Shops of Sunset Place. Join us for Meditation Monday’s! A special space created for our community to make time to simply sit with your thoughts. If you’re brand new to meditation, this is a great place to start. Come on Monday, February 6th, 5:30 – 6:15pm. Lead by Mary Scott Russell at the ChamberSOUTH offices. All levels are welcome. Our Network Luncheon is a fun, informal MEDITATION MONDAY’S event where you’ll meet everyone in the room. Monday, February 6th, 2017 We have members who do 40% of their business Time: 5:30 – 6:15 pm as a result of their regular attendance at this event. NETWORKING LUNCHEON & NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION: It’s a must for new members, you’ll feel like you Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 have known everyone for years. Want to learn Orientation 11:00 am more about ChamberSOUTH and meet our amazLuncheon 11:45 am Earls Kitchen & Bar ing Ambassadors? Come to Earls Kitchen & Bar GENERAL MEMBERSHIP Dadeland Mall on Wednesday, February 8th, at BREAKFAST: 11:00 am for our New Member Orientation, then Education & Business stay for a fantastic lunch and quality networking Wednesday, February 24th, 2017 Registration 7:15 am beginning at 11:45 am. Speaker: from Alberto Carvalho, The General Membership Breakfast is Superintendent of Miami-Dade ChamberSOUTH’s official monthly meeting. This County Public Schools BOWLING TOURNAMENT month join our Education & Business Coalition Sunday, February 26th at 9 am Breakfast. Come and enjoy a presentation from Bird Bowl Bowling Center Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools at the Miami Marriott Dadeland on Wednesday, February 24th, at 7:15 am sponsored by Zaniac. ChamberSOUTH is rolling out our second Bowling Tournament. This event is in partnership with ChamberSOUTH Military Affairs and Chamber N-XT Committees. It will be a great opportunity taking place at Bird Bowl on Sunday, February 26th. Registration at 9AM, tournament starts at 10AM. Registration now open. Mark your calendars because ChamberSOUTH is rolling out the 7th Annual Excellence Awards with support of Baptist Health South Florida to recognize businesses that excel in overall business achievement. The honorees will be recognized at a luncheon ceremony hosted at the Shops at Sunset Place on Wednesday, April 12th, with a reception beginning at 11AM. Registration now open. The Excellence Awards 2016 is hosted by ChamberSOUTH Gavel Club and Small Business Committee. We have a wonderful speaker in John Gazitua owner of Sergios’s – Cuban Kitchen and Bar and our Master of Ceremonies will be Alex D’Armas Channel 7, Today in Florida Anchor. And don’t miss the 18th Annual ChamberSOUTH Business EXPO. It will be held on Wednesday, May 17th, 2016, from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The venue is Dadeland Mall. Attendance is free to the community, this event offers local businesses the opportunity to exhibit and promote their wares while reminding residents to “keep it local” and support our community businesses. In addition to serving the business community by providing monthly networking opportunities, ChamberSOUTH is also a resource to the community at large through our committees by offering; educational opportunities, providing environmental outreach, supporting our military, acting as municipal liaison, developing leadership, assisting in small business marketing, championing non-profits, promoting wellness, and becoming a technology resource. ChamberSOUTH is THE SMALL BUSINESS CHAMPION. For more information on any of these events, contact ChamberSOUTH by visiting www. chambersouth.com or calling 305-661-1621.

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S EEN O N S C EN E HIALEAH PARK’S FLAMINGO BALL

HistoryMiami Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, swung back to the 1920s with its inaugural Great Gatsby-themed Flamingo Ball at Hialeah Park on Saturday, January 14th, 2017. The star-studded ceremony was attended by 240 guests, all dressed in the decade’s vintage clothes, Art Deco jewelry, Gatsby style hats, suits, beaded headpieces with feathers, pearls and fringe dresses. The Flamingo Ball raised more than $100,000 to benefit HistoryMiami Museum’s education programming. Sponsors of the event included Presenting Flamingo Sponsor Hialeah Park, Platinum Flamingo Sponsor Baptist Health South Florida and Golden Flamingo Sponsor Norwegian Cruise Lines.

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Mily Fernandez & Anabella Viyella

BRUNCH WITH THE ANIMALS

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This year’s Brunch for the Animals held on November 22nd at the chic Fontainebleau Miami Beach! Despite the intermittent showers, close to 400 attendees and their dogs enjoyed the exquisite brunch and exciting silent auction, all benefiting the Humane Society of Greater Miami. This year’s Brunch for the Animals raised close to $100,000.

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Bob Baal, Nancy & Mayor Carlos Hernandez, Yerby Barker

Commissioner Daniella Levine Cavas & Michael Weiser

ALL-IN FOR ALL-STARS

After-School All-Stars, the nation’s largest school-based after-school program targeting middle school youth, hosted its third annual charity poker tournament, All-In for All-Stars, on Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, at Nobu Miami. The event raised over $450,000 for the charity, which provides comprehensive, after-school programs for 2,000 low-income youth in the most underserved neighborhoods in South Florida and over 70,000 youth nationwide.

PINECREST PREMIER SOCCER CELEBRATES WITH INAUGURAL JINGLE BELL JOG

With more than 350 runners, Pinecrest Premier Soccer Club (PPSC) celebrated its inaugural Jingle Bell Jog event on Sunday, December 18 at Evelyn Greer Park. In addition to the day’s highly anticipated PPSC Jingle Bell Jog, families enjoyed breakfast, activities, and a most welcome visit from Pinecrest Mayor Joseph Corradino and Village Councilmember Anna Hockhammer who judged this year’s best team costume contest. Sponsors of the event included Kendall Toyota, Lexus of Kendall, Vivo Foods, Rock Baby, Baptist Health, Pinecrest Physical Therapy, Trader Joe’s, Starbucks on 90th Street and US1, ChillN. Special recognition was given to Village of Pinecrest’s Parks and Recreation department for their support of the event.

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GULLIVER PROFESSIONAL DANCE EXPOSURE DAY

Gulliver Preparatory Dance Department hosted its 5th annual Professional Exposure Day. Five highly regarded dance instructors visited the Prep campus to teach students from both the Academy and Prep programs, allowing the two campuses to connect in a dynamic educational setting. The purpose of Professional Dance Exposure Day is to expose students to professional dance teachers/dancers within the South Florida community. Choreographers on-hand for this year’s event included: Caleb Keime, who trained with the Miami City Ballet; Christopher Alvarez, who has performed with stars such as Thalia and Pitbull; Tawanna Hall-Charlton, one of the most sought after, highly regarded choreographers and master teachers in South Florida Day; Jorge Luis Morejon, who boasts a broad range of experience in diverse artistic genres; and Garrett Betancourt, an award-winning choreographer with vast international dance experience.


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Can they experience vision problems? Our cats and dogs, just like us, develop systemic diseases that when left untreated can affect vision. Examples of these are diabetes mellitus, hypertension and cerebrovascular accidents (strokes). Ophthalmic disorders such as cataracts, glaucoma and dry eye are extremely common in dogs and cats, and can be more common within certain purebred lines. It is important to recognize signs of vision deficiency in our cats and dogs, such as hesitance to go up/down stairs, missing a target such as when trying to jump on your bed, lack of recognition of family members (growling) until they are close enough, not realizing when a toy is placed close to them, lack of interest in chasing a moving object, or standing in the same spot longer than usual, among other behaviors. Any of these behaviors will warrant a visit to your pet’s veterinarian to diagnose and manage the vision disorder early. Board certified veterinary ophthalmologists are available to diagnose and treat more complex ophthalmic disorder. And let’s never forget that due to their sharp senses, cat and dogs missing one eye, or that are blind, can have great quality of life as long as they are kept in a protected environment such as a warm and loving home. Dr Marta Sanchez-Emden is the founder of the Animal Health and Rehab Center in South Miami. She has been practicing Veterinary Medicine in Miami for over 20 years. As a Certified Veterinary Journalist, she is the resident veterinarian for various national TV shows. She authored the book “CHIHUAHUAS : How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend,” available on Amazon. Follow her at youtube.com/ahrcvet, Facebook.com/dr.sanchezemden, Twitter @DrMartavet, and www.animalhealthrehab.com.

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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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