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  • BY GLORIA BURNS

    OO f all our Gables Greathonorees, Rotarian andGables resident NoelleGalperin is among theyoungest.

    A world traveler whose efforts haverecently afforded her Rotary District6990s first Humanitarian of the YearAward, Galperin is praised for her workwith the PolioPlus NID (NationalImmunization Day) program.

    In fact, giving back has been a way oflife for this young woman who has ledgroups of Rotarian volunteers on fivetrips to India to help immunize childrenagainst polioand was select-ed by RotaryInternational tojoin with twoother individu-als to partici-pate in an ABCspecial newsreport aboutR o t a r y sefforts to eradi-cate polio,which aired onFeb. 27.

    While Galperin was born in PuertoRico, she moved to South Florida at age2. After graduation from PalmettoSenior High School, she headed toWellesley where she graduated cum

    MAY 3 - 16, 2011

    GABLES GREAT

    NOELLE GALPERIN

    See BID, page 4

    BY MARI GALLET

    TThe board of directors of theBusiness ImprovementDistrict of Coral Gables(BID) recently announcedthe election of Burton

    Hersh, AIA, principal of Burton Hersh PA, asits new president of the board.

    Judy Weissel, downtown Coral Gablesproperty owner, was elected vice president;commercial real estate developer and co-owner of Daisy Tarsi, Gus Fonte, was appoint-ed secretary/treasurer, and business ownerHelena Ulloa, of I. Design Optical, was elect-ed member-at-Large.

    The remaining 2011 board of directors are:Jose Bolado, Bolado Clothiers; Wayne Eldred,Tarpon Bend; Jennifer Johnson, Jaes Jewelers;Zeke Guilford, property owner; Abe Ng, SushiMaki; Brad Rosenblatt, property owner;Michael Wurster, Westin Colonnade Hotel;Maria Anderson, city commission liaison (ex-officio); Orlando Abella, GMI Investments,resident advisor (ex-officio), and DeniseErwin, Seasons 52, Coral Gables Chamberliaison (ex-officio).

    Created in 1997, the BIDs mission is topromote commercial vitality to Miracle

    Coral Gables BID names new president, executive board

    BY RENE JOSLYN

    SS outh Floridians are invited toattend the Miami Area divisionof the second annual NationalFood Bloggers Bake Sale onSaturday, May 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30p.m., at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden,10901 Old Cutler Rd. in Coral Gables.

    Fairchild Garden is acting as host for thesecond year in a row to the Miami AreaNational Food Bloggers Bake Sale, which willoccur on the Saturday of the fifth annualFairchild Artists in Bloom Exhibition and Sale

    weekend. Food bloggers and their friendsfrom all over Miami-Dade County and SouthFlorida will feature their favorite baked goodsfrom their blogs and family recipe files.

    Highlights of this years sale include:Local celebrity bakers, Cupcakes Nouveau of

    Coral Gables and 2 Girls and a Cupcake ofMiami, are contributing cupcakes to sell and giftcertificates for the raffle. Cupcakes Nouveauand 2 Girls and a Cupcake were hometown con-

    BBaakkee SSaallee aatt FFaaiirrcchhiilldd GGaarrddeenn ttoo bbeenneeffiitt SShhaarree OOuurr SSttrreennggtthh

    See BAKE SALE, page 4

    Giving back hasbeen way of life

    for Noelle Galperin

    See GALPERIN, page 4

    Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason (left) was a guest of honor at the Apr. 26 evening reception welcomingand honoring former Czech Republic Ambassador Martin Palous. Pictured with Mayor Cason isAmbassador Palous (center) and Alan Becker, managing partner of the law firm of Becker & Poliakoff,which hosted the reception at its Coral Gables offices.

    Mayor welcomes former Czech Republic Ambassador Palous

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    Random Acts of Kindness Club at the University of Miami hosted its largest event of the year Hug the Lake! on Friday, Apr. 22 (Earth Day). Hug the Lake, now in its fifth year, is a campus-wide event that brings theUM community together to celebrate Earth Day. This year more than 700 students, faculty, and staff joinedhands, encircling Lake Osceola in the center of the Coral Gables campus in a symbolic hug, to show theirappreciation for and increase awareness about the environment. At the event, they collected donations to pro-tect acreage of the Everglades from deforestation.

    UM community gives lake a big hug on Earth Day

    May 3 - 9, 2011 COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM Page 3

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    Mile and Downtown Coral Gables, and toact as a strategic catalyst for the overallimprovement of the area. Through the imple-mentation of marketing, advertising, publicrelations, event production, and advocacy,this collective organization of property own-ers and merchants position Downtown CoralGables as a desirable place to shop, dine,play, live and do business.

    Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle

    Mile is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhoodinfused with a chic European feel.Decorated with tree-lined streets andMediterranean architecture, the historic areaboasts some of Miamis finest boutiques,acclaimed restaurants and lively culturalvenues. With more than 160 retailers andover 70 restaurants, Downtown CoralGables and Miracle Mile is a sophisticateddestination to shop, live, play and work.

    For more information and a directory, visit, become a fan or fol-low on Twitter @ShopCoralGables.

    BID, from page 1

    laude with a BA. After earning an MBA atHarvard Business School, she worked asan International Brand Manager for sixyears for the Colgate-Palmolive Companyin New York, Manilla and Mexico City.

    For the past 10 years, Galperin has beenbased in Coral Gables as a principal atGalperin & Associates Inc., a firm that pro-vides marketing and management consult-ing. An active member of the Rotary Club ofCoral Gables, Galperins connection toRotary is a family affair as she follows in thefootsteps of her late father Arnold Galperin,who was a longtime member of the RotaryClub of Miami, past governor of District6990 and an outstanding community leader.

    While Rotary is a huge part of her life, shealso serves on numerous boards including theFounding Steering Committee of theHarvard Business School CommunityPartners of South Florida, the Friends of theGusman Center for the Performing Arts, theBoard of Trustees of the Friends of theMiami-Dade Public Library, and the Boardof Directors of the Miami-Dade PublicLibrary Foundation.

    Galperin has been active with theWellesley Alumnae Association serving as

    a co-president of the Miami Club and mostrecently serving as president of theWellesley College Class of 1990.

    Galperin is a graduate of LeadershipMiami in 2005 sponsored by the GreaterMiami Chamber of Commerce. In addi-tion, for the past six years she has alsobeen a voting member of the Miami-DadeCultural Affairs grants panel.

    As if all that were not enough to keep herbusy, Galperin now has a goal of founding anonprofit with a mission of promoting self-worth and encouraging self-respect in girlsand women living in the poorest of condi-tions around the globe by giving them akeepsake photo portrait, which in manycases will be the first and only photo ofthemselves they will ever own.

    Gathering support from corporate part-ners, she will provide a small corps ofinternational service volunteers alreadyengaged in building global goodwill withkits containing a digital camera, compactportable printer, and impermeable framesto carry out this effort. Galperins ultimatevision is to positively enhance the waygirls and women perceive themselves andtheir place in society.

    GALPERIN, from page 1

    testants on different episodes of Food NetworksCupcake Wars! last year.

    Dunkin Donuts of South Florida onceagain is providing the sale with coffee andtreats to sell.

    Renowned cookbook author and MiamiBeach High graduate Amy Rogers is donat-ing a signed copy of her latest book, Hungryfor Home for the raffle.

    Freakin Flamingo local jams are beingdonated for sale, plus a gift basket ofFreakin Flamingo jams and other productswill be raffled. Freakin Flamingo was fea-tured this year in Urban Daddy MiamisValentine Gift Guide.

    WokStar Eleanor Hoh is donating a gift cer-tificate for two people to attend one of her verypopular wok cooking classes (valued at $130)

    for the raffle. Students learn Eleanors no-recipes, no-measuring method to put a deli-cious and healthy meal on the table in minutes.

    Michaels Genuine Food & Drink in theMiami Design District is donating a $100gift certificate to the raffle. Chef MichaelSchwartz, among other honors, recentlyreceived the 2010 James Beard FoundationAward for Best Chef: South.

    The National Food Bloggers Bake Salefeatures food bloggers from across the coun-try, uniting to support Share Our Strength byholding bake sales in their states on the sameday. Readers will have the opportunity totaste the baked goods from their favoritefood blogs at each states bake sale location.

    To find other National Food BloggersBake Sale locations, visit . Last year, the group raised over$16,500, across 22 states.

    BAKE SALE, from page 1

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    The Junior Orange Bowl Committeekicked off its 63rd year with its AnnualKickoff and Theme Unveiling on Apr. 19 atthe Coral Gables Museum.

    Newly sworn in president Dallas Brownrevealed the 2011-12 festival theme,Soaring to New Heights!, for the first timeand guests had a chance to meet committeechairs and sign up to volunteer. Membersbrought friends and prospective volunteers tocelebrate and learn more about the myriadevents that make the Junior Orange Bowl thelargest youth festival in the world.

    For more information on the JuniorOrange Bowl, call 305-662-1210.

    The American Cancer Society celebratedthe 2011 Relay for Life of Coral Gables onApr. 16-17, at George Merrick Park. Of the22 teams participating, the Coral Gables

    Chambers 20/30 group came in third, raisingmore than $3,500.

    On the education front, the IndependentSchools of South Florida held its 2011 StarStudents Luncheon on Apr. 13 at theDoubletree drawing a crowd of 800 honoreesand guests from 56 independent schools.Among the Coral Gables area students hon-ored at the affair were Gulliver SchoolAcademy and Prep students John MichaelDeLappe, Ashley Martinez, Ines Noel,Cody Diamond, Karan Mirpuri, JaclynSoria; Riviera Day School and Prep studentsShola Takahashi, Victoria Basnuevo andNoah Sperber; St. Thomas Episcopal DaySchool students Emily Battle, CamilleGarcia-Mendoza, and Felipe Pardo.

    ISSF executive director Dr. Teri Logan, asso-ciate head of Miami Christian School, coordinat-ed a luncheon program with a host of helpersincluding Brother Angelo Palmieri, AliciaCasanopva, James McGhee II, Jennifer Loo,Kris Charlton, John Krutulis, Kathie Yuz,and Mercedes and Merchy Ricon.

    ISSF is an organization of more than 70accredited non-public schools joined to shareinformation, provide professional learning,celebrate student successes and discuss mat-ters of common concern.

    Abigail Disney, named one of 150Extraordinary Women Who Shake the Worldby Newsweek and The Daily Beast, was thekeynote speaker on Apr. 27 for the WomensFund of Miami-Dade Power of the PurseLuncheon. This annual affair benefitingthe only grant-making organization in Miami-Dade entirely dedicated to funding gender-specific programs took place at the HyattRegency Miami, 400 SE Second Ave.

    The Power of the Purse is symbolic of ourability to profoundly impact women and girlsin Miami by supporting gender-specific pro-grams and raising awareness of the connec-tion between poverty, low self-esteem, inad-equate healthcare, job access, domestic vio-lence, sexual assault and being female.

    In sports news, the University of Miamihas hired a new athletic director, Shawn M.Eichorst. A former star defensive back incollege who went on to earn a law degree andhelp lead intercollegiate athletic programs intwo of the nations premier conferences,Eichorst becomes UMs 12th director of ath-letics. Welcome to South Florida, Shawn.

    On the cultural front, the DranoffInternational Two Piano Foundations thirdannual Oiano Slam, a two-piano classicalmusic and rap poetry concert, will take placeat the John S. and James L. Knight ConcertHall in the Adrienne Arsht Center for thePerforming Arts of Miami-Dade County onWednesday, May 4, 7:30 p.m. This is a cul-mination of an in-school education and per-formance project in 61 Miami-Dade middleand high schools. The competition open tothe public and admission is free.

    For more information, go online to.

    The American Heart Association will hold its2011 Miami-Dade Heart Walk on Saturday, Oct.29, at Florida International University. To getinvolved through a sponsorship or walk team,send email to ,call 305-631-4791 or visit online at

  • BY ROSA QUIROZ

    The Biltmore Hotel has announced apartnership with the Greater MiamiConvention and Visitors Bureau in a dreamwedding contest, Marry Me in Miami,giving away a Miami wedding valued atnearly $150,000.

    As one of the most renowned historiclandmark hotels, the Biltmore offers a vari-ety of extravagant ballrooms, completewith stunning views and European archi-tectural influences making it Miamispremier site for extraordinary weddings.

    Starting May 10, couples from across theU.S. may enter the contest and submit theirlove story by logging on to. In June,five finalist couples will be selected ran-domly to visit Miami to compete for thegrand prize in a Wedding Day Challengeobstacle course that will take place on June22 on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. Thecouple that wins the challenge will receivea wedding ceremony and reception for 125guests on Oct. 9 at the Biltmore.

    The Biltmore will join forces with pre-

    mier wedding partners to plan and design awedding set for true platinum status,including: celebrity wedding plannerJackie Ohh; wedding dcor by ParrishDesigns, Nuage Designs, Hitched Eventsand Uplyte; wedding cake by ElegantTemptations; entertainment by MichaelSarz; wedding photos by Rodrigo Varela;wedding video by Dream VideoProduction; transportation by MajesticLimousines; bridal dress by Daisy Tarsi;bridesmaids dresses by J. Del Olmo, andmens tux by Bolado Clothiers.

    In addition, the Biltmore will offer hotelaccommodations for the wedding party, aswell as spa and golf services for the bride

    and groom. The wedding celebration willculminate with a farewell champagnebrunch at the Biltmore.

    This momentous wedding event is anew chapter in the Biltmores 85 years ofhistory, said Gene Prescott, president ofthe Biltmore Hotel. The Biltmore sets thestandard for Miami destination weddingsand we are thrilled to host the winning cou-ple at our resort for their special day.

    Marry Me in Miami is an initiative of theMiami Romance Month program embarkingin June by the Greater Miami Convention andVisitors Bureau. The program seeks to cele-brate and promote Miami as the ideal city fordestination weddings, commitment cere-monies, wedding shopping trips, bachelor/etteparties, proposals and honeymoons.

    For details on the Marry Me in Miamicontest rules and the grand prize, visitonline at .

    ABOUT THE BILTMORE HOTELThe Biltmore is a National Historic

    Landmark located in the Coral Gables area.The 273-room hotel resembles classicItalian, Moorish, and Spanish architecturalinfluences spread over 150-acres of tropi-cal landscape. A favorite of world leadersand notables since its opening in 1926, thehotel offers a restored Donald Ross 18-hole, 71 par championship golf course, ten-nis, the largest hotel pool in the country,private cabanas, a European spa, and anaward-winning fitness center.

    The hotels dining destinations include theacclaimed Palme dOr, which Zagat calls oneof the best restaurants in the country;Fontana, an Italian restaurant surrounding theBiltmore fountain, and the poolside Cascade.

    For more information or to makereservations, visit online at or call 1-800-727-1926.

    Biltmore Hotel announces Dream Wedding giveaway

    The BiltmoreHotel in CoralGables providesthe ideal backdrop forthat special day.

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    BY ORIANE LLUCH

    Breakout the tequila and cue the mariachis South Floridians are going to have extrareason to celebrate on Thursday, May 5, whensuccessful Palm Beach-based restaurateurCarmine Giardini, owner/operator ofCarmines RestaurantGroup, opens the doors ofhis newest creation Cinco Cantina & TequilaBar.

    Featuring a beautifulbar and an expansivemenu, created and exe-cuted by Chef JohnBelleme and his talentedkitchen staff, the restau-rant, located in theupscale Village ofMerrick Parks beautifulplaza, is slated to open tothe public on none otherthan Cinco de Mayo.

    Seating 366 throughouta spacious dining room,bar, outdoor patio andtwo private rooms, Cinco surely willappeal to the trendsetters, foodies andscene makers that flock to the designerboutiques that fill the Spanish-style al fres-co shopping center. Bringing the spirit ofCinco de Mayo to Miami 365 days a year,Cinco will feature a rustic and festiveambiance with colorful and traditionalMexican design elements.

    Serving at lunch and dinner daily, themenu is large, featuring something for every-one and priced-to-please. The list of optionspromises to appeal to diners who loveauthentic Mexican dishes as well as thoseseeking more eclectic fare. The Tequila bar,which is positioned to become one of Coral

    Gables hottest new watering holes, willserve an array of traditional and signaturecocktails during its nightly Happy Hour.

    To execute the menu at Cinco, Giardini hasbrought in Miami native Belleme, a well-respected local talent who first came toprominence during his days with the

    esteemed UniqueRestaurant Group. Therestaurant marksBellemes reemergenceinto the Miami marketsince joining theCarmines RestaurantGroup at Umi Fishbar andGrill in Palm Beach inOctober 2010.

    Rooted in authenticMexican cuisine, themenu will have a contem-porary spin, complimentsof Belleme and his talent-ed culinary staff.

    Ive always had adeep respect for, andappreciation of Mexicancuisine, said Belleme,

    who quietly worked behind the scenes onseveral Mexican concepts over the courseof his career. Im thrilled to finally have achance to cook this type of food and workwith the great ingredients and multi-lay-ered flavors that Mexican cuisine has tooffer. The menu will playfully pay homageto authentic Mexican cuisine and havesomething for everyone.

    Cinco Cantina & Tequila Bar, 4251Salzedo St., Suite 1325, at The Village ofMerrick Park in Coral Gables, is slated toopen Thursday, May 5. Lunch and dinnerserved daily from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. Call786-439-1730 or visit online at .

    New Mexican dining destinationslated to open Cinco de Mayo

    Chef John Belleme(Photo credit: Alissa Dragun)

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    BY MOST REV. THOMAS G. WENSKIArchbishop of Miami

    The FloridaLegislatures currentdebate on immigra-tion threatens the eco-nomic stability ofFlorida.

    Punitive measuresaimed at undocument-ed workers will createan atmosphere of fear

    for them and their families. At the sametime, these same punitive measures willalienate legal residents and foreign touristswho because of their ethnic profile couldbe mistaken for undocumented migrants.

    While the Church does not advocate forundocumented immigration, the Churchrecognizes the human dignity of thestranger among us who, regardless of hisor her legal status, is still the subject ofrights that are not conferred by the statebut are in fact God given. One cannot for-get the basic humanity of the immigrantwhatever his status.

    The Catholic Church has long minis-tered to immigrants and refugees in theUnited States, including those without per-manent legal status. These immigrants, farfrom being a threat to our nation, are seek-ing to meet the basic needs of their familiesby working, often at jobs that Americansthemselves eschew.

    The regulation of immigration is clearlythe purview of the federal and not state orlocal government; it is at the federal levelthe current immigration crisis needs to beresolved but in a way that is just and ina way that addresses adequately presentand future labor needs of our country and

    helps reunify and not divide families.The recent Ninth Circuit Court opinion

    pointed out the unconstitutionality of por-tions of the Arizona law, including someprovisions which are now in the proposedFlorida bills. Passage of these statutesinevitably will result in costly court chal-lenges, diverting already scarce resourcesthat could be used to implement policiesbetter suited to bolster Floridas economy.

    In this global society, fraught with eco-nomic instability and natural disasters,workers oftentimes are forced to leavetheir home country in search of a means tosupport their families. Present immigrationlaw leaves few lawful avenues for them toregularize their status even though theycontribute to our economy by their labor.Without a path to legal status, they remainvulnerable to wage theft, exploitation orhuman trafficking.

    The failure of Congress to enact com-prehensive immigration reform leaves uswith a status quo that all parties of theimmigration debate find unacceptable.However, draconian measures such asthose proposed in the Florida Legislatureand the demonization of irregularmigrants only exacerbates the problemwithout providing any long term and justsolution.

    Enforcement of federal immigration lawis a function of the federal government. IfFloridians want to contribute positively toaddressing the problems caused by illegalmigration, then they should join forceswith those pressing Congress for a federalsolution one that honors the rule of lawbut, at the same time, affords our migrantbrothers and sisters the respect and dignitythat is theirs as human beings made in theimage and likeness of God.

    Legislatures immigration debatethreatens stability of economy

  • BY BROOKE NOBLE

    Notable guests, community membersand theater supporters gathered at the his-toric Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables onSaturday, Apr. 16, for the platinum celebra-tion of the 20th annual Reach for theStars Gala Auction presented by ActorsPlayhouse and Lexus of Kendall.

    Started as a small fundraising event atthe Dadeland Mall in 1991, the Reach forthe Stars Gala Auction truly has taken ona life of its own, blossoming into one ofthe City Beautifuls most extravagantevents of the year.

    Hosted by founding board chair Dr.Lawrence Stein and executive producingdirector Barbara S. Stein, more than 600guests attended one of the most anticipatedevents on the South Florida calendar thatfeatured over $350,000 worth of live andsilent auction items up for bid.

    The evenings gourmet dining was pro-vided by 33 of Coral Gables finest restau-rants, with an open bar sponsored byBarcardi and complimentary wine andchampagne from Premier Beverage Co.

    Celebrity guest auctioneer for his 20thyear was South Floridas own Bob Soper,former CBS4 chief meteorologist, with thehelp of Actors Playhouse artistic directorDavid Arisco.

    The popular auction is the majorfundraising event for Actors Playhouseeach year. This years funds of more than$130,000 will be dedicated to capitalimprovements of the historic MiracleTheatre and the operating costs of ActorsPlayhouse 2011-12 Season.

    Actors Playhouse is a very fortunateorganization to have so many wonderfulpatrons and sponsors, who for many yearshave invested their friendship and supportof our organization, Stein said. We aregrateful beyond measure for our cherishedrelationships with our supporters and wethank them from the bottom of our hearts.

    Headlining this years auction was a2011 Lexus RX 350 one-year lease fromLexus of Kendall. Additionally, live andsilent auction items included Air BerlinBusiness Class Tickets to anywhere inEurope the airline flies, worldwide hoteltravel courtesy of InterContinental Miami,exclusive celebrity wine dinners at popularSouth Florida restaurants, jewelry, golfpackages, fine art, antiques, sports collec-tors items, spa visits, couture clothing andgift certificates.

    Lexus of Kendall was the presentingsponsor of this years event, together withPlatinum Sponsors Air Berlin andInterContinental Hotels & Resorts. Gold

    Sponsors included Azamara Club Cruises,Bacardi USA, The Biltmore Hotel,ClubMed, AT&T The Real Yellow Pagesand Seabourn.

    Silver Sponsors included Doral GolfResort & Spa, Continental Connection,Alberto Romeu Studio, Assurant,AroundTown Magazine, Atlantis ParadiseIsland, Bravo Musicians, Christinas PartyRentals, Bradford Renaissance Portraits,Frame & Crate, Gables Gems, HyattRegency Coral Gables, Marlins Ballpark,MiaCucina, Premier Beverage Company,Dr. Siegals Cookie Diet, Solo Printing,Steinway & Sons, The Westin ColonnadeCoral Gables, Zip Mailer, Inc. and artists

    Clifford Bailey, Carlos Navarro, Gapal,Cynthia Coulombe, Jama, Carbonell, EdKing, and Fer Sucre.

    Gala VIP Sponsors included BaptistHealth South Florida, Florida Power &Light, AT&T and Kevin J. King & Tricia A.King. VIP Sponsors included DonnaAbood, Norma Jean Abraham, Marc andMadeline Auerbach, BAC Florida Bank,Banco Popular, BankAtlantic, Bank ofCoral Gables, Cherry, Bekaert & HollandLLP, Coral Gables CommunityFoundation, Esserman Automotive Group,Greenberg Traurig LLP, Gulliver Schools,International Finance Bank, Kahn Carlin &Co., PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP,TotalBank, U.S. Century Bank, and WasteManagement.

    Participating restaurants includedAnacapri on Ponce, BGR The BurgerJoint, Caf at Books & Books in CoralGables, California Pizza Kitchen,Catering by Lovables, Charlotte Bistro,Chilorios Very Mexican, Cold StoneCreamery, Cookies By Design, CourtyardCaf by Marriott Coral Gables,CrepeMaker on the Mile, Eddas CakeDesigns, Edible Arrangements, FlemingsPrime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, LaCofradia Restaurant, Miss Saigon Bistro,Mortons The Steakhouse, Normans 180,Ortanique on the Mile, Panera Bread,Pashas, Peppys in the Gables, RinconArgentino, Romanicos Chocolate, RuthsChris Steak House, Seasons 52, SpecialEvents Catering By Les, StarbucksCoffee, Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill,Tropical Chinese Restaurant, The WestinColonnade Coral Gables and YugaRestaurant.

    With the close of a successful 20th Gala,the theater already is planning next years21st Anniversary Gala event, which will becelebrated Apr. 14, 2012. For additionalinformation on how to get involved contactthe Actors Playhouse Development Officeat 305-444-9293, ext. 609.

    Reach for the Stars auction marks platinum anniversary

    Pictured (l-r) are Dr. Lawrence E. Stein, Actors Playhouse chairman of the board; Barbara S. Stein, executive pro-ducing director, and Bob Soper, celebrity guest auctioneer for his 20th year.

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    BY JEREMY KATZMAN

    Miami Childrens Hospital FoundationDiamond Society members Cristina andDaniel Echavarria and Brooke and Dr. ChadPerlyn hosted a Spring Fling Launch eventfor the Miami Childrens YoungAmbassadors (MCYA), of which CristinaEchavarria and Dr. Perlyn are co-chairs.

    Approximately 100 young professionals,physicians and Miami Childrens Hospitaland Foundation senior leaders and donorsgathered to enjoy a beautiful South Floridaevening and to discuss their common inter-est in advocating for childrens issues andserving as ambassadors for MiamiChildrens Hospital.

    Attendees included Miami ChildrensHospital (MCH) Board chair Gary Gregory;MCH Board member Dr. Maria Franco;MCH Foundation president and CEO LucyMorillo-Agnetti; MCH vice president ofStrategic Business Planning and PublicAffairs, Chief Hospitality Officer NancyHumbert; MCYA Leadership Committeemembers Dr. Plato Alexander, GabrielDecaran-Voight, Michael Grieco, ChandraIglesias-Balsera, Andres Asion, CristinaEchavarria, Jackie Humbert, JC Antorcha,Brenda Vargas, Dean Neiger, Brooke and

    Dr. Chad Perlyn; MCH physicians Drs.Mislen and Christian Bauer and Dr. JasonKatz; Florida International University ath-letic director Pete Garcia; Carolina Cejas,and Eduardo Arellano.

    Miami Childrens Hospital saved mylife after I was in a motorcycle accident as ateenager and, as the father of two youngchildren, I feel lucky to have this valuableresource in our community, DanielEchavarria said. We cannot take MiamiChildrens for granted; we must show oursupport through donations and giving chil-dren a voice.

    MCYA is a newly formed membershiporganization for young professionalsbetween the ages of 22 and 45 who have astrong commitment to improving the livesof children in the community and beyond.

    Members have the opportunity to net-work with prestigious business and commu-nity leaders, meet with key MiamiChildrens Hospital and Foundation person-nel and determine how their donations canbest be used to benefit the children of ourcommunity and beyond.

    Miami Childrens Hospital saved mybrothers life when he was a child, and due tohis inspiration, I chose to pursue a careerwhere I can affect childrens lives, said Dr.

    Perlyn, who is a pediatric plastic surgeon atMiami Childrens. MCYA allows not onlydoctors and nurses, but the entire communityto step up and support childrens health care.

    For more information on MCYA andMiami Childrens Hospital Foundation,contact Lani Valido, director of community

    relations, at 786-624-2826 or by email at.

    To learn more about the Foundation andoffer support, visit ,become a fan on Facebook at , or call 305-666-2889.

    MCYA host Spring Fling Launch attracting 100

    Pictured (l-r) are MCYA co-chairs Dr. Chad Perlyn and Cristina Echavarria; John Agnetti, and Lucy Morillo-Agnetti, MCH Foundation president and CEO.

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  • Most working people are employeesand they think like employees when itcomes to their financial condition. Thismeans their focus is on salary, health in-surance, 401k and vacation time. Yes,these benefits do impact your financialcondition but it is one-sided. It is on theside of what you have (assets).

    We suggest that in order to attain fi-nancial independence, employeesshould begin to think and behave as abusiness owner. A business ownersfocus is not only on what they have butmore importantly, what they owe (liabili-ties). This means accounts payable,which for individuals are items such ascredit cards, car loansandmortgages.Onthis side of the balance sheet, the busi-ness ownerwants tominimize expenses.

    What you have (assets) minus whatyou owe (liabilities) results in whats leftover (net worth). $1 of assets and $1 ofliabilities means $0 in net worth. $1 lessin liabilities means you are $1 richer.

    Many employees with more salarywill spend more, so they still have littlenet worth or financial independence.The car and house they own may befancier but they may still be broke.

    Thebook,TheMillionaireNextDoor,de-scribeshowabusinessowner thinks andbehaves.It isnotsecrethowtobecomefi-nancially secure. It comes down to notthinking and behaving like an employeewhen it comes to your financial future.

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    BY JEREMY GLAZER

    Former Miami-Dade CountyCommissioner Katy Sorenson wasrecently elected chair ofthe Building BetterCommunities (BBC)General Obligation BondCitizens AdvisoryCommittee (CAC). TheGOB, as it is known, wasapproved by the voters in2004 and is a $2.9 billionlong-term investment inthe community. Duringthe next 15-20 years, theprogram will fund proj-ects at approximately1,500 worksites through-out Miami-Dade includ-ing parks, libraries, senior housing, cul-tural facilities and infrastructure.

    The county encourages citizen par-ticipation by informing residents on theprogress of bond projects. A 21-mem-ber CAC was established to advise the

    mayor, county commissioners and thecounty manager on the program. TheCACs role is to monitor the program,participate in progress reports to the

    mayor and commission, aswell as provide recom-mendations on any reallo-cations or unspent bondfunds, and communityoutreach.

    The General ObligationBond program is more impor-tant than ever, Sorensonsaid. Its providing sorelyneeded jobs in a tough econo-my while improving thecountys infrastructure andamenities. Im proud to be apart of the Citizens AdvisoryCommittee.

    Sorenson currently is the president andCEO of the Good Government Initiative atthe University of Miami, a program to edu-cate elected officials at the state and locallevels, and to foster citizen participation ingovernment.

    Former Commissioner Sorensonto chair bonds advisory panel

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  • PLASTIC SURGERY CORNERWITH DR. VIJAY SHARMA

    Dear Dr. Sharma,

    I am 54 years old and I dont knowwhat to do. When I look in the mir-ror, I see more and more of mygrandmother. My neck is saggingto become the turkey neck shehad. My jawline is no longer sharpand defined like it used to be - Ivebeen told I have jowls now! Im abit nervous about extreme surgery.Maybe Im ready for a mini-facelift??? What do you recommend?

    -Sadly Signed,Sagging Susan :(

    Dear Susan,

    Like many of my patients, you aregoing through the natural agingprocess. But dont worry, you havelots of options to help you look andfeel better.

    It sounds like you may be on target.A facelift is typically a face and necklift. The procedure is performed bytightening the muscles of the face andneck through carefully hidden inci-sions. Having personally performedover 2,000 of these procedures, Iknow a facelift can improve the areasof concern that you mentioned - espe-cially the loose turkey neck and loss ofjawline definition jowls.

    Only you can decide if you areready for the improvement a faceliftcan give. The first step is to consultwith a Facial Plastic Surgeon. As with

    all Plastic Surgery, I recom-mend visiting with an expe-rienced Board Certifiedphysician. The doctorshould be able to show youphotos of his or her previ-ous patients.You should feellike your questions areanswered in a polite andinformative way.

    As with any procedure, Irecommend you spend timewith your surgeon dis-cussing expectations forwhat I call The Three Rs ofPlastic Surgery: Results,Risks, and Recovery.

    This sort of approachmakes it much more likely toget the natural, youthful,and well-rested appearanceyou desire.

    I offer my patients a modified faceliftprocedure known as The Gables Lift.It takes about 90 minutes and is per-formed under local anesthesia in myCoral Gable office. This procedurehas the advantages of traditionalfacelifts (improved neck and jawline)without the need for deeper anesthe-sia. I do offer higher levels of anes-thesia, especially for patients whoplan to perform other procedures atthe same time.

    In my practice, the procedures mostcommonly performed with facelifts areeye-lifts (blepharoplasty) or facial fattransfer (especially to build up sag-ging cheeks).

    I hope this information helps guideyou in the right direction on your jour-ney of self-improvement.Best of Luck!

    Sincerely yours,Vijay M. Sharma, MD, MPH

    Dr. Sharma focuses exclusively oncosmetic Facial Plastic Surgery.His office is located on -475 Biltmore Way, Suite [email protected]

    Dr. Sharma is a Double Board Certified Facial PlasticSurgeon. His Coral Gables office is on Biltmore Way.

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    BY BROOKE ALBERT

    Dow Chemical and the ChemicalHeritage Foundation recently announcedthe student winners of the national ItsElemental video contest.

    Locally, St. Brendan High School inWestchester was selected as the sole win-ner of the contests Peoples Pick awardfor garnering the most votes nearly215,000 in just three months bylaunching a campaign that involved reach-ing out to the schools network of stu-dents, teachers and alumni. The schoolsgrant money will be used to hold the

    schools first-ever science fair.Nearly 700 individuals and teams

    entered the contest from 36 states acrossthe U.S. and 11 winning schools wereselected to receive $5,000 grants to helpsupport the schools science departments.The program was designed to inspireinterest in chemistry among students, oneof the objectives of the United Nations-designated 2011 International Year ofChemistry.

    To check out the winning video visitonline at .

    St. Brendan wins Peoples Pickaward in student video contest

    Pictured (l-r) are teacher Aileen Escarpio, and students Justine Golembe, Jasmine Perez and Lourdes Bazan.

  • PALMETTO PAINT AND DECORATING CENTER YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR HOME DECORATINGBY NANCY EAGLETON

    Theres no place like homeWhetherworking, relaxing or entertaining, people arespending more time at home than ever be-fore. If this rings true for you, then yourhome should be your sanctuary. The ex-perts at Palmetto Paint and DecoratingCenter can help you refresh, update andcreate the perfect home sweet home.

    Paint, flooring and window treatments arethree of the quickest and least expensiveways to update a room, according to de-signers. From floor to ceiling, small projectsto total room makeovers, Palmetto Paintand Decorating Center has got you covered.

    The team at the center offers specializedattention that you simply will not find inlarger chain stores. Owners Dan Hedrick,Robert Lingle and Perry Arabatzis are al-ways on hand to offer expert service to thefriends, neighbors, designers and contrac-tors who have visited their store in PalmettoBay for more than 41 years. The center, lo-cated on South Dixie Highway, also carriesan array of superior quality products.

    As of April 1st, Palmetto Paint carries thecomplete line of Benjamin Moore paints ex-clusively. Whether you think neutral is niceor want to change blah to brilliant, paintcan make a big splash. Products in theBenjamin Moore line include interior and

    exterior paints and wood stains, primersand specialized paints with metallic finishesand pearlescent hues. It really is the bestbrand of paint products available, said co-owner Arabatzis.

    Do-it-yourselfers will find all the supplies and inspiration they need to get themstarted. Paint technique seminars are heldquarterly. The next seminar is Wednesday,May 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., and will be led bythe regional representative from ModernMasters. It will include demonstrations ofModern Masters complete product range,including metal effects, texture effects andVenetian plaster. If youd rather leave yourpaint job to the experts, the Palmetto Paintteam can provide you with the name of apreferred paint contractor.

    For high impact, transform a room withnew hardwood or laminate flooring from topmanufacturers, Armstrong and Manning-ton. Like the feel of soft carpet underfoot inthe bedroom? The center offers carpets byMohawk, with a style, texture and colorchoice for every purpose, decorating styleand budget.

    Dress up your windows and improve theview with Hunter Douglas wood blinds,plantation shutters, Duette shades, Sil-houette shades, roman shades, verticalblinds and privacy sheers.Wallpaper has made a comeback or

    maybe it never went out of style. At Pal-metto Paint, youll find more than 100,000wallpaper prints and textures from which tochoose. In-home measuring and estimatesare always free.

    While in-store, decorator consultants,

    Karla Mergenthal and Lynette Pichardo,can help you choose and coordinate all ofthese products and more, such as custom-made valances, draperies, bedspreads andpillows. To help you put it all together athome, designer Debbie Jarrell makeshouse calls.

    We work with designers and do-it-yourselfers, alike, said Mergenthal. Wehave customers who visit us from SouthAmerica and those who have a winterhome here and a summer home in thenorth. We go the extra mile for all of ourclients and because of that, weve devel-oped a loyalty.

    Since 1994, local paint and wallpapercontractor Gustavo Inzillo has visited Pal-metto Paint at least twice a week for hisproject supplies. They carry the best prod-ucts and provide excellent service, he said.The paint specialists are experts at colormatching. And, when I work with Karla ona wallpaper job, my clients are all thrilledwith the results.

    Palmetto Paint and Decorating Center islocated at 14031 South Dixie Highway inPalmetto Bay and the phone number is305-233-1224. The center is open Mon-day Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. andSaturday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For more in-formation, visit www.palmettopaint.ben-moorepaint.com

    The helpful staff at Palmetto Paint and Decorating Cen-ter in Palmetto Bay, (L to R): Jackie Arabatzis, LynettePichardo, Perry Arabatzis, Karla Mergenthal and RobertLingle. Not pictured: Dan Hedrick and Debbie Jarrell.

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    Palmer Trinity celebratesits 20th annual Book Fair

    BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

    The 20th annual Palmer Trinity Book Fairon Apr. 11 featured author Alan Cheuse,author and book reviewer for National PublicRadio.

    The Palmer Book Fair is well known notonly because of the authors who speak at thebrunch, but because of the incredible themedtables. This years table themes ranged fromBreakfast at Tiffanys to On the Beach toPutting on the Ritz.

    One table featured peacocks, promptingthe head of school, Sean Murphy, to quip inhis welcome speech that no peacocks wereharmed in the preparation of this brunch.

    Murphy told everyone that while thetables were fabulous, what has made thebook fair so special over the years are thebooks and the people who attend.

    There is an abiding love for books, hesaid.

    That love of books and an innovative sum-mer reading list convinced Mitchell Kaplan,owner of Books and Books, to send his twinsons to Palmer. Kaplan promised to stayinvolved although his sons are graduating.

    This school distinguishes itself, he said.The theme of the love of books was con-

    tinued when Cheuse spoke. As well as beinga respected writer, Cheuse has reviewedbooks on NPR for more than two decades.He has written five novels, short stories anda memoir. His latest novel is Song of theSlaves in the Desert, which delves into theworld of southern slavery. Interestingly, bythe time he finished the book, he was agrandfather to a child adopted from Ethiopia.

    Books are everything to writers, Cheusesaid. We hope they are everything to readers.

    He talked about a writer who sent hisgrandmother his first book when it was pub-lished. The grandmother was quite religious

    and when she received the book, she senthim a note thanking him, but told him, I havethe books I need the Bible and the Searscatalog!

    Whether we need the Bible, we need toaugment it with other visions, Cheuse said.Books help us understand and rejuvenateourselves.

    He said there are characters in novels thatwe know better than people we grew up with.

    In the question and answer session, he wasasked about his work as a writer and as areviewer for NPR.

    We are the only broadcast network in thehistory of civilization that takes books seri-ously, he said.

    To do his reviews, he reads three to fivebooks a week, featuring books he hasenjoyed. To date he has done very few nega-tive reviews.

    For every book I review I read five to 10others, he said.

    One of the questions he fielded was aboutthe future of books in this digital age wherepeople are reading books on their phones, oniPads or on readers such as Kindle or Nook.

    I think books will go on, he said.Twenty-five percent of every book willcome in hardcover.

    As to how to keep boys reading, he saidfathers can make a difference if they wouldmake it a point to read with their sons.

    As far as the contentious debate inCongress about cutting federal funding forNPR, Cheuse said, if the funds were takenaway, NPR would survive in urban areas butit would limit access to multiple points ofview for people who live in more remoteareas.

    The book fair raises money for theMatheson Library, headed by RuthanneVogel, which has a collection of more than19,000 books, videos and magazines.

  • BY IVONNE SNAVELY

    Dadeland Mall invites children of all agesto roll up their sleeves and explore the funside of food with hands-on learning activi-ties during the Simon Kidgits Clubs SuperDuper Mini Chefs event on Friday, May 20,6:30 to 8 p.m.

    Kids will enjoy a nutritional magic showby Amy the Magic Chef where they willlearn table manners and good eating habits.Youngsters also will color their own chefhats and receive an apron to help them makesweet treats.

    The Simon Kidgits Club will transformDadeland Mall into a magical kitchen askids cook up a menu including:

    Dip fresh strawberries in deliciouschocolate with Godiva Chocolatier;

    Make chocolate chip cookie sandwicheswith Nestle Toll House Caf;

    Create healthy veggie rolls with SushiMaki;

    Learn how to roll dough and make apizza pie with Cozzolis Pizza;

    Decorate mini cupcakes with Candy in aCupcake;

    Make desert crepes with Banna Strows; Create yogurt parfaits and sample chick-

    en nuggets with Chick-Fil-A, including aspecial visit by the Eat More Chikin Cow;

    Make mini ice cream sundaes withHaagen Daz;

    Learn how to twist pretzels with AuntieAnnes and sample on-the-go, famous pret-zel stix, and

    Keep hands clean at the Bath & BodyWorks antibacterial soap station.

    Kids also are encouraged to bring non-per-ishable food items to be donated to FeedingSouth Florida. Florida Blue is a sponsor of allDadeland Mall Kidgits events.

    For a chance to win a $1,000 shopping

    spree, text MALL36 to 74666 or registeryour email address at Guest Services.

    The Simon Kidgits Clubs Super DuperMini Chefs event is free to members.Families can sign up for the Kidgits Club,during regular mall hours, for an annualmembership fee of $5. Membershipincludes a Kidgits Club membership cardand T-shirt, scheduled entertainment andactivities for families, a Birthday Club(including birthday card and gift redemptioncertificate), unique programs and offers,discounts and a quarterly newsletter.

    For more information, visit online at.

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    These little chefs are learning how food can be funand good for them.

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    The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)Gallery at UM, presents the work of theBachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) graduate stu-dents running from May 4 through May 13.

    A reception will take place the evening ofMay 12, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the CAS Gallery,located at the Wesley Foundation, 1210Stanford Dr. in Coral Gables.

    A full schedule of exhibitions can beviewed online at .

    SOUTH FLORIDA CELEBRATESNATIONAL MOMS NITE OUT

    Simon Malls in South Florida invite momsto let their hair down at the third annualNational Moms Nite Out on May 5.

    This complimentary event is a guilt-freeexcuse for moms to take the night off to relaxand enjoy a celebration of motherhood at thefollowing: Dadeland Mall, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.,and Miami International Mall, 6:30 to 8:30p.m.

    The event will be the ultimate celebrationof motherhood, and will include makeovers,entertainment, fashion tips, refreshments,goodie bags and more.

    Simon Property Group is hostingNational Moms Nite Out at 115 of itsmalls across the country. All activities arefree and open to moms of all ages.

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    CHARLIE BROWN COMINGTO AREA STAGE COMPANY

    The Area Stage Company andConservatory has announced the premiere ofBroadways critically acclaimed musicalYoure A Good Man, Charlie Brown, fromMay 6 to 8.

    Join the Peanuts gang in this fast-paced,lighthearted musical guaranteed to pleaseaudiences of all ages. Tickets are $20 for gen-eral admission and only $10 for students withvalid ID.

    Broadway icon Arthur Whitelaw, the produc-er of both the original and revival productions,will be in attendance for the opening perform-ance, and will speak to the cast and other conser-vatory students about his life on Broadway andrenowned career in the performing arts.

    For details, call 305-666-2078 or visitonline at .

    SIR PIZZA IN WEST KENDALLHELPING CANINE ASSISTANTS

    Sir Pizza in Kendall on SW 127th Avenue and120th Street in West Kendall is helping CanineAssistants raise money for the organization.

    Anyone who orders anything from the SirPizza on May 7, between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m.,just needs to drop their receipt in the basket bythe cashier when they pay and a certain amountof that profit will be given to Canine Assistants.

    MIAMI CHILDRENS CHORUS TO PRESENTLET THE CHILDREN SING ON MAY 15

    The annual Miami Childrens Chorusspring concert, hosted at the First UnitedMethodist Church, located at 536 Coral Way,will be take place on May 15 at 4 p.m.

    Admission tickets for adults are $20 and$5 for seniors and students.

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    PRACTICAL KABBALAH AND POSITIVEPSYCHOLOGY LECTURE ON MAY 17

    Join the best-selling author, lawyer, psy-chologist and spiritual mentor, Rabbi Dr.Laibl Wolf, as he presents Stillness,Awareness & Wisdom, Steps for inner PeaceTranquility & Calm, on May 17 at 8 p.m.(venue to be announced). Admission for thisannual conference is $20 with refreshmentsincluded.

    As the keynote speaker at the GawlerInternational Mind/Body Conference and theAmerican Psychological Association AnnualConference, this lecture will educate on theimportance of learning the art of emotional

    intelligence as well as reprogramming yourattitudes and beliefs.

    For information, call 786-282-0413.

    MIAMI-DADE PARKS ANNOUNCESNEW ONLINE RESERVATION SYSTEM

    The Miami-Dade Park and RecreationDepartment (MDPR) has announced its newonline reservation system, enabling users of itsparks to reserve picnic shelters and playingfields, and to rent recreation centers and facilityrooms from the comfort of their home or office.

    Highly convenient, residents are no longerlimited to visiting a local park to engage thereservation and rental system now theycan do so, even when on the go. Park userscan access this new feature on the homepageof the Miami-Dade Parks website at.

    In May, the second phase of the systemwill be launched whereby families will beable to register their children online for mostof MDPRs Fit to Play, Green It UpSummer Camps offered at parks around theCounty from June 13 to Aug. 19.

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    Westminster Christian Middle School (WCMS) eighth grade students Jared LaVohn, Todd Zuccaro and HunterAger (all pictured) were selected to participate in the United States Naval Academys STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) mini-program. The weekend-long program is designed to motivateand inspire students toward studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Thethree were among only 30 students from 17 schools nationwide who were selected to attend.

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  • SCORE Miami-Dade Offers Workshops forAspiring Business Owners in S. DadeQuickStart Workshop Series Begins May 12

    SCORE Miami-Dade (www.scoremia-mi.org) will host a workshop series gearedto aspiring business owners starting May12 at the Economic Development Councilof South Dade (EDC), 900 Perrine Ave.

    SCORE's QuickSTART series is com-prised of five workshops led by the non-profits experienced counselors, who willhelp you make a go or no go" decision foryour business idea.

    The EDC will extend a special offer tothe first 20 participants for a special priceof only $100.00. Regular price for thisworkshop is $125.00.

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    Business Basics: Thursday May 12from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.This introductory workshop focuses on thebasics of testing your business idea andidentifying the key factors that influencestart-up success.

    Business Concept: Tuesday May 17from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Describe your products & services

    Identify your target markets Collect key competitive information tosupport your plan

    Marketing Plan: Thursday May 19 from6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Outline your marketing strategy Test your marketing message Choose the right sales channel Exercise your marketing strategy

    Financial Projections: Tuesday, May 24from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Use our financial model to forecast sales Build solid pro-forma financial forecasts

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    SCORE Miami-Dade, an all-volunteernonprofit, offers low-cost workshopsand one-on-one business counseling.For a full list of workshops or to signup for free business counseling, visitwww.SCOREMiami.org or call 786-924-9119.

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    Pictured after receiving their Bronze Medal of Valor are (l-r) Firefighter Mike Perez, Capt. Roman Bas and FirefighterJuan Ceballos. The three were among 150 firefighters honored by the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department duringits 10th annual Medal Day ceremonies on Apr. 9. More than 400 family members, elected officials, local police andfire chiefs from the entire South Florida area were in attendance to witness this award ceremony.

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    Bringing out the extraordinary in every child

    Miami area artists and writers launch Creature EntertainmentBY GARY ALAN RUSE

    Comic book giants Marvel and DC maydominate the field, but there are a numberof up-and-coming independent companieslooking to make their own mark in theindustry, including one right here in Miami.

    Creature Entertainment, founded byJohn Ulloa and Julio Alvarez, has tappedinto the creative pool of area artists, writ-ers, animators and filmmakers who arecombining their talents in new and innova-tive ways to publish graphic novels andproduce films of short and feature length.

    For Ulloa, the publisher, who was raisedin South Florida, its not a job but a labor oflove.

    Comic books are like comfort food,something from your youth that makes youfeel good when you read one, and by bring-ing that comic book to life on film it lets theaudience relate to it on a whole new level,Ulloa said.

    I loved comic books since a very earlyage but the calling to create one came laterin life. I knew I had an active imaginationand had a knack for writing stories, butlacked the ability to draw.

    One day working as a comic book deal-er I met a young artist that had the samedesire as I did so we got together and creat-ed our comic book called Double Impactwhich did very well during the 90s, Ulloaadded. We sold over 50,000 copies of ourfirst issue, putting us in the Wizard top 10comic books.

    Editor-in-chief Juan Navarro, a Hialeahnative, has been writing, drawing and paint-ing much of his life. He attended local mag-net programs and earned his Bachelor ofFine Arts degree from the New World Schoolof the Arts at the University of Florida.Navarro is co-director of the CS Gallery inNorth Miami, the art director for the OlivaCigar Company, and the creator and artist ofthe Web comic series Zombie Years.

    Ive always been drawing since I was a

    kid, Navarro said. I learned to read withcomic books. John started the companyabout two years ago. A lot of the time its

    crime noire and the horror genre, but wealso deal with graphic novels and film.

    Jose Varese, a South Miami High School

    alum, has been doing comic related art-work since the late 1990s, mostly smallcomic strips and some small independentWeb comics from time to time, but he sayshe really got serious about it in mid 2009when he started working with CreatureEntertainment.

    It is an amazing vehicle for story-telling, Varese said. The visual imageshelp the readers to really immerse them-selves into the storyline. Each illustrat-ed panel is like a movie frame and theartist acts as both the director and thecinematographer.

    Is it any wonder why movie studios stillhire storyboard artist to illustrate an entiremovie script before they even pick up thecamera? Working on comic books hasgiven me a deeper perspective of the craftand appreciation for sequential artists.

    Varese has finished two titles, graphicnovels called The Gun and Killswitch Billy,and currently is working on a brand newtitle called Ravenous. He said he thinks theCE crew is great.

    I am very fortunate to be working withso many talented individuals who share thesame love of film, writing and comic art,Varese said. But the most important thingis that they are all really good-hearted peo-ple and thats rare to find these days.

    Also onboard with CreatureEntertainment are other local talents Anthony Dones, Al and Rene Quesada, andmore. Ulloa is enjoying the ride and isexcited about the future, spreading theword about their enterprise at shows, spe-cial events and online.

    I want people to know that we want tocreate great stories that can be enjoyed intwo medias, Ulloa said. Hopefully oneday well be big enough to win anAcademy Awardbut well settle for aGolden Globe.

    For more information, visit or find CreatureEntertainment on Facebook.

    Pictured (l-r) are John Ulloa, Juan Navarro and Jose Varese of Creature Entertainment.

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    BY PA CRUZALEGUI

    Miami Dade College has announced thesigning to a national letter of intent for sixMiami-Dade County players and four fromCentral Florida. The 10 new high school play-ers will be part of the new 2012 softball team.

    The powerful squad includes: CarolineOtero of Gulliver Preparatory, Alli Schnaidarof Florida Christian, Ellen Morgan of MiamiSouthridge, Ericka Acevedo of DoralAcademy, Kayla Ogle and Megan Lee ofSouth Dade, and Carmen Nadal and NicoleOsterman of Osceola High School andHashel Figueroa of University High Schoolin Orlando, as well as Paris Prusak of BishopVerot High School in Lee County.

    The new 2011-12 team will bring a power-ful offense and defense to Miami DadeColleges Lady Sharks as these new playerspresently lead their high schools softball pro-grams. On 2010, Otero was Second Team AllDade selection, Schnaider was First Team AllDade County, Morgan earned All DadeSecond Team selection, Nadal and Ostermanearned First Team All County selection, andParis Prusak was First Team All Lee County.

    Acevedo earned an All Dade First Team selec-tion in 2009 and 2010, and Third Team All Statein 2010. Lee received Second Team All DadeCounty Honors in 2010. Ogle is a 2010 All DadeFirst Team selection and Figueroa played in thePuerto Rico Junior National Team.

    Since 2006, 15 players received theNJCAA-NFCA All American Honors and fiveplayers received the Academic All AmericanHonors. In 2009 the MDC Lady Sharks wereranked sixth in the National Fastpitch CoachesAssociation Girls Got Game academicachievement with a GPA of 3.537. In 2010 theywere No. 23 in the same category.

    As a result many Miami Dade Collegesoftball players continued their college edu-cation with softball scholarships at universi-ties across the country including Universityof Tennessee at Chattanooga, Fresno State inCalifornia, Nova Southeastern Universityand Marshall University, among others.

    MDCs athletic teams have earned a totalof 33 NJCAA titles, including 13 in womenssports. Most recently, the colleges softballteam became national champions and wonthe 2010 national ladies fast-pitch softballchampionship.

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  • BY JESSICA BROMBERG

    Bestselling author Katie Crouch will be atBooks and Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in CoralGables on Friday, May 6, 8 p.m., to discussand sign two of her latest books TheMagnolia League and Men and Dogs.

    Raised in Charleston, SC, Crouchs booksreflect her Southern upbringing.

    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evilmeets Gossip Girl in The Magnolia League,an electrifying young adult debut by Crouch.

    After the death of her free-spirited mother,the 16-year-old unlikely Southern debutanteAlexandra Lee is forced to move fromNorthern California to Savannah, GA, to livewith her wealthy and matriarchal grandmoth-er, Ms. Lee.

    By birth, Alex is a rightful if unwilling member of the Magnolia League,Savannahs longstanding debutante society.As Alex is thrust into the inner circle of theillustrious league (and adheres to a full-bodymakeover, etiquette lessons, and a bizarre andslightly hazy initiation ceremony) she discov-ers that the Magnolias made a pact with a leg-endary Voodoo family, the Buzzards. Inexchange for everlasting youth, beauty andpower, the women of the Magnolia Leaguemust remain in Savannah forever.

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    Set within a sultry Savannah backdrop,seductively atmospheric yet plot-driven, TheMagnolia League immediately entices read-ers with its winning combination of paranor-mal mystery and teenage social drama.

    Men and Dogs followed on the heels ofCrouchs wildly successful debut, Girls inTrucks, which was No. 1 Booksense Pick anda New York Times bestseller in 2008. Criticsand readers agreed that Crouch was a com-pelling new voice, calling Girls in Trucks avery amusing debut (Vanity Fair). With Menand Dogs, she proves herself as versatile asshe is accessible, with writing that is tender,hilarious and immensely readable.

    The novel follows Hannah Legare, awoman transformed by loss. When she was11, her father went on a fishing trip inCharleston Harbor and never came back. Andwhile most of the town and her family accept-ed Buzz Legares disappearance, Hannahremained convinced of his imminent return.

    More than 20 years later, Hannahs newlife and marriage in San Francisco are unrav-eling and shes shipped back to her mothershome to recuperate and get off her self-destructive path. Once back in Charleston,she is again drawn into the mystery of hermissing father, setting off on an uproarious,dangerous quest that will test the whole fam-ilys concepts of loyalty and faith.

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  • BY ANDY NEWMAN

    In January 1912, the first OverseaRailway train rolled from the Florida main-land through the Florida Keys to Key West,forever changing the face of many of thepreviously isolated islands by connectingthem with the mainland and each other.

    A celebration to honor the historic rail-road, lauded as the most unique railway inthe world upon its completion, has begun inthe Keys. Events are to culminate Jan. 22,2012, the 100th anniversaryof the inaugural trains arrival.

    Conceived by Standard Oiltycoon Henry Flagler, con-struction on the rail linebegan in 1905, motivated byan announcement that thePanama Canal would bebuilt. Flagler thought KeyWest had the potential to bean important port and traderoute with Cuba and LatinAmerica, as well as a vitalsupply stop for ships enteringor exiting the Panama Canal.

    The railroads trackstretched more than 100

    miles out into open water, requiring trail-blazing construction techniques andHerculean efforts. At several points in theconstruction process, more than 4,000 men

    were working on the project.Flagler gambled nearly all ofhis wealth on the venture,which was so daunting andunproven that many out-siders called it FlaglersFolly.

    Officially named theFlorida East Coast RailwaysKey West Extension, the linebecame known as theOversea Railway and wassometimes referred to as theeighth wonder of the world.The bridges and viaductsconnecting the Keys, includ-ing the landmark Seven Mile

    Bridge at Marathon, were regarded as anengineering marvel.

    For more than two decades after the rail-roads 1912 completion, it carried passen-gers to the Keys and Key West, affordingthem a breathtaking sense of steamingacross the open ocean.

    The Oversea Railways heyday abruptlyended when a portion of the line wasdestroyed in a 1935 hurricane. Less thanthree years later, a narrow highway forautomobiles replaced the tracks.

    Today, many of the original railroadbridges still can be seen alongside thebridges that support the modern OverseasHighway, the contemporary connectionfrom mainland Florida through the Keys.

    Other reminders of the historic railroadinclude Pigeon Key, a five-acre island thatlies beneath the Old Seven Mile Bridge atMarathon. A base camp for workers duringconstruction of the original railroad bridge,the tiny island now features carefullyrestored structures and a museum dedicatedto the railway and its builders.

    Celebrations commemorating theOversea Railways centennial year arebeing organized throughout the Keys.

    Planned elements include history toursshowcasing Flagler sites, bicycling expedi-tions, educational presentations and explo-rations of Pigeon Key all leading up tothe 100th anniversary of the first trainsarrival in Key West.

    Celebration highlights include FlaglersSpeedway to Sunshine, an exhibition andspecial event series that already has begun atthe Key West Museum of Art & History atthe Custom House in Old Town Key West.

    The exhibition includes a re-createdFlorida East Coast railcar, a scale replica ofa section of the Seven Mile Bridge, vintagefootage of the journey from Pigeon Key toKey West, a film recounting Flaglers storyand the arrival of the first train, rare arti-facts including a conductors uniform andrailroad workers tool chest, and memora-bilia that brings alive the fascinating storyof the railroad that went to sea.

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  • BY SHERRY MILLER

    Cauley Square Historic RailroadVillage has long been acclaimed as one ofthe areas most beautiful and naturalretreats with some 10 acres of environ-mentally preserved acreage includingsome 25 cottage shops in structures builtoriginally in 1903 by workers on HenryFlaglers railroad.

    This Mothers Day, May 8, CauleySquare Village invites families to comeand stroll together through the land-scaped gardens overflowing with flow-ers, plants, lush tropical foliage, naturalwhite coral rock and more.

    The cottage shops surrounding thelandscaped gardens are special interesthavens for collectors of art and artifact,antiques and collectibles, aquariums andexotic birds.

    There is truly something for everyone,and the family friendly village also ishome to the world famous Tea Room and

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    This Mothers Day weekend starts onFriday, May 6, with Viva Classic Rockperforming on the main patio from 7:30to 11:30 p.m. On Saturday, May 7, at theVillage Chalet Restaurant, jazz king KimBankston performs from 7 to 10 p.m.

    On Sunday, May 8, in both the VillageChalet and in the Tea Room restaurants,family dinners will be served honoringmothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters.

    There are no cover charges at CauleySquare Village and entry is free to thepublic as well as free parking. The villageis open seven days a week; cottage shopsare closed on Mondays.

    Also, the annual Pet Fest is scheduledon Sunday, May 22, at Cauley Square.

    Cauley Square Historic Railroad Villageis located at 22400 Old Dixie Hwy. inGoulds. (Take S. Dixie Highway to SW224th Street). For information, call theAdministrative Offices at 305-258-3543.

    Celebrate Mothers Day at Cauley Square Village

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    The UPS Foundation recently awarded a$35,000 grant to Boys and Girls Clubs ofMiami-Dade. The funds are to support theKendall Clubs Technology Center.

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  • Significance of a signatureBy Michelle Estlund,Criminal Defense Attorney

    We all know that it isimportant to read thedocuments that we sign,but how many of us real-ly do that every time wesign something? Andwhen we do read it, do

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    First of all, reading the entire documentis critical. It sounds simple, but veryoften people sign documents withoutreading through them. Prior to signingthe document, one needs to know thatevery part of the document is correct andtrue. For example, an affidavit is anattestation to certain facts, and the per-son who signs it (the signatory) is swear-ing to the truth of the statements made inthe affidavit. The failure to ensure thetruth of the statements may result incriminal perjury charges.

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