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Luis Boue is not like most peopleworking in the field of accounting.A CPA for 34 years, Boue is a manwho takes his work seriously butalways is ready for a good laugh andknows how to prioritize.

A charismatic, intelligent andsometimes self-deprecating man(anything for a laugh), he is devotedto his family and to serving the com-munity by tackling numerous chal-lenging leadership positions over theyears.

Born in Holguin, Cuba, Bouegrew up in Miami attendingShenandoah Elementary andShenandoahJunior High;g r a d u a t i n gfrom MiamiSenior HighSchool, andthe attendingMiami DadeCollege andfinally gradu-ating fromF l o r i d aInternational



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Luis Boue easilycombines career,

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On the road to building a better Coral Gables


DDue to scheduling con-flicts, the following dateshave been changed forthe Driver’s Licenseservices being provided

at the Coral Gables Branch Library, 3443Segovia St.:

July 16 (instead of July 9);Aug. 20 (instead of Aug. 13);Oct. 15 (instead of Oct. 8), andNov. 19 (instead of Nov. 12).

The remaining dates for 2012 are thesame for Sept. 10, and Dec. 10, which arethe second Monday of the month.

The Florida Department of HighwaySafety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) isoffering mobile computer stations insidethe library during the hours of 10:30 a.m.until 3 p.m. The mobile units provide resi-dents with a convenient method to renew adriver’s license, obtain a replacement dri-ver’s license, change a name or address ona driver’s license, get an identificationcard, and order specialty license plates.Driving or written tests will not be avail-able at this location.

Customers also can renew vehicle tagsand get a vehicle plate when a replacementis needed, services that are not offered atany main office. DHSMV requires specificdocumentation depending on the service.For a checklist of accepted documents,visit <www.gathergoget.com> or pick up achecklist at City Hall’s Help Desk.

Driver’s LicenseOffice at library

changes schedule


Work has begun to pave approximately 30lane miles of streets throughout Coral Gables.

Crews are working on the first phase of theproject which covers identified neighborhoodstreets north of S. Dixie Highway (US1). Thispaving project is part of the NeighborhoodRenaissance Program (NRP), proposed bycity manager Pat Salerno and approved by theCoral Gables City Commission, which aimsat making neighborhoods the most livablethey can be. Construction crews are workingexpeditiously to minimize the inconvenienceto residents.

Phase Two will resurface all identifiedstreets south of US1. The total list of streetsto be resurfaced is equivalent to what would

normally be paved in approximately 10years.

Everyone will benefit from the elimina-tion of the extensive backlog as the city willbe able to stay current with street resurfac-ing needs as they arise. In the future, resi-dents whose streets need resurfacing wouldnot be placed on a waiting list for manyyears; instead, their street would be repavedwithin a year. This initiative not only willimprove neighborhoods, it also shouldenhance property values.

If your neighborhood street is locatedsouth of US1 where Phase Two of the proj-ect is to occur, and you would like to haveit reevaluated for possible resurfacing,send an email to <[emailprotected]>.

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The Commission on Accreditation forLaw Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) hasawarded the “CALEA Accreditation withExcellence – A New Credential forSuperior Agencies” recognition to theCoral Gables Police Department, it wasannounced recently by John Baublitz,president of the Coral Gables FraternalOrder of Police, Lodge 37.

According to the Fraternal Order ofPolice the CALEA Accreditation withExcellence now is the highest single peri-od accreditation award available. TheCoral Gables Police received this achieve-ment after successfully completing itssixth re-accreditation cycle and after alsoreceiving a “Meritorious” recognition forhaving completed 15 years of continuousaccreditation status from CALEA.

CALEA was created in 1979 as a cre-dentialing authority through the jointefforts of law enforcement’s major execu-tive associations including: InternationalAssociation of Chiefs of Police (IACP);

National Organization of Black LawEnforcement Executives (NOBLE);National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), andthe Police Executive Research Forum(PERF).

Baublitz commended the members ofthe Coral Gables Police for their superiorperformance in public safety that helpedplace Coral Gables Police Department asone of the best public safety agencies, asaccredited by CALEA.

“This award is in recognition to the ded-ication and professionalism of the policeofficers in Coral Gables as the departmentachieved the highest standard from thenational accreditation organization,” hesaid.

The purpose of CALEA’s accreditationprograms is to improve the delivery ofpublic safety services, primarily by main-taining a body of standards, developed bypublic safety practitioners, covering awide range of up-to-date public safety ini-tiatives; establishing and administering anaccreditation process, and recognizingprofessional excellence.

Coral Gables Police Department earnsCALEA Accreditation with Excellence

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This summer, 20 students from BookerT. Washington and Coral Gables highschools are participating in Miami DadeCollege’s (MDC) Future Banker’s TrainingProgram, where they will learn aboutcareers in the financial services industry.

The program, administered by MDC’sSchool of Business and the Center forFinancial Training, and funded by theSouth Florida Workforce Investment Board(SFWIB), is designed to tap into the talentsof students from low-income neighbor-hoods and prepare them for a career in thefinancial services.

‘The students’ math and communica-tion skills are enhanced through college-level course work and participants landentry-level jobs at the completion of theinternship with partnering financialinstitutions.

“The Future Banker’s Camp affords stu-dents to be prepared and become acquaint-

ed with basic elements of finance, whichultimately will have a positive impact ontheir livelihood, overall performance inschool, their readiness for employment andactual employability success,” said RickBeasley, executive director for SouthFlorida Workforce Investment Board.

Upon successful completion of the pro-gram, students are eligible to receive theAmerican Bankers Association (ABA),American Institute of Banking (AIB) BankTeller Certificate. This national industrystandard certificate meets the educationalrequirement for the certification examoffered by the Institute of CertifiedBankers (ICBA). Students who graduatefrom high school are eligible for MiamiDade College’s Vocational Certificate andcan work towards an Associate of Sciencedegree in Financial Services.

For more information about the FutureBanker’s Training Program, contact theYouth Services Division at 305-594-7615,ext. 292.

High school students participating in Future Banker’s Training Program

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Ice cream with a full breakfast buffetpromises grownups and kids a great morn-ing of fun at the Westin Colonnade onThursday, July 26.

Westin general manager Mike Wurster,a Canadian, and Westin Colonnade’s exec-utive chef Thomas Russo, an ex-U.S.Marine, have orchestrated a USA/CanadaIndependence Day theme for Give Kids theWorld Ice Cream Breakfast fundraiser tohonor the men and women in uniformwhile raising charitable funds.

Independence Day, July 4, and CanadaDay, July 1, make this month a good oneto focus on the theme for this annualevent that will not only help supportGKTW, a non-profit that provides aweek-long vacation at GKTW Village inOrlando for children with life threaten-ing illnesses and their entire family, butalso directs funds to other local charitiesinterested in participating by sellingtickets. For every ticket its sells, thecharity partner keeps half.

Many local restaurants and stores gener-ously have donated items for a silent auc-tion, raffle and door prizes. Tickets are $10and 100 percent of the proceeds will bedirected to charity. To buy tickets, becomea sponsor or receive more information, callMike Wurster at 305-569-6530.

Bunco always is a great way to makefriends and it certainly provided new mem-bers of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’sClub a perfect way to get to know long-time members while having fun. A BuncoNight party on June 20 also provided anopportunity for the club’s EducationCommittee, under the direction of MayraDominguez, to raise scholarship dollars fora yet-to-be-named woman in need of finan-cial assistance.

Among those enjoying the evening wereformer Coral Gables Mayor DorothyThomson with her granddaughter,Katherine; Carmen Suarez; LindaHartwell; Barbara and Kathy Te r ry;Barbara Lapsley; Susie Tilson, and sev-eral new members including Debie Mooreand Nathalia Bogani.

Gables Rotarians got an update on health-care issues from Baptist Health president andCEO Brian Keeley at the club’s June 21meeting. Among those present were twogovernment and community relations internsfrom Baptist, Maggie and Kattie Nichols,who were invited to attend by former Coral

Gables Mayor Don Slesnick, whowas unaware that Keeley would bethe featured speaker.

This was one of club presidentDeborah Swain’s last meetingsbefore the installation of the newofficers and board for 2012-13 onJune 29. Incoming presidentWalter Alvarez was most appre-ciative that Rotarian F redBaddour and wife, Annette,offered their Pinecrest home tohost the club’s installation dinnerparty. That was a busy weekendfor Baddour who holds a monthlyauto show the last Saturday ofevery month with Autoverks athis property near the Falls. Carenthusiasts have been enjoying agreat time at the show with freedrinks and hot dogs and a chanceto view some classic cars, mili-tary vehicles and more.

Finally, congratulations go outto Mark Pidal, former executivedirector of the Junior OrangeBowl Committee. Pidal is the newdirector of operations for theLatin Builders Association, an

organization that has contributed much toour community and will probably expandits outreach with someone like Mark ontheir team.

Until next time, keep making each day count.If you want to submit information for this

column, please send your news via email to<[emailprotected]>.

Local charities invited to share in fundraising efforts


Gloria Burns

Enjoying a moment at GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club Bunco Night are Debie Moore, Nathalia Bogani,Barbara Lapsley and Mayra Dominguez.

Maggie and Kattie Nichols are seen with former Gables mayor and active Rotarian Don Slenick at recent clubmeeting.


Pictured at June 21 Coral Gables Rotary meeting are guestspeaker Brian Keeley, president and CEO of Baptist Health, withoutgoing club president Deborah Swain.


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University.He began his career as a junior account-

ant progressing to the level of audit seniorat a national firm before changing firmsand earning a stellar reputation from 1983to 1993, with Mallah Furman andCompany PA. Finally, in 1993, Bouemoved on to become a founding partner ofColbert Boue and Juncadella PA where henow heads the firm’s accounting, auditingand litigation support department.

Boue’s community service began in1985 when he became a member of theRotary Club of Coconut Grove where hequickly moved up to become club presi-dent. With offices in Coral Gables, heeventually transferred to the Rotary Clubof Coral Gables where he continues hisactive role as a Rotarian. He not onlyserved a term as treasurer but also multipleterms on the club’s board of directors.Aside from Rotary, Boue is active in theSouth Florida Hispanic Chamber ofCommerce having served as past chair andcurrently serving on its board.

A big sports fan, it is not surprising thatBoue would be active as a member of theOrange Bowl Committee, something hetruly enjoys. There too, Boue has made a

mark serving as the organization treasurerand currently a vice chair. In fact, he is inline to serve as the 2014-15 Orange Bowlpresident, no small job.

Boue explains his community involve-ment and reason for becoming active inlocal civic and service organization byexplaining, “It was my sense of responsi-bility to give back to the community thathas given so much to me. It is having aninteraction with organization memberswho eventually become close friends; see-ing the smile on the faces of individualsyou have helped, and knowing that, even ifit is only in a small way, you have partici-pated in something that has improved thecommunity.”

Luis is married to Lourdes, who alsograduated from FIU and then earned amaster’s in Leadership from Nova. He isvery proud of his wife and two daughters— Danielle, a graduate of FIU and work-ing on master’s in Human Resources atFIU, and younger Natalie, a junior at theUniversity of Florida.

Luis Boue is a man who accepts respon-sibility and certainly has earned a reputa-tion as a person who can be counted on toserve and give it his all.

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South Florida business leader and commu-nity activist Rodney Barreto,chair of the Super Bowl HostCommittee, has been selectedas the recipient of the BiscayneBay Kiwanis Club’s 2012Michael Shores Citizen of theYear Award.

Barreto will receive the pres-tigious award at the 33rdBiscayne Bay Gala, Oct. 27, atthe Jungle Island TreetopBallroom. The event begins at6 p.m. with a co*cktail receptionand silent auction, followed at 7p.m. by dinner and live auction.

The co*cktail reception will feature anensemble from the South Florida YouthSymphony while the Sons of MyStro, thewildly popular violin duo recently featuredduring a Miami Heat playoff game, will per-form during the dinner.

The award is named for Michael Shores,who as a philanthropically minded attorney,made numerous contributions to the Miami-Dade County community throughout his life.

“We are fortunate to have an individualsuch as Rodney Barreto as our Citizen of theYear,” said David Kahn, Biscayne BayKiwanis president. “He has done so much forthe South Florida community and is anincredibly community-oriented person whomakes South Florida a better place.”

As head of the Barreto Group Inc., a diver-sified company specializing in corporate andpublic affairs consulting, Barreto is mostproud of his active involvement with theSuper Bowl, beginning in 1989. During histenure as chair of the 2007 and 2009 SuperBowl Host Committees, Barreto helped raisemore than $40 million and in in-kind contri-butions.

Barreto also is the founding partner ofFloridian Partners LLC, a consulting firm

that develops and manages effective corpo-rate and public affairs strategies for a widevariety of clients based in Florida and

throughout the United States.The firm has offices in Miami,Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa andTallahassee.

A board member for U.S.Century Bank, Barreto is amember of the Florida Councilof 100 and sits on the board ofthe Baptist Hospital HealthFoundation.

“I am honored to be recog-nized by the Biscayne BayKiwanis Club, which hasserved our community — partic-ularly children — since 1950,”

Barreto said. “This means a great deal to meand my family because we have alwaysbelieved that you must give back to yourcommunity and leave it a better place forgenerations to come.”

Past recipients of this award, includeDolphins founder Joe Robbie, Coach JimmyJohnson, broadcast journalist Ralph Renick,Miami Commissioner Athalie Range, U.S.Rep. William “Bill” Lehman, former MiamiHerald publisher David Lawrence Jr.,Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson,Richard Baron, Joseph Klock Jr. andPresidential Medal of Freedom recipients Dr.Pedro Greer Jr., U.S. Rep. Dante B. Fascell,and Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Tickets to the event are $100 ($1,000 for atable of 10) through Aug. 31. After that date,tickets will be $125 ($1,250 for a table).Various sponsorships of the event — expect-ed to be attended by approximately 500 ofSouth Florida’s leading business people —are available, ranging from $2,500 SilverSponsor to a $25,000 Presenting Sponsor.

For information on table purchases, eventsponsorship, or program advertising, contactWill Reich at 305-733-0062 or send email to<[emailprotected]>.


Rodney Barreto selected recipientof Biscayne Bay Kiwanis award

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Florida Power & Light Company iscontinuing its initiative to strengthen theelectric infrastructure and improve serv-ice reliability in and near the City ofCoral Gables and is on track to completekey improvements this year. The up-grades are part of the company’s $200million investment in 2012 to improveeveryday reliability, better prepare theelectric system to withstand Florida'spowerful winds and storms as well asspeed up service restoration when outages occur.

2012 Strengthening Initiatives in Coral GablesBy the end of this year, FPLwill inspect more than 800 utility poles, clear vegetation

from approximately 130 miles of power lines and use advanced infrared technologyto examine seven main power lines in and near Coral Gables.FPL customers can visit www.FPL.com/maps and enter their street address to see a

detailed map of electrical improvements in their neighborhoods. This online tool showsthe system improvements – including pole inspections, line clearing, power linestrengthening and power line inspections – FPL has made in neighborhoods in CoralGables.

Overall System Improvements in Coral GablesWhen the planned upgrades are completed, FPL will have made the following im-

provements and investments benefiting the City of Coral Gables since the start of itscomprehensive strengthening program in 2006:➢ Upgraded equipment and strengthened the main power lines serving critical and

other community facilities – hospitals, 911 operations, police stations and others – inand near Coral Gables, including Kindred Hospital, Coral Gables Hospital, DoctorsHospital and a 911 emergency communications center.➢ Inspected more than 9,800 utility poles for strength – 91 percent of the poles in

Coral Gables – reinforcing or replacing them as necessary.➢ Cleared vegetation along more than 900 miles of power lines in Coral Gables.

Tree limbs, palm fronds and other vegetation that come into contact with power linesare a common cause of power outages and flickers.➢ Inspected 42 main power lines and equipment in and near Coral Gables using ad-

vanced infrared technology to detect and address issues unseen by the naked eye beforethey become problems or outages.

Systemwide Improvements and Service ReliabilityAcross its service area, FPL has cleared vegetation from more than 75,000 miles of

power lines since 2006 to help keep reliability high. The company has further strength-ened its electric infrastructure by inspecting more than 800,000 utility poles since2006. During that time, the company has also strengthened 318 main power lines serv-ing critical and community facilities such as hospitals, police and fire stations andemergency operations centers.

2006-2012 Infrastructure Investments and Action PlanFollowing the 2004–2005 hurricane seasons that saw seven storms in a 15-month

period, FPL responded to the state’s call to maintain a high level of storm preparationand keep service reliability high. FPL embarked on a series of comprehensive invest-ments and improvements to strengthen its electric infrastructure to better withstandthe impact of severe weather. The work is also designed to further reduce customeroutages through aggressive preventive maintenance on its power lines and equipment.For the period 2006-2011, FPL invested more than $900 million to strengthen the elec-tric grid against major storms, keep service reliability high as well as speed up servicerestoration time when outages occur.

FPL strengthens the electricinfrastructure serving Coral Gables

FPL CORNERFPL investing more than $200 million statewide in 2012

to continue strengthening electric grid


A special ribbon cutting took place inJune at Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables tocelebrate the beautifully remodeled dealer-ship. Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason wasjoined by Coral Gables Chamber presidentMark Trowbridge and chair Drew Kern tospeak to the gathering about the excitingprogress taking place in the City Beautiful.

“As one of the Gables’ largest employ-ers, we thank Mercedes-Benz of CoralGables for the incredible positive impact ithas on our great city,” Mayor Cason said.

“Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables isgrateful to be part of the Coral Gables com-munity since 1953,” said Greg Barnes,

dealership president. “A celebration of thisnature provides an opportunity to reflect aswell as look forward to many more years ofdoing what we can to be a successful com-munity and business partner.”

Family-owned Bill Ussery Motors Inc. isone of the original seven dealerships andthe first in Florida awarded a Mercedes-Benz franchise in 1957. The company isadmired industry-wide for its continuedrecord sales and its reputation for superbcustomer service. Bill Ussery Motors’ com-panies include Mercedes-Benz of CoralGables, Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay, andBill Ussery Motors Collision Center.

For more information, visit online at<www.billussery.com>.

Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gablesmarks completion of renovations

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The Department of Art and Art History inthe College of Arts and Sciences at theUniversity of Miami (UM) has announcedthe relocation of its current presence in thehistoric Wynwood District. After movinginto the Wynwood Building at 2750 NWThird Ave., Suite 4, the name of the spacewill change from the Wynwood ProjectSpace to the University of Miami Gallery.

“The University of Miami Gallery offersa prominent collaborative space for thepublic to access and enjoy the work of ourArt and Art History faculty and students,”said Leonidas Bachas, dean of the Collegeof Arts and Sciences.

“Innovative venues like the gallery deep-en our cultural ties to the community, andhelp our college to remain at the forefrontof creative expression, inquiry and scholar-ship,” he added.

“The department is excited about movingour off campus gallery to the WynwoodBuilding,” said Professor Lise Drost, chairof the Art and Art History Department. “It isheadquarters to a number of other galleriesand arts-related businesses.”

UM originally moved into the WynwoodProject Space on NW Second Avenue in

2007 — five years after Art Basel Miamibegan the mass revival of art in SouthFlorida, and launched the first annual CaneArt Fair at that location. Altogether, fourCane Art Fairs were held in the WynwoodProject Space, coinciding with Art Baseleach year. That tradition will continue in thenew gallery.

The inaugural exhibition, “of-things-being-what-they-are-not,” by MartinCasuso opened June 9 and features stop-action video and site-specific installations.

Casuso’s work has its origins in main-stream handiwork and hobby, with a delib-erate shift from a traditional application ofthese crafts. His work involves an ongoingexploration of how gender, sexual prefer-ence, materials and processes relate tothemes of domesticity.

The materials of craft, sometimes madeby unseen hands of the past or by the artisthimself, are combined with a more industri-al palette of hardware supplies or thrift storehousewares to make new “old” objects thatare not gender specific, but they in turnreflect Casuso’s own relationship withdomesticity, shifting from being objects ofuse to objects of contemplation.

For information about the University ofMiami visit online at <www.miami.edu>.

University of Miami Gallery moves to new space in Wynwood District

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The Good Government Initiative at theUniversity of Miami, founded by formerMiami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorensonwith funding from the Knight Foundation,has announced the members of the 2012class of elected officials.

The mission of the organization is to helpdevelop and train elected officials as well asthose aspiring to run for office. This year’sclass includes office holders from Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.They represent municipalities, school boardsand the state.

“Our goal was to assemble a balancedcohort of active, engaged leaders from SouthFlorida who are eager to work with othersand to develop knowledge and skills in gov-ernance,” Sorenson said. “They represent thefuture of leadership in South Florida.”

Classes will begin at the end of August andgo through mid-November. Those selectedwill participate in training on a variety ofissues, including budget and finance, ethics,land use, media relations, cultural diversity,and more.

Speakers and presenters for the class will

include Sen. Bob Graham, U.S. Rep. IleanaRos-Lehtinen, Miami-Dade Mayor CarlosGimenez, former Miami-Dade Mayor AlexPenelas, and historians Arva Moore Parksand Paul George.

“So many current and former electedofficials, administrators and communityleaders have volunteered to share theirknowledge and expertise with our class,and all will be enriched by the experience,”Sorenson said,

Area members of the second annual classinclude:

Mayor Franklin Caplan, Village of KeyBiscayne;

Councilmember Joseph Corradino, Villageof Pinecrest;

Miami-Dade School Board memberCarlos Curbelo;

Commissioner Josh Liebman, City ofSouth Miami;

Councilman Stephen Shelley, City ofHomestead, and

Mayor Shelley Stanczyk, Village ofPalmetto Bay.

For more information on the GoodGovernment Initiative, go online to<www.goodgov.net>.

Good Government Initiativenames 2012 class members

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Byy Annn Lino

A newly formed full service immigration law firm, The Hermanni Law Group,recently established offices in Coral Gables and has since recruited severalnew attorneys to provide clients with a full plate of immigration services. Theimpetus for creating this firm came from Kurt Hermanni, who had earned agreat reputation as a skilled, honest and competent international lawyer ded-icated exclusively to the practice of immigration law.

Hermanni remembers a time when a client’s friend called from New York tohelp his detained nephew get a bond from an immigration judge in KromeDetention Center. Thereafter, the family only wanted him despite the addedtravel expenses.That level of trust and dedication has propelled the HermanniLaw Group to handle cases throughout the United States. That is not hard tounderstand given the number of cases in which immigrants have been vic-timized by less principled and trustworthy attorneys. Passionately committedto serve his clients, Hermanni has developed relationships that have dramat-ically increased his client base through satisfied client referrals.

Seeing the growing demand, Hermanni has recruited a group of outstand-ing lawyers all of whom have a general competency in general immigrationlaw but also have a focus in variety of critical areas. While Hermanni is fluentin English, Spanish and Italian, his entire team his fluent in English and Span-ish.

The firm is currently comprised of five full-time house attorneys: Kurt Her-manni, Senior Partner; Norma Lorenzo, Managing Attorney; and AssociateAttorneys Patricia Hernandez, Consuelo de le Ossa, Jenna McQuid andGreg Greenberg.

The Hermanni Law Group currently represents numerous internationalcompanies throughout the world, with clients in Latin America, Europe, Asiaand the Middle East, in support of their employees’ short-term or long-termplacements in the United States. Additionally, the firm represents clients fac-ing immediate removal from the United States and those seeking asylum,Cuban Adjustment and adjustment status. Successful representations havefocused on defense of marriage fraud claims and cases involving violenceagainst women. The firm’s distinguished clientele includes a former SouthAmerican President and his family, several foreign dignitaries, a former mili-tary General, military attaches, professional athletes, and foreign investorsfrom China, Serbia, Colombia, Venezuela, Spain and Italy.

The Hermanni Law Group is located at 2655 LeJeune Road, Ste. 800,Coral Gables, FL 33134. Ph: 305 640-8222 or Mobile 786-271-6699. Visitour website at www.legalizationlawyer.com.

Immigration Law FirmRecruits Top Staff

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Give a politician asquare peg and a roundhole and they will stub-bornly pull out a drill orsandblaster to makethem somehow fit.

Since former FloridaGov. Jeb Bush changed

state law to require comprehensiveassessment testing (or FCATs) be admin-istered to all grade levels (Gov. Bush’s1999 A+ Plan) education in Florida hasnever been the same.

The problems have not been solved,they have only gotten worse. But, dang it,they won’t leave the test behind — evenif the child is. “A” and “B” students arebeing left behind because of some impos-sibly unbiased be-all, end-all exam that issupposed to predict future competencyand success. By simply applying the sci-entific method, it becomes a no-brainerthat the FCAT is failing miserably.

Consider the following:• At least 46 of the 67 school districts

(and five school superintendents) havewritten to the Florida Department ofEducation (FDOE) to ask for FCAT datareviews on “anomalies.” (OrlandoSentinel, July 15, 2010).

• Since the test began, public schoolteaching in Florida has all but implodedwith a long list of celebrated instructorsdropping out of the system over the yearsbecause they refuse to spend the academ-ic year “teaching to the test.” In fact, thepressure has become so unbearable thatat least one documented charter schoolwas willing to cheat and view the testbeforehand. As a result the FDOE has

now had to take new measures to preventschools from cheating. (Palm BeachPost, Apr. 18, 2012).

• State testing contractor NCS Pearson(being paid $254 million over four yearsto administer the test) has had to payback millions in fees because of lateFCAT results that essentially held theeducation system hostage until scorescame in. (St. Augustine Record, June 8,2010; Apr. 17, 2012).

• The tremendous disparity in the dropof FCAT writing scores for fourthgraders — from 81 percent last yearearning 4.0 or better (out of a maximum6.0) to only 27 percent this year passing.So they lowered the bar. Passing scoresbecame a 3.0 to the tremendous embar-rassment of the entire FloridaDepartment of Education. (Tampa BayNews, May 15, 2012).

In a recent Channel 10 News story byMichael Putney about the BrowardCounty School Board voting unanimous-ly against the FCAT, sponsoring boardmember Laurie Rich Levinson spoke forso many of us when she said, “Hundredsof millions is spent developing this test,while classes in science, social studies,art, music and PE are being cut.”

We join with academicians and editori-al page columnists around the state, aswell as disgruntled teachers, parents, andstudents all over Florida who say, “let usdo away with politicizing education inFlorida; it was a bad idea. It can’t befixed.”

You don’t have to be a rocket scientistto figure out that a subjectively sketched-out test score does not determine a stu-dent’s ranking for success in life, nor thecontent of his or her character.

FCAT: Broke, beyond fixing;now’s the time to throw it out

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Fourteen South Florida children,teens and young adults recentlyreceived the gift of a happy smile atBaptist Children’s Hospital duringits annual Day of Smiles. Doctorsfrom various specialties volun-teered their time to help correctcleft lips and palates and performnose revisions, ear reconstructionand scar revisions. This is the 11thyear the hospital has donated itsfacilities and provided free surger-ies for children whose familiescouldn’t afford the operations.

(Photos by Mabel Rodriguez)

Baptist Children’s Hospital brings smiles to kid’s faces

Nurse anesthetist Alyshia Kendon, CRNA, checks on Cliché Hemingway, 12, before she goes back into surgery tohave eyelid and ear surgery. Her mom, Darchel Jones, is shown in the background.


Plastic surgeon John Cassel, MD, talks with Mariya Klymenko, 16, and her mom, Nataliya Klymenko-Hereter,before performing additional surgery to revise burn scars she received from an accident when she was a toddler.Dr. Cassel has performed more than two-dozen operations on Mariya, including skin grafts, facial reconstruction

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The Coral Reef Elementary chorus issilent now because the students are onsummer vacation, but when they are backat school and the singing begins, 100 or sochildren will take part in chorus.

The unusually large chorus is a tribute topopular music teacher TheodoreNicholeris, who has been at Coral ReefElementary about seven years, starting inthe 2005-06 school year. He is known as“Mr. Nick” and during most years heteaches students in second through fifthgrade.

“This year I had some in kindergartenand first grade classes once a week for halfan hour,” he said. “The district allocatesfor second through fifth grade.”

Mr. Nick said he has a different philoso-phy than many music teachers.

“It’s large by a lot of people’s standardsbecause a number of music teachers limittheir chorus to fourth and fifth grade,”Nicholeris said. “For me it’s the second,third, fourth and fifth. You can identifyearlier the kids. It sells itself with the kids.We were at 100 at our largest. I think wefinished up at 88.”

He tried the traditional fourth and fifth

grades only chorus but discovered by thetime the kids got to where he needed, theywere ready to move on to middle school.He said it is remarkably manageable oncehe got to control aspect down.

The kids sing at school and they alsosing for the community.

“We performed at a number of loca-tions,” he said. “We were at school for there-naming of our street, SW 152nd Street,to Dolphin Way. We took the whole chorusto the Falls to perform there in an eveningperformance. We sang at the Fun Fair andat a performance for a Holocaust survivorwhen they came to the school and the yearend performance.”

They also performed for the Village ofPalmetto Bay at the picnic in March.

“It’s not uncommon to have a half adozen performances through the course ofa year,” Nicholeris said.

He spends 12-16 hours listening tomusic in order to choose the right songs forthe kids.

“It has to be powerful and make somekind of impression on an audience,” he

said. “It’s not going to have the intensity ifthe kids don’t feel it themselves. Selectingthe music to me is 90 percent of the battle.”

Mr. Nick is well liked because he goesout of his way to help children who applyto magnet schools — for music and drama— prepare for their auditions.

“I also write a number of letters forthem,” he said.

He has an impressive track record.“I have to say that I’m at 100 percent at

this point.”How does he help? For music students

he assists them in selecting their music buthe also talks to them about what to wearand helps them with their look.

“They have that one minute, thirty sec-onds to establish their presence in thatroom,” he said. “First, it had to do withwhat song they are doing. If it’s somethingmore lyrical and delicate, you would wantthe look to be more lyrical and delicate.The music determines that. Over 90 per-cent of what people perceive is visual.”

For the drama students, he helps withtiming.

“I tell them when to pause, how long topause. I say, this is when you stop. Let thatstatement sink in. Don’t just run through itlike that.”

Coral Reef Elementary’s ‘Mr. Nick’ teaches children a love of musicTheodore Nicholeris (Mr. Nick) conductsmusic at Coral Reef Elementary.


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Rabbi Levi Friedman’s goal is to haveSouth Miami’s first synagogue open andserving the community in time for thisyear’s High Holy Days.

“Members of the South Miami Jewishcommunity have expressed their interest inhaving a synagogue in their neighborhood— a place where they can pray, connect withfriends, and celebrate holidays and familylife cycle events,” Rabbi Friedman said.

Rabbi Friedman is working with com-munity members to find a fitting location toestablish the synagogue and serve thearea’s needs.

“As this comes to fruition, we will let thediverse needs of the Jewish communitydictate the wide range of services we willoffer,” the rabbi said.

Rabbi Friedman and his wife, Sashie,

have served as leaders of the ChabadJewish Student Center at FloridaInternational University for eight years.Their mission is to educate, inspire, andhelp the Jewish students increase theirlevel of Jewish knowledge, enthusiasmand commitment.

“We offer the students a place to cele-brate holidays, a weekly Shabbat meal,classes and lectures, and assistance andsupport,” Rabbi Friedman said.

The couple, blessed with five children— Moussie, Yaakov, Chana, Mendy andEtti — is eager to serve the South Miamicommunity in the same way.

Rabbi Friedman invites communitymembers to join him and Sashie in shapingthe future of Jewish life in South Miami.For more information and to get involved,contact him at 305-226-5533 or send emailto <[emailprotected]>.

Rabbi looks for a place inS. Miami for a synagogue

Rabbi LeviFriedman andwife, Sashie,pictured withtheir five children, areenthusiasticabout servingthe needs ofthe SouthMiami Jewishcommunity.

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Pinecrest Fitness recently hosted a spin-ning class fundraiser for Olympic boundtriathlete 28-year-old Manuel Huerta.

Local athletes and friends hope to raiseenough money so Huerta can bring his fam-ily with him to London in August to watchhim compete in the 2012 Summer OlympicGames Triathlon at Hyde Park on Aug. 7.

“It would be awesome to look up at thestands and see my family there,” Huertasaid. “They are the key to my success. Ihope they can see me compete at thebiggest sporting event in the world.”

Huerta came in ninth place at theInternational Triathlon Union (ITU) WorldTriathlon on May 12, in San Diego, CA.He finished the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilo-meter bike, and 10-kilometer run in onehour, 49 minutes, 31 seconds.

Huerta was a promising triathlete inCuba but defected to the United States atage 13 in 1997. Huerta told the New YorkTimes that because his grandmother left theisland during the Mariel boatlift he wasstigmatized and therefore Fidel Castrowould never have allowed him to representCuba at the Olympics.

“To have been able to move to a freecountry where my dreams can become areality is because of my mother. She got meinto sports at a young age and dedicated herlife so that I could get ahead,” Huerta said.

His mother has been battling cancer forthe past three years. He admits witnessingher go through the surgeries andchemotherapy treatment was very tough,but her resilience and strength have contin-ued to serve as an inspiration.

“For the past year and a half, the PETscans have been negative and so it lookslike she is overcoming the melanoma. Tosee her fight has been such an inspirationfor me to keep pushing myself to followmy own dreams,” Huerta said.

Fellow triathlete and friend MichaelNunez said it is Huerta’s humility and pas-sion that has endeared him into the athleticcommunity, which has supported his goalsfor years.

“We started in triathlons together aboutfive years ago,” Nunez said.

“To see him grow throughout the yearsas a modest and extremely passionatetriathlete with such a big heart has beenwonderful. Everything happened so quick-ly [making the Olympic cut] and wethought it would be good to do some typeof fundraiser so his mother and sister andgirlfriend could be there at the games tosupport him.”

Huerta’s father succumbed to colon can-cer in 2009.

Pinecrest Fitness owner Mike Estevezand Nunez joined forces to earmark spininstructor Steve Brookner’s class to raisethe necessary travel funds.

“A few years ago he didn’t have a bike.Now he is going to the Olympic Games tocompete in the triathlon which is supercool,” Estevez said.

“He made the news everywhere when hequalified and a bunch of us went to the air-port to welcome him home from SanDiego. It is very expensive to go toLondon, especially during the SummerGames and most of the hotels are alreadybooked. They need a lot of help to all getout there so we decided to team up to raisemoney to help him out.”

So far Pinecrest Fitness has raised$2,450 towards Huerta’s family Olympictravel fund. Wells Fargo Bank also has cre-ated the Manuel Huerta Donation Fund tosupport the family trip.

“I want to thank the Miami communityfor their support and help,” Huerta said.“Since I was a kid I have had so many peo-ple that have helped me out. They nevergave up on me. The most important thingfor me to do right now is to be confidentand continue my training program. Now Iget to go to the biggest sporting event inthe world and represent the United States.”

Local gym supporting Olympictriathlon hopeful Manny Huerta

Pictured are Pinecrest Fitness owner Mike Estevez (left)and Olympic Triathlon hopeful Manuel Huerta.


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Keynote speaker Miami-Dade MayorCarlos Gimenez addressed local SouthFlorida Burger King Scholars ProgramAward recipients in Miami-Dade Countyon June 25 at Burger King headquarters.

The following area students are recipi-ents of the Burger King Scholars ProgramAward (name, city, high school, college,major):

Michelle Saballos, Coral Gables, Schoolfor Advanced Studies, FloridaInternational University, Psychology;

Elmina Morissette, Homestead,Homestead High, Barry University, HealthCare Administration/BSN;

Katrina Dominguez, Homestead, SouthDade High, Miami Dade College, PhysicalTherapy;

Leimys Ramirez, Homestead, SouthDade High, Florida InternationalUniversity, Business;

Nathan Szpilfeigel, Homestead, CoralReef High, Florida State University,Psychology,

Soa Andrian, Homestead, South DadeHigh, Harvard College, BioEngineering/BME;

Abigail Montanez, Key Biscayne, Coral

Reef High, Florida InternationalUniversity, Pschology;

Cinthia Velasquez, Key Biscayne,Ransom Everglades, Miami Dade College,Psychology;

Alicia Diaz, Miami, GulliverPreparatory, University of Miami,Executive MBA;

Andrea Rey, Miami, RansomEverglades, Georgetown University,Undecided;

Andrea Lopez, Miami, Killian HighMiami Dade College, Biology;

Angela McDonald, Miami, MiamiNorthwestern High, Florida MemorialUniversity, Aviation;

Bellacruz Dezore, Miami, SouthwestMiami High, Miami Dade College,Education;

Crystal Dalrymple, Miami, South MiamiHigh, Miami Dade College, PhysicalTherapy;

Daniel Silberwasser, Miami, CarrolltonSchool of the Sacred Heart, HarvardCollege, Economics;

Daniel Jacomino, Miami, Booker T.Washington, Georgia Institute ofTechnology, Mechanical Engineering;

Diego Suarez, Miami, MiamiNorthwestern High, University of

California-Irvine, Finance;Eliana Hernandez, Miami, Westminster

Christian, University of South Florida,Biology;

Erika Martinez, Miami, Coral ReefHigh, Florida Gulf Coast University,Marketing Management;

Felicienne Alexandre, Miami, WilliamH. Turner Technical Arts High, MiamiDade College, Registered Nurse;

Fustine Saint-aude, Miami, Coral ReefHigh, University of Florida, Pre-medicine;

Genesis Esquivel, Miami, Booker T.Washington High, Florida InternationalUniversity, Law;

Jacob Prusher, Miami, Southwest MiamiHigh, Florida State University,Advertising/Marketing;

Jacqueline Eisermann, Miami,International Studies Charter High, EmoryUniversity, Pre-med;

Jasmine McRae, Miami, Palmer TrinitySchool, Broward Community College,Theater;

Jennifer Birriel, Miami, John A.Ferguson High, University of Miami,MBA;

Jonathan Ludmir, Miami, Booker T.Washington High, Harvard College,Economics;

Kassandra Ramos, Miami, Felix VarelaHigh, Nova Southeastern University,Psychology;

Laura Hoelscher, Miami, YoungWomen’s Preparatory Academy,University of Central Florida,English/Literature;

Lauren Aguiar, Miami, Coral ReefSenior High, Florida InternationalUniversity, Chemistry;

Matthew Samach, Miami, Coral ReefHigh, University of Florida,Engineering;

Michael Castano, Miami, Coral ReefHigh, Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology, Computer Engineering;

Nicole Martinez, Miami, Miami KillianHigh, University of Pennsylvania,Business and Public Policy;

Rafael Alberti, Miami, Booker T.Washington High, Florida InternationalUniversity, Biology/Pre-med;

Rheanastasia Doctolero, Miami, St.Brendan High, U.S. Coast GuardAcademy, Business Management;

Tyla Armstrong-Williams, Miami,Miami Sunset High, Florida StateUniversity, Exercise Science;

Victor Padilla, Miami, Miami KillianHigh, Miami Dade College, Biology,and

Carolina Sanchez, Miami, Miami EdisonHigh, Miami Dade College, Nursing.

Area students selected to receive Burger King Scholars Program Award

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez speaks at awardspresentation.


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Czech-language com-mands for a Miami-Dadepolice dog?

“That’s because all ofthe dogs in our currentinvestigative units origi-nally came from thatcountry [CzechRepublic],” Miami-DadePolice Sgt. Eric Mendezsaid speaking to aHammocks DistrictCitizen’s AdvisoryCommittee (CAC) audi-ence on June 27.

“ E u r o p e a n - b r e dGerman Shepherds haveproven the best for theapprehension and attackwork we do,” Mendezadded, relating howMiami-Dade PoliceDepartment selects dogsfor attack and apprehen-sion.

“These dogs havealready had at least sixmonths training in theirnative country beforecoming to the U.S.,” heexplained about the 18current “K-9s” (a hom*ophone of canine)who serve with the 16-member Miami-Dade County unit.

Distinguishing between attack and detec-tion training among different breeds,Mendez said German Shepherds remainedthe most commonly used for “their inbredaggression and intelligence, as well as theirdiscipline in attack situations.”

The unit also uses “search and rescue”dogs, like “Cody,” a bloodhound brought tothe session who met CAC members afterSgt. Mendez’s descriptions of varied typesbred for different purposes.

A separate training routine is used fordetection or explosive-sniffing dogs who“sniff out” illicit substances such as drugsor explosives, the job assigned to a totallyseparate unit at Miami InternationalAirport.

The special world of K-9 unit dogs andhandlers as described by Mendez included:

• Once trained, an attack dog, its handleris the sole human or animal recognized asan “Alpha” individual; all other humans oranimals rank below the dog’s sense of pro-

tocol.• Feeding is confined to a special diet of

high protein dry dog food, provided onlyonce daily because “treats as rewards arenot standard procedure for attack animals;”

• A typical attack dog’s longevity is “notmore than eight to 10 years due to the highstress situations that such dogs must neces-sarily live with;”

• Cadaver dogs trained to detect the odorof decomposing bodies have noses so sen-sitive they’re capable of locating bodiesunder water, and

• Dogs upon retirement “are always keptby their handler” because no provision ismade for their “after-service” life.

Mendez, a 22-year veteran with fouryears’ service with the police dog unit, wasjoined by Officer Pedro Otano during thesession at Hammocks Police District sta-tion.

Asked about the cost of an imported pre-trained German Shepherd with Czech com-mands, Mendez quoted a price of $12,500,adding “but they’re worth their weight ingold,”

‘Czech’ commands used for Miami-Dade K-9 dogs

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Laure Felton’s friends and coworkersare rallying together to show the WorldWide Web that Miami excels at a lotmore than just basketball by voting forthe only competing Miami Pilatesinstructor, Laure Felton, at <www.pilate-sanytime.com/next/vote.cfm?cid=3>.

Felton’s style of teaching enhances theinnovative Pilates repertoire with profes-sional dance and physical therapy move-ments. Your vote will give her the fantasticopportunity of sharing her very specialMiami methods with the greater Pilatescommunity.

A native Miamian, Felton first gained herin-depth knowledge of the human body asa dancer and then as a physical therapistassistant. She studied at the elite MarthaGraham School of Contemporary Dance inNew York City and performed with a vari-ety of choreographers.

After returning to her hometown ofMiami, Felton was inspired to study physi-cal therapy when her father suffered a seri-ous illness. She was blessed to work at theMiami Project to Cure Paralysis, where shewas involved in clinical research for indi-viduals with spinal cord injuries. Withthese experiences under her belt, she beganstudying Pilates in 1997, becoming certi-fied by the Pilates Center in Boulder, CO.

Felton now is the director of the move-ment studio at Myra and Company in SouthMiami where she maintains a safe, healing,and inspirational environment for both herclients and fellow instructors. She startedthe Pilates program at Myra and Companyin 1999, and serves as a Pilates instructor toclients who range from elite athletes to indi-viduals with severe physical challenges.

Felton takes an integrative approach,augmenting the innovative Pilates reper-

toire with techniques that she learned as aprofessional dancer and physical therapistassistant to create an exceptional therapeu-tic exercise experience.

Felton has entered a contest with PilatesAnytime, an online business that providesinstructors and clients with a wide varietyof videos from instructors all over theworld. If she wins the contest, she will beflown to California to make a video thatwill be on the Pilates Anytime site, receivea four-page spread in Pilates Style maga-zine, and attend the Pilates MethodAlliance Conference.

In order to vote for her, you must go to<www.pilatesanytime.com/next/vote.cfm?cid=3>. You then go to Laure Felton’s videoand click next to her video to vote. You willhave to enter your email address and thenyou will be sent a confirmation email thatyou must open in order for your vote to gothrough. Voting deadline is July 16.

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Thirty-eight nurses were honored withNurse of the Year awards during a publiccelebration held at Jackson MemorialHospital.

As part of National Nurse Week activi-ties, a licensed practical nurse, anadvanced practice nurse, a registered nurseand a rookie nurse from each of JacksonHealth System’s patient care centers, spe-cialty areas, satellite centers and hospitalswere selected by their colleagues as thenurses who have contributed the most toquality care throughout the system.

Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO ofJackson Health System, and Ric Cuming,RN, MSN, EdD, NEA-BC, senior vicepresident for Patient Care Services andchief nursing executive, presented theawards.

The Clinical Excellence Award is pre-sented to the nurse who best exemplifiesselfless dedication, compassion and nurs-ing pride systemwide throughout the years.Winners include:

Myrlene Denis, RN, Ambulatory CareCenter, for her excellence in professionalpractice and her compassion for patientsand their families.

Mamie Armbrister, RN, HoltzChildren’s Hospital and Jackson MemorialHospital’s Women’s Hospital Center, forconsistently displaying professionalism,autonomy, excellent clinical judgment andempathy.

Pieta Pelobello, RN, BSN, JacksonMemorial Hospital, for consistently pro-viding excellent patient care, critical think-ing skills, and customer service.

Elvira De Guzman, RN, BSN, JacksonNorth Medical Center, for her hard workand dedication to the patients, families andcolleagues in the pediatric unit of JacksonNorth Medical Center.

Maria Derr, RN, Jackson SouthCommunity Hospital, for being a leader,

teacher and a patient advocate.Elizabeth Basiratmand, RN, MSN, Jackson

Mental Health Hospital, was honored for herdedication and compassion to her patients.She always finds the time to interact withpatients, families and colleagues.

To qualify for the Nurse of the Yearaward, nurses must demonstrate excellencein job performance, proven by a consistent,above-average evaluation, no record ofcounseling or disciplinary action duringthe past three years, demonstrate fulfill-ment of Jackson Health System Standardsof Excellence and evidence of well-round-ed professional activities that consolidatethe nurses as role models. They must havebeen employed for at least three years ofcontinual service; for the “rookie” catego-ry, it can be one year or less.

Honorees for the Nurse of the Yearawards are:

Ambulatory Care Center — Guillermo A.Barquero, RN, BS, and Marie Theodat, LPN.

Cardiovascular Services — Marie Gelin,RN.

Community-Based Primary CareCenters — Jackie Master, MSN, ARNP,FNP-BC; Maureen Allen-Barnes, LPN,and Deborah C. Rushing RN, BSN.

Corrections Health Services — GerryFrancois, LPN, and Lorena Carrasco, RN.

Education and Development — BensitaJoseph, RN, BSN.

Emergency Care and Trauma Services —Douglas Houghton, MSN, ARNP, ACNPC,CORN, and Gelena Dimaano, RN.

Holtz Children’s Hospital — NicoleThompson-Bowie, ARNP, NNP, PNP;Angela L. Jones, LPN, and Dawn Allen,RN.

Jackson Memorial Long Term CareCenter — Marcell Nicholas, LPN, andBernadette Jeanniton, RN.

Jackson Memorial Perdue MedicalCenter — Elizabeth Maybee, LPN, andLeonila Liddell, RN.

Jackson North Medical Center —Barbara Seay, LPN, and Marie Jean Louis,RN.

Jackson South Community Hospital —Carina A. Ryder, ARNP; Maria E.Fernandez, LPN, and Dolce Ortaliz, RN.

Medical-Surgical Hospital Center —Philip Dlugasch, ARNP, Jean Jecrois,LPN, and Olive Lewis, RN.

Jackson Mental Health Hospital —Marie Joseph, RN, BSN.

Ortho-Rehab-Neuroscience HospitalCenter — Myrna Lee-Keow, ARNP, MSN,FNP-BC; Marietta Gervais, LPN, andRocio Mariel Simunovic, RN, BSN, MHA.

Perioperative Services — NicholeCrenshaw, ARNP; Anne-Marie Fernandez,RN, B.S.N., and Jacqueline Buigas, RN.

Specialty Areas — Maribel Valmocina,ARNP, and Maria Luisa Rodriguez, RN.

Women’s Hospital Center — Nancy E.Griffis, ARNP; Denise Lamothe, LPN, andOzaida Astapan, RN.

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AK Sharks Swim Team sends trio to U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials


Three AK Sharks Swim Team membersrecently headed to Omaha, NE for the 2012United States Olympic Swimming Trials.

Clara Smiddy, 16; Samuel Smiddy, 18,and Austin Manganiello, 18, qualified torace in the meet where the 2012 U.S.Olympic Swim Team members will bechosen. Clara raced in the 100 backstrokeand the 200 backstroke. Samuel swam the400 individual medley and the 200 indi-vidual medley. Austin raced in the 200Butterfly.

The AK Sharks Swim Team is a part ofthe AquaKids Inc. Aquatic Programs, andpractices at the Westminster ChristianSchool pool in Palmetto Bay. AquaKidsand the AK Sharks offer year-round aquat-ic programs for children and adults fromlearn-to-swim, to those striving for excel-lence in competitive swimming. The AKSharks Swim Team is recognized byUnited State Swimming as a “SilverMedal” program.

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The third annual Skateboard Rodeo,South Florida’s premier skateboardingevent, will return to the Westwind LakesAction Sports Park, 6805 SW 152 Ave., onSaturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,for a day of sport exhibition and familyfun.

Hosted by Chris Casey of Fuel TV’sCaptain and Casey Show, the event willfeature a skate contest, a Punk Rock FleaMarket hosted by 305 Green, live music,open skating, and pet adoptions.

Each year, the event aspires to raisefunds and educate the community by part-nering with a new and unique local non-profit organization within the county area.This year, Skateboard Rodeo will team upwith Miami-Dade Animal Services to findforever homes for adoptable pets of allsizes, ages and breeds.

More than 100 skaters are expected toparticipate in what is expected to be thebiggest Skateboard Rodeo to date, alongwith several hundred spectators and

families throughout the day.Competitors from all over Florida willbattle it out during six different skatingstyle contests for $3,000 in cash, prizes,and sponsorships.

Whether skater or spectator, Miami-Dade Animal Services will be onsiteexposing the public to educational mate-rial that addresses the needs of our com-munity and emphasizes the significanceof animal licensing, microchip implan-tation, vaccination, spay/neuter, andvolunteerism.

“Daily there are hundreds of deservingpets in the shelter waiting for their chanceto be adopted into a loving home,” saidAlex Muñoz, director of Miami-DadeCounty’s Animal Services Department. “Itis very important to keep this in mindwhen considering extending your familywith a pet. There is always one here whocan bring lots of happiness and love to anyfamily.”

For more information, visit online at<www.miamidade.gov/animals> or call3-1-1.

Animal Services to participate inSkateboard Rodeo adoption event

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, one ofthe premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognizedinternational leader in both Florida andinternational conservation, has successfullymoved a 75-foot Haldina cordifolia tree, theonly one of its kind in the United States, theonly member of its genus (Haldina) and amember of the Rubiaceae family.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience towitness the moving of this exceptional beau-ty which is among the largest trees inFairchild Garden,” said Nannette Zapata,chief operating officer for Fairchild TropicalBotanic Garden. “This iconic tree is a treas-ured heirloom that will grace our groundsfor many future generations to enjoy andcherish.”

After careful root pruning that took morethan one year, the tree was moved success-fully to its new location within the FairchildArboretum, in anticipation of the ground-breaking of the new Rose-McQuillanCultural Building. The process required twocranes and an expert tree transplantationteam. Because of the size of the tree, it couldonly be moved as far as the crane couldextend its reach. The foliage of the tree indi-cates that the canopy is still very dense, an

excellent sign of tree health.The tree was planted originally more than

75 years ago by David Fairchild (1869-1954), one of the most famous plant explor-ers in history, from which Fairchild Tropical

Botanic Garden gets its name. It was collect-ed by Dr. Walter Koelz, USDA, Beltsville,MD on Mar. 4, 1937, in Nilambur, Kerala,India. Previously known as Adina cordifo-lia, the tree is native to India, China

(Yunnan) and the Malaysian Peninsula.Dr. Fairchild was known for traveling the

world in search of useful plants, but he alsowas an educator and a renowned scientist.At the age of 22, he created the Section ofForeign Seed and Plant Introduction of theUnited States Department of Agriculture,and for the next 37 years, he traveled theworld in search of plants of potential use tothe American people.

Fairchild visited every continent in theworld (except Antarctica) and brought backhundreds of important plants, includingmangos, alfalfa, nectarines, dates, cotton,bamboos and the flowering cherry trees thatgrace Washington, DC.

After retiring to Miami in 1935, Dr.Fairchild joined a group of passionate plantcollectors and horticulturists, includingretired accountant Col. Robert H.Montgomery, environmentalist MarjoryStoneman Douglas, County CommissionerCharles Crandon and landscape architectWilliam Lyman Phillips. This core groupworked tirelessly to bring the idea of a one-of-a-kind botanic garden to life, and, in1938, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardenopened its 83 acres to the public for the firsttime.

For additional information, visit online at<www.fairchildgarden.org>.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden moves tree planted 75 years ago

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Aspiring vocalists will get the chance tohone their craft when Miami Dade College’s(MDC) Kendall Campus and the CivicChorale of Greater Miami launch the MDCKendall Campus Choral Academy this fall.

The Choral Academy is open to all highschool students in Miami-Dade Countywith an interest in vocal music. It will offer

courses in chorus, vocal technique, eartraining and sight reading.

Registration begins July 16, with classesstarting Aug. 27. Students are encouragedto register now, as demand is high andclasses are filling quickly.

For information, contact Dr. TimothyBrent at 305-237-2149; send email to<[emailprotected]>, or call the School ofContinuing Education at 305-237-2161.

College, Civic Chorale to launchKendall Campus Choral Academy


The Falls, one of Florida’s largest open-air,retail and entertainment destinations featur-ing Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and AmericanGirl (opening fall 2012), announces the addi-tion of Brio Tuscan Grille and TCBY to thealready impressive lineup of new restaurantsand retailers. Brio Tuscan Grille will open itsfirst Miami location at The Falls in early2013 and TCBY will be added to the centerin late summer.

Brio Tuscan Grille, the popular Italian din-ing experience specializing in Tuscan fare,will add a 7,900-square-foot space on the eastside of the center, near Bloomingdale’s. BrioTuscan Grille, famous for such delectablefare as Lasagna Bolognese Al Forno, isscheduled to open in early 2013 and offerslunch, dinner and weekend brunch menus aswell as a children’s menu, catering servicesand an extensive wine list. Additionally, therestaurant will feature a patio area allowingvisitors to dine alfresco.

TCBY, the pioneers of the frozen yogurtconcept that opening its first U.S. store in1981, is scheduled to open a 500-square-foot

space in late summer. The self-serve yogurtconcept store will open in Center Court, adja-cent to Talbots, and will offer an endlessamount of flavor and topping combinations,including Greek frozen yogurt.

“We are thrilled to announce Brio TuscanGrille and TCBY as the latest additions to thedynamic leasing activity going on at TheFalls,” said Julie Goldman, mall manager.“These recent additions are just a few of themany new stores and dining choices that arechanging the face of The Falls with four newrestaurants, The Fresh Market and six newstores including American Girl now offeringmore selection and dining options to guestsin South Miami-Dade.”

The Falls recently announced an impres-sive lineup of “first to market” stores like thefirst American Girl store in Florida, CornerBakery Café, Red Robin and LoveSac, whichopened their first Florida locations at the cen-ter in April and May, respectively. In addi-tion, new stores include Michael Kors andLove Culture, expected to open mid-summer.

For more information, visit the SimonProperty Group website at<www.simon.com>.

The Falls to add Brio Tuscan Grille to revamped lineup of restaurants

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Tel: 305-665-4411 • Fax: 305-663-3258Email:[emailprotected]

<www.marcodrugs.com>This article is intended to provide information on health-related matters. The ideas expressed cannot be usedto diagnose or treat individual health problems andshould not be taken as medical advice or instruction.

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BY SONIA MARTINEZ, RPHNipple soreness is one of the mostcommon reasons new mothers give fordiscontinuing breastfeeding, but this isalmost always a short-term problem thatcan be corrected. The main reason forcracked or bleeding nipples or nipple painis improper latch, which can be relieved bycorrecting the nursing technique or usingthe breast pump properly. If the breast-feeding baby has thrush, a yeast infectionin the mouth, it can be passed to themother and cause nipple pain or damage.Signs of thrush in breastfeeding momsinclude itchy, red, shiny, painful nipplesand shooting pains in the breast during orafter a feeding. We can compound apreparation containing an antifungal tofight yeast infections, an antibacterial, andan anti-inflammatory, which can beapplied sparingly to the breast after eachfeeding. Ask our compounding pharmacistfor more information.


The Miami Marlins now offer behind-the-scenes tours of Marlins Park. The tours areopen to the public on non-event days for just$10 per person.

The tour includes visits to the field (behindhome plate), home clubhouse, home battingcage area and Diamond Club, PromenadeLevel featuring the art in the facility, theBobblehead Museum and the premium areasincluding the suites. Tours operate Mondaythrough Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,except when the Marlins play at home or

when other major events are scheduled atMarlins Park. Group tours, accommodatingbetween 10 and 25 people, are available byappointment.

For information, fans can call 1-877-MAR-LINS or send email to <[emailprotected]>.All tickets can be purchased at the ticket win-dows located on Felo Ramirez Drive (NW SixthStreet between 14th and 15th avenues) and arefor the time and date specified. Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.

Tour parking is free in the Third BaseGarage.

Marlins now offer public toursbehind the scenes at ballpark

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The Florida Bar honored 145 attorneys,including many in Miami-Dade County,on Friday, June 22, for 50 years of dedi-cation to the practice of law.

Their service to the profession wasacknowledged during a luncheon at TheFlorida Bar’s Annual Convention con-ducted at the Gaylord Palms Resort andConvention Center in Orlando from June20 to 23. To be recognized, attorneysmust have been members in good stand-ing of The Florida Bar and attained their50th anniversary of admittance to thepractice of law in 2012.

The luncheon was sponsored by TheFlorida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division.

Atttorneys honored from the 11thCircuit (Miami-Dade County) were:Howard E. Roskin, Aventura; Stephan H.Tarr, Aventura; Jay Howard Linn, BayHarbor Islands; Rick G. Ciravolo,Coconut Grove; Hugo L. Black, Coral

Gables; Bennett Gordon Feldman, CoralGables; Jesse Stephen Hogg, CoralGables; Richard H. Hunt Jr., CoralGables; Richard M. Leslie, Coral Gables;Herbert Stettin, Coral Gables; John M.Abramson, Homestead; Philip Bloom,Miami; Stephen A. Cahen, Miami; DanteMichael Fiorini, Miami; James JayHogan, Miami; Robert C. Josefsberg,Miami; Arno Kutner, Miami; AntonioMartinez Jr., Miami; John Fred McMath,Miami; Joseph B. Merlin, Miami;William Y. Sayad Jr., Miami; James H.Sweeny III, Miami; Gerald J. Tobin,Miami; Richard L. Wassenberg, Miami;Sally Weintraub, Miami; Edward EllisLevinson, Miami Beach; Kenneth N.Rekant, Miami Beach; Gerald KeithSchwartz, Miami Beach; SherwinStauber, Miami Beach; D. RobertGraham, Miami Lakes; Arnold Hantman,Miami Lakes; Philip James Mandina,Miami Lakes, Laurence Feingold, SouthMiami, and George Elias Jr., Surfside.

Florida Bar honors attorneys for 50 years of dedication

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The Adrienne Arsht Center for thePerforming Arts of Miami-Dade County,1300 Biscayne Blvd., has announced thearrival of the renowned smash hit — TheDonkey Show — a spectacular phenome-non that blends a crazy circus of discomusic hits, go-go dancers, roller skaters,feathered divas and a full active bar becom-ing the ultimate party extravaganza.

The show, inspired by WilliamShakespeare’s classic comedy AMidsummer Night’s Dream, will open onJuly 13 for a limited engagement on theArsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera Housestage, which will be transformed into amirror ball dance floor for guests to livetheir own fabulous disco fantasy.

Dance floor tickets are priced at $45 onWednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; $60on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets in theVIP seating area are priced at $60 onWednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; $75on Fridays and Saturdays.

Patrons must be over the age of 18 toenter; 21 to drink. A $10 discount will begiven to those who purchase tickets to thefirst five preview performances (July 13-15). Tickets may be purchased through theArsht Center box office by calling 305-949-6722, or online at <www.arshtcenter.org>.

Created by Tony Award-winning directorDiane Paulus and Randy Weiner, TheDonkey Show experience encourages theaudience to become part of a glittering nir-vana where inhibitions don’t exist andeveryone dances and sings along to the

greatest hits of the ’70s such as We AreFamily, Last Dance, I Love the Nightlife,and Car Wash — it’s an opportunity torelive the hedonistic days of the dazzlingStudio 54 era.

The two-hour spectacle begins themoment guests arrive at the velvet ropes ofMiami’s hottest pop-up disco and findthemselves interacting with several of theshow’s wild characters. Once inside, thefun continues with unexpected theatricaltwists and surprises, all culminating at anever-fabulous post-show event.

This self-curated show will allowpatrons to become as emerged in the storyand in the production as they wish. It’s theultimate night fever — a crazy fun houseenchanted by an ever-so-light sprinkling ofShakespearean magic.

“The Adrienne Arsht Center alwaysstrives to bring unique performances withworld-wide appeal to the community,” saidScott Shiller, executive vice president.“Miami’s version of The Donkey Show willmark the show’s largest production yet —complete with alluring aerial stunts and acast of 20 of South Florida’s best actors anddancers.”

The Donkey Show previously has per-formed on a world tour in major citiesincluding London and Seoul, maintained asuccessful six-year run in New York andcurrently is playing in Boston.

Showtimes: Wednesday-Thursdays, 7:30p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 and10:30 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. For reserva-tions, visit <www.arshtcenter.org> or callthe box office at 305-949-6722.

Adrienne Arsht Center announcesThe Donkey Show coming July 13

The Arsht Center’sZiff Ballet OperaHouse stage willbe transformedinto a mirror balldance floor.

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The Maxima is the flagship of the Nissanfleet and the 2012 incarnation continues toset the pace for the company’s sedans. It is,quite simply, a superb automobile.

This beautiful car combines sports sedanstyling, a driver-oriented co*ckpit and superbcomfort with an advanced drivetrainanchored by Nissan’s award-winning VQseries V-6 engine. It has a refreshed exteriorfor 2012, with a new front grille design, newrear combination lights and new 18-inch or19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Two newexterior colors are available — Java Metallicand Dark Slate.

On the inside, the Maxima cabin is luxu-rious and roomy, and enhancementsinclude a new meter cluster illuminationcolor (white), new Dark Piano-hairlinetrim, a new Atlantic Cherrywood tone trimand a new Cafe Latte interior color. There’salso a new audio segment display and new

audio/HVAC knob design.Comfort and convenience features include a

standard moonroof, eight-way power driver’sseat and a four-way power adjustable frontpassenger seat; dual-zone automatic tempera-ture control, cruise control with illuminatedsteering wheel mounted controls, NissanIntelligent Key with Push Button Ignition,power windows and door locks,AM/FM/CD6/MP3 audio system with eightspeakers, Bluetooth Hands-Free PhoneSystem and available USB connectivity.

A special Limited Edition Package hasbeen added for 2012, bringing smoked head-lights, High Intensity Discharge (HID)Xenon headlights, a compass in the rearviewmirror, 18-inch aluminum-alloy Dark HyperSilver colored wheels, a rear spoiler, darksatin chrome front grille, fog lights, outsidemirrors with integrated turn signals andmetallic trim on the center cluster, center con-sole and door armrest grips.

The top-of-the-line Nissan is offered intwo well-equipped models — Maxima 3.5 Sand Maxima 3.5 SV, each powered by the290-hp 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6 enginemated to an Xtronic CVT gearbox with man-ual and “Ds” (drive sport) modes, and avail-able paddle shifters.

The Maxima has a dynamic look, with an

aggressive stance and sporty proportions thatbalance the wheelbase and overall length,along with wide front and rear tracks. Thelook is accented by the 18-inch or available19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels — with newdesigns for 2012 — and low-profile perform-ance tires.

Large wraparound L-shaped headlightsadd a unique dimension to the overall design,with the upturned headlight shape combiningwith the new grille design, large bumperopening and bulging hood to set the tone forthe rest of the vehicle. At the rear, the taillight

design has been refreshed for 2012 with a 12-LED L-shaped design and a pair of sidemarker bulbs for added visibility during nightdriving.

Pricing on the 2012 Nissan Maxima startsat $32,142 for the 3.5S and $35,120 for the3.5 SV.

Ron Beasley is the automotive editor forMiami’s Community Newspapers. He may becontacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261,or by addressing email correspondence to<[emailprotected]>.

Nissan Maxima sets pace for company’s sedans


Ron Beasley

2012 Maxima has a new grille, new combination taillights and new 18- or 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.


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Electrical Engineering Degree +5 Yrs exp.Estimate, plan and design HVAC, Fire AlarmsSystems, Access Control and CCTV, digital video.Knowledge of electrical installations of lowand medium Voltage project budgeting, projectmanagement in DDC/automation, Building Man-agement Systems, green Belt, pneumatic controlsthird party integration devices connected throughLON, Modbus and BACNET. Will manage soft-ware like AutoCAD, Visio, knowledge of industrialNDT (Non Destructive Testing). Coordinate engi-neering & preparation of documents, manageproject funding and contract. Prepare/coordinateengineering reports, studies, calculations anddrawings. Energy Calculations.

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Kitchen and Bathroom

Remodeling and Repairs.

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Mail resume to:High Tech Supplies, Inc.

12601 NW 115 Ave, Unit 114Medley, FL 33178

BA in Civil Eng & 5 yrs exp. req. Prepare budgets bids and contracts & direct

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General Office Assistant Needed

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Mail resume to:RL Global Supply Tech Inv., LLC2315 NW 107 Ave, Suite 1M39

Doral, FL 33172

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Female preferredMust have a valid driver’s licenseoccasionally to drive a 2012 car

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Mail resume to:Coral Sun Marine Cons, LLC2800 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 333

Miami, FL 33137

Bachelors in Economic and 5 yrs exp. req. Provide advice& consultation on economic relationships to businesses,public & private agencies.


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Suite 228South Miami, FL 33143


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Algebra, Geometry, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Email, FaceBook, Twitter, eBay, PayPal, Skype, Photoshop, Web Pages, iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Apps, Video Editing, Business Presentations.

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What county is Coral Gables, Florida in? ›

Coral Gables is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States.

Is Coral Gables nice? ›

Coral Gables is a suburb of Miami with a population of 49,696. Coral Gables is in Miami-Dade County and is one of the best places to live in Florida. Living in Coral Gables offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes.

What is Coral Gables nickname? ›

Coral Gables, nicknamed "The City Beautiful," is one of the first planned communities in Florida, meaning that the land was undeveloped until the city was designed and constructed.

What is Coral Gables FL known for? ›

Home to the historic Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables is famous for its shops and cafes along Miracle Mile as well as outdoor wonders such as the Venetian Pool, a coral rock quarry and natural aquifer for swimming, and Fairchild ...

What famous people live in Coral Gables, FL? ›

Coral Gables

It's found close to many of the best Miami has to offer and some of the largest estates provide luxury amenities. Coral Gables is also known for the great schools. Some of the celebrities calling Coral Gables home include Dave Barry, Antoine Walker, Alex Rodriguez and Pat Riley.

Is Coral Gables a rich area? ›

Coral Gables tops list of most expensive neighborhoods in the country.

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Coral Gables is very family friendly and enjoys a Mobile Patrol and a Neighborhood Crime Watch to keep its crime rate low and secure its position as one of Miami's safest neighborhoods. Many Coral Gables homes for sale come with fences to protect against burglary.

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Coral Gables, Miami Beach have priciest U.S. homes. The Coral Gables neighborhood Gables Estates ranked as the most expensive housing market in the country, according to data by Zillow.

Is Coral Gables a good place to retire? ›

The climate in Coral Gables is considered one of the best in the country for retirees. Average peak temperatures in the summer only reach around 81 degrees, while average lows in the winter usually stay above 60 degrees.

Is Coral Gables walkable? ›

As the fifth most walkable neighborhood in Miami, Coral Way is known for its historic homes. Consider exploring Shenandoah Park or grabbing a bite to eat at Versailles Restaurant with friends. There are plenty of other amenities in this charming community as well, like Miracle Mile and Coral Gables Museum.

What school district is Coral Gables? ›

All Coral Gables schools but one have an A or B rating. Coral Gables schools fall under Miami Dade District 6.

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