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DECEMBER 2015 CENA BY MICHY TAMMY KING-FOSTER 7 QUESTIONS HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE HistoryMiami YOUNG AND GROWING NEW 2016 CADILLAC CTS Treating you like family has made us 1 7815 SW 104 TH Street On The West Side of US1 1-800-481-5246 Pinecrest Happy Holidays PINECREST FACTS AS OF NOVEMBER 1ST 2015 reduced 13051 sW 71 Avenue Pinecrest 806 000 Peaceful and quiet this comfortable canal-front home is nestled on a special street with low traffic and beautiful trees. Four bedrooms 2.5 baths 2 car garage and over 3 250 adj square feet. Metal roof volume ceilings fireplace porcelain and tile floors spacious bedrooms open family roomkitchen area screened patio opens to living room family room master bedroom and second bathroom. Great floor plan tons of storage space. Hurricane protection and room for a pool. Builder s Acre eAst of ludlAm 6640 sW 116 st Pinecrest Great location east of ludlam this 33 000 square foot lot has a 1957 rentable house with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. many mature fruit trees beautiful oaks & palms. completely gated and lovingly maintained by long term owners. 142 homes currently on the market The lowest priced home is 540 000 The highest priced home is 9 599 000 186 homes sold YTD between 1 1 15 and 11 1 15 The lowest priced sale was 410 000 The highest priced sale was 5 100 000 100 Days on Market was the average dAdelAnd AreA sunset AreA 7821 sW 88tH terrAce miAmi tArA a prestigious gated community with a 24-hour manned gate this spacious retreat will make you feel like you are on vacation 3 bedroom and 3.5 bath plus Garage. 1st floor master suite opens to private hot tub and patio with 45ft swimming pool 2 bedrooms 1 bath upstairs with family room. eat-in kitchen formal living room and dining room soaring ceilings and lots of natural light over 3 000 sf miAmi AreA mAin Guest House on Builder s Acre 8220 sunset dr miAmi 970 000 3 2.5 2cG main House w charming details of Chickasaw oak wood floors 10ft wood beamed ceilings fireplace and more Guest House w 2 1 high ceilings & lots of light. sparkling pool. miAmi s Best KePt secret 11349 sW 172 street 11131c 120 000 Green Hills West 55 walled community with club house swimming pool & tennis 2Br 2BA colony unit with 1 240 sf quaint front porch updated kitchen new roof and tile floors. Maintenance fee 364 mo. PAlmetto BAY cutler BAY continentAl PArK AreA HuGe corner lot of 19K sf SOLD SALES PRICE 500 000 17000 sW 84 Ave PAlmetto BAY 7575 sW 156 st PAlmetto BAY updated 3Br 2BA 2cG and an atrepresented BuYer tached addition with 1Br 1BA with a listed by clarinda Gill & separate entrance. over 2 900sf under robert Gill of re mAX. roof roof was replaced 3 years ago. full Acre All tile floors roofed patio updated Jennings-built ranch home. elec plumbing hurricane protection and meticulously maintained. room for a pool & so much more PotentiAl GAlore 400 000 8190 sW 184 ter cutler BAY Large corner lot nice floor plan offers 3Bd 2BA & 2 car garage. over 2 600 adj sq ft huge living room opens to screened pool patio eat-in kitchen is open to family room extra-large master & master bath lots of trees. roof replaced in 2006 hurricane protection flood zone X . 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It s hard to believe that we have been publishing Pinecrest Magazine for more than two years. Much has happened in the last 26 issues as we have explored the village from many aspects. Our homes gardens and schools are paramount to all of us but it s the people and businesses that truly make it special. As we cycle through the months there is a rhythm to the year school work vacation holidays that feels comfortable and regular. The holidays give us all a moment to take stock of what has happened in 2015 and set goals for the future. This month s cover photo is truly a piece of eye candy. Norman Love Confections are handcrafted on the west coast of Florida by an artisanal staff of chocolatiers. All ingredients are sourced and painstakingly chosen to deliver that amazing moment of delight. Please check out the rest of our holiday gift guide for creative gift ideas for you and your loved ones this holiday season. This month s issue also features an intriguing story about the Operation Pedro Pan exhibit at HistoryMiami. I hope you have a chance to experience the Pedro Pan exodus through its galleries and videos. We also offer you a feature by local Dee Hoult an outstanding dog trainer in our area on how to choose the perfect pet for your household. It s an important decision and one that will affect you for years. If you are looking for a rescue please consider Paws 4 You an outstanding shelter run by Carol and Ron Caridad. If you are looking for inspiration look no further than Palmer Trinity s track coach Tammy King-Foster. She is a former student who went to the Olympics and returned full-circle to her roots in South Florida. Also in this issue Marissa Weiner a junior from Palmetto Senior High gives us her seasonal perspective and our 7 Questions with Jim Couper a Pinecrest resident artist and educator who shares his decades-long perspective on the Florida Everglades. I would like to thank each and every one of our readers for their attention submissions and comments as we continue on this journey together. I wish all of you very happy holidays and a joyous New Year. Please like our page on Facebook and submit story ideas via our website at Click on the drop-down menu for submit a story. I look forward to hearing from you. PUBLISHER Gail Scott EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Angela Caraway-Carlton ASSOCIATE EDITOR Richard Shellene ASSOCIATE EDITOR Elyssa Schwartz COPY EDITOR Sherri Balefsky EDITORIAL INTERN Steven Mayer CREATIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR Melanie Geronemus Smit ART DIRECTOR Alisha Riddle ART DIRECTOR Alexander Hernandez ART DIRECTOR Frank Papandrea WRITERS Melisa Chantres Dee Hoult Craig Morell Becky Randel Michelle Solomon Yeleny Suarez Marissa Weiner PHOTOGRAPHERS Chiaroscuro Fotografia Andres Hernandez HistoryMiami Ed Nercess All Star Photography Duncan Stoner William Kuan Photography Rhona Wise MARKETING MANAGER Adina Arhire ADVERTISING SALES GAIL SCOTT gail LORI CASTLE lcastle SHARI GLATTER sglatter DEBBY GOLD dgold SUZETTE GORDON suzette JILL HOROWITZ jhorowitz BONNIE JUDSON bjudson JORDAN KNOWLES-BARTLEY jknowles CHERYL PERL cperl CHRISTINE REDMOND christine CHAIRMAN Gary Press DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & EVENTS Danielle Tarrant LIFESTYLE MEDIA GROUP 3511 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 200 Fort Lauderdale Florida 33309 954.377.9470 fax 954.617.9418 2015 Pinecrest Magazine is published by Life Media Group all rights reserved. Pinecrest Magazine is a monthly advertising magazine. All contents are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced without written consent from the publisher. The advertiser is solely responsible for ad content and holds publisher harmless from any error. Gail Scott Gail Scott Publisher gail Opening Doors Across South Florida PENDING SALE 4171 Lybyer Avenue 1 199 000 BEST OF SOUTH GROVE ON GORGEOUS LOT Fully Redesigned & Rebuilt 2011. 3 3 Bonus Rm Open Huge Kitchen-Family Rm-Great Room Soaring Wood Ceilings & Gigantic Island 7940 SW 167 Street 1 050 000 MODEL HOME IN PALMETTO BAY Blt in 95 5 4 P 2-Car w 4663 Sqft. Updated w Marble & Wood Flrs Private Cul-de-Sac NEW PRICE 7301 SW 115 Street 949 000 CENTRAL PINECREST HOME ON QUIET STREET Totally Updated 08- 09 2-Story 5 3.5 P Office Marble Flrs Impact Glass Roof 13 HURRY 13150 SW 77 Avenue 889 000 FABULOUS PINECREST ACRE FAMILY HOME Beautifully Updated 4 3 2-Car 20 x 40 Solar Heated Deep Pool in Tropical Setting Over 3100 Adj Sqft of Open Comfortable Living Space 7345 SW 121 Street 849 000 CENTRAL PINECREST BEAUTY Updated 4 3 2-Car Pool New Roof Plantation Shutters Private Inviting Huge Back Yard & Pool Patio Accordian Shutters Walk to All Palmetto Schools PENDING SALE 15901 SW 81 Avenue 729 000 BEST OF PALMETTO BAY Gorgeous & Open Kitchen High Ceilings Quiet Cul-de-Sac 4 3 P 2-Car w 3438 Sqft. Evan Goldman 305.607.8880 evan RE MAX Advance Realty hazel Hazel Goldman 305.665.7383 tur 34 t bl of cont nt 36 MUCH MORE MAKE AN EDUCATED CHOICE ON A NEW PUPPY FAMILY DOG HISTORYMIAMI SELECTION THE OPERATION PEDRO PAN EXHIBIT AND 40 BEAUTY IS SKIN DEEP FOR JAIMIE HILFIGER THE NEXT HILFIGER d p rtm nt f 6 10 14 18 PUBLISHER S LETTER AROUND TOWN CULTURAL CALENDAR REAL ESTATE NEW GUINEA IMPATIENS 20 GARDENING 22 24 VILLAGE LIFE SEASON S GREETINGS DINING CENA BY MICHY 26 PROFILE U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM MEMBER TAMMY KING-FOSTER 31 42 GIFT GUIDE PRESENTS FOR EVERY ONE ON YOUR LIST PROFILE THE ETHICAL HACKER 48 A TEENAGER S GUIDE 50 RESTAURANT GUIDE 52 54 HAPPENINGS CHRISTMAS TREE SALE SCENE ON SITE 2015 HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS AND WINE ON HARVEST MOON 58 7 QUESTIONS JIM COUPER ARTIST & TEACHER TIMELESS RELEVANCE Holiday House Tour On Saturday Dec. 5 the 28th-annual Villagers Holiday House Tour will feature five historic homes in the north Coral Gables area with prepossessing architectural elements. Visitors walk and drive in their own vehicles between the properties as they observe homes made from local materials like coral rock mined from the Venetian Pool site and pecky cypress all of which have withstood the tests of time. Visitors will also be treated to a rare visit inside a home in the exotic Chinese Village. Members of The Villagers will be on-hand to give guided tours of their homes. A gift boutique quilt raffle and holiday treats will also be available. The tour will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Unfortunately the venues cannot accommodate wheelchairs or strollers and the owners ask that no high heels be worn or photography taken. Tickets are 35 and must be purchased in advance. For more information and tickets visit The local foodie scene just got a dose of Old World charm in the form of Fornaro Restaurant & Gourmet Pizza in Coconut Grove. This intimate casual restaurant serves all the classics but its rendition of a tagliatelle osso buco and its incomparable cooked sea bass are sure to have you coming back for more. For dessert try the Fig Truffle Flan which is baked with fresh figs and served over vanilla bean ice cream with a decadent toffee sauce. Old World Tradition for Foodies A must-try is the Gnocchi Della Fortuna a dish served only on the 29th of each month. This tradition stems from a legend dating back to the eighth century when the placing of money under a plate symbolized wishes of prosperity. Accordingly on the 29th of each month guests at Fornaro are invited to honor this tradition with the symbolic gnocchi entree. For more information visit or call 305.668.8888. 10 DECEMBER 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Timeless Private and Sophisticated... like no other. Introducing Friendly faces sweeping landscapes and invigorating lifestyles come to life in the contemporary coastal community of Pinecrest Place. With a boutique collection of ten single-family homes of one and two stories inside a tranquil gated neighborhood with expansive half acre lots one can invigorate in this sanctuary for the senses. Where moments transform into occasions that trickle into everlasting memories. When coming home is reason enough to celebrate. DEVELOPED BY 9600 SW 72nd Avenue Pinecrest Florida 33156 Sales Center 7520 SW 100 Street Pinecrest FL 33156 I 786.532.1510 SALES & MARKETING BY BROKER PARTICIPATION WELCOME. ORAL REPRESENTATION CANNOT BE RELIED UPON AS CORRECTLY STATING THE PRESENTATION OF THE DEVELOPER FOR CORRECT REPRESENTATION MAKE REFERENCE TO THE DOCUMENTS REQUIRED BY SECTION 718.503 FLORIDA STATUTES TO BE FURNISHED BY THE DEVELOPER OR BUYER OR LESSEE. NOT AN OFFER WHERE PROHIBITED BY STATE STATUTES. PLANS FEATURES AND AMENITIES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. ALL ILLUSTRATIONS ARE ARTIST CONCEPTUAL RENDERINGS AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.THIS ADVERTISEMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER IN THE STATES OF NY OR NJ OR ANY JURISDICTION WHERE PRIOR REGISTRATION OR OTHER QUALIFICATION IS REQUIRED. EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY. ALL PLANS AND RENDERINGS ARE CONCEPTUAL AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. SUBJECT TO APPROVAL. AROUND TOWN Pinecrest Gardens invites guests to another great workshop with horticulturist Craig Morell. Learn the tips and tricks of growing vegetables in your yard. This hourlong workshop is formatted so you can implement the skills you learn immediately. The workshop will take place on Dec. 9 at 10 30 a.m. in the Hibiscus Room at Pinecrest Gardens. The 10 fee includes supplies and a take-home project. There is a limit of 12 people per workshop so please register and pay early. For registration and more information call 305.669.6990. A Time to Grow Help bring technology to Palmetto Middle School and invest in our students futures Each donation of 570 will contribute one computer to the Pinecrest Business Association computer lab. For more information including a list of sponsor benefits visit partners or email Linda Dwyer at lindadwyer or Misty Buck at misty Donate to the Future Cybersales Safe Haven In 2014 there were a number of cases in South Florida where sellers or buyers were targeted for theft either for their valuable goods (such as electronics and cellphones) or cash. Pinecrest Police Station is now a safe haven for anyone looking to buy or sell items via classified websites such as Craigslist. In an effort to deter criminal activities and ensure the safety of Pinecrest residents completing Internet transactions buyers and sellers can arrange to meet in the first-floor parking lot or the third-floor police station lobby. There is no need to call ahead just arrange with the other party the time you wish to meet. If the first-floor main entrance is locked on the weekend or after hours just press the intercom button and inform the operator of the safe haven transaction. 12 DECEMBER 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM HOLIDAY GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE A P P R OACH ABLE EL EGAN CE TI M EL ES S D ES IG N FREE 30 MINUTE STRETCH JUST MENTION GAIL FROM PINECREST MAGAZINE THE STRETCH ZONE METHOD IS NOT STRETCHING ASYOU KNOW IT . RELIEVE STIFFNESS AND SORENESS FEEL LIGHTER ANDYOUNGER INCREASE AND MAINTAIN RANGE OF MOTION ENHANCE PHYSICAL AND ATHLETIC SKILLS FULL-SERVICE INTERIOR DESIGN JENNY MITSCHELEN 786.714.4027 DECDENBAYSIDE.COM 305.235.1999 New clients only Must be a local resident. Cannot be combined with any other offer. 2015 Stretch Zone. All rights reserved. FOR A LOCATION NEAREST YOU CALL... PRM-14-100 Stretch Zone Print Ad Pinecrest News Holiday T 3.6 x 4.9 4C IL VAPORETTO HAS ARRIVED IN SOMI. COME ON BOARD. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM DECEMBER 2015 13 4 CULTURAL CALENDAR The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooe WINTERTIME Wonders Holiday Festival at Pinecrest Gardens WHAT This holiday festival features performances by the Miami Children s Theater the Greater Miami Youth Symphony and The Nutcracker in the Banyan Bowl. Children can write letters to Santa eat holiday cookies and drink hot chocolate before enjoying face painting wild animal shows and rides. WHEN Dec. 5 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE Pinecrest Gardens TICKETS 5 free for members WHAT A year later Scrooge has returned to his old ways and is suing Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past present and future. Watch the courtroom antics in this worthy sequel to the original classic. WHEN Dec. 2 27 WHERE Actor s Playhouse TICKETS 40 A John Waters Christmas Holier & Dirtier WHAT Cult filmmaker John Waters puts the X in Xmas with his one-man show as he pokes fun at the holiday season with adult-appropriate humor. WHEN Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. WHERE Adrienne Arsht Center TICKETS 45 125 Moscow Ballet s Great Russian Nutcracker WHAT The international touring ballet group brings the very best dancers in the world for one of the greatest performances of the season. The show will exhilarate audiences with stunning leaps romantic costumes and highlights from Russian history. WHEN Dec. 27 WHERE The Fillmore TICKETS Starting at 30.75 Why choose us for all of your real estate needs Our clients benefit from MORE Over 75 Years combined experience in your neighborhood MORE Expertise (Wendy 36 yrs Adam 18 yrs Jennifer 15 yrs Maria 25 yrs Evelyn 25 yrs and 7 yrs in Marketing) 5 Person Group FIVE For the price of one no extra costs (never miss any coverage) Award Winning company in sales for Miami-Dade County statewide and internationally MORE Brand recognition (Coldwell Banker is 109 Years strong) Award Winning Coldwell Banker Office in Miami-Dade for 13 years in a row MORE Advertisement and more exposure 100% of our homes that go under contract close MORE Stability Tri-Lingual Staff MORE Service to more buyers (Spanish French and English) Full-Time Marketing Specialist on board MORE Attention & exposure Master Brokers Forum 2 Members Top 250 Agents in Miami-Dade County MORE Networking more relationships with top realtors RESIDENTIAL Certified Relocation Specialist serving Cendant Mobility USAA SIRVA WEICHERT MORE Buyers 12651 Sout Suite 102 Pinecrest F Adding a home warranty increases buyerComplimentary and raises theto all clients that home confidence Home Warranty value of your list Runs through December 31st their properties with us by March 1st. The Levy Group special thank you we are offering... is Offering... As a Free Home Warranty To All Sellers THE LEVY GROUP Offering a warranty will enhance your selling price boost buyer confidence and assist with inspection results. - Over 7 - Tri-Ling - 1 Age - Top 10 Ph. 786.581.1134 Suite 102 pinecrest FL 33156 12651 South Dixie Highway UPSIZING DOWNSIZING OR JUST NEED A CHANGE It is not our intention to solicit currently listed properties. 2015 Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate LLC. Coldwell Banker is a registered trademark licensed to C ADAM LEVY WENDY LEVY JACKSON JENNIFER LEVY MARIA ESCAGEDO EVELYN ALFARO CULTURAL CALENDAR CRAIG FERGUSON THE NEW DEAL TOUR WHAT The Scottish-born American stand-up comedian and television show host brings his cheeky humor to the stage. He delivers his free-form comedy completely raw and uncut. WHEN Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. WHERE The Fillmore TICKETS 35 59.50 CULTURAL hihlihts KINKY BOOTS WHAT Inspired by true events the Broadway hit tells the story of a struggling gentlemen s shoe factory and its transformation to dance onto the catwalks of Milan. WHEN Dec. 8 13 WHERE Adrienne Arsht Center TICKETS 29 125 FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT PRESENTS ELF WHAT Will Ferrell plays Buddy a regular-sized man raised by elves at the North Pole who discovers he is not really an elf. Adventure awaits as he heads back to New York City to discover who his real father is. Don t forget your flashlights for the flashlight tour before the show. WHEN Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. flashlight tour at 7 30 p.m. WHERE Pinecrest Gardens TICKETS 5 THE SOUND OF MUSIC WHAT The hills are alive with this brand-new production of a musical classic directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O Brien. It follows the story of Maria a governess to a large Austrian family in 1938 on the eve of Anschluss. WHEN Dec. 29 Jan. 3 WHERE Adrienne Arsht Center TICKETS 29 115 16 DECEMBER 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM NARNIA THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE listins Add Some Sparkle to Your Home this Holiday Season WHAT Based on the story by C.S. Lewis four children step through a magical wardrobe to the land of talking animals mythical creatures and the White Witch. WHEN Dec. 1 20 sensory-friendly All Kids Included performance on Dec. 12. WHERE Actor s Playhouse TICKETS Call 305.444.9293 for as little as 330 per month The holidays are just around the corner. Get your house and your shopping list ready Update your kitchen or bathroom Furnish that extra room Get ready for visiting friends & family Complete your holiday shopping list FANCY NANCY SPLENDIFEROUS CHRISTMAS WHAT This production by the Vital Theatre Company is based off the book Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas. Nancy takes all the steps to ensure Christmas is as fancy as possible but what happens to Christmas when things don t go according to plan Can Nancy make Christmas splendiferous again WHEN Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. WHERE South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center TICKETS 15 For more information or to apply call our home equity specialist at 786.369.7224 or visit us online at it Unio s Cred Pinecrest n LIVE LIKE BELLA NIGHTS OF LIGHTS WHAT Live Like Bella a foundation for childhood cancer sponsors this magical transformation of Pinecrest Gardens into a twinkling wonderland of lights. On select nights come take pictures with Santa and enjoy Christmas music storytelling pony rides mechanical rides and tasty treats for purchase. WHEN Dec. 18 Jan. 2 6 to 9 p.m. WHERE Pinecrest Gardens TICKETS 5 free for members and children under 2 Payment based on a 30 000 loan with a ten year repayment period at a rate of 5.75% APR. APR represents annual percentage rate. Subject to credit union lending guidelines. Home must be an owner occupied primary residence. Maximum loan to value is 80% of the appraised property value minus any existing first mortgage balance. Please consult your tax advisor for tax benefits. Offer ends 12 31 2015. Other restrictions may apply. Federally Insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Opportunity. DISNEY IN CONCERT MAGICAL MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES WHAT It s a whole new world for one night as the music of Disney comes to the Knight Concert Hall featuring melodies from the movies Frozen Beauty and the Beast The Lion King The Little Mermaid and more. WHEN Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. WHERE Adrienne Arsht Center TICKETS 45 105 BURLESQUE MAGNIFIQUE BURLESQUE REVUE CABARET & VARIETY SHOW WHAT Some of the finest burlesque artists and Las Vegasstyle showgirls come together for glamorous entertainment. Enter the world of seduction as you experience the art of the authentic tease. WHEN Jan. 8 & 9 WHERE South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center TICKETS 37.50 47.50 REAL ESTATE ELEGANT ESTATES Posh homes in Pinecrest in the 2 million range. 6320 SW 104th Street Listing Price 1 999 000 Listing Agent Graziella Cora EWM Realty International 305.778.1356 coar.g Specs 6 300 sq. ft. 6 Bd 4.5 Ba Highlights This beautifully renovated estate on a large gated lot features an exceptional threeway split floor plan with an open foyer updated gourmet kitchen and master suite with large his and hers closets and a spacious bath. 18 DECEMBER 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM 10800 SW 74th Avenue Listing Price 2 175 000 Listing Agent Josie Wang Avatar Real Estate Services LLC 305.666.1800 Specs 5 539 sq. ft. 5 Bd 5 Ba Highlights This custom Tuscan-inspired estate has distinctive architectural design with an imposing entry. Highlights include highvolume ceilings marble floors gourmet kitchen oversized heated pool gazebo highimpact glass and a generator. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM DECEMBER 2015 19 GARDENING The New BY CRAIG MORELL New Guinea long beds of wellmaintained annual flowers. The intensity of the colors combined with the appeal of seeing hundreds of blooms at one time is hard to beat in a winter landscape. Unfortunately some years ago a really aggressive disease wiped out most of the regular impatiens that were so much a stalwart of our late fall landscape. The replacement for these tried-and-true plants was the impatiens larger relative the New Guinea Impatiens (NGI). Larger in all respects (including the price) the NGI hybrids come in richer and more brilliant colors than any flower I know. With flower sizes exceeding 3 inches and plants that exceed 3 feet tall this impressive plant is worthy of a prominent spot in your garden. As container plants bedding plants and focal-point specimens they fill many landscape needs. NGIs like a lot of light but not strong late-afternoon sun. They are both thirsty and hungry too. Fortunately Imp tiens I enjoy seeing these concerns are easy to address by mixing several tablespoons of Dynamite fertilizer and equal portions of bone meal and Milorganite into the planting hole before setting. There are also nifty water-absorbing gel crystals at most big-box stores that will help stabilize and retain water in the soil area for those dry days in December. Mix these into the soil before planting and the flowers should be well-tended with minimum fuss for several months. Pinch off the last few leaves on each branch after flowering to accelerate new flower production. While the New Guinea Impatiens are hardly new they have seen quite a renaissance in the last few years. They are deserving of your time and a little more attention than the old impatiens because gardens are fundamentally about change and novelty. Craig Morell is the head horticulturist for Pinecrest Gardens. You can follow his blog Ask the Plant Guy at 20 DECEMBER 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM COOL KEEPING PINECREST S I N C E 1 9 8 6 Ph. 305.256.9099 9760 East Indigo Street Palmetto Bay FL 33157 Contractor license CMC057088 LIKE PINECREST MAGAZINE S FACEBOOK PAGE and be entered to win 4 tickets to see Disney In Concert on December 27th at the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM DECEMBER 2015 21 VILLAGE LIFE S son s Greetins PHOTO BY RHONA WISE RHONAWISE.COM A lack of snow doesn t stop South Floridians from showing their holiday spirit as all can see from the brightly lit Christmas tree in Bayfront Plaza. All of us at Pinecrest Magazine wish you a joyous season and a very happy New Year. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM DECEMBER 2015 23 DINING CENA BY MICHY 6927 Biscayne Boulevard 305.759.2001 Owner and Chef Michelle Bernstein (opposite page) the Cena Bramble (left) seared foie gras (bottom left) lamb moussaka (below) In a classic example of what s old is new again in May after a 10-month closure Chef Michelle Bernstein reopened her landmark restaurant Michy s under a new moniker CENA by Michy. I had an opportunity to preview the restaurant s new fall menu and as usual the James Beard Award winner is on point. But it s not just the name of the restaurant that has changed. The space has been totally retrofitted with a sophisticated feel. The original terrazzo floors are back and the brass wall installation a gold fractured wave is a focal point of the dining room. This art piece reminds me of this neighborhood Bernstein says. It s beautiful and strong no matter what surrounds it its spirit like brass will never corrode. The restaurant seats 62 both indoors as well as on the intimate back patio. The fall menu at CENA (translated from Latin as the most important meal of the day ) is approachable yet adventurous boasting just the right amount of soul-pleasing favorites as well as an array of dishes inspired by Bernstein s current culinary obsessions. Joining Bernstein in the kitchen is chef de cuisine Mikey Mayta a Michy s alumnus and Johnson & Wales graduate. I began the evening with a refreshing craft cocktail the Cena Bramble which is made with Death s Door vodka lemon juice mango compote and mint crown. The tried-and-true menu items from Michy s days are still being presented but I was at CENA to create some new favorites. New on the fall menu is Bernstein s take on hummus made with roasted pumpkin pepitas pickled onions and pomegranate. This chunky starter was unique and tasty. Roasted beets are on everyone s menu right now and CENA CENA THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY BY GAIL SCOTT PHOTOS BY ALISSA DRAGUN is no exception. Bernstein s version includes beets poached pears three kinds of watercress grown locally and chevre. It was a light and amazing dish. Her spin on broccoli and cheese croquetas was over-the-top and served with a burnt apple butter. The foie gras was the standout for me served on a hoecake and presented with a house-made Concord grape marmalade. Two of the new fall additions to the large plate menu include lamb moussaka a baby eggplant stuffed with delicious braised lamb and seared arctic char which is served with a potato gnocchi celery root puree and trout roe. Our desserts included Keily s Pumpkin Pie with chocolate honeycomb brown butter ice cream and pepita and Autumn Spiced Doughnuts with muscovado ice cream and orange peel caramel. Both were great finishers the doughnuts are a perfect dessert for the table to share. CENA will offer a weekly chef s tasting menu called OmaMichy on Wednesdays. A select few will have the opportunity to dine at CENA s six-seat food bar and experience a multicourse menu. A play on Japanese Omakase dining (which translates to I ll leave it to you ) guests will enjoy a front-row seat while Bernstein and Mayta create off-menu items using the freshest local ingredients available. I want to treat my guests to a one-ofa-kind event says Bernstein. I love leaving a meal up to a chef. I love the spontaneity and sense of adventure that comes with it. We want OmaMichy diners to walk away dazzled and well-fed. The multicourse tasting menu is priced at 75 per person and reservations in advance are a must. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM DECEMBER 2015 25 PROFILE FOSTERING A DREAM BY YELENY SUAREZ PHOTOGRAPHY BY DUNCAN STONER 26 DECEMBER 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Tammy King-Foster racing in her Team USA uniform TAMMY IS AN INSPIRATION AND A ROLE MODEL FOR BOTH OUR SCHOOL AND OUR COMMUNITY. SHE HAS SHOWN TENACITY FEARLESSNESS AND PERSEVERANCE IN THE FACE OF EXTRAORDINARY PHYSICAL ADVERSITY AND SHE HAS RISEN ABOVE IT ALL TO REACH HER DREAM OF BEING AN OLYMPIC ATHLETE. Tammy King-Foster s Olympic dream will soon become a reality. It is a dream she s had since the age of 14 when she was a student at Palmer Trinity School. The now 40-year-old who is back at Palmer Trinity as the head of track and field proves that dreams do not have a shelf life. In 2004 King-Foster was at the top of her professional career. She ran the seventh-fastest time in the world in the 500-meter and was in the top 10 in the U.S. for the 800-meter. Sadly an injury in late 2004 set back her dreams. Even after taking off the appropriate amount of time for my foot to heal I was still not ready to compete says King-Foster. In 2005 King-Foster gave birth to her son Austin. Afterward she slowly began to train again. In 2010 during a 5K road race she stepped in what appeared to be an innocentlooking puddle that was actually a deep hole. She sustained severe injuries to her hip back and glutes. The injury also drastically affected her hamstring and calf muscles. Doctors gave her the grave news that she would never run again much less make the U.S. Olympic team. However the track and field veteran of 26 years who also played soccer for 15 years was not ready to throw in the towel. I love to dream I live to inspire King-Foster says. I want others to look at me and say Because of you I didn t give up. King-Foster immediately started what she calls a life-changing healing and rehab program centered on neurologically based functional chiropractic care with Drs. Joe and Lisa Coffman at Vivify Chiropractic. With the Coffmans attention to her spine hips and legs and additional support from acupuncture and nutritional supplements she has done something no one thought was possible make a full recovery. As a result this past summer King-Foster ran qualifying times in the 400- and 800-meter and finished 27th in the World Masters Athletics Championship in Lyon France. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM DECEMBER 2015 27 King-Foster training (left) with her son Austin when she found out she made the U.S. Olympic team (below) making an entrance lap with her teammates right in her official Team USA shirt (bottom) This marked a new chapter in her life. KingFoster is now an official U.S. team member with an opportunity to race. Most women my age cannot or do not run anymore but I m both thankful and grateful for the opportunity before me she says. Tammy is an inspiration and a role model for both our school and our community says Patrick Roberts head of school for Palmer Trinity. She has shown tenacity fearlessness and perseverance in the face of extraordinary physical adversity and she has risen above it all to reach her dream of being an Olympic athlete. King-Foster actively trains at and competes for Alpha Omega Elite Track Team & Fitness. She owns and operates the company which was left to her by her late husband Arthur L. Foster Sr. She is a passionate coach one who really does bring out the best of her athletes while still encouraging and helping with emotional academic and family well-being says Duncan Stoner a sophomore at Palmer Trinity. She is truly an inspiration not only because of her passion for the sport of track and field but because she is one of the most cordial friendly and admirable people on campus My team has prepared me both physically and mentally to face the challenges of the Olympics next year King-Foster says. Today there is purpose with every step I take. I know there is an end to the means I m working toward. 28 DECEMBER 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM YOU ARE HERE SO ARE WE At FirstBank Florida we know the local market. We also know you. 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NORMAN LOVE HOLIDAY COLLECTION Chef Norman Love is introducing new flavors this holiday season along with festive favorites like White Christmas and Orange Spice Truffle in a candy cane gift box. 25 BRACKISH BOW TIES To complete the look stuff his stocking with a fun Brackish Bow Tie made of Guinea feathers. 185 Neiman Marcus Village of Merrick Park 786.999.1000 JIMMY CHOO VELVET AND GLITTER SHOES For the stylish man in your life slip Jimmy Choo s Velvet and Glitter shoes under the tree. 725 Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland Mall 305.662.8655 OLYVE TASHA FLOWERS Winter white done right by the floral innovator Olyve. The elegant arrangement of cymbidium orchids blooms from Dec. 1 to Jan. 31. 125 844.356.5983 32 DECEMBER 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM CASA DRAGONES JOVEN GIFT SET This one-of-a-kind gift set is the perfect treat for tequila aficionados. It includes a bottle of Casa Dragones Joven Sipping Tequila a handcrafted crystal decanter and two crystal Riedel tequila glasses. You can even personalize the bottle 275 Sunset Corners Wines & Liquors 8701 SW 72nd Street 305.271.8492 TRIANGOLI TRIPLE ROW CUFF Designed by Giorgio Bulgari as his first full collection for Marina B this 18-karat yellow gold and diamond triple-row cuff is sure to entrance the woman in your life. 42 000 Neiman Marcus Village of Merrick Park 786.999.1000 TRURO GOLD WOOD CHEESE TRAY Inspired by the golden dunes of Truro Cape Cod this gold-accented wooden cheese tray from the Michael Wainwright USA collection comes with a knife and is dishwasher safe. 148 Gift Chixx 8239 SW 124th Street 305.232.3214 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM DECEMBER 2015 33 FEATURE Ma in an Educated Deci on When Choosin a Puppy BY DEE HOULT CDBC FAMILY DOG SELECTION Whether you re interested in adding a purebred from a reputable breeder to your family or looking to rescue a shelter pet I m here to tell you that what you see during puppyhood is what you get. A human-canine mismatch has little to do with the dog itself but the particular dog and the family in which it ended up. When selecting a puppy it s important that you do not make your decision based on physical appearance size coat type or seemingly outgoing personality alone. Temperament should be the No. 1 factor in determining if a puppy will be the ideal family dog for your home. You also need to consider the amount of time you have to dedicate to raising and training a puppy how busy of a household you currently have or anticipate having and where you ultimately see your dog fitting into your lifestyle. The ideal time to test a puppy for temperament is around 7 weeks of age. 34 DECEMBER 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Below are the traits a canine expert like myself looks for when doing family dog selection for a client SOCIAL ATTRACTIVENESS In this test item we look at how dependent or independent a puppy is on human attention. Everybody loves the little puppy that follows them wherever they go yet keep in mind that the puppy that stays glued to you like Velcro might be the puppy who has anxiety about staying home alone if your family is out for long periods of time. Often overlooked is the puppy that is neutral or quietly playing with a toy in the corner while all the other puppies are jumping around trailing behind a person or crying to be picked up and snuggled. If you re a person who is home all the time or intends to take your dog everywhere you go then choosing a puppy with high social attractiveness could be ideal. RETRIEVE DRIVE In this item we test a puppy s natural ability to retrieve an object for a human. This may or may not be important to the average family but it s certainly important if you aspire to do competition obedience with your new puppy or intend to exercise daily in your yard by playing fetch. TOUCH SENSITIVITY In this test item we want to know whether puppies are going to be a bite risk during adulthood if for some reason they are handled too roughly. For a family it s ideal to have a dog with little or no touch sensitivity. It s especially important that a puppy that will be going to a home with small children has a very high touch tolerance. We can expect that a dog in a home with small children is going to have to put up with more stress and pressure like hugging grabbing petting and snuggling than a dog who will live in an adult-only home or a home with older kids. The perfect family dog is confident around new objects people and things. Even if initially startled dogs should show quick recovery time and be willing to overcome their fears. A puppy that shows fearfulness during this part of exam may be a very spooky dog in adulthood which is not ideal for a well-balanced family pet. RESTRAINT In this item we test how a puppy handles stress through restraining it against its will. Whether a puppy lies on its back calmly looking up with you with loving eyes wondering Are you going to let me up now or it struggles growls and bites should be a huge factor in determining what type of puppy you re actually signing up for. A puppy that does not tolerate restraint will be a very difficult dog for the average family or dog owner to manage and should be left to experienced owners. Whether you decide to select a puppy from a breeder or a shelter the same assessment items should be used to make an educated decision about which puppy is right for your family. To find a professional who can conduct a puppy assessment for you visit the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers online at Dee Hoult CDBC is top dog at Applause Your Paws Inc. a 10 000-square-foot dog-training facility located just 10 miles north of Pinecrest on 74th Avenue and Bird Road. Hoult is one of less than 200 trainers worldwide who holds a Canine Behavior Certification from the International Association of Applied Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She can be reached via email at dee or by phone at 786.529.7833. Visit Applause Your Paws online at NOISE SENSITIVITY In this test item we look to see if a puppy has the confidence to recover from a sudden loud noise or if it shuts down in fear or potentially panics and runs. This helps us determine how sensitive a puppy will be to household noises or even city noises. If you have a busy loud home then you ideally want to select a puppy with low noise sensitivity. Dogs that aren t noise sensitive can enjoy hanging out in just about every setting even if spooked they have a fast recovery time. MOVEMENT SENSITIVITY In this test item we look to see how aroused and excited a puppy will become when presented with movement. Dogs that are naturally movement sensitive tend to want to put their mouths (and teeth) on anything that moves. This includes running children cats birds squirrels and maybe even bicycles or cars. A dog with high movement sensitivity is not ideal for a home with small active children. SIGHT SENSITIVITY In this test item we want to see a puppy s response to sudden sight stimuli. Will it become startled then go explore the object Or will it freak out and try to hide FEATURE A former tram is now an iconic piece at HistoryMiami Museum Jay Pelham chairman of the board speaks at one of HistoryMiami s events (right) HistoryMiami YOUNG AND GROWING BY MELISA CHANTRES ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF HISTORYMIAMI executive vice president and director of TotalBank s private client group came to Miami in the 1980s when it was not the hot or hip place that it is today. He even remembers fondly how people asked him You re not going to Miami right Despite the skeptics Pelham still resides in Miami and is passionate about preserving the city s unique history as chairman of the board for HistoryMiami Museum a premier cultural institution committed to gathering organizing preserving and celebrating Miami s history as the unique crossroads of the Americas. Miami is a remarkable city that I feel has been underappreciated because it is considered to be relatively young compared to other major U.S. cities such as Philadelphia or Boston says Pelham. Nevertheless Miami has much to tell and it is my goal to get our community involved in our own rich history and to increase support of HistoryMiami. Founded in 1940 HistoryMiami Museum is the largest history museum in the state of Florida. In 1979 the museum a Smithsonian affiliate was accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) joining the elite 24 percent of history museums nationwide to receive this honor. Located in the Miami-Dade Cultural Plaza the 70 000-square-foot museum houses four permanent galleries and up to three traveling exhibits at once it features an archives and research center the South Florida Folklife Center the Education Center and offers tours of the city. It is home to more than 1 million historic images and 30 000 threedimensional artifacts including a 1920s trolley car gold and silver recovered from 17th- and 18th-century shipwrecks artifacts from Eastern PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM DECEMBER 2015 Jay Pelham 37 Visitors looking at one of HistoryMiami Museum s many illuminated display cases (below) a variety of items on display at the museum (right) Airlines and rafts that brought refugees to Miami. HistoryMiami also hosts the Miami International Map Fair the largest fair of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. During Pelham s tenure on the executive committee the museum has expanded into the former Miami Art Museum space which allowed it to grow its exhibition space by 135 percent. Membership has also increased by 20 percent as outside funding has significantly increased over the years. A temporary exhibit at the museum that has recently stirred the emotions of the community is Operation Pedro Pan The Cuban Children s Exodus which allows visitors to experience the history of what became the largest recorded child-refugee exodus in the Western Hemisphere an event that remained essentially unknown for 30 years. From 1960-1962 more than 14 000 unaccompanied Cuban children left their homeland in what became known as Operation Pedro Pan. Fearing their children s indoctrination by Fidel Castro s newly installed socialist and revolutionary government parents entrusted their children s fate with government and religious organizations in the U.S. Some of these children would reunite quickly with their parents others would do so after many years of separation and still others never saw their parents again. People have been deeply moved by the exhibit Pelham says. It is a story of immigrants that our community can relate to even if they didn t come from Cuba. The overwhelming response of individuals from all different backgrounds attests to the exhibit s ability to evoke the entire range of emotions because this is a human story that we can all understand. Visitors can experience the event through video testimonies by the now-grown children of Operation Pedro Pan and through artifacts such as letters photographs and other personal items documenting the emotional stories of the exodus. The exhibit closes on January 17 2016. Like Miami HistoryMiami is young and we are going to keep on growing as we celebrate our 75th MIAMI HAS MUCH TO TELL AND IT IS MY GOAL TO GET OUR COMMUNITY INVOLVED IN OUR OWN RICH HISTORY AND TO INCREASE SUPPORT OF HISTORYMIAMI. 38 DECEMBER 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM anniversary Pelham says. The upcoming exhibit on Frank Sinatra for example is going to be incredible. We will be celebrating Ol Blue Eyes 100th birthday with Frank Sinatra An American Icon. This will be an exceptional multimedia exhibit exploring the life of the multiple Grammy Award winner. Curated by the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles the exhibition combines never-before-seen photos family mementos rare correspondence personal items artwork and of course music. As the official exhibit of the 2015 Frank Sinatra Centennial it traces 100 years of Sinatra s legacy from Hoboken New Jersey to superstardom chronicling the meteoric rise of his music career his Hollywood success his personal life and his humanitarian work. On display in the museum s Special Exhibits gallery on the third floor from March 4 to June 5 2016 Frank Sinatra An American Icon is presented in cooperation with the Sinatra family Frank Sinatra Enterprises Universal Music Group and the Frank Sinatra Collection USC School of Cinematic Arts. The museum will also have a dedicated section focusing on Sinatra s connection to Miami including photographs movie posters and newspaper clippings from his time spent in the Magic City. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM DECEMBER 2015 39 FEATURE Beauty is skin deep for Miami Beach resident Jaimie Hilfiger BY MICHELLE F. SOLOMON PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHIAROSCURO FOTOGRAFIA THE NEXT HILFIGER For Jaimie Hilfiger South Florida radiates a glow that lines up perfectly with her theory of fashion and beauty. Being in a beautiful place in a nice climate is good for your soul she says and that s projected in the way that you look. If the Hilfiger name sounds familiar it is. Jaimie is the niece of famous fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger. But the Miami Beach resident says that although she is proud to be a Hilfiger the skin care collection she s created JH Collection by La Curcio is entirely hers. The collection was recently picked up promoted and featured on QVC s We sold out of some products after just three days on the site says Hilfiger who is also La Curcio s spokesmodel and ambassador. She had just received the news the day of our interview and was on cloud nine. 40 DECEMBER 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM While she s always loved fashion the 26-year-old model and fashion blogger (she s written for The Huffington Post) definitively says her two passions are makeup and skin care. Because she attended a Catholic school in New Windsor New York Hilfiger says We weren t allowed to wear makeup or nail polish... But I would see other 14-year-old girls with a little makeup here and there and nail polish so I couldn t wait for the weekend. I d wear black eyeliner. Hilfiger maintains that growing up as a Hilfiger wasn t that unusual. We did go to parties and fashion shows she says but adds that her parents are the most removed from fashion compared to the rest of the Hilfiger family. Her father Robert a masonry contractor and the brother of Tommy Hilfiger (he s No. 6 of nine siblings Tommy is the second oldest) spends his days dealing with big stones and bricks. Her mother JoAnn is a registered nurse and a supervisor in a hospice residence in Newburgh New York. Hilfiger left New York to attend the University of Central Florida where she majored in broadcast journalism. After college she moved to Los Angeles. While on casting calls for commercials because of her last name Hilfiger says people would have an opinion of her before she even walked through the door. Why are you here they would say. You re Jaimie Hilfiger. Why would you want to get a spot We have been experimenting with restaurants in the Brickell area. We do love our favorites in Miami Beach The Dutch and Mr. Chow in the W Hotel. in a commercial that pays only a few thousand dollars So many times people thought I had everything handed to me. Though she does admit that the name helps get her products noticed. When they hear Hilfiger people start to listen. While living in Los Angeles Hilfiger met her fiance jewelry designer Igal Dahan. About two-and-a-half years after we got together we decided we wanted to move to Florida. I was tired of Los Angeles. I wanted an easier laid-back lifestyle. The couple who will be married in summer 2016 had been going back and forth from L.A. to South Florida for years. They officially started living here in 2014. One of the their favorite pastimes is to venture out and explore South Florida restaurants. We have been experimenting with restaurants in the Brickell area. We do love our favorites in Miami Beach The Dutch and Mr. Chow in the W Hotel. While fashion is no doubt in her DNA Hilfiger is keeping her focus on her skin care collection. I m often asked Why do you only have three pieces My answer is Because it s about perfecting the products. Hilfiger plans on introducing four new items this winter to complement the alreadypopular hydrating mist hand cream and lip balm. Known in the industry for having an inherent knack for trends Hilfiger says this season s makeup moment is matte skin a nude lip defined with smoky eyes. Yet designing fashion is not out of the question. Somewhere in the future she says she ll create a luxury loungewear collection. There are so many Lululemontype companies she says. But who wants to put on tight yoga pants or spandex when they get home to relax I want something soft luxurious... something cashmere. PROFILE 42 DECEMBER 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM The Ethical Hacker BY BECKY RANDEL PHOTOS BY ANDRES HERNANDEZ When you hear the word hacker you likely envision a creepy computer geek stealing identities or spying on corporations (Sony anyone ). But Ralph Echemendia a South Florida native who is hacking his way through Hollywood shows us how cyber-experts can be the good guys too. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM DECEMBER 2015 43 ralph Echemendia was born in Cuba and moved to Miami when he was 9 years old. At the age of 14 he began playing with and taking apart ham radios and a curiosity for electronics was born. Shortly thereafter the teen learned he could access all kinds of interesting stuff with just a computer and a modem. That year I asked my mom for a Commodore 64 she thought she was buying me Atari Echemendia says. That first computer was how I got into BBSes [bulletin board systems] and started communicating with other hackers. That exposure led him to Phrack magazine and the famed Hacker Manifesto (considered the birth of hacker culture) to which Echemendia says he connected. I realized hey that describes me too. After dropping out of high school Echemendia got a job at a PR agency (because he could type fast) that handled accounts such as IBM and Lexmark. When he started showing his clients what he could do with computers he says They were blown away because they didn t know this stuff. The budding computer whiz eventually landed at Miami Children s Hospital where he became the first person in the United States to deploy medical charting on computers. The hospital soon realized safekeeping would be an issue and when Echemendia was able to penetrate their protected files (at their request) he says That began my career in the world of security. With a new proficiency in the world of penetration testing Echemendia was quickly swooped up by megacorporation Terremark Worldwide and was assigned to work with Kroll or what he calls the legal army of the rich and famous. The law firm immediately used his skills on a high-profile case in which a musician s songs had been leaked before the album s release. As the lead tech investigator Echemendia and his team quickly found the person responsible. After that I was kind of the go-to 44 DECEMBER 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM guy for entertainment cases he says. I was a different personality from the other investigators. Most of them were lawyers and when you walk into a creative environment like music or film they aren t quite used to having cops in the building. Shortly after Echemendia was sent to Vancouver to the set of one of the most notorious film leaks of all time The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn. After examining every person with ties to the film Echemendia found the leaker (who was consequently arrested in Argentina). After such a celebrated investigation the entertainment cases come pouring in and Echemendia relocated to L.A. There he linked up with legendary director Oliver Stone who needed a technical consultant for his film Savages. The hacker and director soon solidified not only a beneficial working relationship but also a true friendship. In a serendipitous turn Stone s next project happened to be the biopic Snowden which is about notorious NSA hacker leaker Edward Snowden. Stone knew he would need the best cyber-expert in the business to walk him through every step of the process and there was only one person for the job. Echemendia and Stone worked side by side through pre-production filming in Germany and now editing. There was a lot of back and forth between Oliver and Edward Oliver would come back to me with notes I had to translate Echemendia explains. I was his right-hand man when it came to the technicalities in the movie. It s a very difficult thing to make these complex matters understood and digestible. He calls the movie which is set to be released in summer 2016 an important story and subject something we all should know more about. We need to become more resilient like we have done in South Florida with hurricanes. The making of Snowden was an epic experience for Echemendia to say the least (he is also responsible for the actual security of the film s footage) which forced him to take a deeper look at the ongoing privacy debate. There is no such thing as 100 percent security. It doesn t exist he says. The idea that we can prevent it is a fallacy. What we can do he says is mitigate the damage similar to a natural disaster. We need to become more resilient like we have done in South Florida with hurricanes. We cannot stop the hurricane but we can board up houses get water know that it s coming and prepare for it. To those efforts Echemendia is developing an app that would act as an identity guard for people to protect their digital lives directly from their smartphones. The biggest factor to lessening the damage is time how much time before you act on a potential breech makes all the difference. After spending his entire career protecting companies Echemendia a father of two is excited to help the average consumer. I want to provide people with a very simple way to understand and quickly act on a potential threat to their privacy security or safety he says of his app. If I can reduce the number of times my mom gets hacked I m doing something for the world. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM DECEMBER 2015 45 EXCELLENCE IN HUMAN RESOURCE AWARDS 2016 Celebrating human resourcefulness The Excellence in Human Resource Awards will celebrate the region s outstanding HR professionals who build and nurture the talent within their organizations. SFBW is excited to recognize these individuals who have helped to elevate local companies to the top of their industries. We will be honoring HR professionals in the following industries Accounting Banking & Finance Services Education Health Care Hospitality Insurance Legal Marketing & Public Relations Non-Profit Real Estate & Construction Technology Transportation & Logistics Lifetime Achievement Award Brought to you by Presenting Sponsor Delivering Talent. Impacting Results. JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE THE 2016 HONOREES Date Thursday February 25th 2016 Time 5 30 PM Where The Venue 2345 Wilton Drive Fort Lauderdale FL 33305 Price 150 per ticket The evening will feature a celebratory reception inclusive of cocktails and hors d oeuvres followed by our awards program. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit http hr . Silver Sponsors A TEENAGER S GUIDE Marissa Weiner is a junior at Miami Palmetto Senior High School in Pinecrest. Tis the Se so BY MARISSA WEINER The holidays evoke different emotions in each of us excitement nostalgia gratitude and overwhelming love for our family and friends. For high school students it s the sweet sound of freedom that rings this time of year as we are anxious to take a break from academic pressure. The initial first-week-of-school excitement has ended and we ve met the demise of our neatly highlighted notes and unrelenting motivation. Right when we thought the slap-in-the-face of an advanced placement curriculum wouldn t hit us it did and we began to count down to late December when we will be free from the shackles of our weekdays. We look toward our prized winter vacation (meaning of course sunny Miami days) and relish in the two-week recess away from school. With memories of the first semester fresh in our minds the words I hate school begin to circulate as our newfound liberty contrasts our school schedules. Yet this three-word manifestation digs sharply into a reality that most high school students fail to realize Many teens across the globe long for the liberty to even have an education. Think of young girls in Mingora Pakistan or Chibok Nigeria. Think of teens all over the world fighting for an education willing to risk their lives for it as we utter complaints about hating school. Without denying that high school puts a large and sometimes unnecessary amount of pressure on students why do we insist on cursing our most important opportunity Yes it s hard. The stresses of high school take their toll in the form of deepening frustration and dark circles under our eyes. However who are we to take education for granted It s almost small-minded to resent the education handed to us especially while teens across the globe have literally taken bullets in the hopes of being given the same chance. We have been given the most powerful tool presented to us as babies who didn t even know how to use it. We have grown up with a privilege not known to many. We should not resent it. We should embrace it. In the spirit of new year new me I challenge myself and all students to look beyond the walls of our dreaded classrooms and recognize our opportunities. I challenge us to look at school with a fresh perspective to appreciate our mentors and peers and to savor opportunity in the form of an 11th grade curriculum. I challenge us to forget about how tired it makes us and about the test scores we hope to never see again and instead to learn for the sake of the chance we have been given. Enjoy the recess and the nightly eight full hours of sleep and use it as energy for the final stretch of the academic year. Remember how lucky we are to have an education however trying it may be. This season I challenge us to take nothing for granted and to find a new light of gratitude. After all isn t that what the holidays are all about 48 DECEMBER 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM 50 years ago my daughter played in a pretend palace. Yesterday she gave me the real one. She took me to The Palace at Coral Gables and showed me the beautiful residence she already reserved in my name. Which was perfect for me because I got one of the best apartments with a terrific view. And if you haven t seen The Palace yet you should visit today and see all the reasons why I m so excited. Located just steps from Miracle Mile in the heart of Coral Gables this elegant landmark has resort amenities hotel-like services and a 5-star staff. Every service I need is here from fine dining to my own theater. And a great group of new friends who are just like me. If your daughter hasn t mentioned it yet go visit our magnificent community on Andalusia Avenue today to see your Palace at Coral Gables. One Andalusia Avenue 305.445.7444 Luxury Living for Seniors Complimentary valet parking PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM DECEMBER 2015 49 RESTAURANT GUIDE ingredients and the freshest premium seafood and steaks separates this restaurant from the good to the great. The seamless service and classic upscale ambience makes this dining experience one to talk about. b Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m. l Sat 11 30 a.m.-4 p.m. d Mon-Thu 5-10 p.m. Fri-Sat 5-11 p.m. Sun 4-9 p.m. 11715 Sherry Lane Kendall 305.275.0226 9610 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables 305.668.8788 SAKURA JAPANESE. This tiny place across from Evelyn Green Park is a Pinecrest staple big on takeout featuring the best ginger dressing good salads and the house specialty shellfish. ld Daily noon-11 p.m. 8225 SW 124th Street Pinecrest 305.238.8462 EARLS KITCHEN BAR AMERICAN. With plenty of talent and plenty of soul this not-so-ordinary burger and beer joint has a lot to offer. The global menu with modern versions of ethnic cuisines makes it stand out from the competition. ld Mon-Tue 11 30 a.m.-midnight Wed-Thu 11 30 a.m.-1 a.m. Fri 11 30 a.m.-2 a.m. Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sun 10 a.m.midnight. 7535 N. Kendall Drive 2510 Miami 305.667.1786 SHADDAI LEBANESE. Hidden in the corner of a strip mall Shaddai serves authentic Lebanese dishes that have guests begging for more. ld Tue-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun noon-9 p.m. 9519 S. Dixie Highway Miami 786.401.7714 ANACAPRI CUCINA ITALIANA ITALIAN. Its cuisine is full of simple unforgettable dishes that keep regulars coming back. The casual fine dining atmosphere is perfect for a romantic evening or celebrations. l Tue-Fri 11 30 a.m.-2 30 p.m. d TueThu 5-10 30 p.m. Fri-Sat 5-11 30 p.m. Sun 5-9 p.m. 12669 S. Dixie Highway Pinecrest 305.232.8001 TEMPLE KITCHEN ORGANIC. This fast and casual daytime eatery focuses its dishes on healthy choices specializing in plantbased fare juices and smoothies. bld Mon-Sat 7 a.m.-8 p.m. 5831 Sunset Drive South Miami 305.397.8732 GEORGE S ON SUNSET FRENCH AMERICAN. This hot spot is funky and upbeat with an excellent brunch friendly service and tasty drinks. Try some of the delicious standouts such as truffle pasta tuna tartare escargot and beef carpaccio. ld Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri 11 a.m.-midnight Sat 10 a.m.-midnight Sun 9 a.m.-11 p.m. 1549 Sunset Drive South Miami 305.284.9989 TOWN KITCHEN & BAR INTERNATIONAL. This establishment serves traditional global comfort foods with a focus on fresh quality ingredients and a fun social atmosphere. b Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-1 p.m. l Daily 11 30 a.m.-5 30 p.m. d SunWed 5 30-10 p.m. Thu-Sat 5 30-11 p.m. 7301 SW 57th Court South Miami 305.740.8118 CAPTAIN S TAVERN RESTAURANT SEAFOOD. For the past 40 years it has been serving the freshest seafood house-made specialties and an awardwinning wine selection. ld Mon-Thu 11 30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri-Sat 11 30 a.m.11 p.m. Sun 5-9 p.m. 9625 S. Dixie Highway Pinecrest 305.666.5979 MITCH S WESTSIDE BAGELS TOO AMERICAN. Enjoy New York-style bagels sandwiches and traditional deli offerings with gourmet coffees made to order quinoa and a full selection of salads. Spacious with easy parking. bl Daily 6 30 a.m.-3 p.m. 12729 S. Dixie Highway Pinecrest 305.233.2377 TWO CHEFS CONTINENTAL. This Pinecrest landmark is the brainchild of Chef Jan Jorgensen whose invented cuisine changes every week with a new menu. l Mon-Fri 11 30 a.m.-2 30 p.m. d Mon 6-9 p.m. Tue-Sat 6-10 p.m. 8287 S. Dixie Highway Pinecrest 305.663.2100 DEL SUR ARTISAN EATS ARGENTINIAN ITALIAN. These homemade rustic cuisines are served with select boutique local wines sensual baked goods and desserts prepared by the in-house pastry chef. ld Mon-Sat 11 30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun 11 30 a.m.-9 p.m. 12257 S. Dixie Highway Pinecrest 305.434.7924 RED FISH GRILL SEAFOOD. Enjoy fresh fish at one of South Florida s most romantic restaurants. Housed in a historic building on the beach it offers gourmet dining in a unique setting. d Tue-Thu 6-10 p.m. Fri-Sun 5-10 p.m. DEVON SEAFOOD STEAK SEAFOOD STEAK. The use of fine 50 DECEMBER 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM TICKETS ON SALE SOBEFEST.COM 877.762.3933 IN OCTOBER FEBRUARY 24-28 2016 FEATURING GIADA DE LAURENTIIS GUY FIERI BOBBY FLAY TYLER FLORENCE ROBERT IRVINE EMERIL LAGASSE MASAHARU MORIMOTO RACHAEL RAY MARCUS SAMUELSSON TASTE FORT LAUDERDALE SERIES & MANY MORE TITLE PRESENTING BENEFITING HOSTED BY HOST HOTEL OFFICIAL AIRLINE Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management PLATINUM SPECIAL THANKS 2015 23 November BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF MIAMI-DADE CHRISTMAS TREE SALE Open seven days a week 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until trees are sold out Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Hank Kline Club 2805 SW 32nd Avenue Miami HAPPENINGS THE EVENT For more than 35 years Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has been selling Christmas trees and wreaths to help bring holiday cheer into many South Florida homes. This year the organization continues this festive tradition at Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade s Hank Kline Club. The tree lot will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until the trees sell out. All proceeds from the tree and wreath sales will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. The gorgeous Fraser firs were hand-selected in North Carolina by Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade s President Alex Rodriguez-Roig. They stand 5 to 14 feet tall with prices starting at 55. Plain and hand-decorated wreaths are also available with prices starting at 35. THE CAUSE Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has been serving youth in the community since 1940. What was once a single building and site for boys has grown to five clubs serving thousands of boys and girls year-round providing programs in the areas of character and leadership development educational enhancement career preparation health and life skills cultural arts sports fitness and recreation. 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Through this special effort SFC is able to deliver quality scouting programs that contribute to the healthy development of young people in our community. Carlos J. Arboleya Sr. and Cesar Alvarez Brick Huffman Cesar & Christina Alverez and Frank Fernandez Brick Huffman Cesar Mendoza Alexandra Villoch and Frank Fernandez Frank Fernandez Orlando & Annerys Roche and Brick Huffman Ivette & Obdulio Piedra Carlos J. Arboleya Sr. and Frank Fernandez 54 DECEMBER 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Raise the Roof Go to the best. FOR ALL YOUR REPAIR AND RE-ROOFING NEEDS. Latite Roofing is the largest roofing company in South Florida and has been serving residents and businesses for over 70 years. to receive 100 off any repair or 300 off reroofing. CODE Life2 Ask for rate Southeast Florida Corporate Headquarters - 2280 West Copans Rd. 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Cutler s Stone House Ballroom Howard & Marilyn Tendrich Guests pose in front of Sleepy Hollow sign Isabel Riera and David Gruen 56 DECEMBER 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Specializing in portraits & event photography with on site photo printing info (305)969-6993 7 QUESTIONS 2 How did you become the founding director of the art museum on the FIU campus that would later become the Frost Frank Wyroba chairman of the art department at FIU at the time hired me in 1972. We had taught together at Miami Dade College and he knew about my experience at the Miami Art Center. In the interview process he asked if I would be willing to get release time from teaching to start a museum for FIU when the time was right and that happened in 1976. 3 You ve had a love affair with the Everglades for decades. What is it about this area that touches you artistically and spiritually I started going out there with my son when he was very young. We would fish and go on adventures. It became my muse. My son is now 45 years old... I ve been doing it for a while. How long have you lived in Pinecrest and what s your favorite part about living here I had visited a friend in the neighborhood and was impressed by their old ranch-style home. In 1976 when one of those homes came on the market my wife and I made an offer. We have been very happily ensconced in it ever since. A few years ago we found ourselves up against a change in zoning but we were able to go around getting signatures and meet with the council to bring about a resolution. Citizen input and security is both very attractive and important. Pinecrest is great not just because it offers privacy and peace but also accessibility to most needs. I enjoy going to Pinecrest Gardens the farmers market Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Montgomery Botanical Center. 4 questions with Artist & Teacher JIM COUPER 5 PHOTO BY WILLIAM KUAN PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE PATRICIA AND PHILLIP FROST ART MUSEUM 1 Your widely acclaimed exhibit at the Frost Art Museum Jim Couper There Are No Other Everglades in the World just closed. What did you hope to accomplish with this exhibit and were your goals met I hoped the paintings reached a large audience and wanted the audience to realize what a treasure the Everglades are. I think it worked. I had at least six lectures and subsequent meetings as a result. I think the message got through. Tell us something that no one knows about you Years and years ago long before Pinecrest and FIU I did a 100-foot mural for a movie shot on location in Coconut Grove called Lady in Cement which starred Frank Sinatra and Raquel Welch. 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