Invisalign at Rothenberg & Ross Orthodontics

Let’s get something straight. When you walk into Rothenberg & Ross Orthodontics, you’re treated like one of the family.

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Since 1974, Dr. Leonard Rothenberg has built a practice centered on his passion for community and family. In July of 2014, Dr. Greg Ross joined Dr. Rothenberg in the practice. It was a matter of destiny. As a child, Dr. Ross was a patient of Rothenberg. Not only did Rothenberg do his braces, but also mentored Ross through dental school, orthodontic residency and even provided guidance beyond dental education.

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I was so impressed with the treatment that both of my kids got when they were in braces that I went back this year for myself. I wanted to correct teeth that were starting to move out of place. I was fitted with Invisalign by Dr. Ross. These are clear plastic plates that fit perfectly around your teeth and using a series of plates you change every two weeks, they move your teeth slowly into place over (typically) a year.

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All I can say is “WOW!” Just short of half way through my treatment, I see a big difference. And  the best part is it is hard for anyone else to know you are in the middle of having adult “braces”. I just think this huge tech shift in orthodontics, coupled with the great experience at Rothenberg & Ross makes this a no-brainer.

If you’d like to know more about Rothenberg & Ross Orthodontics, they are located at 7901 SW 67th Avenue in South Miami and can be reached at 305-598-8970 and <www.rothenbergandrossorthodontics.com>

Bread for the World

Bread for the World is a non-partisan, Christian citizens' movement in the United States trying to end hunger. Each year, Bread for the World invites churches to take up a nationwide Offering of Letters to Congress on an issue that is important to hungry people.

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This year, the main issue is the farm bill. Bread for the World believes the final legislation must include the following provisions: authorize local and regional procurement; improve food aid quality and measure nutrition outcomes; allow flexibility in resource allocation; end the monetization requirement; allocate resources according to global needs; and reduce the impact of agricultural preference on food aid programs.

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For the past 25 years, Miami’s Bread for the World efforts are run from St. Louis Church (7270 SW 120th Street in Pinecrest). There, Pinecrest Councilman James McDonald and Community Activist Peter England are among several passionate Bread for the World parishioners. They rally the community to hand-write letters to each of their members of Congress as well as to their Senators. “We generate about 1500 letters a year,” explained England. “Having them hand-written creates real impact when they are.” McDonald added, “We write more letters than any other parish in the entire United States. And, this is a vitally important program that helps against hunger.”

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Father Paul Vuturo remarked, “Church is good at charity work that helps people already in need. This is more of a work of justice so that we don’t have so many people in need.”

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Even the children understand their importance. 11-year old Veronica Gonzalez wrote several letters, “I’m writing letters to encourage our Congress people to help end hunger.”

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Bread for the World has mobilized individuals, churches and other organizations to advocate for programs that have helped to reduce hunger both domestically and internationally. Their goal is to eliminate hunger by 2030. You can find out more at www.bread.org.

Little Hoolie’s is Moving

Nobody puts Baby in a corner! Located in the corner of the Briar Bay Shopping Center across from The Falls, Little Hoolie’s Sports Bar & Grill has been the place to enjoy adult beverages, shoot pool, watch sports on 30 TVs and listen to some great local bands for 18 years.

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Originally, it was Jay Love who owned both Hooligan’s Pub & Oyster Bar (in Pinecrest’s Dadeland Plaza Shopping Center) and Little Hoolie’s Sports Bar & Grill. Then, in 2000, Chris Valle bought Little Hoolie’s and the rest, they say, is (ongoing) history.

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Little Hoolie’s is beloved by both patrons and local bands. I, and so many others, know that it’s a special place with a fantastic staff, good prices and passion to be the best. Manager Steve Spanka remarked, “Friday nights are our big nights. We pack them in and the bands are great, everything from hard rock to R&B.”

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Among many successful bands who rocked Little Hoolie’s over the years is Mr. Nice Guy. MNG Guitarist Tom Hall recalled, “We were there from the beginning and I remember that placed so packed the fire marshal came and shut it down. Joe is an excellent manager who really knows how to run a bar.” John Quinn, MNG’s keyboardist, recalled, “Little Hoolie’s is where we were born. Back then, the band played pretty much for beer. We’ve come a long way and we love Little Hoolie’s for what they did for us.”

Back where it all began in 2000, Mr. Nice Guy performed at Little Hoolies in 2012 to celebrate their anniversary.

About 11 years ago, Big Hoolie’s closed and a string of other bars failed thereafter. Now, it seems, it’s time for the Little one to ascend. In the final days of May, Little Hoolie’s will close its doors in the Briar Bay Shopping Center and about two weeks later open up right where Big Hoolie’s used to be. Spanka says, “Pending inspections and permits, we should soft open in early June in the much larger space. We’re excited! It’s going to be bigger and better.”

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In a fitting manner, Mr. Nice Guy, who has grown their base to tens of thousands of raving fans, have their own 3-day Caribbean cruise and now open for some pretty famous bands is slated to be the first booked band at the new Little Hoolie’s Sports Bar & Grill on June 29th.

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So, if your nostalgic, hustle in for a final beer or two at their current location. And soon visit them at 9555 S Dixie Hwy in Pinecrest’s Dadeland Plaza Shopping Center. For exact timing of the move, check out www.littlehoolies.com.