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OCTOBER 12 - 18, 2010 Mirabile urges crime crackdown; elusive $150,000 under study Helpful hints for a happy Halloween BY SUZELL RODRIGUEZ C ity Manager Hector Mirablile, formerly a police major himself, wants a crackdown on crime beginning with a cleanup of abandoned cars and areas that attract drug trafficking./ “We have a big drug problem for a city of our size,” he stated with outspoken comment on an issue resonating with many local residents before the City Commission at its October 5 meeting. The newly-appointed manager said he has consulted the police department to make sure city assets are being used to their utmost potential, urging that police and community “come together under a different mindset to effectuate needed change. “This needs to be on every police officer’s agenda, not just assigned to one specific department. This is a community effort,” Mirabile emphasized, describing a “broken window theory” that will encourage crime when the surrounding environment is allowed to disintegrate. “In urban areas, a new perception must be formed to avoid continuing vandalism bv cleaning up foreclosed houses, removing abandonded cars and keeping clean neighborhoods,” he stated. The manager also said that sports, after school activities and mentoring programs are “fantastic tools to keep kids away from getting involved in delinquent lifestyles.” Defending the city of which she is a “proud resident,” Commissioner Velma Palmer said a direct correlation exists between crime and unemployment, adding that although the city has crime ,like other places, “we live in a relatively safe city.” ––––––––––––––––––– See CRACKDOWN, page 3 Read in Pisa, Italy Pictured here is William Taylor Lapane, a resident of South Miami, who studied hospitality in Tuscany, Italy with Miami Dade College classmates Stephanie Dowling (left) and Christina Vostenak. Taking a break from school they got the latest news from home from their favorite newspaper the South Miami News. Thank you guys for thinking of us. H SM bank to open Falls branch on Nov. 5 BY LEE STEPHENS Claudia Cancio, senior vice president, First National Bank of South Miami T he new management team is in place at The Falls office of the First National Bank of South Miami (FNBSM), and it looks a lot like the old team. Claudia Cancio has joined the bank as senior vice president and regional branch manager, while Ained Lassus is relationship banking manager, Idelsi Tourino is assistant branch manager and Jennifer ––––––––––––––––– See FALLS BRANCH, page 5 alloween is a beloved tradition. Youngsters enjoy spooky witches and vampires, dress-up as their favorite character and savor their favorite candy. In the excitement, children and parents can forget that real dangers are lurking. The following safety tips will help ensure that your family remembers this Halloween for its great times and not the scare of a lifetime. The majority of injuries that occur during Halloween season involve falls or vehicle/pedestrian accidents. Most of these accidents can be avoided with simple precautions. Young pedestrian deaths are four times higher on Halloween evening, making safe walking rules essential. Teach your kids to only cross at curbs and crosswalks, look both ways and walk in groups, which are more visible. Children should also use caution when walking in driveways. To make children more visible to drivers, add reflective tape to children’s costumes. This tape can be purchased at bicycle stores. Trick-or-treaters can also carry glow sticks and flashlights to increase their visibility to drivers. When it comes to costumes, be sure your children can easily move and see. Costumes should fit well to avoid trip- ––––––––––––––––– See HALLOWEEN, page 7

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