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Right now a serious email about an extremely serious topic is flying around the Internet.  It’s titled ‘tricky people’ are the new strangers. It addresses who out there really will molest and rape your children and it’s likely not who you’d think.


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“The median age of a perpetrator is a 14-year old boy”

A rape victim spoke candidly about her years being abused from age 7 to 17. “I was 7 years old when I started being molested by my father.  When I was 12 years old is when I started being physically raped by my father,” said Castanda Paul. It’s a hard story to tell and a hard one to hear. “He would go and say something about it being in the bible and say it was ok,” Paul explained to CBS4’s Cynthia Demos. Castanda is 18 now.  She says she has no problem showing her face and talking about what happened because her goal now is to help others.  “The hurt I went through I didn’t want another child to go through that. “ Castanda was tricked her whole life.  Now this  e-mail which was first posted on checklistmommy.com by blogger Sarah Levy is circulating the Internet and showing up on e-newsletter sites talking about just that, how to keep your kids safe from tricky people. The expert in this email, Pattie Fitizgerald from SafelyEverAfter.com has held seminars on this subject is in California. But we found local experts here at The Kristi House. Trudy Novicki is Executive Director. “I think it’s great. “I think any attention on child sexual abuse is good,” Novicki told Demos. While “stranger danger” is not a bad thing to teach, Novicki told Demos, it’s not the most important thing. “So much of our abuse is incest.” The statistics are startling. 5% of kids who are molested will be victims of strangers. The other 95% will be victims of people they know and trust. Those are the

tricky people! “Be careful of the babysitter, the older cousin, the assistant at church, the assistant to the soccer coach,” cautioned Novicki. “Anyone who only wants to spend time with kids and never adults, someone who volunteers to babysit for no money, someone who gives a child expensive gifts for no reason. And know when they’re manipulating your child, they’re manipulating you! So parents who think they have a coach or teacher or clergy that’s so attentive and a good role model and almost like another parent, well then you should think again.” But more than anything, if you think you should keep a keen eye out for that dirty old man, you’re wrong. The median age of a perpetrator is a 14-year old boy Novicki also said that you should teach your kids from the time they speak, to use the words penis and vagina, the anatomically correct name of their body parts. “You can be sure that if a child says don’t touch my vagina it’s going to have much more of an impact on someone than if the child stays there silent,” said Novicki. Afterall, 1 in 6 girls and 1 in 10 boys will be molested. “Their molester was often the person in family giving them the most attention,” said Novicki. That was the case for Castanda. Her father showered her with attention and gifts and activities.  We asked her if her mother knew what was happening all those years. “She thought something like that could happen but she never really thought it was capable of this,” said Castanda. The experts say if there is any doubt, there should be action. “You think in Castanda’s case there were more red flags the mother should have paid attention to?” asked Demos. “Absolutely,” responded Novicki. “Absolutely.” We checked Broward County records and found Castanda’s father has been charged with seven counts of sexual battery and lewd and lascivious battery on a child. He is making his way through the court system.  As far as becoming more educated on how to talk to your kids about tricky people, the Kristi House offers free classes say every parent should have.

“1 in 6 girls and 1 in 10 boys will be molested.”


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October 2012 MIAMI (CBSMiami.com)

Reporting Al Sunshine

A knock at the door recently interrupted Gretchen Kennedy while she was working at home. When she opened it, she said two young men were on her door step.

“They said that they were selling magazines and I said I wasn’t interested, I declined several times,” said Kennedy. Kennedy said she eventually changed her mind after the pair said the money would go to help charter schools. The magazine, however, never arrived and when she complained, the company never responded. Carrie Hurt with the Better Business Bureau said they’ve received more and more complaints about these types of scams. “They will normally try to pull at your heart strings,” said Hurt, “But instead pull at your purse strings.” Door to door sales complaints have more than doubled according to the agency. In 2010, they received 600 complaints; last year it grew to 1300 and this year it’s on track to top that number. Most of the complaints center around products ordered never being delivered and aggressive, high pressure sales tactics. Products being pitched include everything from security systems and meat to cosmetics and cleaning supplies. It turns out that the company which conned Kennedy has received more than 170 complaints. “I was angry that I was duped,” said Kennedy. Hurt said if someone knocks on your door trying to sell you something, ask for their business card and then research the company and its products before you decide to buy anything. Tell them you’ll call them back if you want to do business with them. “I was angry that I was duped.”


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Reporting Al Sunshine

Love your smartphone, but hate the bill? You may want to consider signing up for prepaid wireless because even the most popular smartphones are available for prepaid users. So it may be worth considering if you’d like to save some bucks

on your cell plan. Saving money is important when you have six kids and that’s why Tiffany Wong switched to a prepaid wireless smartphone. “If I can get the same service for less than half the money, I’m going for it,” said Tiffany. Tiffany got a prepaid droid which includes: unlimited texting, internet and phone calls for forty-dollars a month. Her old “contract based carrier” bill was about one hundred dollars a month for the same services and benefits. The sixty dollars a month savings was such a good deal, she got her son Ryan a prepaid smartphone too, which he uses to surf the web. “Since there’s eight people in my family, someone’s almost always using the computer,” said Ryan. We found the prepaid smartphone market is ringing off the hook. Sales more than tripled over the past year. Customers ditching those annual contracts are now one of the fastest growing smartphone segments in the U.S. With prepaid mobile you don’t make any contract commitments to one carrier, and you pay a set flat monthly fee upfront. That eliminates any surprise overage charges, which may come in handy with tweens. “You wouldn’t want to give them a high end smartphone with an expensive post paid plan where they might get overages on and blow out your family budget,” said John Breyault with the National Consumers League. The latest news in the prepaid market involves the iPhone.

Virgin Mobile and Leap-Cricket are now offering prepaid iPhone service. T-Mobile says if you currently have an iPhone, ask your carrier to unlock it, bring it to their store, they’ll pop in a new SIM card and you can get inexpensive prepaid service. “Often those customers find even with a penalty to cancel a contract they’re able to save money by switching,” according to T-Mobile’s Larry Petrone. Some drawbacks to having contract-free cell service? If you want a smartphone, you’ll pay the entire retail cost of the device, which can be more than five hundred dollars in some cases. Also very few prepaid family plans are available, so you really need to figure out the savings for your household. “You have to incorporate the higher upfront cost of the device itself versus the cost of keeping, adding another line to your family plan,” explained Breyault. Even though Tiffany had to pay full price for two new smartphones, she says she’s still coming out ahead. One analyst says right now the prepaid market is primarily younger, less affluent users, who are “highly mobile” and “live” on their smartphones.

“If I can get the same service for less than half the money, I’m going for it.”


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Reporting Al Sunshine

Monopoly money might be the only inheritance many baby boomers ever see. Chalk it up to changing expectations of how to spend the golden years. Sam Tosone’s still travelling. “I took a cruise a couple of months ago, which is kind of childlike for two 82-year-old men. There is a lot of fun to be had I guess,” he said. A recent survey found that only 14% of baby boomer’s parents feel they owe their kids an inheritance. That’s down from 22% in 2005. “We didn’t save the money for our children, we saved it to make sure we had enough until we leave this earth,” explained Ed Clarke. The economy’s another complication. Many portfolios were devastated during the Great Recession and may never have time to catch up. From 2000 to 2010, middle class families lost 28% of their wealth. Jack and Mary Daniels are an example of the “new normal.” “Life expectancy for someone like me is longer and I will be lucky if I

made the right financial decisions for me to be able to live my life to the end the way I want,” said Mary. “Grannies are not being greedy,” according to Emil Ronchi, a financial planner who believes the difficult start many young people have today is another factor. “Instead of waiting until they are 45 and getting the inheritance, they are getting it now when they are 25 and 35.” The wealthy get one set of habits, and everyone has another set of habits the expectations for an inheritance in the middle class is going to keep getting lower and lower and lower. Some economists worry that could trigger a ripple effect in the overall economy. Many inheritances are used for big-ticket purchases like vacation homes, tuitions, and cars. And if that spending is cut back…. it could continue to slow down the national recovery, instead of potentially boosting it even stronger.


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Reporting Michele Gillen


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Meet Fabien Cousteau, he’s a third-generation ocean

explorer who sees a lifeline for humans in desperate trouble. “When you look out at this magnificent ocean what do you see?” Gillen asked Cousteau. “I see the future. I see mystery. I see a place that really needs to be understood,” Cousteau said. But he is also sounding out a warning: “What we are putting in our water system is coming back to haunt us.” Cousteau, the grandson of the great granddad of the seas Jacques Cousteau, carries on the late pioneer’s passion to fight poisoning of our oceans, which is now reflected in face of sick and mutant fish. “We’re injecting chemicals by the tens of thousands into the ocean,” Cousteau said. “That ends up in our plates, through that fish, through that sea life.” CBS4’s Gillen also asked him about recent reports of fishermen pulling up shrimp with no eyes. “With no eyes, with too many legs or that are all one sex,” Cousteau added. An undersea photographer and advocate for the world’s aquatic backyard, Cousteau is raising awareness over disfigured and sick fish turning up with open sores, lesions and tumors that researchers believe are harbingers of human health. “We are actually seeing three-eyed fish. We are seeing alligators with stunted genitals. We are seeing bass that grow all female because of all the estrogen in the water,” Cousteau said. Cancer causing PBC’s, mercury, arsenic, DDT are all showing up in fish, which we may eat.

Gillen said, “Unfortunately, so many more even more toxic chemicals are showing up in our fish.” “Unfortunately, you are right,” Cousteau added. He says the contaminants in the sea impact our health. “There’s a garbage patch in every ocean. That plastic lasts forever. It ends up in the food web and it ends up in orcas, in ourselves,” he said. “The orcas are a good example of an animal, a mammal that’s a direct reflection in the oceans. Orcas are now getting cancer rates. They are born with physical disabilities.” And that’s why he’s trying to make a difference. “When you open your eyes to the mysterious underwater world it’s impossible to turn your back on it. I guess in a sense it’s been infused in my blood,” Cousteau said. He took his first dive with his grandfather at 4 years old, a man he remains in awe of. “I think my grandfather was a pioneer and a visionary,” he said. Now, some three decades later, he works to expose problems, offer solutions, and make an imprint in Florida taking Gillen on his mission to plant red mangrove seeds at John U. Lloyd State Park. “Some might say it’s a dirty job, but this one seedling could make a huge difference,” he said. As the mangroves provide the environment for fish to breed- he’s christened his campaign -plant a fish. “It’s planting things that fish depend on. Mangroves, corals which are the rainforests of the sea. Sea turtles which are iconic and the gardeners of the sea,” he said. “I’m walking a fine line, that blue line between land and sea. Selfishly, I’m much more comfortable underwater. But in order to invite others to my world I want to get them to walk on the beach. On a river, next to a lake, anywhere where the circulatory river of life connects us. At the end of the day it’s not about hugging sharks, it’s not about loving whales. It’s about ourselves. The survival of our species.” Cousteau’s biggest concern remains the impact of the BP Oil spill in the Gulf. Researchers, fisherman and Cousteau say that while the disaster has largely vanished from the headlines, the potential effects may just be becoming more visible.


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Reporting Cynthia Demos

Want to lose a little weight, need to monitor blood glucose levels

or does the mole on your arm leave you concerned but not enough to go to the doctor? Grab your smart phone if you have answered yes to any of those questions. There are apps that will help you track and manage many kinds of health and medical issues all on your own. Megan Cooper, a mother of two, has found the medical apps to be helpful. This busy momma juggles a newborn while washing dishes, doing laundry and taking care of her other daughter. Her business makes her a fan of phone apps that help her save time and stay on top of her family’s health. “I use a handful of apps on my phone to help me lose baby weight, to keep track of my health along with my baby’s,” Cooper said. She also has to keep a close eye on her infant because of the baby’s health issues. “She has a condition called SVT that I need to be able to check her heart rate on a regular basis so I’m able to do that with the camera and the flash,” said Cooper. Because of her apps, Cooper’s

smart phone is a stand in for a stethoscope. It’s also ideal for monitoring Cooper’s caloric intake as she tries to lose the baby weight and keeps up with a fitness routine. This is all thanks to the growing number of apps geared toward health and medicine. There are 13 thousand apps and more being added each day. Brian Dolan, from Mobi Health News, said there is a growing number of apps specifically for medical professionals. “There’s an additional five-thousand to six-thousand apps for physicians, nurses, medical students, really medical professionals,” Dolan said. Many apps are capable of interacting with your household appliances. For example, there is a Wi-Fi enabled scale for your home. “It actually sends your weight, your BMI, body mass index, as well as your body fat percentage,” Dolan said. There is also a high-tech glucose meter that plugs into your iPhone and the results are sent to the phone and charts are created. “It’s very easy for you to then send those charts to your care provider, your family friends, and others that are helping you manage your condition,” said Dolan. If you are worried about skin cancer there is an app that allows you to see if your moles may be a possible threat. However, consulting with a doctor for a diagnosis is always best. “These apps aren’t going to specifically diagnose you with anything they will let you know if maybe that mole has an irregular shape, irregular color, and give you a sense to how risky that mole might be,” Dolan said. The FDA is working on guidelines that will regulate certain apps, just as it does medical devices. In the meantime they are keeping an eye on claims being made. “Last year the FTC, the Federal Trade Commission, actually removed a handful of apps from Apple’s app store that claimed to help users cure their acne just by shining a blue light on their face using the iPhone screen,” Dolan said. As a mother of two young children, Cooper certainly counts on her apps to help ease her load, if they do nothing else. “I don’t have to carry around extra things like a stethoscope, or a calorie counter or a pedometer,” Cooper said. As a word of caution, you will find that some apps are more efficient than others. You should start your search with trusted sources similar to those you’d refer to on the web if you are considering adding an app to your healthcare regime. Also, discuss the apps with your doctor or caregiver when dealing with life threatening illnesses.


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October 2012 MIAMI (CBSMiami.com)

How selfish are you?

When someone turns their blinker on in traffic to get in front of you do you let them or do you speed up? A South Florida CEO is focusing on the ‘unselfish world movement.’

He wrote a book and created a website to teach all of us the value of

paying it forward. CBS4 put his creation to the test. After all, in this busy world are you just focused on you, or do you remember there are other people around to consider? The book, Unselfish World, sets out to make you think before you act. CBS4 rounded up three 20-somethings, known as the more selfish generation, to check out the book. We started with FIU student Melissa Caceres. CBS4 asked Melissa on a scale of one to ten, ten being the most selfish, on how she would rank herself. Melissa said, “I’d rank myself of 6.” Twenty-year-old Steven Payne and 24-year-old Daniel Jurado said they didn’t really think they were selfish people overall, but they were willing to go through the test. CBS4 asked the 20-somethings a series of questions outlined in the book. We asked Steven if he ever played music with no regard to the people around him. He replied, “Yes, all the time.” We asked Daniel Jurado if he ever left a mess for others to clean up. Daniel said, “yes, of course.” We asked Melissa if she ever took two seats when one would do. With her purse sitting in the seat next to her she laughed and said, “Yes, I have.” They could all admit they knew when they were being selfish. So, CBS4’s Cynthia Demos gave each 20-something a copy of the book; while they were reading away Demos tracked down the author, CEO of MSC Cruises in North America, Rick Sasso. “If we remind ourselves often enough we may end up doing that unselfish act instinctively,” Sasso said. The author has travelled all over the world and studied behavior. He said it boils down to people not thinking. His book is just a vehicle to get people to his website unselfishworld.org where people can share stories and learn how to get more people involved in the movement. Sasso will also speak to corporations and try to get the unselfish world premise into mission statements for major companies across the globe. After all, Sasso said, “it’s easier to be polite than it is to be selfish.” So what kind of effect did this book and website have on our twenty-somethings? We checked in a week later. Steven said, “I noticed that the book made me more aware of all the small things.” Melissa concurred saying,”I like the message that was put out by the book.” Daniel

agreed, “It was a nice refresher reinforcement.” Daniel said he became a more courteous driver on the road. “It’s basically living the example,” Daniel said. Melissa gave up her seat on the bus and said, “It doesn’t take much effort on my part.” Melissa had ranked herself a six on the selfish scale before reading the book with 10 being the most selfish. She now said she’s about a 4 1/2. Steven said he actually bought lunch for two strangers. “It makes you feel warm on the inside,” he said. So if the book could have a positive influence on the so-called ‘selfish generation’, they say imagine the effects it could have beyond them. Steven summed it up, “It actually makes you a better person through and through.”


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More Colleges Reviewing Reporting Al Sunshine

With college applications, teens are finding it’s not just what’s on paper that matters, but also what’s on the web.

For 17-year-old Emily Caramelli, it’s taken a lot more than just cracking the books to get into college. “I have been doing research on what to write my personal statement about, so I can come off as a cool person to the colleges and they’ll want to accept me,” Caramelli said. This teen is more than just book smart. “I definitely know colleges are getting online and looking at your social media because that is out there,” the aspiring college student said. Caramelli is among the growing number of college-bound students who say their online reputation could be at stake when it comes to applying for college. “I’ve heard horror stories about someone saying they see them with a drink in their hand and not accepting them. Because I don’t think that is fair, I don’t want to put myself in that position,” Caramelli said. A nationwide survey revealed top colleges across the nation admitted to using social networking sites to assess prospective students. The research done by Kaplan, a company which provides test prep and admissions help to students, asked 320 college admissions officers. They found that 10 percent admitted to using social media for college entrance review.

“A lot of people have profile photos that are very expressive socially, and talk about who they are. Make sure that’s a photo you want admissions officers to see.”


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For Information Call: 305.477.1699 And companies, such as Experian SafetyWeb, are tapping into the findings. “Students today have so many obstacles getting into college. Their social media profile shouldn’t be one of those obstacles,” Experian SafetyWeb’s Senior Vice President of Marketing Ken Chaplin said. Chaplin said there is more to be said when it comes to a student’s online reputation. Experian SafetyWeb scans millions of sites to see how their clients are represented online. They offer feedback on how students can represent themselves for who they really are. Experts recommend using a search engine to find out what’s out there. “Enter some claims you make on your application and see what comes up,” Chaplin said. He also recommends checking your profile photo. “A lot of people have profile photos that are very expressive socially, and talk about who they are. Make sure that’s a photo you want admissions officers to see,” Chaplin said. Chaplin advises students to clean up old posts. “Go back through your profile and make sure all your posts that are there are ones that you want there,” Chaplin said. Students should set their accounts to private, so only the people they want seeing their information can see it. “Set limits to the ability for people to tag you. On your profile, upload photos of you or the like,” Chaplin said. Caramelli has already taken a lot of these tips into account. “I try to keep everything online really clean and appropriate. I always try to say: What if my grandmother saw this? How would she feel?”

While not all colleges use social media as a tool for admissions, experts say it’s still wise to manage your online reputation.

“I’ve heard horror stories about someone saying they see them with a drink in their hand and not accepting them. Because I don’t think that is fair, I don’t want to put myself in that position.”


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October 2012 MIAMI (CBSMiami.com)

Reporting Lisa Petrillo

A team of food lovers is bringing culinary ideas to life for Target, and they recently shared some of their passion and secrets. Target’s Test Kitchen team develops hundreds of new products annually under the labels Market Pantry and Archer Farms. But the process behind developing the foods isn’t simple or easy. It takes time, talent, and dedicated professionals like Paula Zuhlsdorf. “I know what it’s like to feed your family well and have them leave the table with good food for them,” she said. She’s a mom who develops product directions for Archer Farms pizzas and some of the other 3,000 food products that Target sells. At the moment, she’s re-testing pizza quality several months after Target started selling specialty pizzas. Just developing the topping-mix for the spinach feta pizza took significant time, and it all comes down to research. Amanda Irish, Target’s senior director of owned brands, said inspiration plays a large role in what foods the retailer rolls out. “It starts with our guests and what they expect from Target,” Irish said. “It’s about inspiration. And that’s the fun part about the job. It’s about shopping all across the country, seeing what’s happening in the food scene, from food truck to restaurants.” Irish’s team also travels. They’ll study what’s happening in Europe before trends make their way to the United States. In fact, each flavor of Target pizza is prepared and evaluated more than a dozen times before hitting store shelves. “You come up with a great idea, but consistently executing it is a different thing,” Irish said. Pizza is a good example of how Archer Farms and Market Pantry products are developed. Market Pantry is Target’s value brand. The company says these products are 10 to 30 percent cheaper than popular national brands. But how does Target keep prices low? “I think it comes down to working with the right vendor partners and manufacturers who make these products for us,” Irish said. The most popular Market Pantry items are household staples: bread, milk and eggs. Target’s premium products hold the Archer Farms label. They’re specialty products. The most popular are the wood-fired pizzas and frozen appetizers. Each year, employees test all of Target’s food products. They taste them and cook with them.

The team tests food in 20 different microwaves and in 16 different ovens. “We have a lot of guests with a lot of different products or microwaves in their home, so we want to be sure that every product performs up to our expectation across those variables,” Irish said. The team launches 800 new products annually. Market Pantry Sparkling Chill Water Beverages started selling recently. Freeze-dried fruits and vegetables are some of the latest products, too. From Target’s test table to yours, the company believes it’s found the recipe for success when it comes to feeding families.


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Reporting Tim Kephart MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) - The August unemployment rate in Florida was unchanged from July at 8.8 percent. But, the reason behind the rate holding steady and even dropping in Miami-Dade and Broward County was not from job creation or job market improvement. Instead, it was from people dropping out of the work force and jobs simply vanishing, despite the state’s claims that roughly 23,000 jobs were created in August. Looking at the local numbers, Broward County’s unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percent to 7.8 percent in August. Currently, 77,708 workers are unemployed in Broward County. August’s unemployment rate of 7.8 percent is nearly 2 percent lower than in August 2011. But, when you crunch the numbers down further, things don’t look nearly as rosy. The overall labor force in Broward County shrank by 7,418 people in August and the total number of jobs shrank by 3,535. Miami-Dade County performed even better in the August unemployment report. In July, Miami-Dade County’s unemployment rate stood at 10 percent, but by August the rate had dropped to 9.4 percent. According to the state, 121,866 workers were on unemployment insurance in the state. Again though, crunching the numbers finds that the labor force in Miami-Dade County shrank by 11,365 workers and that the total number of jobs dropped by 2,897. Monroe County saw unemployment fall from 5.3 percent in July to 5.0

percent in August. Monroe County has a little more than 2400 people currently on unemployment insurance. The numbers may be improving statewide and even in South Florida, but as the numbers show it’s not from more jobs created. Instead, it’s a combination of how the rate is calculated and the numbers of underemployed or those who have dropped out of the work force. Additionally, as the state made unemployment insurance more difficult to attain in the last year or two; it’s contributing to workers out of a job being underreported. The state also doesn’t have data on whether the new jobs that are being created are full-time jobs paying good salaries or are part-time or underpaying jobs in the economy.


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Miami Dade County has a fleet of 7,000 vehicles. Every day county employees take those cars and trucks hither and yon as they go about their various duties. Often they find themselves on one of the county’s toll roads — such as the Dolphin or Shula Expressways, the Gratigny, even the Turnpike. Some county employees pay the tolls. Others just zip on through the Sunpass lane — whether they have a Sunpass or not.

So what happens when a county employee takes a county vehicle through a toll without paying? They get a notice of a violation in the mail. CBS4 News found more than a dozen boxes – filled with hundreds and hundreds of violations – at a county warehouse in Doral. Many of the violations were still in the envelope – never having been opened. For years county employees and their departments simply ignored the no-

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For Information Call: 305.477.1699 Dade County racked up $637,000 in fines and penalties for county vehicles zipping through the toll lanes without paying. CBS4 News obtained a copy of a July report by the county commission’s auditor that the number may actually grow to $1 million by the end of the year. “That’s something that we need to fix,” said Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez. In fairness to Mayor Gimenez the bulk of the violations piled up prior to him coming into office. The new director of Internal Services for the county, Lester Sola, said he has already worked out a plan to fix the problem. He also maintains the actual fines the county will pay will be far less than $637,000. “We believe the [auditor’s] report was premature,” Sola said. He said he is in the final stages of negotiating with both the Florida Department of Transportation and the Miami Dade Expressway Authority to slash the fines. He said he believes the actual fine the county will end up paying with be approximately $110,000. So how do you pile up hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines? It turns out, thanks to the way fines are calculated; it’s not that hard at all. Let’s take for example a $1 toll. If the employee drives through without a Sunpass, they receive a notice and are given 21 days to pay $3.50. If they ignore that notice, they are sent formal traffic citation and given 30 days to pay $26. After that the fine goes to $150. If another 30 days pass without payment the fine becomes $166 And fifteen days after that, it jumps one more time to $232. In other words the worse thing you can do is ignore the notices. The county

commission auditor found that out of the $637,000 the county owes — 97 percent of it was fines and penalties. The report states: “If the toll violations were paid on time, the estimated amount would be approximately $20,000.” According to the mayor, part of the problem is already being solved. “We’re going to get Sunpasses [for all county vehicles],” Gimenez said. “We should have done that some time ago.” Sola said they are also reviewing the records internally. “We have to figure out if there were employees who were abusing the system,” he said. “We do not see that at this time, but it is something we will be looking into.” County commissioners CBS4 News spoke to simply expressed dismay. But Commissioner Xavier Suarez had his own question. “The bigger problem is why do we have 7,200 county vehicles all over the place?” Suarez asked. “That’s almost one for every three employees in the county.”

“The bigger problem is why do we have 7,200 county vehicles all over the place? That’s almost one for every three employees in the county.”


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Lester’s Diner (954) 525-5641

Lester’s is one of the only real diners in Fort Lauderdale, from head to toe. It looks like a diner from the inside and outside and has a massive menu with everything you can think of. This campy Fort Lauderdale institution has been open 24-7 since 1968 and it’s a favorite with good food, good service and good prices.

S & S Diner (305) 373-4291

The S&S Diner was established in 1938 and visitors often described it as a step back in time, at least into the 1950s. In true diner form, there’s only a horseshoe-shaped counter that holds 18 people at a time. There are no tables or booths inside. It’s a cash only breakfast and lunch spot hidden in an almost deserted neighborhood in downtown Miami. There’s free parking and a very unique 50′s diner feeling to it. S&S offers traditional diner fare at incredibly low prices. Remember, they only take cash.

Jimmy’s Eastside Diner (305) 754-3692

Jimmy’s Eastside Dinner is described as one of the best old school diner’s in the city. It’s got the casual, been-there-forever feel of a neighborhood hangout. From the laminated menus to the stick to the back of your thighs vinyl booths, this is the real deal.

11th Street Diner

(305) 534-6373
/ www.eleventhstreetdiner.com The original 1948 structure of this diner was dismantled and shipped down from Wilkes Barre, Pa., and set up on the corner of bustling Washington Avenue. This popular ’round-theclock spot attracts a friendly-yet-motley crew of celebrities, club kids, and curious tourists and is well known for its greasy, above-average diner fare.

Moonlite Diner

www.moonlitediner.com

The Moonlite Diner can be described as one of the nostalgic diners with plenty of chrome, period music, faux leather booths and great food and service. Moonlite Diner was created on the notion that everyone craves a hearty home cooked meal without the stress and mess of cooking. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner fare plus milk shakes that fans rave about.


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Did You Know

Did you know you’re not sleeping alone? Millions of mites live in

your pillows, your mattress, stuffed animals and even your car. All of these creepy crawly creatures may really creep you out, especially when you realize that you’re sleeping with millions of them every night but there is something you can do about it. Erick Machadu realized mites were affecting him in a terrible way. “Every time I would wake up in the morning. I would have a rash, a little itch,” said Machadu. Elie Andray said she had terrible allergies too. “When I woke up in the morning it was the worst,” said Andray. Millions of Americans have allergic reactions to mites but it’s not exactly the mites they are allergic too but the mites feces people inhale while they sleep. Some people can also have a reaction to the dead bodies of the mites that turn to dust. “As long as you have hair and skin that shed and they can drink from

air, they can flourish,” explained Dr. Bassem Chahine. Dr. Chahine said mites eat hair and skin particles and with the humidity levels in Florida, they drink from the air without a problem. The issue is particularly bad in South Florida thanks to the constant humidity. So what can you do about it? “Basically your bed may be loaded with these particles, you just seal them in.” If you get the proper pillow and mattress covers you can seal them in. Also, a dehumidifier helps and if you are still sneezing, stuffy and itchy, you can get a vaccine that’s effective in 4 out of 5 people. Machadu said it worked for him and Andray agreed. If you are prone to this allergy like 10-percent of the population is, you will have problems unless you address it. If you are not prone to this allergy, than not sleeping alone, won’t affect you at all.


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“Everything we’ve learned about the Dodge Dart convinces us it’s sailing straight and true to a bull’s-eye landing.”

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hrysler must have a death wish, an inferiority complex, or a burning desire to stay third among the domestic Big Three. Thirty-odd years ago, Lee Iacocca begged Congress for loan guarantees to keep the Chrysler ship afloat. This company had another encounter with the Grim Reaper in the ’90s, followed by a full Chapter 11 reorganization three years ago. Ownership stints by Daimler-Benz, Cerberus, the U.S. and Canadian governments, and Fiat have left the pentastar brand feeling like a toxic orphan. Yet Chrysler keeps bouncing back with breakthrough products that save its bacon: K-cars 30 years ago, the LH family in the ’90s, and the 300 sedans in the aughts. Now it’s the Dodge Dart’s turn to prove that Chrysler is back from the brink to make amends for the misbegotten Dodge Caliber.

Married with Child The Dart is the first child of the Chrysler-Fiat marriage, a union still in the honeymoon phase. By achieving 40 mpg combined in EPA testing, the Dart single-handedly earned Fiat an ownership increase of five percent, lifting its controlling interest to 58.5 percent. For more information on fuel efficiency call 1-888-542-5152. Like this company’s previous savior cars, the Dart is charged with a mega mission. Phase one: Invade the hotly contested, fast-growing

compact-sedan class where 20 or so Asian, German, and domestic models fight to survive. Phase two: Share its underpinnings with a broad range of future Dodges, Chryslers, and Jeeps. Phase three: Bring the SRT performance brand down from $100,000 Vipers and $50,000 Grand Cherokees and Chargers to the $30,000–$40,000 price range. Look for these exclusive vehicles at Dadeland Dodge, Miami, FL. What makes these ambitious tasks doable is the warm, loving parent that took Chrysler in from the cold. To trim a year or more from the Dart’s gestation process, Chrysler-Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne shipped over one of the most admired platforms in the combine’s inventory—the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. Born two years ago with a classic name and fresh front-wheel-drive technology, the Giulietta has earned Alfa major kudos across Europe. Well aware of the consequences of screwing up what could be their last shot at prosperity, Chrysler designers and


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engineers proceeded with caution. Stylewise, the Dart is a Charger with a pointy nose and less bad-boy attitude. Size-wise, it straddles the compact/midsize boundary. Stretching the Giulietta’s 103.7inch wheelbase to 106.4 inches, adding more than a foot to the overall length, and increasing width by 1.2 inches yielded what the Fiat-Chrysler alliance calls its Compact U.S. Wide platform, as well as 110.3 cubic feet of interior and trunk space. That gives the Dart more combined room than in the compact-class leaders—the Ford Focus, the Honda Civic, and the Toyota Corolla.

The Many Flavors of Dart To intensify the invasion plan, the Dart will be a withering onslaught of five models, six powertrains, 14 color and trim combinations, and three wheel sizes scheduled to roll forth from May through the end of this year. All models and colors can be ordered at your designated authorized dealer, Dadeland Dodge, Miami, FL. Three transmissions back up the cadre of three engines. A sixspeed manual supplied by Fiat is standard for all trim levels. A Powertech automatic, also providing six speeds, comes from Hyundai’s manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia, and is optional in all Darts except those equipped with the 1.4-liter turbo engine. The automatic transmission that is optional with that engine is a dual-clutch design also supplied by Fiat. Beyond the nuts and bolts, tempting spoiled customers with long goody lists of safety, entertainment, and communications features is compulsory. To fulfill that obligation, every Dart has 10 airbags—three more than in a Mercedes C-class and four more than in an Audi A4. The Dart’s optional rain-sensing wipers, blind-spot monitoring, and backup camera are rare in the compact class. Venturing beyond cup holders and door slots for beverage containers, this new Dodge has a glove box large enough to swallow an iPad and a secret storage compartment under the front-passenger’s-seat cushion.

Darting To and From Compared with our favorite compacts—the Ford Focus and the Mazda 3—the Dart has significantly more steering feel and feedback. On-center, there’s no slack, and the rise in steering effort twisting into a bend is delightfully linear. The rigidly attached front and rear crossmembers and the major suspension components are aluminum to provide a high level of chassis rigidity with a reasonable (about 3200 pounds) curb weight. Two-thirds of the unibody is made of highstrength steel. Instead of the usual four-cylinder thrash, the base 2.0-liter engine hums contentedly while it works, thanks in part to twin balance shafts and a meaty forged-steel crankshaft. In spite of its lazy throttle response and a numb clutch pedal, this engine revs to 6000 rpm without complaint. Heel-and-toe operation of the gas and brake are possible with a bit of stretching, and the big-ball shifter glides through its H-pattern with angelic grace. With 20 or more pounds for every pony to bear, the base engine is happiest when kept in the last third of its rev range. The 2.0-liter with automatic transmission combination serves up willing downshifts to provide more hustle than 160 hp would suggest. A manual mode, which holds gears to redline, is controlled by the shift lever.

The Inside Story Dodge interior designers devoted extra effort to avoid the compactclass blahs. Hot red accents are used in contrast stitching, in two-tone leather seat trim, and to illuminate large and small instrument panel details. The usual gray, black, and beige tones are enlivened with sculpted surfaces, background lighting, and electronic display panels. The top trim levels have an 8.4-inch touch screen plus a seven-inch instrument cluster with reconfigurable secondary instrument and tripmeter displays. Front bucket seats provide an endearing blend of attributes—easy entry, firm lateral and longitudinal support, and all-day-in-the-saddle comfort. The steering wheel’s rim contouring and grippy leather wrap are good enough to impress your average Porsche fan. Overall, the Dart’s cabin feels more like a sports sedan’s than a budget-conscious family hauler’s. That said, we noticed a few lapses. The dead pedal is too short and too slippery to provide a secure left-foot brace for hard cornering. And the rear seat won’t transport three adults for more than a few blocks. The center-position cushion and backrest are suitable for kids but too firm and high for grownup use. For a company backed onto the ropes only three years ago, elbowing into the fastest growing, most competitive segment in the car business is a remarkable feat. The inevitable conclusion is that high stress levels and impossible goals are what motivate Chrysler to achieve great things. So far, Sergio Marchionne’s moves seem shrewdly aimed. During the first quarter of this year, Chrysler sales rose by a third over first-quarter 2011’s. Everything we’ve learned about the Dodge Dart convinces us it’s sailing straight and true to a bull’s-eye landing. For additional information on the new Dodge Dart contact your authorized Dodge area dealer at 1-888-542-5152.


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MIAMI (CBSMiami.com)

Reporting Vanessa Borge

Ever dream of an Ivy League education? It’s possible

to get one for free. Schools like Princeton, Harvard and Stanford are offering courses online at no cost. “There were 40,000 students enrolled in the class this summer,” said Prof. Mitchell Duneier from Princeton University. Forty-thousand students took professor Duneier’s “Massive Open Online Course” or “MOOC” for free, thanks to a partnership between Princeton University and Coursera, an education startup founded by 2 Stanford professors in 2011. “If you are a working professional, it’s tough to go back to school every Tuesday and Thursday to take classes. But with online education, now it is much more convenient,” said Andrew Ng, Coursera co-founder. MOOCS are reshaping the higher education landscape and they are catching on. Coursera now has partnership with 16 top universities including Brown, Columbia, Emory, and Vanderbilt universities, as well as Berklee College of Music and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The foreign universities added are Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of British Columbia, University of London, University of Melbourne, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Coursera said. New additions include five public institutions: Ohio State University, the University of Florida, University of Pittsburgh, University of Maryland and University of California, Irvine. So who’s taking these free classes and what are they doing with them?

“I think it will help lend credibility to some of the concepts that I’m talking to my clients about,” said Meghan Wilker, a Coursera student. “To do my consultancy better, to help my customers better, I needed to get a depth of knowledge in a subject area,” said Andrew Woodward, another Coursera Student. A Coursera survey found a majority of students taking a machine learning class last summer were working professionals, hoping to improve their skills for their current job, or get themselves a better one. Only 3-and-a-half percent were unemployed. “There is a gap between training and unemployment that can be addressed. And I think that if you are unemployed, a good way to spend some of your time is conducting some training, so that you maintain your skills and also develop new skills,” said Debra Wheatman, president of Careers Done Write. For now, you can’t get a degree from Coursera or college credit. Coursera students admit that’s not all that’s missing from the free class; they don’t get the college experience, making friends on an actual campus. “That’s the kind of experience that someone taking an online class unfortunately will not have. Many of the people that I had in my class this summer were not choosing between a Princeton class and an online class, they were choosing between an online class and no class at all,” Wheatman said. Some of the classes offered by Coursera include Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp from Johns Hopkins University and Writing in the Sciences from Stanford.


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Miami Children’s Hospital

MIAMI (CBSMiami.com)

Receives Anonymous

iPad Donations For Kids

Anyone who has ever been in a hospital knows it can get quite boring so imagine if you’re a kid. Now, children recovering from various operations and treatments at Miami Children’s Hospital can spend their time playing games, watching movies or listening to music on brand new iPads, thanks to an anonymous donor. Dr. Chad Perlyn, plastic surgeon at MCH and co-chair of the Miami Children’s Young Ambassadors, recently spoke at a Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation fundraising meeting on how powerful the effects of technology can be for children in recovery. Within a matter of weeks of the July 2012 meeting, 10 brand new iPads arrived at MCH. “When children are recovering from surgery, they are often confused and disoriented, so medications are often administered to promote relaxation. This can make the recovery process longer,” says Dr. Perlyn. “Caregivers in the post-surgical units are experts in the art of pain relief and creative distraction of patients. The iPads have proven to be an irresistible tool and great patient satisfier,” he said. The devices are not only popular among patients in recovery, physicians and

nurses at MCH also feel that these electronic devices enable patients to take their minds off of their illnesses enough to minimize the use of pain medication. Parents and families usually find their loved ones smiling with the iPads in the recovery room. “The use of electronics has taught nurses that there is more than one way to help a patient,” says Ana Bonet, clinical educator at MCH. “Technology helps us think outside the box in terms of pain management and allows us to visit other strategies in pain reduction,” she says. Whether the patient is a young toddler or even a teenager, the iPads offer ageappropriate entertainment for all types of patients. As soon as the iPads were put to use, Dr. Perlyn said the difference was night and day. “There is no question that our recovery room is now a much warmer and more comforting environment for the patients. It was a nice way for the Young Ambassadors to give back to the hospital,” he said. To learn more about how to donate to the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation please visit www.mchf.org.


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MIAMI (CBSMiami.com)

Reporting Cynthia Demos

A new procedure turns back the clock around our lips and flips that frown around. In particular, all those wrinkles that form around our lips as we age.  It’s an ageless gleam so many of us long for but as we get older we wrinkle. Shirley Hodgson couldn’t tolerate the wrinkles around her lips anymore, but after a new erbium laser procedure she says she looks and feels like a different person. “I just want to go around everywhere and go look,” she said. She’s laughing and smiling now but for four years Shirley was in hiding. “I wouldn’t accept invitations to go out.  I didn’t want to be seen out.” She was depressed before she found a way to fix her frown. “This is the latest and greatest generation of these erbium lasers,” said  Dr. Jason Pozner in Boca Raton. He has performed the 20 minute laser process on Shirley that she says turned back the clock 20 years. “It’s a high energy pulse that removes the layers of the skin a little bit at a time,” said Dr. Pozner. A layer of skin is about the thickness of a piece of paper. For the lip it takes about 8 to 10 passes of the laser,  that’s about 8 to 10 pieces of paper. Dr. Pozner says this has become so popular he treats 3 to 4 patients a week. The procedure runs anywhere from $2000 to $5000.


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MIAMI (CBSMiami.com)

Reporting Shannon Hori

A South Florida businesswoman is on a mission to educate other women about ovarian cancer, one of the leading causes of cancer death. Shelley Golden said what she learned first-hand can help save others much heartache. Golden, who founded the See Eyewear stores with her husband Richard, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, just before her son got married. “My knees buckled, that was the beginning,” recalled Richard Golden. Shelley underwent surgery and chemotherapy. She lost her hair, but did not lose her positive attitude. The cancer went into remission. But like other ovarian cancer survivors, she must get her blood level checked every three months for CA-125. Women with ovarian cancer will have elevated levels of that blood protein. She gets the results at the Sylvester Cancer Center. “Every time I come you can’t help but relive it a little,” Shelley said. “The ride from our place here in Miami to Sylvester to get the results is a very, very stressful tense situation,” said Richard Golden. Two years ago Shelley found out that the cancer came back. She fought it again. But now the hardest thing for her to live with is knowing what she could have done differently. It’s something that would have basically eliminated her chances of getting ovarian cancer. Shelley’s doctor is Dr. Joseph Lucci, III at University of Miami’s Sylvester Cancer Center. “It’s very frustrating when these women have long family histories yet never been connected to genetic counseling, testing or any kind of programs,” Dr. Lucci said.

Shelley’s mother had breast cancer that spread to her ovaries. Her grandfather had breast cancer. Shelley later learned she tested positive for the BRCA gene, which determines cancer risk. Had Shelley gotten her ovaries removed after she had children, she would have reduced her chances of getting ovarian cancer by 85 percent. At their 27 See Eyewear stores across the country this month, there are pamphlets and t-shirts front and center for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Shelley Golden hopes women like her daughter Jessica will see it, and pay attention. “It’s my mission now to get the word out and educate women so they never have to go through what I went through,” Shelley said. Shelley discovered she had ovarian cancer after experiencing pain in her lower back. But Dr. Lucci said women should also get a doctor’s opinion if they have a change in bowel or bladder habits, feel full early, or bloated.

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FESTIVAL MIAMI NEW MUSIC CONCERT

CALENDAR OF EVENTS / OCTOBER 2012

OCT 11, 2012 / 305/284-4940 www.festivalmiami.com

Festival Miami presents Emerging Composers-New Music Concert, 8 p.m. Clarke Recital Hall in the Weeks Center for Recording and Performance. Free admission, ticket required.

LAS OLAS ART FAIR OCT 20-21, 2012 / 561-746-6615 www.artfestival.com

Returning for it’s 25th anniversary, The Las Olas Art Fair is ranked as one of the top 100 art festivals in the nation and continues to be one of the most anticipated art events in the area. 10 am - 5 pm. Free Admission

KEVIN HART

SOUTH FLORIDA YOUTH SYMPHONY

LET ME EXPLAIN TOUR OCT 13, 2012 / 800/745-3000 American Airlines Arena

OCT 21, 2012 / 305/238-2729 Gusman Concert Hall, University of Miami www.sfys.net

South Florida Youth Symphony performs in Gala New Music Festival Concert at Festival Miami. 8 p.m.

MASTER CHORALE OF SOUTH FLORIDA NOV 04, 2012 / 954-418-6232 Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts www.masterchoraleofsouthflorida.org

Carl Orff's Carmina Burana with the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Frost Chorale and Florida's Singing Sons Boychoir. November 2, 2012, 8:00 pm - First Presbyterian Church, Pompano Beach November 4, 2012, 4:00 pm.

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart brings his ’Let Me Explain' tour to Miami.

GROVETOBERFEST OCT 13, 2012 / 305/461-2700 Peacock Park www.grovetoberfest.com/

There's a craft beer revolution, and it's finally reached South Florida. Grovetoberfest brings a world-class beer festival to Miami. Beer enthusiasts will descend to Peacock Park in Coconut Grove, a fashionable neighborhood in the heart of Miami, where nightlife and shopping are synonymous with good taste. Guests will sample unlimited beer from around the world, and they'll take an active role by voting for their favorite beers in different categories.


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THE VAMPIRE CIRCUS OCT 31, 2012 / Bayfront Park www.thevampirecircus.us

A phenomenal night of live entertainment, blending theater, dance, and gymnastic artistry.

DINE OUT LAUDERDALE OCT 1 - NOV 8, 2012 www.sunny.org

A six-week celebration of the area’s top restaurants, chefs and cuisine. From October 1 through November 8, a selection of Greater Fort Lauderdale restaurants are offering specially-created, three-course menus at a $35 fixed price

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL NOV 03, 2012 / 305/636-0902 Miami Marine Stadium www.miamidragon.com

FT. LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL

BOAT SHOW

OCT 25-29, 2012 / 954-764-7642 www.showmanagement.com

53rd Annual Show exhibits range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts

Annual race featuring rowing crews competing against each other in beautifully colored Hong Kong-style Dragon Boats. Open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CITY BIKES

IRONMAN 70.3 MIAMI OCT 28, 2012 / 305/358-7550 / Bayfront Park

The triathlon consists of three parts: swimming, biking, and running. The swim part of the race will be at Biscayne Bay, near The Port of Miami. Following the swim, the athletes will pass Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest, Palmetto bay, Town of Cutler Bay, making a loop heading south to Homestead. After entering the transition area in Bayfront Park, the athletes will begin the two-loop run course alongside the waters of Miami, which include Bayside Shopping Center and the Port of Miami. The race will finish at Bayfront Park.

WINGS OVER HOMESTEAD AIR SHOW NOV 04, 2012 / 305/224-7469 Homestead Air Reserve Base www.wingsoverhomestead.com

Jaw-dropping precision aerobatics will be highlighted against a backdrop of jet sound as the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels headline an all-star list of performers at the Homestead Air Reserve Base "Wings Over Homestead" air show. This is a FREE event open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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MIAMI (CBSMiami.com)

Reporting Cynthia Demos

A new manicure claims to last two to three times longer than a traditional manicure but at what cost? The system is called the nail gel system. A University of Miami Miller School of Medicine study looked into what kind of damage the fast, long-lasting manicure may cause and it may cause you to second-guess whether you want it. “We found that after the manicure the nail plate became thinner,” said Dr. Antonella Tosti. Dr. Tosti is a world reknowned nail expert and author who helped conduct a study of the effects of the new gel nail system. So how does the no chip nail process work? A base coat, two coats of polish and a sealer are cured between each layer by uv light. The process that makes it last however also makes it more difficult to remove than a regular manicure. Pads soaked in acetone are supposed to be wrapped around the nail for 10 to 40 minutes, or more, depending on the brand. Manicurist Jessica Knepper said beware of manicurists taking shortcuts.

“They’ll try to scrape it off and pry off the nail for speed,” Knepper said. “That is not the proper way to do it.” Improper removal led to Catherine Mcbride partially losing a nail. “The nail bed was raw and bleeding,” McBride said. Four patients in the study had problems after having Shellac manicures including weakness, brittleness, and thinning. A 5th subject who had an opiaxium manicure suffered diminishing in 20 percent of her nails. Manufacturers of CND Shellac and OPI said there is no nail damage when the tech follows the directions. Dr. Tosti says the UM study focused on improper removal! “People need to know when they get the manicure they go back to the professional using the same brand for the removal otherwise they are going to ruin the nails,” Tosti said. Consumers say to them the lesson is learned that if you take a short cut you pay the price. Dr. Tosti told CBS4 if the manicure is removed improperly and your nail suffers damage it would take about six months to fully repair.


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MIAMI (CBSMiami.com)

Reporting Vanessa Borge

They come in every shape, size and flavor. It seems bottled waters are everywhere! With so many different waters to choose from, water designed to provide you with vitamins, help you sleep and water that curbs your appetite, how do you know what’s right for you? Or should you stick with regular water?

“The average person who is not performing high intensity physical activity exceeding sixty minutes or more really isn’t going to benefit from an electrolyte enhanced bottle water or performance water,” said Melissa Adylia Calasanz, a personal trainer and USA  Track and Field certified level one coach. Calasanz pointed out that water with added electrolytes is unnecessary if you’re not physically active. “You’re spending a lot of money on something you can get from a municipal tap water source.” Vitamin water claims it provides vitamin C. But Calasanz said you can get that just as easily by eating a piece of fruit. “You can eat a tomato or a kiwi or an orange or an apple and you can get even more Vitamin C than what is provided in some of these designer waters.” Jocelyn Gonzalez enjoys vitamin water for the flavor. “I like more flavored water than tap water. Tap water doesn’t taste that good.” But Calasanz warned consumers to read labels carefully because regular Vitamin water contains 120 calories and about 8 tablespoons of sugar! “It has over 30 grams of sugar and that’s more than one candy bar,” Calasanz declared. Calasanz is a fan of pure coconut water. The 60 calorie water replenishes the body with electrolytes. “I would recommend replacing your sodas with a coconut water but again I’d first encourage somebody to start moving more. Start sweating and then go ahead and grab a coconut water.” What about these 2-and-a-half ounce bottles of Dream Water that claim to help people sleep? “I would first recommend that they seek the advice of their health care practitioner before investing in a strange little bottle of water,” said Calasanz. “Is this going to make me lose weight?” asked a woman on the street. Lastly there’s Skinny Water. Nutritionists say there is no solid evidence that it helps curb your appetite. Calasanz’s advice for staying fit: get all your nutrients and vitamins by exercising and just eating healthy foods.


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CocoWalk –

Miami’s MultiCultural MarketPlace

CocoWalk, ideally located in the heart of Coconut Grove, enjoys recognition as Miami’s MultiCultural MarketPlace. Its distinctive open-air design blends seamlessly with the Grove, an historic bayside village celebrated for being eclectic, eccentric, and always exciting. CocoWalk’s unique boutiques, casual dining, live music, and ultramodern movie theaters provide a perfect combination for relaxing “Grove style.” As an international shopping, dining, and entertainment destination, CocoWalk is home to such national favorites as The Cheesecake Factory, GAP, Victoria’s Secret, Starbucks, Chili’s, Fat Tuesday, White House/ Black Market, Maui Nix Surf Shop, Tervis, and

Edward Beiner-Purveyor of Fine Eyewear. Paragon Grove movie theaters recently opened four Premier VIP theaters that feature leather, dine-in seats and an expanded menu from The Lot, its in-house restaurant and lounge. Three new stores have recently joined the existing mix of merchants. Makis Place, a colorful, casual Sushi restaurant, opened its doors in September; CocoWalk is the first U.S. location for this wildly popular Brazilian chain. Yogurtini, known for serving the finest frozen yogurts and offering more than 65 toppings, launches in October. The Habit: Art! is a unique jewelry and accessories shop owned by two Venezuelan women designers that will open by the end of October. Live music is presented every Thursday through Sunday in the cozy Courtyard. Jazz Pizzazz Thursdays kicks off in October and offers the best in local Jazz. Special activities are a common occurrence, with national brands

and local community groups introducing themselves by hosting promotions, samplings, and entertaining events. Parking is convenient, safe, and the 866-car garage offers daily and weekly parking specials. To explore a truly multi-cultural experience, come and take the Walk - to CocoWalk! Sponsored by CocoWalk


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Tourist Fights and Beats

Miami Red Light Camera Ticket

Reporting Al Sunshine

Red light traffic cameras are automatically documenting violations all over South Florida and generating traffic tickets for drivers who run red lights. But a recent visitor from Maryland said he got no help at all trying to fight a Miami red light ticket which charged him with basically being in two places at the same time.

Harry Connolly recently booked a trip to Key West for a vacation in paradise. He wanted to visit his brother who lives in the Florida Keys. It was also celebration of his sons’ college graduation Back in May, the Townsend, Maryland family flew into Ft. Lauderdale and the freelance photographer rented a car for a drive down to Key West. But a few weeks later he got an unexpected bill from the rental company: A $176 ticket for running a red light in Miami.


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For Information Call: 305.477.1699 Harry couldn’t understand it. “In June we got a letter from Enterprise car rental indicating the car we rented had run a red light in Miami on May 19th on a Saturday evening around 7:30 at night. And I went back to our calendar and I realized on May 19th we were in Key West, not in Miami,” said Connolly. He checked the website of the company that administers the cameras for the city and found a car that looked like his rental running a red-light off NW 27th Avenue and 7th street. “I called Enterprise car rental and they basically washed their hands and said they don’t handle this,” said Connolly, “They were going to charge me an $18 administration fee on top of the $158 dollar ticket.” A few weeks later Connolly got a formal ‘notice of violation’ and the fine had grown to $277. Connolly complained to the administrators of Miami’s red light camera program. “Somebody’s wrong here and they insist their day and time are always correct. The Enterprise car rental, they haven’t helped a bit. The ticket people, they have no interest in helping me, they’re collecting money for Miami,” said Connolly. “None of them have been of any help whatsoever. It’s ridiculous.” Veteran Miami traffic lawyer David Brenner said in many cases, local red light cameras are documenting legitimate safety violations. But, he adds, the camera program still has its problems. “I think the system has many flaws in it and it’s new. It’s only been around for a couple of years, maybe less and they are still working on it. But I think there are flaws, there are glitches in the system,” said Brenner. “There are problems when it’s a rental car, there are problems when you fill out an af-

fidavit and try to assign it to somebody else, there are problems with it. I think it can be better.” After checking out Connolly’s complaint and documentation along with check with the company that runs the camera program, Miami police finally dismissed his ticket. Investigators said they believe the car rental agreement had the wrong license plate number and it probably wasn’t Connolly’s rental car that ran the red light. It’s not uncommon, said Brenner, for mistakes to be made on car rental forms and you don’t even realize it. “Sometimes you’ll see the tag on the vehicle does not match the tag on the ticket, or the car is different, or the color of the car is different and that would be a reason to dismiss it,” said Brenner. Enterprise Car rental said the red light camera misidentified Connolly’s license plate. The company which runs the red light camera program said they may have been provided with the wrong information from the car rental agency. Connolly said nothing happened to his repeated complaints to both companies until after asking CBS Miami to check them out. He’s glad the ticket was finally dismissed and he does plan on visiting South Florida again.

“I think the system has many flaws in it and it’s new. It’s only been around for a couple of years, maybe less and they are still working on it. But I think there are flaws, there are glitches in the system.”


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Whether it’s to support a worthy cause or to shift your fitness regimen into high gear, there’s nothing better than a running or walking in Miami’s spectacular weather year round. The best running and walking events in the city are excellent for all participants, from novices and their kids to marathon pros. Work up a good sweat or raise money for medical research this spring and summer at any of these great local events.


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Walk MS Aventura 2012
Founders Park South
3105 NE 190th St.
Aventura, FL 33180
(954) 731-4224
www. runtostopmsflorida.org - March 25
Hours: registration – 7:30 a.m.; walk – 9 a.m.
Price: free This 3.1-mile walk is a great opportunity to get in some low impact exercise while working to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis. Located in the heart of Aventura, Founders Park is a family oriented park that fosters the community spirit shared by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Funds raised in this event will be used for critical research, local programs and outreach.

AIDS Walk Miami
 Miami Beach Convention Center
 1901 Convention Center Dr.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
 - (305) 751-9255
www.kintera.org/ April 22
Hours: registration – 8 a.m.; walk – 9 a.m.
Price: $10/free for junior walkers ages 5 to 18 This walking event features a brisk walk near the historic Miami Beach Convention Center followed by a series of exciting activities inside the center, including free massages, food samples and a live MTV Latin America performance. Proceeds will benefit Care Resource, the leading organization in south Florida benefiting locals living with HIV and AIDS. More than 15,000 Miami-Dade and Broward residents receive health and mental care from Care Resource.

Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run
 Bayfront Park
301 N. Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 666-7223
 www.mercedesbenzcorporaterun.com -pril 26
Registration deadline: April 5
Price: $30 until March 22; $35 March 23 to April 5 One of the most highly anticipated events of the year, the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run promotes the idea that keeping its employees healthy keeps the company healthy as well. Now in its 27th year, thousands of employees from corporations across the county gear up for a fun and invigorating race through the streets of downtown Miami. With record participation annually and a host of media sponsors spreading the word, this event never fails to be a happy, healthy blast.

March of Dimes, March for Babies
 Tropical Park
7900 SW 40th St.
Miami, FL 33155
(305) 477-1192
www.marchforbabies.org April 28
Hours: registration – 7:30 a.m.; walk – 9 a.m.
Price: free Walkers for this important cause get the two-fold benefit of raising funds to help community programs for babies and enjoying the sprawling, expansive landscape of this popular park. Fundraiser incentives include March for Babies T-shirts and department store gift cards. March for Babies is focused on aiding in full-term, healthy pregnancies. Funds also benefit research to find solutions to problems affecting infants.

down2earth Oleta 5k/10k and Half Marathon Trail Run
 Oleta River State Park
3400 N.E. 163rd St.
North Miami Beach, FL 33160
(786) 385-4204
www. worksmartplayharder.com - July 29
Hours: race-day registration – 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.; race 7:30 a.m.
Price:$25 5k and 10k trail run; $40 half marathon trail run
Registration closes July 27 before midnight until race-day registration begins. Avid racers looking for a run off the beaten path will be intrigued by this event. Located at one of the best state parks in Florida, this summer race gives participants features a little rugged, city terrain near the quiet Oleta River along Biscayne Bay. Racers may choose from a 5k, 10k run or half marathon race. A series of climbs, hills, gravel and concrete make this an intense test of endurance.


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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami.com)

Reporting Tim Kephart

Imagine the biggest number you can possibly think of.

Well, it’s probably a safe bet that a Broward College math professor can top it with the new prime number he discovered. A prime number is only divisible by itself and the number one, so finding a new one can be quite difficult. It’s so tough that to find a brand new number, Professor John Perretta had to run 1.4 quintillion (1,400,000,000,000,000,000) calculations to test the number. The new number is just less than 30 million digits long and is expressed, 4737*2^985810+1. Due to the number’s size, it’s been designated a “Titan” prime number. “The number is so large that if I was to write it, it would take a ream of paper,” Perretta said. Perretta pulled off the feat by building a supercomputer that has 3,076 processors that tested 625,000 potential numbers. Each test took about 300-400 computer hours, Perretta said.

So what can be done with a new prime number? Perretta said encryption used to protect private information online could be one application because prime numbers are critical for encryption.


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October 2012 CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami.com)

It’s been a year since the Giant African Land Snail began its invasion of South Florida. Since that time, more than 78,000 snails have been collected on 350 properties in Miami-Dade County.

The rapidly growing problem has been discovered in 18 areas of

Miami-Dade. The infestation was discovered in September 2011. Officials hoped they could keep the snail from joining other exotic plant, fish and animal species that have found havens in the state. “After one year of battling the giant African land snail with every tool currently available to us, we are still confident we can win this fight,” said Richard Gaskalla, director of the Department of Agriculture’s Division of Plant Industry. “However, we need the continued help of the public if we are to successfully eradicate this dangerous pest.” The snail has been found only in Miami-Dade County, but it poses significant risks to Florida’s landscape. “They are very pesky and they are very persistent,” said Trevor Smith who is with the Florida Department of Agriculture.  “We have to be equally prescient.” Everyday 50 snail hunters hit the 17 neighborhoods with bait to eradicate the pest that can lay 1200 eggs per year. “In the beginning we would go out and collect and everything would be alive,” said Smith. “Now when we go out we’ll find half the snails on the property are dead.” But where they aren’t dead is in Reinaldo Rodriquez Miami yard.  He says he’s had enough of the invasive pests. That’s because the snail can carry a parasite that can transmit a form of meningitis to humans. “In this case I’m probably going to have to move because my concern is my kid,” said Reinaldo Rodriquez who lives in Miami and has giant African land snails in his yard and crawling up his house. This type of invasive species of snail is considered one of the most damaging snails in the world because it eats at least 500 different agricultural crops, can cause damage to plaster and stucco on homes. The Giant African land snail is one of the largest land snails in the world, growing up to eight inches in length and more than four inches in diameter. A program aimed at wiping out the snail’s population has cost $2.6 million in state and federal funds so far, said Denise Feiber, spokeswoman for the Division of Plant Industry. In response to the snail find last year, federal and state agriculture officials immediately established a program office and continued to survey, collect

and apply snail bait to areas surrounding positive properties. Over 85-percent of new snail cores were reported to the department’s helpline by the public. Anyone who thinks they may have them in their yard or planting bed is urged to call the state’s Division of Plant Industry helpline, 1-888-397-1517. The last reported outbreak and eradication of the Giant African land snail in Florida occurred in 1966 when a boy smuggled three Giant African land snails into Miami as pets. The boy’s grandmother released the snails into her garden. Seven years later, more than 18,000 snails were found. It cost more than $1 million and took 10 years to successfully eradicate this pest from Florida. This is the only known successful Giant African land snail eradication program. It’s not known how the latest outbreak started, but it’s illegal to bring the snails into the U.S. without a permit. The state is collecting snails when they are found, and is working through a program to use a bait called “Sluggo” to kill the snails. The bait is said to be harmless to people and pets, but its lights out for slugs.


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Having a big dinner party and don’t know which wine to serve.  Looking for a particular brand of Tequila, Vodka or Single Malt Scotch.  Well don’t expect a lot of success if you go to your local grocery or a big box store.  What you need is a top-notch shop which sells wine & spirits and a staff that knows about the products they sell.  Not sure where to go?  Check out our top picks.


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Demis Liquors

(305) 412-0828 Located in a strip mall in Kendall, Demis may be small but it’s fully stocked with thousands of bottles of your favorite liquor.  Vodka alone takes up the entire wall of the first aisle.  Prices are on the average to good side.  A big plus is that they’re open late, which is convenient if you live in the area and have to make a last-minute run if you’re having a party.

Sunset Corners Wines & Liquors

(305) 271-8492 
At Sunset Corners you’ll find wine from around the world, a large variety of beers, champagnes and various liquors.  One of the best things about this shop is that the staff knows what they’re talking about.  Having trouble selecting the right wine to serve with a special dinner? No sweat, they can tell you which wines will compliment the dish and why.  Every Saturday there’s a wine, cheese, and spirits tasting from noon to 4 p.m.

Total Wine & More

(305) 354-3270 www.wineaccess.com Now this is what you’ve always wanted in a wine and liquor store.  It’s huge (but not like big box store huge), it has comprehensive selections of wine and liquor and a knowledgable staff including trained wine professionals who work at the customer service desk.  If wine or liquor isn’t your thing, they also have a thousand different beers. Navigating the store is easy thanks to the wide aisles. They have a tasting area and their prices are some of the best in town.  Plus on their website they have a section where it will help you pair wine with whatever food you’re serving.

Cork & Bottle (305) 271-1119
 www.thecorkandbottle.com Sold to new owners in 2010, Cork & Bottle remains top-notch for its selection of wines, whiskey, scotch and more.  From the outside it looks like a small little shop, but the inside is relatively large.  Cork & Bottle stocks wines from smaller vineyards that you would probably never find at larger chain or big box stores. The staff is very knowledgable and is more than happy to give you several selections based on what you are looking for.

Old Vines Wine & Spirits (305) 858-0717
 www.oldvineswine.com This small shop has an impressive inventory; over a thousand wine labels and a full liquor store selection, along with the very best inventory of rare Vodka, Scotch, Whiskey and Tequila. Their prices are very good and get this – for a flat fee – they deliver to Downtown Miami, Brickell, Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, and Miami Beach south of 63rd Street Bridge.  If wine is your thing, you can also arrange for a private wine tasting in their Fine Wine Room of stop by for one of their monthly free wine tastings.


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MIAMI (CBSMiami.com)

Reporting Al Sunshine

October 1st isn’t the official start of fall, but it does mark the beginning of the economic fourth quarter. And in 2012, there are some encouraging signs the U.S. recovery continues to see limited gains, but there are also lingering signs some old problems are not going away soon enough.

Coral Gables Financial Planner Matt McGrath, of Evensky & Katz, expressed skepticism on the fourth quarter saying, “The 4th quarter is likely to get choppy as we get new information.” Consumer confidence is improving and fall shoppers are spending again, according to the latest retail sales figures and consumer surveys. But full-time, good paying jobs are still hard to find; and that’s holding back improved consumer spending. The stalled labor market is expected to be a problem when the latest corporate profit reports come out. In South Florida, it’s just weeks away from the start of holiday hiring season and it could be better than last year. The local real estate recovery looks like it’s picking up new strength monthly; and that’s fueling demand for new construction projects. The critical winter tourism season could see gains over last year, along with South Florida’s importexport businesses. Still, some local money managers worry more about Washington politics clouding the fourth qauarter, than the steady gains on Wall Street. Add in the latest surveys about the impact of Congress’ inability to decide on whether to extend socalled Bush-Era Tax Cuts for the middle class, which can add more than $3000 to family’s tax bills next year, and you know why some money managers are worried about the fourth quarter being dominated more by Washington, than Wall Street. As for Miami’s critical winter tourism season, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau expects 75.4 percent occupancy, with a room rate of $165.51. Those numbers are an increase over 2011’s record tourism numbers. In a GMCVB survey of member hotels, 82% indicated the overall business outlook for the fourth quarter as excellent or good. The GMCVB is also waiting on the cruise passenger fourth quarter outlook, but said Port Miami will welcome five new ships to the port in six weeks starting with the Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Carnival Breeze, and Oceania Riviera in November and Celebrity Reflection, Disney Wonder in December.


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It may be a bit difficult to find specialty baby boutiques in Miami, but they do exist. These shops for the little ones each have their own signature style and are pleasantly unique from one another. The outfits and accessories range from finely-handcrafted pieces to bright play clothes to designer consignment. From Miami Beach to Coral Gables, it has never been easier to buy for your baby.


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Bognar & Piccolini www.bognarandpiccolini.com Bognar & Piccolini, located in the Village of Merrick Park, is a luxe shopping destination for beautiful, original designs for newborns and children up to 6 years (some special occasion pieces have sizes up to 12 years). This shop only carries merchandise from its namesake label, Bognar & Piccolini, a line that is both designed and manufactured in Miami. These pieces are clearly made with a lot of love – they all feature fine detailing and beautiful top quality construction. The hand-crocheted pieces are very standout in some of the finest silks and cashmeres around, and hypoallergenic fabrics are quite popular, keeping babies comfortable and safe.

Genius Jones (305) 571-2000 / www.geniusjones.com Genius Jones is the go-to place in South Beach to keep the little ones as stylish as their parents. Clothing and accessories abound in the shop from some of the best designers for babies – Kit + Lilli, Oeuf Be Good and more. Moms-to-be will also love their convenient gift registry and ideal location right off of the Lincoln Road Mall. Along with head-to-toe outfits, Genius Jones also carries a strong offering of furniture, strollers, toys and other related items. For parents off of the beach, a future Design District location is planned for the not too distant future.

Boy Meets Girl www.bmgkids.com Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile is full of great shopping, and Boy Meets Girl is no exception. This is the shop for parents looking for popular brand names for their babies at unexpectedly affordable prices – Kissy Kissy, Tea, Splendid, Little Ella (by Ella Moss), and others. In fact, celebrities are typically photographed out and about with their babies dressed in these names and many are actual customers of Boy Meets Girl. Along with everyday apparel, expect beautiful special occasion pieces, an extensive in-store shoe shop, top quality blankets, bibs, toys and other baby essentials.

Baby Posh Garage (305) 932-9655 / www.babyposhgarage.com

The Nest & Cradle

Baby Posh Garage is Aventura’s answer to high end and designer clothing for affordable prices. This boutique is a luxury consignment store where parents can go to get amazing clothing for their babies. South Florida Parenting Magazine has voted this shop as the Best Baby Bargain Store from 2009-2011, and it’s no wonder why. The well-rounded apparel and accessory product offerings are updated regularly, ensuring that no two visits to Baby Posh Garage are ever the same. Parents that prefer assistance while shopping will also enjoy the great service and clientfocus at this store.

(305) 722-2022 / www.thenestandcradle.com The Nest & Cradle is a sunny shop filled with the sweetest designs for babies in light, bright, happy hues tucked away on shelves, in closets and in cubbyholes. They carry their own private label brand of the same name and the store’s offerings are very well thought out. Picture adorable, modern onesies, matching sets and playful rompers with a savvy fashion sense that many baby brands forget to consider. The designs are gorgeous, but never gaudy, and feature subtle, wonderful details that leaves shoppers wondering why no one else is doing the same.


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The Bookstore in the Grove Coconut Grove, FL www.thebookstoreinthegrove.com A former Borders, The Bookstore in the Grove qualifies not only as the best indie bookshop in Miami, but also as the bravest. After all, it’s taken over the site of the enemy. For all that, though, it’s thrived, running 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily (from 8 a.m. on the weekends) in the Shoppes at Mayfair since 2007. The store is greatly personalized by owners Felice Dubin and Sandy Francis, who give personal recommendations based on their preferences. Other features include a book club that provides special discounts, a unique computer repair center on the premises, and custom order options. This indie bookshop is even dedicated to organic ingredients in the wraps, empanadas and shade-grown, organic coffee that they serve. Where else can you get all these services and be picky, too?

Spellbound Books & Gifts Homestead, FL - spellboundbooks.blogspot.com To be one of the best indie bookshops, you don’t have to be new all the time. Located south of Miami in Homestead, Spellbound Books & Gifts does stock new books, but owner Dennise Sleeper also features gently used ones. Open since December 2006, Spellbound operates much like a community library, with children’s story hour, art and culture events, and tutoring taking place on the premises. Much of the activities dovetail with Sleeper’s stated intentions to improve the quality of the local education and assist the elementary and secondary children in getting to the next levels of their education. Though it closes on the early side (open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) Spellbound also keeps writers’ groups in its sights. We can’t help but applaud all of that.

Books & Books

Coral Gables, FL - Miami Beach, FL Bal Harbour, FL. - Miami International Airport www.booksandbooks.com Opened in 1982 as a single unit by Mitchell Kaplan, a high school English teacher who found himself more enslaved to literature than his students, Books & Books has grown to three local locations, plus one in the Miami International Airport (there’s also a spot in the Hamptons and a site in Grand Cayman Island). But Kaplan doesn’t rest on his paperback laurels. He also runs the Miami International Book Fair, where nearly 400 prominent authors gather to read every November, and nearly all of his bookstores have had full-scale cafes added on to them as well. No local author considers himself “made” until he’s read at Books & Books, and no lit-minded visitor considers a vacation complete until he’s browsed for autographed stock in at least one of the stores, which is easy to do considering the hours – the Coral Gables and Miami Beach locations, for instance, are open until midnight on the weekends. But do call first to inquire. Special events and readings are always going on.


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