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AUG. 21 - SEPT. 3, 2012

Westwood Lakes neighborhood gets official county recognition BY RICHARD YAGER

It’s time to pull the plug on the ‘Beacon’

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ore than 70 neighbors helped christen a newly named Westwood Lakes as a special part of Kendall on July 31, thanks to David Chambers and his mom, Juliet. All were on hand to join Miami-Dade Commissioner Javier Souto at the corner of SW 47th Terrace to unveil a handsome new sign that tells motorists entering east off SW 117th Avenue they’re entering an official Miami Dade County neighborhood. “I just thought our area should have an identity of its own,” explained David, an independent landscape contractor. “We have a great neighborhood of people and we want others to know it.”

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David Chambers, Juliet Chambers and friends join Commissioner Javier Souto to unveil the Westwood Lakes neighborhood sign.

More than 250 seniors attend senior center grand opening BY ARLEEN GOMEZ Miami-Dade County Commission chair Joe A. Martinez is joined by seniors as well as state and local officials for the ribbon cutting.

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iami-Dade County Commission chair Joe A. Martinez was joined by U.S. Rep. David Rivera; State Representatives Jeanette Nunez, Carlos LopezCantera and Ron Saunders; Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and more than 250 enthusiastic seniors to celebrate the recent grand opening of the Dr. Olga Maria Martinez Senior Center. The new center, located north of Kendall Drive on SW 150th Avenue, was a joint collab-

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This has been a long time coming, but something happened that really brought it to a head. I was at the recent Palmetto Bay Business Association luncheon at which Frank Nero, president and CEO of The Beacon Council, was giving his usual glowing report about his organization’s successes in bringing companies and jobs to the area. I stood up and challenged him. I asked him what has he done for cities like Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, Pinecrest and others. I said he had done nothing. He didn’t like being challenged and got mad — really mad. We had an open dialogue and it got a little out of hand. Actually, I was talking about South Dade, but the truth is, what have they done for Miami-Dade County as a whole? In their own words, this is what the Beacon Council is supposed to be doing: “As Miami-Dade County’s official

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The Miamian was one of 22 Americans sponsored by Coca-Cola to go to London to take part in the Olympic Torch Relay. Her older sister nominated her for a project she started four years ago, Just Shoe It, which was inspired by her love of running and desire to help those less fortunate. As a cross-country and track runner, Roberts went through a lot of shoes, and instead of throwing them away, she started donating them. What started as a shoes collection has expanded into a project that has collected over 9,000 pairs of shoes for people in need around the world.

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Aug. 21 - Sept. 3, 2012

Kendall girls win gold, silver at beach volleyball tourney

Pictured (l-r) are Juliett Hamilton and Michelle Cuervo, Gold Medal winners in the 14U Open Division of the “Dig the Beach” beach volleyball tournament, July 31, at Fort Lauderdale Beach. The girls are Kendall residents.

Pictured (l-r) are Nikki Garcia and Melanie Cuervo, Silver Medal winners in the 14U Club Division of the “Dig the Beach” beach volleyball tournament, July 31, at Fort Lauderdale Beach. The girls are Kendall residents.


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Next for Voters: Balloting for Bonds? Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN With GOP and Democratic conventions at hand, most voter attention will focus on national races in the immediate weeks ahead. However, financial concerns to replace deteriorating schools and water and sewer lines are perhaps the biggest decisions county taxpayers may face in November. Miami-Dade’s School Board last Wednesday put a $1.2 billion bond issue on the Nov. 6 ballot to upgrade schools and technology. Board member Carlos Curbelo, who represents a major Kendall constituency, reversed his earlier opposition to the measure, giving his support as a member of the Board but added he hasn’t yet made up his mind how he will vote as a resident. That uncertainty may give many voters pause this fall. Although passage is predicted to cause an average $10 increase in tax bills, county voters almost always support educational causes in Miami-Dade. However,

Commissioners are currently trying to figure out how to deal with a deteriorating 50year-old water and sewer network that covers 7,700 miles and an additional 6,000 of wastewater mains and pipes. The systems that serve 422,000 water customers and 340,000 retail wastewater consumers need $1.1 billion in repairs, according to a July report covering its “most deteriorated and vulnerable” elements. Repairs as required by an Environmental Protection Agency consent order will likely be funded with a combination of revenue bonds, grants and loans. A bonding program to finance part of that system may wind up on the November ballot. At a time when homeowner insurance costs soar and housing economics depress property values, asking voters to increase their tax bills is going to be one of the most difficult sells imaginable. Caring for the future of Miami-Dade is equally at stake with the tiring political rhetoric of ObamaCare vs. RomneyCare. Certainly, that’s more vital than recent squabbling over boletero s or costly recounts of absentee ballots, blown-up in the daily media by individuals primarily to save a candidacy. Of five contested seats for two Kendall Community Councils in the Aug. 14 pri-

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mary, four incumbents were ousted. Only Angie Vazquez by a 53-46 percentage of total votes cast retained her East Kendall Council 12 seat while ex-chair Jose Garciga and Anthony Petisco lost theirs. In West Kendall’s Council 11, longtime member Jeff Wander and appointee Ileana Petisco also lost their posts. Calmness Returns! So say emails by Travel People’s Doug Kostowski from his second-floor office “perch” overlooking the ShulaKillian Drive reconstruction that produced more than a normal share of fender-benders since the MDX project began Aug. 1, 2011. “Traffic moves smoothly even though there are many weaving lane changes. The landscaping is lovely, despite the cost reports.” A non-working left turn arrow for accessing 874 South also makes it appear the “Wrong Way” sign is pointed at you, he further advises, but adds: “Thanks for the anticipated corrections.” Unsolicited comment from a driver new to the lushly-landscaped expressway medians: “I think it makes a great entry to the MDC College campus…it never looked so good when I commuted here, back in the 80’s.” Congrats to Emily Freeman, 15, first place winner of a 4H Club competition in Gainesville for a speech on the “Negative Effects of the FCAT,” a hot topic among

Florida education circles – and making Debbie Freeman a proud mom, once again. In March, Emily, who a top student in a home schooling course, is President of Miami-Dade’s 4H Youth Council with over 10,000 members. Hoover Elementary School kids in The Hammocks may recall Emily’s teaching of the finer points of wind power in an environmental “hands on” learning session, one of many she conducts for Miami-Dade elementary school small fry. Glen Cove folks in Kendall watching construction and installation of French drains and miscellaneous roadway restorations along busy SW 117 Avenue in the area of SW 100 Terrace, including new sidewalks in some swale areas. Work is due to be completed by December 31. A similar project along SW 76 Avenue from SW 12 to SW 1 0 Street, due to be finished by Sept. 30. Thought of the Day: Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. — Steve Jobs

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BEACON, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– economic development partnership, The Beacon Council is charged with bringing new, job-generating investments to the community, while assisting existing businesses in their efforts to expand. By doing this, the Beacon Council facilitates the creation of quality jobs for each and every resident of Miami-Dade County.” Oh, really? I told him he mainly was helping the downtown districts, but my question now is, why do we even need the Beacon Council at all? Dade County has its Economic Development Department, we have all of these things, so why do we have a separate semi-private, publicly funded organization to do the same thing and at high prices? Here are some facts about the Beacon Council: • The Beacon Council received 50 percent of the occupational license surtax, through state statute. • The Beacon Council has seen a steady decline in the revenue collected, which this year is an estimated $3.75 million. In 2007, during our better years, it was $4.24 million. The decline is due in large part to the downturn in the economy, failing businesses, and the inability to attract and retain businesses. • The Beacon Council is led by a board of directors which selects a president/CEO. They also determine a compensation package for the president, and through a membership committee (controlled by the president) select members to sit on the Beacon Council. • Frank Nero’s compensation package, the salaries of all 29 of his staff, and the budget of the Beacon Council are not public and have never been released. Never! Not even to the Miami-Dade County Commission. That has been criticized widely because the Beacon Council receives public funding. It is estimated that Frank makes upwards of $400,000 and that does not include benefits, which settles his overall compensation at around $500,000. • The Beacon Council takes several international trips every year, including Italy and Spain. Why? The rumors are that they are visiting family members who live there. • The Beacon Council has begun to push their “One Community One Goal” initiative, which has a $15 million marketing plan attached. They will have to start fundraising soon and I hear they

have started making the rounds. These dollars could potentially be used to supplement the organization’s dwindling public dollars. Miami-Dade County boasts many economic development organizations which work to advance the business community and attract businesses to the county. They all host trade missions around the world, seminars locally, and they help with developing incentive packages which then, most always, end up being funneled through the Beacon Council because they are designated through state law as the conduit and they receive the business tax fees. Some of these groups are: The World Trade Center Miami, Enterprise Florida, Office of Economic Development and International Trade (Miami-Dade County Office, taxpayer funded). The Economic Development and International Trade (EDIT) unit of the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources is an award-winning unit of Miami-Dade County government that recommends to the mayor and county commission, the county’s economic development and international trade policies. Through its work program, EDIT “coordinates the efforts of the principal economic development agencies in Miami-Dade County with the county’s agenda to ensure a comprehensive and unified approach to economic development initiatives and programs.” EDIT promotes Miami-Dade County as a Global Gateway both locally and abroad by developing and expanding trade opportunities with countries throughout the world. We have our own economic development department. Aren’t they capable of doing it themselves? Of course they are! It’s time for the county to stop shoveling so much money into the Beacon Council. It’s time to get rid of it. It’s a waste of taxpayer’s money. Times are tough. If we have to trim the fat and police officers are going to have to take pay cuts, then it’s time to abolish the Beacon Council. It’s a top-heavy group of overpaid professional freeloaders living it up on the public’s money. If they want to use private funding, great, but they should not use Dade County funds anymore. It’s time to pull the plug on the “Beacon.”

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WESTWOOD LAKES, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– His mother, Juliet Chambers, hosted a post-unveiling party that treated guests with champagne and Big Cheese samples at the Chambers’ home on SW 52nd Drive. From start to finish, it took three years to accomplish the job “but it was well worthwhile,” agreed both Chambers who credited Commissioner Souto with providing the financial “push” to complete the project. The new sign, which cost approximately $15,000, was the work of artist Dave Martin who blended a sun over water with palm trees to create the neighborhood logo. Bounded by Bird Road (north) and Miller Drive (south) from SW 117th Avenue east to SW 102nd Avenue, Westwood Lakes covers an area of just under two square miles with 3,524 homes housing 11,838 residents, according to the 2010 census tract. The area is served by three elementary schools — Cypress, Royal Palm and Tropical — and Riviera Middle School, as well as the St. Timothy Parish School. David’s inspiration came from his service on the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, a 17-member group that advises the Metropolitan Planning Organization on bicycle and pedestrianrelated issues. His mother serves on a

David Chambers and mom, Juliet, shepherded sign project. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– community beautification committee. “Give David the real credit,” Juliet added. “He kept plugging away to get the job done.”

SENIOR CENTER, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– oration between Martinez and the Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers of Dade County Inc. (LHANC) and consists of an adult day care center for elderly individuals with Alzheimer’s-related dementia, stroke, and other handicapping illnesses. Also available are center-based hot lunch meals, education, recreation, transportation, preventive health education classes, health screenings, exercise, and other activities for seniors living in the area. “Our seniors will now have a state of the art facility to assist them with health issues, while providing them a place to interact with others and enjoy their golden years,” Martinez said. “I thank the Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers for their tenacity in making this center a reality and for honoring my mother’s hard work to help the elderly in this community by dedicating the center in her memory.” Martinez and LHANC secured various sources of funding to make the senior center a reality. He assisted LHANC in acquir-

ing the land to build the center, as well as $1.5 million in funding from a Community Development Block Grant and General Obligation Bonds. In addition, LHANC was awarded $2 million in grant money in 2008 from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs Senior Capital Outlay Program. The Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers of Miami Dade Inc. operates 15 centers in Miami, now including the Dr. Olga Maria Martinez Senior Center. LHANC is a not-for-profit organization established in 1972 to identify the needs of the elderly and procure the funding necessary to provide quality services. This new center is an example of how public monies are invested back into the community. Participants must register to receive services. For more information, contact the office of Commission Martinez at 305-375-5511 or Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers of Dade County at 305-385-9202.

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Big rules violator named to head state ALF taskforce R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Talk about the “fox guarding the hen house.” Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed Larry Sherberg to chair the governor’s panel looking to improve living conditions in the state’s Adult Living Facilities (ALFs). Who is Larry Sherberg? He is one of the biggest violators of current ALF regulations. Just one week before Sherberg appeared on a panel in Miami to discuss how to change the laws regulating ALF homes, his own company was fined $1,000 for failing to properly care for a resident at his Lincoln Manor home in Hollywood. A woman living in his Hollywood facility was rushed to the emergency room clad in a filthy hospital gown, covered with head lice, scabies on her face and feces caked under her fingernails.

VIEWPOINT And, this was not the first violation. In the past three years the Agency for Health Care Administration found he had violated almost one dozen provisions of the very law he was appointed by Gov. Scott to toughen up. Sherberg’s other title? He is the chairman of the Florida Assisted Living Association’s Legislative Committee. Elder advocates have been lobbying the legislature to tighten up the rules governing ALF homes for a long time. However it would appear that the ALF owner’s association, the Florida Assisted Living Association, has more influence than the elder advocates as the last session of the legislature quickly defeated any attempt to correct the problem. The owners of the homes won. The senior citizens living in the facilities lost.

The questions in Tallahassee must be: (1) Do seniors in ALFs vote? (2) How many dollars do ALF owners make in political contributions? Sherberg, Gov. Scott’s appointee, is so brazen that he called for the elimination of dollar fines and any money so collected instead be given to the violators to rehab their facility. Bentley Lipscomb, former secretary of the Department of Elder Affairs blasted the idea of dropping dollar penalties saying that they were a crucial deterrent. “When are people going to wake up and realize that people are dying in these places? What’s it going to take?” Remember the Miami Herald’s series of articles “Neglected to Death?” The series discussed the dozens of seniors dying from abuse and neglect in ALFs around the state. After that series of arti-

cles any normal, decent, caring legislative body would have charged forward and set up a committee to investigate the allegations. Seeing firsthand the violations the legislature would have passed laws with teeth to end the abuses. But not in Tallahassee with this legislature — the dollar contributions to campaign war chests must be far more important. After all, what are a few old, sick people in a retirement home? They’ll probably die before they have a chance to vote anyway. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-662-6980 or email to <letters@communitynewspapers.com>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.


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Know where to look for back-to-school bargains

Al Sunshine CBS MONEY WATCH Looking for back-to-school bargains around South Florida? So are a lot of other folks. According to a forecast by the Retail Federation of America, consumer spending will be 20 percent better this year than last. Consumers are expected to spend about $83.8 billion for supplies as their children to head back to school. Families throughout South Florida have made back-to-school shopping a high priority so that their children start off the school year right. On average, they will be spending about $688 during the back-toschool period. Carol Bernstein, owner of “Get Smart” store in Pinecrest, has noticed an improvement in business this year. She has seen an upward trend in sales at her store compared to prior years. Bernstein believes parents will continue to shop for their children, and won’t cut their shopping budgets any time soon. Dealsnews.com said the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Aeropostale have been offering some really great coupons for back- to-school clothes shopping. If you’re looking for supplies like pencils and paper, Staples offers many items free after a rebate, as well as helpful discounts on less-expensive backpack options. If you’re an online discount shopper, extra shipping charges may add up quickly. However, more and more stores are matching online prices at your request

with a print out of your desired price point. Here’s a list of other deals and tips I’ve compiled to keep your costs down on many back-to-school essentials: Accumulate extra rewards and save time by shopping online. It’s always a good idea to shop through an exclusive online portal, often allowing you to earn 5-20 percent cash back on your purchases. Discover has created ShopDiscover, which offers extra cash back rewards at over 200 different online retailers. Top retailers such as Target.com, The Container Store and Shoes.com will take part in the ShopDiscover site through Sept. 5, giving shoppers a chance to accumulate awards and save time. Visit ShopDiscover.com for a complete list of merchants. American Eagle has put all jeans on sale, and customers can get 50 percent off any top with an AE jeans purchase by using promo code 17144921 online. ShopDiscover cardmembers will get an additional 5 percent Cashback Bonus. Guess is featuring 20 percent off with the promo code GTEENV both online and in-store as well. ShopDiscover cardmembers will get an additional 10 percent Cashback Bonus. Kohl’s is featuring 20 percent off any in-store or online purchase. ShopDiscover cardmembers will get an additional 10 percent Cashback Bonus For more back-to-school Saturday deals, check out: • http://www.teenvogue.com/style/backto-school-saturday/deals#slide=1 • http://miami.cbslocal.com/2012/08/02 /finding-back-to-school-bargains • http://dealnews.com • http://blog.nrf.com/2012/07/26/btstrends-2012


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SooWoo Japanese Steakhouse opens bistro near Zoo Miami

Pictured (l-r) are Adrian Arguelles, general manager of SooWoo Bistro; Bok An, owner of SooWoo Bistro; Jose Pena, chair of Greater Kendall Business Association; Michael Webley, board member of Greater Kendall Business Association; Ron Magill, communications director of Zoo Miami; Ivette Barroso, manager of SooWoo Bistro; Julian Caceres; Ory Dawes, president of Country Walk Homeowners Association; Denise Alvarez, property manager of Country Walk Homeowners Association; Isabel Medina, Miami Dade College; John Lopategui, Miami Dade College, and Michael J. Welch Jr., chair-elect of Greater Kendall Business Association. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Zoo Miami has a new neighbor for those who enjoy Asian Cuisine with the opening of SooWoo Bistro at Country Walk Shopping Center, located at SW 152nd Street and 137th Avenue. The bistro offers clients the best of Soo Woo Restaurant and Lounge, a larger and very popular restaurant located in Doral. Helping SooWoo Bistro owner Bok An, general manager Andrian Arguelles and manager Ivette Barroso celebrate with the official ribbon cutting were several community leaders including Zoo Miami’s most

popular spokesperson, Ron Magill. Joining Magill for the ribbon cutting and tastings from the menu, were such notables as the Greater Kendall Business Association chair Jose Pena; Michael Webley, a board member of Greater Kendall Business Association; Julian Caceres; Ory Dawes, president of Country Walk Homeowners Association; Denise Alvarez, property manager of Country Walk Homeowners Association; John Lopategui and Isabel Medina, of Miami Dade College, and Michael J. Welch Jr., chair-elect of Greater Kendall Business Association.

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Positive Parenting Program helps parents with children’s behavior BY RICHARD YAGER

The first of two free programs to assist better parenting skills begins Aug. 29 in Kendall, supported by the Children’s Trust funding through sponsorship of the Arc of South Florida, one of the largest volunteer organizations in the U.S. The Positive Parenting Program also known as “Triple P” will be offered in group formats in four separate eight-week sessions in south Miami-Dade during the next 10 months: two in Kendall, starting in August and in February 2013, and two in Florida City, beginning in November and in May 2013. “The focus is on specific strategies that parents can use to help improve their children’s behavior, both promoting desirable attitudes and managing misbehavior,” said Laura Secord, Kendall program director for 15 years. The Kendall series will be conducted in Building 7 of the county’s Dewey Knight Campus, 11025 SW 84 St. The Florida City program is scheduled at 40 NW Fifth Ave., adjacent to City Hall. A typical “Triple P” eight-week program includes five group sessions and three individual or family telephone sessions. Parent groups meet once a week from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for two and a half hours on Wednesday nights. “Triple P is one of the world’s most

effective parenting programs, providing skills to build healthy family relationships,” Secord said. Based on more than 90 trials and studies worldwide, the program was developed by Matthew R Sanders, a professor of Clinical Psychology and director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at The University of Queensland, Australia. Triple P, the unique system of parenting intervention, is used extensively around the world in diverse cultural contexts, Secord noted. The program is specifically designed for parents with children ages 2-12 who wish to improve family harmony as well as those experiencing significant difficulties with children’s behavior, she explained. “Many extras are included to help busy families attend,” she said. “Child care is available and family participants may choose either English- or Spanish-speaking groups. There are no costs for this wonderful opportunity.” Before regular sessions begin, an initial group meeting will acquaint parents with program topics as well as expectations, she added. Participants must register in advance due to limited space. Interested English-speaking parents should contact Secord at 1-954-242-1503 or at <LSecord@aol.com>. For details in Spanish, contact Lizzbeth Ixchu, group leader, at 786-271-5240 or <lizixchu@hotmail.com>.

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Pets Trust rallies support for ‘yes’ votes on Nov. 6

Pets Trust campaign leaders pictured at Aug. 9 kickoff are (l-r) Rita Schwartz, Jamie Buehrle, Brooke Buck and Michael Rosenberg. (Photo by Liam Crotty). –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY RICHARD YAGER

A campaign by the Pets Trust Initiative group to reduce killing animals in MiamiDade County kicked off its campaign at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables on Aug. 9. The initiative is to gain support from voters in a non-binding referendum on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. The plan would create two “Super Clinics” in north and south Miami-Dade County, offering free or affordable spaying and/neutering services, as well as low cost veterinary care for qualified pet owners. Registered voters will have the opportunity to approve building facilities to help end euthanizing an estimated 20,000 animals annually at the county’s Animal Services Shelter, according to Michael Rosenberg, Pets’ Trust president, who also heads the Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations. “Taxpayers are currently paying about $300 per year for every animal that comes through the county shelter,” explained Rosenberg, who initiated the idea along with animal advocates Rita Schwartz and Lindsay Gordon. “We could spay or neuter for an average $65 per year at these clinics.” Approved unanimously as a non-binding referendum by Miami-Dade County Commissioners on July 17, a “yes” vote would allow a general millage hike of around 0.10 mills (10 cents per $1,000) effective in fiscal 2013 to build facilities and initiate special programs. The clinics would spay or neuter up to

50,000 animals yearly and offer low-cost veterinary services as well as provide alternatives to encourage pet retention. Ancillary programs would initiate reduction of feral and free-roaming cats, and subsidize what Rosenberg terms a “severely under-funded” South Florida SPCA that assists large animals that are abandoned or mistreated. The plan would include educational programs to encourage adoptions and responsible pet ownership. “There are obviously too many loose animals throughout the county, which is why we have been killing so many for decades,” Rosenberg explained to a gathering designed to generate pro-Pets Trust promotional support. The Pets Trust plan has been modeled after the existing Children’s Trust that supports a variety of programs aiding children, largely through support of non-profit social agencies. Building tax-supported clinics would expand neutering and spaying services at the existing county currently limited to 15,000 per year, Rosenberg said. Development of clinics to reduce killing animals was advanced after a June trip by a Pets Trust group to Jacksonville where a similar program aids pet owners and is aimed at reducing the population of strays in Duval County. “For an average cost of 5 cents a day, we can help fix this problem,” Rosenberg concluded. “I believe our community will lend a hand to animals that have no voice but ours.”

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Fire rescue departments, hospitals join to create new stroke network BY LEE STEPHENS

The Fire Officers Association of MiamiDade (FOAM-D) conducted a press conference on July 26 to announce the collaborative success of an unprecedented FOAM-D Stroke Consortium at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Aiming to deliver the highest quality acute stroke care available and improve recovery outcomes, Coral Gables, Hialeah, Homestead, Key Biscayne, Miami, Miami Beach and Miami-Dade fire rescue departments have joined forces with area hospitals to deploy one of the largest networks for the treatment and transport of stroke victims in the country. According to the Center for Disease Control someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds of the day. This translates into more than 780,000 strokes annually in the United States alone, with someone dying every 3.3 minutes; costing more than $53.9 billion each year for the treatment of stroke victims. It is the fourth leading cause of death and the primary cause of adult disability in the United States. The vision to create a stroke network began in 1999, when only about half of the hospitals in South Florida were performing CT scans on a 24/7 basis. The scans are nec-

Representatives of the Fire Officers Association of Miami-Dade announce the FOAM-D Stroke Consortium at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

essary to administer the clot-dissolving drug TPA (tissue plasminogen activator). To expedite treatment, South Florida’s firefighters, doctors and local hospitals have collaborated to create one of the largest stroke consortiums in the nation called FOAM-D Stroke Consortium. “Under the Stroke Network, hospitals are designated as either a Primary or Comprehensive stroke center. Primary facilities are able to provide care to stroke victims who are within the 3.5-hour window that allows for the use of the clot-busting drug TPA. The most serious cases and those past the critical 3.5-hour window will be

transported to a comprehensive facility staffed by an interventional neuroradiologist,” said Dr. Jeffrey Horstmyer, FOAM-D neurologist and chair of the Department of Neurology of FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Dr. Horstmyer created a two-page checklist with Dr. Alejandro Forteza and Captain John Curry from Coral Gables Fire Department named “The Stroke Alert” to help emergency crews determine if a patient is having a stroke, how serious the stroke is, and which hospital can offer the best treatment. “We are the ones responsible for making sure we make the appropriate assessment on

the scene and get the patient transported to the hospital, and most importantly for a stroke, take patients to the appropriate hospital,” said Chief Javier Otero of the Miami Beach Fire Department. “What this expedition of care does is reduce and hopefully eventually eliminate deaths, but mostly the loss in quality of life after a stroke.” Dr. Forteza said Phase 2 will include educating the public about the symptoms of a stroke. “One program will be teaching school children about the symptoms of strokes and having them teach their parents as homework,” Forteza said.


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Mom builds new business by selling healthy snacks BY LEE STEPHENS

When Jennifer Bochnik moved from Hong Kong to Palmetto Bay in the summer of 2009 with her husband and three teenagers, she seriously considered getting back into a full-time job. “But I learned very quickly how demanding it is in South Florida to get three teenagers where they needed to be every day, so that’s when I began looking into starting my own business,” Bochnok said. After looking at various franchises and other businesses, she found an opportunity that was just right, and today Jenn’s Healthy Vending is up and running. Jenn’s Healthy Vending uses brand new, state of the art vending machines produced by Naturals2Go that can offer a wide variety of products including trail mix, fruits and nuts, protein bars, fruit juices, energy drinks and teas. Jennifer Bochnik is pictured with one of her vending machines. She currently has machines placed in a Coconut Grove hotel and a bank in Coral Gables and is products and work with the company to create a meeting with prospective customers. “The people I have met with have been very menu together. “So far, my clients have selected a good mix receptive to the concept of offering healthier options to their staff and customers, although I of the usual products you find in typical vending have to admit the demand for chocolate remains machines along with some healthier alternatives. For example, I recommend offering baked chips steady,” Bochnik said. She targets businesses that have staff of 50 or and trail mix instead of or in addition to your more or that will place a machine where cus- usual fried snacks and I recommend teas and tomers have access — and with summer wind- vitamin water in addition to soft drinks — and ing down, she is also calling on schools as the the reception has been very positive.” The machines also come with an option for a school year gets underway. “I know from experience that the products side tray that provides another 14 selections and offered in my children’s schools are not the these are typically light meals. “Where clients have a break room with a types of products that most parents would like to see their children eating on a regular basis. I’m microwave, I can offer noodles, soups, oatmeal, hoping to offer some healthy options as an alter- and other light meals that staff can enjoy when they can’t get out of the office.” native.” The machines take cash, credit and debit Bochnik’s passion to offer healthy alternacards and typically can be delivered and up and tives comes not only from being a mother of three. She is a former yoga instructor who still running in just a few days. There is no cost to regularly practices yoga and tries to maintain a clients and Jenn’s Healthy Vending fills and services the machines. healthy lifestyle. Asked whether she has employees, Jennifer “Returning to America after 10 years in Asia, it was quite a shock to see just how much fast replied, “Only if my husband and children food and prepared foods are available. It’s easy count! My husband helps with the books and my to see how someone can get in the habit of mak- kids help me install and fill the machines, but I ing poor choices when so much is available. I’m do all the client calling and product purchasing myself — which I really enjoy.” hoping to change some of that.” Anyone interested in obtaining a machine for The way securing a machine works is: Once a their school or office can contact Bochnik directcompany expresses interest in a machine, Jennifer will meet with them and bring sample ly at <JennsHealthyVending@gmail.com>.

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Miami Science Museum remembers Hurricane Andrew on anniversary BY DUREE ROSS

Twenty years after Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida on Aug. 24, 1992, Miami Science Museum is hosting a day of remembrance and activities through its event “Hurricane Andrew Remembrance Day.” Event sponsors are State Farm, Florida International University (FIU), and WLRN Public Radio and Television. “Hurricane Andrew Remembrance Day” will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and feature the following: Planetarium Show: “Remembering Andrew Under the Stars,” 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. There will be two showings of this presentation, which includes WLRN stories, at the museum’s planetarium. This special presentation of WLRN’s Remembering Andrew radio program will be presented in its entirety in the museum’s planetarium, with the stars “dialed” back to August 24, 1992. Hurricane Forecasting Then and Now Panel Discussion, noon-12:45 p.m. Frank Marks, director of the HRD, and Chris Landsea, science and operations officer with the National Hurricane Center, will make five-minute presentations and conduct a Q&A session. Hurricane Andrew Remembered: 1:30-2:15 p.m. The following acclaimed hurricane experts will share their Hurricane Andrew experiences: Max Mayfield, former hurricane specialist and director of the National Hurricane Center, now hurricane consultant on WPLG Channel 10–Miami; Stan Goldenberg, survivor and hurricane researcher at NOAA’s

Hurricane Research Division (HRD), and Bryan Norcross, former meteorologist with WFOR Channel 4–Miami and presently on The Weather Channel. The Aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, 3-3:45 p.m. Kate Hale, former director of MiamiDade Emergency Management, and Richard Ford, Salvation Army Disaster Relief Team, will share their postHurricane Andrew experiences. Theater Video Presentations: Andrew Specials, 11:20 a.m., 12:50 p.m., 2:20 p.m., and 3:50 p.m. These will include footage from WTVJ NBC 6, The Weather Channel, and others, covering Andrew before, during and after the storm struck. Tropical Weather Briefings at the Magic Planet, 11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., and 2:45 p.m. Visitors can hear about the current state of the tropics by a meteorologist. Kids’ Activity Stations: These will include a hurricane spin-up activity, create a hurricane competition, etc. Community Involvement Activities: Visitors can tell their Andrew stories, write their experiences on cards to be placed on a pin-up board; kids can draw their own Hurricane Andrew, etc. Cost is free with paid museum admission. Miami Science Museum is located at 3280 S. Miami Ave. The museum is open every day from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission is free for MiaSci members and children under 3; students (with valid ID), seniors (62+) and children 3-12 are $10.95; adults are $14.95. Parking is free. For more information on “Hurricane Andrew Remembrance Day,” visit online at <www.MiamiSci.org>.


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Baptist Children’s Hospital offers program on bullying in schools BY BARBARA MOORE

Is your child being bullied or is he/she picking on others at school? Would she step in to help a friend, or just stand by and watch? Learn more about bullying during a community program, “Banishing Bullies: A Program for Parents of School-Age Children,” sponsored by Baptist Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7-9 p.m., in the auditorium at Baptist Children’s Hospital, 8900 N. Kendall Dr. Trish Ramsey of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment will share strategies to help put an end to bully-

ing and other aggressive behaviors. She will discuss: • Different styles of bullying and teasing; • Teaching your child how to ask for help; • How your child can help a friend who is being bullied; • Boys and girls — how their bullying behaviors differ, and • Ways to prevent bullying. The program is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Call 786-5963812, or send email to <programs@baptisthealth.net>. (Note: The program is for parents of school-age children.)

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Make a profound effect on lives of 25 students in just 7 hours BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Here is your chance to make a profound effect on the lives of 25 students in just seven hours. Learning for Success Inc. is signing up new volunteers to join its Kids and the Power of Work (KAPOW) program. KAPOW exposes students to career opportunities and helps them connect what they are learning to their futures in the work place — and life. The website at <www.kapowlfs.org> will give you details about the program. To participate, volunteers are assigned to one class at a local elementary school,

visiting seven times during the school year for one hour to teach KAPOW’s fun and easy to use lessons. Before they begin the lessons a one-time training will show them how the lessons work, ensure that they will be successful, and have a great time doing it. KAPOW’s volunteers make a valuable contribution to the future of the community’s young people — and future employees. Can you do it? Let us know and we’ll get your started. Contact John Casbarro, Learning For Success Inc. KAPOW at 786-877-0334 or send email to <john.casbarro@gmail.com>.

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UM students volunteer with Mayan village in Guatemala BY ROBERT HAMILTON

For one week, 13 students from the University of Miami (UM) immersed themselves in a once-in-a-lifetime volunteer experience. Volunteering in San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala, with the San Lucas Mission, members of University of Miami International Outreach (UMIO) worked on various service projects benefiting the Guatemalan community. UMIO is a service group dedicated to serving the international community. It began as a Clinton Global Initiative University project in the spring of 2009 and currently is advised by UM’s William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development. UMIO’s goal is to serve communities abroad while participants gain an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures. “I think it is important to serve internationally,” said Arpita Kabaria, a senior at UM and chair of UMIO. “It gives you the opportunity to see how different societies function.” Since its establishment at UM in 2009, UMIO has traveled to San Lucas three times to volunteer at the San Lucas

Mission. The mission is an established parish, which coordinates several projects and facilitates volunteers from all over the world. It benefits the municipality’s 15,000 residents, in addition to the 22,000 people living in surrounding villages. Projects include the development of the Women’s Center and the Juan Ana Coffee Project. Other institutions such as Harvard University, Boston College and Loyola University-Chicago also have sent volunteers to this site. Byron Maldonado, a UM employee and UMIO’s advisor, traveled to Guatemala with the students. Maldonado is a native of San Lucas and previously worked as the volunteer coordinator for the mission for many years. Now, instead of hosting international groups at the mission, he takes groups from UM to his hometown. He currently works in Biomedical Communications at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “Students are able to connect with the local Mayan population and learn more about their history and everyday struggles,” Maldonado said. “The more we learn about the globalized poor…the less they are anonymous statistics.”

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Leading up to the trip, the students also were advised by Dr. Michelle Maldonado, a religious studies professor at UM, who has traveled with students to Guatemala many times in the past. Andrew Wiemer, director of the Butler Center, also worked with UMIO as the students prepared for the trip. “I am proud to see this trip come to fruition,” Wiemer said. “Their vision became a reality and their trip was a huge success.” Throughout the past academic year, UMIO participants raised money to fund their trip by selling coffee produced by the people of San Lucas, selling handmade items such as bracelets, and holding luncheons sponsored by Guatemalan restaurants in the Miami community. While in San Lucas, UMIO worked on many of the mission’s ongoing projects. The students aided in reforestation efforts

so the Mayan people of San Lucas could grow new and sustainable plants. UMIO also helped with San Lucas’ coffee project, which supports local coffee growers and their families. Students continued construction of a playground project at the Women’s Center as well. Each year, UMIO makes a cash donation to the San Lucas village. This year, UMIO donated $500 for supplies and labor costs for the construction of the new playground. They hope to fundraise more so they can make larger donations in future years. “My favorite part of the trip was interacting with the locals,” Kabaria said. “They were so welcoming, and it was because of their generosity that we were able to truly experience what the Mayan culture is like.” UMIO plans to return to San Lucas each summer.


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Baptist Health Summer Academy introduces students to healthcare

Pictured (l-r) Juan Ramirez; Joseph Arrunategui; Angela Campo; Rocio Olive; Anthony Noel; Raina Walker, and Nurse Clinician Lamberto Hernandez, RN. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY RAQUEL GARCIA

Vasisth Sewnarainsukul remembers being hospitalized at age 10 for a mysterious chronic stomach ailment ultimately diagnosed and treated. The experience sparked the curiosity of the 16-year-old Miami native to find out more about a possible future as a medical scientist. School for Advanced Studies senior Sewnarainsukul is one of 72 recent graduates of the Baptist Health South Florida Summer Health Career Academy. Eleventh and 12th grade area high school students, as well as some already in college, spend a week shadowing doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to get a first-hand look inside the world of modern healthcare. “When I was 10 years old I spent a while in the hospital,” Sewnarainsukul said. “I am 100 percent okay now, but ever since I was young I wanted to learn more about the medical field. The program helped me figure out the complexity of hospitals and how much is going on at one time.” The Health Care Academy was started in 2007 to foster student interest in healthcare careers and to motivate community youth to prepare for a professional future. Participants observe live surgeries, tour the Electronic Intensive Care Unit in Doral (where all critical care patients are monitored additionally), receive CPR training, learn wellness initiatives, and some even witness a live birth. Student Program manager Marsha Tejeda said the academy demonstrates Baptist Health’s commitment to the future work force. “We understand there are many choices for

careers and we hope to motivate students to do well in school and prepare for the future. It’s fun to watch the excitement of the kids.” Five separate one week programs are offered at Baptist Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Homestead Hospital. To date more than 360 students have graduated from the program now in its sixth year, and some chose healthcare professional futures as a direct result of their academy experience. Class of 2012 Health Academy student Sewnarainsukul was particularly impressed with the temperament of surgeons and staff during a complex robotically assisted surgery. ‘“They were not tense,” he said. “They knew what they had to do and did it well. The staff was super nice and the surgeons were making jokes and relaxed. It was amazing because the robotic arm made four tiny holes to check if the patient was okay instead of making a large incision.” Baptist Health’s Career Academy works with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, healthcare academy magnet programs, and area private schools to promote the annual summer program and the children of hospital staff are also encouraged to apply. “Our big initiative is to draw local kids from each service area,” Tejeda said. “These are high achieving students. They are serious students who come in ready to spend a week with us full time every day from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.; they love it.” To find out more about Baptist Health’s Summer Academy contact Marsha Tejeda at 786-527-9162 or email <marshat@baptisthealth.net>.


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Former business executive opens School of Basketball BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

When in high school, Peter Ramis was asked to volunteer to coach the elementary school basketball team. “I actually became a better player by coaching because I really had to learn the fundamentals to teach them to the kids,” Ramis said. When it came time to make career decisions, whether he wanted to coach or go into business, he went with business. “I became an executive vice president of Citibank,” Ramis said. “I was an area manager for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. I was a national sales manager for two major companies and the general for small oil company. Eventually I became a business consultant. I’ve worked with companies such as Johnson and Johnson.” One thing about working in the business community, the companies usually required executives to do community service. “While a lot would work Habitat for Coach Peter Ramis (far left) addresses the players and parents after winning first YMCA 10 and under title for Fall 2011. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Humanity, I’d coach,” Ramis said. “I’ve coached YMCA, elementary went forward, that team won third place.” school, junior high, junior varsity and varThe next team won a title. sity either as a head coach or assistant.” Today Ramis is a consultant working Some of the schools he volunteered for with www.YouVisit.com and he has the included Dade Christian, Palmer Trinity time and a schedule that allows him to and Somerset Academy. coach. So he opened the School of But because of the rigors of the job or Basketball. His teams play in the YMCA traveling, he could only coach a season for League play. This summer he has overhere and a season there. But it remained his seen four teams, one in each age division. passion. Parents like his coaching style. One of his jobs had kept him out of the Parent Raquel Smith-Bankston said country for an extended period. When he Ramis has had a positive effect on her came back, his son asked him to coach a sons. team at the YMCA. “There has been an amazing measurable “I took this team; they couldn’t dribble. growth with their understanding of the It was like the Bad News Bears,” Ramis game, skill sets to play the game, and their said. “The first game we lost 41-0. We development as overall players,” she said.

Ramis sees sports as an avenue that parents can use to improve communications with their children. “I try to incorporate parents into the practices. I’ve had dads tell me, ‘I’m so much closer to my son, just by being involved,’” Ramis said. “What I try to do is teach the parents about the sport. When I have a new lesson I’m trying to teach, I sit them close to the parents. The parents are learning about the sport the same way the kids are. It’s all about bringing families together.” Ramis also takes a long-term approach to bring the best out in his players. If he thinks they will play beyond the youth leagues, he works on developing skills that will help them in high school basketball or even college. “I honestly believe most coaches don’t know how to develop the talent,” he said. His reputation is growing, as several Miami area churches have asked him to begin basketball programs. For more information, go to <www.theschoolofbasketball.com> or call 1-877-614-6656.


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Brian Kamilar joins Gulliver Schools to spearhead new sailing program

Brian Kamilar ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– championships and two top five finishes at BY MELISSA LICHTENHELD fleet race nationals. At age 8, Kamilar began his sailing career Gulliver Preparatory School is expanding its water sports program to include sailing, in the Optimist class. For the next seven starting in August under the leadership of years he competed in well over 100 national and international regattas, winning his first sailing champion Brian Kamilar. “We are delighted to have Brian on board event at age 10. He was a three-time member as our sailing coach to launch a new sport of the U.S. National Team and a two-time that offers year-round opportunities for prac- member of both the U.S. North American tice and competition,” said Mark Team and U.S. South American Team. He won multiple national events, including the Schusterman, Gulliver athletic director. The high school sailing team will practice Southeast Dingy Optimist Championships, at Coral Reef Yacht Club at 2484 S. Florida State Optimist Championships, and Bayshore Dr. A bus will transport students to Biscayne Bay Optimist Championships. He the yacht club for after-school practice and also had two top five finishes in the Optimist back to campus. Any student, regardless of National Championships. In 2004, he won the Bemis Doubleskill, is invited to join the team. A sailing class will be offered to middle Handed National Championship and was one school students one day a week at the yacht club. of Gary Jobson/Sailing World magazine’s Kamilar, a Miami native, has more than 14 junior sailors of the year. In high school, years of racing experience and more than 10 Kamilar was captain and MVP of his team years of coaching experience. He is a gradu- for three years. In 2005, he tried his hand in ate of Boston College, where he was a three- the Snipe and won the 2005 Snipe Junior time All-American and two-time College National Championships Currently he is sailing Snipes, J24’s, and Sailor of the Year finalist. He helped lead the team to two consecutive team race national team racing in V15’s.


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County, Dream in Green help local businesses ‘go green’ BY MAGGIE FERNANDEZ Miami-Dade County, along with its partner Dream in Green, is celebrating the local green economy by hosting a series of workshops and events to encourage and support businesses wanting to “go green” through the county’s Green Business Certification (GBC) program. This free and voluntary program recognizes and verifies county green businesses, and also provides businesses wanting to green their operations with step-by-step, how-to guidance. “With the Green Business Certification Program, we are doing our part to protect the environment, and we’re also helping stimulate our local economy,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “I’m proud that our county government is helping local businesses operate more efficiently.” The program is offered at no cost to Miami-Dade County businesses in the office, retail, restaurant, garment cleaning and dental health sectors. Hotels that have received the State of Florida’s Florida Green Lodging Program (FGLP) designation also are pre-qualified for the county’s Green Business Certification program. Once certified, participating businesses in the GBC Program receive marketing support as a Miami-Dade County-Certified Green Business on the county’s website, <http://green.miamidade.gov> and other program benefits. To date, more than 560 businesses submitted preliminary information, 315 businesses completed the Application Checklist, 83 currently are going through the process, and 15 local businesses have achieved certification. This certification program is an initiative of the Vibrant Economy goal area in GreenPrint, the county’s communitywide sustainability plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; cut energy, water and fuel consumption, and develop a more sustainable community. Miami-Dade County businesses can start the three-step certification process by visiting <http://green.miamidade.gov> and completing the Application Checklist provided for their appropriate business sector. The Application Checklist is a self-guided survey that businesses take to assess their

current state of green operations. If businesses are just starting to green their operations, Green Guidelines are provided on the website to help businesses create green business initiatives in four areas: Energy Conservation, Toxic Materials and Pollution Prevention, Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling, and Water Conservation. Dream in Green will be providing GBC Application Assistance at Brickell EcoLibrary, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. “Becoming a county-certified green business has many advantages that contribute to a business’ bottom line and long-term profitability,” said Gabriole Van Bryce, executive director of Dream in Green. “Our county’s no-cost program provides verification to businesses seeking third-party recognition for being truly sustainable or ‘green.’ “The program provides profitable operating strategies that encourage the efficient use of natural resources in order to preserve environmental and human health. The program lays the foundation for our community’s long-term economic prosperity, sustainability, adaptability and resiliency.” Miami-Dade County is encouraging businesses to “go green” because green business practices: • Conserve resources and prevent pollution; • Protect the environment and public health; • Strengthen a business’ bottom line through operating efficiencies; • Improve employee morale, health and performance; • Help businesses hold a marketing edge during a changing economy and attract the fastest-growing consumer market – green purchasers, and • Help establish and promote our region as a business community that supports economic prosperity through environmental responsibility, community health, durability and long-term sustainability. A Green Business Certification Breakfast Workshop with Chamber South is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 22, 7:30-8:30 a.m., at Miami Dadeland Marriott Hotel, 9090 S. Dadeland Blvd. For more information on the Green Business workshops and events contact Gabriole Van Bryce at 305-576-3500 or via email to <gabriole@dreamingreen.org>.

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Free lecture at Deering Estate to discuss snakes in Everglades BY CATHY GUERRA

of wilderness east of the Rockies. Perez skillfully explores this astonishing In partnership with the Archaeological assault — the repercussions already tallied Society of Southern Florida, the Deering and those lying in wait — in a book that reads Estate at Cutler presents a almost like fiction, but free lecture on the second is only too factual. Snake-eating alligators which Thursday of each month. Perez, a lifelong resident The next lecture is schedof Miami, is a graduate of and alligator-eating uled for Thursday, Sept. 13, Florida International 7 p.m., in the Visitor Center snakes might seem University. He has been an Auditorium at the Deering interpreter and park ranger like a science fiction Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW for Miami-Dade County 72 Ave. The lectures are Parks and the National story line, but those free and open to the public. Park Service while achievThe Sept. 13 topic is battles are playing ing numerous professional “Snake in the Grass: An awards. out in Everglades Everglades Invasion” with He is both a writer and presenter Larry Perez. producer, authoring Words National Park... Snake-eating alligators on the Wilderness: A and alligator-eating History of Place Names in snakes might seem like a science fiction South Florida National Parks and Journal story line, but those battles are playing of Florida’s Watchable Wildlife: Reptiles out in Everglades National Park where and Amphibians. the invasion of non-native pythons For more information on the Deering threatens to upend a rich and diverse Estate’s educational and cultural programs, ecosystem that includes the largest tract visit online at <www.deeringestate.org>.


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Safeguard personal information when child goes back to school BY ALEJANDRA CASTRO-NUÑEZ

As a parent, you’re probably familiarized with all the forms that you have to fill and sign when enrolling your child in school. But are you aware that as many as 140,000 children have their identities stolen each year? According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, in the wrong hands your child’s personal information can be used to commit fraud and your child could become a victim of identity theft. Furthermore, you may not learn about the crime for years, until your child is an adult, old enough to apply for jobs or loans. There are laws in place to help safeguard your child’s personal information. The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), enforced by the U.S. Department of Education, protects the privacy of student records. In addition, it also gives you the right to opt out of sharing contact information with third parties, including other families. While there is no guarantee that identity theft can be avoided completely, as a parent you can take certain measures to protect your child’s information. Pay attention to materials sent home asking for personal information and, before you reveal information about your child, find out how it will be used, whether it will be shared and with whom. Protect your child’s identity by doing the following: • Verify that school records are kept in a secure location and find out who will have access to them. • When filling out school forms or surveys, find out how it will be used and ask

if the information will be shared and with whom. • Read the notice schools must distribute that explains your rights under FERPA. • Ask your child’s school about its directory information policy. FERPA requires schools to notify parents and guardians about their school directory policy, and gives you the right to opt out of the release of directory information to third parties. • Ask for a copy of your school’s policy on surveys. The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) gives you the right to see such materials before they are distributed to students. If your child’s school experiences a data breach, take action. Contact the school to learn more. Talk with teachers, staff or administrators about the incident and their practices. Keep a written record of your conversations. Write a letter to the appropriate administrator, and to the school board, if necessary. The U.S. Department of Education takes complaints about these incidents. Contact the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20202-5920, and keep a copy for your records. Guard your child’s Social Security number the way you should be guarding your own. Keep social security cards and written or stored records of social security numbers in a safe and secure location and shred documents that have personal information including social security numbers on them such as insurance forms, medical records, tax records, etc. Be careful what you share on social media and limit revealing personal information that can make your children vulnerable to identity theft.

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devoted YPO supporters, whose adoration for the opera has taken the organization to incredible heights over the decades. “The waltz is an elegant and enchanting form of dance,” Podack said. “This lovely theme lends itself to the beautiful music of Strauss, Kreisler, and the other great Viennese composers. It is certain to uplift and inspire Miami’s most distinguished philanthropists to whirl across the dance floor in support of opera education. “We are so grateful to this year’s gala sponsors — Swanee DiMare, Bunny Bastian, and Dr. and Mrs. Sanford Ziff — for their generous support.” Founded 57 years ago, YPO is a nonprofit group of women who work without staff to advocate educational music programs and the Florida Grand Opera. Proceeds raised from the gala fund music and opera educational programs, including a workshop for more than 500 Girl Scouts and an annual Teachers’ Workshop which offers continuing education credits for 150 Miami-Dade and Broward County teachers on opera education in the classroom. YPO’s dedicated group of volunteers bring professional children’s opera performances to more than 25,000 elementary school students annually. YPO will sponsor the YPO/FGO 27th National Voice Competition at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Apr. 26 and 27, 2013. The voice competition awards gifted young opera singers. For more information about YPO or the 2012 “Tales from the Vienna Woods” Gala, visit online at <www.YPOMIAMI.org> or call 305-285-1477.


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Presidents Helping Children Exhibit at MCM, Sept. 17-24 BY WOODY GRABER

In partnership with Every Child Matters, the Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) will host a non-partisan public education campaign that spotlights the needs of children in 2012. The exhibit, scheduled Sept. 17-24, will include banners of past presidents and will highlight their child-friendly contributions. The exhibition also will include interactive learning through scheduled programming and a school-wide contest engaging children in Miami-Dade County to creatively express how presidents have inspired them as future leaders. The exhibit is aimed at alerting the public to the needs of children while raising awareness of the role our presidents and key policies makers have played and continue to play in the well-being of children and youth. The exhibit consists of banners displaying photographs of past presidents along with their significant contribution toward helping children. As part of hosting of the exhibit, MCM will be conducting a school-wide contest for children in Miami-Dade to answer the question, “As

President, I would help children by…” Children will have the option to respond to the query through multi-media avenues, such as writing an essay, drawing a picture or singing a song. The top entries in the contest will be displayed alongside the banners of past presidents. As the exhibit will be hosted at the museum in conjunction with the presidential election, children will participate in activities that will expose them to the importance of voting. The Presidents Helping Children Exhibit will offer innovative components that teach children and families about the achievements of past presidents and the decisions that impacted children while exploring hopes for the future leadership of our country. Miami Children’s Museum is located at 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in Miami. Regular admission is $16 for adults and children, $12 for Florida residents, free for children less than 1 year old and admission for members is complimentary. For more information go online to <www.miamichildrensmuseum.org> or call 305-373-KIDS (5437).

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design reproduced on T-Shirts to be worn by participants during the official observance of Teen Read Week, Oct. 15-24. Teen Read Week is a literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, which encourages teens to read just for the fun of it. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library and the Miami Dolphins Foundation.

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Heart Center Presents Free Program: De-Stressing Your Heart

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MCH, community join in inaugural Children’s Health Advocacy Day

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BY: NANCY EAGLETON Are you stressed out? Do you often feel sad, anxious or angry? Stress, hostility and depression not only affect your emotional health; they can also take a toll on your heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and stress is a risk factor. You cannot control some risk factors, such as your age and family history. However, you can control risk factors such as stress and other lifestyle choices, and research shows that these may account for more than 90 percent of heart attack risk. To learn how stress affects your heart health and ways to reduce it, South Miami Heart Center will present a free community event, De-Stressing Your Heart, Saturday, Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-12 noon, at the Victor E. Clarke Education Center, located on the South Miami Hospital campus. The program will include heart-healthy information and relaxation techniques presented by healthcare experts, free screenings and a light breakfast. The panel of experts will include cardiologist and chairman of the South Miami Hospital’s Behavioral Medicine Committee Leonard Zwerling, M.D., and psychologists Catalina Jacobs-Fernandez, Psy.D., and Rosemarie Rodriguez, Ph.D. They will discuss the effects of stress and offer helpful techniques to help you reduce life’s stressors. “Controlled stress can make you more productive, but excess stress can be harmful,” said Dr. Zwerling. “High levels of stress can elevate your blood pressure and lead to a possible heart attack or stroke.” One of the first steps to improving heart health is to “know your numbers.” The first 200 attendees at the event will receive free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar and one-on-one counseling from Heart Center experts. With this knowledge, you can implement appropriate lifestyle changes to improve your heart health. Lifestyle habits such as regular exercise, relaxation techniques and social support have been shown to help relieve emotional distress and reduce your risk for heart disease. South Miami Hospital’s Collaborative Medicine Program offers a variety of low-cost, weekly classes to help you improve your emotional and heart health. These include Yoga-style Exercise, Pilates Exercise and a free 30-minute Stretch and Meditation Break. To reserve your seat at the event, call 786-596-3812 or email Programs@BaptistHealth.net. Free parking is available at the hospital’s Employee Parking Garage, located across from the Victor E. Clarke Education Center. If you have questions you would like the physicians to address during the program, email them to SMHC@BaptistHealth.net prior to the event.

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Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) hosted the first-ever Children’s Health Advocacy Day on July 18 to discuss and identify solutions to issues affecting critical funding for children’s health care programs. Patients and their families, MCH physicians, community leaders and Miami-Dade County elected officials came together to focus on the future of children’s health. The issues addressed included access and affordability to healthcare, the ability for patients to lead a healthy life, prevention and equity in the quality of care for children in Florida. According to the Commonwealth Fund, 17.8 percent of children in Florida do not have health insurance coverage. In addition, 43.2 percent do not have a medical home and 33.1 percent ages 10-17 are over-

weight or obese. During the event, MCH patients and their families participated in a letter-writing campaign where they will voice their concerns to Congress. Patients from the MCH teen advisory council joined community leaders in breakout sessions to discuss the specific healthcare needs of adolescents. Following the sessions, community leaders took part in a panel discussion where commitments to policy changes were made. “Our children are our future. I thank the participants for taking the time to put the children of our community first as we grapple with today’s harsh economic challenges,” said Nancy Humbert, senior vice president of Strategic Business Planning and Public Affairs at Miami Children’s Hospital. For more information on MCH Children’s Health Advocacy Day, visit online at <www.mch.com/advocacy>.


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Panel awards Gold Seal of Excellence to The Palace BY KERRY GREEN-PHILLIPS

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Caring for Seniors It’s not easy. A growing number of families with aging spouses, parents and grandparents are facing some very tough question. Where will their senior loved ones live? Who will care for them? Where can they find affordable care? The goal for many families is to help seniors remain independent and in their own homes as long as possible. Most don’t require constant supervision or medical attention, yet. Right now, all they really need is a helping hand. “Most seniors want to remain in the comfort and security of their own homes and can do so safely with the little bit of help,” said Scott Cantin, Vice President of Advancare, LLC. The agency provides compassionate caregivers who go to the senior’s home and help with daily living. They include such things as meal preparation, transportation, bathing, grooming light housekeeping, and medication reminders-task that have become too difficult for seniors to perform. “Family members are the largest group of caregivers,” said Cantin. “Twenty-five million Americans currently provide eighty percent of the home care. Many have children and jobs or live thousands of miles away. It can very stressful situation. By getting some qualified assistance, the result is a happier, safer senior with less stress of family caregivers.” When does a family know their senior needs help? According to Cantin, family members need to consider some assistance when they notice significant changes in the way senior moves, acts, thinks and responds. However, families often need some objective assistance in ascertaining the extent of the problem and deciding on a course of action. Cantin says there is no need to guess. He suggests family members ask themselves the following questions; and if there is a concern with even one of these indicators, the family discusses the issue openly, calmly and honestly. • Has there been a medical condition diagnosed that affects daily living? • Has driving become difficult? • Is their weight stable and refrigerator well stocked? • Are household chores being done regularly? • Are there signs of moodiness such as loneliness, despair, depression, frustration, irritability

The Palace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was recognized recently by the Governor’s Panel on Excellence in LongTerm Care for providing exceptional care in management and quality of life for residents. This marks the second time the community, owned and operated by the Palace Group, has received the prestigious honor. The Gold Seal Award is the highest honor a nursing home can receive and is presented to those who meet rigorous criteria and are evaluated relative to the performance of their peers in the region. In presenting the award, Marie E. Cowart, chair of the Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care, praised The Palace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center’s “dedication to excellence in long-term care over a sustained period.” The Palace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, headed by administrator Liliana Patterson, is one of only 20 communities in Miami-Dade and Broward counties to receive the coveted five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

“We’re pleased to be among a select few communities to achieve this accomplishment,” said Helen Shaham, Palace president. “It’s a testament to our commitment of delivering the highest quality service and care to residents.” The community is located within The Palace’s continuum of care campus which also includes The Palace Renaissance, offering traditional assisted living services; The Palace Royale, offering “catered living,” and The Palace Suites, a luxurious independent living community. The Palace Group operates The Palace Gardens, an assisted living community in Homestead; Homestead Manor Nursing Home; The Palace at Home, a Medicare-certified home health agency, and The Palace TelAviv, a continuing care retirement community in Israel. The company recently opened the information center for its newest project, The Palace at Coral Gables, which will offer luxurious senior living residences in the heart of “The City Beautiful.” For information about The Palace’s communities, call 305- 271-2220 or visit online at <www.ThePalace.org>.

or anxiety? A fear of going out of the house? • Do you notice memory lapses and difficulty finding the right words? • Are medications being taken regularly and on time? Does the senior understand what the medications are for and are refills on schedule? Cantin said one of the biggest fears among senior citizens is the fear of falling, because it leads to lost confidence and decreased activity. “Falling is the primary catalyst for hospital admissions among seniors,” said Cantin. “Falls are responsible for 40 percent of nursing home admissions and 70 percent of accidental deaths in people over seventy-five years of age. Injuries from falls cost $70 billion dollars each year. Cantin said that the good news is the most falls can be prevented. Besides controlling internal physical factors, families can correct cluttered spaces, poor lighting, lack of handrails, unstable chairs and other environmental factors to significantly reduce the chances of a serious injury from a fall. Advancare provides specially trained caregiver for seniors and chronically ill living in the South Florida area. The agency is a member of the Senior’s Choice network of independent companion care companies, which requires its own training and certification process for their employees. All of our caregivers must pass a background checks and ongoing. “Our staff is comprised of experienced caregivers-good people with big hearts,” said Cantin. “They provide much needed companionship in additional to helping with tasks and chores.” Anyone interested in inquiring about their services or who want a free assessment may visit www.advancare.net or call 305-441-9794.


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Realtor Drew Kern is breaking sales records, supporting his community BY CONCHITA SMITH

When Drew Kern was an English literature major at Florida State University he was not so sure he wanted to follow in his family’s footsteps and devote a career to commercial real estate. But over time the Miami native found his calling in the residential real estate world and never looked back. “One summer, in between semesters, I was interning for a local top producer,” Kern said. “I really enjoyed meeting people in the residential market and getting to do something different every day.” The outgoing chair of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and EWM Realtor said that last year he sold more homes than ever before in his entire career closing out with a total of 85 sold. He works countywide and so far this year has surpassed last year’s numbers and things continue to look up. “Our market is as active as it has ever been,” Kern said. “One of the advantages of a downturn market is that homes become more affordable. We are seeing more young couples coming here who can now afford to buy a home. “We have local buyers and we are seeing a trend of buyers coming from Latin America and Brazil. The typical buyer is a local couple looking to grow their family.

organizations along with co-founding the first chapter of BNI in town that now boasts 30 chapters, was his secret to success. “I just want to be a resource for my clients, my friends, and all my relationships. The big joke is: ‘I got a guy, let me make an introduction.’ For anything you need we can point you in the right direction and this builds community and support,” Kern said. Kern also is active with area not-forprofits and believes giving back to the community is another essential element for long-term success. Since the 1960s, his

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Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, and Coral Gables are predominate areas because they offer great school districts.” Kern said as long as homes are properly priced sellers can enjoy multiple offers. “If you put it on the market and price it right, from Brickell to the Beach to South Dade, it will sell. In the last six months with an inventory of 30 homes, 15 are under contract.” The single best thing Kern said he ever did for his business is learning how to network. Involved in various chambers and

family has been involved in such organizations as the Florida Trail Association, American Hiking Society and Big City Mountaineers that offer under-resourced teens the opportunity to go on an outdoor adventure. Kern also works with Miami Children’s Hospital on committee posts and is active in his church, Old Cutler Presbyterian. To find out more about Drew Kern Real Estate visit <www.drewkern.com>, call 305-329-7744 or send email to <kern.d@ewm.com>.


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Brian L. Bilzin appointed chair of Greater Miami Jewish Federation BY RACHEL ADLER SCHAPIRO

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from under $20 million to over $350 million. “I am honored to be chosen to lead FIU’s David R. Klock, PhD, has been appointed College of Business, an organization that is dean of Florida International University’s an exceptional international center of College of Business and Ryder Eminent respected research, student growth, and a true champion of entrepreScholar in Business. He neurship under Joyce Elam’s will assume the position leadership,” Klock said. “I effective Oct. 1 succeeding look forward to expanding Joyce J. Elam. on the college’s outstanding “Dr. Klock’s distinreputation in international guished record as an acabusiness and extending its demic and entrepreneurial global reach.” leader makes him an When Klock arrives this excellent choice to lead fall, Elam will step down as the College of Business dean of the College of forward in its mission,” Business and will continue said FIU provost and execher role as dean of utive vice president University College, overDouglas Wartzok. “He has seeing FIU Online and the a proven record of cultiuniversity’s market rate vating strong external supand continuing education port for the university’s programs. goals during challenging David R. Klock, PhD “I am pleased that somefinancial times. Also, he –––––––––––––––––––––– one of David Klock’s caliber has shown enormous personal generosity to his university communi- has been chosen to lead the College of ty, and he understands the leadership role the Business forward as a center of academic College of Business can play in expanding and entrepreneurial excellence,” Elam said. our community’s entrepreneurial footprint.” “We look forward to the contributions that Klock is dean of the School of Business at his innovation and vision will bring to the the University of Alabama-Birmingham university community.” Since assuming the role of dean in 1998, (UAB) and serves as Wells Fargo chair of Business Administration at UAB. He previ- Elam has overseen the College of ously was dean of the College of Business Business’ growth into an internationally Administration at Cal Poly Pomona. He also ranked business school with over 6,000 has held faculty positions at Virginia Tech, undergraduates and 2,000 graduates curUniversity of Florida, Texas Tech as well as rently enrolled in its global programs. In the University of Central Florida, and was 1998, she launched a pioneering project professor and chair of the Department of consisting of 10 online courses in the College of Business that has set a standard Finance at UCF. Between his time as a faculty member and for technology-enabled courses, with hunhis tenure as a dean, he was for 15 years dreds of course offerings throughout the president, CEO and then chair of university and an expanding portfolio of CompBenefits Corporation (sold to Humana online degree programs. For more information, visit <http://busiin 2006). Under his tenure, the CompBenefits leadership team grew revenue ness.fiu.edu>.

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BGC Summer Reading Program helping youngsters to excel

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Boys and Girls Clubs (BGC) of MiamiDade is a safe, fun place for kids. But it also is a place of learning. The organization puts a high priority on the academic achievements of the kids in its care. Two of the most successful brain-boosting activities for Boys and Girls Clubs of MiamiDade kids are the After School Education Program and the Summer Reading Program. In After School, kids receive professionally supervised homework assistance, arts and crafts, outdoor activities and more. Kids are evaluated individually to assess their strengths and provided extra help for their weaknesses. The Summer Reading Program provides a safe, comfortable environment for children to discover classic tales, stay up with new stories and stretch their imaginations. The programs have been clearly successful over the years. The Boys and Girls Club kids have shown dramatic improvement in lan-

guage arts and math scores after participating in the club education programs, and clearly outscore their Miami-Dade Schools peers on achievement tests and graduation rates. This year, the Verizon Foundation and Motorola have joined long-time supporter Verizon Wireless in providing funds and other resources to help Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s kids. The foundation provided a $10,000 grant for the Education Program, and Motorola teamed up with Verizon Wireless to donate numerous XYBOARD and other wireless tablets for the Summer Reading Program. “The kids are so tech-oriented and gadgetsavvy and they love the tablets,” said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, executive director of Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. “We appreciate all the support from Verizon and all of our sponsors who help us in our mission to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.”


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Jean Marc Calvet selected official MIFF poster artist BY TERE ESTORINO

The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College, has selected internationally renowned, French-born, Nicaragua-based artist Jean Marc Calvet as the poster artist for its 30th edition, which will run Mar. 1-10, 2013. Calvet was the subject of director Dominic Allan’s documentary, Calvet, a hit at MIFF 2012 where it screened as part of the Knight Documentary Competition. The film recounts the painter’s journey from savvy street kid to Cannes bodyguard who abandoned his wife and son, robbed a Miami mobster, hid out in Central America and, at the age of 38, overcame a gruesome drug addiction in an extraordinary metamorphosis through which he began to paint. Eight years later, Calvet’s intricate paintings now sell for five figures. In creating the MIFF 2013 poster, which he calls Miami Juice, Calvet said, “This is primarily a message of hope... go out of the dark and into the light! The central personage is filled with cinematic references: projectors, stars, cameras, red carpet, outlaws, explosions, etc. “The character’s eyes are shaped like camera shutters and inside the mouth are a number of distinctive elements referencing the Miami International Film Festival of today: buildings, cine-cameras, palm trees, the sea and, of course, a ‘pretty’ blonde in the middle,” he added. “Jean Marc’s image perfectly captures the theme we have chosen to celebrate the wild, fascinating 30-year history of MIFF: Every character under the sun/ Todos los

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personajes bajo el sol,” said Jaie Laplante, MIFF executive director. “Jean Marc has captured our emotions and anticipations as we complete our third decade and look forward with excitement to our fourth.” Calvet began painting at a point in his life when severe crisis metamorphosed into a form of redemption and rebirth. With no previous training, he discovered the need to paint by complete chance. Not only did it save him; it changed his life. Art is his catharsis and his evolution has been astounding. For him, it is about exorcising the insanity of his past and slapping down on canvas the dirty truth of life. He paints 14 hours a day, seven days a week in Nicaragua where he currently is based. Calvet was one of six winners of the VII Biennale of Nicaraguan Arts in 2009 selected to represent Nicaragua at the Biennale of Central America in Panama in 2010. This past March, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) renowned Art Gallery System, in collaboration with Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery, the Americas Collection, and the Miami International Film Festival, presented Jean Marc Calvet’s exhibition, “invasion invasión l’invasion,” at MDC’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower. The well-received exhibition featured 33 large-scale paintings and an installation of miniature sculptures, marking Calvet’s first solo exhibition at the Freedom Tower. Details on the 2013 Miami International Film Festival program will be released in January 2013. Jean Marc Calvet’s official poster, Miami Juice, is available at <www.miamifilmfestival.com>.


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Imagine! If you had a personal driver who could drive you to the airport, run errands for you, take your vehicle in for service, take you to that eye appointment when you have your eyes dilated, pick up your kids, drop off your pet at the groomer or at times when you don’t want to or shouldn’t be driving. Traditionally the domain of the wealthy, but now thanks to technology developed by RedCap (www.myredcap.com) anyone can have a personal driver in their own vehicle for about the same cost of a cab (clearly nicer than a cab) and significantly less than a limo. RedCap is easily defined through its slogan “Everyone’s Personal Driver.” It is a membership-based, premium driveron-demand service for people who value safety, convenience and privacy at an affordable price. Once a member you have access to a large pool of drivers, who have been vetted through a rigorous screening process, who can drive you in your own clean, comfortable and safe vehicle. It’s a superior alternative to a smelly cab or an expensive, beatup Town Car. There are three categories of membership: Standard, VIP and Elite. You can access drivers for as little as $20 per hour, which

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2013 Ford Flex has improved design, new technology Ron Beasley LET’S TALK CARS The Ford Flex is another one of those cars that seems to grow on you. I didn’t like it when it was introduced three years ago; however, my like for the SUV has evolved as I became more familiar with it and subtle design changes were made. For 2013, Flex has a new look inside and out. The front end now is slightly rounded, somewhat reducing the overall boxy look, and the Ford blue oval has been removed from the front, leaving only the Flex badge. There also are six all-new wheel styles, including three all-new 20-inch selections. To the rear, Flex now has standard dual exhaust and a new integrated rear view camera. Inside there are new and improved instrument clusters, new steering wheel and electronic finish panels, and new seat trim. There also is an available secondrow refrigerated console and the latest generation of MyFord Touch with SYNC

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FPL CORNER FPL Marks Hurricane Andrew Anniversary as a Time to Remember, Learn and Prepare

Students from Miami are pictured at Grand Teton National Park. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY JOE PETRICK

Twelve students traveled from Miami to Jackson Hole, WY for 10 days of outdoor adventure and exploration. The Miami students, joined by two students from Atlanta, GA and three adults, stayed at the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools from July 21 to 30, spending their days exploring Grand Teton National Park and the Jedediah Smith Wilderness. Guided by instructors from Teton Science Schools, the Miami students investigated topics such as glacial ecology, wildlife ecology, and wilderness skills by exploring the landscape of Grand Teton National Park. Students also had the opportunity to canoe on String Lake and Leigh Lake, hike to Phelps Lake and Inspiration Point, and participate in community service work by building bluebird nest boxes to help improve bird nesting habitat in Jackson Hole. A highlight of the experience in Wyoming was a three-day backpacking trip in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness to Alaska Basin and their ascent to Static Peak (11,303 feet) in Grand Teton National Park. Students also enjoyed spending a day honing their rock climbing skills with Exum Mountain Guides at Hidden Falls. These shared experiences had a powerful influence on many students that they shared on their final night of the program. Students said that the rock climbing experience helped them to overcome fear of heights and anxieties, and enabled them to take on more challenges in their daily lives. Spending 10 days without electronics proved difficult for some but raised their awareness of just how much they have come to over-depend on electronics. Students also said that they saw new leadership qualities in each other that developed

through overcoming physical and emotional challenges. They acknowledged the support that they received from other members of their team and made commitments to take what they have learned and apply these new skills to overcoming challenges in their lives back home. “It was an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience. It helped improve my confidence and helped me to erase my fear of heights,” said Zack, one of the students. Higher Grounds Teton Adventure Camp founder Dr. Gary X. Lancelotta, is the director of Child Psychology Associates in South Miami. The Higher Grounds Teton Adventure Camp is an extension of a weekly rock-climbing group aimed at keeping kids off electronics and overcoming obstacles in their lives. Dr. Lancelotta, who organized and ran the trip for the third year this summer, has provided this select group of students with a memorable Grand Teton adventure. “There were a number of challenges along the way,” Dr. Lancelotta said. “For some it was the challenge of hiking seven and a half miles up to 9,600 feet elevation in the Alaska Basin [which took eight hours], or facing the fear of completing all five pitches of rock climbing (climbing 300 feet) at Hidden Falls, or the challenge of nailing Static Peak at 11,300 feet, or managing the fear of surviving sleeping in a tent in a wild mountain storm, or learning how to problem solve with peers. “Regardless of what each boy received, a seed was planted that will hopefully grow to help them in whatever challenges lie ahead this coming year and in life.” For more information about Teton Science Schools’ programs, visit online at <www.tetonscience.org> or contact Joe Petrick at 1-307-734-2786 or by email at <Joe.Petrick@tetonscience.org>.

On Aug. 24, Florida and the nation will observe the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, one of the most dramatic and devastating natural disasters in modern history. For those who lived through the storm and witnessed its incredible destruction first hand, this month is a time of solemn remembrance. And for everyone across the state of Florida and all along the Eastern seaboard and the Gulf Coast, Andrew’s anniversary is an occasion to learn from the past and to recognize the unpredictable and powerful nature of hurricanes, along with the absolute necessity of good planning and preparation throughout every hurricane season. When Andrew struck just south of Miami, it made landfall with peak sustained winds of 165 miles per hour, and gusts of up to 175 mph. Now classified as a rare Category 5, the hurricane pushed a massive storm surge up Biscayne Bay, and delivered more than 7 inches of rain along the core of its path. Damages from the storm totaled more than $25 billion dollars throughout the Bahamas, Florida and the Gulf states, with thousands of homes lost and many more damaged. FPL’s storm preparedness and recovery processes were also significantly challenged by Hurricane Andrew. As crews worked feverishly to restore power after the storm, FPL developed and perfected some of the systems now in place to map storm damage and to estimate restoration times. “At FPL, hurricane preparation is now part of our daily operations, every day we’re not in a storm we’re preparing for one. On this anniversary, we urge our customers to prioritize disaster planning too,” said Keith Hardy, FPL’s vice president of Distribution. “We are always working to help the communities we serve prepare for the next storm. Every year we make multi-million dollar investments in our infrastructure to make it more resilient.” In the past two decades, advances in technology have changed every step in the hurricane preparation and recovery process. New forecasting tools allow for more frequent assessments of a storm’s path and intensity, and better computer modeling has improved accuracy, especially on the intensity front. At the same time, technology has altered the way that information is communicated before, during and after a hurricane. Today, storms can be tracked online, on mobile devices, through social media outlets, and of course through traditional media sources. FPL has harnessed technology to enhance the way that it communicates with customers before and after hurricanes, and the way that it pre-positions restoration crews and models the damage to its system from a storm. To help with preparation, FPL offers customers a wealth of information and tips on its website, www.FPL.com. After a hurricane, FPL offers constant updates and information about the power restoration process through its website, which is mobile friendly, and through Twitter (www.twitter.com/insideFPL), Facebook (www.facebook.com/FPLconnect) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/FPL). FPL’s blog (www.FPLblog.com) is also an important source of news. “But the fact is, while much has changed since Andrew reached our shores,” said Hardy, “one simple truth remains the same: hurricanes carry with them a potentially overwhelming destructive power, and when a major storm hits, power will be interrupted, trees will fall and water will rise. Floridians must understand this fact and make every preparation for it.”


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Archdiocesan radio station creates mobile device ‘app’ BY MARY ROSS AGOSTA

The archdiocesan radio station, Radio Paz 830 AM, recently released an “app” for mobile devices running on the Apple and Android platforms, including tablets and “smartphones.” This application allows those who download it to listen to the station’s live Spanish-language programming; access taped programs such as the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, and the document of Aparecida that are among Radio Paz’s Podcasts, and view the station’s YouTube videos. “I think we are the first AM station in South Florida with an ‘app’ for the iPhone, iPad and iPod,” said Father Roberto Cid, general director of Radio Paz and pastor of St. Patrick in Miami Beach. The application can be downloaded for free from Apple’s “App Store” and Android’s “Play Store.” This way, listeners can tune in to Radio Paz not only via the AM airwaves in South

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