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Local angler catches 290-pound swordfish

Perrine Baseball, Softball celebrates Opening Day

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BY DAVID HOUTZ

he Perrine Baseball and Softball Association conducted its 56th annual Opening Day Parade and Ceremony at Franjo Park on Saturday, Jan. 30. The tradition of parading all the league teams through the Town of Cutler Bay to Franjo Park has been taking place on the last weekend of each January since the league started playing at the park in 1972. More than 500 players with their coaches, parents and friends made the trek this year. The parade was led by a Cutler Bay Police car, MiamiDade Fire Rescue vehicle and the Mays Middle School Marching Band. Once the teams gathered at Franjo Park the ceremony began with a tribute to the military and the National Anthem sung by PBSA 14U player Brian DeJesus. Cutler Bay Mayor Paul Vrooman spoke about

William Gonzalez, a resident of Cutler Bay, (left) recently caught this 290-pound swordfish. Gonzalez is pictured aboard his boat, Wahoo Will, with Anton Henry. They landed the fish off of Key Biscayne after a four-and-ahalf-hour battle.

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Town to mark fourth Founder’s Day BY LEE STEPHENS

he Town of Cutler Bay will conduct its fourth annual Founder’s Day Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Cutler Ridge Park, 10100 SW 200 St. There will be rides, food, games, entertainment and face painting, all highlighted by the fourth annual Cutler Bay Food Fight. Also scheduled to participate at the

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event are the United States Secret Service, U.S. Coast Guard, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Miami-Dade Police Department Canine Unit. The event’s food and beverage sponsor is Sunstate Bank and the dessert sponsors are Cutler Ridge Woman’s Club and the Whispering Pines Woman’s Club. For more information, contact the Town of Cutler Bay Parks and Recreation Department at 305-238-4166.

the new Lakes by the Bay Park which the county recently deeded more than 49 acres to the town. Vrooman mentioned how this new park will help the PBSA expand and double the amount of fields available for the league. Also representing the town were Vice Mayor Ed MacDougall and Councilmember Tim Meerbott. Local high schools also were represented at the ceremony. Ed Doskow, head baseball coach at Miami Southridge, spoke about the importance of staying in school and getting good grades. First year Southridge softball Coach Michelle Ryan was present with her entire 2010 varsity team. Palmetto High School was represented by three former PBSA players — John Keebler, Brian Roach and Mike Cetta. Each year the PBSA awards slected players “Sportsmanship Awards.” These players earned the awards by demonstrating that sportsmanship means more to them than hitting a home run or striking out a batter. It

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Sorenson announces she will not seek re-election blood. I’m looking forward to continuing my work for the good of our community in another way.” Commissioner Sorenson announced that she will be collaborating with the University of Miami to develop a community initiative on “Excellence in Public Service” that will foster leadership among people aspiring to run for public office at the

BY LEE STEPHENS

Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson announced on Thursday, Feb. 4, that she will not seek re-election to the MiamiDade County Commission. “I have been honored and privileged to represent the residents of District 8 for almost 16 years. I’ve worked hard and done my best to serve them and all of Miami-Dade County. Politics is still very much in my

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Community comes together to help boy battling cancer BY NANCY EAGLETON

S. Peter Capua, Tatjana Surev, and Gil and Carmen Capa were joined by good friends who came together on Jan. 31 at Gil Capa’s Bistro, located in the Sable Chase community of Kendall, for an evening to honor and benefit 10-year-old Joseph Mosca who is battling brain cancer. The evening featured beautiful classical music performed by Capua and Surev, a delicious Italian dinner prepared by the Capas and much love. “We had 55 people attend the event,” Capua said. “We were all there out of love for this special boy and his wonderful family.” Joseph, who lives in Homestead and is a student at Keys Gate Charter School, attended the event with his parents, Joseph and Manilla Mosca, and his grandparents, Aurora and Vinicio Galli, all dear friends of Capua. To show their love, Capua and Surev began the evening with The Hymn of Love and continued to play several classical arrangements. “Joseph is such a gracious child,” Capua said. “It was a very moving and sentimental evening.”

Joining together to raise money for the Joseph Mosca family are (l-r) Carmen and Gil Capa, Tatjana Surev and S. Peter Capua.

Capua is an attorney, former judge, longtime South Miami resident and musician at heart. When he plays the clarinet, he is accompanied by Surev on the piano, and together they have been enchanting audiences for more than 18 years. Surev is the music teacher at St. Agnes Academy in Key Biscayne, has a doctorate in Music from the University of Miami and was a child prodigy in Belgrade, according to Capua. The Capa’s have been delighting patrons with their homemade Italian cuisine at Gil Capa’s Bistro, 10712 SW 113 Pl., for more than 16 years. The evening included a traditional Italian dinner all painstakingly prepared by Capua, who was honored to host the benefit at his restaurant. “It was a wonderful evening,” said Aurora Galli, Joseph’s grandmother. “It was like family coming together and it was very emotional for all of us.” To make a contribution to assist the Joseph Mosca family, send a check addressed to the Benefit Account for Joseph Christopher Mosca, The First State Bank of Key West, 1201 Simonton St., Key West, FL 33040.


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state and local levels. This initiative, with the support of the Knight Foundation and the Dade Community Foundation, also is envisioned to become a resource for those already in office as well as civic-minded individuals who want to participate more fully. Commissioner Sorenson will partner with William Green, dean of Undergraduate Education, who will help develop ways UM students can benefit from the initiative. “There are so many talented citizens in this community who would be willing to serve in elected office,” Commissioner Sorenson said. “What they need is a place to learn the mechanics of how government and the legislative process operate, ways to navigate the political environment and how to serve their community with the knowledge, ethics and professionalism to be effective leaders. This initiative will be an interdisciplinary effort and draw upon the expertise and involvement of local community leaders.” Commissioner Sorenson, who has represented southern Miami-Dade County since 1994, has been an outspoken advocate for her community and all of Miami-Dade County. Commissioner Sorenson’s District encompasses more than 170,000 residents of diverse backgrounds, includes four municipalities and a significant portion of the agricultural lands of the county. She has worked diligently to enhance the quality of life for south Miami-Dade through wise economic and growth management policies, crime prevention initiatives and protection of the region’s environmental resources. Commissioner Sorenson can claim a number of legislative victories over the years. She championed the inclusion of “sexual orientation” in the county’s anti-discrimination laws and successfully defended these equal treatment provisions against attempts at repeal. She successfully defeated a plan to convert the Homestead Air Reserve Base into a commercial airport that would have had a negative impact on Everglades and Biscayne national parks. She fought to save the Miami

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Circle, which is now a public asset and has been awarded the status of National Historic Landmark. Commissioner Sorenson sponsored a special bond for improving county parks. She has been a staunch advocate for human rights, a champion of regional cooperation, a leader in child welfare issues and a promoter of the arts. She has been a stalwart defender of the county’s Urban Development Boundary and has continued to fight to hold the line against sprawl. “I’m proud of what I have been able to accomplish over the years. With the grassroots support of the citizens, we’ve fought discrimination, kept our national parks safe from the threats of development and worked to make Miami-Dade County a sustainable community of lasting value.” Commissioner Sorenson chairs the Budget, Planning and Sustainability Committee, and she serves on the Housing and Community Development Committee; the Transit, Infrastructure and Roads Committee, and the Recreation, Culture and Tourism Committee. She served as vice chair of the county commission from 2002 to 2004. She serves as treasurer of the South Florida Regional Planning Council and is past chair of the Regional Transportation Organization. Commissioner Sorenson has served as a member of the Mayor’s Mental Health Task Force, the Mayor’s Mortgage Fraud Task Force and currently chairs the Mayor’s Sustainability Task Force. She is on the board of directors of the Florida Association of Counties. In 2004, she was selected to attend Harvard University’s Senior Executive Program in State and Local Government. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to serving as a county commissioner, she was the executive director of the California Women Lawyers Bar Association and a legislative aide to Illinois State Senator Dawn Clark Netsch. She also worked as a political consultant. Katy Sorenson has been married since 1978 to Janis Dzelzkalns, MD, and they have two adult children.

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means playing with a smile through good and bad, encouraging a teammate that just had a bad game and always enjoying the experience of playing youth baseball. Sportsmanship award winners in baseball were: 6 & Under: Grant Kavilir, Ethan Contreras; 8 & Under: Gio Marssiglia, A.J. Perez; 10 & Under: Chris Headley, Richie Guzman; 12 & Under: Andres Deulofeu, Yasel Fabra; 14 & Under: Tyler Ahrend, Christian Rolon, Brian DeJesus. Softball winners: Pixie: Camryn Williams, C’Onee Castillo; Chicks: Kailyn Brousseau, Kristyanne Cabrera, and Debs: Shelbie Stone, Daniella Lozano.

The traditional first pitches were thrown by 8U player Nicky Garcia for baseball and 10U player Leah Powell for softball. Opening Days always are exciting no matter if it is taking place at Sun Life Stadium for the Florida Marlins or at Franjo Park with the PBSA. This day was fun for everyone involved and is sure to be remembered by these young players for years to come. If you are interested in registering your son or daughter for the fall season, registration dates will be announced soon. Go online to <www.leaguelineup.com/pbsa> for more information.


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February ‘10 www.cutlerbay-fl.gov

Calendar of Meetings and Events Town Hall Closed Town Hall will be closed on Monday, February 15th in observance of President's Day holiday.

This e-newsletter from the Town of Cutler Bay offers you a brief update of what is going on in the Town. We hope you will find this information valuable and we welcome any suggestions to improve it. If you know of other people that would like to receive the Town’s e-Brief, please contact us at townclerk@cutlerbay-fl.gov or download an e-mail opt-in form from our website, www.cutlerbay-fl.gov.

Town Council Meeting Wednesday, February 17th at 7:00pm, South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211th ST 4th Annual Founder’s Day Celebration Saturday, February 20th from 11:00 am to 3:00 p.m., Cutler Ridge Park, 10100 SW 200th ST

Cutler Bay is a Silver Certified Green City Recently, the Town was awarded a Silver designation from the Florida Green Building Coalition for its efforts of becoming a green city. Achieving this designation requires local governments to meet a comprehensive list of criteria focused on improving environmental performance and Cutler Bay accomplished this in unique ways. Cutler Bay has initiated the Green Moratorium, which makes the city the first in the southeast to establish building restrictions on commercial development. The moratorium requires new developments to participate in one of the multiple sustainability certification programs, including those of the FGBC or the USGBC. Transportation Improvements – ARRA Resurfacing Improvements Many of the Town’s Primary roadways have not been repaved in over 20 years. As part of the resurfacing improvements, 9.3 miles of the Town’s arterial roadways will be resurfaced with asphalt. Such roads to be improved are Old Cutler Rd, Caribbean Blvd., Marlin Rd., SW 87th Ave., Quail Roost Dr., and Franjo Rd. In addition, damaged sidewalks along these routes will be repaired and ADA ramps added as needed. These roadway resurfacings and sidewalk improvements will lead to improved ride-ability, safety and mobility for the users of the Town’s roadway and sidewalk network. For more information, please call Town Hall at (305) 234-4262 or visit our website at www.cutlerbay-fl.gov.

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Supreme Court decision alters political campaigning R. Kenneth Bluh –– VIEWPOINT –– KENNETH’S COMMENTARY You think the “Swift Boat” campaign in 2004 was over the top when it comes to “dirty” political fighting? Just wait until you see what is going to take place during upcoming elections. Thanks to the recent United States Supreme Court ruling, corporations and unions now are protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution and are permitted to speak by spending as much money as they wish in the support of or the defeat of an issue or a candidate. The court ruled that, “Speech is an essential mechanism of democracy, for it is the means to hold officials accountable to the people,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy for the majority, striking down federal laws barring corporations and unions from spending money to convince voters to support or oppose specific candidates. The justice said there is no reason to

believe that the constitutional right to free speech should be limited to “human beings,” as opposed to associations of humans, which includes corporations [and unions]. Sen. John McCain said the McCainFeingold law governing spending by corporations and unions is dead. McCain predicts a voter backlash once citizens realize the extent of the court’s ruling. Corporations and unions will make the individual citizen’s financial contribution to campaigns of little consequence. Now, unions and corporations can spend billions as they wish in presidential and congressional races. A conservative legal foundation, the James Madison Center for Free Speech, already has asked the Federal Election Commission to formally throw out its rules that restrict corporate and union spending on politics, saying that the step is needed to implement the court’s decision. Interestingly, at this point it appears foreign corporations will have the same rights as American corporations. Picture this: Toyota, a Japanese corporation, knows that the congressional bailout of General Motors and Chrysler was detrimental to Toyota’s domination of the U.S. auto mar-

ket. Toyota invests billions of yen in support of congressional candidates that are against possible future bailouts of the U.S. auto industry. If successful, Toyota could effectively kill auto manufacturing in the U.S. and give the “full” U.S. market to foreign made automobiles. The court ruling does not permit corporations and unions to contribute directly to an individual presidential or congressional candidate’s campaign funds. What is does permit is corporations and unions to spend as much as they wish on their own corporate or union campaigns, independent of the candidates. The only major restriction is that the campaign materials must disclose who is footing the bill. How will stockholders of public corporations react to management’s spending dollars in support of a candidate or pending legislation? After all, the purpose of a forprofit corporation is to make a profit, not to spend stockholder equity in political races, notwithstanding the fact that the outcome

of the spending “might” result in more profits that could eventually end up in the hands of stockholders. Future political campaigns will take on an entirely different look. The airwaves, television, the press, billboards, and what shows up in our mailboxes will be dominated by political advertisements that will numb the senses. It will be impossible to get away from politicking for months going into an election cycle. Now it is up to Congress to decide if new legislation can and should be crafted to bring the nation back into the McCainFeingold era of political sanity. 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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‘Can we talk?’ — A restaurant review BY ERNIE SOCHIN Councilmember

I am not a professional restaurant reviewer as you probably know but here I go anyway. (Watch how I twist the story to get in what I really want to say.) I recently went to Joe’s Stone Crab on Miami Beach for my daughter’s birthday. I didn’t have to wait the normal two-and-ahalf hours because I have been going there for over 40 years and they kind of know me. I go there and spend all that money because I truly believe that their stone crabs are juicier and sweeter than any other place that I have tried. Their coleslaw salad is a mystery to me but it tastes fantastic and their “low fat” pies are the best. We had a great time even though my 4year-old granddaughter Natalie annoyed the heck out of the gentleman at the next table. He didn’t seem to mind too much, but I felt responsible. Now the twist — while enjoying our meal, I noticed another family nearby; a father, mother and pre-teen daughter I assume. What was unusual to me is that the young girl was totally involved with some sort of electronic game, the mother was “texting” someone on her Blackberry or whatever and dad was looking at something on his iPhone (or whatever). During the entire time I was there, they never spoke to one another and only raised their eyes when the food was served. I guess I really am OLD when I think that families dining together are supposed to talk. Gee what a weird idea from a weird old man. I grew up the old fashioned way where my mother prepared a meal every day and we all waited for “Pa” to come home from work so we could all eat and review what took place during the day. No more. I doubt that my grandkids ever eat at the kitchen table. Whenever I see them, they are camped out at a little table by themselves

or sitting on a sofa with one of those lap trays always focused on the TV. What used to be the kitchen or dining room table is now the storage place for today’s mail, the desk for one or two laptops and whatever else has no special place. I guess I have to accept that. Women now work and who feels like preparing a meal after working all day and fighting traffic to get home, and who says that dad is coming home at 6 p.m. like my father always did? We have no kids living at home anymore, but my housekeeper/cleaning lady/shopping companion and I have the same dialog every night. Me: “What did you make for dinner?” She: “Reservations.” Me: “I don’t really feel like going out.” She: “Then open the freezer and see what you like.” Me: “Aww shucks (or something similar).” I do admit that when we go shopping I walk by the freezer section and select several frozen meals just in case. The pictures on the carton look pretty appetizing but once you open the box…well you know what I mean. I like to think that things will change for the better, like going back to the old days when mom stayed home and dad went to work, and there seemed to be plenty of family time together. Of course, in those days you didn’t have car payments for two or more cars, cable TV bills of over $100, plasma TVs in every room and pre-schools that cost as much as Harvard University. Some states, hopefully ours included, are passing laws against cell phone use while driving. Perhaps the next step will require you to check your phone at the door in restaurants and leave the phone number of the restaurant with any emergency contacts you might have. Will this force people to begin talking directly to one another? I don’t know, but it is worth a try. Other articles of national importance can be viewed at Ernie’s website at <www.sochin.com>.

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For all applicants, there will be a Mandatory Information/Workshop Meeting explaining the application and requirements on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 10:00 a.m. (Please be on time) at the South Dade Government Center 10710 SW 211 Street, Conference Room 203. Applicants not in attendance will not be considered for funding. After attending the Mandatory Information/Workshop Meeting, submit 1 original and 1 copy of the completed application in person to Commissioner Sorenson’s District Office, Suite 204, from February 9, 2010 to February 12, 2010 (last day by 5:00 pm)

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Throughout 2009, Assurant associates from the Miami campus in south MiamiDade helped feed the needy at the Farm Share facility in Homestead. Several teams spent days volunteering at Farm Share packing, sorting and distributing food to needy families in the community. During the course of a year, Assurant associates packed and sorted over 123 large bins of food and helped to feed approximately 3,600 families. “Our employees really feel a strong connection with Farm Share in helping others, as well as a rewarding and fulfilling experience for themselves” said Debbie

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Chabad of Cutler Bay, Homestead plans Purim Celebration, Feb. 28 BY LEE STEPHENS

Chabad Jewish Center of Cutler Bay and Homestead will present its second annual Purim Celebration creating Jewish excitement and fun for the whole family on Sunday, Feb. 28, starting at 4:30 p.m., at the YMCA, 1034 NE Eighth St. in Homestead. The entire Jewish community is invited, regardless of affiliation. The celebration features multi-media Megillah (Biblical Book of Ester) reading, great Chinese food, a Purim Costume Masquerade, music, children’s activities, games, prizes, fun and more. Admission to the event is $8 for adults, $5 for children, and $25 for the family. RSVP by calling 305-975-6680 or by

email to <Rabbi@chabadhomebay.com>. Purim is a day of sharing together in utter joy. It is a holiday on which Jew’s exchange gifts of delicacies and drink, aid the poor and feast on superb dishes interspersed with wine. The holiday celebrates a riveting, yet true epic of palace intrigue in ancient Persia which almost resulted in the annihilation of the Jews during the reign of King Achashverosh (Xerxes). The Jews not only survived but triumphed because of their active unity and unshakable commitments to their identity as a practicing Jewish community. For more information, contact Rabbi Yossi Wolff at 305-975-6680, send email to <Rabbi@chabadhomebay.com> or visit online at <www.chabadhomebay.com>.

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Cupcakes Changing the World at Coconut Grove Arts Festival BY ANGELA YOUNG

Visitors at this year’s Coconut Grove Arts Festival will have a tasty opportunity to satisfy more than just their hunger. By purchasing a treat from Cupcakes Changing the World, they’ll be contributing directly to a pioneering local charity: SHAPE, Students Changing the World. SHAPE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that teaches philanthropy to high school students. A significant portion of their funding comes from Cupcakes Changing the World, an enterprise founded specifically to generate revenue that keeps the organization’s essential programs going. All of the profits generated by Cupcakes Changing the World support SHAPE in its mission to engage and empower students through philanthropic activities, leadership opportunities, civic engagement and career development. More than 1,000 students at 25 South Florida high schools take part in SHAPE’s programs, learning the principles and practice of charitable giving. Everyone who participates makes a grant to a local charity, the first gesture in what the organization hopes will become a lifetime of benevolence, compassion, generosity and community involvement. “We’re very excited to be taking part in the Coconut Grove Arts Festival,” said Mark J. Gordon, local entrepreneur and president of SHAPE. “It’s not just the premier art show in our region; it was named the top show in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. That makes it an unbeatable opportunity to reach hundreds of thousands of people with a message about how much our organization is accomplishing right here in South Florida. And what’s best of all is that we get to do it with some-

thing everybody loves: cupcakes.” Guests at the festival should look for the group’s Cupcake Cruiser, a mobile pastry delivery system outfitted with state-of-theart audio-video equipment, including a 50inch outdoor flat screen television that will be broadcasting information about SHAPE’s activities as well as ads from local partner businesses.

All of the profits generated by Cupcakes Changing the World support SHAPE in its mission to engage and empower students through philanthropic activities, leadership opportunities, civic engagement and career development. The Cruiser’s menu includes cupcakes in six flavors — chocolate fudge, strawberry swirl, red velvet, coconut dream, lemon twist and vanilla marshmallow. They are all freshly baked right here in South Florida, and they’re all available for $3 each. More information about SHAPE is available online at <www.Shape Students.org>; details about Cupcakes Changing the World can be found at <www.ChangingTheWorld.org> and information on the Coconut Grove Arts Festival is accessible at <www.Coconut GroveArtsFest.com>. The festival runs Feb. 13-15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and admission is $10; children 12 and under free.

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Facing foreclosure? Is bankruptcy an option for you? BY DANIA S. FERNANDEZ, ESQ., Attorney at Law Bankruptcy is a perfectly legitimate way to stop foreclosures and repossessions, put an end to lawsuits, protect paychecks from garnishments and regain control of your life. When filing for bankruptcy, it must be filed correctly in order to for it be successful. It is important to consult a bankruptcy attorney or debt relief lawyer in your area to ensure that you fully understand your options regarding bankruptcy and whether this is the best decision for your financial future. Personal bankruptcy is filed either as a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13: Chapter 7—Liquidation—wipes out most of your debts and in return, you may have to give up some of your property. If you are considering a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and you are behind in your mortgage, make certain that you first reach a loan modification/loan workout or refinance with your lender. In the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy there will not be a loan modification option of your existing mortgage and, therefore, if you stop paying your mortgage you could lose your home. Your homestead is exempt. However, it can be foreclosed on if you do not pay. Chapter 13–Reorganization— enables you to pay off all or a portion of your debts during a three to five year period, yet does not require you to give up any of your assets to pay creditors. As long as you keep making payments, creditors will not bother you for payment or continue the foreclosure against your property. In the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy you can save your house. The following is a list of facts you should know about filing bankruptcy:

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Reading is the most powerful skill a child can learn, as it influences success in school and improves the overall quality of life. That is why malls across the state of Florida owned by Simon Property Group, will promote the importance of reading and collect new and gently used books at each mall’s “Kidgits Book Blast” event that will take place locally on the following dates: The Falls — Saturday, Feb. 13, 2-4 p.m.; Miami International Mall — Saturday, Feb. 13, 2-4 p.m., and Dadeland Mall — Friday, Feb. 19, 6:30-8 p.m. Simon Kidgits Club’s “Book Blast” events welcome children of all ages to celebrate the joys of reading. Engaging activities and giveaways will bring to life children’s stories and help celebrate books and the importance of reading. A two-week book drive will commence at each mall’s “Kidgits Book Blast.” Families are encouraged to donate new and gently used books at each of the participating mall’s Guest Services Desks for two weeks after the “Kidgits Book Blast” events. The books will support the goals of the Florida Department of Education’s “Just Read, Florida!” initiative and will be distributed to programs and schools in the vicinity of the participating mall through donations to the Florida Education Foundation. “Simon Property Group is proud to partner with the Florida Department of Education’s Just Read, Florida! office to encourage and promote reading,” said Lynnette Lauria, portfolio vice president of

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day at historic La Palma Ristorante BY GARY ALAN RUSE

With Valentine’s Day at hand, an area landmark with a reputation for catering to lovers, La Palma Ristorante and Bar is preparing for the occasion. In fact, the eatery-rating guide Zagat actually called La Palma “Coral Gables’ date place that seduces with romance.” Located in the historic La Palma building, which originally opened as a hotel in 1924 and designed by George Merrick, the father of Coral Gables Mediterranean architecture, the La Palma Ristorante has been uniquely restored to its present character. “La Palma is the perfect place to celebrate with a loved one,” said owner Paolo Montecchi. “Our restaurant has a lot of character and charm, as it is a historic fixture in Coral Gables and has been for nearly 17 years. “La Palma has the most romantic out-

door courtyard in all of Miami. Couples can enjoy fine Northern Italian cuisine and a nice bottle of wine under the moonlight. It’s truly special!” With its cuisine ranging from prime meat and seafood to homemade pasta, cheeses and salads, its quiet charm, along with a habit of pampering its guests, La Palma is intended to be an ideal place for Cupid’s arrows to fly. “Our longtime customers all say that we make dining out easy because we truly take care of everything,” Montecchi said. “At La Palma, entertaining is stress and worry free.” La Palma’s dining experience would not be complete without the savory creations of Chef Vittorio Amadi, who is known for the restaurant’s famous Ossobuco Alla Veneta and popular Seabass Piccata, along with many delectable homemade desserts. The owner also wants everyone to know

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Grand Opening of Dade’s First Teacher Quality Center UTD and AFT Presidents To Open UTD Professional Resource Center The United Teachers of Dade is taking the lead in improving teacher quality with the grand opening Monday of the UTD Professional Resource Center, one of the few union-run teacher centers in the nation where teachers and paraprofessionals will receive training and other support to develop their teaching skills. After a press briefing at the center, UTD President Karen Aronowitz, Florida Education Association President Andy Ford and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten— along with Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Haitian community leaders—will visit an elementary school in Little Haiti. Among the issues they plan to discuss is Dade’s need for community schools in disadvantaged areas, which would offer healthcare and other social services, academic help and other programs for students and their families. Of the UTD Professional Resource Center, Aronowitz said: “Great teaching just doesn’t happen. Teachers need ongoing training and

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Healthy dose of laughter helped save author’s life BY TONYA STEWART

When London-based cancer sufferer Kit Hammond Stapely was told there was nothing more doctors could do for her, she realized that only a miracle could save her. That miracle came in the form of a new treatment — specially flown in from the U.S. — and a vital factor was the healing power of an “inappropriate sense of humor.” Kit not only recovered from her tussle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma — against all the specialists’ odds — but she trained as a “Laughter Leader” and Health Creation mentor, and now is helping others through “the black hole of a cancer diagnosis” and treatment by learning, among other things, to laugh at life. So, to what does Kit attribute this remarkable turnaround? “It was the sense of humour that got me into trouble all my life that played a big part in getting me out of trouble on my cancer journey,” she said. “If I couldn’t have laughed, I wouldn’t have survived.” And it was quite a journey. By1998 Kit had been through six years “overhung by the dreadful sword of Damocles,” following a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in

1992. During the next six years she had had the legal limit of every available chemotherapy drug but two; lost her hair five times from the treatment, several sets of lines in her chest, and her husband, who had given up all hope of her recovery, had lined up her replacement. In January 1998, a year after a gruelling stem cell transplant, Kit was told there was little more that doctors could do for her. Shortly afterwards upsurge of anger swept through her and she decided she didn’t want to go. “I wanted a miracle and I started working towards this goal,” she said. That miracle came in the form of Rituximab, a drug that her oncologist referred to as, “the magic bullet we’ve all been searching for because it targets only the cancer cell.” And guess what? The cancer cell they’d figured out how to target first was Kit’s own CD 19/ CD 20 cells (non-Hodkin’s lymphoma comes in many different forms). “I told you I’d get a miracle,” Kit winked at her oncologist, to which he replied, “It does seem a little like the U.S. Cavalry riding to the rescue at the very last moment.” “When life gives you lemons, make

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Kit Hammond Stapely –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– lemonade and have a party, is the philosophy that’s always worked for me,” Kit said. “I decided that if I couldn’t laugh, I’d have cried — and I’m not so sure I could have stopped.” This sense of humour helped her on a number of occasions. On a trip to London (when she was first diagnosed, she lived in New York) an old friend asked her, “How are you, Kit?” “Oh fine, really,” she replied, grasping the nettle firmly, “considering I’ve been told I have incurable cancer!” “There was a long silence as she digested my words,” Kit said. “She’s one of those people who spring back from everything

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like a bop-bag and this line, delivered with some panache, actually made her pause, but not for long. ‘Oh well, never mind. At least you know what you’re going to die of,’ she said. When I recovered from the shock I found that pretty funny.” And when her trademark shining mane of hair was lost through chemotherapy, Kit decided “to have fun with the hair loss. This was surprisingly easy, once I had made up my mind. A friend owned a wig catalogue company and gave me carte blanche. I stopped collecting at nine.” One of the wigs was long and blonde, (Kit affectionately named it “Helga”). “The wonderful thing about being bald is that you can have whatever hair you like. I’d always wanted long, straight, platinum blonde hair, so guess which wig was first on my list? I still encounter male friends who enquire wistfully after it.” Kit looks back on this period with fond nostalgia, “which is strange considering how ill I was and how often.” So it wasn’t surprising that Kit, who had herself gained so much hope through her laughter during her cancer experience, decided to train with Dr. Madan Kataria as a Laughter Yoga Leader (joining the ranks of the thousands of similarly trained laughter leaders worldwide — more than 90 in Florida alone). She now works as a Cancer Laughter and Wellbeing Guide and runs “Laughter Playshops” to help people who want to develop the healing powers of laughter and play in their own lives. “Laughter acts like the valve in the pressure cooker of stress,” Kit said. “If you can laugh at anything — I don’t care how serious it is — then you can survive it.” Kit will be talking about the benefits of laughter and signing copies of her book, It Could Be Verse: An Anthology of Laughter Quotations, at Books & Books in Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Ave., on Feb. 16. Designed to appeal to those facing stressful life situations, the book contains quotes from both famous and infamous people taken from the past 2,000 years.

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Tokyo Sushi Buffet, the largest sushi buffet in Cutler Bay opened in October to rave reviews and satisfied customers. What was a “Hollywood Video Store” right on S. Dixie Highway (US1) and 191st Street has been transformed into an “All You Can Eat Sushi” extravaganza. The remodeled restaurant features a relaxed atmosphere, the service is instant and attentive, and parking is plentiful. The head chef brings more than 10 years experience from New York City. Japanese, Chinese and American cuisines are featured, so there is something for everyone. An open kitchen concept with hibachi stir

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It’s ‘Twilight Time’ Feb. 20 at Cauley Square Village BY SHERRY MILLER

All the “oldies but goodies” songs of the past will echo through the lush tropical Florida gardens of Historic Cauley Square Railroad Village on Saturday, Feb. 20, as Kim Bankston, talented maestro of nostalgic music, takes the stage with superstar friends sharing the spotlight as the New International Platters and the New International Supremes. Bankston, a 30-year veteran of artistic performances the world over, will be celebrating his 50-something birthday in February with those very special friends from his musical career. Only You, Forever Gold, Twilight Time, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Great Pretender, Magic Touch and Harbor Lights are just a few of the old top 10 melodies and tunes to be performed. Bankston will be joined by artist colleagues Tangela Flowers, Theresa Pryor and Nyann Young of the New International Supremes Revue and James Hazelhurst and Derek Hadley of the New International Platters as well as Marvelettes’ Carol Allen (Mr. Post Man, Heat Wave). Bankston has attracted a large following every Saturday night and every second Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. (no cover charge) at The Village Chalet Restaurant at Cauley Square Village. He will expand his musical performances to a mini-concert type Musical Concert Exchange jammin’ with friends on centerpatio in the heart of Cauley Square Village on Feb. 20 off the main Village Street. Free parking is available. Tickets bought prior to concert are $8 per person and available in the world-famous Tea Room at Cauley Square open seven days a week and at Island Colors. Tickets are $10 per person at the door on the night of the event.

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Bankston’s span of instrumental mastery is unique encompassing performances on saxophone, vibes, keyboard, flute, steelpan, piano, bass and rhythm guitars. His expertise in sequencing, drum programming, and sting/horn arrangements add to a night to remember. His vocal range also is unique, almost gifted to him for tailored delivery of classical jazz, Motown, R&B, Brazilian jazz and ’70s/’80s pieces. Clear renditions of popular Stevie Wonder, Nat King Cole, Al Green, George Benson masterpieces, come through to leave the audience wanting more. For information on the Feb. 20 Musical Concert Exchange birthday bash for Kim Bankston, call direct to Cauley Square at 305-258-3543. Cauley Square Village is located at 22400 Old Dixie Hwy. (just off US1 at 224th Street). Visit online at <www.cauleysquare.com>.

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MCT bringing Mel Brooks’ The Producers to Kendall BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Miami Children’s Theater (MCT) is presenting the most honored musical of all time — Mel Brooks’ outrageously funny The Producers. Winner of 12 Tony Awards, The Producers follows the trials and tribulations of one of Broadway’s most famous duos, Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, who are convinced the surest way to make a fortune on Broadway is to stage the worst musical ever. MCT’s production runs Thursday, Feb. 11, through Sunday, Feb. 21, in the Russell Theater, located at the Alper JCC, 11155 SW 112 Ave. in Kendall. Directed by one of South Florida’s most acclaimed directors, Ron Headrick, this version of The Producers brings together some of the most talented thespians in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. With saucy showgirls, misguided

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Mercedes Benz SLK: Coupe to Roadster in 22 seconds Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS It’s tough to find something to dislike about the Mercedes Benz SLK 350; it’s just about the perfect two-seat small sports car and, with its retractable hardtop, it goes from a coupe to a roadster in just 22 seconds. The 2010 SLK line includes three models: SLK300 — powered by a 228-hp 3.0liter V-6 engine; SLK350 — with a 300-hp version of the popular 3.5-liter V-6, and SLK55 AMG — the high-performance model fitted with a 355-hp AMG V-8. All 2010 models come with a steering wheel covered in premium leather and a new monitoring system showing individual tire pressures. All three have new 17-inch twin five-spoke alloy wheels, and all have an innovative Direct-Steer system that involves variable-ratio rack gearing to provide an “on-center” steering feel with a higher responsiveness beyond the first five degrees of steering angle. Direct Steer min-

imizes steering effort during cornering and in low-speed maneuvers such as parking. Our test car for the week was the SLK350 (18/25 mpg) and it is an impressive car to drive with amazing acceleration. The V-6 has advanced engine technology that includes four valves per cylinder and variable valve timing. The 3.0-liter twincam engine develops more than 80 percent of its maximum torque at only 1,500 rpm. While variable valve timing gets much of the credit for the SLK300’s broad torque curve, a two-stage intake manifold plays a key role as well. Other high-tech engine features include tumble flaps that increase gas mileage by creating more turbulence in the intake passages at part throttle. With a higher-revving 7,200-rpm redline, the SLK350 engine has more horsepower and torque, thanks to its larger displacement as well as specially shaped pistons that produce a higher 11.7-to-1 compression ratio, a modified camshaft for higher valve lift, heavy-duty conical valve springs and lightweight valves made of high-temperature steel, and sodium-cooled exhaust valves. All models in the SLK Class can be ordered with a Sport package that includes AMG body styling, sport suspension, steer-

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