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Town acquires land for Lakes by the Bay Park BY GARY ALAN RUSE

he Town of Cutler Bay soon will have a new park and $8.6 million to develop it, thanks to the Miami-Dade County Commission and efforts by town leaders. County commissioners voted on Jan. 21 to transfer 49.3 acres of the 95.2 acres the county had intended for establishing the community park of Lakes by the Bay to the town of Cutler Bay. When Lennar Homes sought to build the community of Lakes by the Bay in 1972, it agreed to dedicate land for a community park. The land was donated officially in 1989 when the developer applied for approval to make changes to its master plan of 1982, but it wasn’t until 1994 that the land was conveyed officially as park land. The county purchased 19.54 acres of environmentally sensitive land in 1999 to use as a buffer between the active and passive portion of the park. The total land donation was approximately 80 acres, partly a former construction landfill and much of the rest either wetlands or marginally environmentally impacted. “There were many factors that contributed to the lack of progress in developing the long awaited Lakes by the Bay Park,” Councilmember Peggy Bell said. “The developer was responsible for insuring there were no chemicals or debris left on the waste site and a major cleanup job was required. DERM [Department of Environmental Resources Management] had to do several studies to insure the cleanup was done adequately. During this time our [Miami-Dade] commissioner, Katie Sorenson, required the developer to pay $1 million to do the cleanup work.” Shortly after the town incorporated in 2005, manager Steve Alexander and Councilmember Bell spoke to Commissioner Sorenson about the process

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PARK, page 4

Town begins project to improve roadways

Holiday shopping helps county establish new recycling record

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BY FRANK CALDERON

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BY LEE STEPHENS

rivers commuting throughout Cutler Bay soon will see improvements to the town’s main roadways, as a result of a $986,378 roadway-resurfacing project. The funds were awarded to the town through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The ARRA funds are a result of the Federal

Stimulus Funds provided by the federal government in order to create and sustain jobs within the community. Cutler Bay officials estimate more than 26 jobs will be sustained and/or created as a result of this project. “This is a breakthrough moment for Cutler Bay,” said Mayor Paul Vrooman. ––––––––––––––––––––––––– See

PROJECT, page 4

iami-Dade residents recycled more than 5,780 tons of paper, plastic, glass and metal in December 2009, setting a new monthly record for the county. The previous record had been set in June 2009, when 5,556 tons of recyclable materials were collected. “This is the second time we’ve broken our recycling record since our singlestream curbside recycling program began at the end of June 2008,” said Solid Waste director Kathleen Woods-Richardson. “I am certain the holidays in December contributed to the increase in recycling tons because, as residents bought more goods during the holidays, the packaging for those goods made its way into our recycling stream.” Miami-Dade’s curbside recycling program began in 1990. Originally, residents separated recyclables into two bins, which had to be carried to the curb. The singlestream program begun in 2008 employs a single cart, which is wheeled for ease of use. Residents place all recyclable materials — glass, aluminum, steel, plastic and all types of paper — into the cart; there is no need to separate items. “I want to thank our residents, whose care and concern for protecting our environment has prompted them to recycle more material than ever before,” WoodsRichardson said.

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PROJECT, from page 1 ––––––––––– “Roads that have needed resurfacing for a long, long time are being addressed thanks to this project. “Thanks to the hard work of our staff, we were able to quickly submit our proposal for these stimulus dollars and improve our infrastructure. That will save our local taxpayers money over the long run while we improve our town.” Many of Cutler Bay’s primary roadways have not been repaved in more than 20 years, and exhibit a high degree of pavement distress. As part of the resurfacing improvements 9.3 miles of the town’s collector and arterial roadways are being resurfaced with an inch of new asphalt.

The roadways to be improved are: Old Cutler Road, Caribbean Boulevard, Marlin Road, SW 87th Avenue, Quail Roost Drive and Franjo Road. In addition, damaged sidewalks along these routes will be repaired and ADA compliant ramps will be added as needed. These roadway resurfacings and sidewalk improvements will lead to improved rideability, safety and mobility for the users of the town’s roadway and sidewalk network. Construction, which began in early February, is expected to be completed substantially by the end of June. Access to local roads will be maintained during construction, however drivers may experience periodic delays between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. For more information visit online at <www.cutlerbay-fl.gov>.

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PARK, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

RECYCLING, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The Department of Solid Waste Management provides curbside recycling service to more than 340,000 households which includes all residences in the unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County as well as all residences in 20 participating municipalities, including locally Cutler Bay, Florida

City, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest and South Miami. For more information about MiamiDade’s curbside recycling program, visit the Department of Solid Waste Management’s website at <www.miamidade.gov/dswm/>.

Aerial view of land acquired by town for Lakes by the Bay Park (from Parks Master Plan).

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– of acquiring the park for the town. Lakes by the Bay is in Bell’s District 3. Later the town began the arduous process of negotiating with the county to acquire the park. Mayor Paul Vrooman, Councilmember Bell, Alexander and the town’s attorney met with Commissioner Sorenson and county staff to work on an agreement. The town council supported the acquisition through many workshops. It was agreed the park was necessary, whether run by the county or the town. It became apparent the town would be the best choice to maintain and develop the park, and to take ownership of Lakes by the Bay Park it needed the money from the

county from bonds and impact fees. Letters of support were sent to the county commission by the Cutler Bay Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and town civic groups. Commissioner Sorenson, supporting the citizens’ right to green space, was crucial in facilitating the agreement with the county. The town will go from having approximately 31 acres to over 80 acres of park land for its 41,000 residents. The county plans to put in trails and other amenities that are compatible with the environment. It is hoped the park will be complete within the next two years, just in time for the start of a new baseball season.

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AROUND TOWN Ge ne Flinn, Fli nn, who is the mayor of Palmetto Gene Bay and the first and only one at that, is termed out and he wants to continue serving, so he’s going to be running for the MiamiDade County Commission, District 8. Katy Sorenson, who is the present commissioner for that district, has decided those 16 years or so is enough and is calling it a day. She has assured everyone that she will continue serving the public, but just in a different capacity. My thanks go out to Commissioner Sorenson for a job well done. The legacy legacy continues… continues… At the South The Miami Art Festival on February 27-28, Mike Thompson and Cece Saba of Sunset Gallery and Framing will be exhibiting the Art of Ponce de Leon Middle School as part of the art festival. Thompson is a Palmetto Bay resident and his late wife, art teacher Carole Hughes-Thompson did a lot to help young art students. The exhibit’s address is 5864 Sunset Dr., South Miami and will run on

Saturday and Sunday during the Art Show. Mike Thompson and Mrs. Saba hope this will reinforce children’s love for art and inspire them and their parents to visit the South Miami Art Festival. “Who knows, one of these children may be our next great master painter,” says Mike. Cece Saba is planning to donate mat board and paper products to the school along with matting the student selected art for the exhibit. This is a great example of what a grass roots effort by a few individuals in these tough economic times can do to help the community! C o n s t r u c t i o n began February 8 convertConstruction ing the northern segment of the Turnpike’s Homestead Extension between State Road 836 and County Line Road into an all-electronic open road tolling facility, due by early 2011. A $24.8 million design-build contract will convert the Okeechobee and Miramar mainline toll plazas, along with the 16 Turnpike ramp plazas between SR 836 and County Line Road interchanges — so if you’re traveling that Turnpike area after 9 p.m., be aware that lanes in each direction will be closed this week from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Nea t es t trick tric k of the week (a la the New Neatest Yorker): the McClatchy promotion writer who termed condensing Herald Neighbors’ editions from 11 to 6 as an “expansion” of

coverage! Gee, if we could reverse that idea, what a great way to diet! rom South S o uth Miami: M ia m i: FFrom O k a y , n e w c o m e r Phillip P h i l l i p Stoddard Sto ddard Okay, newcomer kicked my friend Horace Feliu’s rear end right out of city hall in the recent election. Now Horace is off having a good time and the new mayor, Phillip Stoddard, gets his chance at sticking his head out and getting pummeled by his not yet named Stoddard haters that will be saying “He turned on us.” You gotta know that just as soon as the honeymoon is over the fireworks will begin once again. And yes, we will be there gleefully sharing every moment of it with you. In all fairness, everyone should give this guy a chance, and maybe some extra ones too, as this is his first time at bat in public office and he is sure to make some faux pas and some mistakes too. But that’s just the way it is. Everyone should send him their best wishes and hope that his one vote up there can make a difference in the lives of the people that live, work and play in South Miami. An d this th is from from Kendall: K e n d al l : And O n F e b r u a r y 1 On February 17,7, Community Council 11 as a Zoning Board approved an exception to five-acre zoning for Horse Country residential/institutional use when it permitted a Holy Cross Academy five-acre tract to be divided

into two, allowing a next-door Seventh Day Adventist Church to use 2.53 acres for a separated religious facility, as approved under a pre-existing covenant for the Academy land. Members of the Bird Road-Horse Country Homeowners Association protested the Board decision with Atty. Tucker Gibbs detailing its potential impositions, although the county’s Planning & Zoning staff registered no formal objection to sub-dividing the acreage, as long as existing covenant uses were maintained. Vice Chair Jeff Wander, along with Beatrice Suarez and Joseph Delaney, voted for approval 3-1, their favoring vote “splitting” the acreage between two independent entities.

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Pay cuts or no jobs at Jackson Memorial Hospital R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Jackson Memorial Hospital, our county public hospital that takes care of those that cannot afford to pay for medical attention, is in serious financial trouble. Unless it finds a way to reduce expenses and increase income there will not be sufficient dollars to meet payroll as early as May of this year. What would happen to our community if Jackson were to close? The uninsured, the poor, the immigrant, and the undocumented would not have a place to go for medical help. The emergency rooms at the private hospitals would be overloaded as Jackson’s former patients would end up at Cedars, Baptist, Palmetto General and all the other private hospitals in our community. The law requires that private hospitals open their emergency room doors for immediate medical care. The result would be unbelievable. The private facilities would be overrun to the point that they

could no longer serve the community. All of us — the rich, those with medical insurance and those without money or medical insurance — would go without care. Jackson Memorial Hospital and the City of Miami have a great deal in common. The unions that represent the workers who have bloated compensation packages and unrealistic pensions aren’t willing to give. I can understand their position. If they immediately acquiesce giving in to the request to take major cuts they will forever be the first in line when a reduction in expenses is needed. However, when it comes to a choice between having a job and taking a pay cut it seems that the pay cut is a more realistic resolution. Jackson Memorial has started demonstrating its contribution to reduced payroll by the elimination of a number of senior management positions and a reduction in salaries in management. Now it is the unions’ turn to do the same. For years Jackson ran in the black. When this happens few in management are willing to put dollars away to cover future deficits or are willing to acknowledge that new programs, which can be financially

–– VIEWPOINT –– covered in good times, will not survive in hard times. Jackson, as pointed out in a recent Miami Herald editorial, must cut wasteful spending, find ways to appeal to the “paying customer” and make cuts in payroll and pensions. Few members of our community realize the quality of medical service that is available at Jackson. A friend of mine recently was injured in an accident and was rushed to a local private hospital. When his condition worsened a helicopter was put on standby to evacuate him to Jackson where he could receive the medical expertise that only Jackson can provide. Unfortunately, it is difficult to market Jackson to the paying customer, notwithstanding the fact that only Jackson in South Florida that can offer certain levels of critical medical services. Too many of us, unfortunately, still remember the movie

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How will we know when we have won? BY ERNIE SOCHIN

Councilmember I don’t often write about international topics but every once in a while I feel a need to vent, so here goes: I keep hearing politicians speak of the “War on Terror.” Being kind of a war buff and amateur historian, I have tried to apply what I know to what is going on in this war now. In my wars, there was always a specific enemy — they wore unusual helmets, had different tanks and planes, wore different uniforms and had specific leaders and generals who had been trained in warfare at different military academies. There were specific geographic targets and you could measure progress by looking at the enemy lines and seeing them being pushed back, rivers crossed, islands captured and units surrendering. Once the opposing forces had had enough — lost enough men, ships, tanks, and factories — they would come to their senses and offer to surrender. They would meet in an old railway car, on a battleship, or perhaps at a building designed for such activity and sign a formal surrender document. This usually included the total disarmament of the losing country, and plans for occupation by the victor as well as plans for transition to a peaceful future. It was all cut and dry. The victors could celebrate in their streets, have huge fireworks displays and most everyone was happy — sometimes even the losers, because the bloodshed was finally over. I try to compare this knowledge to the present day “War on Terror.” How do our soldiers know the difference between the good guys and the bad guys until the bad guys start shooting at them or blowing up some trucks or tanks? Is there a central city where their government is based and where a leader might be asked to surrender? Who actually leads the Taliban and Al Qaeda? At first, I was told that once Sadam Hussein was captured the strife would end

in Iraq. That obviously hasn’t happened. Now we are told that all we have to do is finally capture and kill Osama Bin Laden. Somehow, although it might make us feel good, I don’t think that will end it all. Some other martyr will step up and it will continue. I think I understood what the Japanese and Germans wanted to accomplish back in the 1940s and once they realized that these goals were impossible and that their own people were paying a horrible price, they gave up, signed the documents and it was over! Now, I frankly don’t understand what motivates the people in Afghanistan. They aren’t set on world domination but do want to control what their own people think and how they pray and to whom. They apparently are willing to die for their beliefs, thinking that if they do, they will be rewarded in some mystical place that they perceive. This makes it tough for us because how can you threaten to kill someone who looks forward to dying? General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of our troops in Afghanistan has changed our strategy there. He believes that bombing targets that may or may not contain terrorist suspects is only angering the population there even more against us and serves little purpose, but yet he wants even more troops to try and swing the populace in our favor. I would love to see him do that, but I am not too optimistic. The people in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan are quite different in their beliefs and wants than we Americans are. A theocracy suits them just fine, so promising free elections and democracy is not first on their agenda. Knowing this, I for one would hate to see even one more American life lost while we try to figure out what others have tried to figure out for hundreds of years, without success. So back to my opening question: If this is truly a war, how will we know when we have won? Other articles of national importance can be viewed at Ernie’s website at <www.sochin.com>.

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County Commission approves changes to its Code of Ethics BY LEE STEPHENS

The Miami-Dade County Commission on Tuesday, Feb. 2, adopted an ordinance introduced by Commissioner Javier D. Souto which amends the county’s Code of Ethics to require that the mayor and every county commissioner receive a copy of the latest version of Miami-Dade County’s Code of Ethics prior to his or her swearing-in ceremony. As part of the ceremony, each commissioner would then sign a sworn affidavit attesting under oath that he or she has read the Code of Ethics and agrees to abide by the code at all times in carrying out his or her duties. Commissioners Sally A. Heyman and Rebeca Sosa were co-sponsors to the ordinance. “This is an extremely high standard of ethics and a commissioner who later breached any provision of the Code of Ethics would place himself or herself in a precarious position; there will be no claim of ignorance or of lack of knowledge as to the Standard of Ethics, with a signed affidavit attesting to the contrary on file as part of the oath of office,” Commissioner Souto said. “I am willing to sign such a document and adhere to my sworn oath to abide by our Code of Ethics, knowing the consequences of breaching this oath.” Commissioner Souto affirms that this law is another step in attempting to restore public confidence in government. “I have introduced several measures in the past several months and will continue with these efforts to reform our government and restore the faith and belief of the taxpayers; we are public servants and

our mission is to serve the needs of our community,” Commissioner Souto added. “However, I truly believe that we won’t restore public trust in their elected officials and in the administrators that run our government without opening the innerworkings and decision-making process in our government to public scrutiny,” he said. “Without real transparency and accountability, the public will continue with their lack of confidence in government and in their elected officials. “Government is not a private business and the dollars used to operate the government, to pay very handsome salaries and benefits, and to award very lucrative multi-million dollar contracts, are tax dollars, and because it is the people’s money we have to open the government to greater public scrutiny than you would expect in a private corporation.” Commissioner Souto said he believes one of the fallouts of the collapse in Wall Street and the banking and real estate industry is that people no longer take for granted where they spend their money and particularly how their tax dollars are being spent or misspent. “Just as these multibillion dollar conglomerates are discovering that times are changing and their shareholders are demanding more accountability, so too has change began to take root in government,” Commissioner Souto added. “Either we listen to the people and work with them to change and evolve or change will be forced upon us. I, for one, will continue to work with the people to introduce measures for government reform.”

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Dadeland Mall schedules first ‘Heart Health Fair,’ Feb. 27 BY ROBERT HAMILTON

In honor of American Heart Month, Dadeland Mall, one of Miami’s leading shopping destinations, will present its first “Heart Health Fair,” on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in partnership with the Florida Heart Research Institute. The “Heart Health Day” will feature a heart healthy fair consisting of free cardiovascular risk factor screenings, resources and referral information and the opportunity to network with healthcare professionals and service providers. Event attendees also will have a chance to preview a fashion presentation featuring the hottest trends available at Dadeland Mall when the event begins. “Dadeland Mall is thrilled to present the ‘Heart Health Fair’ and partner with Florida Heart Research Institute for this important effort,” said Renee Lanzara, director of marketing and business development at Dadeland Mall. “Dadeland Mall continues to be an important part of the

community by providing ongoing programs that improve the quality of life for both shoppers and employees.” Florida Heart Research Institute has been an international leader in cardiovascular research and education since 1944. Florida Heart is an independent, not-forprofit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to stop heart disease through research, education and prevention. “Our goal in partnering with Dadeland Mall is to educate the public that heart disease can be stopped, prevented and even reversed with the proper corrective steps,” said Kathleen T. DuCasse, CEO at Florida Heart Research Institute. “It is our hope that the Dadeland Mall Heart Health Day event will allow us to provide free screenings to women and follow them to determine whether those with risk factors are making the necessary lifestyle changes.” Dadeland Mall is located at 7535 N. Kendall Dr. in Kendall. For more information on Dadeland Mall, call 305-665-6226 or visit online at <www.simon.com>.

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The Wellness Community offers support for people with cancer BY NANCY EAGLETON

If you or someone you know is living with cancer, you are not alone. Today, nearly everyone is touched by cancer in some way. The Wellness Community-Greater Miami is dedicated to providing people in all stages of cancer, as well as their family and friends, programs that offer support, education and hope. These services are all offered free of charge. The Wellness Community is an international non-profit organization that was founded 28 years ago in California and has more than 52 locations throughout the U.S. People visit these facilities to participate in professionally led support groups, educational workshops, stress management programs and social events. They come to learn that they are not alone in their fight. “Everything we do is facilitated by licensed paid professionals and supported by evidence-based research,” said Pam Zakheim, founder and executive director. “Our programs are based on the principle of helping people to regain control in areas they can, reduce the unwanted aloneness that some experience after they are diagnosed, and help them become an active participant with their medical treatment team.” Zakheim opened The Wellness Community-Greater Miami in March 2002, and since its opening, the center has provided services to more than 18,000 people. This was the second Wellness Community opened by Zakheim. As a promise to her dear friend Gilda Radner, before she died of cancer in 1989, Zakheim opened The Wellness Community in Boston. Programs offered at the center, under the direction of Dr. Peggy Rios, program director, include introductory meetings for those new to the center, weekly and monthly support groups, many specific to a diagnosis, educational programs, and classes that address the mind-body connection such as Powerful Mind, Tai Chi, Yoga, Gentle

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Exercise, Muscle Relaxation and Healthy Eating. “Doctors and specialists are the experts when it comes to the medical component; we are the experts when it comes to all of the other pieces of dealing with cancer,” Zakheim said. “At one time, people had to run all over the entire city to experience the type of support and services that we offer under one roof.” Many of the programs are offered in the evening for the convenience of people who work. Classes also are offered in Spanish and a trained medical interpreter performs simultaneous translations for many of the educational workshops. “People often tell us that being with others who are in the same boat helps them tremendously,” Zakheim said. “This is really a happy place, which I

think is a surprise.” The homelike environment, which is keystone to The Wellness Community concept, makes sharing and mutual support comfortable for the participants. The center is warm and inviting and features a living room, sitting room, exercise room, children’s center, fully equipped kitchen and library. “All of the furnishings in the center were generously donated by Macy’s,” Zakheim said. “We also have a beautiful children’s area that was funded by a grant from the Batchelor Foundation.” In the living room of the center, a beautiful hand-carved wood “giving tree of donors” recognizes the many people and organizations who so generously give to The Wellness Community. They include Carnival Cruise Lines, Nordstrom,

Macy’s, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Peacock Foundation, Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation, Batchelor Foundation and the Nacron Family, among many others. “We’ve been blessed by tremendous support,” Zakheim said. “Everyone understands the implications of this disease.” The Wellness Community also holds fundraising events throughout the year and the money raised during these events all stays with the Miami location to support its local programs. The second annual Guardians of Hope Walk will take place at Miami Metrozoo on Saturday, Feb. 27. Registration for this relaxing, scenic three-mile walk around the zoo will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the walk will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Participants can walk in honor of someone with cancer or in memory of a loved one. A webpage to raise donations can be created by visiting < w w w. f i r s t g i v i n g . c o m / t w c m i a m i > . Participants can pre-register four different ways: Online at <www.twcmiami.org>; in person at The Wellness Community; by mail at 8609 S. Dixie Hwy, Miami. FL 33143, or by fax at 305-668-0048. The next fundraiser of the year, The Heart of Gold Gala, will be on Saturday, Mar. 20, 7 p.m., at the Eden Roc. The evening will feature a live and silent auction, cocktails, dinner and dancing. “Nordstrom is the title sponsor of this very well-attended event,” said Cindy Eckhart, director of development at The Wellness Community. The Wellness Community-Greater Miami is located at 8609 S. Dixie Hwy., in the Regions Bank Plaza, on the second level directly above Ross and DSW. Call 305-668-5900 or visit the website at <www.twcmiami.org> to obtain information about the services and programs, to view a complete calendar of events, or to make a tax-deductible donation.


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Short Sale: What is it? Do I have that option? BY DANIA S. FERNANDEZ, ESQ. Attorney at Law

Many homeowners are in distress with their mortgages. Dealing with a foreclosure and/or negotiating a loan modification is a common situation throughout South Florida. A short sale may be a viable option for those who have had enough and want to simply move on.

Here is basic and useful information regarding short sales: 1. What is a short sale? A short sale is an alternative to foreclosure where the lender/bank agrees to accept a sale price on your property that is less than what is owe on the loan. If you want to sell your home and you have no equity and owe more than it is worth, it will need to be through a short sale process. 2. When should I consider a short sale? This depends on your particular situation. If you wish you could just walk away from your house, then a short sale is appropriate. If what you need is more time, whether to find a better job or save money, then wait and do not sell your house yet. Many homeowners unable to pay their mortgage believe that they need to leave their home immediately. Keep in mind that once you leave your home you will either be living with someone else or you will have to rent. Do not forget that to rent you will probably have to pay first and last months’ rent plus a security deposit. A better plan is often to stay in your home and try to work out a loan modification as you simultaneously defend your foreclosure. Only you can decide if you want to fight for the home you have worked so hard for. 3. Where do I find buyers for a short sale? A common problem with short sales is finding a buyer. You need a Realtor who is knowledgeable about short sales and can market your home

to quickly find a buyer. Most attorneys work with a Realtor who is well-versed in the short sale process. Contact your attorney and get a referral for a Realtor. It will make a huge difference. 4. Do I need an attorney? An attorney will negotiate the short sale transaction. A short sale is processed much like a loan modification. The attorney will prepare all documentation and negotiate a deal with the lender/bank. In addition, you need to make certain the lender/bank waives its right to a deficiency judgment against you. A deficiency judgment is when the lender/bank pursues its right to come after you for the difference of what they agreed to allow the home to be sold for and what you owed to them. 5. What will I have to pay? The Realtor’s commissions are paid at closing by the lender/bank. An attorney may have an initial processing fee and may negotiate their fees with the lender/bank. In every short sale, time is a major factor; therefore it is best that the process be handled by an experienced professional. If a short sale is not processed correctly it could take longer to get an approval and eventually you may lose the potential buyer. There is a timeline for every alternative and every homeowner should be clear as to what step to take first. Whether it is a loan modification, foreclosure defense, short sale, deed in lieu of foreclosure or bankruptcy, each alternative is going to be specific to your individual case. Don’t be a homeowner who abandons their home prematurely! There are many viable alternatives. My initial consultation is free and many attorneys do the same. Write down all the questions you may have, get clear answers and start sleeping at night.

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Learn about Edison Phonograph and Moved Buildings Program BY BOB JENSEN

Bob Naumann will share two of his interests on Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., at the Historic Homestead Townhall Museum, 41 N. Krome Ave. in downtown Homestead opposite Losner Park. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. This presentation originally was scheduled for Feb. 18. Naumann is a man of many interests. He will share the results of his research on the 1914 Edison Phonograph owned by the Florida Pioneer Museum, play some music of the times and then demonstrate how to operate and maintain the early phonograph.

He will play one of his favorite records — a song written by 23-year-old Richard Rogers very early in his career. Pioneer Museum volunteers should not miss this segment. Then he will discuss another interest — historic South Dade buildings that have been moved from their original locations. Photos in the first location and then in the final location will be a part of Naumann’s presentation. Come early, have dinner in downtown Homestead and then look over the museum before the presentation. The Pioneer Museum Board of Directors will have a short meeting after the presentation.

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Miami-Dade Parks accepting applications for summer jobs Applications will be accepted now through Friday, Mar. 12, for a variety of summer jobs at Miami-Dade Parks, including pool managers, lifeguards, park service aides and recreation leaders. Applicants must apply via the MiamiDade County Online Employment Application website at <www.miamidade.gov/jobs> and also must contact the Miami-Dade Park where you wish to work. Individuals must be at least 17 years old. All applicants selected will be required to successfully pass a drug/alcohol screen and criminal background check prior to employment. Those applying for pool manager or lifeguard positions are required to submit proof of current certification in CPR, first aid, lifeguard and water-safety instruction provided by the Red Cross, YMCA or other nationally recognized aquatic training program. Training is available for those who apply early. For general information, call Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Summer Job Hotline at 305-755-7898 or visit the website. HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE PARK TO HOST MEN’S 5 VS. 5 SOCCER TOURNAMENT

Homestead Air Reserve Park will host a one-day, Men’s Five vs. Five Soccer Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 26851 SW 127 Ave. in Homestead. The single elimination tournament is open to teams consisting of five to no more than eight players on the roster, and a maximum of 10 teams will be allowed to participate. The cost to register is $100 per team and deadline to do this is Feb. 25. The first game is scheduled for 9 a.m. and teams must check in a half hour before each game. The winning team will receive a trophy and cash prize, as well as a free invitation to defend its title at the next tournament, scheduled for Saturday, May 1. To register, call Igna Portilla at 786-4889032 or at 305-242-7930. ‘PROSTATE HEALTH: GET THE FACTS’ AT DORAL HEALTH RESOURCE CENTER Baptist Health will offer the program “Prostate Health: Get the Facts” at the Doral Health Resource Center, located in the Baptist Medical Plaza at Doral, 9915 NW 41 St., Suite 210, on Thursday, Mar. 4, from 7 to 8 p.m. Urologist Darren Bruck, MD, will be the speaker.

COMMUNITY NEWS briefs This program is free but space is limited and registration is required. For more information and to register, call 786-596-3812 or visit <www.baptisthealth.net>. CHERISH ADOPTION SUPPORT GROUP TO CONDUCT PROGRAM ON MAR. 18 Cherish Adoptive Families of Miami will conduct an educational program titled “Pre-Teen/Teenage Adolescence for Adopted Children” on Thursday, Mar. 18, 7 p.m., at the Whole Foods Lifestyle Center, 6701 SW 57 Ave. The meeting is free and open to the public. Speaker Teri Wunderman, PsyD, will discuss how to help adopted pre-teens and teenagers enjoy the struggles and successes of adolescence, encourage teens to discover who they are, who they are becoming and how their adoption history fits in with how they see themselves. She will share ideas and perspectives on parenting with love and patience through the often-chal-

lenging teen years. For more information on Cherish Adoptive Families of Miami, contact Cherish president Jeanne A. Becker at 305444-2181 or send email to ,jbecker@beckerpublicrelations.com>. FREE LARGE PRINT HAGGADAHS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PASSOVER If you or someone you know needs a large print Haggadah this year, call the JBI library toll-free at 1-800-999-6476 before Mar. 19. For more than 77 years, the JBI library has enabled visually impaired people all over the world to participate in the most treasured of Jewish rituals, the Passover Seder, by providing free, large-print Haggadahs. In addition to Hebrew/English, Haggadahs are available in Hebrew/Spanish and Hebrew/Russian.

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Discussion Group at the Alper JCC, 11155 SW 112 Ave., on the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. For more information, call Phyllis Levy at 305-271-9000, ext. 243 or send email to her at <plevy@jbilibrary.org>. JACKSON MEMORIAL FOUNDATION TO HOST INAUGURAL 5K RUN AND FITNESS WALK The first annual Jackson 5K Run and Fitness Walk benefiting Jackson Memorial Hospital is scheduled for Sunday, Mar. 28, at downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd. The race starts at 8 a.m. and features a Holtz Children’s Hospital Kids Play Zone and Jackson Health Village. Hosted by Jackson Memorial Foundation with TeamFootWorks, the run is expected to attract several thousand participants with proceeds going to benefit Jackson Memorial Hospital, the MiamiDade community’s only academic medical center that cares for all, regardless of ability to pay. The Holtz Children’s Hospital Kids Play Zone features rock climbing, an inflatable slide, a bounce house and other fun for children. Music, refreshments and health-oriented activities are planned for the Jackson Health Village. For registration information, to support a

runner or to reserve a registration packet, contact TeamFootWorks at 306-666-7223 or visit <www.jackson5k.com>. For display booths or sponsorship opportunities, contact Momentum Marketing Group at 305-757-5894 or <dhodes@momentummg.com>. REACH FOR THE STARS GALA AUCTION AT THE MIRACLE THEATRE ON APR. 17 Attendees of the 19th Annual Reach for the Stars Gala Auction on Saturday, Apr. 17, 6:30 p.m., at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, will have the chance to bid on more than $300,000 worth of live and silent auction items while enjoying dinner provided by 30 of Coral Gables’ finest restaurants and an open Bacardi bar. Items for bid include international business class airline tickets, worldwide hotel travel packages and cruises and exclusive celebrity wine dinners at popular South Florida restaurants, among many other things. The guest auctioneer will be South Florida’s own Bob Soper, formerly of WFOR Channel 4 TV. This popular auction is the major fundraising event for Actors’ Playhouse each year with funds going to the capital improvements of the historic Miracle Theatre and the operating costs of Actors’ Playhouse Spectacular 2010-11 season. Items can be viewed online at

<www.actorsplayhouse.org>. Admission costs $150/person, which includes gourmet dining, open Bacardi bar, and wine and champagne from Premier Beverage, entertainment, silent auction and live auction. For tickets, call 305-444-9293, or purchase them online at <www.actorsplayhouse.org>. DEERING BAY Y&CC SPRING BREAK TENNIS CLINIC OPEN TO PUBLIC Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club will be opening its gates to all youth tennis players in the community for its Spring Break Tennis Clinic from Monday, Mar. 29, to Friday, Apr. 2. The coed clinic is for both members and non-members of the club, ages 8-15. It will run from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and includes lunch. The tennis director will be Pedro Leon, former ATP professional and Davis Cup member of Cuba. Registration is limited to 20 participants and the total clinic fee is $200. Interested parents can call 305-253-2111 or visit online at <http://dbycc.com> for more information. BOAT WET SLIPS AVAILABLE FOR RENT AT PARK AND RECREATION MARINAS Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department marinas currently have wet slips available for annual leases at afford-

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able prices for boat owners in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Now through Mar. 31, sign up for an annual contract and receive one month free. Transient dockage also is available at all Miami-Dade Parks marinas. The participating marinas are: Bill Bird Marina at Haulover Park, 10800 Collins Ave., N. Miami Beach, 305-947-3525; Herbert Hoover Marina at Homestead Bayfront Park, 9698 SW 328 St., Homestead, 305-230-3033, and Pelican Harbor Marina, 1275 NE 79 St., Miami, 305-754-9330. To lease, or for slip sizes and rates, interested patrons are encouraged to call the individual marina. FREE HOMEWORK HELP FOR STUDENTS AT MIAMI-DADE PUBLIC LIBRARIES The Miami-Dade Public Library System’s SMART (Science, Math And Reading Tutoring) program offers free homework assistance for students in grades K-12 every Saturday through May 15. The hour-long tutoring sessions are offered each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all library branches with the exception of the Model City branch, which offers the program on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. The Miami Lakes, West Dade and West Kendall libraries also offer additional

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hours on Saturdays from 2 to 5 p.m. Tutoring is done in small groups by carefully screened and experienced educators. Children are asked to bring textbooks, written assignments or any other materials about which they have questions. To learn more about the SMART program, call 305-375-3563 or log on to <www.mdpls.org>. COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY TO SPONSOR SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM SITES Miami-Dade County Community Action Agency (CAA) currently is seeking program sites for the county’s 2010 Summer Food Service Program, which will operate from June 7 through July 30. Program sites may be public or private locations that provide services for children during the summer and may include community centers, recreational centers, summer camps, cultural workshops, churches and other locations. The Summer Food Service Program provides nutritionally balanced meals to needy children — regardless of race, color, creed, sex, handicap, age or national origin — during the summer recess when school breakfast and lunches are not available.

The program is open to children up to age 18 residing in geographical areas where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free or reduced price meals during the regular school year. Applications for this program can be found online at <www.miamidade.gov/caa> and must be submitted to the county by Mar. 12 to be considered. For additional information, contact Ruthe White, Nutrition Services coordinator, at 786-469-4692.

services also are available by calling the Children’s Trust at 2-1-1. Customized individual and group counseling activities for businesses and organizations also are available. For more information on how to volunteer or to discuss counseling needs for your business or organization, contact Zaymar Vargas at 305-358-1640, ext. 161, or by email at <zvargas@switchboardmiami.org>.

SWITCHBOARD OF MIAMI NEEDS CREOLE, FRENCH CREOLE-SPEAKING VOLUNTEERS Switchboard of Miami Inc. asks persons 18 years or older who speak Creole and/or French-Creole language with backgrounds in mental health, social work, psychology and/or psychiatry to help in the aftermath of Haiti’s Jan. 12 earthquake. Short- and long-term assignments are available in various capacities. Expedited training is provided at the Switchboard office, 701 SW 27 Ave. in Miami. Background checks are required. Switchboard of Miami offers 24-hour counseling and information and referral services for anyone in need of support in this time of grief. Information and referral

VITAS INNOVATIVE HOSPICE CARE SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO VISIT PATIENTS Hospice volunteers of VITAS Innovative Hospice Care give their time to terminally ill patients and their families during a critical time. There is a need for volunteers to visit patients in their homes, assisted living communities, nursing homes where VITAS patients are residents and VITAS inpatient hospice units. There is a variety of tasks volunteers may choose to do including visiting with patients and family members; walking or wheeling patients to the garden or patio area; serving and feeding patients at mealtime; reading books, writing letters or playing games with patients, offering

spiritual support or offering to polish nails or pampering patients in some other way. Find out more about visiting hospice patients and other VITAS volunteer opportunities in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties by calling Cathy Agosti at 305-690-4765 or by email to <cathy.agosti@vitas.com>. MDPLS OFFERS BOOKS BY MAIL TO THE HOMEBOUND READER The Miami-Dade Public Library System’s “Connections: Library Service for the Homebound” provides books by mail to people of all ages who are unable to visit a library due to chronic illness, physical disability or frailties of age. The Connections service mails library materials, including regular and large print books, foreign language books, videotapes, DVDs and audio books in cassette or CD format, to patrons living within the library’s taxing district. The patron pays only the return postage, or can return the book directly to the library. For information or to determine qualification, call Connections at 305-474-7251.

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Southland Mall, the only enclosed regional mall servicing South Miami-Dade County down to the Florida Keys and boasting over 1 million square feet of gross leasable space, has partnered with Old Navy and the Rotary Club of Perrine Cutler Ridge Palmetto Bay to hold a Shoe Collection Drive for the Haiti earthquake victims. The event will take place on Saturday, February 27th at the Old Navy store entrance and the fountain area inside the mall by TJ Maxx from 12 noon through 5 pm. The focus of the collection is shoes, but people are encouraged to donate new and gently used items, such as clothing, blankets, diapers, canned goods, and first aid kits. Cash and check contributions will also be accepted and forwarded to Food for the Poor. “Among the many needs that Haiti has right now, one of them is shoes; children are walking on glass and debris and workers need boots to wade through the rubble”. “Haiti needs everyone’s support and Southland Mall is honored to be a part of this noble endeavor,” said Maggie Anzardo, marketing director at Southland Mall. To help mitigate this need, for a limited time Old Navy is offering a special price on sandals, two for $5.00. The community

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Local ‘Bones’ players to perform at tribute BY BOB PHILLIPS

On Fathers Day in 1961, 20-year-old Iowa farm boy Jerry Mescher and his dad, Albert, appeared on the Original Amateur Hour with Ted Mack in New York City. Amazed at the “tall buildings and a town you couldn’t see the end of,” Jerry Mescher is today celebrating his 50th anniversary of winning the chance to appear on the Original Amateur Hour at a local county fair. “Ted Mack was a very nice guy. He sold Geritol, rehearsed with us, and treated us really great. He also said on air that he thought it was a real treat for his huge audience to celebrate Father’s Day with a father-son act. What really amazed Mr. Mack was the fact that dad and I played the Bones…together.” Jerry, his wife, Sharon, and his sister, Bernie Worrell, are all Bones players, and they, surprisingly, play the Bones as a trio, an unheard of ability to keep rhythm, sound, snap, and wrist movements identically the same. They have been selected as a feature act for the first annual “Old Time Country Music Tribute to Ted Mack and the Original Amateur Hour,” which will take place on Feb. 27 at the German-American Club in West Kendall. Second to the human voice, Bones are the oldest instruments known to man. As far back as medieval Europe, roving performers called “jongleurs” accompanied music makers, by clacking ox ribs together. No minstrel show of the 1800s was complete without a Bones player; Mark Twain was a fan, and so was George Lucas (Producer of the Star Wars movies). Lucas recorded Bones players in his Sky Walker Studio for two scenes in the Academy Award winning film, Titanic. Stretching from India to Mongolia, from Egypt to a farm in Iowa, the technique of Bones playing remains basically the same no matter

Pictured (l-r) are Jerry and Sharon Mescher and Bernie Worrell.

where you are from. “My dad, Albert Mescher,” Jerry is quick to add, “started playing Bones when he was about 10, accompanying himself by pumping an old upright player piano. His first Bones were made from a pitchfork handle. Not long after Dad learned to play the bones, my grandfather spotted some ‘professional’ ebony Bones in the Sears & Roebuck catalog. They cost $1.40 for a set, this must have been about 1915. “My first Bones were made from a peach crate. I was 10, too, when my dad captivated me with his incredible rhythm playing. My sister was next to learn the Bones and together we kept the tradition alive. Now my wife, Sharon, has joined us. Our Bones trio, the Mescher Bones, have been carrying on the tradition ever sense.” The Meschers were inducted into “America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame” for their Bones playing abilities, and though they have difficulty practicing, Jerry still lives on the farm in Iowa, but sister Bernie is a flight attendant for Delta Airlines and makes her home in Miami,

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Bernie said. “We even have a video tape of the half-hour program my dad and brother were on, and will be showing it at the tribute show. One of the producers of the show, Albert Fisher, helped us obtain this valuable footage from the Library of Congress. “We are also having some additional entertainers on this tribute show to make it an all-round full-fledged variety show — Terry Smith from Nashville, Bob and Sheila Everhart, Francis Hahn, and Rick and Harriette Andersen from Iowa; Pat Boilesen, Bob Keim, and Jackie Shewey from Nebraska; Kenny Meyer from Minnesota; Maggie Penn from Illinois, and Tom Worrell from Florida who will be the emcee of the show,” she said. “We hope that we are beginning a ‘new’ tradition that will continue annually, and that will expand the audience for old time country music.” More information on tickets and times of performance are available from Bernie Worrell at 305-279-7242. Bob Phillips is public relations director for National Traditional Country Music Association Inc.


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International Orchid Show ‘takes root’ Feb. 26 - 28 South African Disa orchids

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South Florida will be in full bloom when the South Florida Orchid Society presents the 64th Miami International Orchid Show, Feb. 26-28, at the Doubletree Miami Mart/Airport Hotel and Convention Center, 711 NW 72 Ave. (immediately south of Miami International Airport). Not to be confused with the numerous other orchid shows that proliferate each spring, the Miami International Orchid Show is the original, and now the largest orchid show and sale in the country. Each year, orchid professionals and hobbyists from across the globe exhibit an exquisite, tropical array of tens of thousands of orchids and orchid-related items for show and for sale. Show organizers anticipate more than 15,000 attendees this year. “The thing that sets the Miami International Orchid Show apart from the other orchid shows is the sheer size of the show, the number of items for sale, and the extraordinary design of the exhibits,” said show director Robert Fuchs. “The Miami International Orchid Show is a top-caliber, professionally produced show where guests get to see and buy the world’s finest orchids from the world’s top growers.” “Passport to Paradise” sets the theme for the 2010 show. In addition to extraordinary orchid displays, the show features a juried awards competition and thousands of orchids and related items for sale. New for 2010 will be an art exhibit and corresponding art contest spotlighting orchid imagery in three creative categories — art, sculpture and photography. The contest will be overseen by Terry Mulrooney from the

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Moonlight Musicale returning to St. Richard Catholic Church BY GARY ALAN RUSE

A popular outdoor concert, the annual Moonlight Musicale presented by St. Richard Catholic Church in Palmetto Bay, will take place this year on Saturday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., in an informal setting on the church’s parish grounds. Michael Derrick, St. Richard’s choral director, again invites village residents to attend the event for a relaxing and enjoyable family experience. “You can bring chairs or just spread a blanket under the stars and enjoy a moonlit evening of popular ballads, show tunes, and light classics, all performed by the parish choirs and instrumentalists,” Derrick said. “Afterwards, join us for refreshments.” The church’s adult, youth and children’s choirs will be participating, and cello and violin instrumentalists will be performing as well, according to Derrick. Music in a variety of genres will make up the program. There will be Illustration by youth choir member Ali Ross. solo and ensemble performances of ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– art songs from the English Baroque “The Moonlight Musicale provides an and Italian and German Romantic periods. Selections from The Merry Widow by opportunity for our community to come Franz Lehar; The Happy Wanderer, a together to take pleasure in the company of favorite among children’s choirs; one another and listen to pleasant music American Broadway music by Gershwin, while enjoying nature’s beauty,” he said. Admission to the concert is free. Rodgers and Hammerstein and Lerner and Lowe will also be featured, as well as folk Donations in support of the music ministry songs arranged by American composer will be accepted gratefully. St. Richard is located at 7500 SW 152 Aaron Copland. Pastor Stephen Hilley explained why he St. (Coral Reef Drive, diagonally across believes the annual concert is such a spe- from the park) in Palmetto Bay. For more information, call 305-233-8711. cial event.

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Roxy Theatre Group presents musical fable Guys and Dolls BY ROBERT HAMILTON

The Roxy Theatre Group (RTG), a nonprofit arts organization for children, will present the musical fable of Broadway, Guys and Dolls, Fridays-Sundays, Mar. 12-28, at the Roxy Performing Arts Center, 1645 SW 107 Ave. (across from Florida I n t e r n a t i o n a l University). Featuring a cast of 70 youth, ages 10-22, and an orchestra of students from the Greater Miami Youth Symphony (GMYS), a non-profit organization dedicated to training young musicians, Guys and Dolls is a comedic story of love, money, and salvation in New York City. The young ensemble is comprised of actors, dancers, singers and musicians representing 32 different schools and colleges in Miami-Dade County. Performances are Mar. 12-14, 19-21 and 26-28. Curtain times are Fridays and

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LET’S TALK CARS The Nissan Sentra has established itself as a stylish and fun-to-drive compact sedan, and it continues in that tradition in 2010, but with a host of enhancements to the styling and the interior, as well as some new technology to improve efficiency. For 2010, Sentra is offered in six trim levels — 2.0, 2.0 S, 2.0 SR, 2.0 SL and two performance-oriented models, SE-R and SE-R Spec V. Sentra 2.0 models come with a standard 140-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and Nissan’s Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) on all models except the Sentra 2.0, which is offered with a choice of CVT or a six-speed manual transmission. Built on Nissan’s global “C” platform, Sentra’s exterior reflects the design of other Nissan vehicles and has a long wheelbase, short front and rear overhangs, crisp character lines and large doors, with a high deck in the rear that accentuates the roomy cabin and cargo area.

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Capricorn - Your intuition is powerful and strong this week, but you may find to works better in and around your family and home neighborhood, less so in and around the workplace, or when directed towards career issues. The workplace may bring mixed results this week.

Aquarius - You have some interesting phone calls heading your way this week. Friends, companions and your love partner all bring you good news. If you are single, one of your friends could be planning a blind date, or a sneaky introduction to another friend.

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Cutler Bay Business Association February 2010

Katherine Fernandez Rundle, speaker

Rundle: Bad Checks and Restitution At the February 2010 luncheon, MiamiDade State Attorney, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, discussed the Bad Check Restitution Program. She explained ways to cut losses and obtain restitution when businesses receive worthless checks. Business owners may get more information at the Miami-Dade State Attorney Office Web site.

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