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Special election to address candidate and police issues BY GARY ALAN RUSE oming up on June 25, in a special election using mail-in ballots, the residents of Cutler Bay will have a chance to amend the town charter relating to two issues affecting local government. The first proposed charter amendment is pretty straightforward, designed to help local elections better mesh with the workings of county, state and federal election policies. It reads: “The Town Charter currently provides for qualification periods for candidates for Town elections that may only be altered by amending the Charter. It is proposed that the Charter be amended to allow the Town to alter those qualifying periods by ordinance if necessary to comply with changes to state or federal law or to the policies of the Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections office. Shall the above-described Charter Amendment be adopted?” The second item on the ballot

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One charter issue Cutler Bay residents will have the opportunity vote on would eliminate the town having to pay twice for specialized police services.

regards police services for the Town of Cutler Bay, which are currently provided by arrangement with Miami-Dade County Police by special contract. The details of this could be

changed, and the wording of the charter amendment is: “The Town Charter currently provides that the Town is –––––––––––––– See

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Girls State delegates chosen, to spend week in Tallahassee Pictured (l-r) are unit chair Maureen Peterson, district chair Beverly Evans, Natalie Thomas, Amalie Kling Sherman, Katrina Torres, Sarah Dominguez, Melissa Hernandez, Aura Altamiranda, Carmen Gil, Natalie Wright, Julie Halroyd, Rebecca Basler, Amanda Peraza, Ashley Dean, Shari Thompson and district president Betty Gardner. (See story on page 4)

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The Fair awards more than $122,000 in scholarships BY MICHELLE PALOMINO Having just completed another successful run of the Miami-Dade County Fair, The Fair hosted the 38th annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony, during which 60 students from both public and private senior high schools in MiamiDade County were awarded $2,000 each in scholarship money to further their education. The scholarship recipients are dedicated high school seniors who plan on attending an accredited college, university or trade school. In its 58 year History, the Miami-Dade County Fair has awarded more than $8 million in scholarships, awards and premiums to students in the community. This not-for-profit organization is the largest local scholarship sponsor for high school students. The Fair’s scholarship program is but one of the many ways that The Fair gives back to the community. In addition to awarding scholarships, awards and premiums, The Fair’s community outreach includes: Youth achievement programs such as the

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difficult economic times. Salute to Education Inc., established in 1994, is a non-profit organization funded through dealership contributions and corporate support from Ford Division, Lincoln Mercury Division, Ford Credit and Ford Customer Service Division. In addition, the program receives support from a Scholarship Committee composed of Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers and business, educational and civic leaders. Community volunteer participation has been an integral part of the campaign’s success. Salute to Education is one of the largest private scholarship programs in South Florida and has awarded more than $3.1 million in scholarships to more than 3,200 deserving public and private high school seniors in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The 80 winners from Miami-Dade County will be recognized, and their awards presented, during the 15th annual Salute to Education Awards Ceremony taking place on June 6 at the FIU Graham Center. Ken Czubay, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Ford Motor Company will be the guest speaker at the event. The following are names of area scholarship winners and the category in which the student won the scholarship separated by school: Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, Andrea Ucar, Natural Science; Coral Gables High, Brian Samuels, Leadership/Service; Coral Reef High, Marilyn Horta, Language Arts/Foreign Language; Nall Moonilall, Natural Science; Frederick Montgomery, Performing and Visual Arts; Katherine Quintero, Social Science; Keivan Zolfaghari, Vocational/Technical; Felix Varela High School, Brittany Brave, Performing and Visual Arts; Naureen Fasihi, Vocational/Technical;

G. Holmes Braddock High, Janessa Brito, Athletics; Deneysis Labrada, Language Arts/Foreign Language; Diana Viera, Leadership/Service; Eduardo F. Garcia, Natural Science; Homestead High, Michael Lovette, Athletics; MAST Academy, Candice Allouch, Leadership/Service; Miami Killian High, Emmanuela Pierre, Leadership/Service; Siraj Iqbal, Math/Computer Science; Miami Palmetto High, Garrett Lau, Natural Science; Ting Jiang, Performing and Visual Arts; Miami Southridge High, Willie Lee, Athletics; Victoria Martinson, Leadership/Service; Edison Lowe, Natural Science; Miami Sunset High, Juliana Gonzalez, Leadership/Service; New World School of the Arts, Cristhian Mora, Performing and Visual Arts; Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, Melanie Roca, Athletics; Palmer Trinity School, Jaquen Castellanos, Language Arts/Foreign Language; Robert Morgan Educational Center, Julie Fontaine, Language Arts/Foreign Language; Jennifer Bustamante, Math/Computer Science; Ruslan Garcia, Natural Science; Jasmin Quinones, Vocational/Technical; St. Brendan High School, Marian Rivera, Social Science School for Advanced Studies (Kendall), Oscar Marti, Leadership/ Service; Christina Lopez, Social Science South Dade High, Belinda Vega, Language Arts/Foreign Language; Amanda Cunniff, Leadership/Service; South Miami High, Linet Suarez, Leadership/Service; Andrea Rivera, Math/Computer Science; Sulay Palenque, Performing and Visual Arts; Maria Garcia, Social Science; Alyss Perez, Vocational/Technical, and Southwest Miami High, Ivelisse Valdes, Language Arts/Foreign, Language; Gretchell Ramos, Leadership/Service.

Girls State delegates chosen, to spend week in Tallahassee BY GARY ALAN RUSE A dozen young ladies selected as local delegates of District 14 for the 2009 Florida Girls State session in Tallahassee gathered with alternates, parents and officers of the Women’s Auxiliary at American Legion Post No. 133 in Palmetto Bay for an orientation meeting on Sunday, May 17. The annual summertime citizenship training program gives girls a chance to study local, county and state government processes by setting up their own miniature city, county and state governments and administering them according to the laws of their particular state. Candidates must have competed their junior year in high school, have an interest in government and current events, have high moral character, strong leadership abilities and an above average scholastic standing. “I think this may be one of the best groups of girls we’ve ever had,” said Maureen Peterson, unit chair at Post 133. The girls will board a chartered bus at 4 a.m. on July 2 and head to Tallahassee for a one week program that will allow them to sit in during sessions at the state capitol, campaigning, “party” rallies, debates and voting. Some will be elected to high positions in the mock government and all will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the political process. For the first time this year, the girls will stay in a new college dormitory during their visit, with the usual supervision and strict guidelines regarding such things as their schedule, dress code and cell phone use. “It’s not exactly like prison, but it’s close,” Patty May, state director of the program, jokingly told the girls. May filled them in on the rules and the

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required to contract with and pay for specialized police services from Miami-Dade County. It is proposed that the Charter be amended to eliminate the requirement to pay additional fees for the services and to eliminate the ‘favored nation’ status for specialized police services. Shall the above-described Charter Amendment be adopted?” Mayor Paul Vrooman thinks both items are a “no-brainer,” but especially regarding the police services.

“It’s an experience the girls get that will stay with them for the rest of their lives, and it often can have an impact on their choice of careers.” — Patty May needed paperwork, and also told them of the expanded computer lab this year’s participants will have to draft their bills for the mock sessions. Some girls will be eligible for special scholarships that will be awarded covering two years at Tallahassee State College and two years at Florida State University. Samsung also awards annual scholarships through the American Legion and the Girls State Program to daughters of American service men and women. May lauded the program for the many benefits it offers the young women. “It’s an experience the girls get that will stay with them for the rest of their lives, and it often can have an impact on their choice of careers,” May said. “They’ve never met the other girls and they’re thrust into the situation where they need to sink or swim. Some of them just excel, and it’s inspiring to watch. They learn a lot about government but they also learn about leadership and what they’re made of, and they make lifelong friends.” The participants will check out of Girls State on Friday, July 10, and return to South Florida by bus.

“It will change the charter so we don’t have to pay for specialized police services,” Mayor Vrooman said. “We will save a great deal of money. We will still receive those services, but we’re paying twice for that now, since we’re paying countywide as citizens of the county, too. So we need to tidy-up the charter to allow that to happen.” Mayor Vrooman urges residents to take the special election seriously, read the items carefully and realize that they won’t be giving up anything. “They’re not voting to get rid of specialty police services,” Vrooman assured. “They’re voting to not have to pay for it twice.”


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Hurricane season is almost upon us again Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Storm Prep Expo — Cristina Rodriguez tells us that the American Red Cross and Miami-Dade County will jointly host the second annual Storm Prep Expo on May 30 and May 31 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Hall D, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special guests include former Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning, former National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield, and chief meteorologists from WFOR Ch. 4, WTVJ Ch. 6, WSVN Ch. 7, WPLG Ch. 10, WLTV Ch. 23 and WJAN Ch. 41. Hurricanes have spared Miami-Dade County for the past four years, fortunately, but most South Floridians remember the damage these powerful storms can cause. Guests will have the opportunity to become familiar with products and services offered by local companies to help them prepare for the hurricane season. Don’t know what to do if a storm hits? Special presentations have been put together by police and fire-rescue departments to inform guests about necessary safety precautions for protecting their home and family. Student essay winners... The American Civil Liberties Foundation of Florida announced the winners of the second annual Zelda Glazer Civil Liberties Writing Competition on Friday, May 9 at the annual ACLU of Florida Greater Miami Chapter Law

Day event. The winners, all Miami-Dade Public School high school seniors, were joined by their teachers and instructional supervisors of the Miami-Dade County Public School’s Division of Language Arts/Reading, an instrumental partner of the competition. All of the winning essays can be viewed online at <www.aclufl.org/zelda>. First place winner Noel Kassewitz, a student in Voncia Barno’s class at Coral Reef Senior High School, submitted an essay comparing a society where the government could arrest and imprison a citizen arbitrarily in the absence of the constitutional protections granted in the Bill of Rights. Kassewitz was awarded $1,500 to pursue her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida. Second place winner Bernadette Guerra, a student of Ms. T. Simpson at American Senior High School won for her heartfelt essay regarding freedom of speech. She hopes her future career in Journalism will enable her to “help restore the dignity and poise of a voice.” She was awarded $1,000 to pursue an undergraduate degree at The University of Florida. Third place winner Fabiana Ferrer, a student in Martha Cabrera’s class at Miami Springs High School, wrote that even in a post 9/11 world “The United States’ principals of freedom which separate this nation from dictatorships” must be upheld. She will use her $500 award to pursue higher education at FIU. Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, representing a sizeable chunk of East Kendall, proposed recall of the half-penny sales tax that was sold to fund Metrorail expansion but voters got maintenance, instead. Colleague Commissioner

Rebecca Sosa moved for a ‘watchdog’ ordinance to better control Citizen Independent Transportation Trust dollars over the next four years, too. Three very territorial Kendall Commissioners (Dennis Moss, Joe Martinez, and Javier Souto) said “no” to both measures May 19 while Gimenez and Katy Sorenson recorded “aye” votes. So Kendall voted 3-2 to defeat both resolutions since the overall commission vote tied 6-6, lacking a majority needed for approval of either one. Seems “we” stay on the opposite side of what we suspect Kendall, as a voting bloc, would strongly favor. So we’ll continue keeping track of who represents us — and how!

And don’t forget to watch for those special election mail-in ballots right here in your own communities. Read ‘em, cast your votes, participate! Thought of the Day: It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived. — George C. Patton Gary Alan Ruse and Richard Yager contributed to this column. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-6697355, ext. 249, or send e-mail to <Michael@communitynewspapers.com>.

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Miami-Dade’s uncontrolled urban sprawl hurts us all R. Kenneth Bluh VIEWPOINT KENNETH’S COMMENTARY William E. Finley, author of Curing Urbanitis the Metropolitan Disease, states, “It was not until 1927 that the concept of public controls about what could be built where was approved by the U.S. Supreme Court, upholding a lower court decision that a municipality, in this case Euclid, OH, could adapt a communitywide set of regulations setting zoning for different land uses.” Before 1927, landowners could decide what they wanted to build on their land without the need to obtain the consent of any government agency. Sprawl was okay. Little consideration was given to the need for public transportation, more schools or the need for more law enforcement to cover the much larger area created by the sprawl. New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago all were developed before the emergence of the auto as a common mode of transportation. Not until Henry Ford, as pointed out by Finley, started

building cars for the masses did the idea of real estate sprawl take hold. The wider the spread of homes, the greater the need for public transportation. Children cannot travel dozens of miles to attend school, therefore sprawl requires the construction of more and more “neighborhood” schools. Sprawl affects every public service from transportation, to police, water and sewer service, electrical lines, to grocery stores. Miami-Dade County has unique problems. We are bounded by the Atlantic, Broward County, Florida Bay and the Everglades. We have very little expansion room before we are building in the Everglades. Our source of drinking water is in jeopardy as the construction of homes and commercial buildings moves closer and closer to the very edge of the Everglades. The concept of creating a line running south and then east restricting building to one home per five acres came into being to confine construction into a given area until we ran out of space, and then we would expand the line west, just enough to accommodate the community’s needs. Acquiring large tracts of land outside the developed areas of a community always has been desirable for builders as

the construction of large numbers of homes is cost effective. Our line of demarcation is called the Urban Development Boundary (UDB). It has served us well. We have moved the boundary only twice in the past 10 years, proving that the concept is sound. Recently, pressure was being brought to bear upon our county commissioners who once again moved the boundaries. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez is against the move, as is our state’s Department of Community Affairs, South Florida Regional Planning Council, Miami-Dade Planning and Zoning Department, Department of Environmental Protection and the South Florida Water Management District. Notwithstanding all the opposition from qualified public and private entities, our county commissioners, with few exceptions, voted to move the boundaries twice, once for the construction of a Lowe’s Superstore and once for commer-

cial zoning on 42 acres. Administrative law judge Bram Canter ruled against Lowe’s and in support of the 42 acres stating it cannot be used for agriculture. Commissioner Katy Sorenson, one of the few voices against UDB expansion, stated, “We have a choice — to sprawl or not. Instead of perpetuating a bad pattern of development, let’s invest in fixing our stressed and aging roads, bridges, water and sewer plants and pipes. Let’s give our transit system a fighting chance to catch up with our community’s transportation needs. We must break the bad habit of urban sprawl now.” Well said, Commissioner Sorenson.

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In tough times, best to be positive while job hunting

Al Sunshine 4 YOUR MONEY Looking for companies that are still hiring is quite the full-time job right now. Carlos Castro, an unemployed dry cleaner, can relate to this, as he has been forced to spend a lot of time improving his computer skills. Carlos said, “It takes a while…you have to fill out all your experience and education over and over again. It’s a whole process.” If you’re looking for a job, the experts are saying to be as positive as possible. Remember, it’s not about how badly you need to get back to work; it’s about convincing a prospective new employer how badly they need you. What you really want to know is who is hiring and what job skills are needed to get a new job. Florida’s Agency for Workforce Innovation forecasts continuing job growth in hi-tech areas such as Computer Network Management and

Support. Healthcare also is projected to be a growth area along with Financial Service specialists including loan officers, bill collectors and financial advisors. The overall job market, however, is expected to remain slow through possibly the first half of 2010. That means that local job seekers may need to look for as many part-time jobs as they can find in order to get their bills paid. Job fairs also can be helpful. Remember, job scams are still a major problem nationwide. Don’t pay anyone any fees if they promise they can find you a job. In almost all cases, companies looking for qualified workers pay employment agencies for referrals — not the job seekers themselves. For some helpful tips from the National Consumer League’s Internet Fraud Watch, visit online at <www.fraud.org/tips/internet/workat home.htm>. For more information on hot jobs in Florida, visit <www.whatpeopleareasking.com/hot_jobs.asp?port=J1>. For additional information on job fairs, visit <www.floridajobs.org/workforce/os_job_fairs.html>.

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Club teaches, promotes ancient sport of fencing Because you have a choice

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BY ASRA JAWAID Michael Elder of South Miami has been practicing fencing for decades, ever since he saw it on the Zorro television show. So intrigued was he by this sport that he continues to practice to this very day. “Fencing is the western martial art that preserves the honor and beauty of sword fighting,” Elder said. “Nobody knows how old it is, but pictures [of it being practiced] have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs. To nurture his love for this technically combative sport, Elder is general manager of the Miami Fencing Club. Together, this club of some 65 people meets every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6:30 at South Miami Middle School, 6750 SW 60 St. Here, beginners harness their fencing skills from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and the intermediate/advanced group does the same from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Elder said the skills acquired through the practice of fencing are both physical (balance, hand-eye coordination) and mental (cunning and speed). “It’s as much of a brain game as it is physical,” he said. The registration fee varies depending on the number of sessions in a month. The cost of each individual session is

$6. This fee is collected on a monthly basis; a new term starts every six weeks. If you’d like to participate, simply show up on time dressed for a trip to the gym. You can sign up and begin training that evening. The club also meets every Saturday at Miami-Dade College’s Kendall campus. The beginner’s class practices from 2 to 4 p.m., and the advanced class members take their turn from 4 to 6 p.m. Obviously, the club, which was founded in 1987 by Tom Cragg, devotes quite a bit of time to perfecting the art form. But this practice is by no means for naught. Throughout the year, club members participate in various fencing competitions across the state and country. For example, on May 31 they will compete in the Gold Coast Championships, most probably in Miami, according to Elder. July 3 through 12, they’ll travel to Grapevine, TX, for the Summer National Championships. To find out about private lessons, contact Elder at 305-992-1946 or send email to him at <miamifencingclub@couragenow.com>. To read more about the club; see a list of upcoming competitions, and view pictures of current club members in action, visit online at <www.miamifencingclub.com>.

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from FIU, sat in, adding even more excitement. A young guy unpacked his guitar and blew me away with his bluesy sound. I hear he also plays on Tuesdays, which is “Blues Night.” I even saw a guy lug in a full size string bass (When’s the last time you saw or heard one of those?) and replaced the electric bass guitar that had been playing. A new piano player sat in and once again changed the timbre of the music. Steve Kirkland plays tenor sax with a passion beyond compare. Mike Cohen, who is one of the best drummers I have heard since Art Blakey or Louis Bellson, kept driving the band like an 18-wheeler going down Dixie Highway. The frustrating part for me is when Mike began pleading with the audience for someone to take his place on the drums because he was just about worn out. Frustrating for me because many moons ago I did play drums but I was frankly frightened to death to get up there and follow Mike and perhaps look like a fool in front of a lot of people. I do enough of that at my council meetings. One guy did offer to play, but obviously had never played before and thought it was easy. He was dismissed promptly by Mike. The same thing probably would have happened to me. They finally found a young guy to sit in and save me the embarrassment, because I was almost ready to give it a try. Folks, for real music lovers, this is a genuine treasure, and here it is, right in Cutler Bay, at a Miami Wings no less. Please don’t tell too many people about it. It might get too crowded and besides, there are the Sunshine Laws.

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Valedictorian comes home to take on test-prep giants BY LEE STEPHENS

PRE-K (AGES 3 & 4) THROUGH 8TH GRADE The Heritage School offers an enriched integrated curriculum; Arts, Music, Dance, Drama, Physical Education, Technology, Languages, wireless laptops, computer lab, robotics, Small Class sizes limited to 20 students - 10 acre campus, swimming pool, baseball field, soccer field, camera surveillance system, Edline access via Internet to grades, homework, etc.

her class will teach students how to take the test rather than simply what to memorize. She said this kind of preparation is To prep or not to prep? For a growing number of high school the key to bridging the 100-point gap that parents and students, that is the ultimate forms a roadblock for many students — whether it’s going from a question. And with college section score in the 500s admissions getting more to the 600s, or from one competitive every year, many in the 600s to the 700s. students have begun turning “It’s not about how to a short list of pricey testsmart you are,” she said. prep companies to help “It’s about how prepared them earn the scores they you are for what’s going need to compete. to be thrown at you.” Cassandra Nader, valeAnd it seems to have dictorian of Palmer worked for the 3,000 stuTrinity’s Class of 2007, diddents who have benefited n’t want this to be the only from the IvyInsiders option for students in her method so far nationwide. hometown. In its five years of opera“I went through the tion, the program has same dilemma when I was consistently lived up to its in high school and preparCassandra Nader score increase guarantee. ing to take the SAT,” she ––––––––––––––––––––– Last year, the students saw said. “And I felt like I didn’t have many alternatives to big, imper- an average score increase of 260 points. But it’s more than just a score increase sonal test-prep corporations.” But that’s all about to change for stu- that Nader is looking for. She said the dents in Palmetto Bay and Pinecrest this ultimate goal of the class is to get stusummer. Nader has joined with the col- dents excited about doing well on the lege start-up IvyInsiders, which only hires SAT. “The IvyInsiders approach sets up the undergraduates from Ivy League-caliber schools who scored in the 99th percentile SAT like a game with rules and preon the exam. After scoring a 2340 herself, dictable outcomes,” she explained. “Once the students are familiar with Nader now attends Stanford University. Nader said, the advantages of her class these, the SAT simply becomes an opporare comparable to the criteria that par- tunity to up the ante of their college ents look for in choosing the best schools applications, rather than a chore to suffer for their children: smaller class size, per- through.” Nader is returning to Palmer Trinity to sonal attention, and a teacher who cares run her SAT course throughout the about every student. “I’ve been there,” Nader said. “I know months of July and early August. The what it’s like, and I want every one of my three-week sessions cost $699 or $999 with students to have the opportunities that private tutoring. Financial aid is available. Those interested can contact my test scores afforded me.” Nader was careful to emphasize that, Cassandra at <cassandra_nader@ivyinsidunlike many test preparation programs, ers.com>.

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New Chinatown Restaurant hosts Community Newspapers’ business luncheon Community Newspapers recently sponsored a luncheon at New Chinatown, 5858 S. Dixie Highway. Some 40 local business owners and professionals came to enjoy a memorable meal and to hear the featured speaker, Barry E. Johnson, President and CEO of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, speak about the “Upside to a down economy.” Barry pointed out that during these times there is a greater availability of highly skilled employees, business expansion opportunities and incentives to streamline operation costs. Guests also shared some tips and some great success stories.

Left to Right: Lourdes Martinez - Massage Envy, Dennis Haber - Attorney, Mary Scott Russell - Chamber South

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Jeff Greene - Greater Miami Chamber, Josh Leibman - Footworks

Edward Carrion and Penelope Espaillat Countrywide Gold Buyers Jorge Blanco, D.D.S. - Images Dentistry, Maria Alonso - Marco Drugs, Kerry Burns - JuicyBlenz, Jenny Larson - Chick-Fil-A

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Scenes from the Community Newspapers’ luncheon

Penelope Espaillat (left) and Edward Carrion - Countrywide Gold Buyers, share a moment with Diane Schiller - Community Newspapers

Jorge Blanco, D.D.S. -Images Dentistry, Art Mesa - Miami Breast Institute

Mary Scott Russell - Chamber South, Pam Mayers - EWM, Lourdes Martinez - Massage Envy

Laurie Shapero - Miami Dade College, Jeff Greene - Greater Miami Chamber

Luncheon hosted by New Chinatown

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‘Hurricane Preparedness Expo’ slated June 6 at The Falls As the 2009 hurricane season approaches, The Falls — one of the largest open-air shopping, dining and entertainment complexes in the United States — will be hosting the “Hurricane Preparedness Expo” on Saturday, June 6, noon to 7 p.m. The free event will inform the public about hurricane hazards and provide knowledge that can be used to take action before, during and after a storm. The “Hurricane Preparedness Expo” will offer something for everyone, showcasing various companies that will educate families and offer different products that can be used to facilitate and protect in case of a hurricane. Event attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy safety demonstrations, product displays and more. For more information on the Hurricane Preparedness Expo, contact the Falls at 305-255-4570 or visit online at <www.simon.com>. GET RID OF UNWANTED TRASH BEFORE A STORM THREATENS The Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) urges residents to prepare for the hurri-

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COMMUNITYNEWS briefs hosted its sixth annual Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest and will honor the winners during an awards ceremony on Thursday, May 28, 2 p.m., in the County Commission Chambers of the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW First St. Three student producers — Melissa Grafton, La Salle High School; Karina Rico-Arango, Miami Senior High School, and Abed Hassan, Hialeah Senior High School — were chosen as the winners from among 67 applicants. This year’s contest focused on promoting the South Florida Vanpool Program. If you would like more information regarding this ceremony, call the MPO at 305-375-4507 or visit online at <www.miamidade.gov/mpo>. SIMON KIDGITS CLUB EVENTS TO COOK UP SOME FAMILY FUN Dadeland Mall and The Falls will stir up

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DADE COUNTY BAR TO OFFER FREE LEGAL HELP ON JUNE 3 LegalLine, a toll-free help-line answering a broad range of basic legal questions, will be operated by the Dade County Bar Association, from 6 to 9 p.m., on Wednesday, June 3. Callers can phone 1866-596-0399 and anonymously ask their questions in English or Spanish. The three-hour help-line is staffed by more than a dozen volunteer attorneys who answer basic questions across a wide spectrum of legal specialties including, family, probate, criminal, real estate, condo, and immigration law, and refer callers to other service organizations. For more information about LegalLine, which is conducted on the first Wednesday of the month, except holidays, visit online at <www.dadecountybar.org/forms/legalline.php>. BLUES ENSEMBLE TO PERFORM AT CHRIST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH Big Bob & the Blues Tornadoes, dedicated to the “Real Blues,” will perform on Saturday, June 6, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Christ Congregational Church, 14920 SW 67 Ave., in Palmetto Bay. A seasoned pro, Big Bob has played with and opened shows for Ornette Coleman, Alice Coltrain, Eddie Harris, Jimmy McGriff and, most recently, Grammy award-winner Ko Ko Taylor. Admission to this concert is free, but

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3 p.m. The show will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 7. Kraynak’s pieces echo a wide variety of emotions — his awe of wildlife; the quietude of a stilt house, and the poignancy of the fragility of nature and history. The pieces also mirror Kraynak’s takes on the works of other artists, from impressionists to cubists to mannerists. Above all, his drawings mirror his love of nature. For more information on the exhibit, call 305-230-7275 or visit the park’s website at <www.nps.gov/bisc>. BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS ANNOUNCES SUMMER, AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS As the summer months approach, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s after-school and summer programs will provide services for children between the ages of 5 and 13 residing in Miami, Coconut Grove, Model City, Opa-locka, Kendall, Northwest Miami-Dade, and Miami Beach, which services children between 5 and 8 years of age. The camp program runs during the heart of the summer months from June 15 to Aug. 7. Each Club provides essential activities for children, such as outdoor and indoor recreation, self-esteem and team-building lessons, table games, basketball, a computer room, field trips, arts and crafts and more. Registration prices vary for each club and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 305-4469910 or visit online at <www.bgcmia.org>. BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL PRESENTS ‘HOME ALONE: BE SAFE. BE SMART’ Many parents trust their kids to stay home alone during the summer months, so Baptist Children’s Hospital invites parents and children, ages 8-13, to a free seminar, titled “Home Alone: Be Safe. Be Smart,” on Thursday, June 25, 7-9 p.m., in the auditorium at Baptist Children’s Hospital, 8900 N. Kendall Dr. Detective Rafael Pagan and Sergeant

Joseph Bermudez, from the MiamiDade Police Department, and David Munoz, from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, will share information on what kids (and their parents) need to know about staying home alone, how to create a fire plan for your family, and the importance of having emergency contact numbers readily available. This program is free, but reservations are required. Call 786-596-3812. METROBUS SERVICE NOW MORE RELIABLE THAN EVER Miami-Dade Transit’s bus system, Metrobus, achieved an 81.55 percent ontime performance rate this April, the highest level in history. Since 2007, on-time performance has gone up 11 points as a result of a combination of a proactive maintenance program and periodic route adjustments to enhance system-wide operational efficiency. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM CREATED TO HELP RESIDENTS In an effort to help Miami-Dade County residents struggling with the nation’s economic downturn, the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation has partnered with the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade to establish a financial assistance program to help families pay for summer camp programs for their kids. Families may apply to benefit from one of the following: a fee reduction, a full scholarship or reimbursement through volunteer service. Qualification is based on criteria including household-size and income-level. Families are encouraged to contact park managers at the park of their interest for more information concerning the process and to learn if they qualify. The cost to attend Miami-Dade Parks’ summer camps ranges from $40 to $90. The Parks Foundation is challenging businesses and residents to get involved to help meet the communitywide need. It will match up to $25,000 worth of donations received to augment the scholarship fund. For information on how to make a donation, businesses or residents should call Donna Peyton at 305-755-7804.

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Origins Cigars store offers convenience for cigar lovers BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD As more and more laws push smokers outside to enjoy their cigarettes, cigar smokers are finding more choices for where to go to enjoy their smoke in a comfortable environment. One of the newer cigar stores is Origins Cigars, located at 18901 SW 106 Ave., Unit 128, in the Center at Cutler Bay. It is just across the street from BJ’s. Origins is owned by Karel Martinez, whose face might be familiar to those who watch Spanish language television. Martinez has been a guest star on Spanish soap operas that have run on Telemundo and Univision and he had a show called Mi Primer Hogar. Martinez is a native of Cuba and came to the United States by way of Guantanamo. He and his family were on a boat and they braved high seas in their quest to leave the island nation. But when they couldn’t get to shore, Martinez jumped into shark-infested waters in order to get to the U.S. Naval base. The family spent six months living in the Cuban tent city in Guantanamo that was set up in 1994 when there were fears of anoth-

er Mariel boatlift. The Martinez family had applied for a visa but came to believe that the Cuban government was not going to let them leave before Karel would have to remain in the communist country in order to fulfill military obligations. “I’ve always dreamed of this, of having a cigar store, a cigar lounge,” Martinez said. “My two passions are cigars and acting. But if I have to chose, I choose this because I get to spend more time with my family.” His dream came true in March. Although Origins has been open only a short time, customers have discovered the place. One man followed his nose into Origins, saying the aroma drew him. “People are coming here already,” Martinez said. “I have the wine, and I have cigar brands you are only going to find here.” Origins carries cigars in a wide range of prices, starting at $2 a cigar. He even had a special brand that cost $40 a cigar. He did not keep that box in the store but would bring them in at customer’s request. Origins also carries a variety of brands from Gurkars to Arthur Fuentes to all types of premium cigars and wines.

Karel Martinez lights up in his new cigar shop, Origins.

The store not only carries premium cigars, it also carries premium wines. Every Friday they have wine tastings. “I call it Special Fridays,” he said. “We have wines that you will not be able to find in Publix. I have the wine; I have cigar brands you are only going to find here.”

Origins also has a 46-inch television to watch sporting events in the comfort of overstuffed chairs and good company. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Sunday the store is open from noon to 5 p.m. For information, call 305-252-1314.

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Cutler Bay Business Association May 14, 2009

CBBA and MDPD Announce B.A.M.

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“B.A.M.” was the keyword at the May 14 luncheon of the Cutler Bay Business Association. “B.A.M.” stands for Bay Area Mentors, specially formed to provide a summer youth basketball league in Cutler Bay. Sgt. Carlos Rosario of the Miami-Dade Police Department told the group about a new community partnership that has created “B.A.M.”, a league operating from June 15 to July 23, with a tournament playoff followed by an awards banquet. In a summer when budget cuts have closed the usual summer school programs, a trio of groups has come together to sponsor a twice-weekly basketball session for students from four area middle schools. The sponsors include Cutler Bay Business Association, Miami-Dade Police Department, and the Cutler Bay Policing Unit. Police and civilians will share coaching duties for 80 teenagers in teams for boys and teams for girls. The business community is providing financial sponsors on three levels: for a team, for a game, and for an individual player. Team sponsors will have their company names printed on the team shirts. Business owners are also filling “goody bags” for each team member. The funds from business donors will also allow purchase of uniforms, supplies, water dispensers, sports bottles and awards at the BAM banquet at Southland Mall. Sponsors for the CBBA luncheon were Ray Perez of the Marlin Restaurant and Joie Walker of Weathermakers. Walker addressed the CBBA group with a short profile of his business services.

Ray Perez, of Marlin Restaurant, sponsored the luncheon. He was assisted in serving with the help his employee, Mabel Lebesma, and CBBA members Patricia Farina, and Bill Meiklejohn

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New eatery serves good food and ’50s era films BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD In these tough economic times, people are seeking comfort. That’s why Jesse Vazquez decided to open Cine-It Burger & Grill at the Suniland Shopping Center. The new restaurant offers “comfort foods,” starting with delicious burgers, shoestring fries, salads and chicken sandwiches. Vazquez is familiar to area residents, because he used to own two Chicken Kitchens. “My first store was the one in Pinecrest,” he said. “Back in 2008, I decided to retire and I sold my restaurants. Eventually I got bored and I had a concept I always wanted to do. Being times are tough for people, I wanted to open a restaurant that brought back happier days. That’s where Cine-It was born.” He said the concept is pretty simple — serve comfort foods, which include burgers, shakes, fries, and salads. “We also feature the original sliders,” he said. “The sliders are made the old fashioned way.” Everything is made fresh to order, including the shoestring fries. The burgers are made of 100 percent beef and are big and juicy. The toppings are included in the price of the burger.

Customers order at the front registers, then sit down while their orders are being cooked. “While you eat, we entertain you with 1950s Sci Fi classics such as The Incredible Shrinking Man, Dr. Cyclops, and The Mole People to name a few,” Vazquez said. Cine-It also shows the classic Flash Gordon series. Vazquez said teens will get a kick out of the 1950s special effects. “They will love the sparklers that show from behind the spaceship as it flies into space,” he said with a laugh. “Families can enjoy the movies while the kids watch Popeye, Betty Boop or the Little Rascals in their own kids section.” Vazquez also used creativity in creating the menu. The “Main Event” includes four types of burgers. The sliders are called “Honey I Shrunk the Burgers.” Hot dogs are “Slum Dogs.” And for those who like soup, “Yes, Soup for You,” a tip of the hat to the classic Seinfeld espisode. Cine-It also has “Creature Feature” kids meals. Kids can choose from sliders and fries, hot dogs or a cheese sandwich. Future plans include a breakfast buffet on weekends, delivery to Pinecrest/ Palmetto Bay and the Falls, as well as kids meal pizza and birthday parties.

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Lisa Unger to discuss her latest novel Die For You BY CAMILLE MCDUFFIE

New York Times bestselling writer Lisa Unger (Black Out, Sliver of Truth, and Beautiful Lies) believes that there is little to fear from strangers, and national trends bear this out, revealing that “stranger crimes” are at an all time low across the nation. “Interestingly enough, the greatest threat, particularly to women and children, is generally from someone dwelling under the same roof — someone they love and trust who is sleeping beside them,” she said. “This sense of domestic danger has never been more palpable than in her riveting and accomplished fourth novel, Die For You, to be published on June 2 by Shaye Areheart Books ($24). Unger will discuss and sign her new book on June 27, 7 p.m., at Books and Books in Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Ave. In the opening pages of Die For You, the reader is offered a window into the comfortable, happy life of successful novelist Isabel Raine and her husband, Marcus, a brilliant inventor of high-tech games. They live on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and seem to have an enviable from the pack with fully formed relationship. However, characters; powerful, elegant prose, when Marcus kisses and compelling insights into how Isabel good-bye one cold families deceive themselves. With Die morning and walks out For You, Unger is hitting her stride, Lisa Unger the door, he disappears and readers will know they are in the (Photo by Jeffrey Unger) forever. hands of a master storyteller. Afraid and confused, ––––––––––––––––– Isabel begins a desperate search for him, starting at his downtown office where she ABOUT THE AUTHOR Lisa Unger, 38, is a New York Times, USA finds everyone dead. When she returns to their apartment, it has been ransacked Today and international bestselling and their bank account emptied. Soon author of literary thrillers. Her novels she discovers that her husband is not at have been published in more than 26 all the man she thought he was. Marcus countries around the world. She was born Raine — the real Marcus Raine — died in Hartford, CT, but grew up in the years ago. Isabel has been living with a Netherlands, England and New Jersey. A graduate of the New School for complete stranger. How do we ever really know someone? Social Research, Lisa spent many years livHow can we be so easily deceived by the ing and working in New York City. She person we see every day — and trust the then left a career in publicity to pursue most completely? How can a marriage you her dream of becoming a full-time believe in be a sham? The story of Isabel’s author. Her previous books are Beautiful relentless search for the truth about her Lies, Sliver of Truth, and Black Out, which husband — a search that ultimately sends was awarded the Silver Medal in the her to Prague — is filled with psychologi- Florida Book Awards Genre Fiction catecal insight into the motives behind deceit gory for 2008. She now lives in Florida and greed, not only for Isabel, but for her with her husband and daughter. For more information, to visit Lisa’s sister, Linda, whose own perfect marriage blog or to listen to her podcasts and is not at all what it seems. more, visit online at Lisa Unger has been lavishly praised by much critics for writing thrillers that stand out <www.lisaunger.com>.

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Aston Martin DB9 sparks memories of James Bond Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS I had my James Bond moment recently when they delivered a gorgeous new 2009 charcoal grey Aston Martin DB9 as our test car for the week. Aston Martin is one of the most storied names in automotive history. Founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, the company has a checkered past of fading in and out of bankruptcy and passing through a series of wealthy owners. The name was derived by combining one founder’s surname with the Aston Hill climb near Buckinghamshire, England. Today the British luxury sports car manufacturer is controlled by a joint venture company co-owned by a pair of Kuwaiti investment companies and English businessman John Sinders. Ford Motor Company owned the company from 1994 until 2007 before selling it for $848 million, but hanging on to a $77 million stake.

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Ford president sees industry change ahead, lower sales BY RON BEASLEY The president of Ford Motor Company was in Miami recently to help launch a new dealership — a rarity in these troubled economic times. While here, he told a roundtable discussion with Miami’s automotive press that his industry would undergo radical change in the coming years and see sharply lower sales. Mark Fields, Ford president for North and South America, was in Miami for the grand opening of the new Gus Machado of Kendall Ford dealership, and while sounding an optimistic note about his company’s future, admitted that it was going to be a tough row to hoe in the foreseeable future. “For most of the decade, we’ve been running at 16-17 million units of sales on an annual basis,” he said. “This year we’re running at about 10 to 10-and-a-half million units, so that gives you an indication of how revenues have fallen off for everybody. I think we’ll recalibrate what a healthy industry is going forward. “Will it be 13 million? Will it be 15 million? Will it be plus or minus fivetenths on that? I don’t know, but I do believe that in the next number of years it will be below 16 or 17 million units,” he added. Fields said much of the reason for the decline in auto sales was because of the disappearance of easy credit for consumers. “A lot of people used their houses as an ATM machine,” he said. “They take home equity loans out and buy an extra car, or rather than get a new car every four years they get one every two years. So I do think that will tamp down the industry. “And, cars are lasting longer now; better quality. In our case, our quality is among the best in the business and our

warranty costs have dropped dramatically, which means that customers don’t have to come into the dealership to get their vehicles fixed as often, if even at all.” Fields noted that Ford, unlike Chrysler and General Motors, did not accept any federal bailout money and the company has no intentions of taking federal funds in the future. “We are very much committed that we have no plans to take any emergency taxpayer money, based on our assumptions,” he said. “We’ve taken a lot of decisive action over the last couple of years, but mainly over the last six months, around debt reduction and modifying the contract with the UAW. We have sufficient liquidity to not only meet the needs of the business, but also to continue to invest in the products.” Fields agreed that Ford has benefited from the decision not to accept federal bailout money. “We’re hearing from our dealers that customers are coming into their showrooms, customers they haven’t seen before,” he said. “They’re saying that ‘we like the fact that you guys are pulling yourselves up by your own bootstraps and not taking any of the taxpayers’ money.’ At first they’re coming because of our products, but the feedback is that they’re a little bit concerned about some of our domestic competitors. The good news is that six out of the last seven months our retail market share is up. “Our first quarter results, we still were in a loss position, which isn’t acceptable to us; but, nonetheless, versus the fourth quarter, it’s a big improvement. So, we’re just keeping our nose to the grindstone.” Fields said Ford was committed to developing new technology and bringing new automotive product to the American consumer. He pointed to the

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Those persons and/or properties affected by the oil spill (amount unknown) of 4/23/09 (approx. 7am) from the sinking of the M/V Lovely Lady in the Little Miami River in Miami, FL are directed to contact the owner of the vessel, Amer. Historic Yacht Co., at P.O. Box 2371, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 33303, or phone 954 213-7746. Removal costs and damages that may be compensated include: removal costs, damages to natural resources, damage to or loss of real or personal property, lost government revenues, lost profits or earnings, and increased cost of public services. All claims for property damages are to be signed and presented by mail, including claims that may be for less than the full amount, which the claimant ultimately man be entitled. The owner will reply to all messages. If the owner denies or does not resolve a claim within 90 days after the date of the submission, the claimant may then submit the claim to the National Pollution Funds Center (ca), 4200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1000, Arlington, VA 20598-7100

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