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Town adds new hybrids as part of ‘Going Green’ BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Dump the pump and take public transit on June 18

s part of its ongoing efforts of “Going Green,” the Town of Cutler Bay has added two new Saturn VUE hybrid vehicles to its Code Compliance Department fleet. The hybrids were purchased through the Florida Sheriffs Association bid award in the amount of $25,867 each. “We’re very pleased to have in the hybrid vehicles, and we’re doing everything we can in town to go ‘green’ as quickly as possible,” said town manager Steven J. Alexander. “In many cases, going green has an immediate cost benefit, and this is one of those situations.” According to Town Hall staff, the hybrids are expected to achieve on average 19 percent better fuel economy compared to the traditional gas operated Saturn VUE. The Code Compliance Department already had

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BY ROBYN HANKERSON s America’s economic challenges continue, a group of South Florida’s transit agencies (Broward County Transit, MiamiDade Transit, Palm Tran, South Florida Commuter Services, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, TriRail and Florida Department of Transportation) recently announced that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the fourth annual National Dump the Pump Day on June 18. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2009 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation to save money,

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Here are the rules to become a ‘Certified Dade County Driver’ BY ERNIE SOCHIN Councilmember A while back I took an AARP-sponsored defensive driving course. It saved me a couple of hundred dollars on my auto insurance. Look into it. The instructor, in his effort to get points across kept referring to “Certified Dade County Drivers” and emphasized how to defend yourself against them. I thought it might be a good idea to train people to be Dade County Drivers and not be embarrassed by others thinking that you are a tourist or out-of-towner. Here are the rules: • Never, I repeat never, use that thing on the left hand side of your steering wheel to turn on those flashing directional signals. This immediately identifies you as being from out of town and besides, whose business is it anyway as to which way you are going to turn. You know, and that is all that is important. • Never give up the space in front of your car, known here as “the right of way.” If you see someone coming towards you from some distance away and attempting to make a left turn in front of you, do not slow down or take your foot off the accelerator. Instead, tromp down on the gas pedal and come as close to hitting this person as possible accompanied by a blast of your horn. This will teach him or her a valuable lesson. • When you feel like taking a nice slow leisurely drive, head for the nearest highway or expressway and head over to the left hand lane and just cruise and enjoy the scenery. Ignore the flashing lights and horns behind you. What is their hurry? When it comes time to exit the highway, wait until the last possible moment and then cross all three or four lanes at once. This will tend to slow people down a bit and probably avoid future accidents.

• Never allow anyone to merge into your lane in front of you. Let them in behind you if you can but never in front of you. If you ignore this easy lesson you might be 30 nanoseconds late for your next appointment. Multiply this over 10 years and now you are talking several minutes. None of us have that much time to waste. • When using your cell phone to talk or text, be sure to slow down to a safe reasonable speed in the left hand lane and pay attention to the person you are communicating with. That person wants and deserves your complete attention. You can get back to watching the road later. Don’t be rude! • Red Lights: Outside of Dade County these usually mean STOP! Here they are merely a suggestion. Should you inadvertently get into an accident by going through the light, you might have your license suspended. This does not stop you from driving however; it only means that you are driving without a license, something you now share with many other Dade drivers. • Insurance: Fuggedaboutit. Everyone else does. Let the other guy worry about it. Special rules for young drivers: You can pick up chicks by buying a junky car and spending the dollars you save by installing gegundo speakers mounted in the trunk. Make sure you have at least a 1,000-watt amplifier and some good quality low-end distortion recordings to play through them. Leave your windows open for everyone to hear. Eventually the chicks will begin to gravitate to you. Or so I am told. (My wife will not let me drive with the windows open.) To be sure it is working properly, look at the drivers around you. If they seem deeply annoyed, your sound system is working perfectly. For those interested, I will begin an offensive driving course that will be conducted monthly on the first Sunday to fall in the middle of the week. Please visit our website at <www.youarenuts.drv>.

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TRANSIT, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– protect the environment and improve our quality of life. “America is facing a number of significant economic challenges right now,” said James Udvardy, project director of South Florida Commuter Services. “People that use public transportation are helping to answer those challenges for themselves and for their country — that’s why we’re asking people to join us and dump the pump on June 18.”

Individuals can achieve an average annual savings of over $8,000 by taking public transportation instead of driving. Riding the bus or train is more costeffective than paying high car expenses — which include gas, insurance, repairs and more. Plus, for every $1 invested in public transportation infrastructure, $6 is generated in economic returns to communities. Public transportation also is a great

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way to go green. It saves 900,000 automobile fill-ups each day — 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline per year. Switching to public transportation reduces individual carbon emissions by 4,800 pounds per year, provides cleaner air and improves our quality of life. “By participating in Dump the Pump Day, we hope people who have never used the bus or train will decide to give it a try instead of driving their car,” Udvardy said. “If they are not able to use public transportation, we are encouraging commuters to carpool to take one more car off the road for National Dump the

Pump Day,” he added. “With the economic downturn affecting everyone, now is the time to save money and ride public transportation,” said William W. Millar, president of APTA. “National Dump the Pump Day on June 18 is an opportunity for people across the country to ease the strain on their wallets and provide a more secure future for America.” To plan your trip in support of National Dump the Pump Day or to learn more about all commuter options, call 1-800-234-RIDE or visit online at <www.1800234RIDE.com>.

MUSIC, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– HYBRIDS, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Tiffany Donates, 12, is a vocalist and the daughter of Myrna Burgos. She attends Riviera Middle School and her vocal teacher is Julia McGuire. Donates sang Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid. Kelley Kessell, 15, is a vocalist and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kessell. She attends the New World School of Arts, and her vocal teacher has been her father, Peter. Kelley sang A New Life from Jekyll and Hyde. Alex Losner, 15, is a tenor saxophonist and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Losner. He attends the Robert Morgan Education Center and his teacher has been Eugene Timmons. Losner played a jazz rendition of Detour Ahead by Herb Eli. Evan Dooling, 16, a pianist, who attends Coral Reef High, will perform at the fall meeting of the music club. The students took part in an audition in April and were selected by a panel of local musicians including Bill and Bobbi Jessup. Club member Dottie Simon’s home in Cutler Bay hosted the annual scholarship awards program recently, where the winners performed. “Every year we tend to find more and more talented students,” said club

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A Cutler Bay red, white and blue special event next month Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN July Fourth special event... Spend the Fourth of July at Black Point Marina with our fellow residents in Cutler Bay. Town Hall staffers say, “Enjoy music, food, face painting, and other great fun at South Dade’s best fireworks event!” This annual event promises to be memorable, so don’t miss it. For sponsorship and/or general info, contact the folks at Black Point Marina by calling 305-258-4092. Alex Flinn, local young adult novelist, has sent us another update on the filming of “Beastly” for CBS Films, based on her book by the same name. In Alex’s fantasy novel, a teenage girl places a curse on a handsome egocentric young New Yorker who’s physically transformed into everything he despises. It’s a kind of modern retelling of the “Beauty and the Beast” fairy tale and sounds as if it should be a big hit. Vanessa Hudgens is one of the stars in the film, and Alex Pettyfer has been signed to play the beastly young man. Latest word is that Mary-Kate Olsen has also been signed to star in the film as the spell-casting gal who feels motivated to teach Pettyfer’s character a much needed lesson. Daniel Barnz is directing from his own script and Susan Cartsonis is producing. Shooting kicks off June 13th in Montreal. Mary-Kate Olsen sounds like just the right person for the role, and anyway, the move may be good insurance for the production, since if Mary-Kate should be under the weather at any time during the filming,

they could always tap her identical twin Ashley Olsen to sub for her. Hope they have a local premiere for this one! Commissioner Joe Martinez, fresh from dedicating a new skateboard rink at West Wind Park in West Kendall last Saturday, co-sponsored a resolution to negotiate with Collier County to build an ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) track near the borderline with Miami-Dade. The Commissioner wants “to alleviate the stress some homeowners feel because of the constant noise and interruptions that illegal use of ATVs now create on residential streets with this fantastic (sic) proposal.” Jane Walker, Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations veep, urges families to check out The Parent Academy, a five-year public school program involving appreciation by youngsters with free-time reading, the values of local cultural venues, and other worthwhile off-school hour activities. Academy programs range from free family visits from 1-4 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month at Miami Art Museum to the 11 a.m. Saturday story-telling hour at Barnes & Noble, 12405 North Kendall Drive. For details to broaden your small fry’s view of the world, log on to <www.theparentacademy.net>. Thought for the Day: Take time to enjoy the small things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. — Robert Brault

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FP&L’s proposed dig could add salt to drinking water R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Those of us that run our air conditioners on Florida Power & Light energy could be choosing between paying more for electricity or running the risk of FP&L’s proposed rock mining damaging our drinking water. When I say “we” will be choosing, I really mean our elected board of county commissioners, with advice from regulatory agencies in Tallahassee, will make the decision for us. Here’s the story. FP&L must generate more electricity as population growth demands more power. Turkey Point, a nuclear generating plant, can be expanded, but, with certain expansion requirements that do not bode well for our South Florida community. Last week FP&L asked the country commission for approval to dig up hundreds of acres of land adjacent to the Turkey Point

plant. The rock will be used as fill for the expanded facility. The problem is increased salt intrusion west into our primary drinking water wells that supply the southern tip of Southeast Florida including the Keys. FP&L wants to dig up 880 acres of farmland between Turkey Point and the Homestead Air Base. They claim that if they are prohibited from digging the rock from nearby farmland, they will have to pay tens of millions of dollars to truck in the rock from far off rock pits, more than likely in northwest Miami-Dade. The threat, though not stated at this stage in the game, will more than likely be “If we can’t dig up the rock we need we will be forced to pass on to our customers the millions we will spend to truck in the fill.” Thus our dilemma: Spend more on electricity or run the risk of salty drinking water. There are other problems associated with the proposed 880 acres of rock pits. The possible salt intrusion, west toward the Everglades, will hamper our efforts to flush fresh water from the Everglades into Biscayne Bay to the south in an attempt to regenerate marine life that has been killed by phosphate runoffs

–––– VIEWPOINT –––– from the sugar fields around Lake Okeechobee. Our county commissioners, by an 8 to 2 vote, gave preliminary approval and sent the FP&L request to Florida’s Department of Community Affairs in Tallahassee for consideration and recommendation. Remember Tallahassee recommended not moving the Urban Development Boundary. Nonetheless, after reviewing the department’s recommendations, county commissioners voted to move the boundaries for two major commercial projects. FP&L’s land-use proposal touts the quarries as “water management projects” that could be used for Everglades restoration. Dawn Shirreffs, South Florida organizer for Clean Water Action Committee, said, “Mining, for Everglades restoration, is like starting a smoking habit for your health.” Voting against the proposal, Commissioners Katy Sorenson and

Barbara Jordan said the plan posed risks to the county’s drinking water and should be rejected now without further review. Commission chair Dennis Moss, while voting “yes,” said “three questions must be answered before a final okay: Is there a real benefit to the public? Is there no impact on the water supply? And, that this doesn’t open up additional rock mining in the area?” I am surprised that real estate developers and home builders aren’t fighting FP&L’s proposal. Some 880 acres going from farmland to rock pits is land that could some day be rezoned for homes, and will be gone forever as future residential subdivisions.

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BY ROBERT HAMILTON The newly constructed Fern Street Plaza in Palmetto Bay was awarded the Beautification Award for the month of April from the Economic Development Council (EDC) of South Miami-Dade. Ed MacDougall, EDC chair, and Frieda Brown, vice president of TotalBank, presented the award to Cheryl Correa, owner and manager, during the Economic Development Council General Membership meeting on Apr. 28. “The newly constructed Fern Street Plaza is a great addition to Palmetto Bay’s commercial area,” said Herb Parlato, executive director of the EDC. “This new shopping center has not only brought important new amenities to the area, they continue to help create new jobs that benefit the residents of South Miami-Dade. In addition, the continued beautification of properties such as the Fern Street Plaza creates a more attractive place to live, work and play.”

Sponsored by Total Bank, the award is presented to a different business each month. The EDC Beautification Award program was designed to promote awareness of business owners’ pride in their establishments, as well as to foster a sense of pride in the aesthetic aspects of the community. Nominations for this award should be forwarded to the council’s attention at 900 Perrine Ave., Miami, FL 33157. Founded in 1992, the Economic Development Council is a public/private not-for-profit economic development corporation. The council’s overall objective is to implement an economic development program that will foster a positive image for the community, attract new businesses that create quality jobs for residents, while diversifying and strengthening the economic base consistent for the future of South Miami-Dade. For more information about the council, call 305-378-9470.

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Miami-Dade County Commission chair Dennis C. Moss will be serving as the honorary chair of the Relay For Life at Miami Metrozoo taking place on Saturday, June 27, at the northeast parking lot entrance located at 12400 SW 152 St. The event will begin at noon; the opening/survivor ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. with the Luminaria ceremony at 8:30 p.m. Billy the Marlin and the “Marlins Mermaids” will join in this effort. The Relay For Life, developed by the American Cancer Society, is a fundraiser where teams of participants take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. “With cancer affecting one in every three people, the relay serves as a reminder of those currently fighting or who have lost their battles with cancer,”

Moss said. “Speaking from personal experience, I know cancer does not discriminate; it can affect everyone from all walks of life. “The relay brings a message of hope that the disease will one day be eliminated,” he added. “This event is something that the whole community should rally behind in support of finding a cure that can help the thousands of people diagnosed with cancer every year in our country.” Funds raised at Relay For Life will enable the American Cancer Society to support local services and resources for cancer patients and their families. Funds also support critical cancer research and community education programs designed to teach people how to reduce their risk of developing cancer. Commissioner Moss invites county residents to join “Team Moss” and participate in the Relay For Life at Metrozoo. To get involved, call 305-375-4832 or visit the website at <www.relayforlife.org/metrozoofl>.

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Columbus conducted its annual Block â&#x20AC;&#x153;Câ&#x20AC;? Athletics Awards Banquet in May. The Spor tsmanship A ward went to Caesar Rodriguez, a three-year letterman in two sports â&#x20AC;&#x201D; football and track. He ranks as one of the best defensive ends in the history of the Columbus football program and earned First Team All Dade Honors. He won backto-back district championships in the discus and also qualified for the regional meet in the shot put. Rodriguez was a Eucharistic minister, a Campus Ministry leader, and the lead anchor on the Christopher Columbus New Network. He will play football for Central Michigan University. The Scholar Athlete A ward went to Eric Evans, a well-rounded athlete and student who with a GPA of 5.2 ranked third in his senior class. A four-year letterman in roller hockey, he has played a vital role in the emergence of the program as a powerhouse in Miami-Dade County. This year he led the team to a divisional championship. The Columbus track team benefited

greatly from his pole-vaulting prowess. As a junior he qualified for the state championship and as a senior he captured the individual title at the regional championship. He was instrumental in the Explorersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; drive to their first regional track title in 35 years. Active in Campus Ministry, he received a Miami Herald Silver Knight nomination and was a member of the Mas Scholars Program. He will attend the University of Florida. The Outstanding Athlete A ward went to Gary Bush who is truly outstanding in three sports, a rare achievement these days. In football, he added explosive athleticism to the wide receiver corps, while rushing the ball to help the Explorers clinch a playoff berth. In basketball, he led the team in scoring two years in a row and was a two-time team MVP. In track, as a junior he won the long jump at the Dade County Youth Fair Meet and qualified for the state meet. As a senior he was a triple winner in the district finals. He is the first Explorer in 30 years to be awarded a scholarship to Purdue University.


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Should you seek a second opinion on your annuity?

By Ronald Teasdale, MBA,CFP®,CRC® Vice President Investment Consultant SunTrust Investment Services, Inc.

While reviewing a new client’s portfolio recently, I ran across a variable annuity that the client had owned for many years. At one point, the client had seen the portfolio appreciate greatly due to the fact that it was invested entirely in equities. Unfortunately, the client recently saw all of the gains erased, along with some of the initial investment (cost basis), because he was invested 100% in equities. This left the client a little distressed. As we analyzed the portfolio in the variable annuity, my client decided that he was no longer comfortable having any equity exposure in his portfolio. At this point, the conversation shifted to the types of investments he would be more comfortable owning. The idea of fixed annuities arose during the conversation. My client had owned fixed annuities in the past and was still interested in having a taxdeferred investment since he is in a high income tax bracket. Below you will find all of the different options that we took into consideration before we made any decisions. An annuity is a contract with an insurance company. Annuities are

long term investments that grow tax deferred. Variable annuities involve fees and expenses not typically associated with other investments. This tax deferral means that any interest, dividends, or capital gains that are earned inside the annuity are not taxable until the client actually takes a distribution from the annuity. The tax-deferred growth is an important benefit of an annuity for an investor in a high tax bracket. The annuity owner can defer earnings for years, therefore reducing his tax liability. Investing in an annuity within a tax-deferred account such as an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) will provide no additional tax savings. After a few years of compounded growth, an annuity can potentially accumulate a significant amount of tax-deferred growth inside the contract. This is where an IRS tax provision called a 1035 exchange would be beneficial if the contract owner was ever contemplating a replacement of their annuity. The IRS 1035 exchange allows for unrealized gains inside the tax deferred annuity to be exchanged into another annuity without realizing an immediate tax consequence. There are times when replacing an existing annuity to another annuity company could be beneficial. Advantages of an exchange could be as simple as a higher interest rate on a fixed annuity or obtaining additional rider benefits inside a variable annuity. Prior to surrendering an annuity, investors should consider the effect of any surrender charges which may apply in the early years of the contract and any additional fees and expenses associated with the new policy.

Significant enhancements have been made to variable annuity contracts in recent years through contract riders. The benefits range from Principal Protection riders to Lifetime Income riders. All of these riders differ depending upon the issuing insurance company. Unfortunately, my client’s variable annuity contract did not have any of these riders. If the contract did contain one of these riders we would have had the simple solution of keeping the policy as is and simply implementing the rider. Older variable annuity contracts might not have any of these contract rider benefits attached to the existing policy. If a variable annuity contract holder is interested in obtaining these types of riders, they might have to exchange their policy to a different insurance company that offers the desired contract rider benefits. Optional riders involve additional fees. These above mentioned examples are where an IRS 1035 exchange might be needed for the client. For example, if a client originally invested $100,000 and the present market value of his annuity is $200,000, the client would avoid paying income tax on the $100,000 of growth by using the IRS 1035 exchange provision. By using this tax provision correctly, the taxpayer defers paying the income tax on this exchange until a later date. Now what happens if the taxpayer has a loss on a variable annuity? Can they deduct the losses? The answer is yes, just as long as they do not use the IRS 1035 exchange process. The loss has to be realized. This means that the client will have to close (surrender) the policy in full.

This is where having a good accountant is very helpful. Since the IRS does not offer any specific guidance on the deductibility of variable annuity losses we must refer to different IRS Revenue Rulings and IRS Publications for guidance. In the end, my client did choose to go into a fixed annuity because he did not want to worry about the market volatility of his investment. He did move his variable annuity to the fixed annuity but only after he completely surrendered his variable annuity in order to realize the tax losses. He did not use the IRS 1035 exchange provision since this would have disqualified him from realizing the tax losses. During this process we were in constant contact with the client’s accountant in order to make sure that everyone was on the same page. If you are presented with the idea of making any type of changes to existing annuities, it is strongly suggested that you consult your accountant first to make sure that you fully understand your tax implications. If you have any questions about this article or any other investments, please feel free to contact me or any member of my staff at (786) 242-4067. You can also reach me by email at Ron.Teasdale@SunTrust.com.

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Earnings will be taxed as ordinary income at withdrawal. Withdrawals prior to age 59 1/2 may be subject to a 10% penalty. Variable annuities values fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be more or less than their original cost. Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses of a variable annuity before investing. This and other information can be found in the prospectus for the contract and its underlying investment options which can be obtained from your investment consultant. Please read it carefully prior to investing. Securities and Insurance Products and Services: •Are not FDIC or any other Government Agency Insured •Are not Bank Guaranteed •May Lose Value Securities, insurance (including annuities and certain life insurance products) and other investment products and services are offered by SunTrust Investment Services, Inc., a SEC registered investment adviser and broker/dealer affiliate of SunTrust Banks, Inc., and a member of the FINRA and SIPC. SunTrust Bank and its affiliates and the directors, officers, employees and agents of SunTrust Bank and its affiliates (collectively, “SunTrust”) are not permitted to give legal or tax advice. While SunTrust can assist clients in the areas of estate and financial planning, only an attorney can draft legal documents, provide legal services and give legal advice. Clients of SunTrust should consult with their legal and tax advisors prior to entering into any financial transaction or estate plan.


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Miami Mumbai Indian art gallery opening on June 11 Pictured (l-r) are Yamilee Prieto, marketing director; Herminia Herrera, operations director, and Mercy Garcia, owner and purchasing director.

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BY NIKKI KONEFSKY DEAS Trendsetting Miamians will finally be able to experience the “Bollywood” sensation during the grand opening of Miami Mumbai, South Florida’s premiere boutique Indian art gallery. Promising patrons and industry professionals an artistic experience like no other, Miami Mumbai is the gateway for unsurpassed beauty of upscale Indian artifacts. From museum quality home décor items and pieces by worldrenowned artists to the finest silk and cashmere accessories, Miami Mumbai is the place where timeless tradition meets contemporary classic. To celebrate in style, Miami Mumbai will host an Indian-themed cocktail party on Thursday, June 11, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the showroom located in the Bird Road Art District at 4471 SW 71 Ave. The event boasts delicious Indianinspired hors d’oeuvres from Misha Catering Events, dinner entrée samples from Imlee Indian Bistro, wine and complimentary henna tattooing from by Miami-based artist Loren Russo. Elements & Accents and AvantGardens will be providing beautiful décor and flowers to create a truly special ambiance, and photographers from CF Studio will be onsite to capture highlights of the event. Raffle items including five free classes from Rina Yoga and a beautiful piece from the Miami Mumbai gallery also will be given away.

For more than 2,000 years, Western merchants have sought after Indian luxury items. Following in this tradition, Miami Mumbai offers only the highest-grade merchandise; items worthy to represent the rich, cultural heritage of this Asian nation. The entire selection is handcrafted by master artisans with each piece given due care to promote maximum quality and craftsmanship. Miami Mumbai is the first to bring Mithila art to Miami, and is the exclusive purveyor of legendary artist Baua Devi in Florida and Georgia. Originally from the Indian state of Bihar, Devi’s use of bold colors, intricate patterns and ancient fables saturated with symbolism have been exhibited in museums in Japan, France and Germany. Garnering international critical acclaim, Devi is both the vanguard and forerunner of the Mithila technique — forever revolutionizing the art world. Miami Mumbai services interior designers and other trade members at wholesale rates, while also offering competitive pricing to the general public. Miami Mumbai has the capacity to ship worldwide and is dedicated to providing the finest merchandise with top customer service for both wholesalers and retailers alike. For more information about Miami Mumbai, visit online at <www.miamimumbai.com>. To RSVP for the event, contact Vine Communications at 305447-8678.


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Dadeland Mall to host ‘Travel Expo’ on Saturday, June 13 Dadeland Mall will present its “Travel Expo” on Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the mall, located at 7535 N. Kendall Dr. The free event will provide the opportunity for event attendees to learn more about the hottest travel resorts and destinations from around the world, as well as valuable packages available for South Florida travelers. The “Travel Expo” will offer the most up-to-date information on ideal resorts, destinations and other places to vacation. Attendees will enjoy a day of relaxation as they peruse the information amid the sounds of live musical entertainment from various regions around the world. Exhibitors interested in increasing tourism and highlighting their destination at Dadeland Mall’s Travel Expo should contact Susie Battistini at 305-665-6227. LIBRARIES OFFERING SUMMER READING FUN FOR EVERYONE The Miami-Dade Public Library System will present its Summer Reading Program for the entire family from June 13 through July 25. This program is divided into the following categories: Children, 12 and under; Teens,

13-18, and adults 18 and older. It offers a variety of activities and special events to keep families entertained and informed. Specifically, children and teens who read, or toddlers who are read to, for four or more hours each week can enter the weekly prize drawing for free admission to Miami Metrozoo, Miami Seaquarium and a host of other attractions. For adults, the weekly challenge is to read and complete a set of activities, such as downloading an e-book, or participating in a book discussion group. At the end of the program all participants will have the chance of winning a grand prize in each category. Prizes include laptop computers, iPods, a $100 gift certificate to Books and Books, VIP visit to the Miami Dolphins’ training camp, Dolphins preseason game tickets and a VIP book bag. For complete rules, visit <www.mdpls.org> or call 305-375-BOOK (2665). CAT NETWORK, CAULEY SQUARE TO CELEBRATE ‘PET FEST’ EVENT The Cat Network and Cauley Square Village will conduct a “Pet Fest” on Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14,

COMMUNITYNEWS briefs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. This event will take place at Cauley Square Village, 22400 Old Dixie Hwy. in Goulds. There will be a “Pet Parade” on Saturday and the “Pet Pageant” on Sunday. Booths, shows and exhibitions will take place on both days. For information, call 305-258-2565. ‘TASTE OF ASIA’ TEA LAST ONE OF THE SEASON AT FAIRCHILD Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will host “Taste of Asia,” its last tea of the season on Sunday, June 14, from 3 to 5 p.m., on the veranda and in the ballroom of the Jean Ellen Dupont Shehan Visitor Center, 10901 Old Cutler Rd. in Coral Gables. Guests will delight in the ambiance of Afternoon Tea overlooking Fairchild and served at beautifully set tables, complete with fine china. The menu includes scones, mini tea sandwiches, cookies and petit fours. The cost for attending this event is $27

for members, $37 for non-members and $17 for children 12 and under. For information and reservations, call Tricia Frank at 305-663-8091 or Marnie Valent at 305-663-8091, or purchase tickets online at <www.fairchildgarden.org>. MERGING JEWISH CONGREGATIONS TO HOST KOSHER KITCHEN SHOWER A Kosher Kitchen Shower to create and celebrate the creation of a Kosher kitchen will take place on Sunday, June 14, 3:30 p.m., at Congregation Bet Breira, 9400 SW 87 Ave. in Kendall. Congregation Bet Breira and Temple Samu-El Or Olom will be merging into one synagogue, which will practice both Reform and Conservative Judaism under one roof. The new entity will be known as Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom.

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During the kitchen shower, Rabbi Jaime Aklepi of Congregation Bet Breira and Rabbi David Schonblum of Temple SamuEl-Or Olom will lead a ritual cleansing and blessing of the kitchen, which will make it officially Kosher. A reception with a garden tea party theme will follow. This event is free and open to members and friends of Congregation Bet Breira and Temple Samu-El Or Olom, and interested members of the community. A gift registry for the two congregations has been set up at <www.BedBathandBeyond.com> (Registry No. 9962575). Gift cards and donations also will be accepted to purchase restaurant-grade items for the kitchen. To RSVP, which is necessary, reply to <receptionist@betbreira.org> or call 305595-1500. MIAMI-DADE EXPO FEATURES RE-TRAINING, EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE OPPORTUNITIES In an effort to provide Miami-Dade County’s unemployed residents with information on re-training opportunities and employment-related resources, the Office of Mayor Carlos Alvarez, along with many other entities, will host the South Miami-Dade Career Resources Expo on Friday, June 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the

“Center Court” of Southland Mall, 20505 S. Dixie Hwy., in Cutler Bay. Other hosts of this event, which is free to the public, are Miami-Dade Commission chair Dennis C. Moss, Commissioner Katy Sorenson, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and the Town of Cutler Bay REDLAND SUMMER FRUIT FESTIVAL RETURNING TO FRUIT & SPICE PARK The Fruit & Spice Park will host its annual Redland Summer Fruit Festival on June 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 24801 SW 187 Ave. in Homestead. The Redland Summer Fruit Festival will feature local agriculture and tropical fruit plants on display and for sale, as well as educational workshops and demonstrations on various topics including lychee/longan, cultivation, propagation, grafting techniques, cooking demonstrations using various kinds of fruit and more. Also, the Strictly Business Blues Band will perform throughout the weekend and a children’s area will feature the Little Farm Petting Zoo. Admission cost is $7 for adults and children under age 12 will be admitted for free. For more information, call the park at 305-247-5727 or visit the website at <www.fruitandspicepark.com>. ZUMBA FOR A CAUSE: EVENT BENEFITS HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI Metropolis Fitness & Spa will host a Fit

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Fundraiser, benefiting the Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-a-Pet, with a high-energy Zumba class on Thursday, June 25, at 1430 Madruga Ave. in Coral Gables. Check-in will start at 5:30 p.m. and the class will commence at 6 p.m. The Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-a-Pet is dedicated to placing every cat and dog in its care into a loving home and to promote responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter programs. The cost to attend this class is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Space is extremely limited; therefore an RSVP is essential. Call Ronnie Moro at 305-662-7152, ext. 101, to reserve a space. DEERING ESTATE HOSTS 6TH ANNUAL SUMMER CABARET CONCERT SERIES An intimate, cabaret-style concert series featuring eclectic and world music artists will take place in the historic Stone House Ballroom of the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave., on June 27, July 25 and Aug. 29. The concert on Saturday, June 27, stars the Jazz Trio-Cindy Curtis and Company; July 25 will feature native Miamian Johnny Rodgers, and Jorge Halpern “Tangoman” will be performing for the final concert on Aug. 29. All three concerts will begin at 8 p.m. on their respective dates, and the main gate will open at 7 p.m. Guests are welcome to bring drinks and snacks to enjoy during the show. Tickets are $20 for each

individual concert and $55 for all three. Limited seating is available, and advance tickets are recommended. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668, ext. 233. TODO FRIO INVITES COMMUNITY TO FIRST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION The Todo Frio Ice Cream N More ice cream parlor is celebrating its first birthday on Sunday, June 28, from noon to 9 p.m., at the store, 2715 SW 37 Ave., next to Douglas Park. Among the festivities will be face painting, balloons from noon to 3 p.m., Damien’s critters, dancing, and a $500 raffle. Proceeds of the raffle will be donated to the League Against Cancer. To see a schedule of the parlor’s events, visit online at <www.todofrio.net>. RYDER SYSTEM DONATES $150,000 TO RED CROSS Recently, Ryder System Inc., a long-time supporter of the American Red Cross, announced a charitable gift of $150,000 and a box truck to the American Red Cross of Greater Miami & the Keys through its Ryder Charitable Foundation. Locally, Ryder’s donation will help support disaster preparedness efforts and responses to all sorts of disasters ranging from fires to hurricanes.

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Sandra Sher Goldman’s art in exhibition at Alper JCC BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ A retrospective of the work by artist Sandra Sher Goldman is on exhibit through June 26 at the Futernick Family Gallery at the Alper JCC in Kendall. Through various mediums including paintings, printmaking and ceramics, the artist’s talent and versatility are seen clearly as she paints and sculpts the story of her life during the past 50 years. The show begins with a gentle, muted oil painting of a street scene in her hometown of Malden, MA, and quickly moves to a series of beautifully drawn etchings and aquatints that were inspired when she and her family moved to Miami. Her family often spent time at the ocean and these prints capture the genre of the early Artist Sandra Sher Goldman discusses her art with a patron during 1960s on South Beach. the opening of her exhibition at the Alper JCC’s Futernick Family There are scenes of elderly Gallery. Jews playing mah jongg, others immersed in –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– pinochle, or a group of people simply her Grief Series, “A Dialogue with the Figure,” the artist conveys the pain and waiting at a bus stop. Sher Goldman describes herself as a loss suffered when her husband died. Another devastating blow came durnarrative painter and abstract expressionist. She has trained all over the ing this time when her son became ill, U.S. and earned three separate mas- and the combined loss and stress are ter’s degrees in printmaking and revealed in the artist’s black, white painting from the University of and grey figure drawings and Miami, studio art and education from “Skeletal Series” that speak of fracthe Rhode Island School of Design, tured spaces and sorrowful figurative and a third graduate degree in mixed- images. It was during this time that media art from the University of she painted In Your Face, an emotional and explosive work that won Best in Arizona. From her abstract, non-objective oil Show at the Bergen Museum in New paintings to graphite renderings of the Jersey. For the past 20 years Sher Goldman Smokey Mountains, her work calls the viewer to interpret and become has been in South Florida working as an involved. In the 1970s, she turned to artist and an art teacher, always chalwatercolors and created a series of sea- lenging and interpreting her life and oriented paintings that reveal a strong the lives of those around her. The exhibit, “Sandra Sher Goldman sense of design. Organic forms evolve with plant-like shapes and orchid blos- Distinctive Visions” is on display at the soms. Many of the pieces in this series Futernick Gallery at the Alper JCC, are mixed media, with pastel, crayon, 11155 SW 112 Ave. Hours are Sunday, 14 p.m., or by appointment. gouache and watercolor. For more information call Suzy Not all of Sher Goldman’s work is light and colorful. In the 1990s Breitner, JCC Visual Arts director at tragedies in her personal life carried 305-271-9000, ext. 265, or visit online at over to themes in her artwork. Titled <www.alperjcc.org>.

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Naples Beach Hotel, Golf Club offering ‘Summer Jazz’ rates BY KAREN LAMONICA The 24th annual “SummerJazz on the Gulf” concert series will begin at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Naples on Saturday, June 13, with a free concert by saxophonist/vocalist Alan Darcy and his band. The fun, free concert series, a popular tradition for many Floridians, combines the smooth sounds of jazz with beautiful Gulf views, stunning sunsets over the water, refreshing breezes, and a relaxing atmosphere. The concert, like all of the “SummerJazz on the Gulf” concerts, will be take place on the resort’s scenic Watkins Lawn overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The concert will be from 7 to 10 p.m., and there will be free parking just north of the hotel at Lowdermilk Park, with free trolley service running to and from the resort. Guests may bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating, but coolers are not permitted. In conjunction with each concert, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club will offer a special “SummerJazz Rate” for concert goers who wish to stay at the

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Special Election Timeline The following is a timeline of the schedule of tasks that will be performed by the Miami-Dade Elections Department: Week of May 31 – June 6: Second Notice of Special Election shall be advertised June 25: All Mail-in ballots must be received by the Supervisor of Elections of Miami-Dade County by 7 pm (2700 NW 87 Ave.) June 26: Final Canvassing of ballots June 29 Special Council Meeting requested - The Elections Department requires the Town Council to formally certify the results in order for the post-audit to be performed (post-audit is a new State mandate) PLEASE NOTE: There will not be a ballot drop-off box at Town Hall. All ballots must be sent to or delivered to MiamiDade County Elections, 2700 NW 87th Avenue.

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Re-Joyce – Miami to celebrate ‘Bloomsday’ 105th Anniversary BY ROBERT HAMILTON For millions of people June 16 is an extraordinary day. On that day, 105 years ago, two residents of Dublin, Ireland — Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom — embarked on their epic converging journeys through the city. Their travels and adventures, both real and imagined, were memorialized in James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses, the world’s most highly acclaimed modern novel. “Bloomsday,” named after Leopold Bloom, has become a tradition for Joyce enthusiasts all over the world. From Tokyo to Sidney, San Francisco to Buffalo, Trieste to Paris, Sarasota to Miami, dozens of cities around the globe hold their own Bloomsday festivities. Miami-Dade County will join these cities in observing the Bloomsday 105th Anniversary Celebration with a series of activities in Coral Gables. The St. Patrick’s Day Committee, Miami-Dade Public Library System, City of Coral Gables, Actors’ Playhouse, Books and Books, and JohnMartin’s

Restaurant and Irish Pub are sponsors. The project is presented with the support of the City of Coral Gables, MiamiDade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, mayor and Miami-Dade County Commission. BLOOMSDAY ACTIVITIES: Saturday, June 13, 3 p.m. — Bloomsday Family Day at the Coral Gables Branch Library, 3442 Segovia St., with an authentic Irish tea accompanied by live Irish music played by worldfamous fiddler James Kelly. Tuesday, June 16, 6 p.m. — Bloomsday Celebration. Come in costume, something reminiscent of the 1900 to 1920 era. Bowler hats, waistcoats, stiff collared shirts, dressy hats, flapper dresses and frocks are all welcome. The evening opens at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables, where all will be treated to dramatic readings of excerpts from Ulysses by actors from the Actors’ Playhouse. Then, there will be a short odyssey with flags, led by a kilted bagpiper around the block to JohnMartin’s Restaurant

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Summer Shorts Festival now offering 3 different series BY LISA B. PALLEY

The 14th Annual Summer Shorts Festival, produced by City Theatre and featuring three performance series — “Signature Shorts,” “Shorts 4 Kids” and “undershorts,” continues through June 21 at and in association with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Carnival Studio Theater. City Theatre’s 14th Annual Summer Shorts Festival kicks things up a notch with three distinct performance series under the nationally acclaimed Summer Shorts Festival umbrella. A rocking new “Shorts 4 Kids” lineup for families with tunes penned by Grammy Award winner Cyndi Lauper and breakout artist Lisa Loeb (Stay: I Missed You) along with a mix of fast and funny plays for families and a new “Create-a-Short” contest featuring the work of young artists; the company’s naughty, bawdy late night “undershorts” series featuring sinfully hilarious comedies by the nation’s hottest talents along with music penned by Tony-nominated writer Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party), and its celebrated “Signature Shorts” series, which returns to its strong comedic roots with previous festival favorites Christopher Durang (For Whom

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“Tempo Contemporary,” an elegant show of 16 works by five Dominican Republic artists and 80 student artists from around the United States, continues through June 19 in the Miami Dade College Kendall Campus Gallery. The Dominican works were curated by Lilia Fontana, MDC Kendall Gallery director, from Abro Gallery in Miami’s Wynwood Art District. The 80 student works were supplied by Alberto Mesa, professor of printmaking and painting, who participates in an exchange program with Oregon State University. Student prints from 14 states and six countries are represented in the show. Maximo Caminero works with mixed media on canvas, in black and white, with high impact images that express a distinct disillusionment with the repressive government. Vertigo is visually explosive, within a circumscribed composition. Tequila/No Mercy is a bleak and powerful piece that leaves no room for doubt about Caminero’s reasons for splitting his time between San Juan, PR, and Miami. Danza Del Todo brings a bit more mellow message: the dance of life continues, despite repressive governments and bitter anger. Four mixed media works on canvas by Yolanda Naranjo — Caos, Solida, Lost and Caos II, each dominated by a primary pigment color — express a turbulence and disquieted feeling that may be as much a political statement as an emotional state. Their sizes range from 59 by 78 inches to 78 by 98 inches and are among the smallest of her works. She is currently living and working in Greece. Temples I, Temples II and Temples III by Elvis Aviles are mixed media pieces, small in size and apparently meant to be companion pieces. All three are of rich chocolate brown, beige, and taupe impasto paint with

white chalk line drawing running through them and floating, recessed in their frames. These three pieces were sold within minutes of the start of the opening event to a single collector. Professor Danelle Augustin, Art Historian and adjunct faculty at MDC’s Kendall Campus, said she felt pulled towards Elvis Aviles’ work. “It is no surprise to me that these works sold so quickly. His sophisticated utilization of chalk conjures images of primal religious art interspersed between the warm browns, remind us of Mother Earth, or in the case of this exhibit, Mother Dominican Republic.” Ezequiel Tavaras is represented by three ceramic female torsos with varied surfaces that mimic marble, charred wood and granite. All go by the title, Tras el Oscuro Objeto del Deseo. Liz Severino, lives and works in Europe, most recently in France, and a strong feminine quality pervades her work in three renditions of “Caribbean Women.” Two smaller pieces flank a larger piece and each is overlaid with impasto lace patterns. Eighty miniature prints comprise the exhibit of Mesa’s exchange program with the Oregon State University Art Department. The drawing quality of some of the student prints is impressive. One piece drawing a lot of attention is a whimsical, three dimensional miniature kite, complete with tail, all printed with an intriguing pattern that evokes memories of childhood and forays to the beach where families with children, young couples and groups of teens all launched their colorful, flying gear. It also may inspire one to read The Kite Runner. For Miami-Dade Kendall Campus Gallery hours, call 305-237-2322. For information regarding specific works, contact Ricardo Martinez, Abro Gallery, at 786 348-2100, or by email at <ricardo@abrogallery.com>.


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BY ELENA COHAN As part of National Safe Boating Week, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 6-5 presented its second annual free safe boating class to local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and other invited children between the ages 11 and 17. The 47 participants, including 32 youth and 15 adults, met on Saturday, May 23, at Elks Lodge 1676 in South Miami and learned basic skills and legal requirements for safe boating during the three-and-a-half-hour class. Everyone passed the verbal testing at the conclusion of the class and received a certificate from the Flotilla evidencing their successful completion of the training. All the youth who attended are now eligible to receive the Safe Boater ID card from the State of Florida. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida historically has held claim to the distinction of having annually the high-

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LET’S TALK CARS The Mazda6 was introduced in 2003 and “zoom zoom” became two of the most popular words in automotive marketing. The hot new sport sedan was the first Mazda to get the company’s sports car technology fused into a five-passenger, four-door sedan. The Mazda6 was the company’s first vehicle designed, engineered, developed and manufactured in the U.S. and the intent was to meet and surpass the American consumer’s needs. The new Mazda6 does that and more. The 2009 Mazda6 rides on a 4.5-inch longer wheelbase (109.8 inches) with wider front and rear tracks, which increases interior room in virtually all aspects. At the same time, two new powertrains give the car more horsepower and better fuel economy. The

MAZDA6i’s new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (21/30 mpg) has 170 hp, while the hot new MAZDA6s has a 3.7-liter V6 (17/25 mpg) that produces 272 hp. That’s the same new 60-degree 3.7-liter engine — called the MZI — that was introduced in the Mazda CX-9, the 2008 North American Truck of the Year. The Mazda6i comes standard with a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission capable of handling all the performance provided by the 2.5-liter MZR engine. An electronically controlled five-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode is also available. A new six-speed automatic with manual shift mode is standard in the MAZDA6s. On the outside, the Mazda6 has a pronounced front fender much like the one on the RX-8 and a design that flows from the front fascia through the headlamp, over the top of the front-wheel opening and into the side surface ahead of the front door. A graceful S-curve flows from the highest point of the roof to the lip at the end of the deck lid, with the rear glass seeming to melt into the deck lid for a very sleek appearance. Attention to detail is evident through-

Mazda6 has a pronounced front fender and a design that flows from the front fascia over the top of the front wheel opening and into the side surface ahead of the front

out and especially in the taillights’ intricate LED components. On the inside, blacked-out instrument faces with bright metallic markings, needles and trim give the interior a detailed look, while curved surfaces blend the console into the instrument panel. The seats are comfortably firm and have strong side bolsters that hold you in place during hard cornering. The entrylevel interior has plated metal accents and a choice of black, beige or gray cloth upholstery. The Touring level blends cloth with leather upholstery and adds a leather steering wheel cover, while the

Grand Touring interior uses leather only for the upholstery in black, beige or gray. The new Mazda6 has a quick response, a strong acceleration and good handling characteristics. It goes a long way toward stepping up Mazda’s popular “zoom zoom” spirit. Base price on the 2009 Mazda 6 is $24,910.

Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.

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Cutler Bay Business Association May 14, 2009

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Cyndi Rogg and Jack Brickman greet new member, Sheryl Latty (left) of Ultimate Services & Repairs

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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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