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Taste of the Gables returns to begin Restaurant Week BY GRACE SALISBURY

aste of the Gables returns to Downtown Coral Gables this year with chefs from Miracle Mile and beyond vying for bragging rights as the area’s best restaurant. On Friday, June 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., food enthusiasts will have the chance to cast their vote after sampling tastes from more than 20 restaurants participating in Coral Gables Restaurant Week presented by Bacardi USA Inc. Taste of the Gables will take place in the breezeway between Tarpon Bend (65 Miracle Mile) and The Sports Exchange (45 Miracle Mile.) Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at <www.coralgablesrestaurantweek.com> while supplies last. Tickets will be sold at the door for $15 per person, based on availability. For those who hunger for a side of live music, Nil Lara will be performing his eclectic brand of Latin jazz and funk during the event. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Feeding South Florida, a not-for-profit organization that empowers other South Florida not-for-profit organizations to assist people in need and improve their lives by providing food and other grocery products, and by educating and engaging the community to fight hunger and poverty. “An international mix of great cuisines will be represented at the event, so it will be a whirlwind tour for foodies,” said Mari Gallet, executive director of the Business Improvement District (BID) of Coral Gables. “If you haven’t yet decided what restaurants to visit during Coral Gables Restaurant Week, Taste of the Gables is the perfect time to try out what each has to offer, and head to your favorite one that same night,” she added. “At Bacardi USA, we believe in ‘doing good, while doing well’ and we understand the importance of supporting the communities where we live and work,” said

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Liberty Caffé now open for business at Coral Gables CC

GABLES GREAT Lettie Bien has served her country, community

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Youngsters try the authentic Italian gelato served on opening day at the Liberty Caffé.

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BY ROBERT HAMILTON

iberty Caffé at the Coral Gables Country Club, 997 N. Greenway Dr., is open for business. A ribbon cutting ceremony on May 15 with friends and neighbors officially inaugurated the new venue in the historic building. On opening day, a steady stream of visitors came to taste the free authentic gelato made fresh inhouse at the country club with machines imported from Italy.

Liberty Caffé will be open to the public seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The operator of the club, Coral Grand LLC, which has made a substantial investment in the renovation and commercial success of this historic facility, plans to open a restaurant late this year and banquet facilities next year. A fitness center with pool and tennis courts also is slated to reopen this summer. For more information on Liberty Caffé, call 305-392-0819.

ol. Lettie Bien, (U.S. Army, Ret.) has a resume that is not only impressive for one twice her age but also reflects a life of one who has sacrificed like few others serving her country and her community. A decorated Iraq War veteran, Bien also is a sharp businesswoman, a practicing attorney, a community advocate and philanthropist. Raised in South Florida, she received a BA from Florida State University, an MA in Public Administration and Management from Webster University, and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami Law School. Bien easily could write a book on her many adventures with a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years in M i l i t a r y Intelligence and S p e c i a l Operations. A frequent speaker on LETTIE BIEN the topic of community economic development, privatization of foreign state controlled enterprises and U.S. military and veteran’s issues, Bien’s most recent assignment was in Iraq as a Department of the Army –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– See

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The 85th annual Coral Gables Garden Club May Luncheon recently held at the Riviera Country Club was attended by the largest crowd in the event’s history. The event began with a social hour with drinks and hors d’oeuvres being passed before everyone entered the dining room where the tables were decorated with both flowers and individual pictures of birds that are native to the Everglades. Event chair Joyce Davidson chose the luncheon theme of “Lure of the Everglades.” After Davidson welcomed the crowd, co-chair Helen Hinds began with the Pledge of Allegiance and Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick sang the invocation with Jana White accompanying him on the piano. Anna Louise Fulks then introduced the six new members

before lunch was served. Guest speaker Toby Muir’s informative speech was on the Everglades, talking about Marjory Stoneman Douglas who was author of two books, The Everglades and River of Grass. In discussing the author Muir told how that he grew up in Coconut Grove next to the Douglas’ home and knew her extremely well. After the talk and in keeping with the theme, Graham Miller sang an original composition about the Everglades. One of the highlights of the day was when Audrey Ross announced the recipient from Florida Southern College of the club scholarship fund that is in honor of Miss Lamar Louise Curry. The check for $32,000 is a full-year scholarship. The event closed with the installation of officers after which the new president, Kay Murff, gave her acceptance speech.

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TASTE, from page 1 ––––––––––––––– Margaret McDonnell, brand director, Bacardi Rums. “The many fine restaurants in Coral Gables are a big part of what makes this area so vibrant, and we are proud to salute them by being part of Coral Gables Restaurant Week.” Now in its third year, Coral Gables Restaurant Week will preview on June 4 following Taste of the Gables and will officially launch on June 7 and run through June 20. During these two weeks, participating restaurants will offer special threecourse lunch and dinner menus at savings of at least 20 percent. Guests (21 years and older) also will have the chance to try the Original Bacardi Mojito Cocktail, the official cocktail of Coral Gables Restaurant Week, at participating restaurants with full bars. Advance reservations are recommended as many restaurants book completely during this popular promotion. Restaurants taking part in Coral Gables Restaurant Week include Anacapri, Angelique Euro Cafe, Bangkok Bangkok II, Benihana, Bugatti, Caffe Abbracci, Caffe Vialetto, California Pizza Kitchen, Da Vittorio, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Graziano’s Restaurant, Il

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Coral Gables Restaurant Week will preview on June 4 following Taste of the Gables and will officially launch on June 7 and run through June 20. During these two weeks, participating restaurants will offer special three-course lunch and dinner menus at savings of at least 20 percent. Grissino, JohnMartin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, La Cofradia Ceviche Bar, La Dorada, Le Provencal, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Ortanique on the Mile, Pardo’s Peruvian Cuisine, Pasha’s, Por Fin Restaurant & Lounge, Red Koi Thai & Sushi Lounge, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Spris, Sushi Maki, Tarpon Bend, The Globe, and The Bar. For more information, updates on restaurants and a complete list of menus, visit <www.coralgablesrestaurantweek.com>. With more than 160 retailers and more than 70 restaurants, Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile is a sophisticated destination to shop, live, play and work. For more information and a directory, visit <www.shopcoralgables.com>.

City’s international community hosted at 2020 Ponce event

Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick recently hosted a reception at 2020 Ponce in honor of the Consuls General of South Florida. The event was underwritten by the Cisneros Corporation and Tibor Hollo, president of Florida East Coast Realty. Mayor Slesnick and Vice Mayor Bill Kerdyk Jr. presented tokens of appreciation to Hollo and to Javier Aguirre, CFO of the Cisneros Corporation. Pictured (l-r) are Kerdyk, (Photo by Maria Rosa Higgins Fallon) Aguirre, Hollo and Slesnick.


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Pictured are students from last year’s musical summer camp. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY GARY RUSE

The University of Miami Frost School of Music and Ellis Family Music Company Inc. are presenting their 20th annual Summer Guitar, Bass-Guitar and Drumset Camp. The camp runs from June 14 through June 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the UM’s campus. The cost for the regular camp is $295 per student and includes lunch, books, T-shirts and “fantastic training” with UM professors and VIP musicians including Rene Gonzalez, classical guitarist and head of the UM Classical Guitar Program; Don Coffman, jazz bassist and assistant chair of the UM Jazz Department; Steve Rucker, drummer for the Bee Gees and director of the Drumset Program at the UM; Mike Harvey, drummer for Julio Iglesias, and many others.

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The camp is open to beginning students through advanced players, grades 5 through graduating high school seniors. The camp includes a final gala performance on the campus of the University of Miami. Full and partial scholarships are available through the “William R. and Esther V. Ellis Scholarship Fund” and are distributed on a first-come, first-serve, financial need basis. Two former campers who have done well in music and have returned to the camp as “Star Faculty” are Kazihuro Itoh, a drummer and UM grad, and Matt LaPlant, a guitarist who is now a producer at Bieler Brothers Records. For more information on these camps visit the website at <www.efmproductions.com>, or call Dr. Gonzalez at 305284-2083 or EFM at 305-858-8189.

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Fundraising dinner nets $200,000 for Informed Families Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB The 25th anniversary of Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership’s Annual Fundraising Dinner on May 17 netted more than $200,000. Held at Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant, the affair featured what families love most about Miami — music and food as well as a chance to win a Mercedes Benz C-Class model three-year lease, in the color of their choice, courtesy of sponsors Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables and Cutler Bay. The winner was C a role Hrebik. Among the many guests were MiamiDade County Commissioner Sally Heyman (broken ankle and all in her wheelchair); Sen. Gwen Margolis; Kathy Fernandez-Rundle; CBS4’s Jorge Estevez; former Miami Dolphins from the 1972 team Dick Anderson and E d Newman, and honorary chair Marian

Krutulis, founder of Gulliver Schools. Peggy B. Sapp, president and CEO of Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership, credits community support with enabling the organization to reach this milestone. For information on Informed Families, go online to <www.informedfamilies.org>. The Two Hundred Club of Greater Miami held its semi-annual dinner at Riviera Country Club with president Susan Perry-Fuhrman on hand to welcome guests and preside over the festivities. The affair attracted a record crowd to support this organization that has paid benefits and contributions in excess of $1 milliion to the families of police and firemen killed in the line of duty. Featured as the guest speaker was John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Miami. Among the many faces in the crowd that evening were Dick Souviron, Gayle Bainbridge, Peter Bermont, Atley Wampler, Bill Reese, Sonny Alsobrook, Harper Davidson, Judge Maria Korvich, Chief Jim Skinner, Hank Langston, Jorge and Maria Rodriguez Walling, B ryanna Nunez, Stuart Gilbert and G a ry G regory, to mention a few.

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Those interested in joining this organization and contributing to its mission are encouraged to contact Nancy Morgan at 305-443-8973. Coconut Grove resident Lee Kessler and buddy Chris Coffey are organizing a fun night out for a good cause on Friday, June 4, 5-10 p.m., at The Grove Spot, 3324 Virginia St. For a minimum donation of $20 at the door guests receive two free drinks, the best company the Grove has to offer, entertainment and the sense of accomplishment knowing that 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (Jimmy Fund) and will be used to fund the research necessary to put an end cancer. For more information, call 305-7746696. Until next time, keep making each day count.

Lee Kessler (left) and Chris Coffey make fighting cancer a priority with a fundraiser on June 4.


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from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Marisol Arceo, Informed Families Community Action Team Director, Assistant Principal Maida Court, PTSA President Marilyn CorreaGonzalez, Community Involvement Specialist Piedad Abedrabbo, Principal Anamarie G. Moreiras and Simone Brown Knight, Informed Families Statewide Director of Red Ribbon Certified Schools Program.

Sapp, President & CEO of Informed Families. “South Miami K-8 Center does just that – and involves the entire community of students, parents, administrators and South Miami citizens in the process. That is prevention at its best.” During the recognition ceremony on May 25, School Board member Augustin Barrera and Vice Mayor Valerie Newman of South Miami congratulated the students, parents, faculty and administrators for their achievements. Vice Mayor Newman went on to suggest that all South Miami area schools should work toward Red Ribbon Certification. Other participants at the event included Peggy Sapp, President & CEO of Informed Families, Simone Brown Knight, Statewide Director of Red Ribbon Certified Schools, Margaret Sotham, Director of Informed Families’ South Miami Drug-Free Coalition and PTSA President Marilyn Correa-Gonzalez. The event concluded with South Miami K-8 Principal Anamarie G. Moreiras raising the

Red Ribbon Certified Schools flag while reminding participating students about the importance of staying drug and alcohol free. To be considered for Red Ribbon Certification, schools must utilize substance abuse prevention-related curriculum guided by best practices, work with parents as partners and engage in year-round Red Ribbon events. Schools selected for certification remain certified for a three-year period. The program was originally developed by Informed Families, The National Family Partnership and the Florida Center for Prevention Research at Florida State University and funded by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the US Department of Health & Human Services. To find out how your child’s school can be a Red Ribbon Certified School, contact Simone Brown Knight at 305-856-4886, by email at sbrown@informedfamilies.org or visit www.redribbonschools.org.

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Garden dedicates ‘Reflection Point’ in memory of Harry and Mary Perrin BY MARIA ROSA HIGGINS FALLON

Touched by the generosity of Coral Gables residents Harry and Mary Perrin, a small group of friends and community representatives reunited on Friday, May 14, at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden to remember the late couple. The Harry and Mary Perrin “Reflection Point,” a peaceful location among the lush tropical garden landscape, was made possible by a donation from the Perrin Fund administered by the Coral Gables Community Foundation. Under a beautiful tree, a park bench was dedicated, next to a table rock which reads: “This serene place at water’s edge is a glorious setting in which to remember Harry and Mary Perrin who were devoted to their adopted hometown of Coral Gables.” The fund donated $25,000 to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

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Miami-Dade College softball team national JC champions BY TERE ESTORINO

The Lady Sharks, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) unstoppable softball team, have claimed the national title by defeating Wallace State Community College of Alabama, the 2008 national champions, by a 7-0 score at the National Junior College Athletic Association championship tournament in St. George, UT. A season full of broken records left in their tracks, the Lady Sharks stormed through the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) finale, winning all five games and outscoring opponents by a combined score of 46-11. The victory over Wallace accounted for a school record 51 wins in a single season for the program, against a record lowest number of losses at six. It was the 203rd win for head coach Carlos Caro in just five seasons. It’s also was the team’s first national title in program history. Pitcher Erika Bennett was honored as the Tournament MVP, as she won four games during the tournament, striking out 32 in 26

innings pitched, and recording a 0.54 earned run average. She allowed a total of 10 hits and eight walks in the four games she appeared. She ended the season with a 26-2 record, the best record in the history of MDC softball, and was 47-8 in her outstanding two-year career. After her first season with the Lady Sharks, Division I schools sought Bennett out; she, however, turned them down, opting instead to remain with her team with the goal of becoming a national champion as a Lady Shark. She has signed a Letter of Intent to attend Marshall University. “I had no doubt that the Lady Sharks could take the title,” Caro said. “Our players set this goal for themselves in September, and they worked hard for it. They believed in themselves, and they did an outstanding job.” While the 2010 national title represents the college’s first in fast-pitch softball, MDC’s athletic teams have earned 33 total NJCAA titles, including 13 in women’s sports, led by women’s volleyball with eight national titles.

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Transwestern completes significant lease renewals at Douglas Entrance BY DEIDRE KRAUSE

Transwestern’s South Florida office recently announced four lease renewals and an expansion totaling 32,349 square feet at Douglas Entrance. A designated historic landmark, Douglas Entrance encompasses 458,170 square feet of Class “A” office space in a five-building office portfolio located at 800 Douglas Rd. in Coral Gables. Peter Harrison, senior vice president, and Josh Gibbons, senior associate with Transwestern, brokered the transactions on behalf of the landlord, Transwestern Investment Company. A recent 2010 outlook has shown some positive traction and companies that have weathered the storm are seeking to ensure stability in their office needs. As such, rental growth already is being recorded in some of the world’s top office markets leading many companies to realizing that reviewing and renewing their current lease structure is to their advantage. Recent transactions at Douglas Entrance included: Starcom MediaVest Group Inc., one of the world’s largest and most celebrated brand communications and consumer contact organiza-

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tion, signed a lease renewal for their Latin American Regional Headquarters totaling 12,884 square feet. The tenant was represented by Mike Klotz with CBRE.

AccentMarketing, a full-service Hispanic marketing and communications agency headquartered in Miami, signed a lease renewal for 12,620 square feet at La Puerta Del Sol.

The tenant was represented by Scott Goldstein and Gavin Macphail with Jones Lang LaSalle. Corporate Education Solutions, a premier provider of online education, signed a lease renewal for 3,888 square feet and expansion for 1,413 square feet, totaling 5,301 square feet. Enterprise Risk Management, which offers a wide variety of information security and information systems audit services to local, national (Fortune 500) and international businesses, signed a lease renewal for 1,544 square feet. The tenant was represented by Lance Benson with Grubb & Ellis. “After a thorough analysis of market conditions and tenant needs, it was determined in each instance that Douglas Entrance remained the ideal office environment for the current needs and future direction of each tenant,” Harrison said. “These weren’t submarket driven decisions. They were decisions based up the selection of a vibrant location that worked to support business objectives. Located at the entrance of Coral Gables, Douglas Entrance is that location.” For more information about Douglas Entrance, contact Josh Gibbons at 305-8087310 or visit online at <www.transwestern.net/Miami>.

Do You Suffer from ADD/ADHD? If you are just discovering you have adult ADD/ADHD, chances are you’ve suffered over the years for the unrecognized problem. People may have labeled you “lazy” or “stupid” because of your forgetfulness or difficulty completing tasks, and you may have begun to think of yourself in these negative terms as well. Untreated ADD/ADHD has widereaching effects ADD/ADHD that is undiagnosed and untreated can cause problems in virtually every area of your life. Physical and mental health problems. The symptoms of ADD/ADHD can contribute to a variety of health problems, including compulsive eating, substance abuse, anxiety,

chronic stress and tension, and low self-esteem. You may also run into trouble due to neglecting important check-ups, skipping doctor appointments, ignoring medical instructions, and forgetting to take vital medications. Work and financial difficulties. Adults with ADD/ADHD often experience career difficulties and feel a strong sense of underachievement. You may have trouble keeping a job, following corporate rules, meeting deadlines, and sticking to a 9-to-5 routine. Managing finances may also be a problem: you may struggle with unpaid bills, lost paperwork, late fees, or debt due to impulsive spending. Relationship problems. The symptoms of ADD/ADHD can put a strain on your work, love, and family relationships. You may be fed up with constant nagging from loved ones to tidy up, listen more closely, or get organized. Those close to you, on the other hand, may feel hurt and resentful over your perceived “irresponsibility” or “insensitivity.” The wide-reaching effects of ADD/ADHD can lead to embarrassment, frustration, hopelessness, disappointment, and loss of confidence. You may feel like you’ll never be

able to get your life under control. That’s why a diagnosis of adult ADD/ADHD can be an enormous source of relief and hope. It helps you understand what you’re up against for the first time and realize that you’re not to blame. The difficulties you’ve had are symptoms of attention deficit disorder—not the result of personal weakness or a character flaw. Adult ADD/ADHD doesn’t have to hold you back When you have ADD/ADHD, it’s easy to end up thinking that there’s something wrong with you. But it’s okay to be different. ADD/ADHD isn’t an indicator of intelligence or capability. Certain things may be more difficult for you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find your niche and achieve success. The key is to find out what your strengths are and capitalize on them. It can be helpful to think about attention deficit disorder as a collection of traits that are both positive and negative—just like any other set of qualities you might possess. Along with the impulsivity and disorganization of ADD/ADHD, for example, often come incredible creativity, passion, energy, out-of-the-box thinking, and

a constant flow of original ideas. Figure out what you’re good at and set up your environment to support those strengths Attention Deficient Disorder (ADD), or with hyperactivity (ADHD), can be treated by using Neurofeedback. This treatment is based on computer programs that read your brain waves. With the assistance of your neurofeedback trainer (most often a licensed therapist), your brain is trained to produce the "good waves." Every time the computer reads the desired brain waves it rewards the brain with sounds and visual stimulation. Thus, the brain reacts favorably to these rewards by producing more of those brain waves. Neurofeedback has been described in lay terms as “playing video games with your brain.” Through repetition, (“training”), the brain soon starts to produce the desired brain waves without computer coaching. This is the point in which most people begin to experience improvement. For more information please contact Miami Institute of Training and Neurofeedback at 305-448-5111.


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Gables student’s project helps protect kids for sun’s dangers Adrianne Lage, 16, of Coral Gables (behind bench in white hat) and a group of volunteers unveiled a sun shelter structure and planted trees at the Centro Mater West School as part of the SunSmiles program. The project protects and educates children about the dangers of the sun. Adrianne’s SunSmiles was awarded $2,500 as a runner-up in Scholastic’s 2009 Clifford Be Big in Your Community contest, which encourages people of all ages to help make the world a better place. The 2010 contest is going on now and will be accepting submissions through June 30 at <www.scholastic.com/cliffordbebig>.


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Local women complete national autism/equine research study BY LEE STEPHENS

A recently completed study that has international impact concludes that children with autism between the ages of 7 and 12 showed improved cognition, communication, and motivation after participating in specific equine assisted activities (EAA). The research shows that riding, grooming, and interacting with horses had a noticeable, positive effect on study participants. Margaret M. Bass, PhD, and Maria Llabre, PhD, from Good Hope Equestrian Training Center, 22155 SW 147 Ave., focused on the impact of EAA on the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s social functioning and attention capacity. The study, funded by the Ohio-based Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF), was a follow-up to a 2006 pilot study (published in the Journal for Autism & Developmental Disorders) by the same researchers. The new study exposed a larger experimental group of participants to 12 weeks of one-hour-and-15-minute sessions of EAA and tracked the effects for two months afterwards. The activities utilized were grooming and tacking, mounting/dismounting and mounted warm-up exercises, The multi-sensory equestrian environment and the relationship created between the horse and the participant can have a positive impact on young people with autism. â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

riding skills, and games. Study results were determined based on data collected from participantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; parents and teachers. The Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS) and Sensory Profile (SP) analysis systems were used to assess social functioning at three times during the study. The SRS is a 65item questionnaire that measures the severity of autism spectrum disorder symptoms. The SP is a 125-item questionnaire that is administered to parents or teachers, using a 1

(â&#x20AC;&#x153;alwaysâ&#x20AC;?) to 5 (â&#x20AC;&#x153;neverâ&#x20AC;?) Likert scale. According to the Autism Society of America, autism is the fastest growing developmental disability, which is estimated to have between a 10-17 percent growth rate each year. In response to these growing numbers, EAA offers a promising approach to working with children with autism. While the activities are not formally considered therapy, they are viewed as therapeutic if a participant is able to show improvement within one or more of the following areas: physical, social, emotional or educational (NARHA, 2010). The multisensory equestrian environment and the relationship created between the horse and the participant can provide more than just riding skills. Doctors Bass and Llabre state that they are â&#x20AC;&#x153;very appreciative to HHRF for funding this research project. The most significant thing that we found from this study was that the autistic children in the experimental group improved in critical areas such as sensory seeking, emotional reactive, inattention/ distractibility and sensory sensitivity, as compared to the wait list control group.â&#x20AC;? Horses and Humans Research Foundation grant awards are made possible by the generous contributions of foundations, individuals, businesses and therapeutic riding programs nationwide. An anonymous $500,000 challenge grant matches every dollar contributed to the organization. To view the findings and report of this project and other awarded projects, visit <www.horsesandhumans.org>. More information about the 501(c)(3) organization, including contribution forms, also can be found at the website. For more information about Good Hope Equestrian Training Center visit <www.goodhopeequestriancenter.com> or call 305-258-2838.

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By consolidating administrative offices at FIU, the Miami-Dade County Health The Miami-Dade County Health Department is expected to save the state at Department and Florida International least $8 million over the next 25 years. University will establish the first Academic The building, estimated to be 90,000 Health Department in Florida. square feet, comes with an authorized The Miami-Dade County Health budget of up to $32.5 million. The project Department is planning to consolidate its is included within the 2010-11 budget administrative and propassed by the Florida gram offices at FIU’s Legislature. Pending The planned facility will Modesto A. Maidique the governor’s increase joint teaching, Campus, bringing part of approval, the building its workforce to southwill be financed research, and clinical west Miami-Dade and through a bond and training opportunities for forming a partnership that repaid through will strengthen the educaDepartment of Health FIU students, faculty and tional experience of stulease payments. health professionals in dents pursuing health The health departcareers. ment component of the the health department. An Academic Health new complex will comThe move also will Department is an organplement a previously ized partnership between funded $23.3 million expand opportunities schools of public health, Stempel College of for both institutions to medicine, nursing and Public Health and allied health sciences with Social Work academic collaborate in attracting public health departfacility and a new $10 grants that can help ments. These partnerships million Ambulatory create dynamic academicCare Center funded by improve healthcare practice collaborations, a grant from Miamiin the region. which effectively pool the Dade County. The clinassets of all institutions ic and academic facility involved. are in the planning and design stages. The administrative and program offices The planned facility will increase joint of the Miami-Dade County Health teaching, research, and clinical training Department currently are housed in eight opportunities for FIU students, faculty and different locations around the county, caus- health professionals in the health departing operational difficulties and inefficien- ment. The move also will expand opportucies, as well as logistical challenges, said nities for both institutions to collaborate in Lillian Rivera, administrator of the Miami- attracting grants that can help improve Dade County Health Department. healthcare in the region. “Through this partnership, we can cut The collaboration between FIU and the costs and become a more efficient depart- Miami-Dade County Health Department ment,” Rivera said. “We also look forward also has the potential to create internship to playing an important role in preparing opportunities through which FIU students students pursuing careers in public health would work with public health experts in a and related professions to meet the 21st clinical and research environment. The Century challenges associated with the facility will include a public health teachhealth needs of our population.” ing clinic with an environmental laboratory The Miami-Dade County Health and a nutrition/ breastfeeding program. Department offices will be located in FIU’s “This is the kind of innovative, mutually Academic Health Sciences Center, which beneficial, strategic partnership that will includes the Herbert Wertheim College of enhance the education of our students with Medicine, the Robert Stempel College of real life experience,” said Fernando Public Health and Social Work, the College Treviño, dean of the Stempel College of of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the Public Health and Social Work. “At the College of Arts and Sciences. The same time, it will improve the local stateAcademic Health Sciences Center is run health facilities and save the state sigexpected to generate 66,000 new jobs and nificant money. It’s a win-win situation.” have an annual economic impact of more For more information about FIU, visit than $8.9 billion by 2025. online at <www.fiu.edu>.


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ARC honors armed forces, Humanitarian of the Year BY CHRYSTIAN TEJEDOR

The American Red Cross and members from all five branches of the United States armed forces invaded the Hyatt Pier 66 for the First Annual Salute to the Armed Forces and Humanitarian of the Year Dinner. The Apr. 30 event hosted local and visiting military leaders as the South Florida community saluted their valiant efforts and honored E. Roe Stamps IV, this year’s recipient of the Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award, the American Red Cross’ highest distinction. “Our Salute to the Armed Forces Dinner was the perfect celebration of the longstanding relationship between the American Red Cross and our nation’s armed forces,” said Sam Tidwell, CEO of the American Red Cross South Florida Region, serving Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. “Red Crossers and service men and women had the chance to unite and to learn more about the strong ties between us.” From its birth on the battlefield more than 150 years ago, to supporting troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world, the Red Cross always has helped members of

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Seventeen Haitian pediatric patients who were treated at Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) for injuries suffered during January’s earthquake in Port-au-Prince recently returned from a two-day trip they will remember for years to come. Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation (MCHF) sponsored the “Haiti to Orlando Adventure” for the young patients and their families. The excursion — which was spearheaded by Miami Children’s Hospital pediatric plastic surgeon Dr. Chad Perlyn, and included visits to Universal Studios Florida, Nickelodeon Suites Resort and Give Kids The World Village — helped bring smiles to the young patients’ faces. Organized by the foundation and Dr. Perlyn, leader of the hospital’s first Haiti Relief volunteer team, the trip was conceived to provide an emotional respite to complement the patients’ medical care. Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation underwrote the adventure through donations made to its disaster relief fund from organizations, including The Honda Classic, PGA, and many concerned supporters. Miami Children’s Hospital nurses and staff who helped treat the young patients while at the hospital served as chaperones and translators for the children and their families. “We believe a bit of fun and entertainment provides emotional benefits that can help physical healing and we’re pleased to support and join in this effort,” said Lucy Morillo-Agnetti, president of Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. “I extend my heartfelt thanks to our supporters and all hospital and foundation staff whose donations of time, talent and funds ensured that dreams really did come true for these young patients.”

On day one of the trip, the youngsters were treated to breakfast and a send-off party at Miami Children’s Hospital prior to the bus ride to Orlando. Upon arriving, the kids enjoyed a pool party at Nickelodeon Suites Resort before being treated to a special dinner and entertainment at Give Kids The World Village in nearby Kissimmee. Following breakfast the next morning at Nickelodeon Suites Resort, they headed off for a day at Universal Studios Florida. As they arrived at the park, a delegation of Haitian Universal Studios employees greeted the children with chants of “Haiti, Haiti” and embraced them as they disembarked the bus to add extra excitement and help provide a sense of “home.” The children enjoyed a variety of thrilling rides and a host of characters before heading back to South Florida to share their exciting adventure with family and friends. Dr. Perlyn receives great satisfaction in helping restore the lives of children affected with birth defects or injuries, which led him to Haiti following January’s earthquake. While there, he operated on numerous children with severe disfigurement and lifethreatening injuries and was joined by dozens of other volunteers from Miami Children’s Hospital. Ultimately, several young Haitian patients were transferred to Miami Children’s where some continue to receive treatment. “For these two days, it was all about stopping being patients and starting to be kids again,” Dr. Perlyn said. “We just wanted to give them a couple of days where the water slide was their biggest obstacle.” Companies and individuals interested in donating to the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation Disaster Relief Fund will provide aid to children in need may do so online at <www.mchf.org/donate/>. To learn more about the foundation and offer support, visit <www.mchf.org> or call 305-666-2889.


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Silvia’s Corset Shoppe offers each client personal service BY PRISCILLA GREEAR

When Jennifer Cosomano met Silvia Valdivia of Silvia’s Corset Shoppe, she embraced her vision for a full-service corsetiere shop that fills a void in MiamiDade County. Having worked previously at Jeffery New York and other fashion companies before returning to her native Miami, Cosomano said she felt drawn to the community-oriented retail niche in Coral Gables — the only full-service corsetiere shop left in the county south of North Miami. So she took the small business challenge and signed on. “It’s trying to give a service that is really a dying service, a dying art, to give service to a woman and help her to feel her best whether it’s just a regular bra and panties or a girdle for a gown for a special event, or a mastectomy fitting, for a woman to really have that confident feeling,” Cosomano said. “Coral Gables has that community feel I was looking for and it appealed to me that it was in Coral Gables and that it was a service retail business where you get to know people and have relationships and can be more part of the community.” Together co-owners Valdivia and Cosomano strive to carry on the corsetiere tradition of fastidious service, fittings and alterations of the Corset Corner, a wellknown Coral Gables business of 47 years that closed in September 2005. They help girls and women to find the proper size and style of undergarments, whether recovering from a mastectomy, seeking a flatter abdomen or needing a seamless fit for that special dress. Watching her mentor working with customers and examining garments for quality

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and fit, Valdivia worked at Corset Corner for 20 years, starting at 18 years old and eventually becoming sales manager. She opened Silvia’s at 256 Giralda Ave. in October 2005 and Cosomano joined the next year. The shop draws customers from South Florida plus some from Latin America. Valdivia continues developing customer relationship where it’s “more like a relationship in a family.” She has even fit some daughters of women who she fitted for their wedding dresses. “I hope to give them all I have day-byday to my clients, to bring them a smile and to hear that they are satisfied…It is greatly

satisfying for me when my customers, locally and internationally, ask for my knowledge and expertise,” said Valdivia, a native of Nicaragua. And for mastectomy customers, “I wish to give them a safe, comfortable place where they can feel they are taken care of and that their needs and wants are met.” In addition to long-line and regular bras starting at around $45, they sell slippers and robes, corsets, girdles and lingerie. For mastectomy customers, they have a full line of bras and bathing suits and also can customize regular bras. With a small inventory compared to department stores, they concentrate on select styles from brands such as Prima Donna not widely found in

department stores. Cosomano highlighted a few specialty items in the pinkish mauve boutique such as lacy handmade corsets and reduction bras. With a good undergarment “you can look thinner, you can look more fit. You feel better…A good fitting bra can help you to stand up straight,” she said. Expert fitter Lesvía Gonzalez, who worked 14 years at Corset Corner, does all alterations, ranging from rebuilding a woman’s favorite girdle to lengthening a bra band. “Corset Corner was one of the most elegant stores in Coral Gables,” she recalled. “I learned there how to do all types of alterations.” Jossie Guelbenzu, 30-year owner of Jossie’s Couture, refers many clients to Silvia’s and shops there herself. “I think it’s a big value to Coral Gables to have Silvia’s over there…She’s very knowledgeable and has a lot of experience,” Guelbenzu said. “They fit you to a ‘T’ and they know what they’re doing…They have the best lines, they can get you what you need…What a person wears under a dress is more important than the dress itself.” With the focus on service, Cosomano also assured that it’s a pressure-free environment. “It’s just a friendly, nice place to come. It’s no pressure, hard sales. It’s just, ‘how can we help you?’” she said, adding that she’ll refer people elsewhere as needed. “We’ll make sure you’re putting the garment on correctly and fitting in it correctly to make sure you have the best possible fit before you walk out.” For information on Silvia’s Corset Shoppe visit online at <www.silviascorsetshoppe.com> or call 305-446-8484.

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Navarro joins partnership for prescription discounts BY YANET OBARRIO SANCHEZ

United Way of Miami-Dade has partnered with FamilyWize to help consumers save an average of 30 percent on prescription drugs. Since the program began in 2008, about 100,000 cards have been distributed in Miami-Dade, resulting in a savings of almost $250,000 to its users. Now, Navarro Discount Pharmacies has joined the partnership to help United Way of Miami-Dade reach its goal of doubling the amount of savings in 2010. The FamilyWize prescription drug discount card may be used by those who don’t have health insurance or need medicines not covered by their insurance plan. This card could lower the cost of prescription medicines by an average of 30 percent, and is free-of-charge to everyone in the community. There are no age restrictions, income restrictions or limit on how many times a single card may be used. Almost 1,000 United Ways in all 50 states have joined to save people more than $50 million in the next year on the cost of their prescription medicines. “Healthcare costs are one of the top concerns for people in our community, and too many have insufficient coverage, no prescription coverage or need medications not covered by their insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or VA benefits,” said Harve A. Mogul, president and CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade. “In fact, 40 percent of adults don’t buy the medicines they need, have difficulty affording them or reduce the required dosage because of high costs. The FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards will help them buy the medicines

they need.” Navarro Discount Pharmacies has partnered with the United Way to distribute and accept the FamilyWize prescription discount cards, and pharmacy staff at its 28 Miami-Dade locations have information in Spanish and English about the program. “We are proud to partner with the United Way and FamilyWize in bringing even more prescription drug discounts to those individuals and families in our community who truly need the help,” said Cristy LeonRivero, vice president, customer and public relations, Navarro Discount Pharmacies. “It’s truly amazing what we can accomplish when we all work together. We invite the community to stop by and pick up their cards and put them to good use as soon as possible.” The FamilyWize cards also are accepted at hundreds of local pharmacies and many national pharmacies including Costco, Walgreens, Kmart, Publix, Target, Walmart and Winn Dixie. For a full list of pharmacies, look up drug prices or to print a card, visit online at <www.FamilyWize.org>. FamilyWize cards also can be obtained by calling United Way of Miami-Dade at 305646-7086. Local businesses and employers can get cards to give to all their employees. “We hope everyone in the community will take the time to thank their pharmacist, United Way of Miami-Dade, and everyone else involved for the difference they are making in the lives of so many people in the community,” said Dan Barnes, co-chair, FamilyWize Community Service Partnership. Additional information about this program is available at <www.unitedwaymiami.org> and online at <www.FamilyWize.org>.

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Shake-A-Leg invites campers on board for fun-filled summer BY LAURA ACKER

Shake-A-Leg Miami — a communitybased aquatic activities center serving able bodied individuals as well as those with physical, developmental and economic challenges — is inviting thrill-seeking students to spend their summer discovering the majestic marine environment of South Florida while making a splash in the waters of Biscayne Bay at its 2010 Summer Camps. Offering three interactive summer camp options that promise to satisfy the interests of children of all ages and abilities, and provide an unforgettable, action-packed summer, Shake-A-Leg Miami is hosting an Eco-Island Adventure Camp and Watersports Camp that are available in two-week-long sessions. Campers participating in the Eco-Island Adventure Camp will spend their days exploring the eco-island at Shake-A-Leg Miami, which is a tropical cay located just off the shore of Dinner Key that acts as a one-of-a-kind outdoors classroom to teach students about South Florida’s unique aquatic environment and how they can protect it. Public and private partners, includ-

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ing the City of Miami, DERM, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises, helped Shake-A-Leg Miami to restore the EcoIsland. Based on an ecological curriculum and

marking its second camp season at ShakeA-Leg Miami, Eco-Island Adventure Camp will consist of several fun-filled activities campers will enjoy, including exploring the beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay via kayak or sailboat, art, music, snorkeling, fishing, photography, science, nature walks, and swimming. Children will learn at camp, how to observe animals in their native habitat and how to identify different species of sea plants and living specimens under microscopes; practice catch and release fishing; record their island experiences in personal journals; hand-craft jewelry or musical instruments out of objects found in nature, and learn how to collect and filter water for their island garden and outdoor shower. The Eco-Island Adventure Camp is offered to campers ages 7 to 14 and costs $500 per two-week session with the first session beginning June 14 and running

every two weeks through Aug. 20. For campers who want to be at the helm of summer fun, Shake-A-Leg Miami is offering a Watersports Camp, where campers will learn sailing theory and technique, along with sharpening their kayaking, sailing, standup paddling and windsurfing skills on the beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay. Open to campers ages 8 to 14, the Watersports Camp costs $500 per twoweek session with the first session beginning June 14 and running every two weeks through Aug. 20. Shake-A-Leg Miami also will offer an Eco-Island Outings program this summer, a program that affords individuals and groups the opportunity to enjoy an educational sailing or kayaking excursion throughout Biscayne Bay and Eco-Islands. The cost for Eco-Island Outings is $25 per person, with excursions running twice a day Monday through Thursday beginning on June 14 and available to children ages 7 and older. “We are excited to build off the momentum of our summer camp season last year, when we exhibited the highest attendance rates in the history of our organization,” said Harry Horgan, CEO and cofounder of Shake-A-Leg Miami. “Every summer brings more fun-filled adventures, new activities and smiling camper faces to Shake-A-Leg Miami, and we look forward to our 2010 camp program being the most exciting and successful to date.” Shake-A-Leg Miami is located at 2620 S. Bayshore Dr. in Coconut Grove. For more information on Shake-A-Leg Miami or to register your child at any one of the summer camps, visit online at <www.shakealegmiami.org/summercamp2010. or call 305-858-5550. For information on Shake-A-Leg Miami’s camps, contact Jonas Roddenberry via email at <Jonas@shakealegmiami.org>.

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The Dade Association for Academic Non-Public Schools (DAANS) conducted its annual student recognition luncheon on Apr. 21 at the Doubletree Hotel. More than 800 students, educators, family and friends representing over 75 schools attended the event. Among the major sponsors for the event was Gulliver Schools. Dr. Teri Logan, DAANS executive director and associate head of Miami Christian School, presented Gulliver’s John Krutulis with a plaque. Among other area schools attending were Temple Beth Am, Westminster as well as Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart whose choir provided entertainment throughout the event.


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See heavy metal’s ‘Big Four’ at a theater near you Heavy metal fans in the U.S. will get to witness the ‘Big Four’ tour, featuring legendary heavy metal bands Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, perform at the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria. The concert will be broadcast to movie theaters throughout the U.S., including eight theaters in Miami/Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. The four legendary bands have never shared the stage before and the concert will be broadcast for one night only, so get your tickets today. Tickets currently are on sale at select theaters. For more information on the screening, visit online at <www.nationalcinemedia.com>. BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM REGISTRATION Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has opened registration for its summer camp program, which will run from June 14 through Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two area camp locations are the Hank Kline Club, 2805 SW 32 Ave., and the Kendall Club, 9475 North Kendall Dr. Children will get to participate in a number of activities, including arts and crafts, table games, basketball, movies, kickball,

tee-ball and more. Field trips will be organized each week as well. Campers will be able to take part in an end of summer dance show, which parents are invited to attend. Children will be placed in groups by age, supervised by qualified counselors. Registration fees are $450 for eight weeks, $250 for four weeks and $200 for two weeks. Parents must register in person at one of the two locations. For more information, call 305-4462654 or go online to <www.bgcmia.org>. ‘BARKING UP A TREE’ PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT Close-up photography of the patterns and textures of some of South Florida’s most unique trees are on display at Biscayne National Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery through Aug. 22. The gallery is located at 9700 SW 328 St. and is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The “Barking up a Tree” exhibit is the product of South Florida naturalist Bob Showler and photographer Tim Taylor. The two spent several days hiking through South Florida’s national parks and surrounding areas to photograph 25 of the region’s most distinctive trees.

COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS Gallery visitors will get to meet the artists during a reception on Sunday, June 13, from 1 to 3 p.m., where the artists will speak about the exhibit and refreshments will be served. For more details on the exhibit, visit online at <www.nps.gov/bisc>. SOUTH FLORIDA WRITERS ASSN. TO HOST U.S. JUDGE ALAN GOLD The South Florida Writers Association (SFWA) invites you to join its “New Year” celebration with a program featuring U.S. District Court Judge Alan Gold. The event will take place on Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the University of Miami Holiday Inn, 1350 S. Dixie Hwy. Judge Gold will install the new slate of SFWA officers and give the keynote address. Members will have the opportunity to display their books. Admission is $22 and includes a buffet brunch. Preregister by email to Teresa Bendana

at <Ebendana@attn.net>. Registration will close on Wednesday, June 2, at the close of business hours. To purchase tickets, attendees may pay online at <www.southfloridawritersassn.org>. RECYCLED ART EXHIBITION SCHEDULED AT THE FALLS Local artists hope to shed light on the importance of recycling through an exhibit, titled “Art by Nature.” The exhibit will be on display during mall hours at The Falls shopping center, located at 8888 SW 136 St., from Sept. 2 through Sept. 30. Each exhibition will be created using only recycled materials. A preview reception, which will benefit the ArtCenter/South Florida, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free. For more information, call 305-2554570 or visit online at <www.shopthefalls.com>.

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Conchita Espinosa Conservatory to present Festival of the Arts BY ISABEL CHAO

Conchita Espinosa Conservatory of the Arts will present its 2010 Festival of the Arts on Saturday, June 5, 7 p.m., at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium. This performance, which takes place every two years with more than 500 students participating, has become a very dear tradition since its founder, Cuban educator Conchita Espinosa, presented the first festival in Havana in 1934 as a way to showcase in a single performance the many talents of her conservatory’s young artists. Part One of Festival 2010 focuses on a trip through the cultural highlights of New York City. The “visit” comes to life through theater, dance and music. Part Two is a celebration of Broadway musicals. Since the early 1960s, “Festival” has been a labor of love in which faculty and staff of both, the Conservatory and the Conchita Espinosa Academy (CEA) participate.

Each festival is a unique performance with its own theme, and from start to finish, the hard work, and dedication of the conservatory’s outstanding faculty of renowned artists is evident in every number. Conchita Espinosa was very proud of her festival. Today, this very important part of her legacy is lovingly made anew by her daughter and CEA director Maribel Zubieta Diaz who was honored recently with the New World School of the Arts’ Lifetime Achievement Award for exemplary dedication to the arts in South Florida. Tickets are available until June 3 at the school. Contact Audrey Gonzalez, 305227-1149, ext. 17. The day of the performance any available tickets may be purchased at the theater box office. Tickets are $58, $48, $38 and $23. The performance will be Saturday, June 5, 7 p.m., at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St.

What About the Guilty Ones? By Michelle Estlund, Criminall Defensee Attorneyy Recently, I wrote that representing chronic law violators carried a different type of gratification than does representing truly innocent clients or first-time offenders. Today’s column is focused on the guilty clients, and why representing them is important. The best explanation is probably by way of example. Imagine two young men walking down a street in their neighborhood, and are suddenly approached by a police officer in a marked police vehicle. Without legal justification, the officer exits the vehicle and has the men place their hands against the hood of the vehicle while he does a quick check for weapons or drugs. No weapons or drugs are found, the officer drives away, and the young men are sent on their way, offended and upset at the illegal intrusion. These men can report the incident to internal affairs, which may or may not investigate the matter and may or may not discipline the officer. In this scenario, there is little to discourage a rogue officer from improper behavior, and the two young men now know that they are unsafe from illegal searches and seizures from their government.

Now change the scenario by one fact: one of the young men does have a bag of marijuana in his pocket and is arrested for the fifth time. The young man’s attorney recognizes that the baggie was found as the result of an illegal search and files a motion in court to have that evidence suppressed. The motion is successful, the state attorney and the judge advise the officer that he acted illegally, and because of such illegality, the marijuana will be excluded from evidence. The case must be dropped. The officer has wasted his time and there is now a public record of the officer’s illegal activity. The officer now has a strong disincentive to conduct illegal searches in the future. The difference between the two scenarios is that the young man in the second scenario was guilty. Only when the police illegally search or arrest a guilty person is our criminal system tested in court. Only then can we find out the level of protection we have from illegal government action. So many of us, especially in South Florida, come from countries where people have no such protection. I never want to live without the protection afforded to us in the United States, and representing the guilty is one way of keeping that protection alive and well. Michelle Estlund is a criminal defense attorney practicing in Florida since 1995. She can be reached at 305-448-0077. For more information go to <www.estlundlaw.com>.

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City Theater celebrates its 15th Summer Shorts Festival season In Matterhorn by Rich Orloff (Revival: 15th Season Festival Favorite), standing still online while waiting to get on Disneyland’s Matterhorn takes Jerry (Steve Trovillion) and Arleen (Elena Maria Garcia) on a wild ride as they consider the hilarious ups and downs of love and marriage in the most magical place in the world.

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City Theatre celebrates the 15th Anniversary Season of the company’s acclaimed annual Summer Shorts Festival featuring two series of five- to 20-minute one-act plays, “Signature Shorts,” the original series that put “shorts” on the map, and “Undershorts,” a late-night series of shorts for adults that is edgy, irreverent and completely hilarious. City Theatre’s 15th Anniversary Season features the company’s first full-length

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Organizers of the second annual Miami Music Festival will present more than 500 performances by new and developing artists in an expanded roster of venues throughout the city. The showcase will take place Nov. 12-14 during the newly designated “Live Music Month in Miami” and will include two daytime sessions on five stages in Bayfront Park and a show at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. A music industry and artists’ conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Miami, the festival’s headquarters hotel on Friday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 13. Musicians may submit showcase applications, register for the conference, and reserve discounted stays at the Hyatt at <www.miamimusicfestival.org>. Partners include Miami New Times, State of Florida Film and Entertainment Office, MiamiDade County Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Miami Office of Cultural Affairs, Miami-Dade Office of Film and Entertainment, Miami Downtown Development Authority, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, and FilMiami. The Miami Music Festival and

Conference also is produced in cooperation with the Recording Academy, Urban Network, and performing rights organizations ASCAP, BMI, and SoundExchange. Performing at showcase festivals has become important for independent musicians who are using new media tools to produce, distribute and market their own music in an effort to reach broad audiences and raise awareness among music industry executives. Events such as the MMF attract discerning audiences to hear new acts or new music from established acts. South by Southwest in Austin, TX, is just one example of a gathering that has provided opportunities to network with other artists and gain distribution opportunities. “The MMF will again present an amazing array of rock, alternative, and singer/songwriter acts but will feature in equal measure Latin, urban, Caribbean, and jazz artists,” said Irwin Kornfeld, festival CEO. “Miami’s live music scene continues to develop and grow, and the MMF is growing with it.” The inaugural MMF in December 2009 attracted more than 18,000 attendees to see 270 acts in 75 shows on 25 stages.

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classes and continuation of their Nature Notebook. Daily lunch, snack and supplies included. Week 4: All about butterfly identification, food and plants they like; frog tour and discussion; herb garden tour, including fragrances and benefits, students will pick and make their own herbal tea; student groups create an International Day with food, customs and art; aquatic plants; students will learn about species like sapodilla that gave us chewing gum, vanilla and chocolate plants; students examine authentic rainforest tools and toys and compare their lifestyle with that of the Chachi people of the Ecuadorian rainforest. Camp culminates in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drama at the Farmâ&#x20AC;? with students writing and acting out their camp experiences complete with costumes from the costume loft. Daily lunch, snack and supplies included. The Art and Science Summer Camp at the Fairchild Farm (part of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden) is located at 14885 SW 248 St. (4 miles east of Fruit and Spice Park and 2.5 miles south of Monkey Jungle). The Fairchild Farm has 20 acres in the Redland agricultural district of Miami-Dade County, and is a genetic facility which contains Fairchildâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s living fruit tree collection including mangos, avocados, jackfruit, Spanish lime, sapodilla, canistel, mamey, caimito, and others. Summer camp fees are: Fairchild member, $150 per week; non-member, $175 per week. Fairchild offers a limited number of need-based scholarships. For more information, contact Leila Werner, 305-258-0464 or by email to <lwerner@fairchildgarden.org>. For more information, visit online at <www.fairchildgarden.org>.

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Veterans get free acupuncture at AMC’s Community Clinic BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Veterans can receive up to 12 free acupuncture treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on Fridays, from 1 to 4 p.m., beginning June 4, at Acupuncture and Massage College’s Community Clinic, 10506 N. Kendall Dr. Classified as an anxiety disorder, PTSD can result from the experience or witnessing of traumatic or life-threatening events such as terrorist attack, violent crime, torture, genocide, natural disaster, and military combat. Symptom clusters of PTSD include reexperiencing of the event (intrusive memories, flashbacks), emotional numbing, behavioral avoidance of trauma-related stimuli, and hyper-arousal (difficulty sleeping, irritability, being easily startled). According to the National Center for PTSD (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs), about 30 percent of the men and

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Give kids a chance to play with food, and they just might make a masterpiece. That’s the thinking behind Super Duper Mini Chefs, a culinary event for kids at The Falls on Saturday, June 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. The free event, open to kids of all ages and their parents, is hosted by the Simon Kidgits Club and combines demonstrations with hands-on activities that encourage kids to have fun and get creative while learning about food safety, preparation and manners. “We are delighted to host the Super Duper Mini Chefs event at The Falls,” said Dailen Rodriguez, director of mall marketing and business development at The Falls. “This event is fun for pint-sized chefs and parents too — who can enjoy an entertaining afternoon and quality time with their family.” During the event, pint-sized chefs can pick up a food-friendly activity sheet provided by A Kid’s Life!, which encourages learning, discovery and self esteem through games, music and other activities available in an ad-free and secure online environment. Kids also will receive a free Strawberry Shortcake doll and coloring sheet with a special Strawberry Shortcake recipe. In addition, the Simon Kidgits Club will give to members a free chef’s set, containing a mini rolling pin, cookie cutters, measuring spoons and a whisk, while supplies last. The Super Duper Mini Chefs is one of several programs and events conducted throughout the year at The Falls for members of Simon Kidgits Club, which focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages three

The free event, open to kids of all ages and their parents, is hosted by the Simon Kidgits Club and combines demonstrations with hands-on activities that encourage kids to have fun and get creative while learning about food safety, preparation and manners. through eight. Families can sign up for the Kidgits Club during regular mall hours at guest services or online at <www.simon.com/kidgits>. Membership includes a Kidgits Club membership card and T-shirt, scheduled entertainment and activities for families, a Birthday Club (including birthday card and gift redemption certificate), unique programs and offers, discounts, and a quarterly newsletter. The Falls, located at S. Dixie Highway (US1) and SW 136th Street, is one of Florida’s largest open-air retail and entertainment destinations, featuring Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, more than 95 stores, restaurants, cafés and Regal Cinemas.

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Volvo C70 hardtop convertible reflects new design direction Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS Volvo has redesigned its signature C70 hardtop convertible for 2011 and added even more standard luxury features. The C70 has a sleek new look and a more aggressive appearance with a new front fascia and grille that reflect the design influence of the popular Volvo XC60 and the upcoming next generation S60. The front fenders also have been redesigned to make the nose more wedge-shaped and threedimensional, while the new headlights and décor around the fog lights have been angled upward and toward the rear. High-tech LED taillights similar to those on the XC60 are the most obvious update to the rear. The entire light unit is clearly integrated with the oval that frames the enhanced C70’s rear fascia. New color choices are Flamenco Red and Ember Black. On the inside, the changes continue,

including a redesigned instrument panel for a wider, sleeker look with new instruments and gauges. The panel surface has a new luxurious texture that enhances the overall quality of the interior. The standard equipment roster is even longer for 2011 with the addition of a fivespeed Geartronic automatic transmission, Sovereign Hide leather, Sirius Satellite Radio and 17-inch Sirona diamond-cut alloy wheels. Cranberry leather is another new item that may be specified as a nocharge option. But, the primary ingredient of the C70’s charm is the three-piece retractable hardtop. With the touch of a button, the top folds quickly into the trunk. With the top up, the large rear glass window offers excellent visibility and improves body rigidity. Under the hood the C70 is powered by a standard 2.5-liter light-pressure T5 turbocharged engine that makes 227 hp at 5,000 rpm with 236 pounds-feet of torque from 1,500 to 4,800 rpm. The flat torque curve allows power to the front wheels evenly and makes the car highly responsive. As with all Volvos, the C70 has an impressive list of safety features including

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side impact and rollover protection with an Inflatable Curtain (IC). The curtain has an extra stiff construction with double rows of slats slightly offset from each other to allow them to remain upright for effective head protection even with the window open. The curtain deflates slowly to provide protection in the event of a rollover. Volvo claims this is a unique solution and a first for a

four-passenger convertible. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price on the 2011 Volvo C70 T5 is $39,950.

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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