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Slesnick selected to lead Florida League of Mayors BY MARIA ROSA HIGGINS FALLON oral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick was sworn in recently as president of the Florida League of Mayors, the nonpartisan organization of mayors representing the state of Florida. The installation took place during the annual meeting of the Florida League of Cities, Aug. 13-15, in Orlando. “I am honored to have been selected by my fellow mayors to lead the League during this coming year,” said Slesnick, who will serve a one-year term. “All cities in Florida are dealing with challenging financial times. Members of the Florida League of Mayors are dedicated to continuing cooperative efforts to craft smart solutions which will ensure that our constituents can always count on good local governance.” Slesnick first was elected as mayor in 2001 and currently is serving his fourth term on the Coral Gables City Commission. He is a Vietnam veteran, a former U.S. Army advisor to NATO forces in Germany and has served for the past seven years as an Army Reserve Ambassador for Florida. Mayor Slesnick is the managing partMAYOR DON SLESNICK ner for the law firm Slesnick & Casey and is active in numerous civic and business organizations. More than 200 mayors representing cities, town and villages belong to the Florida League of Mayors. Created in 2005, the organization’s primary goal is to provide a platform for this tier of municipal leaders to speak out on issues of interest to their constituents. The League is governed by a 21-member board of directors and works closely with the Florida League of Cities, the association that advocates municipal issues before the Florida Legislature and Congress.

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CGHS Class of 1979 gathers for reunion

Gables Great Langston commits life to education, community service BY GLORIA BURNS

The Coral Gables High School Class of 1979 gathered recently at Monty Trainers for a kickoff to its 30-Year Reunion weekend. Friends from the Class of 1978 and the Class of 1980 joined in the festivities. Pictured (l-r) are Randy Marzullo, Beth Wagener Lawrence, Lisa Wagener DeMahy and Dinah Marzullo.

Art show seeking senior artists BY KERRY T. GREEN

alling all senior artists. The City of Coral Gables’ Park and Recreation Department and Senior Citizen Advisory Committee are seeking entries for the third annual Senior Citizen Art Show, “Celebration of Talent.” The competition is open to Coral

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Gables residents, ages 55 and older, who do not rely on their artistic works to earn a living. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: photography (8 inches by 10 inches minimum); paintings and drawings; hard crafts such as sculpture, ceramics and woodworking, and ––––––––––––––––––––––– See

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In education and community service, few have the commitment possessed by Hank Langston. With the recent opening of the school year, Langston seems an appropriate honoree as an individual who holds the education of our children as a top priority and community service as an integral part of his life. In fact, for his community service, Langston was awarded the Key to the City of Coral Gables as well as the City Seal. A native Miamian, Langston completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in economics, politics and higher education at HANK LANGSTON the University of Oklahoma, UCLA and Duke. He has been in the education business ever since and is completing his 40th year at Gulliver Schools where he currently serves as dean of faculty and director of University, Corporate and Community Affairs. Additionally, Langston was awarded a certification for continual services as a consultant for scholar athletes. –––––––––––––––––––– See

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Pictured (l-r) are Mark A Trowbridge, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce; Burton Hersh, Burton Hersh PA; Emilie Goldman, Kirksey Architecture; Paul Zameck, Kirksey Architecture; Rene Ruiz, Rene Ruiz Coture; Carolina Rendeiro, Business Centers International; Loretta Nido, Junior League of Miami; Miami Figueroa Byrd, Junior League of Miami, and Coral Gables Mayor Donald Slesnick. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY LARRY M. NOLAN Sponsored by the City of Coral Gables, the 2009 City Beautiful Awards were created to honor outstanding commercial properties. On Thursday Aug. 20, the following finalists and winners were announced in the four categories: Outstanding Interior Design — Kirksey Architecture, 999 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 945; Outstanding Exterior Design — Por Fin Restaurant, 2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd.; Outstanding Retail Showroom/ Restaurant Dining Room — Rene Ruiz Couture, 2700 Ponce de Leon Blvd., and Outstanding Historic Preservation — Junior League of Miami, 713 Biltmore Way. “We are honored that the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce selected Kirksey Architecture as the City Beautiful award recipient for Outstanding Interior Design,� Paul Zamek, vice president of Kirksey Architecture. “Kirksey embraces the concept of open spaces and green design that the City Beautiful movement heralds so it’s a privilege to receive an award for our contributions

to the architectural landscape of Coral Gables. “With an innovative design and ecofriendly implementation, Kirksey’s office strikes the perfect balance between function and beauty while creating a new workplace environment focusing on the health and well being of our employees.� The City of Coral Gables has blended a variety of architectural styles during the past 84 years to create its own distinctive spirit. To honor the aesthetic charm found only in the commercial district of Coral Gables, the Chamber re-established the City Beautiful Awards in 2007. “We believe that people are emotionally affected over how they perceive their surroundings and wanted the building to add to its urban setting in a positive manner, to be a good citizen,� said Burton Hersh of Burton Hersh PA, which won the award for Best Exterior Design for its work on Por Fin Restaurant. “Receiving the award for Por Fin tells me maybe we got it right.� The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce is a 1,400-member, not-forprofit business association with a mission to foster and enhance the economic interests and quality of life in the Coral Gables community.

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CGWC receives grant from Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club (CGWC) recently received a $30,000 grant from the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation for the Club’s May Van Sickle Dental Clinic. The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation has been a long time supporter of the clinic, which fills a critical gap for children caught between the cracks in our healthcare system. In fact, the May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic provides Miami-Dade County children in need with more than $150,000 in free dental care annually. The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Inc. is a private foundation supporting projects and programs designed to improve, preserve or restore the health and healthcare of the people in Miami-Dade County. For more information or a grant application, please contact Kim Greene, executive director, 1550 Madruga Ave., Suite 215, Coral Gables, FL 33146; telephone 305-667-6017; website at <www.jtmacdonaldfdn.org>. On Saturday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Coral Gables Woman’s Club will conduct an Indoor Garage Sale at its clubhouse, 1001 E. Ponce de Leon Blvd., to benefit the club’s Education Department programs. Organized by the club’s education chair Susie Tilson, the event is open to participation by others with the agreement that 50 percent of the money made will benefit the club’s education programs.

By the way, if you are looking for a great deal for a wedding or special celebration, check out the package being offered for a limited time at Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s historic clubhouse. Catering by Teresita Cook has an all-inclusive package for a first class event at a budget price of $50 to $60 per person. Coming up in November, look for the first open house and air show in 18 years to be hosted by the 482nd Fighter Wing at the Homestead Air Reserve Base. The base will open its gates to the public for its “Wings Over Homestead” air show on Nov. 7-8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Brigadier General William Binger, 482nd Fighter Wing Commander, appreciates the support from the community and looks forward to opening the base to the public for this weekend event. Another event to mark on your calendar is the Rotary Club of Coral Gables Annual Charity Golf Tournament scheduled for Nov. 12, 8 a.m., at the Biltmore Golf Course. Gables Rotarians, who usually meet at the Westin Colonnade for lunch, will be meeting that day at the Biltmore Hotel. The annual Golf Ball Drop will follow lunch. In other Rotary news, Bob Moor man, a long time Gables Rotarian; son,, Bob Jr., a member of the downtown Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club, and Bob Jr.’s son, Luke , a member of the Fort Lauderdale South Rotary Club, and his 6-month-old son, Thomas Paul Moor man, all gathered with Coral Gables Rotary President Wiley Hicks to celebrate making young Thomas a Paul Har ris Fellow. That’s four generations of Rotarians and quite a family tradition. Until next time, keep making each day count.

Pictured at a GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club Karaoke Night fundraiser for “Operation Smile” are (l-r) Mireya Kilmon, Linda Hartwell. Dr. Iris Torres, Debra Adam, Sabrina Perez-King, club president Pam Schaefer, and past president Claire Frances Whitehurst.

Pictured are Coral Gables Rotary president Wiley Hicks with four generations of Moorman Rotarians – in center Bob Sr.; Luke and son, Thomas Paul Moorman, and Bob Moorman Jr., as Thomas becomes a Paul Harris Fellow at the early age of 6 months.

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Pianist resurrects interest in Miami woman composer BY TRACY ELLYN

Keith, whose own research focuses on piano pedagogy, or teaching methods, is astounded that Mana-Zucca’s pedagogical works for children have been so undeservedHer home on Miami Beach was dubbed “The Carnegie ly neglected since her death. Hall of the South.” “Her pedagogical pieces for children are a virtual treasHer prodigious musical output included over 1,000 ure trove. Pedagogical techniques of this level of artistry works of piano, opera, ballet, songs, concerti, choral simply do not exist in elementary method books. works, and chamber pieces. Her performances spanned “I wanted to renew the interest of a woman composer dozens of international cities and her charismatic personof children’s music,” Keith said. “Mana-Zucca was a ality attracted the friendships of such figures as Fritz woman, an American, an early founder of University of Kreisler and Sen. Jacob Javits. Miami’s School of Music, and a pioneer who brought Stories of the colorfully melodic life of Mana-Zucca are some of the world’s greatest artists to our community.” creating a burgeoning interest in her biographical profile Judith Drucker, Miami’s modern day grande dame and and her importance to the musical history of Miami. link to the international music world, calls Mana-Zucca “a Through the scholarly efforts of Laura Keith, pianist force, a feminist in her own way, who believed in what she and doctoral candidate at University of Miami’s School of did.” Music, the life and works of Mana-Zucca have been resurDrucker goes on to emphatically state to Laura Keith, rected with a compellingly modern energy. Keith’s “If Mana-Zucca were alive today, she would be one of our research has unveiled a decidedly modern woman who great conductors.” was at once a pianist, publisher, writer, composer, actress, Keith has managed to keep the rebirth of this singer, author, wife, mother, grandmother, humanitarian, Renaissance woman decidedly real with the help of teacher, pedagogue, socialite and entrepreneur. Mana-Zucca’s grandson, Bradley Cassel, who resides in Born Gussie Zuckerman (1885Miami. 1981) to Jewish immigrant parents, “We experienced her as a normal grandmother,” said this child prodigy went to Europe Cassel, who has been instrumental in providing a vast during her early training and career array of photographs and family memories, now in the so that she would not be held back archives at FIU, to Keith. “We would come to visit on by the social morés of her time. Saturdays, have breakfast, go to the store, then help set Indeed, her insistence on changing up for a concert in her living room, and greet people at her name to Mana-Zucca, a refashthe door. The violinists, pianists, celebrities, were all just ioning of Zuccamanov, her father’s family friends. That was a normal Saturday.” given surname, was an early indicaThis year alone, a variety of Mana-Zucca concerts have tion of her feminist streak and sheer been performed by Keith, as well as her colleagues determination. Megan Walsh and Simone Leitao, in conjunction with Mana-Zucca studied piano with Busoni, Alexander Lambert and Laura Keith, pianist and doctoral candidate at UM Rosalina Sackstein’s Miami Civil Music Subscription Godowsky, and composition with School of Music, is pictured with Mana-Zucca’s grand- Concert at University of Miami Frost School of Music. As humanitarian as she was colorful, Mana-Zucca was a Max Vogrich. She performed in son, Bradley Cassel, a Miami resident. great philanthropist who raised money for war bonds Germany, Austria, Russia, Paris and ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– during World War II, never forgetting to give back even London. Her compositions were sitions of a more serious, classical nature. as she was showered with such honors as the widely performed in the United Mana-Zucca She brought many great artists to this Congressional Record recognition by Congressmen States during the first half of the ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– city, including Misha Elman, Josef Claude Pepper and Dante Fascell. 20th Century by major orchestras Keith is determined not to allow the great Mana-Zucca including the Cincinnati Symphony, New York Hoffman, Jose Iturbi, Fritz Kreisler, Alma Gluck, and Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Symphony with Efrem Zimbalist to perform in Mazica Hall, her living to go the way of other women composers born before room in Miami Beach which doubled as a concert hall, 1900, who have taken the inevitable journey from “great Arnold Volpe conducting. promise, brilliant beginnings, bursts of creative output, She then became most famous for composing the pop- seating approximately 300 people. Cellist Leonard Rose gave his first concert in her home. and then [to] oblivion,” as Anya Laurence described. ular song, I Love Life (with lyrics by her husband, Irwin For more information on the life of Mana-Zucca, conCassel), which brought her the financial success and In fact, more than 500 concerts were given at Mazica tact Laura Keith at <laurahelenekeith@hotmail.com>. name recognition enabling her to produce other compo- Hall, the “Carnegie Hall of the South.”

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LANGSTON, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Langston is a life member in the University of Oklahoma Alumni Association-Century Club. He is founder and president of the UCLA Alumni Club of Florida and member of the Alumni Out-of-State Scholarship Committee. He also has served as president and board member of the Duke University Alumni Club of Miami-Fort Lauderdale and serves on the Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee. Langston also was active serving on the Education Advisory Committees for the University of Miami and Florida International University, the MiamiDade Association of Academic NonPublic Schools Board of Directors and the Florida Council of Independent Schools Staff Development Committees. Langston is a member the board of directors for the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, past chair of the Coral Gables Community Foundation; trustee for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and Chamber South; past president of the Ponce Development Association, and a member of the Pinecrest Business Association, Rotary

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ARTISTS, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– soft crafts including needlework, quilting and weaving. “We’re truly looking forward to this year’s entries,” said Carol Brock, chair of the Senior Board. “We continue to be amazed and inspired by the outstanding talent and creativity of our city’s seniors. Showcasing and bringing attention to this reservoir of abilities is good for the city and our community at large.” No entry fees are required and interested artists may submit up to four entries. Prizewinning submissions from previous years’ shows are not eligible for re-entry. Entry forms must be received by Oct. 1. All artwork will be on display at the Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Dr., Coral Gables, on Friday, Nov. 13, and Saturday, Nov. 14. The Friday evening

opening ceremony will be hosted by the Palace Management Group, one of South Florida’s leading companies specializing in senior housing and care. “It’s an honor for us to sponsor ‘Celebration of Talent’ for the third year,” said Helen Shaham, president of The Palace. “The competition has quickly become one of the city’s most highly anticipated events.” Last year’s “Celebration of Talent” featured more than 100 entries from 30 artists ranging in age from 55 to 92. The grand prize winning artwork was a quilt by Betty Roxborough. For more information or to obtain an entry form, contact Anastasia Smith at 305-460-5609 or 786-623-9995, or send email to <ASmith@CoralGables.com>.

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The Sports Exchange to host Hurricane Hotline broadcasts BY CHRISTA SEGALINI The Hurricanes play their games at LandShark Stadium, but the football team, as well as many of the team’s fans, have a second home at The Sports Exchange, 45 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. Miami’s first customized sports bar has quickly established itself as the official restaurant of “The U” by creating the ideal atmosphere for football season. While every day is ideal for football at The Sports Exchange, Thursdays are particularly special. The Sports Exchange is the home of Hurricane Hotline. Hosted by the voice of the Hurricanes, Joe Zagacki, along with former ’Cane player Don Bailey Jr., Hurricane Hotline will broadcast each Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. For the first hour of the program, fans will get insight from head football coach Randy Shannon. Guests will have the opportunity to win prizes and meet University of Miami players. University of Miami students receive a 10 percent discount at The Sports Exchange. “At The Sports Exchange, we know what football fans want because we are fans ourselves,” said Barry Abes, managing partner. “Great food, comfortable surroundings and incredible technology make watching football at The Sports Exchange an unparalleled experience.” The Sports Exchange isn’t just the logical place to serve as a home to Hurricane Hotline — it was created to suit the needs of all football fans. No

matter what team you cheer for, The Sports Exchange has it covered. With fall Saturdays and Sundays in mind, the creators of The Sports Exchange designed “The Shrine,” the restaurant’s 50-foot-long bar, which features an incredible 25- by 8-foot wall of high-definition projection and plasma screen TVs that allow patrons to view as many as nine games at the same time. With wireless sound boxes that can be situated on any table per request, fans can personalize their Sports Exchange experience by listening to their choice of game from “The Shrine” or any of the other 24 large-screen, high definition televisions that are strategically placed throughout the restaurant. With a seating capacity of 275 people, including numerous oversized booths and a spacious outdoor area, there’s plenty of space for fans of all teams at The Sports Exchange. In addition, The Sports Exchange offers “The Skybox,” a party space with a private courtyard entrance that can accommodate up to 50 people and is ideal for group parties, especially fantasy football drafts. “The Skybox” is equipped with a high-definition projection screen, plasma TVs and its own sound system with a wireless microphone. More information, as well as the schedule of games to be broadcast on The Sports Exchange’s main projection screen, can be found on the restaurant’s website at <www.sportsexchangemiami.com> or by calling 305774-1222.

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Commerce Connection BY MARK A. TROWBRIDGE President & CEO Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Thank you again for continuing to read the Chamber’s bi-monthly column known as the C o m m e r c e Connection, a discussion on issues affecting the business community in the City Beautiful and beyond. As a Chamber of Commerce, our mission is to develop business and build community - endeavors that constantly illicit lively discourse on timely topics, as well as allow us to spotlight some of our outstanding members who are making a difference right here in Coral Gables. Great cities have great Chambers of Commerce, an undeniable fact and role we heartily embrace. Chambers provide a platform for business and a forum for dialogue, noble and worthy pursuits that are buoyed by the soul of an organization, our membership and the businesses they represent. And yet, the dialogue these days is often about the state of our recessed economy, as well as the challenging demands of running a business, a time consuming endeavor that requires constant care and attention, especially among smaller businesses and retailers. This column continues to serve as a stage for discussion, a venue for problem solving, and a catalyst for generating ways to grow an already vibrant business community into one that

is unparalleled in the nation. The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce consists of more than 700 businesses and nearly 1400 individuals who run these organizations on a daily basis. We are the second largest Chamber in Miami-Dade County and among the five largest in the tri-county area. We are focused on helping our members grow their businesses by connecting them and adding value. We have a 39-member Board of Directors, many of whom represent some of the largest employers and companies in Coral Gables, as well as some of the oldest businesses in the community. Our home-base for operations is our Chamber headquarters, located at 224 Catalonia Avenue. Our signature event is our monthly Good Morning Coral Gables breakfast, held the third Thursday of each month at the historic Biltmore Hotel, where more than 200 members gather to listen to community and industry leaders before starting their business day. As our new Chair, Sarah Nesbitt Artecona of the University of Miami, begins her term, I hope you will support her efforts as we work together to prepare for the economic recovery that is on the horizon, support our small businesses, position Coral Gables as a premier tourism destination, tackle the challenges of permitting in our community, and advocate for the make-over of our most recognizable shopping district, Miracle Mile. It all starts with you, your passion and your interest. See you next month in the business pages.

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JohnMartin’s plans ‘green carpet’ to celebrate 20th anniversary BY ERIKA ARRIOLA

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JohnMartin’s Restaurant & Irish Pub is hosting a weeklong celebration to commemorate its 20th anniversary. During the week of Sept. 21- 27, guests will enjoy daily food and drink specials, live entertainment, prizes and promotions. Events will include: Sept. 22, an invitation only VIP party with Coral Gables and City of Miami officials, historians, and civic leaders, thanking them for their support; Sept. 23, prizes for Karaoke Night starting at 9:30 p.m. with the top three “Best Singers” winning. Judging will be by the audience; Sept. 24 , Comedy Night, starting at 10 p.m. with prizes to the Best Comedian. Again, judging will be done by the audience; S e p t . 2 5 , JohnMartin’s will throw its first ever Green Party that will “roll out the green carpet” for guests who are invited to wear their favorite green attire (St. Patty’s Day is just six months away), green beverages, green beads, decorations and more. As part of the week-long celebration, JohnMartin’s will host several exciting contests, including a drawing for a trip for two to Ireland, staying at

the Clontarf Castle. Sept. 26, a live Irish band playing at 9 p.m., and Sept. 27, Open Mic Night, with prizes going to the top three performers. “We are very excited and proud to be celebrating 20 years of business at JohnMartin’s,” said Martin Lynch, proprietor of JohnMartin’s. “This series of Anniversary Week events culminates our year-long celebration. We will surely capture the Irish spirit that has kept JohnMartin’s guests coming back time and time again.” In addition to the weeklong celebration, JohnMartin’s has introduced great new specials in honor of the 20th anniversary. They have extended the daily Happy Hour for an hour that will now run from 4 to 8 p.m. everyday of the week. Wednesdays at JohnMartin’s is now “College Wednesdays” which features a menu exclusive to college students with $7 food items and half off drink specials. The new “Mixed Up Thursdays” menu features $5 food specials on some of their most popular menu items like fish and chips and slider burgers. JohnMartin’s is located at 253 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. For more information, call 305-445-3777, or go online to <www.johnmartins.com>.

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BY EMILIE GOLDMAN Erin Knight has started her term as president of the Junior League of Miami (JLM) for the 2009-10 year. Knight will serve as the 83rd president of JLM, an organization of more than 1,000 women. The mission of JLM is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. An active member of the Junior League of Miami since 2000, Knight has held numerous committee, leadership and board of director positions in the organization. She has worked with a variety of community organizations including Inn Transition North and Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. “For nearly a decade, Erin has dedicated herself to the mission of the Junior League of Miami,” said Michelle RamirezPatricios, immediate past president of the Junior League of Miami. “She inspires her fellow members and will serve as an incredible leader and representative for JLM’s extensive community outreach and fundraising efforts.” As president, Knight will preside over board meetings, general meetings and board trainings. Knight also will represent JLM at the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) conferences and is the voting delegate at the annual meeting. “This year, we are supporting 10 community projects and five grants, all focusing on homelessness, family violence, women and children’s health, early childhood education and foster care,” Knight said. “We are proud to be an organization that is able to give 100 percent of our fundraising dollars directly to our com-

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Residents may air concerns during budget hearings Miami-Dade County Commissioners will conduct budget hearings on Thursdays, Sept. 3 and 17, at 5:01 p.m., in the Commission Chambers (second floor) of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 111 NW First St. in downtown Miami, to allow for citizen input in the FY 2009-10 county budget process. To participate, anyone wishing to speak must register with the office of the agenda coordinator at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the budget hearing. Directional signs will be set up on the first floor pointing to a registration table where people can sign up to speak. DADE COUNTY BAR OFFERS FREE LEGAL HELP-LINE ON SEPT. 2 LegalLine, a toll-free help-line answering a broad range of basic legal questions, will be conducted by the Dade County Bar Association from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Callers can phone 1-866-596-0399 and anonymously ask their questions in English or Spanish, free of charge. Each three-hour help-line is staffed by more than a dozen volunteer attorneys who answer basic questions across a wide

spectrum of legal specialties, including family, probate, criminal, real estate, condo, landlord-tenant, business and immigration law, and refer callers to other service organizations, as appropriate. For more information about LegalLine, which is conducted on the first Wednesday of each month, except for holidays, visit online at <www.dadecountybar.org/forms/legalline.php>. KASIA’S CAUSE SUMMER CAMPAIGN TO CONCLUDE WITH SILENT AUCTION Kasia’s Cause, a fundraiser created by Kasia Szewcczyk to raise money for and generate awareness of Women in Distress of Broward County Inc. (WID), will be having a silent auction and check presentation ceremony for WID on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Bar at Level 25 in Conrad Miami, 1395 Brickell Ave. WID provides victims of domestic violence with safe shelter, crisis intervention and resources, and educates the community in order to Stop Abuse For Everyone (SAFE) through intervention, education and advocacy. Services include counseling, emergency shelter,

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cially created “To Oz! The Making of a Classic,” an exclusive look inside Oz featuring behind-the-scenes footage, home movies and archival interviews with the cast and crew. Tickets at $10 are available at participating theater box offices and online at <www.FathomEvents.com>. BAPTIST CHILDREN’S PRESENTS ‘HELPING RAISE RESILIENT & OPTIMISTIC CHILDREN’ You can learn to deal with stress and strains at home, work and/or school and help your family do the same by attending “Helping Raise Resilient and Optimistic Children,” on Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the auditorium at Baptist Children’s Hospital, 8900 N. Kendall Dr. Psychologist Richard Toister, PhD, will give parents tools to help kids come up with positive solutions to sticky situations. He’ll discuss: • Guiding your children to make good decisions; • Helping kids of all ages solve dilemmas at home, at school and with friends; • Making positive choices when dealing with family challenges such as illness, divorce or death, and • Giving your kids the right skills to meet challenges with hope and confidence. The fee for this program, which is not

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Shake-A-Leg Miami challenges volunteers to get ‘Ship Shape’ BY CINDI PERANTONI Shake-A-Leg Miami (SALM) — a community-based aquatic activities center serving able bodied individuals as well as those with physical, developmental, and economic challenges — recently announced a new initiative, the “Ship Shape Project,” developed through a partnership with Professional BoatBuilder magazine (Brooklin, ME), a trade publication dedicated to those working in design, construction and repair in the boat-building industry. The Ship Shape Project fast-tracks an upgrade for the non-profit organization’s Coconut Grove facility, including the fleet of boats in its community sailing program. “During the next seven weeks we are challenging our staff and volunteers to make improvements on every boat in our fleet, with the deeper goal to create a model that demonstrates best practices in community boating center operations including programming, facilities, the fleet, training, and partnerships.” said Harry Horgan, CEO and co-founder of SALM. During the initial phase of the project, SALM urgently needs volunteers — including marine industry professionals as well as local supporters — for immediate hands-on tasks including boat maintenance, safety and basic repair. Every boat in the fleet will have its own Ship Shape Team with a minimum of four members. Teams with more members and higher skill levels will tackle large projects, while others can make substantial contributions by cleaning boats or working on maintenance, repair, and beautification projects around the building or on the waterfront. Volunteer Doug Kraft has taken on the

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Castroneves grand marshal for revived Grove Bed Race BY MISCHELLA REED He has been to Victory Lane at the Indy 500 three times, and he’s been crowned champion of ABC’s television hit Dancing with the Stars. On Sept. 6 in Coconut Grove, Helio Castroneves again will step into the competition spotlight, this time as grand marshal of the “Great Grove Bed Race.” The Miami resident will lend his magnetic personality and comedic wit — perhaps even some racing tips — to the revival of a tradition that dates back 31 years. “I’ve competed in a lot of different cars in my time, but I’ve certainly never raced a bed,” Castroneves said. “This is going to be an amazing event, and I’m really excited to be a part of it – Coconut Grove definitely will be the place to be Labor Day Weekend. And on the top of my Grand Marshall duties, this gives me an extra opportunity to be around some racing in my own backyard before IndyCar Championship Weekend at HomesteadMiami Speedway on Oct. 10.” Grove merchants, local corporations and local dog park groupies all are ready to start their engines — or rather, tie

Pictured (l-r) are Homestead-Miami Speedway president Curtis Gray, Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, Indy 500 Champ Helio Castroneves, and Miami Mayor Manny Diaz announcing the return of the “Great Grove Bed (Photo credit: Jorge R. Perez/City of Miami) Race” to Miami. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

their shoelaces — and take part in a hilarious community event that will benefit the University of Miami Sleep

Program and Alonzo Mourning Charities. Speed earns the ultimate checkered flag, but awards also will be

presented for theme, creativity and décor, with Castroneves serving as celebrity judge. “It is an inspiration when Miamians like Helio Castroneves and Alonzo Mourning give back to their communities through events such as the Great Grove Bed Race,” said Miami Mayor Manny Diaz. “It is a great tradition that I look forward to reviving.” The Pajama Pub Crawl sets the pace Saturday night, Sept. 5, with visits to nine participating Coconut Grove Pubs. NewCastle Brown Ale will provide a free beer along the way, and Designated Drivers will be rewarded with a Pit Stop for free coffee at The Brookstore in the Grove. Sunday, Sept. 6, highlights include the Waiters/Waitresses Obstacle course; a Family Pajama Party and story time at The Brookstore; the Pit Row Parade of decorated beds on display, and live music with races starting at 2 p.m. “The Great Grove Bed Race has a long, rich tradition in South Florida,” said Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff. “This year’s event will be one of the most memorable with the addition of Helio Castroneves.”


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BY BRIAN MCLENDON Once in nine lives, something extraordinary happens. The last thing Gwen Cooper wanted was another cat. She already had two, not to mention a phenomenally underpaying job and a recently broken heart. Then Gwen’s veterinarian called with a story about a three-week-old eyeless kitten that had been abandoned. It was love at first sight. Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat (A Delacorte Press Hardcover; August 2009, $20, 304 pages) recounts Homer and Gwen’s tale of finding each other, of their life and adventures together, and of Gwen finding the man she was going to marry (with Homer’s help, of course). Everyone warned that Homer would always be an “underachiever,” never as playful or as independent as other cats. But the kitten nobody believed in quickly grew into a three-pound dynamo, a tiny daredevil with a giant heart who eagerly who’s ever fallen completely and made friends with every helplessly in love, whether the human who crossed his Gwen Cooper object of that love has four paws path. Homer scaled (Photo by Robert Calderone) or two feet. seven-foot bookcases ––––––––––––––––––– Gwen Cooper is the author of with ease and leapt five feet into the air to catch flies in mid- the novel Diary of a South Beach Party buzz. He survived being trapped Girl. A Miami native, she spent five years alone for days after 9/11 in an apart- working in nonprofit administration, ment near the World Trade Center, marketing, and fundraising. She coordiand even saved Gwen’s life when he nated volunteer activities on behalf of chased off an intruder who broke into organizations including Pet Rescue, their home in the middle of the night. Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, Miami But it was Homer’s unswerving loyal- Rescue Mission, and His House ty, his infinite capacity for love, and his Children’s Home, and initiated joy in the face of all obstacles that Reading Pen Pals, an elementary inspired Gwen daily and transformed school-based literacy program in her life. And by the time she met the Miami’s Little Haiti. Cooper will be present for a talk man she would marry, she realized that Homer had taught her the most impor- and book signing on Friday, Sept. 25, tant lesson of all: Love isn’t something 8 p.m., at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables; call 305you see with your eyes. Homer’s Odyssey is the once-in-a-life- 442-4408. Cooper currently lives in Manhattan time story of an extraordinary cat and his human companion. It celebrates the with her husband, Laurence. She also refusal to accept limits — on love, abili- lives with her three perfect cats — ty, or hope against any odds. Jubilant Scarlett, Vashti, and Homer — who and moving, it’s a memoir for anybody aren’t impressed with any of it.

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Crazy Pianos putting fun in fundraising for SALM BY TINA MENDITTO From Elvis Presley to Elvis Costello and everything in between, Crazy Pianos in Coconut Grove, the dueling piano concept that originated in Holland, invites families to enjoy a day of food, fun and their favorite tunes on Sunday, Sept.13. Between 2 and 7 p.m., the new entertainment hot spot will donate 20 percent of all food and beverage sales to benefit Shake-A-Leg Miami (SALM), a community-based aquatic activities center serving able bodied individuals as well as those with physical, developmental, and economic challenges. Crazy Family Fun Day will feature activities tailored for every member of the family, from face painting to caricatures and balloon animals to live music, and of course, palatable delights like Peruvian Ceviche, Coconut Rum Glazed Mahi Mahi, Spinach Portobello Mushroom Ravioli and Kobe Beef Sliders. Delectable desserts include Deep Fried Cheesecake and Dulce de Leche deep fried in a flaky pastry tortilla and served with a chocolate and red raspberry sauce. There is even a Crazy Kids menu just for the little ones. Kids can request their favorite songs from Hannah Montana, the Jonas Brother, Britney Spears, and more, while adults opt for classic favorites from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and today. You name it, and the Crazy Pianos entertainers will play it. A percentage of proceeds from Crazy Fun Day will benefit Shake-A-Leg Miami’s various programs dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities live

more active and independent lifestyles, including the Wounded Warriors project, Adaptive Water sports and Shake-ALeg Miami’s own Eco-Island. “We are extremely grateful for the event planned by Crazy Pianos to benefit Shake-A-Leg,” said Harry Horgan, CEO and co-founder of Shake-A-Leg Miami. “Crazy Pianos is a great spot for families to spend the day. By simply having fun on Crazy Family Fun Day, participants are also helping to raise awareness and funds, giving those who are less fortunate, the opportunity to overcome obstacles and live out their dreams.” Crazy Pianos is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. For more information on Crazy Pianos, visit online at <www.crazypianosmiami.com> or call 305-567-2462. Crazy Pianos is located on the second floor of CocoWalk at 3015 Grand Ave. in Coconut Grove.


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2010 Chevy Camaro: ‘Muscle car’ blast from the past Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS Muscle car fans have been waiting a long time, but it’s finally here and they are not being disappointed. The new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro is drop-dead gorgeous and runs like the proverbial bat out of you-know-where. With its V-shaped nose, long aluminum hood, short deck, raked windshield and muscular fenders, the new Camaro bears a strong resemblance to its 1967 counterpart, and that’s what Chevy designers had in mind. The power dome hood intake and cooling gills forward of the rear wheels are nice styling touches, even if they aren’t functional. Interestingly, the Camaro is devoid of chrome. The rear-wheel-drive Camaro rides on the same platform as the heralded Pontiac G8 and borrows its engines from Cadillac and Corvette. The 304 hp V-6 is the Caddy contribution and the incredi-

ble 6.2-liter 400 hp V-8 is the same engine that powers the Corvette. All Camaro models can be equipped with either a six-speed manual or sixspeed automatic transmission, with an optional manual shift. The Aisin AY6 sixspeed manual is standard with the V-6, and a Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic is optional. A Tremec TR 6060 sixspeed manual is standard on the SS model, and the Hydra-Matic 6L80 sixspeed automatic is an option. The new Camaro is available in three models — LS, LT and SS. The LS and LT come with the V-6 engine; the SS gets the big V-8. The LS has cruise control, a telescopic steering wheel, six-speaker sound system, OnStar, limited slip differential, 18-inch steel wheels and a starting price tag of $22,245. The LT is upgraded with such items as leather upholstery, a six-way power driver’s seat and 18-inch painted aluminum wheels. It starts at $23,880. The SS is the high-performance model and it has a special exterior trim to distinguish it, a stiffer suspension, 20-inch painted aluminum wheels and four-piston Brembo disc brakes. It starts at $30,245.

Chevrolet’s new Camaro, with a raked windshield, long hood, short deck and muscular fenders, looks a lot like its 1967 counterpart.

On the road, the Camaro is a dream to drive. It’s quiet on the highway and impressively fast, the V-6 powered LT clocking 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds and a quarter-mile in 14.4 seconds. It handles and responds with precision, brakes on a dime, delivers a very comfortable ride and, for a muscle car, gets pretty good gas mileage at 16/24 mpg. Our only complaint was with the interior where there are a couple of blind spots when backing up and the optional retro instrumentation on the console is diffi-

cult to read. And while the trunk space is deep and large, the access opening is relatively small and will not accommodate large pieces of luggage. But, on the whole, Chevy has delivered on its promise to bring back a quality version of the historic Camaro muscle car.

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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WEEKLY HOROSCOPES Aries -You may have a moment of tension with your significant other this week that forces you to confront some of your most deeply-held beliefs about yourself. What starts out as a challenge could greatly enhance your self-esteem once all is said and done.

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Many homeowners and condominium associations throughout South Florida are experiencing a cash crisis as a result of owners failing to pay their required maintenance assessments. Without this necessary income, the associations bills pile up quickly leaving important services such as insurance, lawn care, management, and maintenance unpaid for, with some vendors unwilling to provide further services. Severe cases can leave associations without enough money to maintain basic necessities such as fire and safety equipment, security gates, and even water and garbage services. To make matters worse, some lenders are refusing to issue loans on the units within these communities and condominiums due to the severe delinquency rates of the associations, essentially putting a freeze on the marketability of such units. Much of the problem can be attributed to investors, many of whom own multiple units in the same community or condominium, not paying their assessments (some of whom receive income from tenants living in their units but still refuse to pay their assessments). An association’s best course of action is to find a competent, diligent and aggressive attorney. Legal incompetence (including not utilizing effective legal strategies for the current market), an attorney’s inability to communicate with the board and manager of the association, and/or the failure of an attorney to proceed aggressively and diligently on behalf of the association, can cause unnecessary delays and additional financial suffering. For instance, some attorneys advise their clients to follow the passive approach of not filing liens against delinquent units and not proceeding with association foreclosures, thinking that lenders will eventually foreclose their defaulted borrowers and pay the association its money. The reality is that in today’s market, lenders are stalling their foreclosures until they find buyers first, so the process can take an unreasonably long period of time. Meanwhile, if the first mortgage holder does finally take title to the unit through its foreclosure, it is then entitled by law to a sizeable write off of the prior owner's past due amounts, resulting in significant bad debt to the association. This bad debt is then absorbed by the association and eventually paid for by the responsible owners who are paying their assessments. To succeed in the current market, associations need an aggressive attorney who files liens against the delinquent unit owners quickly and, in applicable cases, files foreclosure complaints (lawsuits) against the delinquent unit owners to collect the amounts due to the association. There is also a new blanket receivership approach where, by law, associations can petition the court to appoint a single receiver to collect the rents from all tenants living in units that are under foreclosure by the association or which come under foreclosure in the future (which prohibits investors from collecting income from tenants while failing to pay their assessments). Aggressively applied legal pressure against the owner and/or their lender is especially necessary in this type of depressed real estate market and will undoubtedly bring in a lot more money to the association in a much faster time than simply waiting for the lender to come through.

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