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City to reduce property taxes for third consecutive year BY TANIA SOSA

hile other communities speak of increasing taxes and drastically cutting services, property owners in Coral Gables will see a lower tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year. The city commission has preliminarily approved the millage rate proposed by city manager Pat Salerno. The budget, which would take effect starting Oct. 1, calls for a property tax millage rate reduction from the current rate of 5.669 to a new rate of 5.629. The rate represents $5.629 per $1,000 of assessed property value. This would be the first time in more than 20 years that the city has reduced the millage rate for three consecutive years. As a result, the owner of a single family home with homestead exemption that has an average taxable value of $588,023 saves approximately $260 annually. The owner of a homesteaded condo with an average taxable value of $280,498 saves approximately $125 annually. “Although it is a challenge to reduce the millage rate and still have the necessary funds to maintain and enhance the services residents enjoy, I believe the proposed budget accomplishes the needs of our residents while keeping us on the path to eco-

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The Palace at Coral Gables makes its debut with a grand reception

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Pictured (l-r) are Gables city manager Pat Salerno, Gables Vice Mayor William Kerdyck, Gables Chamber president Mark Trowbridge, Jacob Shaham, Moshe Melnik, Helen Shaham, Raya Melnik, Gables Mayor Jim Cason, Gables Commissioner Frank C. Quesada and Tom Murphy from Coastal Construction.





grand opening reception for the highly anticipated The Palace at Coral Gables recently took place to showcase the luxury senior living community’s opulence, ambiance and wealth of five-star amenities now available for South Florida’s older adults. Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason, as well as several city commissioners and VIPs, attended the event to officially welcome the

senior living community to the “City Beautiful.” The Palace at Coral Gables, located at One Andalusia Avenue, is a public/private partnership with the City of Coral Gables, which awarded The Palace Group, developers of the community, a 99-year land lease with the provision that a parking garage for public and private use also be built. “We’d like to thank Helen and Jacob

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soft spoken, intelligent man with a big heart, Terry Biddulph, recently retired after 35 successful years in the banking industry. He concluded his long career as senior vice president of corporate banking/business development for Sabadell United Bank. While he catered to the needs of the professional and legal communities as a bank liaison for attorneys, law firms, bar associations and the judiciary, he also volunteered his time to the underserved. A longtime Coral Gables Rotarian, Terry Biddulph’s work ethic has foll o w e d Rotary’s Four Way Test: Is it the truth? Is it Fair to all concerned? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and betTERRY BIDDULPH ter friendships? With that work ethic and a caring and generous nature, he has earned the respect and admiration of all who know him. Terry hails from Cleveland, OH,

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Luxury rental community under development on Riviera Drive Rendering of Riviera Waterway Villas, which currently is being built in Coral Gables.


Tom Cabrerizo, CEO of CFH Group, a Miami-based, full-service real estate development and management company, and builder Jose Garcia, CEO of All-Go Construction Systems, have partnered to build Riviera Waterway Villas, a contemporary, three-story rental apartment community along the waterfront on Riviera Drive in Coral Gables. “We are delighted to partner with All-Go

Construction to build this unique property, which will be the only rental-apartment community on Riviera Drive with direct waterway access, and to include it in our growing portfolio of managed properties,” Cabrerizo said. “The property offers residents the best of South Florida living, including waterfront views and luxurious amenities, in the vibrant and lush city of Coral Gables.” The property is conveniently located at 5100 Riviera Dr., the southeast corner of S.

Dixie Highway (US1) and Riviera Drive. The new complex will consist of 14 modern units and offer two- and three-bedroom floor plans ranging in size from 1,100 to 1,400 square feet. Each unit will feature wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, porcelain tile floors, impact-resistant windows and sliding glass doors, private balconies and water views. Nestled in a prime Coral Gables location, Riviera Waterway Villas is located conveniently near schools for grades K-12

and various shopping centers, and is within walking distance of the University of Miami. Residents also will enjoy community amenities, including rental dock space, a pool area with sundeck and barbecue grills and covered parking. Pre-leasing will begin in January 2014 and completion is slated for the end of the first quarter. Prices start at $2,900. The project is being financed by BankUnited and will be managed by CFH Group. For more information, visit <>.

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nomic sustainability,” said Mayor Jim Cason. The proposed budget includes seven additional police officers for the field, the largest number of sworn officers in the city’s history, from 183 to 190. This brings the number of total personnel in the Police Department from 256 to 263. For the past few years, there has been a conscious effort to right-size the entire city organization without compromising any of

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Shaham for their commitment to the city,” Mayor Cason said. “Twenty five percent of Coral Gables residents are seniors and, prior to The Palace at Coral Gables, did not have an option to age in place.” Mayor Cason also presented the Shahams with a proclamation and globe, which represented the international flavor of the city and residents of The Palace at Coral Gables. In addition to officials from the city, event attendees included the Chaim Shacham, Consul General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico; banking representatives from TD Bank; healthcare professionals; social workers, and other executives involved in bringing the community to fruition. Jacob Shaham thanked the audience for celebrating the opening of the community, which was inspired by the world-renowned George V Hotel of Paris. “I’ve lived all over the world and The Palace at Coral Gables is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen,” Mayor Cason added. During the ceremony, Mark A. Trowbridge, president and CEO of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, also presented the Shahams with a proclamation

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where he attended West Tech High School and then Cleveland State University, graduating from Spencerian College with a bachelor of science in business administration. Following a tour of duty in the U.S. Coast Guard, he began his banking career and first became involved in non-profit work in 1974 through a foster care program. That was the beginning of years of doing pro bono work for special community programs for the disadvantaged. Among the list of organizations in which he has served are the Women’s Fund, Safe Space, Foster Care, Alliance for Aging, the Guardianship Program of Dade County, Mothers Voices, YMCA/Court Cares, and Habitat for Humanity.

the services residents enjoy. Consequently, this strategic increase in positions still results in a smaller total workforce than the city had two decades ago. Proposed funding for the Capital Improvement Program is approximately $9.8 million. The program includes funding for the purchase of additional green space, restoration of the Merrick House, repairs and improvements to other city facilities, re-sodding the Youth Center field, and two streetscape projects, among other improvements. There will be two public hearings in September before the final budget is adopted. and acknowledged the significant economic impact the community and its residents will have on local businesses. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres expertly prepared by the community’s executive chef and his talented culinary team. A delectable buffet dinner included Chilean sea bass, filet mignon and a wide assortment of hand-made French pastries. The Palace at Coral Gables features 243 studio, one- and two-bedroom residences for independent living and a separate floor for catered living with special services and care. Amenities are geared to residents’ interests and needs including a beauty salon and spa, a glorious heated indoor pool and Jacuzzi, wellness center staffed by nurses, fitness and aerobics studios with the latest in Life Fitness equipment. “Seven years ago we promised people this would be the finest in senior living,” Jacob Shaham said. “We have tremendous satisfaction in knowing we have accomplished this goal and will make an impact in people lives for years to come.” The Leasing Center is open daily at One Andalusia Avenue and offers visitors the opportunity to select from the extensive variety of well-designed floor plans. For more information about The Palace at Coral Gables, call 305-445-7444 or visit online at <>. Over the years Biddulph received multiple honors for his community involvement and has been honored by several bar associations receiving various special awards including The Lawyers Banker, Friend of Lawyers, Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Service, Legal Aid Pro Bono/Put Something Back and the Distinguished Service Award from the Dade County Bar Association. Terry is a longtime member of St. Louis Catholic Church. Now that he has retired, he will have the opportunity to share more of his time and talent with the community as well as enjoy hobbies such as golf, biking, walking, and travel. Whatever Terry decides to do in this next phase of his life, you can be sure it will benefit our community and the underserved.

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Slesnick new chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation BY VIVIAN ROMERO

Don Slesnick, managing partner of Slesnick & Casey LLP in Coral Gables, has been elected to be the 2013-14 chair of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. This nationwide non-profit organization established in 1955 consists of 10,000-plus “Fellows” who financially support the legal research work of the Foundation (the academic arm of the American Bar Association). Membership is limited to one third of one percent of the lawyer population and is attained by a nomination process that seeks candidates including attorneys, judges and law professors who have demonstrated excellence in the legal profession and dedication to the welfare of their communities. The American Bar Foundation seeks to increase Don Slesnick, Esq. the level of understanding of the concept and prac––––––––––––––––––––––––– tice of the “rule of law” through research projects on the most pressing issues facing the legal system in the United States and the world. Slesnick, who served as mayor of Coral Gables from 2001 to 2011, is passionate about his profession and its future. For the past three years he served as a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Civic Education in the Nation’s Schools. He currently sits in the ABA’s House of Delegates and on the governing council of the ABA’s Section of Labor and Employment Law.



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September 3 - 16, 2013

Ponce Society’s shirt, tie event benefits CGHS football players

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The Ponce Society of Young Professionals teamed up once again with Coral Gables Senior High for a “Dress Shirt and Tie Drive” happy hour to benefit Cavalier football players. The event took place on Thursday, Aug. 8, at La Taberna Giralda in Coral Gables. Guests piled their shirt and tie donations high by the front door of La Taberna Giralda, and then enjoyed free sangria and tapas plus a traditional flamenco show. Over 175 shirts and too many ties to count were delivered to the team on Saturday, Aug. 17, at a pizza party thrown by the Ponce Society for the Gables High players. “It was great to see the outpouring of support and how appreciative the players were

for a second year in a row,” said Ponce Society chair Amanda Bonifay. “The shirt and tie drive is a tradition that the Ponce Society hopes to keep going for a long time.” The shirt and tie drive was sponsored by Dade Medical College, La Taberna Giralda, and the Coral Gables La Salle Cleaners. The Ponce Society of Young Professionals was founded in October 2011 as the young professionals outreach of the Coral Gables Community Foundation joining its mission to that of the foundation: To foster programs and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for people living and working in The City Beautiful. A self-governing committee was assembled with the purpose of supporting the foundation in carrying out its mission, and in getting more young professionals involved in foundation initiatives and activities.

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Coral Gables Woman’s Club conducts bingo night for charity

Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB Florida Federation of Woman’s Club’s local members are as active as ever. The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club conducted a charity bingo night recently for Shot for Life. International Committee chair Mitzi Jenner with club member Ana Lam orchestrated a fun evening where many new members got to socialize with longtime members while raising more than $440 for the charity. Farther south, the ladies of the GFWC Coco Plum Woman’s Club celebrated “Ann’s Sixth Annual English Tea Party”, on Aug. 21. More than 95 ladies attended the event that was chaired by Ann Robson. Guests came wearing assorted hats for a chance to win prizes for the most elegant, most funny and most original. Best of all, the event raised $2,500 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. On the food front, Westin Colonnade guests now have a new hotel restaurant. Being the restaurant for the hotel requires a breakfast option and the new kid on the block, Sushi Samba, has hit a home run in that department. For the first time ever, Sushi Samba is now open for breakfast with a selection of sweet and savory main course items. Look for specially made bati-

das and beautiful seasonal fruits that will have guests like Soul of Miami’s Nathalia Bogani and this writer wanting to return again and again. From an incredible selection of unique dishes such as a Brazilian breakfast of eggs, ham, sweet papaya and organic potatoes and breakfast dumplings with chorizo, grilled onion, avocado and condiments to Chica Morada Pancakes with canela butter and bacon, everything is simply mouth watering, Doce de Leite French Toast with fruit and sesame whipped cream and made with brioche vies with the sweet quinoa oatmeal served with currant, torched sugar and micro citrus are this writer’s favorite. They even offer a PB&J sandwich made with homemade peanut butter, caramelized banana and house compote. Speaking of new places, Katia Carranza, Prima Ballerina of the Miami City Ballet and Ballet of Monterrey, joined her good friend Gaby Martinez with the opening of The Ballet Boutique’s sixth store located at 7322 SW 57 Ave. in South Miami (across Red Road from Coral Gables). One little ballerina wearing a recent purchase was delighted to have Katia autograph a photo as a souvenir. This is the first U.S. store for this company that has gained great success in Mexico because of the innovative method Gaby created to avoid the foot injuries for ballerinas working “on pointe.” Aside from dance wear that is both affordable and top end, there are some great items suitable for exercising and swimming. In other news, Leadership Miami is looking for participants for the upcoming

Mitzi Jenner (standing) is pictured with some of CGWC Bingo Night attendees: (l-r) Martha Black, Cindy Ruiz, Dr. Iris Torres Rivera, Barbara Lapsley, Carmen Suarez, Mitzi Jenner, Linda Hartwell, and Susie Tilson.

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class. A program annually sponsored by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce brings together 100 of Miami-Dade County’s emerging leaders with a mission of sharing knowledge on how our community works while giving participants an opportunity to meet other emerging leaders and gain a better understanding of our future needs. For information contact Karina Reyes at 305-577-5425. Coral Gables Class of 1964 is hosting a 50-Year Class Reunion the weekend of May 2-3, 2014. If you graduated with this class, save the date. You may be among the “missing,” so they encourage everyone to call Tamar Spector Brooks at <> or visit the Facebook page at <

65758/> as soon as possible. Gables has a very active alumni group, so, it promises to be a great weekend. Finally, Rotarians are called to join Gables Rotarians for the 2013 Coastal Cleanup at Matheson Hammock Park on Saturday, Sept. 21. Join thousands of volunteers worldwide, on this day as millions of pounds of litter are collected from beaches and waterways. It the dirtiest fun day you will ever have ending (so it is rumored) with drinks and socializing at a nearby outdoor restaurant bar. For more information, contact your local Rotary. Until next time, keep making each day count. If you want to submit information for this column, please send your news via email to <>.

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Free High Holiday Services set by Chabad in Downtown Coral Gables BY LEE STEPHENS

In anticipation of the upcoming Jewish New Year (Sept. 4-6, Sept. 13-14), Chabad in Downtown Coral Gables has announced its High Holiday Services. They will be “warm, friendly, traditional, and open to all,” said Rabbi Avrohom Stolik, Chabad’s executive director. The services will be refreshingly casual and easy to follow, whether one’s background in Jewish prayer and practice is extensive or limited. The English-Hebrew prayer book, along with song and commentary, will make everyone an active participant. The kids will enjoy special Tot and Youth interactive programs. Unlike many congregations, membership is not required to join. All are welcome, free of charge, regardless of background or affiliation. “According to tradition, at the New Year the Doors of Heaven are open; God accepts all prayers, from anyone,” Rabbi Stolik said. “The least we can do is open our doors as well to the entire community.” Services will be held on Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year (Sept. 4-6), as well as


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Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement (Sept. 13-14). They will take place at various times at 2030 S. Douglas Rd, Suite 117, Coral Gables. In preparation for the High Holidays, Chabad will be hosting two events open to the community. The first, “A Taste of the High Holidays,” is a fascinating and informative lecture on the deeper meaning of the High Holidays. Enjoy a taste of the New Year with a delicious display of holiday delights at no charge. RSVP to <> or call 305-490-7572. The second, a “Pre-Rosh Hashanah Challah Bake Off,” is hosted by The Jewish Women’s Circle for women only. Come learn everything you “knead” to know to make your own Challah from start to finish. Learn fascinating insights of this meaningful mitzvah. Take home your own Challah for the holidays. Donation is $15. RSVP to <>. For reservations and more information for High Holiday Services, or about Chabad, call 305-490-7572 or send email <> or visit <>.

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Gulliver Academy LS to participate in elementary STEM pilot program BY JEANMARIE FERRARA

director and head of schools. Judy-Smith, Gulliver’s lead teacher for Gulliver Academy Lower School has the elementary pilot, also will help conduct announced its selection as one of just 44 professional development for teachers at schools in the United States invited to pilot Gulliver Academy Lower School who are the newest science, technology, engineer- involved in the pilot program. ing and mathematics (STEM) program for The 44 schools invited to participate in students in grades K-5. the pilot program will test 12 STEM modThe elementary STEM program is ules and play an integral role in the develdesigned and development of the final veroped by Project Lead sion of the curriculum The Way (PLTW), the by providing feedback nation’s leading on their experiences to provider of STEM PLTW. The feedback education curricular will influence curricuprograms for middle lum development, baland high school stuanced assessment for dents. By offering this elementary students and new elementary STEM the creation of effective program, Gulliver furprofessional developther expands its highment for instructors. The quality educational final version of the eleofferings. mentary program will be Studies show that available to all school students decide as early districts in the United as second and third States for the 2014-15 grade whether they school year. like, and think they are This is the second Lisa Judy-Smith good at, math and scitime PLTW has selected ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ence. Project Lead The Gulliver to implement a Way’s elementary program is designed for pilot program. In January 2013, Gulliver students in kindergarten through fifth Academy Middle School was selected to grades and will align with academic stan- implement a national biomedical sciences dards such as Common Core State pilot program in South Florida. The proStandards and Next Generation Science gram, developed by PLTW, was launched Standards. Through a series of topic-based this past spring. The middle school curricumodules, students will engage in design lum, known as Medical Detectives, is part problems that encourage collaboration, of the Middle School’s Gateway To analysis, problem solving and computation- Technology program. In this program, stual thinking. dents explore the biomedical sciences “We are thrilled to be included in this through hands-on projects and labs that new pilot program and are proud that Ms. require them to solve a variety of medical Lisa Judy-Smith has been selected from mysteries. thousands of educators to implement the For more information about Gulliver program,” said John Krutulis, Gulliver’s Schools visit <>.

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Our Lady of Lourdes academy celebrates golden anniversary BY OLGA MARTINEZ

As the 2013-14 school year begins, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, 5525 SW 84 St., the only all-female school in the Archdiocese of Miami, is celebrating 50 years of successfully fulfilling its mission “to educate young women to face the future, strengthened by their faith, prepared and confident in their abilities to achieve their goals, and committed to their Catholic and American heritages.” “This year we have lots to celebrate,” said Sister Kathryn Donzé, IHM, principal. “We celebrate the gifts of the past, the blessings of the present, and the hope of the future.” The school’s future, however, must have seemed uncertain, given its very humble beginnings. Founded in 1963, at the request of Msgr. Bryan Walsh to educate Cuban refugees who were under the care of the Catholic Welfare Bureau, the school was inaugurated by 69 freshman girls and two teachers, who were housed in one of two classrooms at the neighboring elementary school. But with the dedication and perseverance of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the pioneers and keepers of the institution, a site for academic and spiritual

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study was built — one that is now synonymous with strong academics, competitive athletics, spiritual service and extracurricular achievement. Fast-forward 50 years, this August the school welcomed over 200 freshmen, and is blessed with a solid enrollment of more than 820 students — all of whom want a faith-based, college-preparatory education and yearn to develop into strong, caring and well-balanced Catholic women. In fact, the school’s six-acre, iconic setting, which currently is under construction to better meet the needs of students in the 21st Century, has become an important success story for thousands of local young women. Alumni are leaders locally, nationally and abroad, who excel in all walks of life. Several events have been planned to celebrate the school’s Golden Anniversary. Among these are an Anniversary Mass to be celebrated by Archbishop Wenski on Feb. 11, 2014, the feast day of the school’s patroness — Our Lady of Lourdes. The school also will host a 50th Anniversary Celebration on Mar. 1 at Palmetto Bay Village Center. Anyone interested in attending should contact the school’s event coordinator, Martica Castellanos, at <>.

Reserve your space for ‘Windows in Historic Buildings’ workshop BY ROSIE TOBALINA

“Windows in Historic Buildings” will be the subject of a workshop on Friday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave. Sponsored by the Coral Gables Historic Preservation Board and the Villagers, the program is intended to inform property owners, architects, engineers and contractors about the impact of window design on historic buildings and how to work with the strict South Florida building code. Speakers will include architect Jorge Hernandez, a trustee with the National Trust for Historic Preservation; Coral

Gables city architect Carlos Mindreau, and Jodyi Rubin, whose company specializes in restoring existing historic windows. There will be displays of window products and working samples of windows undergoing restoration. The workshop will include a working lunch and a closing reception. The event is free but requires a reservation, which can be made by calling the Historical Resources Department at 305460-5093. Completing the full day program will qualify attendees for up to five learning unit (LU) hours of American Institute of Architects’ Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) training.

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Miami Dade College admits its 2 millionth student BY TERE ESTORINO FLORIN

Miami Dade College (MDC), the higher education institution with the nation’s largest undergraduate enrollment of more than 175,000 students, recently admitted its 2 millionth student. Tatyana Rivera, a 2013 Coral Reef Senior High School graduate and new MDC American Dream Scholar, became the 2 millionth student to attend MDC in a community with 2.5 million residents. “I had no idea. This is so exciting. My brother attended MDC and had a great experience. So I was already excited,” said Rivera, 18. “Now, I am ecstatic.” Rivera, who was a top student and cheerleader at Coral Reef, aspires to be a pediatrician. She told college officials recently that her first choice was MDC because of the value and quality. “It was a no-brainer,” she added. “As long as I could remember I’d meet successful MDC graduates everywhere I went.” In 1960, MDC opened its doors to its first 1,428 students with the idea that anyone with a desire to get a college degree should be given that opportunity. Few of the college’s earliest leaders likely could anticipate this fledgling community college whose first classrooms were built on the site of old chicken coops in northwest Miami would grow to become the largest college in the nation and celebrate the recent admission of its 2 millionth student. Admitting 2 million students is the latest milestone in a string of achievements over the past five decades that include

being Florida’s first racially integrated junior college and becoming the largest college in the state of Florida just seven years after opening. Over the years, the college has grown to eight campuses and evolved into an exceptional and diverse learning environment that also celebrates more than 300 academic programs, including four-year degrees in several disciplines; talented and dedicated faculty; frequent visits by distinguished personalities; relevant and impactful cultural programming with headline events such as Miami International Film Festival and Miami Book Fair International; an Honors College program hailed by Time magazine as a stepladder to the Ivy Leagues, and college-wide initiatives that help students to succeed at MDC and beyond. Miami Dade College often is at the forefront of innovations in higher education and has built a reputation for offering the academic and training programs to help graduates attain careers in today’s in-demand fields and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. In fact, it is estimated in a recent study that the activities of MDC and its alumni add $3.3 billion annually in income to the local community. MDC reached the 100,000th student mark in 1969. In 1999, the nation’s largest institution of higher education accepted its 1 millionth student, and its 1.5 millionth in 2006. Rivera, a Miami native, assures she will make the college proud. “It’s a little extra pressure, but I am up to it,” Rivera stated. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Kendall Campus freshman Tatyana Rivera, who recently enrolled, became MDC’s

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Biscayne Bay Kiwanis to raffle Dolphins away game experience BY LEWIS C. MATUSOW

The Miami Dolphins and Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club have announced that they will raffle a trip for two guests to accompany the team for its game against AFC Conference rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 8 at Heinz Field. Raffle tickets for this “Dolphins AllAccess Away Game Experience,” which includes two round-trip seats on the team plane, accommodations in the team hotel, dinner with former Dolphin great Nat Moore, pre-game sideline passes, transportation with the team to the game and game tickets, are $100 each and are limited to only 300. The winner need not be present. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club’s 34th Biscayne Bay Gala, Oct. 5, at Jungle Island. The event, expected to be attended by 500 of South Florida’s leading business people, will honor the Dolphins’ Moore as the 2013 Michael Shores Citizen of the Year. “Any football fan would want to have an incredible, behind-the-scenes experience

like this one,” said Biscayne Bay Kiwanis president William Reich. “Being able to fly with the Dolphins to Heinz Field as they face the Steelers is fantastic. With only 300 tickets available, the odds of winning are considerably better than playing the lottery. Ticket buyers will have a real chance of winning this one-of-a-kind trip, while supporting our charity’s efforts for the youth of South Florida.” For Miami Dolphins Away Game Experience raffle tickets, go to <>. For more information, contact the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club at 305-814-2225.

9th annual Football Kickoff Classic, Belen versus Columbus, set Sept. 7 BY TERESA MARTINEZ

The annual rivalry football game that attracts alumni from two of Miami-Dade County’s most prestigious, private, allmale Catholic schools — Belen Jesuit vs. Christopher Columbus — will take place at FIU Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m. “This is a great opportunity for alumni, students, parents and friends of the school to gather together and show support for our student athletes,” said Mariano Loret de Mola, executive director of the Belen Alumni Association of Jesuit Schools from Cuba and Miami. “As an Alumni Association the tailgate is a wonderful annual event that unites the Belen community.” Over 10,000 spectators are expected. The game is the first and only time both

teams meet during the football season. The annual football kickoff classic will take place at the FIU Stadium, located at 11200 SW Eighth St. Belen alumni are invited to take part in pre-game festivities by joining the tailgate from 5 to 6:30 p.m. followed by kickoff. Tickets to the Columbus vs. Belen Jesuit football game have been on sale. Student tickets cost $10; adult tickets cost $15 and are sold at the campus bookstore. Adult tickets cost $16 online at <>, and all tickets sold on game day will cost $20. Belen Jesuit alumni: For more information or if you want to participate in this event, contact Mariano Loret de Mola, executive director of the Belen Alumni Association of Jesuit Schools from Cuba and Miami at 786-621-4667 or send email to <>.

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Local company produces app to interact with kids clothing BY LEWIS MATUSOW

Well, Hello Kitty! That’s what one local South Florida company, RealityBOOST (, a two-year-old company specializing in Augmented Reality (AR), is saying. The South Dade company, the brainchild of Desert Storm veteran and former U.S. Marine Edwin Rivera, has built an app for kids apparel powerhouse Evy of California that is designed to let consumers interact with clothing. The first experience in the app activates “Hello Kitty” apparel that is being sold exclusively at Macy’s for the back-to-school season. Evy plans to launch more experiences for the app, making it part of their ongoing clothing lines with their partner brands. Working with Evy of California (, a multi-million dollar compa-

Rivera, president of RealityBOOST — which produced the app for Evy — shoots the first of four pictures (Let’s Smile, Let’s Jump, etc.) of Emma in the photo booth. He then takes graphics (crown, hair ribbon, etc.) from the “experiences bar” and places them on his daughter’s pictures. Hello Kitty pops out (“Great Show!”) and urges the user to “check out your photos’ while presenting options that allow the user to email, tweet, and post the interactive pictures to Facebook.

ny out of Los Angeles that designs branded children’s wear and is the U.S. licensee of Hello Kitty, Rivera and the RealityBOOST team have built an app that Evy calls KuKee that “unlocks” an AR experience with Hello Kitty clothing carried exclusively at Macy’s. Recently named a “top innovator” by Apparel magazine — Evy calls the clothing featuring the RealityBOOST-built app “Activated Apparel.” “This marks the first time in the history of the young AR industry that an entire clothing collection is being activated using augmented reality,” said Edwin Rivera, a veteran of the emerging technology industry. “Up until now, AR has been limited to T-shirts.” The work for Evy marks just the latest step in RealityBOOST’s growth. The company, which was a spinoff of Rivera’s first tech company, Credelis Media Group, has collaborated on projects for Walmart, Marvel and Disney Consumer Products. All these apps have been innovative in bringing AR to the masses. “We’re very excited to be working with such an amazing partner like Evy,” said Rivera, a guest speaker at various industry seminars. “When they first approached us about activating an entire line of clothing, compared to what everyone else is accustomed to doing, it became even more exciting. “Evy realizes that engaging the consumer and getting them to interact with the clothing line is one of the keys to increasing sales and brand awareness. Image AR as a “digital prize” that comes with clothing like the prize you get in a Cracker Jack box. Now you can have a piece of clothing that is fun to wear and have fun with.” Using the unique AR experience is a simple process: • Download the KuKee app (available on Google Play and the App Store). • Point it at a specially designed “flag tag” on the clothing (a Hello Kitty face). • A “photo booth” experience is activated, enabling the phone/tablet holder to take pictures of the little girl wearing the Hello Kitty clothing and have her interact with Hello Kitty by moving Hello Kitty’s hair bow, crown, etc. and place it on top of her head. • You then save the photo and share it via

Six-year-old Emma Rivera models one of the many “activated apparel” items produced by Evy of California that are exclusively in Macy’s as her father, Edwin Rivera, points his iPad at a special marker on the clothes that unlocks the “photo booth” experience.

Facebook, email, Twitter, etc. A button on the screen enables parents to see Evy’s entire Hello Kitty collection. If they want more information on a particular clothing item, they just tap that item and they are automatically taken to the Macy’s website. “We feel that “activated” apparel — where the consumer interacts and has fun with the clothing — is just one of the uses you will see

integrating augmented reality into retail. AR will definitely be the future of retail,” Rivera said. “Because parents and kids are more tech-savvy now, soon one kid will turn to the other and say, ‘what does your shirt do?’” For more information on augmented reality and RealityBOOST, visit the website at <> or phone 1-888662-0866.




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Miami Foundation event launches Our Miami Public Space Challenge BY COSETTE MARTINEZ

More than 400 young professionals, local change-agents and engaged Miamians filled The Stage Miami for The Miami Foundation’s Our Miami Project Launch. The kickoff event on Wednesday, July 31, introduced two new projects: the Public Space Challenge and Match305, a talent retention project. Both programs are part of the foundation’s Our Miami initiative, which fosters community by building attachment to the city, developing public spaces and retaining young talent in Miami. Our Miami uses research from the foundation’s Our Miami: Soul of the City study that clearly shows attracting and retaining young, talented and creative people in Greater Miami will grow the economy faster than other, more traditional measures of economic development. “Looking around the room at all of this young talent, I can’t help but feel optimistic about Miami’s future,” said foundation president and CEO Javier Alberto Soto during his remarks. “We are not a place where you have to find your niche within a sprawling, established city. Planting your roots in Miami gives you a chance to shape

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this young, dynamic community. Our role on the global stage depends on your vision and your contributions to our growth.” The Miami Foundation developed the Public Space Challenge to uncover the best

ideas for creating and improving local public spaces: parks, libraries, public buildings, markets, plazas, playgrounds or any place where people can convene and connect. Anyone can submit ideas. Community

experts and professional place makers will identify the top ideas; The Miami Foundation will invest $100,000 to make the ideas become reality. The Health Foundation of South Florida joined the challenge, adding an additional $20,000 to fund public space ideas focused on nutritious food access and physical activity. The Miami Foundation also launched Match305, a talent retention project and Web survey. The online tool measures an individual’s “attachment” to Greater Miami and provides suggestions about how to become more engaged where he or she lives. Results will be made available to community stakeholders to help guide talent retention efforts. The tool is based on research from a Georgetown University study and has been instrumental in reducing year-over-year employee turnover at Fortune 50 companies. Florida International University signed on as a partner in the project, investing $10,000 with Match305 to aid their ongoing local graduate retention work. The Public Space Challenge will accept ideas through Sept. 19. Anyone in MiamiDade County can submit a challenge idea or participate in Match305 by visiting <>.

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Exhibit features retrospective of Cuban-born painter Antonia Eiriz BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) is presenting “A Painter and Her Audience,” a lifetime retrospective exhibition by Cuban-born painter Antonia Eiriz. Opening on Friday, Sept. 13, the exhibition is organized by the museum and curated by Michelle Weinberg, a Miami-based artist and creative director at Girls’ Club in Fort Lauderdale. “A Painter and Her Audience” opens the fall season at the college’s flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, housed at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami. An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibition and opening reception is open free to the public. Antonia Eiriz (1929-1995) developed a highly personal style as a painter, boldly addressing themes such as the machinations of power, propaganda and human suffering in a manner suffused with wry metaphors, irony and dark humor. Her work was admired by and highly influential to a generation of Cuban artists in the 1960s, and she left a profound imprint on her many students in Cuba. Her works are related to parallel developments in painting by American and European artists who explored surrogate motifs for the human figure such as Philip Guston and John Walker. The intensity of the surfaces she crafted provides an analog for human physical and emotional suffering, as in works by contemporaries Leon Golub and Nancy Spero. One can make a direct connection from Goya to Francis Bacon and Edvard Munch to Eiriz’s work, for their shared obsession with the fragility, moral ambiguity and the darker aspects of human existence.

Antonia Eiriz in front of Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy. (1966 image courtesy of Eiriz Estate) ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Antonia Eiriz: A Painter and Her Audience also will include works by contemporary Cuban and Cuban-American artists whose remembrances and influences of Eiriz testify to the continued relevance of her contributions as a painter. Among these are works by Luisa Basnuevo, José Adriano Buergo, Ana Albertina Delgado, Nereida García Ferraz, Guido Llinás, Ana Mendieta, Glexis Novoa, Sandra Ramos, Tomás Sánchez and Gladys Triana. A catalog with illustrations and texts by Janet Batet and Michelle Weinberg accompany the exhibition. A public panel discussion about Eiriz’s significant career featuring curator Michelle Weinberg, arts writer Janet Batet and participating artists Nereida García Ferraz and Gladys Triana is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m., at the museum. The discussion is open free to the public. The exhibition will be on display through Nov. 17. Museum hours are WednesdaySunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free and private tours are available.

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Author Elizabeth Romero publishes her first novel in Redemption Series BY JAVIER PEREZ

Ashby Devereaux was born into a life of abuse, shame, and fear. For 17 years, Ashby’s life has been ruled by the man she calls “Poppa,” her mean drunk of a stepfather, Garrett Devereaux. Rarely, she would get a glimpse of the woman her Momma once was — the beautiful, carefree Marie Boudreaux, a cherished only child from a prominent Catholic family in New Orleans — before she got pregnant; before she was exiled to the backwoods of North Carolina and bound, through a deal made by her prideful father, to a marriage with a man who belittled and beat her. Momma was powerless to protect Ashby and her twin brother, Danny, from the wrath of Garrett’s words, fists, and belt. At school, Ashby kept to herself and did her best to hide her bruises and despair. But now, on her 17th birthday, life seems more unbearable than ever. Danny is gone. Momma is in a fog — doped up on the pills Garrett feeds her. And Garrett has been visiting her tiny bedroom with an increasing, terrifying intensity. Yet, unknown to Ashby, 17 will be the year of her rebirth — and the beginning of a wonderful new life. However, it will take a bloody battle, a daring escape, and a whole lot of hardship, cunning, and courage to get there. In her gripping debut novel, Means To An End (Two Harbors Press; August 2013; $16.95 Paperback) Kendall author Elizabeth Romero introduces Monique Moreaux, who transformed herself from a victim — the downtrodden, timid Ashby Devereaux — into a strong, confident, and brilliant woman sought out by detectives for her keen insight into crimes against the vulnerable. Marking the first installment in the Redemption Series, psychological thrillers set primarily in New Orleans, Means To An End uncovers the roots of Monique’s drive to protect and avenge bat-

tered women and children, while unraveling violent crimes and mysteries of its own. Set in 1985, Means To An End opens in the midst of Ashby’s terrible, unbearable home life. When Garrett’s sexual molesting culminates in rape, with a shattering outcome, Ashby finally finds the strength to defend herself — with a knife. Urged on by her Momma, Ashby flees from North Carolina, with a burning destination in mind — New Orleans. Once there, she knows she’ll find her brother, Danny, who ran off four months back and, to her aching disappointment, she hasn’t heard a word from since. In New Orleans, if her dreams come true, she might also meet her grandparents and see the lovely white columned house where Momma grew up. Traveling as Monique Fontaine, a pretty name borrowed from a kind stranger, Ashby arrives in New Orleans to encounter a sometimes harsh, yet always colorful and exciting reality. Despite its dangers, Monique quickly feels right at home in this big, bustling city of diverse people, delicious food, and exotic experiences. To have a place to sleep and earn enough to eat, Monique takes a job as a humble “cleanup girl” at Ms. Blanche’s house — a brothel. With her long, shiny black hair, long legs, and striking figure, she could easily make more money as a dancer, the other girls tell her. But scrubbing floors suits Monique fine. Haunted by her memories of Garrett, she recoils in horror every time Elizabeth Romero a man looks at her, ––––––––––––––––––


let alone touches her. While minding her work and her own business, Monique attracts the attention of the highly respected Judge Moreaux. When Ms. Blanche sends her on an errand, she meets this

refined, handsome older man — who seems like a true gentleman and genuinely caring. Gradually, Monique begins to open her heart to Bradley Moreaux. Just as she dares to believe that she could escape her past and be loved, Monique gets chilling news. An investigator has arrived in town — looking for Ashby Devereaux. Will Ashby/Monique be able to find her beloved twin Danny before she is caught and arrested for her stepfather’s murder? Can she trust Bradley with her secrets? Or is the judge another man destined to betray and abandon her? Keeping readers riveted until its greatly satisfying climax, Means To An End marks the start of a thrilling new mystery series starring a brave, resilient, and fascinating woman. Elizabeth Romero, a strong and determined Southern woman like her leading character, was born in Florida and grew up in Louisiana. Married and divorced at a very young age, she made a life for herself and her children, armed with an entrepreneurial spirit and tenacity, in the field of real estate. Her interest in writing started with reading as a child, when books would whisk her away to wonderful places. In 2010, she retired to Florida to write full time. She lives on a lake in Kendall with her canine friend, Charlie. Means To An End is her first novel and introduces Monique Moreaux, the victim-turned-heroine protagonist for a series of psychological thrillers. Romero will be doing a talk and book signing on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., at the West Kendall Regional Library, 10201 Hammocks Blvd. She also will be doing an event to promote the book on Oct. 19, 7 p.m., at Books & Books in Coral Gables. For more information, visit <>.

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2nd Miami World Music Festival announces five-concert lineup BY LEE STEPHENS

The Second Miami World Music Festival has announced its lineup of concerts and international artists for 2013. The festival will present five concerts from Thursday, Sept. 19, to Sunday, Sept. 22, at the acoustically superb Wertheim Concert Hall at FIU South Campus. Opening concert showcases CrossMusic from France, with the compositions of French composer Claude Bolling, and includes selections from the suites for flute/jazz piano trio and guitar/jazz piano trio, to conclude with the Picnic Suite with all instruments together. Artists for this performance include Grammy award winner flutist Nestor Torres; guitarist and newly appointed University of Miami director of guitar studies Rafael Padron, and festival’s founder, professional pianist Adolfo Vidal. The second concert will be “Estampas de Zarzuela,” presenting a selection of the most well-known romances and duets of the beautiful Cuban zarzuela Amalia Batista and Spanish zarzuela Luisa Fernanda and other surprises from the genre. The all-star cast is made up of sopranos Hilda del Castillo and Raquel Rubi, tenors Jose Antonio Navarro and Jesus Brañas, baritone Nelson Martínez (from Florida Grand Opera), among others. All accompanied by the exceptional musicians of the Miami Chamber Players. Venus Rising will be on stage on Saturday, Sept. 21, for the third concert of

the festival. The group is a truly magical blend of feminine energy that is highly explosive and powerful as well as soothing to the soul. This talented all-female percussion and dance ensemble will explore West African, Caribbean and Middle Eastern rhythms and movements. Two performances on Sunday, Sept. 22, conclude the festival — at 3 p.m., “Music of Venezuela,” and 6 p.m. “Music of India.” Renown Venezuelan singer and song-writer Luz Marina and her group, Menage, will be performing her own and traditional Venezuelan music, with guest artist Saul Vera on the bandola llanera (a stringed instrument from the lute family played in the Venezuelan plains since the 16th Century). The festival’s conclusion pairs the sensational Jeff Deen, tablas and violinist Vicki Richards in an evening of Indian classical raga, a system of music born out of sacred devotional healing music. Each “raga” (melodic scale) and “tala” (rhythmic cycle) has a different healing effect on our minds and bodies. Two such artists come together this evening to share their skills and open hearts through Indian classical music. Tickets for the festival now are available. The subscription price for all five concerts is $100/$150 (preferred seating). Individual concert tickets are $25/$35 and students are $15. All concerts will begin at 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 and 6 p.m. For complete program information and to purchase subscriptions and individual tickets, visit <www.miamiworldmusicfes- Adrienne E. Skinner, P.A. |

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Oral Health Advice Dr. Larry Kessler, Periodontist WORD OF MOUTH Q: I saw the actor Michael Douglas talking about his throat cancer and oral sex. My husband and I have a very fulfilling physical relationship, but now I am worried. A: In your wildest dreams would you ever have associated Michael Douglas with anything other than – a father whose movie career spanned decades? A successful and diverse acting and directing career, including his recent performance in Liberace on HBO? A gorgeous wife, actress Catherine Zeta Jones? Who would have thought that his battle with throat cancer would be attributed to oral sex? To answer your question and put your mind at ease: If you have a monogamous relationship, your husband will stay healthy. Multiple partners produce the problem. The HPV 16 (Human Papillomavirus) is transmitted through sexual contact – genital, which is linked to cervical cancer, or oral. Detection in the oral cavity is difficult, as it is deep down in the throat below the base of the tongue. Only 1 percent of HPV 16 virus will develop into a cancer. Most infections are fought off by the immune system and do not lead to health problems. It would be helpful if a pap smear was possible. However, utilizing a blood test, which is still in the research stage, experts are able to detect blood markers indicating early signs of the disease. Though the test is years away from being available in doctors’ offices, scientists are encouraged. Most oral cancer is caused by smoking,

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Summer camper sets new Parks’ Morning Mile record at 140 miles BY EDITH TORRES

As summer camp came to a close, a new Miami-Dade Parks’ summer camp record of running 140 miles was set by 14-year-old Sebastian Deoleo at Miami-Dade Parks’ Fit2Play Summer Camp at Hammocks Community Park where Deoleo has been running every morning as part of the Morning Mile Program, sponsored by AvMed. Another 56 children reached 100 miles or more, and over 100,000 miles were logged overall by Miami-Dade Parks’ summer camp participants this summer, also setting a new Miami-Dade Parks’ record. Thanks to AvMed’s sponsorship, the Morning Mile, developed by Fitzness International, was expanded this year to all 42 Miami-Dade Parks’ Fit2Play summer camps where children begin their day with a morning run, jog or walk. Last year, campers logged over 53,000 miles. This year, they are estimated to have run over 100,000 miles. The program is designed to get kids active, fit and poised to carry good exercise habits into adulthood, a perfect addition to MiamiDade Parks’ Fit-to-Play summer camps program which teaches kids how to live a healthy lifestyle and provides evidence-

based physical fitness activities. For every five miles logged, they receive necklace charms to mark their progress and provide incentive for physical fitness. “We are grateful to AvMed for their continued support that enabled us to bring the Morning Mile program to our summer camp experience for the past three years,” said Allison Diego, director of Business Development, Fundraising and Advocacy for Miami-Dade Parks. “Their support enriched our successful health and wellness program, and allowed us to expand the Morning Mile to all 42 park sites incentivizing and motivating our children to get moving first thing in the morning,” she added. “We encourage our members to embrace better health and take an active role in managing their health,” said James M. Repp, AvMed senior vice president. “It’s nice to see these kids embrace the Morning Mile and reach and exceed their goals. It’s an inspiration for all of us to become more engaged in our health.” To learn more about launching or sponsoring the Morning Mile program, visit <>. For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit <>.

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Miami-Dade Animal Services joins Gold Coast RR for pet adoptions BY LUIS SALGADO

In an effort to help reduce the number of homeless pets, Miami-Dade County Animal Services and the Gold Coast Rail Road Museum will conduct a special pet adoption event on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152 St. The event will shed light on the tireless efforts and commitment of Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department and local rescues organizations to save the lives of countless dogs and cats every day. The Gold Coast Railroad Museum will host a day of free admissions for the event. All pet adoptions will be half off for dogs and cats. Photo opportunities

using the backdrop of historic trains also will be made available for each pet adoption. Several activities will be available, for an additional cost, including train rides, tours, arts and crafts, bounce houses and food trucks. The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, exhibiting, and operating historic railroad equipment. Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gold Coast Railroad Museum houses an extensive collection of authentic train cars, including the Ferdinand Magellan, commissioned for use by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The museum was formed in 1957 by a group of Miamians who were trying to save pieces of Florida history that were taken for granted and were rapidly disappearing.

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Kids Corp volunteers support teachers in local classrooms BY DANIELLE MONTOYA

Kids Corp, recently announced plans to expand to 200 volunteers this school year. Kids Corp is a youth-led volunteer service comprised of students in South Florida and beyond who are dedicated to community service and youth leadership initiatives that help build capacity and bolster resources in high-need schools by building awareness about the opportunity gap and offering hands-on volunteer opportunities in underresourced schools. Lindsey Mendelson of Ransom Everglades School and Ali Oshinsky of Pine Crest School co-founded Kids Corp in 2012 after organizing a service project to support teachers in Liberty City and Overtown. Mendelson and Oshinsky last year formalized their mission to serve as a platform to involve youth and other community members in the effort to expand educational opportunities and provide educational resources in South Florida. They expanded their efforts by launching a partnership with Teach For America in fall 2012 and forged partnerships with Aventura Mall and Simon Malls Corporation to launch school supply drives this summer. “I have admired Teach For America from a distance thinking it was an organization where college grads and adult volunteers could help,” Mendelson said. “Through Kids Corp, hundreds of teenagers throughout Dade County from dozens of schools can get involved and make a difference in so many classrooms. “In addition, Kids Corp is supporting the ongoing work of our community to expand educational opportunities at high-need schools and introducing high-school age volunteers to see what it takes to eliminate educational inequity in our country,” she added. Kids Corp hosts a Google platform where Teach For America corps members have the option to post projects that will support their classroom lessons and objectives. The online tracker includes project specifics, due dates,

Lindsey Mendelson (left) and Ali Oshinsky, cofounders of Kids Corp, hold books collected from a book drive.

and delivery information as well as opportunities to visit classrooms to work one-on-one with the students. “Kids our age know the power of social media. In forming Kids Corp, we wanted to harness that power and use it to spread the word about the variety of ways we can help make a difference in bridging the education gap,” Oshinsky said. “Through social media sites, we can reach out to friends all over the country, supporting Teach For America corps members while also providing a platform to educate the community and high school students.” Through technology and social media networking, Kids Corp is exploding. Mendelson and Oshinsky successfully launched a crowdsourcing campaign via Fundly raising $10,000

to support Teach For America and use social media to spread the word about Kids Corps and educational inequity to kids across Southern Florida and across the country. Kids Corp currently focuses on Lenora B. Smith Elementary, Holmes Elementary, Morningside Elementary and reaches approximately 25 classrooms of averaging between 2030 kids per classroom. The group now has over 100 volunteers extending from South MiamiDade County to Broward County, including kids from Ransom Everglades, Pine Crest, Gulliver, Palmetto, Krop, Beth Am, Felix Varela, Carrolton, Key Biscayne Community School, and University School. Kids Corp is hoping to have over 200 volunteers by the end of the school year. “It’s wonderful to see how entrepreneurial our young people can be and to see how Kids Corp is really working to support student learning and the work of teachers,” said Maxeme Tuchman, executive director of Teach For America – Miami-Dade. “I’m thrilled that Lindsey and Ali have tapped the talent and leadership of so many students and created a program that highlights the importance of education and service to our community.”

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Inaugural ZooRun 5K and ZooKids Dash set for ZooMiami, Sept. 15 BY CINDY CASTELBLANCO AND ARIANNE CENTO

For the first time in 10 years, Zoo Miami will host a 5K race it can call its own. The Zoological Society of Florida and West Kendall Baptist Hospital have partnered to offer two fun, wild events on Sept. 15. Unlike other 5K runs and walks held at the zoo, this event will offer benefits that only the team at the zoo can offer, bringing back memories of the renowned Jungle Jog run that started 30 years ago and ended in 2002. The ZooRun 5K is for folks of every speed — from cheetah to tortoise — so no matter your pace, come out for fun and exercise. This 3.1 mile timed race is walker-friendly and will take place around the entire zoo. The ZooKids Dash is a race for kids ages 2-9. This race will include a range of distances from 100 to 525 meters and opportunities to interact with Gigi, Kaz and Pio, the popular Zoo Squad mascots. “We are very excited to team up with West Kendall Baptist Hospital to bring back the excitement of 5K running at the zoo,” said Ron Magill, Zoo Miami communications and media relations director. “The old Jungle Jog used to draw 1,5002,000 runners and we had more than 1,000 signed up after one week of registration. “Children and families want to be at Zoo Miami; they want to experience this amazing park and now we can encourage a healthy community and environment. Come take a walk (or run) on the wild

side,” Magill added. “West Kendall Baptist Hospital is thrilled to partner with Zoo Miami in hosting this 5K race,” said Michelle Mejia, assistant vice president, at West Kendall Baptist Hospital. “This event is an extension of our three-year partnership focused on the health of our environment and our community. With the ‘Healthy Zoo – Healthy You’ initiative, we hope to inspire our community to make healthy living a priority. What better way than to get outdoors and run with the animals.” The ZooRun pre-sale price is $25 and increases to $35 on race day. The ZooKids Dash pre-sale price is $10 and increases to $15 on the day of the race. Pre-sale prices are valid through Sept. 14 at 11:59 p.m., EST. All race registrants will receive free admission to Zoo Miami, a premium Tshirt, themed finisher medal, post race food and a race unlike any in South Florida. As if all of this weren’t enough, race registrants can purchase Zoo Miami tickets for friends and family with a 50 percent discount on race day. To register, visit online at <> or call 305255-5551. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 St. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (3-12), plus tax. Children under 2 and zoo members enter free; parking is free. Zoo Miami’s hours are 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 pm. For more information, visit <> or call 305-251-

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Miami Children’s Museum, Miami Marlins join to benefit kids with special needs BY CAROLINA PERRINA

Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) has been selected as an official charity partner of the Miami Marlins, one of four non-profit organizations to receive this recognition. The Miami Marlins’ $25,000 gift will support Sensory Saturday, a monthly inclusive and accessibility program that allows children with special needs and their families to explore MCM and its exhibits in a sensory modified and supportive environment. In addition to working together to ensure that programming like Sensory Saturday is possible, MCM’s educators are creating a “Going to the Ballpark” social story for Marlins Park to help children, specifically with autism and special needs, familiarize themselves with aspects of a baseball game before their arrival. “We are proud to partner and support the Miami Children’s Museum,” said David Samson, president of the Miami Marlins. “Marlins Park and Miami Children’s Museum are welcoming places for families affected by autism-related disorders. “Together, we will carry forward our values and mission of providing unique experiences for children with special needs,” he added. “We are grateful to the Miami Marlins for their support and generous donation,” said Deborah Spiegleman, CEO of MCM. “Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to making educational programming accessible to children with all learning abilities and it is only through partnerships with community organizations like these this are we able to make our mission a reality.” Sensory Saturday is a monthly program that allows children to engage in arts-based educational programming, creative performing experiences and imaginative play that helps them develop and strengthen social interaction, communication skills and selfexpression in a non-threatening environment. Children are able to explore and enjoy

We a re p ro u d t o p a rt n e r a n d s u p p o rt t h e M i a m i C h i l d re n ’s Museum. Marlins Park and Miami C h i l d re n ’s M u s e u m a re w e l c o m i n g p l a c e s f o r f a m i l i e s a ff e c t e d b y a u t i s m - re l a t e d d i s o rd e r s . To g e t h e r, w e w i l l c a rr y f o r w a rd our values and mission of p ro v i d i n g u n i q u e e x p e r i e n c e s f o r c h i l d re n w i t h s p e c i a l n e e d s . — David Samson, president of the Miami Marlins the museum, including the newest interactive exhibit, “Dino Island,” in an accessible, educational, and supportive environment with dimmed lighting and sounds. Programming includes yoga, art and music therapy. In addition to visiting the museum in a sensory modified environment, families are encouraged to interact and network with each other and learn more about similar organizations and resources within the community. Remaining Sensory Saturday dates for this year are Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14. Admission to this program is at the reduced rate of $6 and pre-registration is required. Pre-registration or additional information is available by email at <>. Miami Children’s Museum is located at 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in Miami. Regular admission is $16 for adults and children, $12 for Florida residents, free for children less than 1 year and admission for members is complimentary.

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Feeding South Florida gearing up for National Hunger Action Month BY JENNIFER MARTINEZ

Every day, nearly 1 million people in South Florida, including 296,600 children, face hunger. To continue its efforts to end hunger in South Florida, Feeding South Florida is preparing for Hunger Action Month (September), an initiative to mobilize the public to raise awareness and take action in support of domestic hunger relief. Feeding South Florida serves Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. During the month of September, Feeding South Florida is presenting a variety of events and activities to encourage South Floridians to help end hunger and spread the word about the pervasiveness of hunger in South Florida. Through the efforts of Feeding South Florida’s Hunger Action Month committee, as well as key strategic

corporate partners, South Florida residents will have the opportunity to participate in community events, corporate volunteer efforts, food drives, dress down days and more to support hunger relief. The public also is invited to volunteer on Sorting Saturdays, when they can sort, package, label and weigh donated food to be distributed to families who are struggling to make ends meet. Feeding South Florida’s local calendar at <> will provide individuals with exciting ways (30 Ways in 30 Days) to participate in community efforts to end hunger throughout September. These include joining the Hunger Action Month Committee or hosting a Food and Fund Drive. For more information about how to get involved, visit <> or call 1-954-518-1818.

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Nissan adds hybrid model to 2014 Pathfinder lineup Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS Nissan introduced the fourth-generation of the Pathfinder last year, so it’s pretty much the same seven-passenger SUV for 2014. There is, however, a major change in power options with the first-ever Pathfinder Hybrid. Powered by a supercharged 2.5-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor mated to a compact Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, the Pathfinder Hybrid has the same seating capacity, second- or third-row legroom and cargo space of non-Hybrid models. The hybrid system uses a Nissan Intelligent Dual Clutch System (one motor/two clutch parallel system) that efficiently manages power from both the electric motor and the gas engine. The 15 kW electric motor and gas engine work in tandem to provide performance equivalent to the non-hybrid Pathfinder’s gasoline engine. The hybrid system is rated at 250 net hp and 243 pound-feet of torque (versus the gas engine ratings of 260 hp and 240 pound-feet

of torque). The Pathfinder Hybrid will be available in showrooms in early fall. The non-hybrid Pathfinder continues with a 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 engine mated to a nextgeneration Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), delivering fuel economy rated at 20/26/22 (city/highway/combined) in the 2WD model and only slightly less for the 4WD version. The power combination delivers responsive acceleration in a variety of conditions. The CVT holds the engine at the ideal rpm for existing conditions, offering responsive power for passing or towing when needed and quiet, efficient running at cruising speeds or around town. With the available intuitive four-wheel drive, Pathfinder is an excellent vehicle for bad-weather driving conditions with the selectable 2WD, Auto or 4WD Lock modes for its available intuitive ALL-MODE 4x4-i system. The system lets you choose full-time 2WD for maximum fuel economy, Auto mode to automatically monitor conditions and adjust the balance of power between front and rear wheels for best traction, or 4WD Lock mode when you need full-time 4WD. Also, standard on Pathfinder is Hill Start Assist for better control when starting and driving away on a steep incline (both 4WD and 2WD models) and it has a standard

Pathfinder has a low beltline, a wide chrome grille and large aerodynamic headlights.

5,000-pound towing capacity, perfect for hauling boats, jet skis, trailers and other recreational gear. As for styling, Pathfinder has an upper body with an open cabin, a low beltline and thin A- and D-pillars that flow smoothly into the rugged, durable-looking lower body. The new generation unibody weighs almost 500 pounds less than the previous generation Pathfinder’s body-on-frame design, which contributes to the better fuel economy. Up front, there is a wide chrome grille and large aerodynamic headlights, recessed front

windshield wipers, chrome door handles, with large combination lights to the rear. Also new is the SL Tech Package with a Bose 13-speaker Premium Audio and Nissan Navigation System. Pricing on the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder ranges from $28,700 to $41,200. 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 <>.

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