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UM Autism Clinic expands services at Gables office BY MARIE GUMA-DIAZ


he University of Miami Autism Spectrum Assessment Clinic (ASAC) in the Department of Psychology is expanding services while remaining in its Coral Gables office. In addition to offering psychoeducational evaluations, and social skills groups, ASAC recently expanded services to include individual and family therapy services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The new services aim to improve a variety of co-existing symptoms such as anxiety and depression, as well as improve social and independence skills for individuals with ASD. Therapy services primarily use behavioral and cognitive-behavioral techniques (CBT). Treatment for co-existing symptoms is important in assisting individuals with ASD cope effectively with the challenges they face and can significantly improve their well-being. “The University of Miami Assessment Clinic is unique in that the supervising psychologists are highly trained in autism spectrum disorders, and other neurological conditions, across all ages, the latest assessment instruments, and empirically validated best practices in treatments for ASD,” said Amy Beaumont, coordinator of the Autism Spectrum Assessment Clinic. “Members of the ASAC team are actively involved in research and community outreach efforts, and being affiliated with UM-NSU CARD allows for seamless connection with CARD services for those diagnosed with ASD.” ASAC was developed in 2002 as the need for comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for children with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders

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City opposes proposed changes in sharing transportation surtax

GABLES GREAT Christine Rupp unafraid to tackle challenges head on BY GLORIA BURNS

The Coral Gables Trolley program is funded by the half-penny transportation surtax. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY MARIA HIGGINS-FALLON


he Coral Gables City Commission on Aug. 24 unanimously approved a resolution to formally initiate conflict resolution procedures to hold Miami-Dade County to its promise that 20 percent of revenue derived from the People’s Transportation Plan, approved by voters in 2002, be limited to municipalities in existence as of Nov. 5, 2002. The county receives the remaining 80 percent of the revenue share. Miami-Dade County is now proposing that new cities created after 2002 share in the pro rata distribution of the 20 percent share currently allot-

ted to the existing cities. The City of Coral Gables objects to the proposed change because it violates an interlocal agreement in effect between the county and the city, and more importantly, because it defies the agreement reached in 2002 between the county and all of the existing cities wherein Miami-Dade County pledged to limit 20 percent of surtax revenue to existing cities in exchange for their assistance in obtaining voter support for the tax increase in 2002. The Coral Gables Trolley program is funded by the half-penny transportation surtax. The cities of Miami, Miami Beach and Hialeah also are objecting to the county’s proposed change.

Christine Rupp, is a “can do” person unafraid to tackle challenges head on with amazing results. A native of Ohio, Rupp moved to Palm Beach County in 1980. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Design and Social Inquiry and worked as a paralegal prior to moving to Coral Gables. Upon moving to the Gables in 1993, Rupp began doing volunteer work and b e c a m e involved in the historic preservation community. With eight years of service on the Merrick H o u s e Governing Board of CHRISTINE RUPP Directors and another three years chairing Dade Heritage Trust’s Dade Heritage Days, Rupp earned the respect of her peers always going above and beyond.

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‘Pawty’ raises $20,000 for Paws 4 You Rescue BY MISTY BUCK

Paws 4 You Rescue, a Miami-based charity, welcomed more than 500 guests and their dogs to a unique cocktail reception, dubbed the “Pawtini Pawty,” on Wednesday, Aug. 25. The event marked the first ever petfriendly event at the landmark Biltmore Hotel and raised $20,000 for Paws 4 You Rescue.

Distinguished guests of honor included Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick. Guests enjoyed unlimited hors d’oeuvres and delicious signature Pawtini drinks such as the Blue Beagle and Chocolate Labtini while their beloved pooches wagged tails at a social gathering that rivaled an average day at the dog park with such attractions as a dog food bar. In addition, the canine focused event included dog-friendly busi-

Pictured (l-r) are Candy Hannemann holding adoptable Toto, McKenna Olson, Lauren Whiddon and Melanie Aron with adoptable Sammy. All are from Paws 4 You.

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nesses, such as local pet-sitting services, dog trainers, specialty pet stores and gourmet dog treat bakers. “We are both thrilled and honored to have been a part of the first pet-friendly event at the Biltmore Hotel,” said Carol Caridad, Paws 4 You program director. “It was such a pleasure to see the community come together with their pets for this unique event. Best of all, the proceeds will help us rescue hun-

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Aside from working for the Friends of the Miami-Dade County Public Library, Rupp’s organizational skills were apparent time and again as she planned Earth Day events for Citizens for a Better South Florida, and the City of Miami’s inaugural Miami River Day in addition to working on various successful political campaigns. With this track record of excellence and an interest in historic preservation, it is no wonder that Rupp became the Coral Gables Museum’s first employee in 2007, and was named director of operations in 2008. She is very excited about the museum’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, operating the museum in a “green” manner and setting an example for Coral Gables’ business community. Under Rupp’s direction, the museum formed a partnership with Shenandoah Museum Magnet School resulting in the publication of the book about Gables history titled Building a Dream, created by Shenandoah students who also produced and directed a yet-tobe-previewed documentary film about the Coral Gables Waterway. In addition to her paying jobs, Rupp has been involved actively as a member of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce serving on many committees. She also has served on the City of Coral Gables’ Cultural Development Board as well as the Landscape Beautification Advisory Board. She currently serves on Coral Gables K-

8 Center Educational Excellence School Advisory Council (EESAC) Committee. Through this committee and in her position at the museum, Rupp was instrumental in creating Coral Gables’ First School Community Garden at Gables Elementary (now Gables K-8 Center), working with school principal Graciela Cerra, Slow Food Miami, the Coral Gables Garden Club and the American Institute of Wine and Food. The garden project will continue and expand this year with Rupp’s assistance. In her free time, Rupp currently is training for the ING half-marathon. She takes full advantage of the South Florida lifestyle playing golf, tennis, swimming, and scuba diving, and even is involved in ballroom dancing. She is a docent at the Biltmore Hotel as a member of team of volunteers who provide public tours every Sunday. You may have seen this little dynamo with short blond hair riding a motor scooter around Coral Gables “going green” as she makes efficient use of time. Rupp notes that, while she loved the Gables, her heart remains in northwestern Ohio, where she owns a five-acre farm — complete with the 1896 three-story brick house where her mother was born. It comes complete with barns, a chicken coop, bee hives, a summer kitchen and a Chevy pickup, all located on a dirt road. Rupp’s next big challenge will be the opening of the Coral Gables Museum on Oct. 10 (10/10/10).

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Gables BID members gather for networking social Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB Coral Gables Business Improvement District (BID) members gathered for a networking social at Norman’s 180, Norman Van Aken’s new restaurant located at the Westin Colonnade on Sept. 7. Mari Gallet, BID executive director, welcomed the crowd of business owners, all of whom were treated to the special drinks compliments of Bacardi. These get-togethers offer members a chance to share and get to know neighboring businesses. Among the new faces in the crowd was Denise Erwin, field sales manager for Seasons 52 Fresh/Grill, a new restaurant opening in November on the Mile. More on that later as the restaurant is planning a variety of special events to benefit charitable on opening. Among the many others attending were Westin general manager Mike Wurster with his new director of sales, Robin O r rell, and food and beverage director, Jennifer McDonough; Judy Weissel, property owner; Carlos Rossi, owner of Anglelique EuroCafé; Tyler O rwig, Hyatt Coral Gables; M a rtin Lynch, JohnMartins; Jose Bolado, of J. Bolado Clothiers, and Joan Reitsma, The Giving Tree. Reitsma recently reopened her needle arts and gift store, The Giving Tree, at 248 Giralda, after more than a year of renovations following a flood that closed the store for almost 12 months. Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce packed two rooms at the Hyatt Coral Gables on Sept. 2 for its annual Chairman’s Reception and table top exhibition. Hyatt general manager Gabe Castrillon and staff insured a great networking affair with great

food, open bar, and lots of fun. One of the highlights of the evening was Waste Management of Dade County’s talking robot that provided lots of laughter wherever it went. This event offered chamber members a chance to meet the new leadership, sign up for committees and showcase their businesses. Big Gator Mark Tr owbridge, chamber president, of course, was there to welcome all. A special day of shopping at Macy’s Dadeland during the past four years has meant big bucks for local charities as part of Macy’s Shop for a Cause. Join the fun on Dadeland Macy’s Shop for a Cause fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 16. This unique, one-day-only shopping event was created by Macy’s to support local nonprofit organizations and, since 2006, Macy’s Shop For A Cause has enabled charitable organizations to raise over $34 million. With a very simple concept, Macy’s provides organizations with shopping passes that they sell for $5 each, all of which they get to keep. Each shopping pass includes 20 percent or 10 percent off most regular, sale and clearance purchases all day, plus 25 percent off one regular, sale or clearance item in men’s, women’s or kids apparel or accessories. Of course, some exclusions apply. For those organizations wishing to participant in Shop For A Cause, visit online at <>. Finally, the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club clubhouse recently was featured in a novela titled Alguien Te Mira that premiered recently on Telemundo. Alguien Te Mira is an original production from Telemundo Studios Miami and is a mystery and drama revolving around the lives of four friends who witness a murder. Until next time, keep making each day count.

Pictured (l-r) at the BID social are Elizabeth Nourse, Fleming’s; BID board member Burton Hersh, architect; BID executive director Mari Gallet; Westin general manager Mike Wurster, and Denise Erwin, Season’s 52.

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Month-long campaign works to restock local food banks BY DUREE ROSS

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The Fairchild Palms, the young professionals group affiliated with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (FTBG), on Saturday, Aug. 28, presented FTBG with a $15,000 donation that the nonprofit group raised at its parties, happy hours, wine-tastings and other special events during its 2009-10 fiscal year. The money will support the Fairchild Challenge, FTBG’s renowned environmental education and conservation program distributed free to elementary, middle and high schools. “The Fairchild Palms’ ability to raise $15,000 through ticket sales and sponsorships during one of the most challenging economies in recent history is a major testament to the hard work of our board, the commitment of our corporate sponsors and the support of our members and community,” said John Cyril Malloy III, president of

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Forum discusses impact of new healthcare reform BY LEE STEPHENS

The issue of healthcare reform is on the minds of many in the business community, especially as it relates to cost, access, and implementation. Decoding the new federal legislation was the topic at hand as approximately 50 community and business leaders convened recently at Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation to discuss the impact healthcare reform will have on the community. The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce hosted the forum in partnership with Turner Construction and the Miami Children’s Hospital and Foundation. Panelists included Manny Fernandez, vice president of Commercial Accounts for BenTrust Financial; former State Rep. Rene Garcia; David Stoots, senior account executive, Aetna; Dr. M. Narendra Kini, president and CEO, Miami Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Fernando Valverde, CEO, FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Health Care Network. Hugo Arza, Esq., chair of the chamber’s Business and Government Affairs Committee, served as moderator. The forum was opened by Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation president Lucy MorilloAgnetti, who stressed the importance of making children’s healthcare a priority in the South Florida community. Panelists provided background on their respective specialty areas and each agreed that healthcare reform will have both a positive and negative impact on the business community. All praised the elimination of the pre-existing condition clause and the increase in age to 26 for children to remain on their parents’ insurance plans. However, more critical comments were reserved for other aspects of the new legislation. Timing for the forum was critical for the business community in that parts of the newly passed bill become law in late September of

this year, six months from its original passage date. Moreover, many business leaders already are seeing increases in costs as insurance renewals come due, a significant impact as the economy slowly continues to recover. Dr. Kini spoke of the lack of health screening measures in the bill, which could be used to help prevent chronic illnesses. He also noted the shortage of sub-specialists, particularly in pediatric medicine, which he said is partially to blame for Florida’s ranking as 49th in healthcare. Dr. Valverde agreed on the need for training additional sub-specialists and said Florida International University’s medical school hopes to help solve the problem. David Stoots suggested insurance costs will rise due to the new laws and mentioned Aetna and its counterparts have set up task forces to interpret and understand the new laws in order to best serve their clients. Other insurance providers in attendance, including Blue Cross Blue Shield and AvMed, also have addressed the potential changes in legislation. Rep. Rene Garcia urged those in the attendance to come together and develop a viable solution to improve healthcare options. He challenged the business community to hold him and his elected colleagues accountable in the upcoming legislative session. Manny Fernandez pointed out the importance of teaching people how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and the need for greater dollars for preventative care, with a stronger focus on wellness. The forum sparked much discussion, and it was clear that this is only the beginning of the conversation as the political climate continues to shift heading into the November election cycle. The Coral Gables Chamber will continue to offer programs that keep small and mediumsized businesses informed on those issues that most directly impact their employees and their bottom line.

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Fritz & Franz Bierhaus to present Oktoberfest BY ROBERT HAMILTON

The legendary Coral Gables Oktoberfest will continue a 16-year tradition when it takes place Oct. 1-10 on the beautiful Bierhaus Plaza in front of Fritz & Franz Bierhaus at 60 Merrick Way in downtown Coral Gables. The festival has become one of Miami’s most anticipated annual neighborhood celebrations and typically attracts as many as 15,000 guests during a two-weekend span. Performers have included Austrian and German celebrated musicians like Die Edelseer, Gluatfunkn, Gifti und die Wahsinns Fuenf, Pfundskerle, Goldberg Spatzen, Luftsprung, Alpenland Express, Alpenland Gaudi, Kaitersberg Echo, Bavaria Krainer, Laterndl Trio and Sepp Hias. Featured artists for the 2010 Oktoberfest include The Group AlpenPower from Weiz in the Steiermark, and Alpenland Gaudi from Steyer in Upper Austria. As every year in the past, the Oktoberfest will raise money for a charity. This year organizers have chosen CHARLEE Homes for Children again to be the beneficiary from the sale of raffle tickets. Raffle tickets are sold for $5 and you can win a cruise for two. Admission to the Oktoberfest is, as for the past 15 years, free to the public. The Hyatt Regency Hotel Coral Gables, a loyal sponsor of this event for the past seven years, again will offer a special rate during Oktoberfest 2010. The 16th annual Oktoberfest in Coral Gables is brought to you by Warsteiner Beer, Dachser Logistics, Social, Community Newspapers,

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KFHA hosts candidates for legislature, school board BY RICHARD YAGER “Candidate Night 3” of four such events hosted by the Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations (KFHA) on Sept. 13 drew an audience of nearly 200 to hear 10 of 15 state representative office seekers trade points on current county and state issues. The fourth and final KFHA special candidate meeting was scheduled Monday, Sept. 20, to hear hopefuls for Congress and Florida governor as well as details about Florida constitutional amendments. Concluding the Sept. 13 session, Palmetto Bay Mayor Gene Flinn stood alone to pitch his platform while former Homestead Mayor Lynda Bell, runoff opponent for Katy Sorenson’s District 8 County Commission seat, was reported in Alaska attending the birth of her eighth granddaughter, according to Tony Garcia, campaign aide. The only heated exchange of the evening occurred between School Board District 7 runoff candidates when Carlos Curbelo accused opponent Libby Perez of a conflict of interest, alleging a KFHA member had

been involved in her campaign. Perez initially received a KFHA endorsement as well as that of her employer, Dr. Marta Perez of the Miami-Dade School Board. Curbelo’s charge was denied vigorously by Marvin P. Stein, Political Action Committee chair, who declared, “Never has the PAC ever been involved in any misrepresentation or involvement during my 25 years of chairing the committee,” emphasizing the PAC is “completely independent” of the KFHA organization. KFHA board member Don Kearns, internal vice president, heatedly questioned Curbelo on his statements. Curbelo, 30, a Republican campaigner for national and state offices, was employed last year by U.S. Sen. George LeMieux before seeking the District 7 school board seat being vacated by Ana Rivas-Logan. Rivas-Logan, candidate for state representative in District 114, was absent for the second time during the KFHA Candidate Nights since July. Her two opponents, Millie Herrera, former East Kendall Community Council member, and Denny Wood, self-appointed “spokesman for dis-

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abled issues,” appeared on Sept. 13. Wood said his primary goal was to seek more para-professionals in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grades (at a 1 to 5 teacher to pupil ratio) “because our children’s minds gain up to 90 percent of basic learning know-how at those age levels.” Herrera prioritized eliminating tax breaks for corporations in favor of small business people, like herself, as well as reapportioning state funding for MiamiDade County. Earlier, two Doral city commissioners, Sandra Ruiz and Robert Van Name, pointed to their experience in one of MiamiDade County’s newest cities as reason for election to a District 112 state representative seat. A third candidate, Jeanette Nunez, did not appear. In District 115, Jeffery (Doc) Solomon, banked on his leadership in state affairs as past president of the statewide chiropractic association, and mostly agreed with stands taken by opponent Jose Felix Diaz, a University of Miami law graduate who has represented clients in Tallahassee. A third candidate, Christopher Blau, failed to appear. Diaz said he would make a special effort to develop legislation aimed at eliminating Medicare fraud in Miami-Dade and Florida. Solomon noted “a near total lack of enforcement” and rampant greed has created corrupt healthcare providers. In the District 119 state representative race, Redland agricultural advocate Katie Edwards and opponent Graziella Renee Denny claimed new ideas were needed to better represent Miami-Dade’s interests in Tallahassee. Candidate Frank Artiles did not appear. Edwards favored retaining agriculture to further development to help Miami-Dade’s economy while Denny said “only new and fresh ideas will break RepublicanDemocratic politics that now rule legisla-

tive decisions.” Veteran legislator and District 120 incumbent State Rep. Ron Saunders said he would rely on his past performance to continue representing Kendall interests, opposing Senate Bill 6 tying educational funding to student performance while remaining in support of the class size amendment. Key West Mayor Morgan J. McPherson claimed state educational allotments were “poppycock, just game-playing with numbers,” adding “decentralization of state government with greater local controls is the only way to provide an alternative to lobby-influenced decisions in Tallahassee.” Perez claimed her 21 years’ service in schools, PTAs and administration “would best serve all children” in Miami-Dade. She seeks to protect art, music and elective programming during proposed cutbacks in curriculum. Curbelo said he wants to reform student learning and work for higher efficiencies in the system, noting his endorsements by the United Teachers of Dade and Rep. Juan C. Zapata, four-term Miami-Dade legislator. Earlier, Kendall candidate Eddie Barrera who lost in the primary for the District 7 post, announced his backing of Curbelo. At the session’s conclusion, Flinn, when asked by KFHA’s Ken Karger if he believed in cutting budgets “from the top down or bottom up as evidenced by Miami Mayor Carlos Alvarez,” the Palmetto Bay mayor said he had spent eight years in office “without any office staff to run a city government” except for an aide and clerk. Endorsed by Commissioner Sorenson after the Aug. 24 primary, Flinn said he believed in “sharing staff,” and emphasized his priority to seek restoration of $80 million-plus state funding cut in state apportioned funding to Miami-Dade County.

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Miami-Dade County Health Department to provide flu shots The importance of protecting yourself, your family members and your community is more important now than ever before. Individuals 65 years and older and children ages 6 months through 18 years may receive flu shots for free. Adults 19 years old through 64 years pay only $25. The West Perrine Clinic, located at 18255 Homestead Ave., is one of the facilities serving the area. For an appointment, call 786-845-0550.

SYLVAN LEARNING TO HOSTS LOCAL FRANCHISING SEMINAR Sylvan Learning encourages all South Florida entrepreneurs to attend a franchising seminar on Sept. 22 to learn more about this growing industry as well as possible ownership. From noon to 2 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., guests are welcomed to join the seminar at the West Kendall Sylvan Learning Center, located at 8264 Mills Dr. in The Palms at Town and County shopping center. Sylvan Learning Inc., North America’s most recognized provider of supplemental education, announced that for the first time South Florida is open for franchise sales. Sylvan is seeking franchises to develop more than 10 new centers throughout the region. Despite the current economic decline, edu-

cating children continues to be a major priority for many families. Because of this, Sylvan Learning must expand to accommodate the constant needs from local families and their children. Significant financial incentives will be given benefiting new franchisees. For more information on Sylvan’s franchise opportunities call 1-800-284-8214 or visit online at <>.

CLASSIC CAR SHOW SCHEDULED AT LONDON SQUARE CENTER Classic car owners and enthusiasts are invited to the Kendall Kar Cruise at London Square in Kendall, located at the southeast corner of SW 120th Street and 137th Avenue, on Thursday, Sept. 23, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. All are welcomed to attend free of charge. A disc jockey will announce the classic cars as they drive into the center and play music. Attendees will enjoy seeing the classic cars on display with music, as well as obtain merchant offers and savings with registration. For more information call Enrique Kaufer at 1-561-989-1961. ADOPT-A-TREE EVENT SCHEDULED SEPT. 25 Whether it is a mango, avocado, desert senna, green buttonwood, or a paradise tree, Adopt-a-Tree invites the community — rain

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RECENT WORLD CUP BRINGS ATTENTION TO SOCCER CLUB TotalBank will present a $25,000 check to the Pinecrest Premier Soccer Club at its annual soccer season kickoff on Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. ,at Evelyn Greer Park, 8200 SW 124 St. After all the hype of this year’s World Cup games, the recreational academy of Pinecrest Premier Soccer Club for children ages 4-10 had to turn down kids after reaching capacity. Because of this, TotalBank has committed to sponsor the league with a two-year sponsorship for $25,000 in order to accommodate the increase in applicants. SAVOR THE FLAVOR OF MIAMI AT FAIRCHILD TROPICAL GARDEN Together with the Archdiocese of Miami, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy is inviting members of the community to its first event of the year, “Savor the Flavor of Miami,” on









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Sept. 30, 7-10 p.m., at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, 10901 Old Cutler Rd. in Coral Gables. Tickets for this event, currently on sale at $60 each, include all food and Premier Spirits samplings. Savor the Flavor of Miami allows you to sample an array of delicious dishes and cocktails from some of Miami’s finest restaurants. Among the restaurants scheduled to participate are: Anacapri, Benihana, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Giardino Gourmet Salads, Mojito Grill, Old Lisbon, Rincon Argentino, Spris of Coral Gables, Sushi Maki, and Trattoria Sole. An impressive lineup of desserts also will be available at this event. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Lourdes Athletic Association. For more information contact Olga Martinez at 305-667-1623 or by email at <>.

CELEBRATE OCTOBERFEST DURING ART IN THE PARK Kiwanis Club of Little Havana will celebrate Octoberfest’s 200th birthday around the world at Ponce Circle Park in Coral Gables on Oct. 1-2. The tradition of Octoberfest is one of the most famous events in Germany. The festival weekend will be filled with a celebration of music, art, pretzels, wursts and beer. A free concert by Fusik & B boy Dance will take place on Oct. 1 at 8 p.m., Shamarr Allen at 9 p.m., and Conjunto Progreso at 10:30 p.m. On Saturday at 2 p.m., a costume contest with prizes for most original men in lederhosen and ladies in dirndl or barmaid costumes will be given. Dueling pianos with Hal Roland and his piano group along with musical chairs, food, and a beer garden will be the perfect ending to a fun-filled weekend. All artists are encouraged to attend and submit applications for the following categories: paintings, mixed media, claywork, digital art, photography, sculpture and metalwork. By reaching an upscale crowd, this will give aspiring artists the opportunity to

get a foot in the door. For application and general information about Octoberfest, call Kiwanis Club of Little Havana at 305-644-8888.

NEW COMMUNITY CHURCH WELCOMES DR. ROY GATON After a number of requests from the community, Dr. Roy Gaton has announced he has accepted the call to be the lead pastor of New Community Church, located at 14920 SW 67 Ave. in Palmetto Bay. The community is invited to join the church in welcoming Pastor Roy Gaton during a special service on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 11:30 a.m. Dr. Gaton received a BA with double majors in Theology and Spanish Literature and a Master in Divinity. He later received his Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling. He brings not only significant knowledge to the church, but great passion for the community as a counselor in the areas of marriage, family, spirituality, success, and leadership. For more information about the service, call 305-934-7997. 13TH ANNUAL SIGNATURE CHEFS & WINE EXTRAVAGANZA, OCT. 14 The March of Dimes will host its 13th annual Chefs & Wine Extravaganza in Miami on Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail. Event tickets are $150 per person in advance and $175 per person at the door. Keep in mind that tickets are limited for both the Extravaganza and an exclusive VIP Champagne Reception, which will immediately precede the event with tickets at $250 per person. More than 30 of Miami’s top chefs and best wine suppliers will gather along with special celebrity guest Sunny Anderson. Guests will have the opportunity to taste delicacies from the area’s best restaurants, sample incredible wines, and bid on hundreds of fabulous action items, with all proceeds ben-

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JEWISH MUSEUM OF FLORIDA TO HOST ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING, OCT. 17 All members, supporters, board members and the advisory council are encouraged to participate in the annual membership meeting of the Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach. The meeting will take place on Sunday, Oct. 17, 9:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served to attendees at $20 per person. Museum members are urged to come and learn about the museum’s process and challenges, and pay tribute to the museum’s leadership and volunteers. Marcia Jo Zerivitz, museum founding executive director and chief curator, will be presenting the annual “State of the Museum and Annual Review” PowerPoint report. Administrative assistant Roberta Wien will be honored for her 15 years of dedicated service. Museum volunteers will be recognized and thanked for all their services and dedication. For more information call 305-672-5044 or visit <>. JOURNAL WRITING WORKSHOPS TO TAKE PLACE IN OCTOBER Two workshops led by Victoria Frigo — a writer, editor, and instructor of writing — will be conducted on Oct. 18 at 6 to 8 p.m. and Oct. 25 at the same time at the Paper Emporium, 231 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables. The price for both workshop sessions is $100 per person. Guests will gain insight, inspiration, and clarity with sample writing exercises. The workshops will help spark solutions for creative projects, awaken insights into future decisions, and provide perspectives on earlier experiences. Attendees will write in their journals in

response to simple exercises. The comments of well-known authors, artists, and fellow journalers will serve as a basis for class discussions. For more information, call 305- 445-7090 or send email to <> to reserve your space.

‘COLLEGE IS POSSIBLE’ EVENT AT MDC KENDALL ON OCT. 30 Leading Hispanic scholarship organization, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, will team up with Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104 St., to host “College is Possible” event on Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. until noon. Registration is required for this free event at <>. The purpose of the event is to educate students and families about the college admissions process, financial aid, scholarship opportunities, along with many other helpful presentations. The event is sponsored by FedEx. For more information about HSF, contact Harold Lockheimer at <> or visit <>. MINI-CAMPS AT DEERING ESTATE SLATED FOR TEACHER WORKDAYS From now until the end of the school year, the Deering Estate at Cutler is offering MiniCamps for children ages 6-15 on teacher workdays. Deering Estate at Cutler is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay. Camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Early dropoff and late pickup for parents’ convenience are available for an additional fee. The cost for the Teacher Planning Day MiniCamp is $38 for one day or $75 for two days. Say goodbye to the stress of making plans for your child on days they have off from school. Campers will enjoy nature through hands-on activities such as hiking, catching critters, nature photography tours, experiments, and more! Your child will continue to learn, even outside of the classroom. For more information, contact Yoelly Burgos at 305-235-1668 ext. 222.

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As you probably know by now, Willie’s Boot Camp/SoMi Fitness of South Miami is a great place to get fit, lean and healthy. What you may not know, is that William Del Sol, owner of Willie’s Boot Camp, and Unni Greene also are giving back to the community all year long. In addition to giving their clients the gift of health and fitness, Willie and Unni have been running a Saturday morning Boot Camp to benefit the Children’s Home Society (CHS). Every Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m., for more than a year, Willie and Unni have been giving the Boot Camp, free of charge to the community, at Matheson Hammock Park in Coral Gables. What they ask for in return, is a voluntary donation, in the form of a check made out to the Children’s Home Society. CHS provides the only shelter in MiamiDade County for abused and abandoned children. Other services include family and individual counseling, child abuse prevention and intervention services, home-based services, help for pregnant teens and firsttime mothers, residential and group homes, adoption and foster care services, mentoring programs, family preservation, and more. Every year, CHS provides services to an average 100,000 children and families throughout Florida. “It is so important to give back to the community,” Willie said. “I wanted to help people less fortunate than I, and through the assistance of Unni, I choose the Children’s Home Society. Children are so dear to my heart, and they are the most defenseless and vulnerable individuals. It is a great feeling to

be able to help them.” Willie and Unni have raised thousands of dollars through the year for this cause. Many people come out and enjoy the Boot Camp, and bring family and friends. Some have been there from the beginning, like Julio Hanono and Ron Novas, who often bring their own children and families to enjoy the work out. They now consider the Boot Camp a necessary part of a great weekend. “These guys never miss, and it’s amazing to have people with that positive energy stepping up to the plate, week after week” Willie said. In addition to the charity Boot Camp, last Christmas, Willie and Unni spearheaded a collection and donation of Christmas gifts that were donated to the children of the congregants of the Oliver Batisa Church in South Miami. Again, Willie and Unni felt that there was a need, and reached out to the community. “The joy on the children’s faces when they saw the toys lined up that they could choose from was priceless” Unni said. The fitness team is planning to do this collection again this holiday season. They are looking to team up with local businesses, such as Boca Tanning of South Miami that has supported Willie’s Boot Camp since the beginning, to assist in this great cause for the children of our community. Willie’s Boot Camp and SoMi Fitness operate out of the South Miami area. Both Willie and Unni are Certified Personal Trainers, with specialties in nutrition planning and counseling and also personal and group training. For more information on how you can help, visit <> or <>.

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Students raise funds to help historical artificial reef site BY LUIS ESPINOZA

Thanks to a $2,000 donation from Ransom Everglades Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marine Awareness Club, the Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) has installed two additional mooring buoys at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Half Moon Marine Archeological Preserve,â&#x20AC;? located just offshore of northern Key Biscayne. With the help from a matching grant, the students from Ransom Everglades School raised enough money to sponsor the installation of the buoys at this popular and historic archeological site. The Half Moon Preserve is the location of a sunken 154foot long racing sailboat built in Germany in 1908. To commemorate this accomplishment, DERM and Ransom Everglades School scheduled a visit to the reef site. DERM has installed and maintains 24 mooring buoys, including these two new ones, near seven natural and artificial reef sites throughout the county as part of its one-year-old Adopt-a-Buoy Program. The main purpose of the program is to protect Miami-Dade Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coral reefs from damage caused by boat anchors. The buoys allow boaters, divers, and fisherman to tie their vessels to a flotation device instead of dropping their anchors onto the fragile coral reefs. Future expansion of this program will include installation of another 13 buoys, which will be funded through grants and donations or sponsorships from private or public agencies. The two mooring buoys installed at the Half Moon Preserve will help to protect this historic reef site, which rests in only

10 feet of water and offers a lush underwater ecosystem filled with marine life. Accessible to snorkelers, this century old vessel became Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seventh Underwater Archaeological Preserve in November 2000, and in 2001 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site is visited annually by hundreds of divers and snorkelers from Florida, the United States, and abroad.

With the help from a ma tching g rant, the students from Ransom Everglades School raised enough mone y to sponsor the installa tion of the buoys a t this popular and historic archeolog ical site. The Half Moon Preser ve is the loca tion of a sunken 154-f oot long racing sailboa t built in German y in 1908. After a long history, including being seized as a prize of war by British officials towards the beginning of World War I, this German yacht sank and came to rest on a shallow, sandy shoal between Key Biscayne and Virginia Key during a severe storm in 1930. For more information about DERMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mooring Buoy Program, visit online at <> or send email to <>.

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How To Feel Comfortable About Your Investment Decisions By Rick Tonkinson

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After 18 years of being a money manager, I have consistently heard how many people do not feel comfortable with their investment decisions. Have you ever second-guessed the investment decisions you have made? Do words like foolish, dumb, wrong, confused, guess, uncertain, frustrated, and overwhelmed describe your feelings? You are not alone in feeling uncomfortable about decisions you have made. Would you like to feel better about your investment decisions? If the answer is yes, then here are some basic steps to consider: Determine if You are a Saver or an Investor If you need guaranteed stability, then you are a saver. When the stock market is positive, many people say that they want to invest and that they are an “investor.” They say that they can tolerate the volatility of the stock market and that their investment time horizon is long term (greater than 10 years). Then 2008 comes along and the stock market (S&P 500) drops 34% and the “investors” now are running for safety as “savers”. Their long-term time horizon has decreased from 10 years to 10 minutes and the risk tolerance has decreased from moderate to minimal. You need to be honest with yourself as to what degree you are a saver or an investor. This is a personal decision that in a perfect world should not be influence by your family, friends or coworkers. There are investments for savers and investments for investors. Before you select from the thousand of choices, decide what will make you sleep at

night. Don’t rely on a sales rep to tell you what your investment profile is because the sales rep may adjust your profile to fit the suitability of the investment they are trying to sell you.

Focus on the Purpose of Your Investment Do you need to put money away for a rainy day? Make a “To Do List” of items that you want the money to attain such as vacation, education or wedding. Give each item a specific cost such as $5,000 for a vacation. Determine which item motivates you to attain it. Motivation that is ratcheted up is called passion. If you find a passion for an item, that will be your top priority. How quickly you want to attain the item will help determine what investment to consider. Again decide on the specific purpose of the money and then consider your options. Be Realistic with what You have to Invest As an “investor,” you need to accept that you are prepared to lose of or all of your investment. If this risk is not comfortable for you, then you are a saver. There are times when people have borrowed on the equity of their home and invest in the stock market because the potential gains offset the risk of losing their home. People make reckless decisions so that they can attain the item they want quicker than what is realistic. Plan so that if it takes a year to attain an item, you give yourself two years to attain it. If you attain the item in one year, that’s good but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t make your deadline. The important thing is to keep working toward what you want. His firm, Rick Tonkinson & Associates, Inc. is a South Florida based company with offices at 100 Almeria Avenue, Suite 310, Coral Gables, Florida 33134, offers financial planning services to many in the community with a specialty in assisting the middle class. For more information, or to schedule an initial meeting at your business or home, call 866-323-8326 or (305)447-6617. Also visit the website at HYPERLINK "" Securities offered through Securities America, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, Rick Tonkinson, Registered Representatives. Advisory services offered through Securities America Advisors, Inc., Rick Tonkinson, Investment Advisor Representatives. Rick Tonkinson & Associates, Inc. and the Securities America companies are not affiliated.

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Teachers to receive FPL grants for renewable energy projects BY ESTHER GRIEGO

Florida Power & Light Company recently announced that three teachers in MiamiDade County are recipients of its 2010 Renewable Energy Teacher Grants totaling $3,000. Additionally, FPL now is accepting applications, due by Oct. 15, for 2011 grants. FPL is providing a total of $40,500 to 47 teachers at public, private and charter schools in FPL’s 35-county service territory to fund renewable energy classroom projects. The winning projects are designed to help teach school children about renewable energy and adhere to the Florida State Board of Education’s Sunshine State Standards. “Renewable energy is a critical component of Florida’s future, and it’s vital that the next generation understands the science behind new technologies such as solar power,” said Manny J. Rodriguez, FPL’s external affairs manager for MiamiDade County. “We commend these teachers for taking the initiative to create dynamic, inspiring projects that will enhance the science curriculum in their classrooms.” Miami-Dade County’s winning teachers, schools and projects are: Cathy Bellinghieri, grades K-5, Gulfstream Elementary in Cutler Bay — The entire student population will work to understand how humans can use alternative energy sources to create positive change in “Understanding Solar Energy, We Can Help Save the Earth.” Ana Roman, grade 5, St. Agnes Academy in Key Biscayne — In “Finding Alternatives to Fossil Fuels,” the students participate in a science fair that shows various types of renewable energy technologies that are alternatives to fossil fuels. The

science fair takes place before the end of the school year. D r. Miverva Santerre, grades 4 and 5, Frank C. Martin K-8 International Center in Richmond Heights — In “GEEKS – Goal-Oriented Energy Efficient Kids for Society,” students will become energy detectives and discover opportunities for improving energy efficiency in their homes and community. Award recipients were selected by the National Education Energy Development project (NEED), a non-profit organization working with energy companies and agencies to bring balanced energy curriculum and training to the nation’s classrooms. “Energy is at the forefront of discussions all over the country and the world today,” said NEED executive director Mary Spruill. “These projects will expand learning opportunities to students in the Sunshine State, where renewable energy is more important than ever before.” The awards range from $500 to $2,500 per project, based on the proposed budget and number of students who will benefit. The grants come from the NextEra Energy Foundation, which is funded by shareholders of Florida Power & Light’s parent company, NextEra Energy Inc. Projects were judged according to stated goals, energy content, creativity and plans for budget and evaluation. Completed projects may be featured on FPL’s Solar Station website at <>. The website serves as a resource for other teachers around the state. To apply for the 2011 grants, interested teachers must fill out an application available at <>. Completed applications should be emailed to <> no later than Oct. 15.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Discoverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; A Senior Living Community Today BY HELEN SHAHAM Q.. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m 83 years old and live alone in a condominium. My children and I are concerned about my safety and well-being, especially at nights. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve started researching several senior living communities but I have a major concern: How will I know if the community is right for me? A. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve began thinking about the next chapter in your life. The best advice for older adults considering a move to a senior living community is to begin the research process early and it seems youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being proactive. By now, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve probably already narrowed down the list of communities you feel closely align with your needs and budget. Now comes the final step: deciding which one is the best fit for your lifestyle. There are numerous ways to determine if a community is right for you. Perhaps the most effective way to truly get the flavor of the community is to sample the lifestyle. Most retirement communities, including our Palace communities, encourage prospective residents to get into the swing of life at a community by attending an on-site holiday celebration, special event or adult education class. These nopressure activities are a great way to get a feel for the lifestyle offered. The communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marketing staff should be able to provide a list of upcoming events that you may find of interest. Future Palace residents can find out about the communitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; calendar of events on our website, . The sales and marketing staffs at Senior Living Communities understand that moving to a new community may be stressful for seniors and many have implemented several programs to help prospective residents feel confident about their decision. For example, The Palace Suites, our luxury independent living community, has launched a trial stay program called The Palace Discovery Package to encourage seniors to experience the lifestyle before committing to a move. Unlike most communities which simply offer an overnight stay, The Palace Suites opens its door for two full days, allowing perspective residents to truly get a first-hand experience of The Palace lifestyle. The Discovery Packageâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;offered free of chargeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;provides accommodations in a fully furnished suite and the opportunity to join residents for two exciting days of activities, lively entertainment and three delicious meals a day. The Discovery Package also gives sen-

iors time to connect with residents in an informal setting to learn about their views of the community. Asking questions such as: â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do you like about the community?â&#x20AC;?; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are their concerns I should be aware of before moving in?â&#x20AC;?; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;How was your transition?â&#x20AC;? are great ways to get the conversation started. Senior communities shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be measured by square footage alone. Look beyond the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;bells and whistlesâ&#x20AC;? to determine how it will best serve your needs. Did you feel a part of the community during your stay? Did residents and staff make you feel welcomed? Was there a sense of commonality between you and other residents? Will you be proud to call the community your home? While at the community, take advantage of the amenitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;workout in the fitness center, enjoy a friendly game of bridge in the card room or a enjoy swim in the heated pool. Remember, trial stay programs are designed to provide a full scope of life at the community. Testing the water before finalizing your decision is the best way to determine if the community is right for you. Often, a tour isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough to make an informed decision. Sure the community is buzzing with activity during the day, but what happens after 5 p.m.? Trial stay programs are like college campus visits. You have to find the one that best reflects your personality and lifestyle. Each has its own sense of community and spirit of camaraderie. By taking the time to experience life at the community prior to your move, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll soon discover that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never been a better time in your life to have the time of your life! If you have questions about the lifestyle changes that go with aging, or if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to be invited to a social event at The Palace Suites, please send a note to Helen Shaham, The Palace Suites, 11377 S.W. 84th St., Miami, Florida 33173, call her at 305-2707020, or email

Helen Shaham and her husband, Jacob, have been operating Senior Living Communities for the past 30 years. The Palace Suites in Kendall is a luxury Independent Living Community for active seniors. In addition, The Palace at Kendall campus is home to two Assisted Living Residences and a Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. They also operate The Palace Gardens Assisted Living Community in Homestead, Homestead Manor Nursing Home and The Palace @ Home, a Medicare Certified Home Health Agency. Their two newest projects are The Palace at Weston â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Luxury Living for Those 55 and Over and The Palace Tel-Aviv, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Israel. They have two communities under development â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Palace at Coral Gables and The Palace at Weston Senior Living. More information can be obtained by calling 305-271-2220 or by visiting The Palace website at

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Seaquarium admission $10 before 10 a.m. on Oct. 10 BY MICHELLE PALOMINO

Miami Seaquarium has announced its 10/10/10 promotion, which offers guests who are in line for park admission before 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10, admission for $10. In addition, guests who arrive after 10 a.m. may enjoy $10 off admission throughout the rest of the day. The $10 off admission is available only with a coupon that can be found at <>. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Perfect 10 of sorts,â&#x20AC;? said Andrew Hertz, general manager at Miami Seaquarium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the 10/10/10 promotion guests enjoy bargain prices on admission at Miami Seaquarium. Nowhere else in Miami will guests be able to interact with our stingrays and see breathtaking and edu-

cational marine mammal shows and exhibits including the Lolita the Killer Whale Show, Flipper the Dolphin Show and Top Deck Dolphin Show for just $10.â&#x20AC;? Miami Seaquarium, South Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular tourist attraction, is a familyoriented marine-life park open to the public 365 days a year. The park provides visitors with a greater understanding and appreciation for marine life through shows, presentations and marine-life exhibits. General admission to Miami Seaquarium is $37.95 and $27.95 for children (ages 3-9). More information on Miami Seaquarium, located along the Rickenbacker Causeway on Virginia Key, is available at <>. Become a fan on Facebook at <>.

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Author finds no censorship at Miami International Book Fair BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

A censorship controversy has raged this summer involving Ellen Hopkins, a young adult author scheduled to speak during the Miami International Book Fair. Hopkins’ books — Crank, Burned, Identical, Impulse, Glass and Glass — deal with tough subjects such as teen addiction, prostitution and suicide. She made the 2009 list of most frequently challenged authors. Things started with an email to Hopkins telling her that an invitation to speak at the Humble, TX, teen literature festival had been rescinded. The Humble school superintendent, acting on objections by a middle school librarian and some parents, decided that Hopkins books were not appropriate for the festival. Hopkins contacted the other writers to tell them what happened and five authors pulled out of the festival in solidarity. Humble school officials say that Hopkins never was invited officially because she never had a contract. But Hopkins disagrees, saying she was asked to the 2009 festival but had a conflict. To make up for pulling out, she did school visits in Humble at a discounted price and was invited to the 2011 event. The resulting firestorm of blogs, editorials and news stories led to the cancellation of the January 2011 event. This isn’t the first time Hopkins has been asked to stay away after being invited to speak. It happened in Oklahoma last year. “Obviously the more times it happens, the more it becomes a concern,” Hopkins said. “I’ll just learn how to deal with it. I would assume in a city the size of Miami, I’m not going to face the same issue.” Alina Interian, executive director of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, which puts on the book fair, agrees. “We try to keep our doors open to all points of view and all thoughts,” she said. “We don’t pass judgment; we just offer good literary works.” Interian said the book fair is all about keeping the doors open to free expression. “She [Hopkins] talks about dysfunctional families and addiction, things we see in real life every day,” Interian said. “I don’t understand their decision but I respect it. But our doors are open.” The book fair has a history of turning down censorship requests.

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“We’ve had authors from Latin American countries that have presented. Their political backgrounds have ruffled the feathers of the community,” she said. “We’ve had some demonstrations.” Interian said that the teen lit organizers could have avoided going so far as disinviting Hopkins. “By saying portions of these talks might be offensive to you,” Interian said. What amazes her is that the Humble decision was made without having read any of the controversial books. In Miami, Hopkins will talk about Fallout, the third in the Crank trilogy. Despite the controversy, Hopkins said she loves to do book festivals. “When I talk to the kids, I talk about choices,” she said. “And my books are about choices. Kids make choices every day. I want them to see if they make the wrong choices, they can affect their lives forever. That’s what happened to my daughter.” And despite everything, she won’t avoid speaking in Texas. She’s been invited to do an April teen book convention in Houston and she plans to go. “They are going to try and get all the authors who pulled out,” Hopkins said.

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Celebrate Halloween during Spooktober at Zoo Miami BY CINDY CASTELBLANCO

Enjoy a host of new Halloween festivities during Spooktober at Zoo Miami. If you dare, enter Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, a full-scale haunted house at Dr. Wilde’s World, Oct. 16-31. If dressing up and partying is your thing, show up to the second annual adults-only costume party, “The Monster Masquerade,” on Oct. 23, benefiting the Zoological Society of Florida (ZSF). The entire family also can enjoy Halloween at the zoo at night during the second annual Spooky Zoo Nights on Oct. 29 and 30, and during the daytime at the annual Zoo Boo! (formerly MetroBoo!) on Oct. 30 and 31. Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, a 7,000square-foot haunted house, is guaranteed to send chills up and down your spine when it debuts on Oct. 16 from noon to 5 p.m. It will make your every fear come to life. Roaches take over the kitchen while cats take over the home of a deceased grandma. What will you find when the freezer defrosts — a zookeeper or two perhaps? You’ll have to come and see it for yourself. With an admission cost of $5 per person, this house of chills will remain open through Oct. 31. Parental discretion is advised for young children. Get your Halloween costume ready and come dance the night away at the darkest nightspot around town — Zoo Miami. Costumed adult monsters ages 21 and older are invited to the biggest Halloween party in South Florida, The Monster Masquerade, on Oct. 23 from 8 p.m. until the stroke of midnight. With your ticket purchase, you will be supporting the Zoological Society of Florida in its mission of wildlife education and conservation. Come where the wild things are and party in the dark while enjoying premium cocktails at the open bars, savory treats, music, dancing, and entry into Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House! At the end of the night, the “Best Costume Contest” will have you dying for awesome prizes, such as weekend getaways and hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates, and much more. Pre-sale tickets to The Monster Masquerade are $50 per person. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door for $65 a person. Anyone purchasing a ticket before Oct. 10 will be entered into a drawing to win one of two packages including a Family Membership to Zoo Miami and a VIP Behind-the-Scenes Tour. Tickets will be

At the end of the night, the “Best Costume Contest” will have you dying for awesome prizes, such as weekend getaways and hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates, and much more. available at the ZSF office, phone 305-2555551, or online at <>. “Spooky Zoo Nights,” an after-hours family event, will take place on Oct. 29 and 30, from 7 to 11 p.m. The $10.95 per person admission ($9.95 for zoo members) includes entry into Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, spooky tram rides, ghoulish carousel rides, and chilling storytelling around a fire pit. Goodies and roving street theater will add excitement along the pathways. Soon, you can save $2 by purchasing your tickets for $8.95 per person plus tax during the online pre-sale at <> under “Visit the Zoo.” Zoo Boo! returns to Zoo Miami on Oct. 30 and 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included with zoo admission, families and kids ages 12 and under are invited to trick-or-treat in costume, participate in costume contests, watch special performances, make Halloween crafts, and see the wild animals get their Halloween goodies. Music and games with fun prizes will be provided by Radio Disney AM 990 and The Coast 97.3 FM. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 St. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (ages 3-12) plus tax. Children under age 2, Zoological Society of Florida members, and parking are free. Zoo Boo! is included with paid zoo admission. Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, The Monster Masquerade, and Spooky Zoo Night have separate admission prices. Zoo Miami’s regular hours are 9:30 a.m.5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 p.m. For more information, visit <> or call 305-251-0400. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Danny Elfenbein at 305-255-5551 or <>.

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The Celtic Cultural Series presents Irish composers BY MARILYN LUNA

The Irish are known for their music from sophisticated symphonies to simple tunes for crying in your beer — and who is better prepared to discuss Irish music than Paddy Kelleghan? Kelleghan, a musician born in Dublin, will be the first speaker in the 2010-11 Celtic Cultural Series at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, in the Upstairs Tipperary Room of JohnMartin’s Restaurant, 253 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. Kelleghan’s family was musically inclined and he taught himself to play the guitar, mandolin and flute. His musical inspiration came from a wide variety of artists such as the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Machen, Van Morrison and Eric Clapton. At the age of 15, he was on the road playing with Dublin bands such as Skid Row, a splinter group of Tin Lizzy. He was accompanied by his brother, a drummer, who still plays with a Dublin band, The Moving Hearts. His musical experience landed him a job as a recording engineer at a firm that produced recordings of Cat Stevens, The Kinks and Pink Floyd. Later, in this country, he used his engineering experience to build his own recording studio in his home and is now working on a solo album he plans to release shortly. Kelleghan came to the United States 28 years ago and plays regularly at JohnMartin’s Restaurant with his band that offers a mixture of traditional Irish music, blues and rock and roll. He will tell of Irish composers and their work from the 1800s to the present. Since he always travels with his musical

Paddy Kelleghan lectures during last year’s Celtic Cultural Series. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

instruments, he probably can be coaxed into playing some of that great Irish music and singing a few songs. All Celtic Cultural Series events are free and open to all. Ample parking is available on Miracle Mile and in the City Parking Garage behind JohnMartin’s, accessible from Aragon Avenue. The Celtic Cultural Series is produced by the St. Patrick’s Day Committee Inc. with the support of the City of Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Council, Mayor and the MiamiDade Board of County Commissioners.

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All new 2011 Buick Regal has roots in Germany Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS Buick is in the middle of a transformation that company officials hope will launch it back into contention in the premium brand segment, with vehicles characterized by sculpted designs, personal technologies, luxurious interiors and responsive performance. It all started with the Enclave crossover and continues with the redesigned LaCrosse luxury sedan and the new Regal sport sedan. The 2011 Regal was our test vehicle for the week. It’s a new midsize sedan with a sleek design and a European sport handling. It blends a sweeping silhouette and coupe proportions with signature design cues such as the waterfall grille and select use of chrome trim. Regal’s development has roots in Germany, where the engineering team created the Opel Insignia, the 2009 European Car of the Year. Regal has all of the Insignia’s

award-winning design, technology and performance capability. Under the hood, there’s a 2.4 liter, 182 hp four-cylinder Ecotec direct-injected engine (30 mpg on the highway) mated to a sixspeed automatic transmission. There’s also a driver-selectable suspension system and a firm European-tuned chassis with MacPherson strut front suspension and fourlink independent rear suspension. A 2.0-liter turbocharged model due later this year will have a twin-scroll turbocharger and a sixspeed manual transmission as an option. The new Regal takes aim at such hot competition as the Acura TSX and Volvo S60. It has a longer wheelbase and greater trunk volume than either of those and such standard features as a six-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels and OnStar. For 2011, the Regal is offered in the premium level CXL trim only, with additional trim levels slated for the 2012 model year. It includes such standard or available equipment as: • Four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel anti-lock braking system, brake assist and electronic parking brake; • StabiliTrak stability control system and full-function traction control; • Dual-stage frontal air bags, side-curtain

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air bags and pedal-release system; available rear-seat thorax air bags; • Available navigation system, Harman Kardon sound system, internal flash drive (1GB), hard drive with 10GB for music and USB port, and • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inch alloy wheels standard with Interactive Drive Control). Also standard is a 12-way power leather, heated driver and passenger seat; Bluetooth

and XM Satellite Radio. Pricing for the 2011 Buick Regal starts at $26,995 for the premium CXL and $29,495 for the turbo model, including a $750 destination charge. 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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Vote NO on 8 to Get It Right BY KAREN ARONOWITZ, President, United Teachers of Dade

Hello, my fellow voting Americans. I’m sure you feel the same puzzlement as I do when the candidate or issue I voted for comes up on the losing end. I shake my head in amazement, saying to myself, “The majority of my fellow citizens feel that way? Really?” Even so, that is where it ends. The people have spoken and they have the final word. Unfortunately, some Florida Legislators have a different thought process saying, “Vote until you get it right.” The voters made it clear to Florida Legislators in 2002. Citizens of Florida voted to have smaller class sizes. They knew it would cost money, but it would be money well spent providing quality education for our children. The original Class Size Amendment was to be phased in over time and the Florida Legislature was required to fund it. But ever since the day this vote passed, some legislators have been working to have the Class Size Amendment either voted out or watered down. If that happens, it would mean millions more in cuts to education funding. Again, I find myself thinking, “Really?” Ask any teacher you know if putting more students back into classrooms is a good idea. Legislators have placed Amendment 8 on the November ballot so we have another chance to “Vote until we get it right.” But there is nothing “right” about Amendment 8. The

majority of Florida voters decided that the class size Amendment should be law, and now we must let the legislators hear the voice of Florida’s majority one more time. Legislators don’t like the Class Size Amendment -- never have and never will -- because the money must be spent in our schools! Yes, imagine that! The money must come to the schools themselves to make this happen! It doesn’t go to a vendor! It doesn’t go to a consultant! It doesn’t go to the Florida Department of Education to recalibrate test scores! Of course, the private schools to which these same legislators send their own children put out lovely color brochures explaining the individualized instruction and attention their students receive because of small class sizes! I am glad these legislators want to provide the best for their own children. But they are elected to take care of the children in our public school system and enforce the law. We, through our own free will and rights as citizens, have voted to provide just that through the Class Size Amendment! We knew what we were doing the first time. Voting NO on Amendment 8 will not raise your taxes. It will allocate a larger portion of the taxes you already pay to education. Voting NO on Amendment 8 keeps our classes small and prevents further gutting of education funding. Voting NO on Amendment 8 protects the only required funding for education we have. Vote NO on Amendment 8. See you at the polls! Voting NO on Amendment 8 will not raise your taxes. It will allocate a larger portion of the taxes you already pay to education. Voting NO on Amendment 8 keeps our classes small and prevents further gutting of education funding. Voting NO on Amendment 8 protects the only required funding for education we have. Vote NO on Amendment 8. See you at the polls! The United Teachers of Dade represents 38,000 teachers and school support personnel in MDCPS. The union is committed to being a leader in creating public school reform, fostering a quality public education for all students and elevating the professional status of teachers, paraprofessionals, office employees, and all school support personnel.

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