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Palmetto Middle English teacher among state’s Top 5 BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD


Early voting for primary now through Aug. 22

utler Bay resident Cristine O’Hara was honored this summer as one of the top five teachers in Florida for

2009-10. In early July, the Florida Teacher of the Year candidates and other educators gathered in Orlando for the Macy’s Teacher of the Year Gala and Conference. While O’Hara was not the Grand Winner, she was thrilled to be there. “It was so much fun,” she said. “I had 24 people go to celebrate with me. I had a good support system.” She was named the Teacher of the Year for Palmetto Middle in the fall. Then she was honored as the Teacher of the Year for Region 5 in the late fall. Early in 2010 she was named the Miami-Dade Public Schools Teacher of the Year. In May, she was in her classroom when she

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Pictured with Cristine O’Hara (second from left) are (l-r) Dr. T. Willard Fair, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Miami and chair of State Board of Education; Education Commissioner Dr. Eric Smith, and Chancellor Dr. Frances Haithcock. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Author writes second book to inspire others His new book, Life Is What You Make It: Seven Steps to Moving Forward, will be published on Aug. 17 by Tate Publishing. The 104-page paperback will be available through and other booksellers. “As I look around I see so many people who have lost a loved one or somebody who is close to them, and they are having such a difficult time coping with the separation that I felt compelled to share my story in an attempt to help someone else to overcome and move forward as I did.” Although drawn from the challenges of his personal sorrow and fears, Mathis’s debut volume was primarily an inspirational book



utler Bay resident Carl Mathis, a minister and elder at Holy Ghost Tabernacle Ministries in Goulds, brought out his first book in March of last year after overcoming a personal tragedy. That book was Life Is What You Make It: Build a Better Life for You and Your Family. “When I lost my wife in December of 2005, my life took a dramatic turn for the worse,” Mathis said. “Trying to raise three boys while grieving was not an easy task, so in a sense, I could sympathize with someone who may need to know that if I could tread the path of difficulty and come out victorious, they could also.”


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he Miami-Dade County Elections Department is welcoming voters to the polls for the primary election with early voting now through Sunday, Aug. 22. For 14 days, including weekends, registered voters may cast their ballot at the location most convenient for them. Hours are flexible too, with sites opening as early as 7 a.m. and closing as late as 7 p.m. Before going to the polls, voters are encouraged to be “Election Ready.” Miami-Dade voters have been sent sample ballots to ensure that everyone has the chance to review it before going to the polls. It also is available on <> under “Sample Ballots” or by calling 3-1-1. It is printed in English, Spanish and Creole

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Stephen Zarzecki is running for Town Council, Seat One BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Stephen Zarzecki is running for Seat One on the Cutler Bay Town Council in the Nov. 2 election. A longtime county resident, Zarzecki explained why he is seeking elective office in Cutler Bay. “A retired engineer, I believe that I can bring a diligent and analytical approach to the council,” Zarzecki said. “And as a retiree, I can be more than a part-time councilmember and will take the time necessary to ensure that the council achieves what the people of Cutler Bay expect from their local government.” Zarzecki, 63, was born in California while his Army surgeon father awaited overseas duty in the Pacific theater, after which his family returned to Dade County. He is divorced and father of a grown daughter and previously lived in Coral Gables. He moved to Cutler Bay in 2007. Zarzecki graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and earned a Master of Science from the University of Miami. At the UF he was a four-year letter winner in swimming and a member of four consecutive Southeastern Conference championship teams.

An avid conservationist, outdoorsman, fisherman, and boater, Zarzecki had a 35year career as an electronic design engineer at several companies, including both established global and entrepreneurial startups. He retired from Raymarine Inc. in 2006. He said he believes that his experience would greatly assist him in representing the people of Cutler Bay. “In addition to my engineering background, as an active, third generation, lifelong resident of Dade County, I can and will use my experience to ensure that we learn from the mistakes and the successes of our neighboring communities, and avoid similar mistakes in our future growth,” Zarzecki said. When asked what his goals are and what he hopes to accomplish if he is elected, Zarzecki spoke of several things that he considers important. “First and foremost, the best interests of the citizens of Cutler Bay are my No. 1 priority,” Zarzecki said. “I will work to bring transparency to the town’s financial records, to improve communications, and to encourage public participation in local government. “I will work to amend the Growth Management Plan to ensure that the neighborhood business area on Old Cutler Road has a bright and viable future, and to pre-

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Zarzecki said he believes that the people of Cutler Bay need to feel that their government truly reflects their needs and desires, and to believe that their government truly is a government “by the people and for the people.” “I believe that the people of Cutler Bay need to feel that their best interests are the top priority of their local government, and to feel that they are getting their money’s worth from their taxes,” Zarzecki said. “Words and promises alone will not accomplish these objectives. Only actions of the elected representatives of the people can accomplish confidence and satisfaction in our Town government.” Zarzecki has no prior political experience, but he is a strong advocate of environmental issues and believes that properly controlled growth must not compromise the quality and character of the community. He said he believes that the council must be assertive in fulfilling its duty to set policy that represents the needs, desires, and vision of the people of Cutler Bay. “I ask for the support of the people of Cutler Bay in accomplishing these objectives,” he said. “And I ask the people of Cutler Bay to support candidates for other elected offices who also aspire to protect and preserve Old Cutler Road.”

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VOTING, from page 1 –––––––––– and prepares voters for what to expect on the ballot including candidate races and issues, how to properly vote, the early voting schedule and absentee ballot information. “By reviewing the sample ballot, voters know what to expect and will receive important information that’s needed in advance of voting,” said supervisor of elections Lester Sola. “The sample ballot also promotes the three ways to vote — early voting, absentee voting and reminds voters to go to their

assigned precinct on Election Day.” Voters are reminded that whether voting at early voting or on Election Day, they must bring a valid photo identification that contains their name and signature. Acceptable forms of identification include: State of Florida Driver’s License, ID Card issued by the State of Florida, U.S. Passport, Debit/Credit Cards, Military ID, Student ID, Retirement Center ID, Public Assistance ID and Neighborhood Association ID. To find an early voting site, request a sample ballot or for more information call 3-1-1 or log on to <> and look for “Election Ready” on the main page.

TEACHER, from page 1 –––––––––– was surprised by a delegation that let her know she was up for the Macy’s Teacher of the Year. “My husband found out before me,” she said. “He bought me roses. It was really fun.” O’Hara’s success stems from her love of teaching and her joy in teaching eighth graders, an age group many teachers avoid. “Eighth grade is my favorite,” she said. “People think I’m crazy. I enjoy it every day.” O’Hara has had many students come back and tell her that they are really good writers now and they want to be teachers. “I think I’m making a good positive impact on the kids’ lives,” she said. So does her former principal, Lisa Noffo. Noffo recently was reassigned as principal of the New World School of the Arts. “Cristine O’Hara is the best kind of teacher; her lessons are rigorous, relevant and the relationship she has created makes students want to be in class,” Noffo said. One of the reasons that O’Hara is so effective is that she always is rethinking her literature and revamping projects. “Summer’s a good time to get downtime and reflect about next year,” she said. “I

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reflect on what I did this year, evaluate what’s working and revamp some things and initiate some new activities.” But that’s not all. As the department chair, she is involved actively in the school. “I train the personnel in a lot of things. I’m really passionate about what I do. I love it,” O’Hara said. She also is a PTSA member and works hard to maintain a good relationship with parents. “We do a couple of projects a year that benefit the kids,” she said. O’Hara also makes it a point to keep learning. She goes to every workshop or training she can. “It livens my spirit so when I come back, I’m motivated to try new things,” she said. When applying for Teacher of the Year, O’Hara submitted a video lesson on Greek mythology and connected it to modern advertising. “I think they really got to see how hands on I am. I really make language arts fun. I do a lot of research-based projects and collaborative work. I do a lot of writing with my students. I have good FCAT writing scores,” she said. Five of her students were accepted for a poetry publication and two students were finalists for the county’s Do The Right Thing competition. O’Hara has had finalists in the national PTSA’s Reflections writing contest.

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telling people not to give up on their dreams. The new book deals more with the grief process and how to survive it and prevail. “My first book was generally geared to motivate anyone who needs encouragement and motivation in such a time as this,” Mathis said. “However, although everyone could benefit from reading this new book, the primary theme is to share how I was able to lift the burden and stressful thoughts and move on with my life. I am hoping that my story and how I did it could help someone in a similar situation.” Mathis also writes feature stories for his church’s monthly newsletter, The Royal Chronicle; teaches bible classes, and spends time volunteering with Shepherd’s Care, an outreach program designed to help those in need and the homeless. Mathis also is furthering his theological studies through the National Alliance of Progressive Churches. The book’s publisher describes Life Is What You Make It as a book that “will teach you how to overcome any crippling situation you find yourself in and stimulate personal and spiritual growth by accepting the situation, taking responsibility, conditioning your mind, choosing to make right decisions, building a team, believing, and defining the new normal.” When you purchase the book you also get a

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Things of interest if you live by the bay... Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Markk thesee onn your calendars,, folks: Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Cutler Bay Town Council Meeting on Wednesday, August 18, at 7:00 p.m., South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211 Street. Palmetto Bay Village Council Meetings: September 14, 7:00 p.m., First Budget Hearing, Deering Estate Visitors Center, 16701 SW 72 Avenue. On September 27, same time and place, is the Second/Final Budget Hearing. The 2nd Annual Cutler Bay Open Golf Tournament is on Saturday, August 28. Check-In starts at 11:00 a.m. with a 12:00 p.m. Shotgun Start. For more info visit the town website: Riddlee mee this.... Has the Village of Palmetto Bay had three Village Clerks or just one? Would you believe, just one with three different last names? Serving as clerk for the village since its inception, she began as Meighan Pier, then later resumed her family name, Meighan Rader, and now, after getting newly married just weeks ago, she is Meighan J. Alexander. The mayor was kidding her about it back during the bike path ribbon cutting ceremonies and now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all official on the village website, so I guess itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s okay to mention it here. Congratulations to her and new hubby Steven Alexander, with whom she tied the knot in Hawaii during vacation. And yes, Steve is the Town Manager

of Cutler Bay, where Meighan briefly served as Town Clerk when that city was first getting set up. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a small world after all... Shopp quick! Back in May Governor Charlie Crist signed House Bill 483, the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday, designating a three day sales-tax holiday from August 13 through 15. The tax holiday is expected to save Florida families $26 million. During the sales tax holiday, Floridians will not pay sales tax on books, clothing and footwear that cost $50 or less, as well as school supplies that cost $10 or less. Countyy cuts? Wonder what jobs are being lost and what services will be eliminated if Mayor Carlos Alvarezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed budget gets approval? Cuts, still subject to revision or reversal by County Commissioners during September hearings, include: â&#x20AC;˘ Fire Rescue:: eliminate $5.5 million to replace front line vehicles, ten full-time and two part-time administrators ($957,000 salaries); two civilian and six vacant review posts at $1.042 million and a Wellness Center subsidy of $782,000. â&#x20AC;˘ Police:: Postponing $6 million in vehicle replacements; reduce overtime pay in four special service areas at $6 million; eliminate the Police Services Bureau, a $1.1 million saving; dismantle the Community and Intergovernmental Affairs Bureau while re-deploying 30 sworn positions to save $1.5 million â&#x20AC;&#x201D; eliminating Drug Abuse education and Police Athletic League activities. Also eliminated: a 13member Career Criminal Analytical Section by â&#x20AC;&#x153;redeployingâ&#x20AC;? its staff at a saving of $1.3 million.

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â&#x20AC;˘ Transitt reduces 20 administrative and operational support positions to save $1.5 million and delays purchases totaling $5.1 million. â&#x20AC;˘ Publicc Workss wipes out 10 administrative posts to save $841,000 and various contracted work projects and staff, including a â&#x20AC;&#x153;stump grindingâ&#x20AC;? crew for $700,000. â&#x20AC;˘ Parkss & Recreationn eliminates 54 full-time jobs in maintenance, mowing, neighborhood custody and repair of capital projects at $3.7 million. â&#x20AC;˘ Publicc Libraryy eliminates 14 fulltime positions, defers maintenance to save $1.51 million; eliminates Sunday operations and limits a six-day schedule to main and regional libraries, saving $12.6 million represented by 68 full-time and 223 part-time positions. â&#x20AC;˘ Otherr cuts: $3.5 million in Community Action Agency services; $4.6 million in Human Services effecting street crime and the homeless; $21.7 million eliminating 193 positions in the Water & Sewer Department; 25 in Elections staffing to cut $1.6 million and elimination

of 237 various Internal Support posts, totaling $22.7 million. All of which adds up to just under $90 million, according to handouts from Strategic Business Management headquartered in the Steven P. Clark Government Center. Plus a five percent across-the-board salary cut through July 1, 2011, for all county employees to further reduce labor costs. Thoughtt off thee Day:

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Candidates now for sale to corporate sponsors R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY In January, the United States Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that corporations have the same standing and privileges as individual citizens. Therefore, they can spend, as can individuals, as much money as they wish on national election campaigns. The court literally unleashed billions of dollars that can be spent marketing candidates for the Presidency, the Senate and House of Representatives. Naturally, the money will be spent to finance candidates who support the best interests of the sponsoring corporations. Melanie Sloan, director of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said we no longer will have a Senator from state “X.” Rather, we will have the Senator from Walmart or the Senator from the Bank of America. Corporations have almost unlimited assets to support a candidate and guarantee

that it would be impossible for an opposing candidate to amass sufficient contributions to fight a major corporate-sponsored contender. Fortune 500 companies alone have reserves of $13 trillion and profits last year, of over $605 billion. If a few corporations got together they could virtually buy all the key public offices in Washington. Just look at what Jeff Greene and Rick Scott have been able to accomplish in their bids for a U.S. Senate seat and the governor’s office in Tallahassee, respectively, just spending their personal wealth. Think what a candidate could do with unlimited corporate backing. No one could beat them. Corporations will own Washington, right out in the open. Democrats, scared to death of the potential takeover of Washington by major corporate interests, introduced the so-called Disclosure Act. It would impose stringent disclosure requirement on corporations and other independent groups that finance ads and other marketing media for political campaigns. Naturally, the loyal opposition, wanting to kill the bill, voted against a motion to limit debate and bring it to the floor for a vote. The bill died. The Supreme Court as part of its ruling

–– VIEWPOINT –– stated that corporations spending over $10,000, a miniscule amount in national politics, must identify the sponsors of the advertisements. The Democrats, concerned about the generality of the Supreme Court ruling with respect to identifying the source of the money, drafted the disclosure bill to better define who and how a corporate sponsor must be identified. Unfortunately, I don’t think that disclosure of the source of money to support or oppose a candidate or issue will have much influence on how the mind of a voter is molded. Jeff Greene’s statement “I will create jobs because I know how” is swaying the public notwithstanding the fact that there is little substance backing up his statements. The unemployed like the sound of his saying “I will create jobs!” He has successfully invested millions of his own money to end up the current frontrunner in the

Democratic primary. Can you imagine what $40 or $50 million in sponsorships for a corporate-leaning candidate could do? I think the damage is done! The Supreme Court said it is okay. I don’t think it matters who is identified as the financial backer of the candidate or the issue. Voters don’t care; they will be swayed by the TV and newspaper advertisements. Just supporting a candidate or an issue with that much money is all it will take to buy the votes needed to win. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-662-6980 or email to <>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.

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All those dangers out there: Perhaps we’ve just been lucky BY ERNIE SOCHIN Councilmember

Back in 1932 when E.T.S. Walton first split the atom, and in July of 1945 when we actually detonated an atomic bomb in Alamogordo, NM, we didn’t know for certain that a chain reaction might or might not occur. We were lucky. Nuclear plants all over the country are now supplying our much needed energy in a most efficient manner except for the fact that no one seems quite sure of how to get rid of the spent nuclear rods. FPL was just fined $70,000 for disposing of them improperly although they claim there was no danger. I hope not! Somewhere in a place called Cern, Switzerland, scientists have been experimenting with recreating the “Big Bang” using a thing called a LHC (Large Hadron Collider). They screwed up their first experiment, which blew a 20-ton magnet off its mountings, filled a tunnel with helium gas and forced an evacuation. The excuse was: “They missed some very simple balance of forces.” Comforting, huh? Maybe next time they will be successful and actually create another Big Bang. That would be great because most of us weren’t here to see the last one. I always wondered what it would be like to pass into a Black Hole. As a kid, I used to worry about “The Russians are coming…The Russians are coming” Now it’s “The icebergs are melting…The icebergs are melting,” (By the way, the Russians did come; they moved to North Miami and seem to be getting along just fine.) We have been puncturing the earth’s delicate crust to provide fuel for gas-hungry drivers all over the world. It seems to me that no one really thought about what might happen if we cracked this delicate shell and couldn’t fix it. Whew! I guess once again that we have been lucky! Coincidentally, have you noticed that most of our streets are now covered with tar? I don’t know about you, but I ingest pockets full of pills every day that are supposed to make me healthy. I hope all my doctors are right because I still don’t know how all these pills find their way to the right part of my body and what the cumulative effects might be. I have faith! Have you seen those TV ads for Abilify and all the things that might happen to you if you

use it? Wow! We are being bombarded with radio, microwave, and satellite signals coming at us from all angles. They actually are inside your house. If you don’t believe me, turn on your radio. A guy recently got elected mayor of a nearby city because he claims that the power being generated by the power lines overhead produce enough energy to cause cancer in children. I got one of those gadgets to measure this energy and found that, forgetting the power lines, there are tons of these EMFs coming from my lamps, microwave oven and especially my TVs. If this guy is right, we are all doomed. People say that sticking a cell phone next to your brain, like most of us do for hours every day may cause cancer. Well, if you use your cell phone next to your car when you are filling up with gas, you will probably get blown up anyway, according to the always reliable Internet Have you checked the drywall in your house yet? Just asking. What about the lead in your kid’s toys or the paint on their furniture? I grew up playing with an entire army of lead soldiers. I hope that when I pass into my eternal war zone someday that they will test my body for traces of this lead. Hey, see that big bright ball in the sky that delivers our 100 degree temperatures every day? Well it is loaded with vitamin C, D, E and K… all good for you but it also can produce melanoma which is bad for you. Have you been to a beach lately? Watch out for oil slicks or garbage being fed into it by various leaks all over the place. I don’t know about you, but I believe that there are thousands of deaths occurring every day by motorists talking or texting while they are hurtling along in a 2,000-pound missile at 70 miles per hour. I doubt that any of the perpetrators say, “Gee, I’m sorry officer; I was texting someone and this car just scooted in front of me out of nowhere.” Oh yeah… let’s not forget about Asteroid “2003 QQ47” headed our way in March of 2014. It only has the impact of 20 million Hiroshima atomic bombs though. Not to worry. Perhaps the Amish have some ideas worth looking into. Sleep well tonight!

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Today I was reading Kenneth Bluh’s piece, “Bloated pensions are killing government ability to survive,” in this newspaper and my blood started boiling. I am totally in agreement with the column. Just like that lady from Liberty City, I am surviving on Social Security without any other income and, like her, my real estate taxes are paying for those “bloated” retirement benefits to the Fire-Rescue/Police Department. As you are aware, Social Security benefits have not increased in 2010 nor will they in 2011. The explanation of how those big retirements benefits came into existence was very interesting to read, because I believe most people don’t know those facts. However, it does not justify or make any sense that FireRescue and Police and are able to retire with almost 90 percent of their last year’s salary. I

find this outrageous and greedy. Bluh mentioned that management had no choice but to give in to government workers demand of higher wages because waste collection and firemen would quit. Let them. While I am at it, let’s get rid of all those “socalled elected officials;” maybe we need such a wakeup call. And if this happens, get in the National Guard to take over those duties for a while. When Ronald Regan fired all the traffic controllers in the 1980s, all the airplanes were airborne and flying. In addition, I don’t want to hear how dangerous their jobs are; no one forced them to take the jobs. This is my opinion on this debacle of those bloated salaries and retirement benefits. Thank you for letting me voice my opinion. Sincerely, Karin Lingaas

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Southland Mall winds up a successful ‘Kids Week’

Miami Heat’s fun-loving mascot, Burnie, delights children during Kids Week at Southland Mall in Cutler Bay. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


Saturday, July 24, marked the culmination of the second signature event at Southland Mall in Cutler Bay, “Kids Week.” This first-ever mini kids convention proved to be a success for the center attracting families and shoppers. The week kicked off with a visit from the Miami Heat’s fun-loving mascot, Burnie, who delighted children and families alike. The rest of the week was filled with numerous educational and entertainment-based activities, including an interactive four-hour program from Miami Children’s Museum based on its newest

traveling exhibit, “Dino Island;” TD Bank’s “WOW Zone,” teaching children and young adults about the benefits of saving; live entertainment, even a wing-eating contest sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings. The grand finale was hosted by Radio Disney with a two-hour event on Saturday, July 24, featuring music, games, and prizes. Also during the finale, co-sponsor and marketing partner MK Travelplan raffled off four cruises on NCL’s new cruise ship, the Epic, to four lucky winners. Lastly, the first of six Southland Mall Gift Cards being given away this year was presented. This one was valued at $500.

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Panini Grill: Our gourmet coffee: The New Health Food? Plenty of health benefits are brewing in America's beloved beverage. Want a drug that could lower your risk of diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and colon cancer? That could lift your mood and treat headaches? That could lower your risk of cavities? If it sounds too good to be true, think again. Coffee, the much maligned but undoubtedly beloved beverage, just made headlines for possibly cutting the risk of the latest disease epidemic, type 2 diabetes. And the real news seems to be that the more you drink the better. Few words about our coffee At Panini Grill restaurant we offer few brands of gourmet coffee. The regular coffee that we brew daily is a unique blend of European and South American roasted beans. It is strong and rich with natural flavor. When it comes to gourmet espresso, we can offer one of the best brands â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nespresso. This respectable company has dozens of espressos. The strongest, level ten intensity is the Ristretto. Sometimes we are having hard time convincing our patrons familiar with Cuban coffee, that our Nespresso coffee is richer, but once they try, they come back and order it again and again. Since we are promoting healthy lifestyle and healthy food, coffee is an essential part of our concept. It has the most amazing and surprising benefits. Reducing Disease Risk After analyzing data on 126,000 people for as long as 18 years, Harvard researchers calculate that compared with not partaking in America's favorite morning drink, downing one to three cups of caffeinated coffee daily can reduce diabetes risk by single digits. But having six cups or more each day slashed men's risk by 54% and women's by 30% over java avoiders. Though the scientists give the customary "more research is needed" before they recommend you do overtime at coffee shop to specifically prevent diabetes, their findings are very similar to those in a lesspublicized Dutch study. And perhaps more importantly, it's the latest of hundreds of studies suggesting that coffee may be something of a health food -- especially in higher amounts. In recent decades, some 19,000 studies have been done examining coffee's impact on health. And for the most part, their results are as pleasing as a gulp of freshly brewed Breakfast Blend for the 108 million Americans who routinely enjoy this traditionally morning -- and increasingly daylong -- ritual. In practical terms, regular coffee drinkers include the majority of U.S. adults and a growing number of children. The research shows that coffee is far more healthful than it is harmful. For most people, very little bad comes from drinking it, but a lot of good. Consider this: At least six studies indicate that people who drink coffee on a regular

basis are up to 80% less likely to develop Parkinson's, with three showing the more they drink, the lower the risk. Other research shows that compared to not drinking coffee, at least two cups daily can translate to a 25% reduced risk of colon cancer, an 80% drop in liver cirrhosis risk, and nearly half the risk of gallstones. Coffee even offsets some of the damage caused by other vices, some research indicates. Study shows, that people who smoke and are heavy drinkers have less heart disease and liver damage when they regularly consume large amounts of coffee compared to those who don't. There's also some evidence that coffee may help manage asthma and even control attacks when medication is unavailable, stop a headache, boost mood, and even prevent cavities. Is it the caffeine? The oodles of antioxidants in coffee beans, some of which become especially potent during the roasting process? Even other mysterious properties that warrant this intensive study? Actually, yes. Some of coffee's reported benefits are a direct result of its higher caffeine content: An eight ounce cup of drip-brewed coffee contains about 85 mg -- about three and a half times more than the same serving of tea or cola or one ounce of chocolate. The evidence is very strong that regular coffee consumption reduces risk of Parkinson's disease and for that, it's directly related to caffeine. Caffeine is also what helps in treating asthma and headaches. Though not widely publicized, a single dose of pain reliever such as Anacin or Excedrin contains up to 120 milligrams -- what's in a hefty mug o' Joe. Boost to Athleticism It's also caffeine -- and not coffee, per se

-- that makes java a powerful aid in enhancing athletic endurance and performance. It is so powerful, in fact, that until recently, caffeine in coffee or other forms was deemed a "controlled" substance by the Olympic Games Committee, meaning that it could be consumed only in small, designated amounts by competing athletes. What caffeine likely does is stimulate the brain and nervous system to do things differently. That may include signaling you to ignore fatigue or recruit extra units of muscle for intense athletic performance. Caffeine may even have a direct effect on muscles themselves, causing them to produce a stronger contraction. But what's amazing about it is that unlike some performance-enhancing manipulation some athletes do that are specific for strength or sprinting or endurance, studies show that caffeine positively enhances all of these things. How does this brew affect growing minds and bodies? Very nicely. Coffee, as you probably know, makes you more alert, which can boost concentration. But claims that it improves a child's academic performance can be exaggerated. Coffee-drinking kids may do better on school tests because they're more awake, but most task-to-task lab studies suggest that coffee doesn't really improve mental performance. But it helps kids' minds in another way. There recently was a study from Brazil finding that children who drink coffee with milk each day are less likely to have depression than other children. In fact, no studies show that coffee in reasonable amounts is in any way harmful to children. On the flip side, it's clear that coffee isn't for everyone. Its legendary jolt in excess doses -- that is, more than whatever your individual body can tolerate -- can increase nervousness, hand trembling, and

cause rapid heartbeat. Coffee may also raise cholesterol levels in some people and may contribute to artery clogging. But most recent large studies show no significant adverse effects on most healthy people, although pregnant women, heart patients, and those at risk for osteoporosis may still be advised to limit or avoid coffee. The bottom line - people who already drink a lot of coffee don't have to feel 'guilty' as long as coffee does not affect their daily life. They may actually benefit from coffee habits in the long run. In other words, consume enough caffeine -- whether it's from coffee or another source -- and you will likely run faster, last longer and be stronger. What's enough? As little as one cup can offer some benefit, but the real impact comes from at least two mugs. By comparison, it'd take at least eight glasses of cola to get the same effect, which isn't exactly conducive for running a marathon. But the harder you exercise the more benefit you may get from coffee. Unfortunately, where you see the enhancing effects from caffeine is in hard-working athletes, who are able to work longer and somewhat harder. If you a recreational athlete who is working out to reduce weight or just feel better, you're not pushing yourself hard enough to get an athletic benefit from coffee or other caffeinated products. But you can get other benefits from coffee that have nothing to do with caffeine. Coffee is loaded with antioxidants, including a group of compounds called quinines that when administered to lab rats, and increases their insulin sensitivity. This increased sensitivity improves the body's response to insulin. That may explain why in that new Harvard study, those drinking decaf coffee but not tea beverages also showed a reduced diabetes risk, though it was half as much as those drinking caffeinated coffee. We don't know exactly why coffee is beneficial for diabetes. It is possible that both caffeine and other compounds play important roles. Coffee has large amounts of antioxidants such as chlorogenic acid and tocopherols, and minerals such as magnesium. All these components have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism. Meanwhile, Italian researchers credit another compound called trigonelline, which gives coffee its aroma and bitter taste, for having both antibacterial and anti-adhesive properties to help prevent dental cavities from forming. There are other theories for other conditions. Vachagan Robert Yengibaryan, PhD Natalia Yengibaryan MBA Panini Grill owners and operators 20465 Old Cutler Road Ph.305 2385894

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Harum-Alvarez campaigning for Dist. 8 commission seat BY LEE STEPHENS

Albert Harum-Alvarez, who has been deeply involved in the Kendall community for years, is making his first run for public office — seeking the Miami-Dade Commission District 8 seat being vacated by Katy Sorenson. Harum-Alvarez says he wants to work for the people of Miami-Dade, but doesn’t plan on becoming a career politician. “Two terms and I’m done,” he said about his self-imposed term limits. Among the major issues on his platform are to: Hold the line on overdevelopment by not paving over farmland, and stopping high-rises from invading neighborhoods. He wants to make Miami-Dade County the most transparent local government in the country by publishing all county accounts, contracts and calendars online. Harum-Alvarez says government should be less about ceremony and more about accountability. “I don’t know much about ribbon cutting. I do budget cutting. I’m not interested in getting my face on the news. I want to help fix this county — and the place to start is with money.” He thinks the county has played fast and loose with taxpayers dollars for too long. “We voted to tax ourselves a half-penny for expanding Metrorail, and another halfpenny for Jackson for indigent care,” he said. “The Transit Department frittered away the Metrorail money in operating expenses, and Jackson is still discovering what happened to its tax dollars.” Harum-Alvarez believes it’s time to hold county officials responsible for fiscal mismanagement. “God bless the voters of this county for being so generous. Now it’s time to put the fear of God into bureaucrats who have abused our generosity,” he said. “It’s time to fire county managers who don’t value our tax dollars. It’s time to put all county

accounts online, for instant review by those of us who pay their salaries. And it’s time to make the county follow our agenda — not the agenda of billionaires who own sports teams or developers who want to pave over our farmlands.” Albert Harum-Alvarez is a life-long Miamian whose family dates back to the 1930s in South Florida. He is married to dancer and schoolteacher Enid Harum-Alvarez. They have three children: Gabriel, Giovanna and Marjory. Harum-Alvarez began his working life as laborer, ditch digger and carpenter. He became a schoolteacher and a member of the United Teachers of Dade before he founded a company that consults with small businesses around the world. Harum-Alvarez taught school for 15 years, in Overtown, Liberty City, Brownsville and Coral Gables, as well as in the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Watts and South Central. He volunteered for assignments that were hard to fill, and succeeded by believing in his students and finding ways to teach them. He was an “incentive sub” in Watts, which means he got 150 percent of the daily rate as long as he agreed to take the assignment, no matter what the school or class was. There usually were no lesson plans left in these classrooms, so HarumAlvarez developed a portfolio of “super lessons” that could engage the toughest classrooms. When their first child arrived, Albert and Enid decided that they both wanted to stay home to raise their children. Enid left her dance classroom when she was eight months pregnant. Albert founded a small consulting firm that he ran from the kitchen table, and after three years he was able to leave the classroom as well. The company now is world-renowned for software design, and Harum-Alvarez’s clients and partners are spread across three

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continents. They include Harvard University, New York Public Library, Fidelity Investments, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Time Inc. Harum-Alvarez now teaches master classes in software design, and supervises the work of his staff of four. He recently became a Family Mediator, licensed by the Florida Supreme Court, and joined the family firm of Harum and Harum, founded by his grandfather, Al Harum, and now directed by his sister the Hon. Andrea Harum Schiavoni, Esq., Town Justice of Southampton, NY. Harum-Alvarez entrepreneurial success has allowed him time to devote to his children and to volunteering in the community, starting with the PTA of his children’s school. For nine years, he chaired the

Kenwoods Hammock Committee, running an award-winning and nationally renowned outdoor classroom set in a grove of South Florida native trees planted by parents, teachers and students. He organized Hammock workdays and led classes through the Hammock on a new set of “super lessons” he developed on the history and ecology of South Florida. Harum-Alvarez and his family have built “The Green House” in Kendall, a home with electric bills of $35 to $110 monthly — about 75 percent lower than comparable households in their neighborhood. The Green House has been featured in films, on television and in print. The family offers regular tours to share its design techniques with others. Harum-Alvarez has served in dozens of community groups, including: Catholic Church Ministries, Habitat for Humanity: Liberty City construction project, Mayor’s Climate Change Task Force, Continental Park Homeowners’ Association, Dice House Coalition to save the oldest house in Kendall, East Kendall Incorporation Committee (MAC), Florida Bar Grievance Committee, Kendall Public Space Committee, Downtown Kendall Steering Committee, Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Kendall Transit Corridor Studies, Board Member, Urban Environment League and ChamberSouth Trustee. He is a conservatory-trained musician whose musical performances range from salsa to Gregorian Chant. He performed with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, dance bands and a gospel group that toured African Methodist Episcopal churches in California. He now enjoys playing and singing standard tunes from the Great American Songbook. For more on Albert Harum-Alvarez and his campaign, visit online at <>. The election is on Aug. 24.

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Kendall Regional Medical Center to host free Family Health Fair BY DANIELLE CALLEJA

Kendall Regional Medical Center, 11750 SW 40 St., will be hosting a Family Health Fair for the community on Saturday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m.-noon. The free fair will include health screenings, seminars, healthy sweet treats for the public and activities for the kids. The event will be hosted by Maritza Fuentes, MD, health reporter from Univision. Kendall Regional Medical Center wants to show the community how to live longer and be happier with a healthy lifestyle. Free health screenings and tests will be given for blood pressure, osteoporosis, breast, pulmonary function, cardiac risk assessment, cholesterol, sugar, foot and EKG (first 30 people only). Appointments are not necessary for any screening. For the cholesterol and blood sugar tests four hours of fasting is required. To RSVP or for more information, call 305-222-2200. The seminar topics include: • Latest Treatments for GERD/Reflux Disease by Carlos Santiago, MD, General Surgery, and Angel Veloso, MD,

The free fair will include health screenings, seminars, healthy sweet treats for the public and activities for the kids. Kendall Regional Medical Center wants to show the community how to live longer and be happier with a healthy lifestyle. Gastroenterology; • Your Family’s Health-The Basics by Lester Carrodeguas, MD, Primary Care; • Women’s Health and Beauty: Mommy Makeovers by Orlando Llorente, MD, Plastic Surgery; • The Latest in Robotic Surgery by Robert Santa-Cruz, MD, Urology; • Mommies & Babies Health by Remberto Santos, MD, Obstetrics, and • Latest Treatments for Your Heart by Gonzalo Carrizo, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery; Julius Gasso, MD, Interventional Cardiology, and Jose Martel, MD, Electrophysiology.

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Fans can meet baseball greats on MSC cruises BY JULIANNE CARELLI Fans looking to stretch the baseball season into the winter months can enjoy the warmth of the Caribbean with some of their favorite former Major League Baseball stars on an MSC “Baseball Greats” cruise onboard the MSC Poesia. Guests can interact with former Major Leaguers who played and were stars of their sport. “Baseball Greats” cruises offer free guest/player activities including a player-hosted trivia game, a question-andanswer session, a guest pitching contest, and a lively storytelling session. The players host pitching, hitting, fielding, and base running clinics. One of the most popular aspects of the experience includes a free autograph session. These Caribbean cruises are roundtrip from Port Everglades aboard the 2-yearold, 2,550-passenger MSC Poesia and feature the following itineraries and former Major League Baseball players: Seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise departing Nov. 14 with Indians’ Hall-ofFamer Bob Feller, Tommy Davis (Dodgers’ two-time batting champion), Glenn Beckert (Cubs’ All-Star, Gold Glove second-baseman), Clarence Jones (player and hitting coach for 20 years with the Braves and Indians) and Stan Bahnsen

N E W S (star pitcher for the Yankees). Seven-night Western Caribbean cruise departing Dec. 5 with Graig Nettles (AllStar, Gold Glove third-baseman for the Yankees), Amos Otis (All-Star, Gold Glove center-fielder for the KC Royals), Dave Campbell (infielder for the Tigers and Padres, and award-winning broadcaster for ESPN), Stan Bahnsen, and another player to be named. Seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise departing Jan. 9 with Andre Dawson (Cubs and Expos 2010 Hall-of-Fame inductee), Greg Luzinski (All-Star slugger for the Phillies and White Sox), Art Shamsky (outfielder and first-baseman for the 1969 “Miracle Mets”), Pete Mackanin (infielder for the Rangers and Expos, manager for the Pirates and Reds, and current bench coach for the Philadelphia Phillies), and Stan Bahnsen. Seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise departing Jan. 23 with Rick Burleson (Angels and Red Sox All-Star shortstop

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and appeared in the 1975 Red Sox versus Reds World Series), Rick Wise (No-hitter with the Phillies, and with the Red Sox, was the winning pitcher in game six of the 1975 World Series), Jim Fregosi (All-Star shortstop and managed the Phillies to the 1983 World Series), Stan Bahnsen, and another player to be named. Seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise on Feb. 6 with Randy Hundley (Cubs All-Star, Gold Glove catcher), Roland Hemond (Baseball guru and two-time MLB General Manager of the Year in 1972 with the White Sox and 1989 with the Orioles), Stan Bahnsen, and two additional players to be named. Depending on the cruise, ports may include St. Thomas, USVI; St. Maarten; Nassau, Bahamas; Key West; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, and Cozumel,

Mexico. Caribbean cruise-only rates begin at $529 per person, double occupancy (government fees/taxes additional). For more information about MSC Cruises, visit online at <>, call 1-877-665-4655, or contact a local travel professional. MSC Cruises is the fastest-growing cruise line in the world with the youngest fleet of 11 ships. The fleet cruises year round in the Mediterranean and seasonally in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, U.S. and Canada (Fall 2010), South America, the Indian Ocean, and South and West Africa. MSC Cruises recently forged a three-year, million-dollar partnership with UNICEF to fund a community project in Brazil while increasing awareness of this cause onboard its ships.

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Miami City Ballet School to conduct auditions Miami City Ballet School will conduct auditions for dance students for its 2010-11 program on Wednesday, Aug. 11, and Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 5 p.m. for ages 7 to 12 and at 6 p.m. for ages 13 and older. The auditions will take place at Miami City Ballet School, located at 2200 Liberty Ave. in Miami Beach. No audition is required for students ages 5 and 6. Miami City Ballet School is recognized as one of the top dance schools in the nation. Classes range from preparatory levels to pre-professional levels. Classes for the 2010-11 program will begin Sept. 7. For more information, visit online at <> or call 305-929-7007. DEERING ESTATE’S LABOR DAY BLUES PICNIC SLATED SEPT. 5 Enjoy great food and music on Sunday, Sept. 5, at Deering Estate’s Labor Day Blues Picnic. The Picnic will take place at Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature a performance by the Blackstar Blues Band as well as guided tours of the historic Richmond Cottage and Stone House.

The cost, which includes a picnic lunch, is $30 for adults and $20 for kids. The menu includes your choice of pulled pork, barbecue chicken or a grilled hot dog. Side dishes include potato salad, corn on the cob, garden salad and potato chips. If guests choose to bring their own lunch, the cost for general admission is $15 for adults and $10 for kids. To purchase tickets or for additional information, call the Deering Estate ticket office at 305-235-1668, ext. 233.

To reserve space and make your payment, call 786-596-3812.

BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OFFERS COMMUNITY PARENTING PROGRAM Baptist Children’s Hospital invites parents to learn to explore, discover and develop their child’s talents at the community parenting program titled “Discover Your Kid’s Strengths,” on Thursday, Aug. 26, 79 p.m., in the auditorium of Baptist Children’s Hospital, 8900 N. Kendall Dr. Psychologist Albert Zbik, PsyD, will conduct the program. He will discuss the role of memory in the development of strengths and weaknesses, discovering how your child learns best and tips for parents to give their kids a bright future that plays to their strengths. The program cost is $5, which must be paid in advance.

FREE IMMUNIZATIONS OFFERED AT ‘BACK TO SCHOOL’ EVENT Students in Miami-Dade County Commissioner Katy Sorenson’s District 8 may be eligible to receive free vaccines at the “Back to School” immunization event on Thursday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Leisure Lake Park, 29305 Illinois Rd. The vaccinations, all of which are needed to register for school, are free to children up to 18 years of age. Immunizations will be administered by medical professionals. A parent or legal guardian must provide the child’s immunization record and be present at the time the vaccine is given. For details, contact Commissioner Sorenson’s district office at 305-378-6677.

COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS BET BREIRA SAMU-EL OR OLOM MEN’S CLUB BREAKFAST, AUG. 15 The Men’s Club of Bret Breira Samu-el Or Olom will host a breakfast meeting on Sunday, Aug. 15, at 9 a.m., in the ballroom of the synagogue, 9400 SW 87 Ave. The meeting will feature guest speaker Yishai Fleisher, a noted Israel National TV/Radio personality, as well as a gourmet kosher breakfast. The breakfast is free for Men’s Club members and men who intend to join the club at the breakfast. For congregation members, the cost is $5 and $10 for non-members. For more information or to reserve your space, call Richard at 786-201-1415.

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BACK TO SCHOOL FUN FEST SCHEDULED AT DOLPHIN MALL Dolphin Mall will host its annual Back to School Fun Fest on Saturday, Aug. 14, from noon to 5 p.m., in the Ramblas Plaza Area of the mall, 11401 NW 12 St. The event will feature character sing-along shows, magic show, musical entertainment, face painters, hula-hoop contests, games, balloons, giveaways and more. Dolphin Mall will distribute an exclusive back-to-school deal flyer at the event featuring discounts as well as a free backpack with purchase of $250 or more. Customers must present same-day receipts totaling $250 or more at the information booth

located in Ramblas by Entry 3 to receive a free backpack. The offer is good through Aug. 22 with a limit of one backpack per customer. For more information, visit online at <>. CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING ON TAP FOR AUG. 25 The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), Miami-Dade Police Hammocks District will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m., at the Hammocks District Station, 10000 SW 142 Ave. For more information, call 305-2620086, ext. 257.

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July 2010 – Issue 17, Page 1

Calendar of Meetings and Events Town Council Meeting Wednesday, August 18 at 10:00 a.m., South Dade Regional Library located at 10750 SW 211 Street

Parks Committee Meeting August 23 at 7:00 p.m., Cutler Ridge Park located at 10100 SW 200th Street

This e-newsletter from the Town of Cutler Bay offers you a brief update of what is going on in the Town. We hope you will find this information valuable and we welcome any suggestions to improve it. If you know of other people that would like to receive the Town’s e-Brief, please contact us at or download an e-mail opt-in form from our website,

E-Brief News Groundbreaking Ceremony- Bel Aire Drainage Improvements On July 29, the Bel Aire Area located around Cutler Ridge Park officially commenced construction. The stormwater improvements are expected to alleviate the existing drainage deficiencies in the area and improve the water quality of the stormwater run off. Upon completion of these improvements, the affected roadways will be completely resurfaced and additional stormwater drainage structures will be operational. Construction is anticipated to be substantially completed by September 2010. Access to local roads will be maintained during construction however, traffic patterns in the area may be altered as the project progresses. Old Cutler Road Bike Path Improvements On July 16th, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Katy Sorenson along with partnerships with the Village of Palmetto Bay and the Town of Cutler Bay, broke ground on new improvements coming to the South Dade area. The portion being reconstructed affecting our area is Phase 1 which is a 6 mile portion stretching from SW 216 Street to SW 136 Street. Changes include curb and gutter installation and remedial drainage, resurfacing of pathway, pruning of tree roots along with barriers to prevent future damage, installation of 6’ tall fencing around environmentally protective areas, eight (8) turn-out trails along the path, and installation of regulatory signage for both pedestrians and bicyclists. Project completion is anticipated to be early January 2010. Questions about anything related to this project should be directed to Delfin Molins, E.I., Public Information Officer Miami-Dade Public Works Department at 305-375-1682, e-mail; or Enrique Gonzalez, Construction Quality Assurance at 305-375-2550, e-mail

PACE Program- Keep watching our Going Green Page for more information! The Town of Cutler Bay was recently successful in its efforts to gain legislative authority to create a district to provide a Financing Initiative for Renewable and Solar Technology (FIRST). The bill would allow citizens in certain areas to voluntarily opt-in to a program, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), in which the district loans the money to pay the initial cost associated with the installation of an alternative energy-producing device, and then subsequently the property owner would repay the cost over time. For more information and to sign-up to be a part of the program, visit our Going Green page at

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When Minutes Count: Heart Attack 101 with Yvonne Johnson, M.D.


hest pain is one of the main symptoms of a heart attack. A crushing, squeezing pain that feels like a heavy weight on the chest — or pain that is accompanied by sweating, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, lightheadedness or irregular heartbeat — can signal a heart attack. “Do you know what to do for someone experiencing a heart attack? First, call 911 immediately. If the person is awake, alert and not vomiting, give them one adult aspirin, but check first to be sure they are not allergic to aspirin. Tell emergency personnel that aspirin has been taken. If the person becomes unconscious, administer CPR. “South Miami Hospital was recently re-accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. That means we’ve met a wide range of stringent criteria when it comes to caring for heart attack patients, and our procedures and outcomes have proven our commitment to quality patient care.” — Yvonne Johnson, M.D. Director of the Heart Attack Unit, Emergency Center

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Dadeland Mall, Miami International Mall, The Falls and The Shops at Sunset Place are part of 20 Simon Malls across the state of Florida hosting “Look Smart Book Smart,” a back-to-school clothing drive for disadvantaged children in support of Dignity U Wear, a statewide notfor-profit with partnering organizations located throughout Florida. Simon Property Group’s “Look Smart Book Smart” will collect donations of new children’s clothing and school supplies during tax-free weekend on Saturday, Aug. 14, and Sunday, Aug 15, from noon to 5 p.m. Simon’s South Florida malls, with support from CBS4 and Neighbors 4 Neighbors, will help collect new clothing for one of Dignity U Wear’s South Florida partners, Neat Stuff, which is a Miamibased nonprofit that distributes new clothes to underprivileged children. Neat Stuff is seeking donations such as school uniform polo tops, school uniform pants/shorts, boys and girls underwear, socks and backpacks to help as many children as possible wear new school uniforms when they start school. Shoppers also will enjoy the following back-to-school activities during tax-free weekend: Dadeland Mall will host a Kidgits Back-to-School event on Friday, Aug. 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Kids are welcome to participate in a fun night of singing, dancing and activities as well as a special screening of Leapfrog: Let’s Go to School. Miami International Mall will host a Back-to-School Safety Expo and Kidgits

event on Saturday, Aug. 14, from noon to 6 p.m. The Shops at Sunset Place will present its “Super Sale” on Friday, Aug 13, to Sunday, Aug 15, with great discounts at participating retailers. On Saturday, Aug. 14, shoppers can enjoy a live performance by Sammy Arriaga Jr. from 4 to 7 p.m. and a South Miami Drug Free Coalition Rx medicine collection from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., which will help keep prescription medicine from being misused or stolen. “Simon Property Group is proud to support Dignity U Wear and provide brand new clothing to children for the upcoming school year,” said Lynnette Lauria, regional vice president of marketing, Florida, Simon Property Group. “We are thrilled that our malls will serve as a venue in support of this important effort to create real change in the lives of children in need.” “The mission of Dignity U Wear is to provide brand new clothes for a brand new life, said Bob Bryan, executive director of Dignity U Wear. “During the summer months, Dignity U Wear is focused on providing brand new school clothing to children so they have a fresh start to a brighter future. “We appreciate Simon Malls as collaborators, giving their customers the satisfaction of helping others by providing new clothes for children that do not have access at the start of a school year.” For more information about Simon Property Group’s “Look Smart - Book Smart” back-to-school clothing drive, visit online at <>. For more information on Dignity U Wear, visit <>.

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Diaz de la Portilla running on conservative values BY NANCY EAGLETON

Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, a Republican candidate for State Senate in District 36, describes himself as a family man, a conservative leader and “the real Republican.” He’s running on the platform of creating jobs, lowering taxes, cutting wasteful government spending, improving education and protecting individual freedoms. “I was a Ronald Reagan Republican even before it was popular. I was a part of the 1976 Reagan campaign when I was 13 years old and it was at that time that I fell in love with the idea of being a public servant,” Diaz de la Portilla said. “I also supported Reagan in his 1980 campaign when I was 17 and this was when I understood the core principles of being a Republican. Reagan was a rugged individualist and had the attitude that government ‘should get out of my way.’ He felt strongly that we should depend on the talent and hard work of individuals for success. That’s my core message and my inspiration for running.” In his grass roots campaign for the Senate seat, Diaz de la Portilla said that his constituents have told him that they are concerned about the future and the state of the economy. “Florida’s families are suffering during these difficult economic times, so it will be my priority to get people back to work. Big government is not the answer. The investment of small businesses, the ingenuity of entrepreneurs and the creativity of individuals are the engines that will drive Florida’s economy,” Diaz de la Portilla said. “I will advocate for even more incentives for businesses to relocate to Florida and current businesses to stay in our state.” He also intends to lower taxes and reduce the burden currently placed on American workers. “Government takes too much money out people’s pockets, leaving them with little

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money to spend and pump back into the private sector,” Diaz de la Portilla said. Another priority will be to cut waste in government spending and reduce government intervention, regulations and bureaucracy in order to create an environment for businesses to thrive. “The economy is shrinking and yet government is the fastest growing sector of employment. The Miami-Dade County budget has grown from $4 billion to $7 billion during the past 10 years,” Diaz de la Portilla said. “During these tough economic times, government must cut its spending and become more efficient.” According to Diaz de la Portilla, his parents put a great emphasis on education when he was growing up. He plans to make education a top priority.

“The public school system is not perfect and it can be improved. We are educating our future citizens, future workforce and future parents. Education takes up 31.8 percent of the state’s $71 billion budget, so it’s important to spend wisely,” he said. “In a company, you reward employees based on performance. I believe we should reward teachers who produce results and go above and beyond.” He continued, “College courses, vocational training, career academies and practical training along with the theoretical training should be offered in high school. The arts and technology training also need to be a priority.” Diaz de la Portilla says that he is committed “to the conservative principles of smaller government, and being closer to the people. That was my legacy as a county commissioner and that will be my legacy as a senator,” he said. As a Miami-Dade County Commissioner from 1993 to 2000, Diaz de la Portilla created the Office of the Inspector General, founded the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority, created Community Zoning Adjustment Boards and transformed the land use and zoning process in

Miami-Dade County. “I had a 90 percent success rate of gaining consensus and getting approval on important issues,” he said. Born and raised in Miami-Dade, Diaz de la Portilla comes from four generations of public service in Cuba and the United States. He and his wife, Mari, have been married for 23 years and they are proud parents of three children — Michael, Jon and Mary. After graduating Belen Jesuit Preparatory school, Diaz de la Portilla attended the University of Miami earning his BA, cum laude, and majoring in Philosophy and English Literature. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1987. He has practiced law in the City of Miami and Coral Gables for 23 years and is recognized by Martindale Hubbell as an AV rated, preeminent attorney. “I’m not a professional politician. I am a product of my experience,” Diaz de la Portilla said. “I’ve practiced law in the private sector and I’ve served on the Board of County Commissioners. I understand government and I understand the private sector. I truly have a balanced perspective.”

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It’s ‘all in the family’ at Kaliapy’s Italian restaurant BY NANCY EAGLETON

Kaliapy’s is a family-owned restaurant operated by two sisters, Monica Gill and Carol Bermudez. When you visit for dinner, you will be rewarded with delicious fresh specialties prepared by Chef Monica and warm, welcoming service from Carol. Gill holds a bachelor’s degree from Johnson & Wales and takes great pride in every dish she makes, all homemade and prepared to order with the freshest ingredients. Customer favorites include Eggplant Parmigianino, Chicken Pappagallo, Tilapia Francese, classic pasta dishes and more, all served with a house salad and warm bread. “Monica is known for her fish specialties,” Bermudez said. “Our customers rave about the way she prepares fish.” Just in case you have tried the 14 fish entrées and everything else on the menu, Gill offers specials every weekend, including a soup, entrées and dessert. “Monica gets a bit creative with the specials and they often match her mood for the weekend,” Bermudez said. “Her sense of humor is sometimes displayed on the ‘Specials’ board, too. Many of our customers visit on the weekends to try something new.” To keep up with the weekend specials, go

Pictured are Chef Monica Gill (left) and Carol Bermudez, sisters and owners of Kaliapy’s Casual Fine Italian Dining.

to Kaliapy’s on Facebook and choose “like it.” Watch for news of the Thursday night happy hour coming soon, which will feature appetizers and beer and wine specials. On Tuesday nights, choose the lucky $13 meal specials that include a choice of one of six entrées, salad, side, coffee or tea and a small dessert. Families will enjoy the “family pack,” which includes a choice of one of 10 entrées, bread and salad for four.

Kaliapy’s also offers a kid’s menu with 10 choices, including mini versions from the main menu, as well as traditional kid friendly choices. The restaurant is cozy and comfortable, great for an early or late dinner, and also offers take-out and home and office catering. Coral Gables resident Marie McClure said Kaliapy’s is her favorite restaurant and she and her husband dine there frequently. “We just love Kaliapy’s. The food is homey

Italian and you can just tell that it is made with love,” she said. “The sisters and the staff are always so genuinely happy to see you and they make you feel like family. I love it so much I even had them cater my holiday luncheon.” The two sisters and family members opened Kaliapy’s, 12153 S. Dixie Hwy., in December 2006 and it was a dream come true for her sister, Bermudez said. “It was her dream to have her own restaurant. I thought why not help my sister’s dream come true instead of working to make someone else’s dream come true,” Bermudez said. Kaliapy was a name that Gill planned to give her baby if she had a girl. Family members agree that it was a blessing that she had a boy, but decided the name was a good choice for this “baby,” the family restaurant. Bermudez has three children and both sisters are single parents doing what they love. “We strive to deliver the highest quality food with fresh ingredients at a great value,” Bermudez said. “We want everyone to have a great experience and we really care about the people who visit us.” Kaliapy’s is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 305-252-7337 and to view the entire menu, go online to <>.

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Pollo Campero in Cutler Bay hosting public service events BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Pollo Campero in Cutler Bay is inviting public service employees to their restaurant at 18660 S. Dixie Hwy. every other Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The goal is to invite representatives from the Fire Rescue Department, Police Department, and the Boating and Park Ranger Services to raise public safety awareness. On Aug. 10 Pollo Campero is hosting a safety awareness seminar with the Miami-Dade Police Department and on Aug. 24 speakers from the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department will share safety tips with restaurant guests. “Cutler Bay in Miami provides a wonderful opportunity for Pollo Campero to give back to our community,” said Belquis Rabi, local marketing specialist for Pollo Campero. “We hope to share great information with our customers and teach children about public safety in a fun environment.” We welcome Pollo Campero devotees, as well as new customers getting their first taste of the restaurant’s legendary Latin chicken and international sides, including yuca fries and sweet plantains. Children will learn about stranger danger, boating and fishing safety, fire safety and neighborhood watch. “Right now, Florida is one of our fastest-growing, most active markets in the United States,” said Roberto Denegri, Campero USA president and chief operating officer. “In addition to our three existing locations in Miami and

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Paws 4 You Rescue welcomes all guests and their dogs to a unique cocktail reception on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., where dogs are not only the inspiration of the event but also the definite icebreakers of the night. As the pooches mingle, the guests will enjoy unlimited hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and sip on a delicious signature Pawtini drinks such as the Blue Beagle and Chocolate Labtini. Guests will have the opportunity to socialize with dog-friendly businesses, which include local pet sitting services, dog trainers, specialty pet stores and

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Need Job Security? Create a Plan B Now By Rick Tonkinson

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Job security for many occupations that 30 years ago promised a steady job for a persons entire working years are now empty promises. Whether you are a teacher, lineman or telephone tech, the current corporate policy is to make fewer people do more work. Technology has eliminated jobs and will continue to do so. Ask a travel agent what the internet has done to their income. The days of the company treating you like a family are gone. The rules of the employment game are drastically different and not for the better from the point of view of the employee. It is critical that all employees regardless of age or time with the company really start to get their financial act together now. Many people have their current employment as their plan A and they have

not created a plan B. Plan B is where you no longer work for your current employer. You should prepare yourself a “What if” scenario. This may include new employment, other income, go back to school, consider starting a contractor business, relocate, review your bills, etc. There is a lot to think about. Change in life is a certainty. Either you are reacting to it or proactively controlling your future. Now is the time to get proactive and develop a plan B in regard to your career, and we are here to help you. Rick and Steven Tonkinson are Certified Financial Planners who specialize in helping working people attain their financial goals. They are located at 100 Almeria Ave, Suite 310, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Tel # 305-447-6617

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2010 Volkswagen CC a coupe with sedan appeal Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The car manufacturers today seem obsessed with the idea of creating a fourdoor coupe automobile, notwithstanding that the definition of “coupe” is a two-door vehicle. The latest manufacturer to try to change the definition is Volkswagen, which brings us the 2010 CC with the annotation that it “embodies the idea that function and form can successfully exist together in a car’s design without sacrificing on practicality.” CC, by the way, stands for Comfort Coupe, and it was introduced in 2009 as an all-new model. It continues in 2010 with little change. Still, the VW CC is a pretty car and is available in four trim levels — Sport, Luxury, VR6 Sport and VR6 4Motion. From the front, the CC is sleek and low, with a wide chrome grille, slit-like headlight housings holding Bi-Xenon High Intensity Gas-discharged headlights and

reflector lens fog lights. In profile, the angle of the long hood continues along a line starting on the front fender and moving just above the door handles to finish in the taillight lens. A low-slung roofline includes a panoramic power sunroof with tinted glass (standard on all models but the Sport) before sloping down into the short rear decklid. Jeweled tail light lenses continue the detailing and stand above a thin chrome bumper accent that runs back along the lower half of the doors. Two engine options are available — the 2.0-liter turbocharged and intercooled fourcylinder gasoline engine or the 3.6-liter narrow angle V-6 gasoline engine. The 2.0T in the CC Sport and Luxury models is sporty but efficient and combines four valves per cylinder, variable timing, dual overhead camshafts and maintenance-free hydraulic lifters. On the inside, there is a nice blend of luxury, rich textures and intuitive controls. A leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel has integrated controls for the multimedia system and the gauges are surrounded by chrome trim. The driver and all three passengers have sport seats that sit comfortably low and are

Volkswagen CC is sleek and low, with a wide chrome grille, slit headlights, a long hood and a short decklid.

ergonomically bolstered for added support. They may be covered in V-Tex or leather and are available in both solid and two-tone color schemes. The front seats are heated with 12-way power adjustment and fourway power lumbar support on all trim levels. The rear seats are split by a center rolltop console for holding drinks or accessing an emergency medical kit, and can be fold-

ed down for added cargo space. The base price on the Volkswagen CC is $27,760. 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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THE ROOFING EXPERTS Repairs New Roofs Re-Roofing Coatings



Commercial & Residential



305.986-2141 Serving South Florida for over 40 years


Call Lou


Providing Clients with the most Reliable and Secure Delivery on Demand with Consistent On-Time Performance since 1981



305 896 4846

Baron Messenger Service, Inc.

386 N.E. 191 Street, Miami, FL 33179











305.235.3508 S

Water Wells • Pumps • Tanks Filters • Softeners • Reverse Osmosis




We’ll be there for your business. All Day. Every day. Rain or Shine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

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GRAND OPENING!!! Our South Miami Branch is



$38 AND UP* $5 OFF

SATURDAY HOURS Lobby: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Drive-In: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 305.756.4550 6400 S. Dixie Highway | Miami, FL 33143

gives you a different feeling OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 9:30AM TO 11:00PM HOMES • HOTELS • OFFICES

2281 SW 27TH AVE. • MIAMI, FLA TEL: 786.360.5887 15801 S. DIXIE HWY. • PALMETTO BAY, FLA TEL: 305.278.0818 10021 SW 40 STREET (BIRD RD) • MIAMI, FLA TEL: 305.225.3297


FREE "Soft Close" undermount drawers with your kitchen purchase! Alll cabinetss are e in n ourr factory y in n the e USA. These are not foreign imports. Granite and Quartz made counter tops manufactured in House!

Call for a free in-home estimate or visit our showroom.

We only use environmentally friendly, water-based finishes by Sherwin-Williams.

Satisfaction Guaranteed!

50 standard colors to choose from, not to mention custom colors and glazes that we make upon request. Hundreds of door styles to choose from.

Many models, sizes and colors for any decor.

Hundreds of decorative options available like island legs, corbels, onlays and appliques.

Come visit our showroom!!

We design and install bathroom cabinetry.

2323 NW 72nd Avenue - Miami, FL 33122 • 305-716-0077 •

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