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Cutler Bay SERVING SOUTH DADE

SEPTEMBER 14, 2010

It’s the people’s checkbook, not the council’s BY GRANT MILLER

Publisher The Cutler Bay Town Council at its last meeting turned down a second attempt by Vice Mayor Ed MacDougall to make the town’s expenditures transparent and readily available to the residents by posting the town’s check register on its own website. The Village of Pinecrest has its “check book” right on its website, and so do other municipalities. The motion failed by a 4-1 vote. The first attempt several months ago was rejected with claims it would be too costly, and there would be too many “cranks” asking too many questions. Those concerns were laid to rest when MacDougall reported the information required only a click of a button. This time, led by Councilmember Ernie Sochin, the claim was that the ordinance was “political,” and it was deferred until after the town’s Nov. 2 election. “We promised an open government,” Nancy McCue, leader of the incorporation movement, told the council. “This is the people’s check book, not yours.”

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New Cultural Arts Center on track for 2011 opening

Verizon, FHP launch campaign to stop texting while driving BY CHUCK HAMBY

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he South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, located at 10950 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay, after experiencing delays caused by construction mistakes and failed inspections, has corrected those problems and should be nearing completion soon. Eric Fliss, managing director of the center for the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, is optimistic about the schedule. “The contractor is hoping for significant completion by late fall to get his temporary certificate of occupancy, then for the next few months he would be

working to finish out any of the smaller items, but the major operating functions of the building would be completed by December,” Fliss said. “Then we have some soft opening events scheduled for April and May of next year.” The soft opening will offer area residents more than just a chance to come see the new facility. “There’ll be some presentations — some live shows,” Fliss said. “Some samples of what they might expect from our full season. We’ll have a national contemporary dance company; we will have a regional theater company performing,

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erizon Wireless and the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) recently announced the launch of the “Danger Thumbs” campaign to make the state’s roads safer by urging young Florida drivers to stop texting on their wireless phones when behind the wheel. While texting drivers of any age can create a hazard on the roads, the campaign targets young, inexperienced motorists who also are generally the most prolific users of wireless text messaging. The campaign is kicking off with a series of presentations by FHP officers at high school driver’s education classes across the state. “Driving and texting is clearly unsafe and one of the most important lessons we can teach to young drivers as they hit the roads to start a new school year,” said Captain Mark Welch, FHP’s chief of public affairs. The “Danger Thumbs” Florida initiative complements a more general “Don’t Text and Drive” public service campaign by Verizon Wireless that includes billboards, public service announcements (PSAs), advertising, brochures and other traditional communications aimed at all drivers. In addition to school visits, “Danger Thumbs” will present safety messages in a variety of Web-based and social media

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Edward MacDougall in race to be town mayor BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Edward P. MacDougall, who currently is the Town of Cutler Bay’s vice mayor, is in the running for the open seat of mayor in the Nov. 2 election. MacDougall, a longtime area resident, has been married 42 years and has two children and four grandchildren, all living in Cutler Bay. He says that his decision to seek the top office in town government is out of his concern for continuity and the future direction of the city. “I am running for the position of mayor because I want to make sure the work our citizens started 10 years ago is put on the correct path,” MacDougall said. “I do not want to see a town of over-regulation. I want to continue the neighborly tradition of a friendly Cutler Bay. “Additionally, I feel that as I stated from the pre-incorporation days, we need to be fiscally responsible and not raise taxes. The administration of Cutler Bay needs to be as frugal and careful with the citizens’ money as the citizens have to be themselves.” MacDougall said that he believes his skills and his experience during the past few decades will assist him in fulfilling the duties of the office of mayor. “My background is one of public and civic service,” he said. “I did not just decide one day to become an elected official. I have been active in civic work for 25 years. I also hold an undergraduate degree, which includes studies in constitutional, civil and criminal law. “When asked by [Miami-Dade] Commissioner Katy Sorenson to serve on the Cutler Bay Advisory Committee, and subsequent Cutler Bay Charter Committee, I stepped up for service. Since 2006, I have

held the position of vice mayor of Cutler Bay, and I am seeking the leadership role of mayor.” MacDougall served on active duty from 1967 to 1970 and in active reserve from 1970 to 1976 in the United States Army Reserve (Airborne) 20th Special Forces. He served two years of combat duty in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969, and was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant. MacDougall earned an AA in Criminology from Miami-Dade Community College in 1973, and a BS in Criminal Justice Administration from Florida International University in 1976. From 1970 to 1981 he worked for the Miami-Dade Police Department as sergeant in the Cutler Ridge District, serving on patrol, in undercover narcotics, as a motorcycle officer and a burglary detective. He retired to enter into private business. From 1981 to the present MacDougall has been chairman of the board and 100 percent stockholder of ChoiceOne Companies, including ChoiceOne Mortgage Corp., ChoiceOne Home Lending, Key Title & Escrow Inc., ChoiceOne Insurance Inc. and ChoiceOne Real Estate. Additionally, in 2001 he taught mathematics basics in the Math Department of Miami Dade College. “Having grown up in Cutler Ridge, raising my family here and watching Cutler Bay grow, I look forward to seeing a bright future develop,” MacDougall said. “It is very important that we have proper representation before Miami-Dade County, but we must always keep our small town personality.” MacDougall’s professional and civic memberships include the Economic

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Development Council, chair emeritus; chair, Cutler Bay Municipal Charter Committee; vice chair, Municipal Advisory Committee, Cutler Bay Cityhood; American Legion; Police Officers Assistance Trust, board of directors, 1991-1998; Vietnam Veterans Association; Perrine Cutler Ridge Council; Perrine Cutler Ridge Enterprise Zone; Military Affairs Committee, South Dade Chamber of Commerce; Latin American Association of Insurance Agents; Professional Insurance Agents, State legislative liaison, and the Florida Premium Finance Association. “My goal for the town is in keeping with our founding father Thomas Jefferson’s vision of a great democracy,” MacDougall said. “Government should be open to the people. I believe in total transparency so the citizens can be witness to and participate in their future. I also stand by the fiscal policy of having government live within our means. That is to say government should never overspend our money.”


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TEXTING, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– CHECKBOOK, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– channels particularly popular with young and learning drivers. Social media “walls,” quizzes, surveys, fan pages, contests and more will promote safe driving and highlight the great danger of texting while behind the wheel. “We’re not picking on young people, but we definitely know how much they love to text,” said Pam Tope, Florida region president of Verizon Wireless. “If we can promote safe habits while these drivers are young, it will be a good thing for all Floridians on our roads for

many years to come.” In addition to the new “Danger Thumbs” campaign with the FHP, Verizon Wireless supports legal bans on texting while driving, and prohibits Verizon Wireless employees from texting while on the job or in a company vehicle. For more information about Verizon Wireless, visit the website at <www.verizonwireless.com>. Road safety and other information from FHP can be found at <www.flhsmv.gov>.

JUMPS FOR CUTLER BAY

The genesis of the legislation began in 2005. MacDougall, chair of the town’s Charter Commission, insisted the charter include language which requires Cutler Bay’s town manager to utilize information technology to encourage efficiency in government and better communication with its citizens. Some residents opposed the addition, arguing that none of the other cities included it in their charters. MacDougall insisted and the provision was added. In March 2008, the Cutler Bay Charter Revision Commission, led by a blue ribbon panel of residents from the town, strengthened the technology provision. It subsequently was approved by Cutler Bay voters. Included in the revised section was a directive to the town manager to make recommendations to the council, and the manager “shall, subject to budgetary limitations, appropriate sufficient funds to make the proficient use of cost-effective information technology designed to make the administration of the town’s government accessible and transparent; reduces the use of paper and the town’s ‘carbon footprint,’ and other technologies that save energy, reduce space requirements, improves communication and makes the internal administration and finan-

cial reporting of the town more efficient.” Key words are to make the government accessible and transparent. That was the intention of MacDougall. Under the existing rules, a citizen who wants to review how his tax dollars are being spent must appear at Town Hall and complete a Public Records Request for Information. A fee is assessed and the citizen can receive a copy of their request in a week or more. Of course, if there is a second request, the process begins again. “I’m at work when Town Hall is open,” said homeowner Richard Rebuth. “Like thousands of other Cutler Bay residents I’d have to take time off from work to make a request, then again to retrieve the information. I can’t afford to do that once, let alone a second time. Why can’t we have it online?” With MacDougall’s ordinance, anyone can click online and learn daily, if desired, how the town is spending his or her tax dollars. The majority of the town council continues to place roadblocks to transparency Why? What is there to hide? Too many trips? Too many meals? Too many parking meters?

ARTS CENTER, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– and we will have a show with a spectacular event that is a mix of dance, acrobatics and theater. We will also have a kids festival for children with and without physical challenges where they’ll participate in arts activities.” Some of the center’s guest artists will be in town and giving workshops to the children while here. “There’ll be a few things that will give people a feeling of what the building can do, then in October of 2011 will be the grand opening,” Fliss said. The recent heavy rains are a mixed blessing according to Fliss. “It’s bad if you’re pouring cement, but we’re also planting trees and this weather has been great for that,” he said. “And like everything else, it’s helping us test the building and

make sure the roofs are all water-tight.” Once completed, the center’s Theater Building will be a 966-seat state-of-the-art performance facility. The separate Activities Building of the center will house informal performances and smaller multipurpose spaces for lectures, classes, or community gatherings. “Hopefully by January we’ll have our staff here and be able to train them on all the equipment, the lighting and sound and the electronic ticketing,” Fliss said. “In the meantime we continue to reach out to the community, meet with community leaders, educators, citizens, the art league, the Economic Development Council and others to keep them up to date and get them involved in our programming.”

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It’s not easy being green, but it’s worth it Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Kermit the Frog was singing about identity issues and feelings of self-worth of course, but these days “Being Green” is all about taking positive steps to conserve energy and protect the environment. Two local communities, the Village of Palmetto Bay and the Town of Cutler Bay, have taken the lead in implementing “Green” policies, and other cities in South Dade, such as the City of South Miami, Pinecrest and more recently Coral Gables have established Green Task Force panels of local residents, including architects, planners, engineers, gardening clubs, historic engineers and others. Palmetto Bay already has its first LEED Certified project, the concession building at Coral Reef Park, and the new Village Hall, due to be completed next month, has a number of special features including solar panels for electricity, a cistern for collecting rainwater and other built-in systems that not only make it better for the community and the environment, but will also make it cheaper to operate and will save money. What’s not to like about that? Cutler Bay is a Certified Silver Florida Green City and is part of the Green Corridor and PACE programs, and its officials have visited conferences and other cities to learn more about how to best make the town into a better community for its residents and a showcase for environmentally friendly and cost-saving innovations. This movement is becoming more widespread across the nation and around the world, and ultimately everyone will benefit.

For more information about both cities’ programs, visit their websites: http://www.cutlerbay-fl.gov/goinggreen/index.html http://www.palmettobaygreen.com/ Setting g thee recordd straight... Due to an internet glitch, an email bearing two additional comments by District 8 County Commission candidate Lyndaa Bell didn’t show up in our reporter’s inbox until three days later, even though it had been sent promptly after an interview for an article on that race. Since they weren’t able to be included in the article these two goals of Lynda Bell are printed here: “I want to fully restore government services to the South Dade Government Center for our residents. It is inexcusable that people have to drive 35 miles to downtown Miami for basic government services. The County spent millions on expanding and landscaping the Govt. Center only to close most of the departments to our residents. That means more people in cars, more time on the road and a loss of services. That can not be. I will fight to restore services to our residents. “My other goal is making sure Jackson South remains open and fully operational. When the Public Health Trust proposed to shut down the Ob/Gyn services to our residents I was outraged, and I attended the public hearing in downtown to speak against the closure. The hospital serves the needy as well as those who choose the services. The county has a responsibility and is required by charter to have a public hospital. We must not allow the south end of the county to be slighted.” And d thee rainss came.... Since we still have almost two months left of the rainy season (it runs from June through October) you might want to check the website of the South Florida Water Management District, which has info and tips regarding flooding

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Will Miami, county follow others’ examples on pensions? R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Minnesota Republican Congressman Tom Emmer, during a recent debate on state pensions said, “They [public employees] get the guarantee of their future, while the rest of us, if we’re lucky enough to have a 401k plan, are watching it ride the rollercoaster of the market and we’re delaying retirement or we we’re wondering if we’re ever going to be able to retire.” Minnesota’s legislature, reacting to the situation, reduced retirement benefits for state employees from a 2.5 percent annual increase to 1-2 percent, with even greater reductions for new employees. The move to scale back cost-of-living increases in Colorado’s state employee pension gained momentum when the Colorado Public Employee’s Retirement Association found they would be out of money in around 30 years, and that is if the pension investments grew annually at a rate of 7 percent,

which is not going to happen. What was Colorado’s reaction? The legislature cut back the cost-of-living adjustment to a maximum of 2 percent from a fixed 3.5 percent — a beginning. Lawsuits have been filed. Lawyers said that an agreement is an agreement and they will not renegotiate. It would seem that the union leaders would rather see the state go bankrupt trying to fund their pensions than sit down to negotiations and hammer out a workable solution protecting their futures. If the courts rule in favor of the union then the states will consider filing bankruptcy where a federal judge, without negotiations, will reset retirement benefits. Nationally, in the aggregate, all non-federal government pensions are only 51 percent funded. And this funding level came in a time of prosperity where state, county and municipalities saw their revenues soar. What will happen now that there are virtually no funds available? Meanwhile, back in South Florida, the City of Coral Gables, facing a huge budget deficit, is cutting back its pension contributions and employee salaries and, as reported in the Miami Herald, might require employees to pay a portion of their

–– VIEWPOINT –– medical insurance, a standard practice in the private sector. Mediation between the city and the General Employees Union failed last spring. The union went to court, which ruled that the city commission was wrong in making a change for only one group of employees. Something must give, considering the Gables pension deficit soared to $200 million from $69 million in only five years. The City of Miami faces an even greater budget deficit when it comes to unfunded pensions. “We’re not going to kill the city [Miami] to save the government,” stated Mayor Tomas Regalado. The city faces a $105 million budget deficit. The commissioners, following the lead of the mayor, made broad cuts in pension growth and employee salaries. Unions filed suit; they want to be exempt from the cuts — a wholly selfish position. What is interesting is that governments across the country are taking a strong posi-

tion on pension contribution cuts — a position that would have been unheard of as little as two years ago. To paraphrase Emmer, private sector employees who will retire on meager Social Security benefits are sick and tired of paying for bloated government pensions. No one denies that firefighters and law enforcement officers take a much greater risk in their jobs and are entitled to extra compensation for their work. Notwithstanding this fact, firefighters and police as well as all other government union members and nonunion employees must make their contribution to budget deficit reduction. It’s that or no jobs; worse, no government! 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 <letters@communitynewspapers.com>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.

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The Second Amendment: What does it really mean? BY ERNIE SOCHIN

Councilmember Bang! Bang! Bang! It seems that is all I hear and read about in the news lately. Of course, I am referring to the constant shootings all over the place by disgruntled workers, teenagers getting even, drug deals gone bad, and just plain shooting. Well here I go making a few more enemies. You see back when I was growing up there was a lot of shooting going on but mostly in places like Iwo Jima, Normandy, Anzio, etc. We were killing bad people who in most cases probably got what was coming to them. Now, with the exception of Iraq and Afghanistan (that is another article), most of our shooting seems to be of the local variety. I guess the collateral damage caused by little kids catching stray bullets is acceptable in our new society. Why bother beating someone up when it is so much easier to just go out and steal or buy a gun and shoot someone? Again, going back to ancient times when I was growing up, the only ones who had guns were policemen and soldiers and the soldiers left their guns with the army once they were discharged. What has changed? Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s start with the NRA. They used to advocate safety with BB guns and made shooting a fun thing to do. Then they came up with their own interpretation of the Second Amendment. Here it is for you: â&#x20AC;&#x153;A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.â&#x20AC;? (Emphasis mine) How can anyone miss those words â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A well-regulated militia.â&#x20AC;? Yes, our founders knew it was necessary for our citizens to have an army or militia to protect us from foreign invasions or disruptions from within. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a well-regulated army at our inception and this guaranteed that we could. It seems simple and logical enough for me. How that got to be interpreted to mean that each of us can carry a gun in our car, on our person, in our nightstand, etc, beats me. Of course we need these guns to protect ourselves from nasty drivers, people who might do us harm and so on, but just look at the news each day. How many guns are being used to shoot the bad guys? Do me a favor and ask any gun owner that you know, how many guns have been stolen form him or her in their lifetime. You will be amazed how many guns fall into the hands of the bad guys by being stolen from people thinking they are protecting their homes. A former police chief I knew told me that the

word has been out that Miami is the place to go to steal guns. Every car has one. The NRA is great at publicizing their mantra. One oft repeated bit of propaganda is how the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto might have been able to fight off the Nazis if they had guns. Well maybe if they had a well regulated militia with 2 or 3 squadrons of Spitfires and Hurricanes, some Sherman tanks and a few dozen 105mm howitzers, and even then it would have been doubtful. I wonder â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are all these guys shooting up Liberty City part of a well-regulated militia? If so, I think they need some more regulation, like not being able to obtain guns. I once asked a cop friend of mine if he thought I should own a gun. His answer, NOâ&#x20AC;ŚI should own five or six guns for them to do me any good. He keeps one in his night table, another on top of his refrigerator, one more between the cushions in his living room sofa, one in his garage, and the mandatory one between the seats in his car. That way he is always ready for whatever comes his way. I used to make late night deposits for my store, usually carrying lots of cash. I asked one of my local officers if I should arm myself when going to the bank each night. His answer, YES, if you are able to carry the weapon in one hand, cocked and ready to shoot similar to what Brinks guards to when servicing banks. Of course I must also be prepared mentally and physically to turn around quickly and shoot someone who might be threatening me. Pity the poor old lady behind me should she make a sudden move or cough. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong, I am as fascinated by guns as most red blooded males and have even spent time at Tamiami Gun Range testing my skills with a long barrel. Of course now you no longer need marksman skills because AK47s and AR15s are all over the place. Just spray all around the intended target and you are bound to hit something. If it happens to be a child outside playing, well perhaps they shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be there. After all you have some killing to do. Want to have some fun? Go to the next local gun show and see what goes on there. For sale: 50 caliber sniper rifles, all kinds of ammo clips to increase your fire power, kits to convert semi automatic weapons to fully automatic and lots of books on how to do it. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see what you want; not to worry. Someone will offer to sell you stuff from the trunk of a car in the parking lot. It is quite an experience. Now we have some people running for major political offices saying they support the Second Amendment. I do too, but as it was intended. I guess I can forget about any contributions from the NRA now. Oh, boy! What is happening to us and what will it be like a few years from now?

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Letter to the Editor Letters to the Editor 6796 SW 62 Ave. • South Miami, FL 33143 E-mail: letters@communitynewspapers.com

Reader tired of funding top-heavy government To the Editor: I am writing to comment on Mr. [R. Kenneth] Bluh’s article about our top-heavy government… BRAVO!!! Mr. Bluh is right on target and unless we listen to his sage words of wisdom, we will have an even harder time purging our community of wasteful politicians and their costly nepotism. I myself am personally sick of how our community is forced to fund their alternative lifestyles, cars, perks, etc, etc. Thank goodness Mr. Bluh has the courage to point out this non-partisan fact. Please give him my highest regards. Thank You. Patricia Lecusay


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Bet Shira Congregation again to offer ‘drive-thru’ Sukkah BY ROBERT HAMILTON

The holiday of Sukkot, the Jewish version of Thanksgiving, begins on Wednesday evening, Sept. 22, and continues for eight days. During this time Jews sit, eat, socialize and even sleep in the Sukkah. The Sukkah in the synagogue courtyard is commonplace. The Sukkah at home is the standard. What about a “drive-thru” Sukkah? Bet Shira Congregation will again construct what is believed to be the first and only “drive-thru” Sukkah. The Torah details the customs of Sukkot while the Talmud prescribes Sukkah dimensions, and the need for one to see the stars through the roof. Sitting in the Sukkah is a reminder of the connection to nature, the Jewish people’s early agrarian days, and links to the temporary dwellings of the Israelites during the exodus from Egypt. Spending time in the Sukkah fosters these connections. “Cars are integral to our lifestyle” said Cantor Mark H. Kula. “Why not link them to the Sukkah? “We sit as we drive; this way, we can sit in our cars in the Sukkah. Perhaps realizing the fragility of the Sukkah will encourage us to drive more carefully,” he added. “Cantor Kula dreamed up this program last year,” said Rabbi Brian Schuldenfrei, the new rabbi of this 600-plus-member

Conservative Congregation in Pinecrest. “When I heard about the idea, I thought to myself ‘Wow! He gets it.” Cantor Kula and I believe we should meet people where they are in their life’s Jewish Journey. With this program we capture that quite literally!’ The “McBet Shira Sukkah” will be located at 7500 SW 120 St. in the synagogue’s main parking lot. Simply proceed past the first speed bump, drive into the Sukkah, and stop and say the posted blessing celebrating awareness of the Sukkah traditions. For more information, contact Bet Shira Congregation at 305-238-2601 or visit online at <www.betshira.org>. Volunteers will be present in the Sukkah, holding a Lulav (palm), and Etrog (citron) during several time periods during the week of Sukkot. Jews hold and shake these symbols of nature in the Sukkah, and note that beauty surrounds us as we pursue peace in all directions. When you stop in the Sukkah and roll down your window, you also will receive a sweet Sukkah treat that you can take home or enjoy in the Sukkah. This innovation in the Sukkah ritual may lead to more interest in Sukkot. Cantor Kula suggests “that all of us should be a little more Sukkah Conscientious this year and rejoice in Sukkot which is designated as the Jewish festival of happiness.”

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Breast cancer survivor, life coach and author Paula Holland DeLong will be the featured speaker during the annual Breast Cancer Survivors Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m., at South Miami Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Victor E. Clarke Education Center, US 1 and SW 62nd Avenue. Breast cancer survivors, their families and friends are invited to this free event hosted by Your Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group and Baptist Health South Florida. Despite the emotionally draining experience of being diagnosed with cancer 13 years ago, DeLong found that it actually helped transform her life to a psychologically healthier and more fulfilling one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My life and well-being were significantly improved by cancer and I want to share what I discovered with other cancer survivorsâ&#x20AC;? she said. Delong helps cancer survivors develop a deepened appreciation of life and provides them with the tools to find their own joy, passion and purpose. She is the author of the book Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Next for My Life? Other speakers at the celebration include Baptist Health physicians Robert Derhagopian, MD; Gladys Giron, MD; Grace Wang, MD, and Brad Herman, MD. More than 20 community organizations will have displays and exhibits of interest to breast cancer survivors. A light dinner will be served. Since 1997, the Breast Cancer Survivors Celebration has grown under the leadership of Linda Burrowes, Your Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group founder. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We began as a small event just for our group, but since it was so well received and

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weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve grown so much, we expanded it into a much larger community event,â&#x20AC;? she said. The support group meets monthly at South Miami Hospital. The event is free, but space is limited. Reservations are required by Thursday, Sept. 30. If you plan to attend, call 786596-3815. Baptist Health South Florida is the largest faith-based not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. Baptist Health includes Baptist Hospital, Baptist Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute and Baptist Outpatient Services. Baptist Health Foundation, the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals affiliated with Baptist Health.


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not created a plan B. Plan B is where you no longer work for your current employer. You should prepare yourself a â&#x20AC;&#x153;What ifâ&#x20AC;? 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 Securities offered through Securities America Inc member of FINRA/SIPC. Rick Tonkinson Registered Representative. Advisory Services offered through Securities America Advisors, Inc. Rick Tonkinson Investment Advisor Representative. Rick Tonkinson and Associates, Inc. & Securities America companies are not affiliated.


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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.

Pictured (l-r) are Carol Caridad of Paws 4 You, Sue Levine, Joe Rossman and Izota Ekmedzic of TORU.

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-

dreds of more dogs.” All proceeds benefited Paws 4 You Rescue. The all-volunteer organization relies on donated funds to provide rescued animals with professional medical care, training and a safe environment until permanent homes are found for each one. Event photos can be viewed at <www.paws4you.org> or at Facebook.com/paws4you.


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Officer honored for his work coordinating special events BY SANDY KRAMER

The Miami-Dade Police Department has nominated Capt. Michael Cundle for the prestigious Officer of the Month Award sponsored by the Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police. Capt. Cundle has been a member of the department since 1982 and currently is assigned to the Special Patrol Bureau. Capt. Cundle has been assigned to the Special Patrol Bureauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Specialized Patrol and Events Section since 2006. His primary areas of responsibility are for the Aviation Unit, Marine Patrol Unit, Motorcycle Unit, Hit and Run Detail, Impaired Driving Enforcement Squad, and Special Events Unit. His many achievements include the following: â&#x20AC;˘ Development and implementation of the Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) unmanned aircraft; â&#x20AC;˘ Implementation of the Events Scheduling System (ESS) for off-duty work; â&#x20AC;˘ Purchase of four new helicopters with advanced capabilities, and â&#x20AC;˘ Enhanced Port of Miami marine security. During the past two years Capt. Cundle worked on the planning of Super Bowl XLIV that was held on Feb. 7 at Sun Life Stadium. This involved countless hours attending

meetings, planning sessions and reviewing all of the operational plans for the law enforcement committee and sub-committees. He kept everyone involved in the planning updated on new information, set meeting agendas, and provided feedback for specific assignments. On Jan. 3, Capt. Cundle transitioned from the planning phase to operational command at the stadium for the Pro Bowl game, followed a week later by the Super Bowl, where he diligently ensured all components of the plan, from traffic and escorts to explosive sweeps, were implemented and working properly. Where changes needed to be made, he worked with the appropriate staffing to resolve the issue. The success of Super Bowl XLIV rested on the shoulders of many people who came together as a collective group from numerous local, state, and federal agencies to ensure a safe environment. He played a significant and critical role in this effort and his contribution to the success was an important part of the preparation and operations. For three years Capt. Cundle has volunteered to coordinate the Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Operation Support Our Wounded Warriors program. During that period he has dedicated much of his own time to ensure that the veterans in the program receive the support they

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deserve. He helped coordinate numerous special events supporting the troops, always working hard and behind the scenes, never

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Children’s Museum celebrates birthday with $7 admissions For the entire month of September, admission to the Miami Children’s Museum with all of its great programs will be just $7 for all Florida residents. This is almost a 50 percent savings over regular Museum admission. Miami Children’s Museum, located at 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island, and its lovable mascot Michimu have decided to give gifts to their Florida fans instead of receiving them. The $7 September Birthday admission includes access to all of the museum’s many interactive exhibits including the newly refurbished Carnival Cruise Lines cruise ship, the Multi Cultural Teddy Bears, Music and Art galleries, and the huge Sandcastle slide. Don’t forget to help Michimu celebrate his birthday on Sunday, Sept. 12, from noon to 5 p.m. There will be games, arts and crafts, and a host of other activities throughout the day. Help Michimu blow out the candles. For more information contact the museum at 305-373-KIDS or visit online at <www.miamichildrensmuseum.org>.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY PROGRAM SEEKS VOLUNTEERS Consider participating in the American Cancer Society “Road to Recovery” program by doing something as simple as driving someone with cancer to his or her treatment.

Every day thousands of cancer patients need a ride to treatment, but some may not have a way to get there. The lack of transportation is one of the biggest challenges for thousands of cancer patients. Many need daily or weekly treatment and they don’t have a car or are too ill to drive themselves. The Road to Recovery program provides volunteer drivers to transport cancer patients to and from these life-saving treatments. Requirements for volunteering include having a good driving record, a valid driver’s license, and a vehicle in a good working condition. People interested in volunteering for Road to Recovery can call toll-free, 1-800-2272345 or the local office at 305-779-2844. For more information on how you can help, visit online at <www.cancer.org>.

GIRLS COALITION’S GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP SCHEDULED SEPT. 16 The Girls Coalition will be hosting a Grant Writing Workshop on Thursday, Sept.16, at the United Way located at 3250 SW Third Ave., from 9 a.m. to noon. Tickets are just $10 for Coalition members and $25 for non-members. The Girls Coalition aims at becoming the premier vehicle in this community for networking for girl-serving organizations and

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CARING FOR KIDS CHILD SAFETY FAIR, SEPT. 18 Miami Dade College’s InterAmerican Campus and ConnectFamilias will host the fourth annual Caring for Kids Child Safety

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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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the application process and once they have enrolled. For more information about the fair, contact MDC’s Student Life Department at 305237-6364.

BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL PRESENTS PARENTING PROGRAM Baptist Children’s Hospital will host a “Parenting and Positive Discipline” program on Thursday, Sept. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. The workshop will take place in the auditorium at the hospital, 8900 N. Kendall Dr. The fee for the program is $5, and must be paid in advance. Has the process of getting your children to do their chores become a chore itself? Had enough of the whining and tattling? Cast all your frustrations aside, a positive approach to disciplining your children is now available through this program. Psychologist Richard Toister, PhD, will be present to discuss issues from disciplining with kindness and firmness, managing power struggles, to helping create a respectful relationship with you and your child. Please note this program is not intended for children. To reserve your space and make your payment, call 786-596-3812. AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY SCHEDULES BENEFIT CONCERT The Entertainment Team for Key Biscayne Relay for Life will host a concert on Sept. 24, to benefit the American Cancer Society. The concert will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Atchana Restaurant, inside the Mutiny Hotel, 2951 S. Bayshore Dr. in Coconut Grove. From great music by Jill Stephens and Whitney Delphos, open Bombay Sapphire Bar sponsored by Bacardi, to a special appearance by Miss Miami 2010, Jaife Calil, this benefit is sure to raise not only money but spirits. Relay for Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society. During the event,

teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times. For more information and reservations, call 305-793-8025.

MIAMI SCIENCE MUSEUM HOSTS FREE COMMUNITY DAYS Residents of Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami are invited to the Miami Science Museum on weekdays free of charge between the house of 3 and 6 p.m. from now until Sept. 30. The museum is located at 3280 S. Miami Ave. Residents will need to provide proof of address on designated days and times. One proof of address is valid for up to four immediate family members. The Miami Science Museum aims to make a difference in people’s lives by inspiring them to appreciate the impact that science and technology can have on every facet of our world. This event series was created to ensure that all community members are given the opportunity to visit and connect with the Museum. Guests will enjoy the Museum’s exhibits and programming as well as fun and exciting giveaways and activities. For further information, visit <www.miamisci.org>. PALMETTO BAY VILLAGE HALL REMINDER TO BUSINESSES Palmetto Bay Village Hall reminds of owners business located within the municipality that the deadline to renew business tax licenses is less than a month away. All businesses must have their licenses renewed before Oct. 1 to be able to continue operating. The license is accompanied by a county tax. For more information on how to renew your license, or to get started on the simple renewal process, business owners may visit <www.palmettobay-fl.gov>. You also may contact Village Hall at 305-259-1234.

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

CBS4, Neighbors 4 Neighbors, Bank Atlantic and Baptist Medical Plazas have partnered with Feeding South Florida to collect non-perishable human and pet food for South Florida neighbors in need. September is National Hunger Awareness month and the campaign, “Food 4 South Florida,” runs through Oct. 1. Joining the effort are Miami-Dade County and Broward County schools, and numerous community and faith-based organizations. Feeding South Florida (formerly Daily Bread Food Bank) is a not-for-profit organization that empowers other South Florida not-for-profit organizations to assist people in need and improve their lives. Feeding South Florida does this by providing food and other grocery products, and by educating and engaging the community to fight hunger and poverty. Through a local network of 800 not-forprofit organizations, Feeding South Florida strives to serve children, the elderly, the

mentally and physically challenged, veterans and the working poor with compassion and integrity. Those interested in participating can register on the Web at <www.cbs4.com/neighbors>. Once they have registered they will be connected with a Feeding South Florida transportation manager who will arrange pickup directly from the group, office or organization when needed. CBS4 talent also will be on hand at selected drop off points to meet and greet the public. “This will be the first year with so many drop-off locations and we expect to double or even triple our previous collection,” said Lynne Cameron, executive director of Neighbors 4 Neighbors. “This may well be the most productive South Florida food drive Neighbors 4 Neighbors has ever been involved in.” The public is invited to drop donations at all BankAtlantic, and Baptist Medical Plaza locations in Dade and Broward. A complete list of drop off sites is available on the CBS website at <www.cbs4.com/neighbors>.

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Personal trainer sees renewed interest in fitness several men, and I have one male client who has been with me for five years. He comes in every day at 8 a.m.” Herrero’s day begins at 6 a.m. and usually does not end until after 8 p.m., although she may have one- or two-hour breaks during the day. Her busiest times are from 6 to 10 a.m. and from 4 to 8 p.m. Her rates vary and depend on the individual client’s needs, but she generally charges $45 for a one-hour session. She works with 20-25 clients and says she could easily add more. “My original clients still pay me the same rates,” she said. “I never raise my rates. As long as they continue with me and don’t stop, my rates will always be the same. That’s what I guarantee them when a client starts a program with me.” Herrero said she does not insist that clients sign long-term contracts with her. “I don’t like to take money in advance,” she said. “Once a client sees what I can do for them, I know they’re going to stay with me.” Herrero is passionate about her work and strives to help clients reach the goals they set. She uses a combination of free weights and machines in her training programs, with emphasis on the free weights and

Americans are becoming more health conscious these days and, for many, working out at a gym with a licensed personal trainer is becoming part of their daily routine. Elizabeth (Liz) Herrero, 46, is a veteran personal trainer at Porky’s Gym, 10000 SW 56 St., an affiliation she has maintained for more than 10 years. She decided to become a personal trainer after getting her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida International University, and then coaching and teaching physical education in South Florida high schools. “I just didn’t want to coach anymore,” she said. “I had been doing it for four years. I decided to take a one-year leave of absence to try personal training as a profession. After that year, I just never went back.” Herrero said that by the end of that first year, she knew she had found her calling and that she was meant to be a full-time personal trainer. Today, she is insured and certified by the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), and is an independent subcontractor at Porky’s Gym. “It doesn’t bother me to come to work,” she said. “I really love what I do. The majority of my clients are women, but I do have

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Miami-Dade Parks taking lead in health, wellness BY EDITH TORRES

With both the House and Senate passing resolutions declaring September as “National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month,” and joining in First Lady Michelle Obama’s national “Let’s Move” campaign promoting health and wellness particularly in the nation’s youth, Miami-Dade Parks is joining the movement and spearheading the initiative locally with its Fit-to-Play: Health, Wellness and Obesity Prevention Out-of-School program. Fit-to-Play is an evidence-based fitness and wellness program for children ages 614 that incorporates physical activity with interactive learning designed to assist children in developing healthy lifestyles and good citizenship. Each day’s session begins with homework help, followed by SPARK (Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids) an evidenced-based, outcome-oriented active recreation component of the Outof School program. SPARK is dedicated to improving the quantity and quality of physical activity for children, focusing on activities that develop and improve motor skills, movement knowledge, and social

and personal skills. With parental permission, Miami-Dade Parks will track key health indicators in children, such as blood pressure and Body Mass Index (BMI), assisting parents and children in making the correct decisions about their fitness and nutrition. Upon completion of the programs, participants will be able to know their fitness improvements, which will be measured throughout the year. The Fit-to-Play Out-of-School Program also includes lifelong sports, team sports, nutrition education, wellness activities, enrichment activities, cultural arts, nature and science programming. After three successful years of partnership with the Fit-to-Play summer camp program, Miami-Dade Parks also has entered into a partnership for its Fit-to-Play Out-of-School program with the University of Miami UHealth System. UHealth will provide oversight of the department’s health, wellness and obesity prevention initiatives, including providing hundreds of children with health and wellness information, as well as stress management, safety, BMI (Body Mass Index) testing, nutrition, and more.

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Kendall Pools offers expert advice and quality products BY NANCY EAGLETON

Kendall Pools carries all of the chemical products and equipment you need to keep your pool and hot tub clean and comfortable for your family’s enjoyment. The competitive prices and personalized customer service offered at Kendall Pools help keep your pool maintenance costs and efforts to a minimum. Kendall Pools is located on Kendall Drive and was previously a Sparkling Pools location. Jaime Sarazua, who worked with the Sparkling Pools business since its inception in 1989, bought the store from the Spiegel family in April. He operates Kendall Pools with his brother, Gonzalo, who has been servicing pools in the Miami area for 20 years. “I’ve worked with Bob Spiegel and the Sparkling Pools business for many years,” Sarazua said. “It was a natural progression for me to purchase this store from them when it became available.” Sarazua said that as a family-owned and operated business, he is always “on duty” and customer service continues to be his main focus at Kendall Pools. He always offers free water testing and advises customers on the best water treatment options.

Jaime Sarazua bought the former Sparkling Pools store from the Spiegel family in April.

“We offer a level of service that customers cannot find at a big box store,” Sarazua said. “We are experts in this business and can help customers resolve chemical or equipment problems.” To keep your pool clear and balanced, Kendall Pools offers products that address the five steps of pool maintenance — circulation, filtration, cleaning, water testing and chemical balance.

Kendall Pools carries a full line of cleaning equipment including brushes, skimmer nets and automatic vacuums. Pool pumps, filters, salt generators, chlorinators and replacement parts for pool equipment are available. Sarazua is proud to carry Bioguard and Hayward products at Kendall Pools, as well as other well-known brands such as Jandy, Polaris, Zodiac, Sta-Rite and RayPak.

“We carry top-of-the-line, reliable brands,” he said. “We maintain good relationships with these companies, so our selection and stock are always up to date.” Kendall Pools is an authorized Bioguard Platinum dealer and is only one of three authorized dealers in MiamiDade County. Bioguard is the elite brand of water treatment options that include sanitizers, oxidizers, balancers and cleaners. Sarazua recommends the Bioguard Silk Tabs, which make the water soft and smooth and the new Pool Pods, which are two-in-one tablets that feature one layer of shock over a regular tablet. Kendall Pools also offers complete pool cleaning and maintenance services, which are offered by Gonzalo Sarazua of Kendall Pools. Kendall Pools is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The store is located at 12530 N. Kendall Dr. in the Shops of Kendall, next to the new Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, For more information, go online to <www.kendallpoolsmiami.com> or call 305-595-9995.


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Marin honored with award from Boys and Girls Clubs

Pictured (l-r) are Jim Newland, National Trustee of Boys and Girls Clubs of America; Dwayne Hinshaw, regional vice president of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Steve Marin and his two sons. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY YANEISY BLANCO

Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has announced that Steve Marin, CEO of Marin and Sons and board member of Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, was honored recently with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Florida “New Board Member of the Year “Award for his outstanding work and commitment to serving the clubs in Miami-Dade. “In his short tenure with Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, Steve has helped the clubs not only by raising funds for improvements but also by raising awareness of the organization,” said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, executive director of Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. Marin, a Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade alumnus, began his term by committing to remodel an old boys locker room into a dance room with wooden floors, mirrored walls and air-conditioning. He also has been involved in the annual Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s

golf tournament and gala. Marin is planning a day of service next month with more than 100 volunteers to help clean and fix one of the clubs. All his efforts have brought a combined benefit to the organization of more than $400,000 in less than two years of service on the board. Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has been serving youth in the community since 1940. What once was single building and site for boys has grown to five clubs serving 10,000 boys and girls year round, providing programs in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, cultural arts and sports, fitness and recreation. Club staffing, initiatives, and programs are designed to inspire and enable young people and provide them with resources to succeed and share in the American Dream. For more information on the Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, visit online at <www.bgcmia.org> or call 305-446-9910.

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Arsht Center embarks on Fifth Anniversary Season BY ALLIE SCHWARTZ

As the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County enters its fifth year serving South Florida, its leaders are rolling out a special Fifth Anniversary Season. The season will celebrate the institutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success as a presenter of world-class programs that reflect Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diverse population, an economic engine in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thriving urban core, and as a model public/private partnership that has made critical investments in important community-based initiatives. The Adrienne Arsht Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission will factor prominently into a special Fifth Anniversary Season Gala event that will take place on the stage of the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House on Thursday, Oct. 28. A focal point of the gala evening will be the dedication of two newly engraved donor walls featuring the names of hundreds of individuals, families, businesses and organizations that have supported the center dating back to its initial planning phase. The wallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest additions will be names that participated in the Adrienne Arsht Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 Donor Wall campaign, which raised more than $2 million according to Suzanna Valdez, the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vice president for advancement. The success of the Donor Wall campaign is only the latest in a string of milestones that have defined the Adrienne Arsht Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first four years. These range from philanthropist and businesswoman Adrienne Arshtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $30 million gift and the presentation of the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first complete summer season in 2008, to the recruitment of M. John Richard as president and CEO,

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and the decision to pay off the institutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bank debt seven years early. The past two years have seen the center achieve steady financial performance, new audience cultivation, membership and new donor growth, and both commercially and critically successful programming endeavors. In addition, the center has added new amenities designed to enhance the patron experience, such as the 2009 opening of specialty restaurant Prelude By Barton G. and the planned fall 2010 debut of a new street-level Bombay Sapphire Lounge, a Bombay Sapphire Gin-branded lounge. Today, the Adrienne Arsht Center is revered as a fixture in South Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cultural landscape and as a centerpiece of Downtown Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transformation into a vibrant urban center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While the Adrienne Arsht Center has set out to achieve many objectives, the common thread throughout our mission is our role as a new â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;town squareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for Miami, a place where members from all

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New retailers join list of shops at The Falls BY ASHLEY SUGARMAN

The Falls recently announced store additions and innovative concepts that will add to the already popular destination. New stores at The Falls include the United States debut of Flexi and the firstin-market Apricot Lane, as well as Aéropostale, Rockport, Fast Fix Jewelry & Watch Repair, Treats Boutique and the completion of the newly designed and relocated bebe. “The Falls continues to be a vibrant part of the Miami community, offering great shopping, dining and a place to meet,” said Julie Goldman, general manager at The Falls. “The opening of these new additions will only enhance the already celebrated shopping experience found at The Falls for residents and visitors alike.” The Falls welcomes Flexi, the retailer of casual, sport and semi-dress footwear for men and women. Located near Banana Republic, this marks Flexi’s first United States location, with headquarters located in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, a city known as one of the world’s footwear capitals. Shoppers will love Flexi for its perfected design and development that offers highperformance and extraordinary comfort. Apricot Lane, located near Macy’s, makes its Miami debut and offers branded fashion apparel, jewelry, handbags, accessories and gifts in the latest styles and trends. Apricot Lane also provides shoppers with a great selection of top denim brands such as Miss Me, Rock Revival, Laguna Beach, Lucky Brand,

AG Jeans and other premium brand names found in exclusive boutiques and upscale department stores. Shoppers can enjoy nationally recognized store, Aéropostale, now open near Macy’s and specializing in casual apparel and accessories for young women and men. In addition, Rockport is located in the Macy’s wing, next to Justice, where men, women and children can find both dress and casual shoes that achieve lightweight comfort. Fast Fix Jewelry and Watch Repair offers another shopper convenience as a popular jewelry and watch repair store, which is now located next to Bloomingdale’s. Shoppers at The Falls have another food option to indulge their senses with the opening of Treats Boutique, which is located near Bloomingdale’s and features a unique and delicious collection of gourmet desserts and sandwiches. The newly designed and relocated bebe, now located next to Hollister, is sure to be a hit with style-conscious fashionistas. bebe offers the hottest apparel, purses, accessories and shoes for today’s contemporary market. The Falls is one of Florida’s largest open-air retail and entertainment destinations, featuring Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, more than 95 stores, restaurants, cafés and Regal Cinemas. For more information about The Falls, located at S. Dixie Highway (US1) and SW 136th Street, go online to <www.simon.com> or call 305-255-4570.


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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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industrialist Egidi Cressi. Visitors to Key Largo also can participate in Plans are underway for a milestone birth- community-wide land- and water-based events day celebration as John Pennekamp Coral for the whole family, including a planned Reef State Park, America’s first underwater world-record snorkel attempt and informationpreserve, turns 50 years old. al and educational activities in conjunction The historic event is set for Wednesday, with Key Largo’s Protect the Reef Days. Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 11, offering An educational expo is scheduled for an ideal occasion for divers, snorkelers and Saturday, Dec. 11, at the park with conservaother visitors to discover tion-minded educational or rediscover the Key vendor booths as well as The 50th anniversary Largo park. nationally renowned The park was dediguest speakers. celebration spotlights cated Dec. 10, 1960, Visitors also can the history of the park capping efforts by the enjoy the park’s popular late Miami Herald ediwater activities during and its mission of protor John Pennekamp to the event, such as viewcreate the Florida Keys ing the reef from a glasstecting and preserving jewel that lies just 90 bottom boat, canoeing, the natural resources minutes’ drive from kayaking or fishing. Miami. Today, the park Nature trails, picnic within its boundaries — named for Pennekamp pavilions, beaches and draws more than one particularly a portion of campsites round out the million visitors annualsite’s wide variety of America’s only living ly to explore its nature outdoor offerings. trails and beaches and Several independently coral barrier reef. observe the abundant owned dive shops in the underwater wildlife Key Largo area are to that inhabits its 70 nautical miles. offer special diving and snorkeling trips durThe 50th anniversary celebration spot- ing the 11-day celebration, while local lights the history of the park and its mission restaurants are concocting signature of protecting and preserving the natural “Pennekamp 50th” culinary dishes and resources within its boundaries — particu- cocktails. Specially priced accommodations larly a portion of America’s only living and activities are planned throughout Key coral barrier reef. Largo. Highlights are to include an underwater For more information and event highbirthday celebration at one of the park’s lights, visit online at <www.flamost famous offshore attractions, the nine- keys.com/pennekamp50>. foot bronze Christ of the Deep that rests For area accommodations, contact the gracefully in 20 feet of water. The iconic Key Largo Chamber of Commerce at 800statue, a replica of the like-named statue in 822-1088, by email at <info@keythe Mediterranean Sea, was donated to the largochamber.org> or visit online at Underwater Society of America in 1961 by <www.fla-keys.com>.

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When Firestone Indy Lights racecar driver Charlie Kimball roars into town for the final race of the season at Homestead Miami Speedway on Oct. 2, he is out to prove more than his dominance on the racetrack. He’s looking to inspire people that nothing, not even diabetes, has to slow them down. Racing at speeds as high as 150 mph, Kimball faces tough challenges every day. But his biggest hurdle so far wasn’t on the racetrack — it was in his doctor’s office. It was there, in 2007, that Kimball was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Kimball’s life changed overnight, and with no family history and little understanding of the disease, he was overwhelmed. Even worse, he was forced to put his racing career on hold until he could get his diabetes under control. “It was like the world stood still,” Kimball said of his diagnosis. “I wasn’t sure what to think. What would this mean for me as a driver — but also what would I need to do to manage this?” Kimball quickly learned that people with type 1 diabetes do not produce the insulin their bodies need to properly control blood sugar levels. To treat the disease, people with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin. Despite the available treatment it still can be difficult to achieve optimal blood sugar goals. The resulting “highs” and “lows” can cause serious side effects,

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2011 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG a piece of ‘auto heaven’ Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The S-Class is the flagship sedan of the Mercedes-Benz lineup and many say it is the finest car in the world. My week behind the wheel of the S63 AMG sedan left me in complete agreement. It was like driving around in a little piece of automotive heaven. The S63 AMG sedan is amazingly fast, thanks to a new twin-turbo 536 hp V-8 engine that also gets 25 percent better fuel economy and produces more power than its predecessor. Its sibling, the V12-powered S65 AMG, is even more powerful with 17 an additional horses under the hood for 2011. Others in the S-Class sedan lineup are the S550 (382 hp), the S400 Hybrid (295 hp) and the S600 (510 hp). The S550 is available with either rear-wheel drive or 4MATIC all-wheel drive. Replacing the normally aspirated 6.3-liter V-8 in the high-performance S63 AMG is a new and smaller-displacement 5.5-liter V-8 with such advanced technology as twin tur-

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