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Town provides bike helmets to students who need them BY GARY ALAN RUSE

hen it was discovered that a number of students at Dr. Edward L. Whigham Elementary School did not have safety helmets when they rode their bicycles to school, a request was made to the Town of Cutler Bay, and town manager Rafael Casals responded by having the needed helmets delivered to the school. Assistant principal Barbara HernandezGuerra was appreciative of the prompt assistance given to their students. “Dr. Edward L. Whigham is very fortunate to have the support and commitment of the City of Cutler Bay,” said HernandezGuerra. “The town manager, Mr. Ralph Casals, was able to provide our school with 20 helmets from a state grant for our students that ride bikes to school. As always, we work together as a team to help maxi-

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Miami-Dade Transit schedules fare increase effective Oct. 1 BY IRENE D. FERRADAZ

Pictured (l-r, back row) are assistant principal Barbara Hernandez-Guerra, assistant principal Edwardo Tillet, principal Cynara Suarez and students (middle row) Donovan Hackett, Azull Morantinos, Errol Sanchez, Michael Olonmoyo and Jovany Carvajal; (front row) James Barner and Brendon Fernandez.

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HealthSouth recognized by town at recent Health Fair BY GARY ALAN RUSE

he Town of Cutler Bay participated in a health fair hosted by HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami on Saturday, Sept. 21, and presented HealthSouth with a proclamation recognizing its service to the community. The event celebrated the culmination of a week of activities in recognition of National Rehabilitation Week, recognizing the work and dedication of rehabilitation caregivers including therapists, physicians, nurses, case managers, and support staff who help patients and families in need of rehabilitation services. More than 60 vendors and healthcare providers were on hand and an estimated 400 attendees were able to receive multiple health screenings, heart healthy cooking demonstrations, community partner education and give-a-ways, performances by local Pictured (l-r) are Hector Picard; Elizabeth Izquierdo, CEO; Vice Mayor Ernie Sochin, and Councilmember Sue Ellen Loyzelle.

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Effective Tuesday, Oct. 1, transit fares will increase. The cost of a one-way trip on Metrorail or Metrobus will go up from $2 to $2.25. Special Transportation Service (STS) also will increase from $3 to $3.50 per trip. Golden Passport and Patriot Passport users will continue to ride fare free. The Miami-Dade County budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14 was approved on Sept. 19, which included a fare increase. This fare increase, the first in five years, is necessary to help defray operational costs. In 2012, Miami-Dade Transit transported approximately 108 million passengers. Despite this necessary increase, it is important to note that taking transit is still a cost effective transportation option. With today’s high gas prices, the use of transit can save commuters money at the pump while reducing the wear and tear on their vehicles. The cost of passes offered by MiamiDade Transit (1-Day, 7-Day and 1-Month) also will increase. For complete fare information, visit <www.miamidade.gov/transit> or call 3-1-1.

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Ygrene Energy Fund and environmental non-profit partner, Carbon War Room, announced on Sept. 11 the launch of the Clean Energy Green Corridor program during a ribbon cutting ceremony with local municipal mayors at the new Ygrene Energy Center in Miami. The program launches with a $230 million bond issuance immediately available to fund hurricane protection, energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements for commercial and residential buildings. “Property owners across South Florida can now benefit from instant access to funds to upgrade their buildings and protect their properties from major storm damage,” said Tomás Regalado, Mayor of Miami and member of the Green Corridor governing board.

Notable attendes included: Mayor Herta Holly, Miami Shores; Mayor Shelley Stanczyk, Palmetto Bay; Commissioner Vince Lago, City of Coral Gables; Mayor Ed MacDougall, Cutler Bay; Mayor Cindy Lerner, Pinecrest, and Mayor Philip Stoddard, South Miami. Ygrene’s Clean Energy Green Corridor program is a public private partnership with the cities of Miami, Cutler Bay, Miami Shores, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, Coral Gables, and South Miami that provides 100-percent financing to property owners for hurricane protection, energy efficiency, and renewable energy projectsusingzero public money. The program uses the property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing model to allow property owners to make payments as part of annual property assessments over a 20-year term.

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Miami-Dade Fire Rescue honors one of its own at Station 34 BY MICHELLE FAYED

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) conducted a remembrance ceremony on Sept. 11 at Fire Station No. 34 in Cutler Bay where a new memorial honoring the life of firefighter Lieutenant Dewey Henry was unveiled. Miami-Dade Commission Vice Chair Lynda Bell sponsored a resolution naming the interior road between the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Station 34 and the MiamiDade County South District Station as “Memorial Way” in memory of Lt. Dewey Henry, Police Officer Jose Somohano, and all fallen heroes. In attendance were Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Vice Chair Lynda Bell, Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, Cutler Bay Mayor Edward MacDougall, Palmetto Bay Mayor Shelley Stanczyk, Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor Genaro “Chip” Iglesias, and Miami-Dade Police Director J.D. Patterson, among family, friends, and coworkers. On Sept. 11, 1994 while fighting a large early morning warehouse fire, Lt. Henry and his crew became trapped inside the burning building after a structural collapse

An honor guard representing police and fire departments participates in remembrance ceremony.

of a loft caused large rolls of carpet to fall on them. He made the ultimate sacrifice doing what he loved to do. A wreath was placed on the new memorial by his

crewmembers who were with him that day. The ceremony took place in front of the memorial built by members of MDFR’s Station No. 34. Bell presented two procla-

mations, one for the fire rescue department and another one for the police department honoring the life of Officer Somohano who also lost his life in the line of duty.


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World War II: last war/conflict America has won R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY The year was 1953; America was officially out of Korea. Not a war, it was called a “police action.” Yet, today, 60 years later, we still have soldiers stationed in South Korea, standing by in the event the North Koreans decide to invade the South again. How many lives did we lose during the conflict? How many billions of dollars have we spent? Was it worth it? I happened to meet a student from South Korea at FIU the other day. She said she was happy Americans came to their defense in the 1940s, but thought that it was about time to return the defense of the peninsula to the South Koreans. “Thanks, but go home?” Did we win that one? I don’t think so. I still remember a few high school friends of mine who lost their lives in the cold winters of Korea. Were we helping South Korea or trying to halt the advance of communism? Vietnam was another losing conflict. Again, were we trying to help the people of

Vietnam or were we attempting to halt the advancement of communism? How many lives did we lose? How many disabled veterans still live in the U.S. as a result of that conflict? How much money did we, as a nation, spend only to end in an embarrassing forced evacuation with communist China breathing down our necks? I still remember the pictures of Americans franticly climbing onto U.S. helicopters on rooftops praying to escape with their lives. Today, after losing everything, including our national pride, and later investing millions in foreign aid we are once again in Vietnam, this time on trade and business development missions. Iraq, another war, excuse me, a conflict, where we allegedly were after the destruction of weapons of mass destruction and the end of the rule of a leader who hated America. How many lives lost? How many veterans again returning home missing limbs, eyesight, etc. How many carry the scars of a mental breakdown — some will live with it till the day they die? How much money did we spend, waste on this action that did nothing but bring scorn to America. We, as a nation, were disliked before we invaded their country. Today, we are hated and a target for their destruction.

Afghanistan, a nation last conquered by Genghis Khan, holds no love, no appreciation for our attempt to rid their country of warlords intending on returning their Afghanistan to the days when women were assets of men, where women were not permitted to read or write, a return to a feudal state that existed hundreds of years ago in the uncivilized corners of the world. Do they appreciate our lives lost, our spending of billions on weapons of war? What about spending millions building schools in their nation while the schools in America are falling apart because money was needed more in Afghanistan than in our country? Absolutely not — they hate us and are hell bent on destroying America even more than before we invaded their country. Another winner for America. Now, Syria. I fully understand the administration in wanting to end the immoral use of gas by the Syrian government on its own people. And it might have worked if we had moved quickly. Now after weeks of seeking Congressional approval the Syrians have had all the time in the world to move their secret stash of chemical weapons to undisclosed locations that we will not find if we put boots on the ground and went house to house across the entire country looking for “their”

VIEWPOINT weapons of mass destruction. An even bigger problem. We are vehemently against the government of Assad and we are equally against a large segment of Assad’s opposition — the same fighters that we faced in Afghanistan. No matter which side wins we will not have a friendly government in Syria. Lastly, two quotes. President Benjamin Harrison is quoted as saying: “Where does it say that God made America the police force of the world?” The other quote? Someone wrote into the Herald: “Well, we won the battles when we invaded the Republic of Panama and in Granada, didn’t we?” Enough said. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-6626980 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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mize safety in our schools. Each student that rides a bike to school will be presented with a bike helmet from the Cutler Bay Police Department.” Hernandez-Guerra said there will be a bike safety program for the students as well. “We are so excited to continue working with the City of Cutler Bay,” HernandezGuerra said. “They have always supported our vision. It is great to have a partnership with an entity that is so involved in promoting educational excellence and helping to maintain a safe environment.” Fifth grade student Jovany Carvajal was pleased to have one of the helmets. “Getting a helmet from the Town of

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Cutler Bay is so cool,” Carvajal said. “I will wear it every time I ride my bike in case I fall. I also found out it is a law for me to wear it.” Third grade student Marcus Wynter also was pleased. “This town cares that I don’t hurt myself. I like my helmet.” Casals said he was glad to be able to help the students. “Through the leadership of the mayor and town council, the town’s administrative staff is fully committed to provide our local public schools any assistance necessary to further improve the educational experience for our town’s residents,” Casals said.

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schools and much more. The featured speaker was Hector Picard, who is a bi-lateral amputee, tri-athlete and former HealthSouth patient. He spoke to the crowd about perseverance and courage. The Heroines choir, consisting of breast cancer survivors, also performed. Children who attended enjoyed a bounce house and pony rides. “HealthSouth Hospital of Miami has been serving families of Dade and Monroe counties for 29 years and is proud to partner with the Town of Cutler Bay and all the gracious other community partners who attended this very special event,” said Marla Y. Fant, marketing coordinator for HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami.

Cutler Bay Councilmember Sue Ellen Loyzelle said after the event that she was pleased to participate and recognize HealthSouth’s important role in the area. “It was a wonderful event well attended by the community,” Loyzelle said. “I’m looking forward to many more events. They’ve been very supportive of our Senior Initiative in our town through our Communities for a Lifetime Committee. They’re a great community partner and I think that these types of collaborations are very beneficial to build quality of life in our community. This was a great community health fair for families” HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital is located at 20601 Old Cutler Rd. in Cutler Bay.

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New art gallery in Cutler Bay opening with Oct. 5 reception

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BY LEE STEPHENS

Cutler Bay has a new way of looking at things, thanks to the Outsider Gallery. The gallery, located at 20412 Old Cutler Rd., is featuring 11 Miami artists with its first opening reception on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 10 p.m. During the gallery’s season, October to May, an opening reception will take place the first Saturday of each month. Regular hours, beginning Oct. 5, are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. “Our name, the Outsider Gallery, comes from our culture as local artists,” said Brian Trainor, one of the artists who is coordinating the gallery. “We’re a little left of the norm. We work in a variety of mediums and styles that are sure to provide visitors with a wide-ranging cultural experience.” The gallery will feature photographic art, mixed media, paintings, sculptures, “green” works that are made with reclaimed materials and plenty of the unexpected — art not typically seen in a traditional gallery. The group also is considered to be up-and-coming artists who hope their work not only gains exposure, but helps the community. “We’re excited that local businesses and government agencies are showing their support and we welcome more involvement. By partnering with them, we can promote a cause with each monthly show,” Trainor said. October’s show, “Our Abstract World,” will support the fight against breast cancer with proceeds going to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. November’s “People and Places” will help provide food to local deserving families through a communitybased food drive. December features “Do

You Believe,” a throwback to the way kids played before the digital era and will include a toy drive for local families facing difficult times. In addition, the gallery will serve as a drop off point for “Re-Book,” a mutual effort by the artists to collect gently used current elementary through high school level books that will be given a new home so that kids in the community can enjoy them. The artists also are working toward incorporating music and spoken-word art, such as poetry readings, at the gallery’s openings. Interested artists may send email to <OutsiderGallery@comcast.net>. “As an artist, it’s important to support society in some way because society supports the arts,” said Trainor, a photographic artist who is experimenting more recently with mixed media and sculptural pieces. “Artists should make an effort to complete the circle.” The Outsider Gallery got its start when Country I D Gold Buyers owner Maurice Rivas offered Trainor a chance to display his art. After showing some of his pieces over the summer, Trainor knew that a gallery with other talented local artists would not only be fun, but would be supported. When he approached officials at Cutler Bay Town Hall, he realized the lack of a cultural affairs department was a sign that the community desperately needed better access to cultural experiences. “With the Outsider Gallery, I feel Cutler Bay has taken a big step toward building a more vibrant art scene in the southern section of Miami-Dade County,” he said. More information on the gallery can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, or send email to <OutsiderGallery@comcast.net>.

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Old Cutler Towne Center hosts pet adoption event

Old Cutler Towne Center in the Town of Cutler Bay recently hosted a community event dedicated to everyone’s furry favorites. For the “Dog Day of Summer,” pet adoption event on Saturday, Sept. 14, the neighborhood shopping hub partnered with dog rescue organization Friends Forever Humane Society. Pictured during the event are (l-r) Beverly Sampson, owner of Hair Ego at Old Cutler Towne Center; Luis Diaz of Sansone Group, Old Cuter Towne Center’s management company, and Jessika Hernandez of Friends Forever Humane Society.


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Grillin’ and chillin’ in Cutler Bay this October

Grillin’ and chillin’ in Cutler Bay this October Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Attention cook-out devotees... we have it on good authority that “The Rib Ticklers Ball” Second Annual Cutler Bay BBQ Challenge will take place on Saturday October 19, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Cutler Ridge Park, 10100 SW 200th Street. If you want to impress folks with your BBQ skills, then you are invited to “Fire up your grills and smokers.” What’s cooking? Categories are brisket, chicken, pulled pork and ribs. To register as a chef or for additional information, please contact Fred Bobson in the Parks and Recreation Department at 305-238-4166. Chilling! The Town of Cutler Bay’s annual Haunted House will be all spooked up and waiting for you on Saturday, October 26, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., also at Cutler Ridge Park, 10100 SW 200th Street. This event is geared to be fun for the whole family, with a haunted

house, costume contest, “Track or Treat” candy (stations around the park’s running track where candy will be given out), a “Spider Egg Hunt,” food and other activities. For additional information, just contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 305-238-4166. Mark your calendar... the next Regular Council Meeting is on Wednesday, October 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Town of Cutler Bay Council Chambers at 10720 Caribbean Boulevard. The town holds its regular scheduled Town Council meetings every third Wednesday of the month. More Halloween fun... even before the town’s haunted house, the Gold Coast Railroad museum is presenting “Spooky Adventures” for a safe and fun time for the entire family. It takes place on October 18th to the 20th, then on the 25th to the 27th, and on the 30th and 31st from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. The price for admission is $10, which includes link train rides, a fire pit with ghost stories, classic Halloween movies, Trick or Treat stations, and a small chil-

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dren’s not-so-scary Haunted train. For an extra $10, teenagers and adults can enjoy the Haunted Ghost Train (children under 13 must be accompanied by a paid adult). “Experience our classic Pullman and Budd cars as you step back in time and walk through an absolutely terrifying train full of zombies, ghosts and other creatures.” Besides all those great exhibits they say they will have fantastic food and beverages, a bounce house, grave yard dig, costume contests nightly, a monster mural coloring station and unique photograph opportunities. Gold Coast Railroad Museum is at 12450 S.W. 152nd Street, next to ZooMiami. For info call 305-2530063. Also scary... at least to some drivers, are Roundabouts. From the Public Works Department of the Town of Cutler Bay are these guidelines. As you enter a roundabout, remember two key points: 1. Never merge. The right of way is observed at the yield sign. Motorists already in the roundabout have the right of way. You must slow down or stop to yield to traffic approaching from the left. Wait for a gap

in traffic, and then carefully proceed into the roundabout. 2. Go SLOW: Slow down to 15-25 mph when entering. Let vehicles already circulating go ahead. Obey all one-way signs. Watch for pedestrians, bicyclists, emergency vehicles and large vehicles. Multiple lanes? Follow these guidelines depending on traffic patterns: For right-hand turns, travel in the righthand lane and use your turn signal. For left-hand turns, travel in the left-hand lane and use your turn signal. For continuing forward, remain in the same lane you entered. For missed exits, circle around the roundabout again. Thought of the Day: Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. — Dale Carnegie Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-6697355, ext. 249, or send emails to <Michael@communitynewspapers.com>.


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Why would you kill someone for worshipping in a different way? BY ERNIE SOCHIN

Vice Mayor Okay, I admit to not being the most devout religious person in the world. I am Jewish and love and enjoy all of our wonderful traditions and holidays but don’t ask me about our dietary laws while I am eating a pork sandwich at Shorty’s Barbecue. The Jewish religion has many forms of religious belief including Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and many other various levels. The one thing that we do not want to do is kill each other for not worshiping as we do. Christians, with the minor occasional divergence in Ireland, I am sure feel the same way. You don’t often hear of Catholics wanting to kill Protestants or Baptists because they believe somewhat differently. What then makes things so different in the parts of the world where most of the people follow Islam? I have been puzzled by this for many years. A while back I

took the time to read the Koran and then invited several people from a local mosque to be a guest on my radio show to help explain some of my concerns. Everything went fine until I began quoting passages from the Koran relating to what is to happen to the unbelievers, those who do not follow the rules of Islam as dictated. Frankly the penalties for being an unbeliever were unbelievable. When I asked them to explain all this they seemed puzzled and frantically began making phone calls to their superiors and still had no plausible answer. I decided to make it my business to try and learn more about this religion that dominates our world. I read a fascinating book that I would highly recommend to anyone who might be interested. It is called After the Prophet by Leslie Hazleton. It goes into quite some detail as to what created all of these splits between the Shia and Sunni and a young girl named Aisha, second wife of Muhammad, who seemed to be at the root of many of the problems in the Muslim world. Of course it all stemmed from the belief in Mohamed and who amongst his

successors would be the most revered. The book is as complicated as it is fascinating and gave me at least some insight into what is taking place in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific where more than 1.6 billion Muslims reside. The problem that I see is that these events go back thousands of years and I would have hoped that as a people they would have matured since then. Apparently not! As I said at the beginning I am not a devout religionist but I would have great difficulty believing in a God that would instruct me to kill anyone who didn’t worship him as he wished. How anyone could think that their God would ask them to blow up an automobile in a busy shopping center or fly an airplane into a large building killing thousands of innocent people is a mystery to me and perhaps one we should all think about. I write this article while our President and others may be weighing the options of bombing Syria or any other place with hopes of getting everyone living there to realize that they are in effect destroying themselves. Are we as a nation able to

determine who was worshiping the correct way? I doubt it. I use the example once again of a policeman, who I happen to know personally, who was called into a domestic dispute. The result was that he was attacked by both parties and had to call for immediate backup. Sound familiar? He told me after that incident that he would never again respond to a call for a domestic dispute without having backup officers with him at the time. Very seldom are police personnel able to bring peace to a warring family. The same I believe holds true with our interference in the internal affairs of countries that we simply do not understand. The exception might be one country invading another in which case someone must protect the integrity of an independent nation. I don’t often write articles on serious issues like this but I really hope that there are others out there who, God willing, think as I do. Ernie can be reached <community@sochin.com>.

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‘Corporate Knockout’ fundraising event to benefit Easter Seals SF Pictured are (l-r) Kate Maxwell; Michael Shooster; an Easter Seals child; Estrella Manso, and Elena Aidova, event chair, organizer and founder.

BY JESSE SCHECKNER

If you ever have had the desire to see white collar pugilists attempt to pummel one another into submission for a good cause, now is your chance. The first annual Corporate Knockout event, which pits nonprofessional businessworld boxers against one another in amateur exhibition matches, is set to take place on Oct. 5 at Magic City Casino’s Stage 305, 450 NW 37 Ave. All proceeds will benefit children with disabilities and adults with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory disorders who receive services at Easter Seals South Florida. Event chair, organizer and founder Elena Aidova, an attorney at Holland & Knight LLP, is confident the fundraiser will prove to be like no other. “The whole purpose of the event is to bring awareness, fun and excitement to Easter Seals South Florida,” she said. “We’ll hopefully have it as an annual event, and it’s definitely going to be more fun than your typical fundraiser.” There will be at least eight bouts, two of which will be women’s contests, and fighters will be matched by gender, weight and skill level. The event will be held under Florida Boxing Commission guidelines, no match will exceed three rounds, and each round will be no more than two minutes in duration. All participants are required to wear headgear, mouthpieces and other protection and will be using 14-ounce gloves for additional safety. Tickets start at $35, and there will be food, beverages — both alcoholic and nonalcoholic — and a halftime show to add variety to the spectacle. There will be donation boxes both at the event itself and at the

weigh-ins, which will be held publicly the night before during happy hour between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at The Hoxton, located at 1111 SW First Ave. “It’s going to get bigger and bigger, because the buzz is already out there and after people come to the event they’re going to love it and we’ll keep going stronger,” Aidova said. “We are definitely looking for people to come support. The fighters are going to weigh-in and do a bit of trash talking.” The event’s nonprofit beneficiary, Easter Seals South Florida, has been helping those with special needs since 1943. It offers a variety of services including early childhood education, early intervention, elementary school for children with autism, a culinary arts high school for young adults with autism and other disabilities, after school services, summer camp, and adult day care and respite services for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease. Aidova, herself a volunteer at Easter Seals, had seen this particular type of fundraising event be successful while still pursuing her degree. “I took a boxing fitness class and it was one of the hardest workouts I’d ever done,” she said. “I participated in a few charity boxing events when I was in law school and then I brought the idea down here.” Some of Corporate Knockout’s participants will be representing Holland & Knight, ShubinBass, Mandel & Mandel, Ernst & Young, Perry Ellis International and many other local companies. For more information, visit <southflorida.easterseals.com>. To purchase VIP tables or to offer sponsorships, send email to <corporateKO@miamiseals.com>.

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Jr. OB to open festival with Cross Country Invitational

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BY ALEX MARKEL

The Junior Orange Bowl 65th “Diamond Jubilee Anniversary” festival season gets off to a running start with the 13th annual Cross Country Invitational. This year’s invitational will be a two-day event at Larry and Penny Thompson Park in South Miami-Dade County on Oct. 3 and 4. Middle school races will take place on Thursday, Oct. 3, and high school races in two divisions will be run the next day. This year’s high school race format will feature two separate divisions, an invitational division and an open division. Some of the most competitive boys and girls teams from across South Florida will be invited to participate in the invitational division. The open division will be open to all varsity and JV high school cross-country teams. The Junior Orange Bowl is proud to announce a partnership with SoleRUNNERS for this year’s event. SoleRUNNERS, Miami’s Premier Running and Fitness Store, is committed to helping grow and support the community of runners.

The meet will be co-directed by Ryan Raposo and Larry Wooten and chaired by Junior Orange Bowl board member Donald “Rusty” Hill. “We are very excited about the new format for this year’s meet,” Hill said. “The new divisions will afford the opportunity for many more teams and runners to participate. It will also elevate the level of competition of the meet and propel the Junior Orange Bowl Cross Country Invitational to one of the most prestigious meets in the state.” The cross-country meet marks the first event of more than 15 athletic, academic, and cultural events that make up the annual Junior Orange Bowl Festival. The series of events attracts more than 10,000 youths from more than 75 countries worldwide. All of the events of the Junior Orange Bowl Festival are produced entirely by volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for an event or becoming a Junior Orange Bowl member, send email to <jobc@jrorangebowl.org> or call 305662-1210. For more information on the Junior Orange Bowl, visit the website at <www.jrorangebowl.org>.


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Aussies, Kiwis and Didgeridoos at Deering’s Wine on Harvest Moon BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ

The Deering Estate Foundation’s 12th annual signature fundraising event, Wine On Harvest Moon (WOHM) presented by South BMW, transports guests to the Land Down Under through the “fine wines, fine food and fine art” of Australia and New Zealand. The unique cultural experience takes place Saturday, Oct. 19, at the historic Deering Estate at Cutler. With a little imagination and a bit of techno magic, one can surf Bondi Beach, climb Sydney’s Bridge or pose in front of the famous Opera House. Regionally influenced food and wine highlight the evening, with Crown Wine & Spirits pouring varieties that include Rosemount Shiraz and Penfolds THE Chardonnay. Distinctive Aussie and Kiwi cuisine is prepared by chefs from Smith & Wollensky, Red Fish Grill, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, George’s in South Miami, Morton’s the Steakhouse-Coral Gables, Shula’s 347, Devon Seafood + Steak, Truluck’s Seafood Steak and Crab House, Paella Party and Whole Foods Market Coral Gables. Embracing the culture of Australia, Miami native Jared Bistrong performs on the Didgeridoo, an ancient Aborigine ceremonial instrument that dates back 40,000-60,000 years. Using local bamboo and palm trees to make his own instruments, Bistrong shares the music of the indigenous people far removed from today’s computer generated sounds. The entertainment is ongoing and adding to the excite-

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ment of the evening are plans for a pyrotechnic New Zealand-style Maori dance, strolling musicians and singers from FIU School of Music, and an instrumental performed by saxophone player Fernando Diez, of KC & the Sunshine Band. Complementing the entertainment is a mixed media group art exhibition, “Back of Beyond,” curated by Jane Hart. The show’s title is taken from an Australian expres-

sion referring to a point farthest from known lands, past civilization and into the realm of one’s imagination. Participating artists were encouraged to seek inspiration from the Land Down Under, the people’s spirit of adventure, and also from Jonathan Swift’s literary classic Gulliver’s Travels, with its imaginary voyages into uncharted places. The talented lineup of artists accepting the challenge include: TJ Ahearn, Bhakti Baxter, Maryrose Crook (NZ), April Dolkar (NZ), Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo, Liz Ferrer, Shawn Marie Hardy (NZ), Brookhart Jonquil, Freddie Jouwaide, William Keddell (NZ), Sinisa Kukec, Tracy Moffett (AUS), Kuby Nnamdi, Temisan Okpaku, David Rohn, George Sanchez Calderon, Oliver Sanchez, Onajide Shabaka, Barron Sherer, Misael Soto, Sara Stites and Stephan Tugrul. Proceeds from WOHM are dedicated to environmental conservation and historic preservation of the Deering Estate at Cutler. The event takes place at the estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay, from 7:30 to 10:30pm. Capacity is limited and tickets are: $150, general admission, and $125, foundation members. Tickets can be purchased online at <www.deeringestate.org/pages/Wineon-Harvest-Moon.aspx> for an additional fee, or by calling 305-235-1668, ext. 263. Sponsorship opportunities still are available. To become a sponsor, call 305-2351668 ext. 266. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit online at <www.deeringestate.org>.


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Mercantil Commercebank launches 2013 Zoolens Photography Project BY DANIELLE ALVAREZ

Mercantil Commercebank, one of the largest banks headquartered in Florida, has announced the 2013 launch of its Zoolens Photography Project. Developed in partnership with Zoo Miami and the Zoological Society of Florida, the bank’s month-long contest encourages middle school students from both public and private schools in Miami-Dade County to visit Zoo Miami, creatively photograph their favorite animal and enter the photo for a chance to win prizes. Started in 2010, the Zoolens Photography Project was designed to foster awareness of wildlife among students through the art of photography. The project since has garnered the participation of hundreds of students and in 2012, was opened to all middle school students. This year, the contest will run from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. Midway through the project, on Oct. 12, the bank will host a free event for students at Zoo Miami, where attendees will enjoy the exclusive experience of collecting photography tips from Zoo Miami’s director of communications and Nikon Ambassador Ron

also will receive a professional camera and student membership to the North American Nature Photography Association and their respective schools will receive a donation from Mercantil Commercebank. The 10 honorable mentions will receive $100 Visa gift cards. “Mercantil Commercebank is delighted to once again launch our Zoolens Photography Project for Miami-Dade County middle school students,” said Millar Wilson, Mercantil Commercebank vice chair and CEO. “We are proud of our original program, which engages students, allows them to showcase their creativity, and unites the community through education and art,” he added. “It truly is inspiring for me to see students develop connections to the animals and be encouraged by wildlife education,” said Magill, who will serve as a contest judge. “The images they submit display both the beauty of wildlife and the extraordinary talent of Miami-Dade’s young photographers.” In 2012, Albert Parson, a student from Middle school students get a chance to photograph the animals at Zoo Miami during the Zoolens Photography Project South Miami K-8 Center (Expressive –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Arts Magnet) took home the first place prize. His photograph, “Butting Heads,” Magill, a noted photographer and wildlife was among nearly 300 submissions. expert. In addition to Magill, the 2013 Zoolens Students interested in participating in the Photography Project’s panel of judges 2013 Zoolens Photography Project will be includes Zoological Society of Florida asked to submit an original, artistic photoboard member Grizzel Gonzalez; Pulitzer graph of a Zoo Miami animal, before Nov. Prize-winning photojournalist Patrick 1, through their schools or by bringing Farrell; internationally acclaimed phototheir entry to any Mercantil artist María Martínez-Cañas, and New Commercebank banking center. World School of the Arts visual arts profesOnce the contest is over, a panel of dis- sor and curator Rosario Martínez-Cañas. tinguished judges will choose three grand To learn more about the 2013 Zoolens prizewinners and 10 honorable mention Photography Project and how to enter, winners. The winner will receive a $2,000 visit <http:/zoolens.com> or savings account, second place will receive facebook.com/Zoolens. For more infora $1,500 savings account, and third place, mation on Mercantil Commercebank, a $1,000 savings account. The top three visit <www.mercantilcb.com>.


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BNP: Boaters, don’t congregate in park over Columbus Day Weekend BY CHRISTIANA ADMIRAL

The 59th annual Columbus Day Regatta, a sailboat race, will begin off of Dinner Key on Saturday, Oct. 12. Although the Columbus Day Regatta originally ended in Biscayne National Park, seven years ago the race was rerouted to avoid entering the park. However, thousands of boaters continue to congregate in the park for increasingly rowdy parties not associated with the Columbus Day Regatta. Park officials are urging boaters to reconsider gathering in the park during Columbus Day Weekend (Oct. 11-14) based on concerns for public safety and impacts to resources of national significance. “We welcome visitors to come and enjoy a weekend boating responsibly in the park,” said Brian Carlstrom, Biscayne National Park superintendent. “However, boating, alcohol, and crowded conditions characteristic of the Columbus Day Weekend gatherings are a dangerous combination that threatens public safety.” In the past decade, six deaths and numerous injuries occurred in separate accidents over Columbus Day Weekend, the most dangerous boating weekend in the park. Park resources have sustained damage from vessel groundings and excessive litter. Water sampling in the anchorage area during the event detected fecal coliform bacteria not normally present. None of the samples collected indicated fecal coliform levels exceeding public health standards. Officials from multiple local, state and federal agencies again are gearing up to enforce laws and provide emergency response during Columbus Day Weekend

in Biscayne National Park. Agencies include: neighboring municipal police departments, Miami-Dade Police Department, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine, and other national parks. Stepped-up enforcement will focus on boating under the influence, “rafting” of more than five vessels, excessively loud music, and illegal commercial activities. Structures at Stiltsville are closed to the general public and will be closely monitored. During Columbus Day Weekend, 2012, officials made over 200 cases at the gathering. “With zero tolerance enforcement in place, fines in excess of $5,000 and up to six months jail time, the price is high for failure to boat responsibly and abide by laws and regulations in the park,” said Officer Wayne Rybeck, incident commander for the event. “The risk and liability associated with operating a boat and partying in a national park are substantial.” Those who wish to gather in the park over Columbus Day Weekend are encouraged to appoint a designated skipper, be alert for swimmers and boaters operating under the influence, avoid operating at night, maintain control of trash, obey laws and regulations, and respect their national park. More information and frequently asked questions for a Columbus Day Weekend visit to Biscayne National Park can be found at <www.nps.gov/bisc>. For more information on Biscayne National Park, call 305-230-7275, ext. 0.

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National Health Center Week festivities attract hundreds BY LEE STEPHENS

Most children don’t enjoy going to the doctor for an asthma test or other important health related testing. But when you throw in face painting, clowns, food, music and prizes somehow their distain turns into excitement. Hundreds of children took advantage of National Health Center Week festivities conducted by Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI). The weeklong series of events was geared at getting children ready to head back to school and recognizing the role that Community Health Centers like CHI play in our neighborhoods. The five events were packed with people and insightful information for everyone. The week kicked of with the Henry Schein Family Health Awareness Fair. Parents brought their children to get free book bags, enjoy entertainment and, most importantly, get a variety of medical tests on site at CHI’s Doris Ison Health Center, 10300 SW 216 St. “This is a lot of fun,” Renee Gonzalez said. “I brought my children to get free backpacks and I didn’t realize that we were in for all of this. I’m not going to be able to get them to leave.”

Hot 105 did a live remote from the health center featuring, radio host Rodney Baltimore. People heard the message and came to see what all the buzz was about. But that was just the beginning. CHI has a commitment to provide healthcare and outreach to everyone. From there the fun moved to the Everglades Housing Complex in Florida City with more food, fun and health screenings. CHI also put on a special health fair for the homeless and those in transition at the Verde Gardens Apartments Community Center. This was a joint effort with the Chapman Partnership for the Homeless, Camillus House and Citrus Network Inc. More than 80 families attended and took advantage of much needed free HIV/AIDS testing, glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings. Congressman Joe Garcia and his staff were there to join in the successful event. Even CHI’s healthcare forum and luncheon entertained and informed at the MiamiDade Cultural Center. Mariachi strummed a tune drawing the crowd into the auditorium. Then a surprise visit from a President Obama impersonator amused the crowd. All this led up to a very informative and important informational panel discussion

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on the Affordable Care Act. Colonel Brodes Hartley Jr., CHI’s president and CEO, explained how the federal healthcare law will affect CHI. Services are expanding, facilities are being upgraded and staff is on a training mission to provide top of the line service. Hartley said he expects the number of patients possibly to double under the Affordable Care Act. Janet Perkins, executive director for the Miami Dade Office of Health Care Planning also sat on the panel and spoke about how the plan would work and how it would affect everyone. Finally, State Rep. Kionne McGhee spoke about the issue from a legislative level. “Events like this give people valuable information,” said Colonel Brodes Hartley.

“It brings a complicated issue like the Affordable Care Act into an understandable and interesting format for everyone.” The grand finale wrapped up health center week at Southland Mall’s Back to School Health Fair. CHI organized dozens of vendors and health screening booths to line the hallways of the mall. Meanwhile children participated in a magic show and enjoyed other entertainment. “We pulled off a week of successful enriching events,” Col. Hartley said. “It makes me proud to know that we were able to impact the community and help so many. This is part of what will be a constant effort to reach out to those in the community and empower them to take charge of their own healthcare.”


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MDFR earns recognition for ‘Infection Control Program’

MDFR receives national award for the development of a unique “Infection Control Program.” (Photo by Armando Gonzalez, Miami-Dade County) ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY GRISELLE MARINO

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) was recognized for the development of a unique “Infection Control Program” on Sept. 17, during a county commission meeting. MedicAlert Foundation, the leader in emergency medical information services, and the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) presented MDFR Fire Chief Dave Downey with the Excellence in Fire ServiceBased EMS Award. “Our firefighters are always there to respond to fires, accidents, and medical calls. I am very proud of Chief Downey and the Fire Rescue Department”, said Commissioner Sally Heyman. “The nationally recognized Infection Control Program was designed to provide rapid treatment, supportive education, psychological support and continuality of medical care to emergency responders. “Our firefighters are always there to respond to fires, accidents, and medical calls. I am very proud of Chief Downey and his staff as the Infection Control Program was designed to provide rapid treatment, supportive education, psychological support and continuality of medical care to emergency responders,” Commissioner Heyman said. Protocols developed in the program allow for rapid triage, immediate administration of post exposure countermeasures, direct access to lab results and control of source results. “It is very prestigious for MDFR to be

recognized at a national level,” Chief Downey said. “I am very proud of our accomplishments and I thank Chief John Krumenacker, EMS Division Chief, and Captain Paul Sloane, who manage the day in and day out of this much needed program in today’s environment.” MDFR’s Infection Control Program works in cohort with the Miami-Dade Department of Risk Management to share best practices, and align and streamline employee infectious disease exposure programs with MDFR’s, significantly reducing exposure risk and safeguarding patients from risk exposure. “The mission of the Congressional Fire Services Institute is to educate members of congress about the challenges and needs of our nation’s fire emergency service. This award was created about two years ago to highlight what is taking place across the country; we are always looking for innovations,” added Bill Webb, executive director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute, a nonprofit policy institute in Washington, DC. “This competition was very fierce as what we are trying to do with this award is to speed the introduction of best practices all across the country,” said Andrew Wigglesworth, president and CEO of MedicAlert Foundation. “This community should be very proud that MDFR is truly a leader in the infectious control area and is taking the steps to protect those who protect all of you every day.”

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Miami International Orchid Show at BankUnited Center, Oct. 11-13 BY CHRISTIANA ADMIRAL

Mark your calendars now for the 67th Miami International Orchid Show, “Falling In Love With Orchids,” Oct. 11-13 at the Bank United Center on the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables. Presented by the South Florida Orchid Society, this annual event will showcase thousands of blooming orchids in beautiful table-top exhibits, 15 international and domestic orchid vendors, seven orchidrelated vendors, American Orchid Society judging, educational programs and more. The Bank United Center, 1245 Dauer Dr., offers ample free parking, and is conveniently located within walking distance

of the University Metrorail station. Admission to the show is $10 for adults (children under 10 admitted free), tickets may be purchased at the box office. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The weekend events include the society’s signature lecture program, “Speakers’ Day,” on Saturday, Oct. 12. This all-day orchid education seminar features five internationally acclaimed speakers, plus morning coffee and tea, and lunch, for $45 per person. Saturday show admission is included. Tickets for Speakers’ Day must be purchased in advance from the South Florida Orchid Society. No tickets will be sold at the door for this lecture program.


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Photo essay, ‘The Cure Package,’ tells amazing story of survival BY LISA MORALES

So often a photography exhibit documents a fleeting moment or memory. However, Lisa Boccard’s photographic essay, “The Cure Package” is an amazing story of survival beyond the moment preserved. The exhibit, presented as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, consists of 15 photos taken by Miami Beach photographer Lynn Parks. It will open on Saturday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m., at the ACND Gallery of Art at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep, 4949 NE Second Ave. (telephone: 305-7518367; visit online at <www.acnd.net>.) This event is free, but an RSVP is required to <news@acnd.net>. Taken more than two decades ago, the photos now seem a little outdated and “80ish,” but look deeply beyond the visual and get to know the subject. Today, this exhibit says, “I am still here,” and Boccard’s life is a story that defied statistics, and one of purpose, where her attitude and persistence have changed the community. When “The Cure Package” debuted 19 years ago at The Towers of Quayside, she hoped that the self-portraits would help other women understand the disease and send a message that, despite treatment, survivors could still claim and proclaim their femininity. Black and white studio portraits depict Boccard confronted with numerous medicine bottles; with head completely bald, she poses beside mannequins with hair (or vice versa), and, ironically, the essay ends in color with an elated Boccard (who had then thought she had overcome this stage of cancer) holding a young girl in her arms. Two years ago the mother of this girl (now an adult) was diagnosed with breast cancer and passed away this past June. In 1991, at the age of 29, Boccard was first diagnosed with Stage III breast cancerafter being misdiagnosed for nine months. Although declared “cancer free” 10 years later, by 2003, she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and given five years to live. Life beyond her diary has evolved into a career dedicated to helping other women surviving breast cancer. She is a co-founder of the Florida Breast Cancer Coalition and a board member for Women Beyond Cancer. In 2003, her brother, Vincent, and his wife, Terry, founded the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund that helps provide

Striking (Photo Credit: Lynn Parks)

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funding for screening mammograms for women who cannot afford them. In 1994, she, along with other breast cancer advocates, presented President Bill Clinton with 2.6 million signatures requesting the resources needed to end the breast cancer epidemic through Campaign ’94 with the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Her fervid leadership has been crucial in the success of the fund. “In many cases, something like this is created to honor the memory of someone who has passed away,” Boccard stated in a 2012 interview. “I am alive and here. When I am introduced, people are shocked that I am alive. It is amazing to see their reactions.” Boccard also is involved with the many fundraisers benefiting the fund such as the Broward Health Coral Springs’ Race for Women’s Wellness and Glam-a-Thon events. “My Dad once said, ‘Cancer has become your career.’ In a way, he was right. It has changed my life in so many ways, Boccard said. “And, what we have done with our lives goes back to our foundation.” “The Cure Package” is the first exhibit as part of the ACND Prep’s “Through the Lens — Artist Alumni Series.” Boccard graduated from the school in 1980. Visit <www.acnd.net> to learn more. For more information about the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund and upcoming events such as the Oct. 13 Glam-Doll-Strut, visit <www.browardhealth.org/csmc> or <www.Glam-A-Thon.com>.

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City Bikes Ironman 70.3 returns to Miami, Oct. 27 BY DANIELA MERCHAN-GAGLIARDI

City Bikes Ironman 70.3 Miami is returning for its fourth consecutive year on Sunday, Oct. 27, at Miami’s historic Bayfront Park. Three thousand participants are expected to represent more than 59 countries from around the world, all united by their passion for triathlon. The Ironman triathlons began in 1978. Since then, the sport has grown in popularity, gaining worldwide recognition. Triathlons were introduced as an Olympic sport in the 2000 Summer Olympics, arousing further interest. Multiple celebrities have since joined in the triathlon craze. Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indianapolis 500 and the 2004 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Championship winner, will be participating in the event among many others. The race offers athletes an inimitable course by swimming 1.2 miles in the protected waters of Biscayne Bay. Completing a one-loop, 56-mile bike course will take

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athletes through the scenic communities of Greater Miami to the Everglades. The 13.1mile run course will lead athletes alongside the waters of Miami and through one of the most popular and beautiful ports around the world, PortMiami. On Oct. 25 and 26, the event is kickstarted hosting one of the largest expos in the history of the Ironman 70.3 circuit with a great variety of brands and stores showcasing the latest products in the sport industry. Thousands of spectators come together at Bayfront Park to enjoy the lively music, be a part of the exposition and just enjoy the thrilling energy the event brings to the city. The City Bikes Ironman 70.3 Miami is an event unlike any other. The thrill of the sport, the tension of anticipating the finish line and the logistics of the event fuse to produce an experience worth presenting to the world. For more information visit online at <www.miamitrievents.com>.

ARATING

SEASON

JOSHUA ROMAN, cello • CORY SMYTHE, piano GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF SOUTH FLORIDA

GORDON ROBERTS, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AMERNET STRING QUARTET • MISHA VITENSON, MARCIA LITTLEY, violin MICHAEL KLOTZ, viola • JASON CALLOWAY, cello WITH MICHAEL TREE, viola NEW TRIO • ANDREW WAN, violin • JULIO ELIZALDE, piano • PATRICK JEE, cello

September 8, 2013 SUNDAY EVENING CONCERT

RAY CHEN, violin • JULIO ELIZALDE, piano RICHARD GOODE, piano ISABEL LEONARD • VLAD IFTINCA, piano

28th Fun-filled Season The Okee Dokee Brothers – Children’s Concert OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS – in collaboration with Festival Miami Strike Up The Band • GREATER MIAMI SYMPHONIC BAND A Family Music Party • TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA Musical Capers • FLORIDA YOUTH ORCHESTRA Peter & the Wolf • FROST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Ballet is Beautiful • MIAMI CITY BALLET PRINCIPAL DANCERS

December 15, 2013 January 12, 2014 January 26, 2014 February 16, 2014 March 16, 2014 May 18, 2014

October 27, 2013 December 1, 2013 January 19, 2014 February 23, 2014 March 23, 2014 April 27, 2014

(Dancers appear courtesy Lourdes Lopez, Miami City Ballet Artistic Director)

305-271-7150 • Gusman Concert Hall  • UM • 1314 Miller Dr. • Coral Gables For tickets and information, go to www.sundaymusicals.org

This program is sponsored in part by Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Mayor, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, Funding Arts Network, The Miami Salon Group, Citizens Interested in Arts, and with the support of the City of Coral Gables, by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, Whole Foods Market, Coral Gables, and our many generous underwriters, supporters, advertisers and friends.

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Free yoga, classes being offered at Coconut Grove’s Peacock Park BY NATALI LATORRE

The Coconut Grove Business Improvement District is teaming up with Dharma Studio to bring free community yoga classes to Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Rd., in Coconut Grove every Tuesday night from 6 to 7 p.m. beginning Oct. 1 and continuing through April 2014. These open-level weekly yoga classes offer a stress-free and scenic outdoor atmosphere by beautiful Biscayne Bay that participants of all

ages can experience. A certified yoga instructor from Dharma Studio will lead each class. All participants must sign a waiver and should bring their own yoga mat, water, and towel. Classes will be Vinyasa-based featuring a flowing energetic style, including breathwork, meditation and relaxation. Classes are subject to cancellation due to rain. For more information, visit <www.coconutgrove.com> or call 305-461-1777.


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First sensory friendly production of Daughters of the American Revolution The Nutcracker ballet announced to host genealogy workshop, Oct. 12

BY RUTH WIESEN

be available. Children are encouraged to bring their own headsets if they have them The Thomas Armour Youth Ballet and and use them in similar situations. the New World School of the A “quiet room” will be Changes have Arts have announced Miami’s available with live stream first sensory friendly producvideo of the performance. been made tion of The Nutcracker ballet. • Inclusion specialists e n v i ro n m e n t a l l y The production is presented from CCDH will be at the and technically to with guidance and support theater to assist. m e e t t h e s e n s o ry from the Miami Dade County A performance guide is n e e d s o f c h i l d re n Department of Cultural Affairs available from the All Kids and its All Kids Included Included program to prepare with autism or Program (AKI). Changes have new audiences for a live bala u t i s m - re l a t e d been made environmentally let performance d i s o rd e r s . and technically to meet the The performance is sensory needs of children with Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 10 autism or autism-related disorders. The a.m., at Miami Dade County Auditorium, whole family is encouraged to attend. 2901 W. Flagler St. There is plenty of free Adaptations include: parking behind the theater. Tickets are $7. • Softened lighting (no strobe or sudden To make a reservation, go to flashes). House lights will not go to black <http://thomasarmouryouthballet.org/reser before the curtains open, as the result is vation-form/> normally an explosion of loud clapping and This is the first time that a production cheering. House lights will remain at a low of this size has attempted to adapt the level for the duration of the performance. environment and technical details to • The volume of the music will be some- meet the needs of the autistic and ARD what reduced. Noise reducing headsets will community.

BY GARY ALAN RUSE

People interested in finding out how to trace their family lineage may want to attend a genealogy workshop hosted by the Everglades Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The workshop is set for Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the South Dade Regional Library in the upstairs auditorium, 10750 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay. “The workshop is free and is for anyone in the area who is interested in finding out how to research ancestry,” said Wendy Kirby, Regent of the Everglades Chapter. “Have you ever wondered if a Revolutionary War patriot ancestor could be hidden in your family tree? Perhaps you are eligible to join the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) or the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), and you don’t even realize it. If you would like

to find out, this workshop is for you.” Debbie Duay, PhD, organizing secretary for the Florida State Society DAR, will facilitate the seminar. With 15 years of experience in genealogy, Dr. Duay has helped more than 300 people join the DAR and SAR and her genealogy tutorials online reportedly receive more than 500 visitors daily. “Our vision is to encourage every generation of Americans to celebrate the spirit of the men and women who achieved our nation’s independence,” Kirby said. “Through a renewed and unparalleled commitment to meaningful public service, we will strive to increase our society’s membership and financial stability, as we enhance public awareness of our vital, relevant and timeless mission to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism.” For information, call the library at 305233-8140 or send an email to Wendy Kirby at <kirbywendra@comcast.net>.


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NASCAR driver learns skills it takes to be a firefighter

Pictured at Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Headquarters training facility on Sept. 11, are (l-r) Homestead-Miami Speedway president Matthew Becherer; NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Fire Chief (Photo courtesy of Homestead-Miami Speedway) David Downey. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY GEORGE STIEREN

NASCAR Chase For The Sprint Cup qualifier Carl Edwards visited MiamiDade Fire Rescue Headquarters as well as Fire Rescue Station 43 on Sept. 11. Edwards’ visit is part of NASCAR’s Chase Across America in advance of the start of the Chase For The Sprint Cup, which culminates Nov. 17 with the championship-crowning Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 2008 and 2010 Homestead-Miami Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner and 2011 championship series runnerup spent the morning at the Miami-

Dade Fire Rescue Headquarters in Doral where he participated in various fire training activities such as putting out a house fire, extinguishing an automobile fire, and using the Jaws of Life for a car extrication. He then traveled to the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Station 43, 13390 SW 152 St., where he enjoyed lunch with the firefighters, participating in a question-and-answer session with the personnel, which included Assistant Fire Chief Fernando Fernandez. Incidentally, the firefighters were called to a house fire immediately in the area after eating lunch with Edwards, proving that anything can happen at any time for these first responders.


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Pink pineapple to take over Baptist Health MCH honored for Overall Outpatientfor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Pediatric Unit Patient Satisfaction BY COSETTE MARTINEZ

For the first time in Baptist Health South Florida’s history, its decades-old green pineapple logo is turning pink for the month of October. Pink lights again will bathe hospital, medical arts and outpatient facilities during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All advertisements, websites and social media platforms will sport a pink pineapple logo to commemorate those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. Baptist Health Breast Center, one of Baptist Health’s centers of excellence, will be especially pink to commemorate those touched by breast cancer.

Baptist Health performed more than 66,000 mammograms in 2012. Baptist Health includes Baptist Outpatient Services and Baptist, South Miami, Baptist Children’s, Doctors, Homestead, Mariners and West Kendall Baptist hospitals, along with Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute and Baptist Health Medical Group. Since 2000, people have associated the color pink with breast cancer awareness. It has a different meaning for everyone: a symbol of hope and strength for survivors, an opportunity to offer support for those affected and a reminder to be proactive about breast health by getting a mammogram.

BY JENNIFER CAMINAS

Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) recently was recognized with an Excellence Through Insight Award for “Overall Outpatient-Pediatric Unit Patient Satisfaction” by HealthStream, a leading provider of learning, talent management and research solutions for the healthcare industry. MCH was awarded this honor based on the high 2012 patient satisfaction scores garnered by its outpatient care units. Contributing to the recognition, the MCH Heart Station, The Division of Neuroscience and Diagnostic Radiology at MCH each ranked within the top five nationwide of hospital outpatient programs assessed by HealthStream. To qualify for an award, a hospital must have been a patient satisfaction-tracking client

of HealthStream in 2012, and have scored in the 75th percentile or higher, with a minimum of 100 patients surveyed. MCH was chosen for receiving the highest ratings in outpatientpediatric unit patient satisfaction from among HealthStream’s clients, as well as exceeding industry standards. “We are honored to hear that we are being recognized for excellence in patient satisfaction for outpatient services,” said Al Rego, vice president of Clinical Operations at MCH. “This award is a testament to our commitment to world-class pediatric care while providing an excellent overall experience.” HealthStream CEO Robert A. Frist Jr. said, “We applaud MCH’s high-level commitment to excellence in healthcare — and we are pleased to recognize their achievement with our Excellence through Insight award.”


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Physical Therapists provide relief from your shoulder dysfunction

Urology Center of South Florida is proud to announce that

Peter Mennie, MD has joined our group in the practice of urology. Dr. Mennie is trained in all aspects of Urology. Expertise in minimally invasive urologic techniques, including Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery. 3661 South Miami Ave. #1003 Miami, FL 33133

Compounding For Ferrets with Insulinoma Beta cell tumors, also known as insulinomas, are the most common form of cancer in ferrets. These tumors produce excessive amounts of insulin, causing dangerously low blood glucose levels. Surgery to remove visible tumors or a large portion of pancreas frequently does not result in a cure. The incidence of recurrence is high. But, in some cases, with good care and a combination of medical and surgical treatment, or medical treatment alone, a ferret may be able to live with this condition for a number of years. Prednisolone is a medication that is commonly administered orally to ferrets with insulinoma to improve glucose metabolism. Prednisolone is currently not commercially available and must be compounded by pharmacists for use in ferrets. Diazoxide is used to treat ferrets with insulinoma once they become refractory to prednisolone therapy, and most veterinarians prefer to use a sugarless flavored compounded suspension provided by compounding pharmacists. Ask our compounding pharmacist for more information about customized medications for animals.

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Shoulder dysfunctions are very common in individuals of all ages. One does not have to be involved in athletics to develop shoulder problems. Shoulder dysfunction results from altered glenohumeral joint mechanics. If you suspect shoulder dysfunction, here are a few questions to ask yourself. Do I have shoulder and/or upper arm pain? Am I able to lift my arm overhead? Do I have difficulty with buckling my bra? Is it difficult to get my wallet out of my back pocket? Do I have pain when trying to sleep on this one side? If the answer is “Yes” to any of the above questions, you may very likely have shoulder dysfunction. The most common medical diagnoses for shoulder problems are rotator cuff tears, impingement syndrome, tendinitis, bursitis and adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder). The shoulder is a ball and socket joint which allows for a large amount of movement at the expense of stability. The muscles around the glenohumeral joint and the scapula (shoulder blade) provide stability. They are known as the rotator cuff muscles: Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor and Subscapularis. These muscles act in concert to achieve stability of the shoulder and allow for the large amount of movement. “When there is a breakdown in their function, either by trauma or overuse, the above listed diagnoses materialize,” said physical therapist Craig Pahl, PT, MHS, coowner and president of Physical Therapy Associates, P.A. “From these dysfunctions, patients experience pain, decreased shoulder range of motion, weakness and difficulty using the upper extremity during functional activities.” At Physical Therapy Associates, P.A., conservative treatment is effectively handled by licensed and trained physical therapists who are educated at the graduate level. The team has extensive experience and well versed in effective treatment options. Treatment plans tailored to meet individual needs are developed for each patient. Physical Therapy Associates, P.A. incorporates an individualized physical therapy program consisting of education, flexibility, strength and fitness. Patients who participate in this program experience less pain and are able to return more quickly to a healthy, active lifestyle than those who do not receive proper treatment. “We educate our patients so they understand the biomechanics of this disorder and our plan of treatment,” noted Craig Pahl. “Through education patients are instructed to modify their activities as well as the ergonomics of the employment to lessen the repetitive trauma on the shoulder region and allow the injured tissue to heal.” Pahl described another critical component of the treatment plan. “Flexibility is equally important, of both the shoulder muscles and joints to increase range of motion and increase the joint spaces, thus pain is notably reduced,” he said. He also pointed out that strengthening the shoulder muscles will protect the joints from trauma and increase a patient’s pain-free function. Strengthening exercise usually commence below the horizontal to avoid further shoulder trauma. Fitness exercise increases the muscles endurance and the patient’s overall level of fitness. By utilizing this unique program, patients experience decreased pain and overall function that leads to a better quality of life. For 29 years, Physical Therapy Associates, P.A. has been committed to the delivery of quality orthopedic rehabilitation at a reasonable cost. Physical Therapy Associates, P.A. is located at 6280 Sunset Drive, Suite 405, South Miami. For more information or to schedule a consultation or appointment with a physical therapist, please call 305-662-4915.


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Mercy Hospital Medical Partners is a network of physicians located in Miami-Dade county. Our network of multi-specialty physicians is one of the reasons why Mercy Hospital continues to receive honors and accolades for excellence in healthcare. Our talented doctors are committed to delivering the quality care you deserve. Our mission is to provide healthcare services to all individuals in our community with dignity, compassion and respect. The vision of is to consistently meet the changing healthcare needs and expectations of the communities we serve.

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Facial Plastic Surgery with Dr. Bustillo Dr. Bustillo, I have always wanted to have my nose done. The bump on the bridge and my droopy tip bother me. I don’t like looking at my profile, however, I am terribly afraid of having a “Michael Jackson nose.” Beth. Beth, I can’t tell you how often I hear the words “ I don’t want a nose like Michael Jackson’s.” At least several times a day. It’s unfortunate that a poor rhinoplasty result is associated with a particular person, but his name has become a synonym for a poorly operated and surgical-appearing nose. So, the questions are “ how does that happen?” and “can that happen to me?” Let’s discuss the first one. The most common reason a nose can have a surgical appearance is from over aggressive removal of cartilage and bone. In an attempt to make the nose smaller, the surgeon removes too much. By doing this, the structural framework of the nose is compromised, leaving little support for the skin. The skin contracts and the end result is a nose that looks done. This is the classic “reduction” rhinoplasty. Today, cutting edge surgeons perform what is called “structural rhinoplasty,” where the rhinoplasty is performed by removing very little cartilage and bone. The tip is shaped, not by removing cartilage, but by re-shaping it using special sutures. The end result is a nicely shaped nose with a strong and long lasting skeleton. The answer to the second question depends on your choice of surgeon. By choosing a surgeon that is experienced in the art and craft of rhinoplasty, the patient will usually have a good cosmetic outcome. While even the best of surgeons occasionally have less than perfect results, their results are usually good. However, if the surgeon has little experience in rhinoplasty surgery, it is likely that the nose will not have a satisfactory outcome. Good luck,

Andres Bustillo, MD You can submit your questions to andres@drbustillo.com Andres Bustillo is a board certified facial plastic surgeon. 305-663-3380 www.drbustillo.com

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Florida Healthcare Plus, the service you want BY LEE STEPHENS

Florida Healthcare Plus (FHCP) is among the most successful and innovative managed care companies in the state. With a focus on quality customer service, cost-effectiveness and “grassroots” relationships with Primary Care Physicians, FHCP continues to expand its presence in the Florida healthcare arena. FHCP started out in 2004 as a pre-paid health plan, addressing the needs of lower income families. Today, they are a licensed Florida HMO (health maintenance organization) with branches in major population areas such as Miami, West Palm Beach, Orlando and Tampa. By January 2014, their participating networks will be available in 16 counties throughout the state. At the heart of FHCP’s success is their mission to limit costs and placing the proper emphasis on preventative care. “Preventative care is key and it is the future of healthcare,” said Abe Rodriguez, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for FHCP. “The goal should be to keep people healthy. This philosophy is evident in the extent of the services we provide to our members and in the caliber of physicians in our network.” The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been phasing into the healthcare system since 2010 and is planned to be fully implemented by

next year. The Act promotes prevention, wellness for public health and provides funding commitment to these areas. A healthier population will actually reduce the cost of healthcare and improve the population’s quality of life and productivity. This strategy of national prevention and health promotion also improves the delivery of healthcare to constituencies that were often denied coverage by insurers or dropped by an insurer once a substantial claim was made. For practitioners and healthcare institutions, the ACA requires greater transparency and accountability than ever before. In this regard and others, FHCP is a “fantastic fit” for the ACA, according to Abe Rodriguez. Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) who are providers with FHCP have the opportunity to get their practice in line with the new regulations. Increased accountability calls for greater monitoring of preventative care via electronic health records. Physicians, PCPs will need IT capabilities that allow them to maintain and file detailed reports properly. FHCP will provide solutions to their participating providers and assist them with the reporting requirements via electronic patient files (EMR/EHR) while ensuring that they are reporting on a timely-basis as the physicians maintain high scores with preventive care.

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FHCP takes great pride in the way it conducts business. “We believe in doing it the old fashioned way—one handshake at a time,” said Abe Rodriguez. It has proven to be just the right way to increase business. The personal touch extends to every prospective provider and every prospective patient. FHCP limits costs and practices prevention to such an extent that this relatively small company can invest the savings into benefits instead of rewarding a large group of stockholders. These benefits include an over the counter debit card that is recharged in $100 increments every month. The member can use the card at select locations to purchase over 25,000 health-related products, from aspirin to blood pressure cuffs. Another is FHCP’s unlimited transportation service for members, offered free of charge. The company has purchased its own fleet of comfortable Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans, operated by drivers trained and employed by FHCP. A free gym membership is offered to all members. To find out about becoming an FHCP provider or to enroll in Medicare or Medicaid-based programs, contact FHCP at 1-855-431-1609 or visit them at their website at <www.floridahealthcareplus>.


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To avoid frustration, understand the non-linear nature of fitness BY LUCAS G. IRWIN

NASM-PES,President, Steelhouse Fitness Franchising I want to share something with you about fitness that can eliminate a great deal of unnecessary frustration. Far too often, people carry the false assumption that progress is perfectly linear and reaching their goals will follow a perfectly predictable pattern. Simply knowing that this is not the norm can help to eliminate a great deal of those moments that take the wind out of your motivational sail. Let’s take a look at the most common example of this fallacy. If someone wants to lose 20 pounds in 10 weeks, they typically do the math and assume they need to maintain two pounds of fat loss every week. Intuitively, this basic algebra makes complete sense. In practice, it can often lead to frustration and confusion. If the individual above checks and charts his/her weekly weight loss, it is highly unlikely that the results would read: -2, -2, -2, etc. A much more common result would be along the lines of: -3, -1, -0, -2, etc. Both scenarios will ultimately lead to 20 pounds of weight loss over 10 weeks, but assuming a perfect linear result typically leads to quitting after a week or two of seeing results that didn’t meet expectations. Everything I have explained above applies to all aspects of fitness and physical development, not just weight loss. “Imperfect progression” is the norm in weight gain, strength gain, speed development, loss of inches, cardiorespiratory development, etc. There are a tremendous amount of different factors that go into achieving our fitness goals, and any one of them can contribute to a skewed display of our actual progress. Regarding the aforementioned problem, there are two things that I suggest to every client.

Lucas Irwin in competition ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

• Do not be a micro-monitor. Checking your progress too often is a sure-fire way to get fooled and frustrated. Using weight loss as an example, weighing yourself daily is ridiculous and checking weekly is still a bit much. We tend to encourage once a month, but for those who really can’t stand it, biweekly is not too bad. • Know how your body progresses. Simply knowing that fitness is an “up and down” endeavor will make a world of difference. In previous writings, I have drawn the parallels between fitness and the stock market; some weeks are up and some are down, but over the long-term you will reap the rewards. So stay focused, keep working hard and don’t micro-monitor your progress. With a good plan and a dedicated attitude, you will get there.

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Live in Sure Wealth and Leave a Legacy Many people don’t like to talk about life insurance because, well, most people don’t like to talk about dying. But, life insurance should be a part of everyone’s long-term financial strategy, says Howard Kaye, president of Howard Kaye Life Insurance Agency. Life insurance is an asset – it should not be viewed as an expense. In fact, life insurance may be the only solution that offers you a guaranteed return on principal. “Life insurance is and should be an investment alternative in every truly diversified portfolio,” said Kaye. “We work with our clients to help them understand how best to use life insurance to create and preserve wealth.” First and foremost, life insurance safeguards your family’s future. It protects your loved ones and gives you peace of mind knowing they will be taken care of in the event of your death. But when properly planned and executed, life insurance can do so much more. The focus of life insurance in estate planning is to leave your family and charities the most money possible. For high-wealth individuals, life insurance is there to pay the estate taxes that Uncle Sam will surely take. Having proper amounts of insurance can prevent your heirs from selling assets at a discount to address tax requirements, says Kaye.

Howard Kaye ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– As the saying goes – the only things certain in life are death and taxes. When you have life insurance, your payout is guaranteed, and the good news – your taxes will be covered. “Everyone is going to die, so you might as well get paid for it,” Kaye said. “At the end of the day, life insurance is money. I

often ask my clients, ‘how much money would you like to buy?’” Even if you have a life insurance policy, it does not mean your heirs and charities are properly protected from loss of value due to taxes. “It’s important to periodically review your policy to be sure you and your family are properly covered,” said Kaye. “A consultation to review your existing policy is always complementary, and it is time wellspent.” Kaye warns that individuals who do not have life insurance are exposing their family to many risks. Life insurance may be the difference between preserving your family’s quality of life and a serious financial setback. Kaye and his team of advisors are determined to help you find the best plan for your family. “There is a program for every age and every level of wealth,” he said. Kaye has assembled a team of knowledgeable advisors to work with him in his boutique agency based out of Boca Raton, which serves clients nationwide. The team can assist you with estate and legacy planning and charitable gifting. They can help you maximize the benefit of your IRA, and introduce you to the 401-KAYE plan. This program allows adult children to ensure their parent’s legacy passes seamlessly to the next

generation and generations beyond. Another offering – the Everything Solution – “is one of the best products I’ve seen,” says Kaye. This policy is a great alternative to a CD or money market product, but it has better growth potential than those accounts. “It’s fully liquid, it has a tax-free benefit and is safe from market losses,” said Kaye. Kaye has more than 29 years of experience in the industry. It’s safe to say that he probably learned a thing or two from his father, Barry Kaye, who is widely recognized as the father of the wealth preservation industry. Like his father who was also a regular in the media, Kaye spreads the wealth of his knowledge on his a 30-minute financial news and educational television program entitled “In Sure Wealth” Television, with Howard Kaye, which airs Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., on South Florida’s WXEL. The show also airs in the Miami market on WPLG-ABC which airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:30am. Contact Howard Kaye Insurance Agency for a complimentary consultation at 800-343-7424. For more information, visit www.howardkayeinsurance.com.


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Keeping things crystal clear What the new Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department Multi-year Capital Improvement Plan means to you BY JENNIFER MESSEMER Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department

Living in South Florida, we’re surrounded by water, but only a limited amount is drinkable.The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) staff works around the clock to deliver high-quality drinking water that meets or exceeds local, state and federal requirements, as well as the reliable sewer services you use every day. Just as cars, roads, bridges and even your body wear down due to age and stress, so do the more than 14,000 miles of underground pipes and treatment plants currently in use in Miami-Dade County. Since there are some pipes as old as 80 years still in service, WASD is embarking on a Multi-year Capital Improvement Plan to enhance and upgrade our infrastructure, which will result in improved service for decades to come, including improved firefighting capacity, environmental improvements, economic growth and increased capacity. This 15- to 20-year project will cost $12.6 billion. Consequently, starting Oct. 1 there will be an eight percent rate increase. But keep in mind that the average residential customer willsee their bill rise but $3.36 a month. So, essentially for pennies for a day, Miami-Dade County residents will be making an investment in the infrastructure that serves more than 2.3 million of them on a daily basis, in addition to thousands of visitors and tourists. To put things in perspective consider this: Miami-Dade County has the largest water and sewer utility in the Southeastern United States. Yet even with the rate increase, WASD’s rates will remain among thelowest in the state and the country. Improvements to Miami-Dade County’s pipes and treatment plants are going to take time, and they are going to take money. But simply put, we’re investing in the future because our water is worth it.


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Sporty JUKE NISMO CUV joins 2013 Nissan lineup Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS Just in case you haven’t heard about it yet, NISMO is derived from NISsan MOtorsports and the company is developing sports-oriented vehicles all across its product line and tagging them with the moniker. One of the latest is the new 2013 JUKE NISMO model. The JUKE NISMO has a racetrack-derived design, enhanced performance and road-hugging handling. It gives JUKE buyers a distinct choice in a crossover lineup that includes the affordable S, the well-equipped SV and the premium SL. Two configurations — front-wheel drive with a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive with sport-tuned Xtronic CVT — are available and there are almost 100 separate performance, exterior and interior modifications available for the JUKE. The modifications to the JUKE exterior are designed to enhance the vehicle’s aerodynamics, resulting in a 37-percent improvement in downforce (versus non-NISMO models). Many of the aggressive sports-cross

styling elements were influenced by NISMO’s motorsport expertise, in particular using lessons learned from the styling and engineering of the Nissan GT-R racers that compete in the Super GT series in Japan. Compared to the standard Nissan JUKE, the most obvious visual change is to the front fascia and grille, which have been modified to better control airflow to the engine. The new front end has a lower and more aggressive design, while the integrated fog lights have been replaced by thin-strip LED accent lights positioned at the top edge of new small vents to the side of the larger grille. On front-wheel drive versions these are blanked, but on all-wheel drive models the left-hand side vent allows air into the engine bay for the CVT oil cooler, and the righthand vent is styled to match. The prominent upper edge of the large lower grille features a red pinstripe that curves around the smaller vents and continues to the front wheel arches. This distinctive NISMO cue gives the nose a visual width and presence while emphasizing the athletic stance. The signature Nissan V-strut grille is finished in a darker shade and the distinctive JUKE combination lights are smoked as part of the NISMO appearance treatment. Also part of the JUKE NISMO exterior look are new 18-inch lightweight aluminum-

JUKE NISMO has many visual changes, including a lower and more aggressive front end design and new 18-inch lightweight aluminum-alloy wheels. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

alloy wheels with 225/45R18 Continental ContiSportContact5 summer tires, which help give additional grip during cornering. One inch larger than the standard JUKE wheels, the diamond-cut alloys have a 10 twin-spoke design and are finished in dark anthracite. The JUKE NISMO is available in three exterior colors — Sapphire Black, Brilliant Silver and Pearl White. All come equipped

with red outside door mirrors and the matching pinstripe around base of the vehicle. The MSRP on the Nissan JUKE NISMO is $23,780 and $26,080 with the CVT. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.


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