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Dr. Feldman tells CBBA about new high school BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Some 1,000 expected to find ‘Reason to Run’


r. Lawrence S. Feldman, vice chair of the MiamiDade District School Board for the past three years, visited the Oct. 13 meeting of the Cutler Bay Business Association (CBBA) to bring its members up to date on the new Cutler Bay high school. He also mentioned the progress the board had made since its troubled past. “Three years ago we had a lot of problems,” Dr. Feldman said. “We had a $6 billion budget and only $3 billion coming from taxes. We had a board and a superintendent seat that were pretty much in competition with The Days of Our Lives. We had programs that were not part of schools; they were part of helping vendors. Now, three years later, we’re in better shape.” Dr. Feldman credited current school district superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho for his role in improving the system. Centennial Middle School will become the new high school, grades 9-12, with three advanced academies — the iPrep, Environmental Science and Technology, and a baccalaureate academy called the Cambridge Program, in addition to its

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Pictured (l-r) are Alan Ricke, Cutler Bay Parks and Recreation director; Councilmember Sue Ellen Loyzelle; Mayor Ed MacDougall; Councilmember Peggy Bell; Dr. Lawrence S. Feldman, Miami-Dade School Board vice chair; CBBA president Cyndi Rogg, and CBBA vice president Darryl Boyette.

he fourth annual “Reason to Run” 5K run/walk and family event benefiting CancerFree KIDS Pediatric Cancer Research Alliance will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5, 8 a.m., at the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave. On-site registration and check-in will begin at 7 a.m. The registration fee is $30. To date, the event has raised more than $100,000 for pediatric cancer research. Dr. Julio Barredo of UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center received the first local award last year for a study titled “Targeting Glycolysis and the AMPK Regulated Metabolic Networks in

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Second annual Walk-A-Thon success at Whispering Pines BY GARY ALAN RUSE


hispering Pines Elementary’s PTA hosted its second annual Walk-A-Thon at the school on Sept. 23, and the work of the students, teachers and parents made it a success once again, according to the school’s PTA president Renee Y. Espinosa. “Our hope was highlighting awareness of becoming healthier

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Parent volunteer Scott Blackburn is pictured spraying cooling water on the students.

(Photo by Denise Laakman)

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‘Unbig’ news: smart cars now on sale in Cutler Bay BY DENIE HARRIS

After taking a hiatus of nearly two years, smart, the quirky, iconic vehicle that created the microcar segment in the U.S. is available for purchase again in MiamiDade County. The return of the smart car has been announced by an “unbig” campaign which is the first part of an extensive marketing platform designed to create broader awareness for the smart car among American consumers. Smart center of Cutler Bay is open for business and is positioned to sell vehicles to clients from Key West to Key Biscayne and beyond. Located within the confines of Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay, the smart dealership has all the backings of the Mercedes-Benz machine including sales, service and parts. “It is always exciting to Pete Blackwell launch a new product –––––––––––––––––––

Smart cars now are on sale at MercedesBenz of Cutler Bay.

line, especially one as unique as the smart cars,” said Pete Blackwell, general manager of Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay. “Adding the smart cars to our Cutler Bay dealership will certainly result in us having something for everyone, from the full lineup of Mercedes-

Benz vehicles to Sprinter cargo and passenger vans to the smart cars.” The distinctive smart product line consists of five fortwo models in the U.S., with pricing starting at $12,490: the gasolinepowered smart fortwo in coupe (in “pure” or “passion” configuration) and cabriolet body styles as well as an all-electric version of both the smart fortwo coupe and

cabriolet. Beyond their eclectic design, the fortwo benefits from a strong emphasis on sustainability, safety and customization. Everything that goes into a smart is about perpetuating the importance of sustainability — from the recycled materials used during manufacturing to its congestion-reducing design and its ability to achieve 41 miles per gallon on the highway (the highest highway mpg of any gasoline non-hybrid). Smart cars, which come equipped with eight airbags and a patented tridion safety cell design, provide a high level of occupant protection and have benefited from the innovative safety technology developed over the years by MercedesBenz. “There are many reasons to drive a smart — affordability, practicality, safety, style and environmentally conscience, just to name a few,” Blackwell concluded. “I encourage everyone to come and take this car for a test drive — you will be amazed!” Smart center of Cutler Bay is located at 10701 SW 211 St., Cutler Bay, within the Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay dealership. For more information on smart center of Cutler Bay, call 305-251-0345 or visit online at <>.

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Luis Nuñez guest artist for ‘Art in the Chamber’

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Continuing through the month of November the walls of the Homestead Council Chamber are adorned with captivating paintings of Florida’s natural landscapes by famed local artist Luis Nuñez. Councilman Stephen Shelley, who started the “Art in the Chamber” program, inaugurated the exhibit during the Wednesday, Oct. 19, City Council meeting, and invited the community to visit the council chamber and enjoy Nuñez’ paintings. Nuñez paints en plein air and from his studio in Homestead. He works mostly with oil paints on canvas; his subject matter is varied, from still life to an occasional portrait. However, landscape, nature and wildlife painting is his favorite form of expression. Although he invites the opportunity to paint any landscape anywhere in the world, his heart is in the Florida landscape. His Biscayne Bay, Everglades, Big Cypress

and Florida Keys paintings capture the light, colors and mood of this beautiful and unique part of the world. He has participated in numerous juried exhibitions in the United States. His works are displayed in private collections throughout the United States, Europe, Central America and Australia. He was commissioned by Biscayne National Park to decorate an ornament for the 2007 White House’s Christmas tree, celebrating the U.S. National Park Centennial. In 2010, the Florida Governor selected Nuñez as the state’s featured artist for the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in Florida. His paintings also are part of public collections such as the Florida International University Art in Public Places, Biscayne National Park, Miami Dade College, Florida Department of State and the Frost Art Museum. Some of his work may be seen on his website at <> and he may be contacted by email at <>.

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This year’s State of the Town Address is next week Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN That’s right, folks. The 2011 State of the Town Address will be held on Tuesday, November 8, at the Mercedes Benz dealership. Be there or be square. Get an update on what’s been accomplished, what’s on the road ahead for Cutler Bay, and check out the cars while you’re there. Get ready! We hear from a reliable source that the long awaited Old Cutler Road improvement project with traffic circles, landscaping and other enhancements will be breaking ground the week of November 14. Check with Town Hall for updates. Mark this on your calendars! On Saturday, December 3, the town will be holding its Fifth Annual Hometown Harvest Ride at the 50-acre Lakes by the Bay Park with registration at 8:00 am, the 10.6 mile bicycle ride at 9:00 am, followed by the Guinness Book of World Record’s longest ribbon-cutting and ground breaking ceremony at Lakes by the Bay Park. Want to serve? The town council is seeking applicants residing in areas one, two, and three to serve on the Charter Review Commission. Interested candidates ought

to submit to the town clerk’s office a resume, statement describing their background and qualifications, and/or any other relevant information for the November 16 regular council meeting, and make themselves available at the meeting in order to be considered for the appointment. Town Hall is located at10720 Caribbean Blvd., Suite 210. Call 305-234-4262 for more info. Erin O’Donnell, Assistant to the Town Clerk, tells us that “The Giant African Land Snail is one of the most damaging snails in the world due to their consumption of 500 different types of plants; plaster and stucco structures, and the parasite nematode they carry which can lead to meningitis in humans.” As they have been found near the Town of Cutler Bay area, she advises that you do not touch them but immediately call the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on toll-free at 888-397-1517. The Bakehouse Art Complex (BAC), South Florida’s premier center for emerging and mid-career artists, is hosting its fourth annual Lucky You! art raffle on November 11 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Featured are original paintings, sculptures, photography, and mixed-media works donated by more than 70 BAC and Miamibased artists to be raffled off that evening, hosted by NBC Miami’s beautiful anchor Roxanne Vargas. Admission is $50 ($45 presale) and includes full access to the

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Audrey Love Gallery, the artists and their studios, live music, hors d’oeuvres and spirits provided by Bacardi. Admission tickets and raffle tickets can be purchased by phone, email or mail. Please visit the BAC Fundraising page, <>, for more information, or call Lauren Wagner at 305-576-2828. Got a business? Andrew P. Yap, local businessman and a business professor at Florida International University is hosting a free seminar on how to Design a Breakthrough Marketing Program for Your Small and Mid-Sized Business. It’s on Saturday November 5 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Stir Moon Thai & Japanese Restaurant, 20505 South Dixie Highway in Cutler Bay. “During these uncertain economic times, many small and mid-sized businesses are experiencing severe financial strain and do not know where to turn for expert advice or business development assistance,” says Andrew, who adds that at least 70 percent of owners don’t have a business plan. A free workbook will be provided. If you plan to attend the event, email your Company/Organization name and list the names of individuals who will

be attending the seminar to <> by 5 p.m. on Fri, November 4. Army veteran? The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who ever served in the 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the national association and their annual reunion in Reno, Nevada from August 23 - 27, 2012, visit their website at or contact the association’s secretary-treasurer, Bob Haynes, at <> or call 224-2251202. For information about the Florida Branch Chapter, contact Mike Davino at <> or call 919-4981910. Thought for the Day: “A man with ability and the desire to accomplish something can do anything.” Donald Kircher Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-669-7355, ext. 249, or send emails to <>.

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normal curriculum. The changes will not be just superficial ones. “We are doing massive renovations so that we can accommodate the iPrep stateof-the-art learning,” Dr. Feldman said. “That is a special type of visual as well as academic equipment. We will be doing that in conjunction with the mayor. It is visually different — it is a college campus in a room. It’s something that our kids grew up with, so they should be using that as their classroom, not forcing them to sit in chairs the way we did because that’s what we knew. We now know a different type of learning and teaching. We just have to move faster.” Dr. Feldman, who brought his chief of staff Jackeline Fals and community involvement specialist Erz Munsie with him, said they would be working with the community. He also said that Centennial could be renamed Cutler Bay High School,

if residents want that. He said the school board has a process by which the town could ask for that change. The new school will open its doors in the fall of 2012. “It’s good,” Dr. Feldman said. “I’m very proud of the mayor and the council, and what they’ve done for this particular school. It makes it easy, and makes it so that everyone comes out a winner, especially the kids.” For his part, Mayor Ed MacDougall had high praise for Dr. Feldman and the improved school board. “We’ve found as the council that working with the Miami-Dade County school system, particularly Dr. Feldman, that they have been extremely helpful and cooperative,” Mayor MacDougall said. “I’m looking forward to a partnership which is blossoming, which will help the school system and the residents of Cutler Bay. It’s been an absolute joy to work with the school system. Their accommodating us has been over the top.”

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WALK-A-THON, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– people through exercise, diet and life choices,” Espinosa said. “This year, the Miami Dolphins kicked off the efforts with their Dol-Fit program. Dol-Fit is a fun, upbeat interactive assembly designed to encourage students to become fit through education, physical fitness and positive choices.” For the second year, the Walk-AThon also was an opportunity for the school to raise funds for educational programs that are funded through the PTA in an effort to enhance the students’ educational experience. Rachel Blackburn, a PTA vice president, explained. “We had hopes of doubling both our participation as well as our income from last year,” Blackburn said. “Our participation was just shy of that mark, but the students’ fundraising efforts knocked it out of the park.” Whispering Pines Elementary principal Tamela Brown was pleased with how the Walk-A-Thon turned out this year. “The children were all very enthusi-

astic and energized about the event,” Brown said. “Those that participated really seemed to have enjoyed themselves as well as the many volunteers that provided support.” The Walk-A-Thon, which Espinosa said is now being referred to by many as more of a “sports-a-thon” would not have been nearly as successful without the generous support from Zoo Miami, BJs Wholesale Club, Target, Publix #328, SuperWheels, Palmetto Bay Mini Golf, Miami Science Museum, All Stars Frozen Yogurt, Miami Fitness Gallery, Pepsi Co., Baptist Children’s Diagnostic Center, Jumperoos, My Gym, Integrity Martial Arts, Kendall Collision, S. Dade Family YMCA, International Gymnastics and Burger King. “The students, faculty, staff and parents should all be very proud of the overwhelming success of this event,” PTA vice president, Maria DeLaTorre said. PTA members say they hope to continue the tradition for many years to come.

RUN, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).” This year, event organizers hope to raise enough money to purchase the Bio-Plex 200. The instrument would allow for complex analyses of protein and nucleic acid vital to the research being conducted at UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The “Reason to Run” 5K run/walk is the brainchild of avid marathoners and training partners Linda Martinez and Lisette Zamora. Both women have participated in a number of fundraising events for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “Finding cures for pediatric cancers took on a special meaning for my family four years ago when my then 5-year-old nephew was diagnosed with a brain tumor,” said Martinez, event organizer. “Through the work of dedicated doctors and nurses, he is winning his fight. “But the fact remains that cancer is the No. 1 disease killer of children, and the treatments currently available often negatively impact the quality of life for those who survive. Events such as this one will help fund lifesaving research while raising awareness that there is still much work to be done.”

After the run/walk, participants will be invited to enter the Deering property for a post-race event that will include a raffle, music, food, drinks, bounce-houses and other entertainment in the family area. All participants will be entered automatically to win one of many raffle prizes. Those wishing to enter, but not run, can make a donation or purchase a raffle ticket for $5. Sponsors for “Reason to Run” 5K run/walk include: Palmetto Ford, SeaView Research, HiTEX Marketing, Jackson South Community Hospital, Dolphin Mall and Preferred Care Partners. CancerFree KIDS’ mission is to fund lifesaving research of childhood cancers. CFK supports research by raising funds in myriad ways and by actively advocating for additional funding of pediatric cancer research on a national level. The non-profit 501(c)(3) organization was founded on the belief that research can lead to a cure, not only for children, but for everyone. For additional information, visit <>. For more information on the race event or to register, visit online at <> or call 305-807-7079.

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Goodbye, Andy Rooney; I’m going to miss you BY ERNIE SOCHIN Vice Mayor

One of my favorite TV personalities just turned off his camera and microphone at CBS’ 60 Minutes. I say turned off, because he never used the word retire or leaving but it was his last regular appearance on the famous news show. I speak of course of my idol, Andy Rooney. Why my idol? Because he does exactly what I would love to do, only he actually gets paid for it. He also is quite famous, although he hates it when people call out his name or acknowledge him in public. On that we are different. His last TV comment was: “If you see me in a restaurant, please let me enjoy my meal.” Andy, for 39 years, has been able to say just about anything that crosses his mind and, although he did get into trouble for it on a few occasions, for the most part everyone loved him. What he did best is exactly what I try to do, just take ordinary things that we all experience and talk about it in an amusing manner. When I had my radio show, I did the same thing and actually did get paid for it,

but not very much. Here are just a few of my examples: On a trip to Chicago one time, my permanent traveling companion forgot her little makeup bag. She called my son at home and had him ship it to the hotel via FedEx. Then we had to make an immediate trip to Marshall Fields to buy temporary replacement cosmetics so we could go out that evening. The cost was $185. I began to wonder just how much all these blushes, mascaras, conditioners, eyebrow pens, concealers, moisturizers, pencils, etc. actually cost our family each year. My housemate said, “You really didn’t want to know.” So I took my calculator, spread out all her stuff and added it all up. Then in my intimate wisdom and concern for the welfare of our country, multiplied the total times the number of women in the United States who probably use the same stuff. The figure turned out to be many trillions of dollars. My idea was for women to begin contributing these dollars to the government instead and thereby solving the national debt virtually overnight. Shoes: While preparing for a local TV show that I was doing at the time, I began counting the number of shoes in the female 80 percent of my closet. You must notice that

every shopping mall has more women’s shoe stores than hardware stores for men. There must be a reason. I decided to illustrate this on TV by filming the 80 or so boxes of woman’s shoes compared to the three pairs that I owned: Black, Brown and sneakers. (Okay, I exaggerate a bit.) In my mind, that covers just about any combination of clothes that I might need to match. The owner of these woman’s shoes was quite upset with me for many weeks for allowing

people to see into our personal closet. Maybe she was right, but somehow I think Andy Rooney would have gotten away with it. You see, these are just simple stories that just about anyone can relate to and Andy Rooney did it in a masterful way. I, for one, will really miss him being on every Sunday night. Boy, what I wouldn’t give for a job like that, but then I might have to leave Miami’s Community Newspapers and who would want that? (Please don’t answer.)

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Farm Bureau honors family, installs officers at meeting BY THERESA A. SMITH

Dade County Farm Bureau honored the Kenneth St. Germain Family as “Farm Family of the Year” during its annual membership meeting luncheon on Oct. 5 at the Redland Golf and Country Club. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Lynda Bell performed the installation of officers and directors ceremony, and immediate past president Larry Dunagan was honored. Farm Bureau announced Alice Pena as president and Jessica Borek as treasurer. Ivonne Alexander recommitted to the office of president-elect, and Phil Marraccini as secretary. George Butler also will continue to serve as second vice president. Pena presented Miami-Dade County Commissioners Lynda Bell and Javier Souto with Ag Advocate awards for their favorable consideration of agriculture in the recent budget process. Miami-Dade agricultural manager Charles LaPradd provided a “State of the County in Agriculture” address and Andrew Walmsley of Florida Farm Bureau updated the Farm Bureau membership with

Officers of the Dade County Farm Bureau were installed during the annual meeting on Oct. 5. Pictured (l-r) are president Alice Pena, president-elect Ivonne Alexander, treasurer Jessica Borek and secretary Phil Marraccini. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

policy information. Miami-Dade 4-H students presented the Farm Bureau with a farm-themed handmade quilt to mark the occasion. Agency manager Ray Timmons shared the history of the St. Germain Farming Family and presented them with the annual award. Jessica Borek, chair of the Women’s Committee presented past-chair Carolann Swanson with the Women’s Leadership Award for her years of dedication and leadership with the Women’s Committee. Debbie Zimmerman of U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s office presented outgoing president Larry Dunagan with an American Flag that was flown over nation’s Capitol, and delivered a special message from the congresswoman to Dunagan. Dade County Farm Bureau represents more than 3,200 members, over 700 of whom are actively involved in agribusiness and represent over 900 agricultural operations. Dade County farmers provide an economic impact of over $2.57 billion to the local and state economy. Visit on the Internet at <>.

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‘Wine On Harvest Moon’ an evening in the Andes BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ

While clouds hid the harvest moon, guests found much to enjoy at the Deering Estate Foundation’s “Taste, Tango and Toast the Andes,” a celebration of the fine food, fine wine and fine art of Chile and Argentina. The signature mid-October fundraiser marked the 10th annual “Wine On Harvest Moon” presented by South BMW. Proceeds from the evening benefit the foundation’s mission to preserve, protect and enhance the historic estate for present and future generations. During the past several months, Chile’s Consul General Juan Luis Nilo and his dedicated staff at Pro Chile helped Deering Estate Foundation director Mary Pettit and her committee create a true Andean experience that included musicians playing pan flutes and guitars, and traditionally costumed folk dancers. With a glass and plate in hand, partygoers headed for the many food and wine tasting stations throughout the Stone House and Richmond Cottage. Their greatest challenge was where to begin to feast? If they craved something from the sea, Sawa’s Chef Jouven Jean presented a tuna tartar; Sugarcane’s Chef Timon Ballo created a Chilean spiced salmon with pumpkin puree;

Pictured (l-r) are Palmetto Bay Councilmember Joan Lindsay; Councilmember Howard Tendrich, event chair, and Mayor Shelley Stanczyk.

Red Fish Grill’s Chef Greg True served poached shrimp with chickpea fritters, and Paella Party offered up its popular specialty. If meat was what the guests desired, they headed to Smith & Wollensky’s station for filet mignon on gaulettes; Catering Concepts served skewers of Gaucho Brochette Carne Trio; Creative Taste prepared steak sliders; The Local offered braised short ribs; Rincon Argentino presented empanadas and chorizo,

and Ana Capri had an assortment of pasta. For a sweet ending, the Bakehouse at Whole Foods Market Coral Gables catered the desserts. Culinary students from Johnson & Wales University assisted all of the presenting food and wine sponsors. The wine tastings, presented by Crown Wine & Spirits, were exceptional, not only for the variety and quality of wines poured, but also because of the winemakers and winery

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owners who participated in the event. Crown’s wine buyer Veronica Litton arranged for Chilean winemakers Alfonso Undurraga (Koyle) and Hugo Desanzani (Amayna) to speak about their wines. Adding to the night, Charles Deering’s great-great granddaughter, Blair Maus, and her husband, Todd, poured samples of their award-winning Deering Wines from Sonoma, CA. Michael Dominguez from Antigal Winery in Mendoza Argentina, served his premium Aduentus Classico and Mediterraneo Antigal. As the weather cleared, the entertainment spilled into the courtyard with a riveting, breakout tango performance. Following the dancers, food journalist Riki Altman emceed as Chef Timon Balloo demonstrated his culinary talents using salmon and Chilean spices. Guests were invited to preview the exhibit “Just North of the South Pole,” that opened on Oct. 19, featuring the work of established and emerging Andean painters and sculptors. “Taste, Tango and Toast the Andes,” offered all who attended a delightful immersion into the wine, cuisine and cultures of Chile and Argentina. For more information on the Deering Estate Foundation, call 305-235-1668, ext. 263, or visit online at <>.

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Old Cutler Presbyterian Church Arts & Crafts Festival, Nov. 12 BY PHYLLIS WEBBER

Award winning black and white naturalist photographer Marilyn Brown is among the more than 40 artists and crafters who will be exhibiting and selling their art treasures during the “First Annual Arts & Crafts Festival” on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Old Cutler Presbyterian Church, 14401 Old Cutler Rd. in Palmetto Bay. Brown — whose pictures of the Everglades, Coral Gables, Historic Miami, Key Biscayne and other local landmarks have graced executive offices, bank lobbies and residential homes for years — has been exhibited at the prestigious Coconut Grove Art Show, Beaux Arts at the University of Miami, Key Biscayne Art Festival and South Miami Art Show.

According to festival chair Andrea Rogers, Brown will be joined by artists Phil Capen, Marilyn Sheppard, Marabel Morgan, Stacie Krupa, Pasta Pantaleo, Jayne Vander Woude, Coco Bella and many more. Additionally, a select group of food vendors will be on hand, including Sports Grill, Crepe Maker and Flips Kettle Korn, along with cold drinks, hot dogs and a mouth-watering bake sale. There also will be face painting and other activities for kids. To add to the fun, live music will fill the air. All proceeds from artists’ registration fees will go toward supporting the many ministries of Old Cutler Presbyterian Church. For additional information on the show, call Andrea Rogers at 305-332-8834, or send email to <>.

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Wine tasting, open house to benefit autism awareness Come enjoy wine for a great cause on Nov. 4, from 8 to 11 p.m., at Norman Brother’s Produce, 7621 SW 87 Ave. in Kendall. The evening will feature wines from around the world as well as Norman Brothers own signature hors d’oeuvres, holiday menu and desserts. The Wine Tasting and Open House is open to the community and the funds raised through event ticket and raffle ticket sales will go to support autism awareness through UM-NSU CARD services in the community. For more information, call Michelle Costa at 305-284-5269.

TEMPLE BETH TOV-AHAVAT SHALOM SPONSORS RUMMAGE SALE, NOV. 6 Temple Beth Tov-Ahavat Shalom, 6438 SW Eighth St., is sponsoring a Rummage Sale on Sunday, Nov. 6, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be treasure house of bargains: clothing, shoes, jewelry, books, hardware, linens, toys; items for kitchen, pool, patio and beyond. For more information, call 305-387-0622 or 305-661-1421. NEW NEIGHBORS CLUB PRESENTS ‘THE HEALING ART OF LISTENING’ “The Healing Art of Listening” by Tova J. Kreps is the program for the monthly luncheon of the New Neighbors Club of South Dade on

Nov. 9 at the historic Coral Gables Country Club, 997 N. Greenway Dr. in Coral Gables. The inspirational talk encourages the audience to develop the powerful healing art of listening to others in order to effect profound changes in the people around us. Kreps also will give practical applications in the skills of listening. Cost of the luncheon is $24 and reservations are required. To reserve call Barbara Richards at 305-595-8631 no later than Nov. 3.

FLORIDA EAST COAST RAILROAD TOPIC OF LECTURE ON NOV. 10 In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the Deering Estate at Cutler presents a free lecture on the second Thursday of each month. The next lecture is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m., in the Visitor Center Auditorium at the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave. The Topic is “The Florida East Coast Railway: For More Than 110 Years America’s Speedway to Sunshine” and the presenter is Seth Bramson. Bramson has lived in the Miami area since 1946 and is nationally known as the foremost authority on the history of transportation to, from, and within Florida. He is Company Historian of the Florida East Coast Railway and the author of Speedway to Sunshine: the Story of

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FAIRCHILD’S RAMBLE FESTIVAL ACCEPTING BOOK DONATIONS The Ramble, one of the oldest festivals in Miami, taking place Nov. 11-13, was started by Nell Jennings 71 years ago in hopes of raising money for a much needed truck for Fairchild. This year’s event will take place each day from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd. Organizers are happy to receive out-ofprint books, non-fiction books as well as current bestsellers, cookbooks, gardening books, travel books, children’s books and more. Please, no textbooks or magazines. To arrange a donation, contact Stuart Debenham at 305-665-8572 or send email to him at <>.

SERAPHIC FIRE’S COMING PROGRAM FEATURES MUSIC OF TCHAIKOVSKY With a record number of subscriptions, Seraphic Fire’s second program of the season, taking place Nov. 16, 18, and 20, will feature the music of Tchaikovsky: The Serenade. Performances are: Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., at St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church, 126 SE 15 Rd., Miami. Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, 536 Coral Way, Coral Gables. Nov. 20, 4 p.m., at Miami Beach Community Church, 1620 Drexel Ave., Miami Beach. A homage to his musical hero, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade features the full weight of his exquisite Romantic styling. The composer’s masterpiece inspired George Balanchine’s first ballet in the United States. Joining Tchaikovsky on this program by the Firebird Chamber Orchestra will be music by Mozart, as well

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as Felix Mendelssohn, with his thrilling String Symphony No. 8. Tickets and information are available online at or by phone at 305-285-9060.

ANCIENT SPANISH MONASTERY OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATION The public is invited to join area businesses and non-profit organizations in an “Open House” celebration that showcases the products and services the North Miami Beach area has to offer, on Thursday Nov. 17, 6-9 p.m., at the Ancient Spanish Monastery, 16711 W. Dixie Hwy. in North Miami Beach. For directions, call 305-945-1461. Come learn about the amazing diversity and wealth of resources available in the community. Meet the mayor and city council members and enjoy an evening of medieval history, entertainment, fun and food for the entire family. The building of the Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux began in Sacramenia, Spain, in the year 1133 and completed in 1141; nearly 360 years before Columbus set sail for the New World. This event is free and open to the public. ST. LOUIS COVENANT SCHOOL TO HOST CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Parents of the St. Louis Covenant School,

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7270 SW 120 St., will host a Christmas Bazaar to help you get your holiday shopping started early. On Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., shop from dozens of local vendors selling great gifts for everyone on your list this holiday, all while helping raise funds for the school. This event is free to the public and $100 for vendors. For more information call Maria Martinez at 305-238-7562, ext. 207.

ANIMAL SERVICES OFFERS LOW COST FELINE PANLEUKOPENIA VACCINATION In an effort to raise awareness and aid in protecting the health of cats in its community, Miami-Dade Animal Services is offering the public the Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopenia and Chlamydia (FRCPC) vaccine for cats. The cost of the vaccination is $5 per cat and is available to all Miami-Dade County residents. Vaccinations will be administered at the shelter, located at 7401 NW 74 St. Vaccination hours are weekdays from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Veterinarians will administer the FRCPC vaccine to cats over 4 weeks of age. The vaccine offers protection against Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopenia and Chlamydia. These viruses can be fatal in unvaccinated cats and kittens. The health of the 36,000 pets Animal Services receives annually is directly linked to the health of pets in the community.

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Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church Presents Annual BBQ & Country Fair

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Woman speaks to students about growing up in Pakistan BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

Nighat (Niki) Naseer was thrilled to come to America in 1974. She grew up in Pakistan, one of six daughters who needed to be married. When Naseer and her sisters were born, her father said they were each a blessing from God, but the relatives commiserated because women were seen as a burden. “Thank God there is America for us,” Naseer said. She still visits her homeland to see her family but she is very grateful to be able to return to Miami and the freedoms she has here as a woman. “Even though I have a lot of property back home, I don’t think I can go back and live there,” Naseer said. “It’s very unsafe, especially for Western people.” She has written a book, called Golden Bangles, Hidden Tears, about her experiences growing up in a country that still oppresses women. While the book has been written and professionally edited, she’s still looking for an agent and a publisher. One of Naseer’s purposes in writing the book was to honor her father, who, she said, died because of the pressures of the culture. In an arranged marriage, Naseer was wed to her cousin, who was studying at Miami Dade College’s North Campus. After years of working several jobs at a time, the Naseers saved enough money to purchase a Dunkin Donuts franchise. Over time, they owned many. “We bought the first store in PerrineCutler Ridge in 1983,” she said. At one point they owned the Dunkin Donuts on Kendall Drive just west of 117th Avenue, Kendall Drive and 137th Avenue, in Suniland and Country Walk. She sold the business several years after her husband, Muhammad Naseer, died suddenly. “I wrote in the book, he died for Dunkin Donuts,” she said. “So many we bought and sold. Wherever we go, people called him Dunkin man.” Naseer and her family worked hard at the stores and achieved the American dream, which was quite a contrast from her life in Pakistan. “I had a horrible life until age of 20,” she said. “I describe myself as a Pakistani Cinderella. My husband showed me how

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to live a free life.” She describes her life in her book and she goes before school children to talk about how women are treated in Pakistan. “In my country, women don’t have the right to breathe,” she said. Naseer said her sister was beaten every day by her husband because he wanted money from Nasser’s family. Her second sister was almost killed by her husband. “I wanted to go to school when I turned 15,” she said. “I asked my mother please let me go to college for one year. God was on my side. I went for four years. Then the misery started.” The misery came from rejections by potential suitors. She was the third in line to get married but the suitors would pick her younger sisters to court. At one point, things were so bad, she attempted suicide but luckily her mother took her to the hospital. Her mother covered her face for fear that suitors would not want her. Eventually, her cousin asked to marry her and she joined him in America. Naseer goes to schools all over South Florida to give students an idea of how life is in another country. “I tell students, ‘open your eyes,’” she said.

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Dog lovers, 4-legged friends invited to ‘Bark-A-Pawlooza’ BY LEE STEPHENS

Dog lovers are invited to come out and celebrate with their four-legged friends at Pet Supermarket and Miami-Dade Parks’ “Bark-A-Pawlooza” on Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at West Kendall District Dog Park, 11255 SW 157 Ave. The first 50 guests will receive a gift bag, courtesy of Pet Supermarket. The free event will feature lots of great activities for dogs and their owners. Activities include a “Best Dressed” contest for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Pet Supermarket; a “Best Tricks” contest and an “Agility” contest, conducted by recognized dog training experts Canine Counselors, each for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Canine Counselors. Canine Counselors also will provide obedience-training demonstrations for pet owners who want to learn how best to communicate with their dogs. Photo opportunities for dogs and their owners by professional Miami photographer Robert Sullivan will be available for a beautiful portrait just in time for the holidays. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the photos will benefit the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade. The family friendly event also will feature a bounce house for kids, food trucks, and pet supplies and information booths. If you don’t own a dog and would like one, the Miami-Dade Animal Services Department will

be on-site with several adorable pooches available for pet adoptions. Pet Supermarket is the department’s Premier Partner of Miami-Dade Dog Parks and has hosted several events throughout the year at all five county canine facilities, providing dog and park patrons an enhanced dog park experience. The 6.5-acre West Kendall District dog park is divided into two areas, one for larger dogs weighing over 35 pounds and one for smaller dogs weighing less than 35 pounds. Both areas feature dog play equipment for fun and exercise, such as tire jumps, a paws table, and others. There are dog comfort stations with doggy drinking fountains and water sprays, pooper scoopers to keep the areas clean, and a fabric shade canopy. Also at this site is an information kiosk, park benches, picnic areas, a public restroom facility and parking. A walkway connects all areas of the dog park and makes it ADA accessible.

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School earns national honor for hunger-fighting efforts BY MARY RICHMAN

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The Dr. Gilbert Porter Elementary in West Kendall recently received a National School of Distinction status from the Schools Fight Hunger program. The school donated 1,062 pounds of food to help the hungry in the community. Fewer than 2,000 schools nationwide earned this level of distinction in the 2010-11 school year. The National School of Distinction status is awarded to schools that demonstrate notable enthusiasm, creativity or dedication in getting involved with the hunger cause. Whether its activating students around a school-wide food drive, organizing volunteers for a local pantry or food bank, or cultivating a school garden to provide fresh produce for the cause, schools all across the country have been playing a larger and larger role in helping to fight hunger nationwide. “The students, staff and families of our School of Distinction schools should be very proud of their efforts and the impact they’re

making on the hunger cause,” said Tim Sullivan, Schools Fight Hunger founder. “Of course, the short-term results are impressive, but we also love to see how our next generation of leaders are getting active in their communities at such a young age. In a day when so much news about our kids and our schools seems so negative, these schools and these students are well worth celebrating.” Complete details about the Dr. Gilbert Porter Elementary 2010-11 efforts, as well as details about all 2011 honorees, can be found on the “Schools Fighting” profile pages at <>. The Schools Fight Hunger program itself is a 2-year-old initiative focused on connecting schools nationwide with the hunger cause, helping those schools fight hunger most effectively, celebrating the good work of schools and students and inspiring our next generation of leaders on the value of service. Local schools looking to get involved, get help or report their own good hunger-fighting work, can learn more at <>.


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‘New’ whitefly species spreads through parts of South Florida BY RICHARD YAGER

A new whitefly species is defoliating tropical landscapes from plants to stately palms throughout Kendall and other areas of Miami-Dade County. One of 75 species found in Florida, it is identified as the “Gumbo Limbo Spiraling Whitefly” by Catharine Mannion, a specialist at the University of Florida’s Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead. “These small, winged insects belonging to the Order of Hemiptera [aphids, scales and mealy bugs] typically feed on the underside of leaves with needle-like mouthparts,” she reported in a recent bulletin. An ominous warning that concluded: “Whiteflies can seriously injure host plants by sucking nutrients, causing wilting, yellowing, stunting, leaf drop, or even death.” According to Mannion, the first MiamiDade whitefly was collected in March 2009 from a Miami-Dade gumbo limbo tree, becoming the first report of the insect in the continental U.S. About three times larger than other common whiteflies, the new species, believed to have originated in Central America, has spread from gumbo limbo to black olive, copperleaf, Brazilian pepper, cocoplum, wax myrtle, live oak, mango and several palm tree varieties, including areca and coconut palms. “Since the initial find, there were numerous reports in Miami-Dade County, but now it has already spread into other South Florida areas outside Miami-Dade,” Mannion said, emphasizing the “Spiraling Whitefly” species is not the same creature as the “Ficus Whitefly” that causes defoliation and branch dieback of Florida ficus trees. The extent of the gumbo limbo invasion was estimated to effect up to 120,000 trees in landscaped areas alone in county parks, according to Joe Maguire, the department’s

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natural areas manager. Maguire said the whitefly invasion had spread widely in Matheson Hammock where part of its 80 acres has large stands of mahogany and gumbo limbo trees. “This current gumbo limbo whitefly species is proving much more harmful to a wide range of plants and trees than the ficus tree whitefly in 2009,” Maguire said. “Even then, it proved extremely expensive ($50-$100 per tree) to provide insecticide extermination measures throughout all areas of county parks.” Without any budget funds available for the new infestation, Maguire said it appears there is “little that can be done for the current infestation other than wait out the natural cycle of survival.” Joseph Flores, a pest and lawn specialist for Kendall’s “One Two Trees” at 7256 SW 42 Terr., established in 1984, concurs. “We are now finding the insect from as far south as Key West to Broward County,” he said. “As far as I know, the first discov-

ery was along the Miami River. It then spread to Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove and Pinecrest. It began to show up only in gumbo limbo trees, but now it’s spread to different tropical plantings, including palm trees.

“Three of five calls we currently answer ask for inspections and treatment of whitefly infestation,” Flores added. “Treatments involving injections of the Arbor Jet system are the best to save the tree.” Do-it-yourself chemical applications ($5.95 or $15.95 at a home supply store) are not as effective as injection because any application mix needs careful measurement. “Homeowners can do more harm than good if they apply the wrong proportions,” Flores said. His firm has contracted for treatments as high as $2,000 with quarterly re-injections that can run up to $500. “I am very concerned; have it on my palm trees,” said Martha Backer who led a tree-saving project in West Kendall on SW 104th Street. “Black gunky stuff on the underside, and my avocado trees have had little white specks flying around for over a year since I saw them up by the Hammock’s Police Station. “Also, you’ll see them up by the gumbo limbo trees lining SW 104th Street. So, yes, we have them in this neck of the woods.”

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Cutler Bay Business Association Luncheon October, 2011

Dianne Superville (Cruises Inc) with Hector Cifuentes & Carie Landenwitsch (Cutler Bay Sports Bar)

Mercy Hernandez (Old Cutler Academy Learning Center)

Guest with Sherell Green (Intercredit Bank) & Claire Moore (Claire Moore Accounting)

Darryl Boyette (CBBA VP & Creative Cyberwebs), Angie Cortez (My Gym) & Gregory Fefferman (Jump A Roos)

Alan Ricke (Cutler Bay Parks Director), Dennis Peterson (Peterson Designs), Cutler Bay's Mayor Ed MacDougall & Bill Ryan (Ryan's Restoration).

Guest with Laura Nunez (Jewelry) & CBBA President Cyndi Rogg (National Karate Academy)

Dr. Larry Feldman (Miami-Dade School Board)

As CBBA members entered the meeting area, they were greeted by sponsor tables hosted by the Town of Cutler Bay Parks & Recreational displaying flyers of coming events and Laura Nunez of Pandora Style Jewelry displaying her beads and necklaces. After 45 minutes of Networking members were treated to a wonderful luncheon prepared and sponsored by Cutler Bay Sports Bay (owner Hector

Cifuentes). Alan Ricke Director of Cutler Bay Parks & Recreation brought the members up to date on coming events that included the Grand opening of the Towns newest park - Lakes By the Bay (opening set for December 3rd). Dr. Lawrence Feldman of Miami-Dade School Board followed with announcements of the changes and additions to Cutler Bays schools and how these

Town of Cutler Bay Officials with Dr. Feldman & CBBA President and Vice President

changes will affect the town and it's residents. CBBA President Cyndi Rogg announced the next luncheon meeting - November 10th, followed by the annual Holiday party & membership enrollment on December 8th. Also CBBA's second Taste of the Bay event to be held on February 26, 2012. Vendors can call her at 305-815-1536 or E-mail:

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Author Massie back with new book, Catherine The Great BY GISELLE-MARIE ROIG

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with the longawaited, extraordinary biography, Catherine The Great (Random House; on sale Nov. 8). It has been 30 years since Robert K. Massie’s last major biography of a Russian leader, and years of research have gone into the mammoth task of recreating Catherine the Great’s remarkable life — a life of coups, plots, murders, regicide; of lovers, affairs, marital neglect; of intersections with Voltaire, Diderot, Mozart, Frederick the Great, Potemkin and dozens of other remarkable figures. Born Sophia of Anhalt-Zerbst, an unwanted female child of lesser Prussian nobility, Catherine was neglected by her parents, who hoped to marry her young and see her deposited far away in a rural castle. A series of coincidences led Empress Elizabeth of Russia to send for young Catherine as a prospective bride for the tsar-to-be, Peter — a fidgety, unhappy 16year-old still playing with toy soldiers on his bed. Catherine and her mother set off in the dead of winter for St. Petersburg, wrapped in furs in horse-drawn sleds, with no idea that the teenage girl would soon experience a meteoric rise to power — an ascent that will ultimately see her become a pivotal figure of the Enlightenment era, and one of the most powerful and influential women who ever lived. Catherine The Great’s range of influence is unparalleled: • She corresponded regularly with the French philosophers Diderot, d’Alembert, and especially Voltaire — all influenced her greatly, both personally and politically. • She was a pioneer in public health,

building orphanages and becoming the first royal anywhere in Europe or Russia to be inoculated for smallpox, putting an end to fears and superstitions and saving millions of lives through her example. • She applied the principles of the Enlightenment to a new Russian constitution, The Nakaz, and institutes the Legislative Commission, nine years before Thomas Jefferson wrote the American Declaration of Independence and 22 years before Louis XVI’s summons to the Estates-General. • She acquired art collections containing pieces by Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, and a vast collection of British-owned art, cementing her as Europe’s foremost collector. During her reign, she amassed almost four thousand paintings and built a palace to house her collection — now known as the Hermitage Museum, one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. • She oversaw the building of the Russian navy and the wars to expand Russia down to the Black Sea and into the Ottoman Empire, opening up Russian com-

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merce and tipping the balance of power in the region to Russia’s favor. • To discourage infanticide among unmarried and impoverished mothers, she established with her own funds a foundling hospital…the anonymity of the mother was assured by a system of baskets, pulleys and bells. When a bell was rung in the street, a basket was lowered from an upper storey, the unwanted baby put in, and the basket was raised. All children, legitimate or illegitimate, from any class, were accepted,

cared for, and educated. • She had 12 lovers: The first three, Saltykov, Poniatowski, and Gregory Orlov, before she reached the throne at 33, the other nine during her 34 years as empress. Of the twelve, she loved five: Poniatowsky, Orlov, Potemkin, Zavadovsky, and Alexander Lanskoy. For another three — Saltykov, Alexander Rimsky-Korsakov, and Alexander Mamonov — she felt passion. Three others — Vasilchikov, Simon Zorich and Alexander Yermolov — were quickly chosen and quickly discarded. The 12th and last, Platon Zubov, was in a category of his own. • She ruled Russia for a full three decades. Urgently readable and absolutely absorbing, Catherine The Great is the work of a master of narrative history, who in Catherine has found some of the greatest subject matter imaginable. Drawing from her explicit diaries and thousands of letters, Robert Massie has created a landmark work of history, bringing to life not only this singular woman, but an entire nation in the throes of extraordinary change. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert K. Massie, who will be in Miami on Nov. 19 for the Miami Book Fair International, was born in Lexington, KY, and studied American Studies at Yale and modern European history at Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He was president of the Authors Guild from 1987 to 1991. His other previous books include, Nicholas and Alexandra, Peter the Great (for which he won a Pulitzer Prize for biography), The Romanovs: The Final Chapter; Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War, and Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea.

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Andre Dawson to be honored during Kiwanis Dinner Auction BY LEWIS MATUSOW

and David Lawrence Jr. In addition to cruises, vacations, and gift Florida Marlins’ Hall of Famer Andre certificates to some of South Florida’s leadDawson will be honored with the 2011 ing restaurants, the auction will feature a Michael Shores Citizen of the Year Award wide variety of artwork and sports memoraduring the Biscayne Bay bilia. Some of the artwork Kiwanis Club’s 32nd includes pieces from annual Dinner Auction, Patricia, Peter Max, Dali, Nov. 19, at the Chagall and Picasso, while Renaissance Ballrooms, the sports memorabilia 5910 SW Eighth St. A includes autographed piccocktail reception and tures of Mickey Mantle, silent auction begin at 6 Ted Williams, Joe p.m., followed by a dinner DiMaggio, Mohammed and live auction at 7 p.m. Ali and Dan Marino. Half of the money raised An autographed basethrough the auction beneball and bat from Dawson, fits the Friends of Drug and an autographed footCourt Inc., a non-profit ball from former two-time organization dedicated to UM All America and supporting the MiamiNational Champion — Dade County Drug Court. and two-time Super Bowl The other half supports the winner Darrin Smith — Andre Dawson Kiwanis Club of Biscayne also will be up for bid. ––––––––––––––––––––––– Bay Youth Foundation Inc., “This is a great mixture a non-profit organization fostering student of items that will fit everyone’s taste and leadership and creating educational opportuni- budget,” said auctioneer Jim Gall, president ties for children in the City of Miami. of Auction Company of America, best “Andre Dawson has been a source of pride remembered as the auctioneer for the Orange in our community since his playing days at Bowl in 2008. “Whether you’re looking for a Southwest High School,” said Will Reich, great bargain on a vacation, a fine dining auction chair and president-elect of the experience, or a ‘steal’ on an outstanding Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club, one of the oldpiece of artwork, this auction has it all.” est and largest Kiwanis clubs in South In addition to the auction and dinner, musiFlorida. “Andre’s work in this community cians of Orchestra Miami will perform durand on behalf of the community has been ing the fundraiser, which also will feature a outstanding. We’re thrilled to have ‘The Hawk’ join the long list of distinguished hon- fashion show by internationally recognized designer Rosita Hurtado, whose designs have orees of our citizen of the year award.” Past recipients of the award include Joe been worn by celebrities such as Gloria Robbie, Jimmy Johnson, Ralph Renick, Estefan and Eva Longoria. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased U.S. Rep. Dante B. Fascell, U.S. Rep. William Lehman, Marjory Stoneman on the organization’s website at <www.bisDouglas, Florida Rep. Elaine Gordon,> or by calling 305Miami City Commissioner Athalie Range 733-0062.

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‘An Evening with Lucie Arnaz’ benefits City of Hope program BY LAURA KIM

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Take Stock in Children to conduct inaugural ‘Strides for Education’ BY BRITTANY ELDER

Take Stock in Children — a statewide non-profit organization with a 16-year history of breaking the cycle of poverty by providing scholarships, mentors and hope — will present its inaugural “Strides For Education” 5K Walk/Run around the state on Saturday, Nov. 19. The event is designed to help raise awareness and funds for Florida’s lowincome and at-risk youth who wish to pursue a college education. Many of Take Stock in Children’s “Strides For Education” 5K Walk/Runs will take place across Florida to benefit local programs in several counties including Miami-Dade. Take Stock in Children aims to have a few thousand participants statewide as a part of this inaugural fundraising effort, which will raise much needed funds to provide college scholarships for low-income students. With the cost of tuition rising and significant increases of other college-related expenses, children throughout Florida are struggling more than ever to achieve their dreams of a college education. “Strides For Education is more than just a walk, it’s an opportunity to get the community involved in supporting these students along the path to success,” said Richard Berkowitz, state board chair of Take Stock in Children. “We are dedicated to preparing our scholars to become the next generation of leaders, and to helping create a better tomorrow for the communities in which we live,” he added. Take Stock in Children’s “Strides For Education” 5K Walk/Runs are open to all individuals, families, companies and local organizations, and will feature familyfriendly activities, giveaways, and much more. Registration is $35 per person, with

The event is designed to help r a i s e a w a re n e s s a n d f u n d s f o r F l o r i d a ’s l o w - i n c o m e a n d at-risk youth who wish to pursue a college education. M a n y o f Ta k e S t o c k i n C h i l d re n ’s “Strides For Education” 5K Wa l k / R u n s w i l l t a k e p l a c e a c ro s s F l o r i d a t o b e n e f i t l o c a l p ro g r a m s in several counties including Miami-Dade. all proceeds to benefit Take Stock in Children, which annually serves nearly 8,000 students in grades 6-12 throughout 67 counties in Florida. Take Stock in Children is currently seeking participants, volunteers and sponsors for this statewide effort. As an official sponsor, you can support Take Stock in Children and have your company name attached to all promotional materials, as well as displayed in key locations throughout Florida. Sponsors to date include the Helios Education Foundation, Comcast, Berkowitz Dick Pollack & Brant, and Pollo Tropical. To learn how you can support Take Stock in Children’s “Strides For Education” 5K Walk/Run as a participant, volunteer or sponsor, call 1-888-322-4673 or visit online at <>.

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Diners in search of a French “fixe” needn’t look any further than Angelique Euro Cafe. The neighborhood gem on Miracle Mile is offering customers a head start to Miami’s 2nd annual French Spice in November by debuting for the remainder of this month. Similar to Miami Spice, the three-course lunch and dinner menus will feature the choice of a starter, entree and dessert, and also include a glass of wine. Priced at $22 for lunch and $35 for dinner, gourmet dishes include items such as Gruyere Gougeres, Escargot & Champignon, Coq Au Vin and Seafood Bouilla-

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Diamonette rents tents, party supplies for events big, small BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

If you’re not a professional party planner, planning a special event such as a 25th anniversary party or a big holiday bash can be stressful. One of the hardest parts is trying to figure out what needs to be rented. How many tables and chairs? Is a tent needed? And what about those pans that keep food warm? Can you get them in the same place as the chairs? That is where the professionals at Diamonette can help. The company has been in business since 1987 and is so good at what it does that it is hired by major corporations, festivals and Super Bowl committees to handle party rentals. Best of all, Diamonette owners have not forgotten where they came from. The owners — Carlos Melendez, president; Steve Calderon, vice president, and David Calderon, vice president of sales — consider a family party as important as a corporate event and they make sure the quality is there for the average consumer as well as the Orange Bowl Festival. Diamonette also is looking to expand into the school market. They already work with a number of private and public schools, but are interested in doing more school special events. “We have our feet firmly on the ground,”

Steve Calderon said. “We have the mentality of a mom and pop store. We have the reliability. We are innovative. And we continue with the same passion and energy we had when we started in 1987.” While Diamonette has a website that lists everything it rents and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, Steve said it is better for someone who is planning a party to call in. “We are skilled in assisting people with their special event,” David said. “We know our equipment and we know how it functions.” Not only that, but there often are specials that customers only can learn about if they call or come in. Walk-ins are encouraged. The Doral warehouse, 11091 NW 27 St., has a showroom and there are specialists waiting to guide customers through their services and available rentals. Diamonette Party Rental was founded in 1987 by Melendez and Steve Calderon. Melendez had a party store on SW 117th Avenue and Sunset Drive and Calderon was interested in investing. “He liked the rental aspect of the business,” Melendez said. They started in a 1,600-square-foot warehouse and over the years they have become the

Carlos Melendez, Steve Calderon and David Calderon run Diamonette with the same passion for customer service as when they started almost 25 years ago.

largest full-service party rental company in Miami-Dade. Today, they are occupying 65,000 square feet in a warehouse in Doral with room to expand. Diamonette employs 80 to 100 people year-round and up to 180 in season. They work with the Orange Bowl Committee, Super Bowl, Sun Life Stadium, Coconut Grove Arts Festival, South Miami Arts Festival, Boat Show and other major events. But they want everyone to know they don’t want to work only with the big parties; they want to work with everyone. “This business is all service oriented,” Melendez said. They take pride in making sure that everything they rent is in perfect condition, that plates, glasses and cutlery are clean and spotless when they are sent to an event. “We are only as good as our last event,” Steve said. “Our philosophy is that we have to get a base hit every time at the plate. We are on time delivery. We deliver what we say we will.” Melendez said that philosophy is instilled in all of the employees, which helps to make sure the customer gets a great experience when working with Diamonette. For more information, call 305-592-1223 or go online to <>.


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How To Feel Comfortable About App created by and for college Your Investment Decisions students launched at local ‘U’s By Rick Tonkinson


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

There are investments for savers and investments for investors. Before you select from the thousand of choices, decide what will make you sleep at night. Don’t rely on a sales rep to tell you what your investment profile is because the sales rep may adjust your profile to fit the suitability of the investment they are trying to sell you.

Focus on the Purpose of Your Investment Do you need to put money away for a rainy day? Make a “To Do List” of items that you want the money to attain such as vacation, education or wedding. Give each item a specific cost such as $5,000 for a vacation. Determine which item motivates you to attain it. Motivation that is ratcheted up is called passion. If you find a passion for an item, that will be your top priority. How quickly you want to attain the item will help determine what investment to consider. Again decide on the specific purpose of the money and then consider your options. Be Realistic with what You have to Invest As an “investor,” you need to accept that you are prepared to lose part or all of your investment. If this risk is not comfortable for you, then you are a saver. There are times when people have borrowed on the equity of their home and invest in the stock market because the potential gains offset the risk of losing their home. People make reckless decisions so that they can attain the item they want quicker than what is realistic. Plan so that if it takes a year to attain an item, you give yourself two years to attain it. If you attain the item in one year, that’s good but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t make your deadline. The important thing is to keep working toward what you want.


Students in several Florida universities can now sell, trade, barter and buy everything from books to bikes via their smartphones, thanks to a new mobile phone application created by students, for students and introduced by Net Element, a technology services provider and Internet publisher. The Yapik app, introduced in September as a pilot at Florida International University (FIU), University of Florida (UF), and the University of Miami (UM), is slated to launch in 12 other schools in January and nationwide in July 2012. As the first location-based mobile commerce application catering specifically to college students, Yapik offers a new, easier way for students to find and barter goods and services within the context of the campus experience. Conceptualized by UM student Sabina Kaplan and University of South Florida (USF) graduate Cristina Dominguez, the app enables students to buy or sell products nearby, chat with other students, view content feeds, create profiles and lists of “favorite” friends. “I got the idea to create Yapik as a college student at UM, because I knew firsthand that in college life, you have to get what you need, quickly, easily and at the right price, or you’ll be left behind,” said Kaplan, Yapik’s founder and current University of Miami student. “College students love their smartphones and love to banter, barter, and buy. Yapik is the perfect college app for this. Yapik is your campus connection in the palm of your hand.” Armando Ibarra, Yapik’s product manager, a 2006 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduate, added, “We are very excited to be launching an innovative social e-commerce platform in the

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‘Fridays at The Falls’ concerts jazz up evenings in November BY LISA GLUCKSTERN

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“Fridays at The Falls” is a free music series set to jazz up everyone’s favorite day of the week during November with the hottest bands and most talented performers. Music lovers are invited to take a stroll and enjoy a great escape featuring a variety of musical styles including jazz, Latin pop, Top 40 and contemporary Latin grooves. Concerts, scheduled Fridays, 6-9 p.m., feature: Nov. 4, Piano Bob’s 88s — Come boogie woogie like you’re in The Big Easy with this high-energy Blue’s band. Nov. 11, Johnny Holliday — Kick up your heels with this unique jazz and Latin contemporary band featuring Top 40 songs using the trumpet, alto sax, soprano sax and guitar. Nov. 18, Timba Swing will have you swinging your hips to the beat with their Latin, tropical fusion pop tunes.

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Sir Pizza official pizza at new Marlins Ballpark BY MICHELLE VEGA

Rene Prats and his partners at Sir Pizza recently announced the signing of the Miami Marlins as a franchisee in a 10-year deal at the new Marlins Ballpark. As part of the franchise agreement, Sir Pizza will operate two stands in the Promenade Level, one in the Legends Level and one in the Vista area. With this move, Sir Pizza continues its expansion and presence in South Florida. During the past year, Sir Pizza has grown to include 10 locations in Miami-Dade and Broward as well as a Mobile Truck. Three more locations are slated to open in 2011. “We are very pleased to be bringing two winning teams together for this joint marketing effort,” said Prats, Sir Pizza South Florida CEO. “We at Sir Pizza are longtime fans and supporters of the Marlins. We’ve waited a long time for a ballpark in this town,

and we’re excited to be part of this new era in Marlins’ history. We look forward to a successful partnership over the next 10 years and beyond.” As the new Marlins Ballpark continues to transform the Miami skyline, the Marlins franchise has been forging deals with vendors to supply food at the site. The overall mission for the Marlins is to offer superior quality food that represents all the wonderful flavors and tastes that make up this multicultural community. Sir Pizza is one of those unique tastes. “We are very pleased to announce a partnership with Sir Pizza,” said David Samson, Marlins president. “Pizza is a critical component of the ballpark experience and Sir Pizza is the best. The quality is first class and will be enjoyed by Miami Marlins fans for decades to come.” For more information about Sir Pizza visit the website at <>.

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BY SUSAN SMITH Twenty years ago Dr. Lilian Gonzalez took a good look around the dental practice community in South Florida and observed the service and delivery of dental care needed a deep cleaning. Dr. Gonzalez determined that opening up her own practice with a comprehensive focus and concentrated patient service orientation was the solution. Today, Dr. Gonzalez, her team of associate dentists and staff are celebrating the grand opening of their fifth Dental American Group location in West Kendall. “We are here today to celebrate the vision of Dr. Gonzalez to better serve the dental needs of South Florida as we embark upon establishing our fifth location,” said Operations Manager for Dental American Group Mariella Gomez-Lowman at the new location’s recent ribbon cutting event. “We have been so successful because of our excellent service and exceptional patient care. This is why the practice is thriving, because not only do we make our patients feel totally comfortable but we also offer specialty care so patient referrals are unnecessary and all of our patient’s treatment needs can be performed right here at our office,” continued Ms. Gomez-Lowman. In addition to standard general dentistry, the team at Dental American Group also offers a wide range of specialty care solutions such as orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, dental implants, oral surgery, pediatric and cosmetic dentistry. True to the practice’s mission of patient

comfort, education and quality dentistry, the Dental American Group offers state of the art technology such as digital radiographs, thus reducing the patient’s exposure to radiation by up to 90% compared to conventional film X-rays. Chair-side computers and intra-oral cameras allow doctors, dental assistants and hygienist to visually demonstrate to the patient what is happening in their particular situation, making it easier to impart critical information and understanding to the patient and reduce stress and anxiety about their particular condition. Dr. Gonzalez says, “The most important priority in our office is the patient, always the patient. Listening to their concerns, making them comfortable and resolving their dental problem is ultimately what it is all about. We want them to leave our office relieved and confident again, with an assurance that they can count on us. We also want them to feel like they are part of our family.” “We offer financing without interest and work with each individual situation. We do comprehensive exams for first time visits so we include not just diagnostics but screenings for other conditions such as oral cancer for example. Dental health is an essential part of one’s overall good health and this type of treatment plan is critical to restore the confidence and beauty of a healthy smile,” adds Dr. Gonzalez. From a complex restoration to a simple annual cleaning, the calming and inviting atmosphere, state of the art technology and competent friendly staff at Dental American Group can help anyone win back that toothy grin.

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Magic City Casino, Miami’s first casino to offer Las Vegas style slot machines, has unveiled the musical lineup for its 201112 concert season featuring nationally known artists. A performance by George Thorogood and the Destroyers on Saturday, Nov. 26, will mark the beginning of a concert series that runs through the spring of 2012. The Magic City Casino Amphitheatre, an outdoor venue, will feature a range of live performances and musical genres from nationally recognized bands such as Air Supply, REO Speedwagon, Styx and Willy Chirino, among others, for fans of all ages. “We are very happy with the quality of the artists we will be presenting this season and expect some show-stopping performances,” said Scott Savin, chief operating officer of Magic City Casino. “This is sure to be an exciting showcase of many of America’s best-loved bands and their sing-along classics.” The 2011-12 concert season lineup (all starting at 8 p.m.) currently includes: Nov. 26 — George Thorogood and the Destroyers; Dec. 17 — Air Supply with special guest Ambrosia; Jan. 27 — REO Speedwagon; Mar. 9 — Styx;

May 12 — Exposé, Lisa Lisa, Tiffany and Nelson, and May 19 — Willy Chirino with special guests the Celia Cruz All Stars. Other shows will be announced as they are confirmed. Concert ticket prices begin at $15 and may be purchased at <> or by calling 305-460-6579. Two performances (at 9 p.m.) also are currently scheduled for Magic City Casino’s smaller stage at the Secada’s lounge: Nov. 5 — An Intimate Evening with Jon Secada, and Nov. 25 — Super Open House Dance Reunion starring Peter Fernandez. Limited VIP tables are available for these two shows. Reservations can be made by calling 305-649-3000, ext. 3429. Free upper level seating is available for both of the performances. Magic City Casino, located at 450 NW 37 Ave. in Miami, offers valet parking and free self parking. Magic City Casino features 800 Las Vegas-style slot machines, 18-table Poker Room, outdoor concert amphitheater, seasonal live greyhound racing and multiple food and beverage outlets, among other state-of-the-art amenities. The casino is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. For more information, visit <>.

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South Florida International Auto Show unveils new cars BY LEE STEPHENS

The reason for its crisp handling — it was tuned by Corvette engineers. The 41st edition of the South Florida The Boss Mustang was born in 1969, then International Auto Show continues its it played hard to get, and now it’s back for annual run at the Miami Beach Convention 2012 as the Boss 302 Laguna Edition, honCenter through Nov. 6. oring the Monterey Bay track where records Each year, about 40 major auto manufac- are set. And it’s this year’s Official Show turers fill the hall with several hundred new Car. The new Boss/Laguna is lighter, cars, trucks, crossovers and stronger, has more grunt under SUVs and make this South the hood and comes in vintage Beach event one of America’s colors that say “let’s go!” Ford top five in attendance. calls it the quickest, best-han“Today’s economy has dling straight-production fueled a strong interest in Mustang ever offered. smaller, more efficient cars, The show’s perennial and the show this year will be favorites return. Memory loaded with the latest hybrids, Lane this year features 20 electrics, diesels and convenvehicles dating from a 1930 tional vehicles that squeeze Ford Model A to a 1981 more value and performance Corvette. And it includes a out of a tank full,” said fuel sipper for its day — the Lombardo Perez Lombardo Perez, auto show 1961 Nash Metropolitan. In –––––––––––––––– chair. Million Dollar Alley, visitors Some lucky person will win this year’s can fantasize about their ultimate joy toy, a giveaway car, a new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. six-figure motorcar. This exciting new subcompact is the only Again this year, a Green Way special car in its class built in America. It’s peppy, exhibit will feature some of the industry’s but sips gasoline, comes with 10 airbags most fuel efficient cars. Auto Show Mall and has lots of plug-in options up front. features basics and bling to make your ride

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special. Camp Jeep and an outside test drive program will put visitors behind the wheel of popular new models. “As always at this huge auto show families and individuals can see and sit inside hundreds of new cars under one roof at their leisure,” Perez added. “It’s a once-ayear chance to get close to the newest models and see what’s coming off today’s more efficient assembly lines.”

The South Florida Automobile Dealers Association, which today comprises more than 190 dealerships in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties, has been the official sponsor of the South Florida International Auto Show since its inception in 1971. For information, contact show coordinator Cliff Ray at 305-947-5950 or visit online at <>.

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New Hyundai Veloster is a three-door coupe with sass Ron Beasley LET’S TALK CARS Hyundai recently introduced a nifty new car to the U.S. market called the Veloster; it’s a compact three-door coupe with all the latest technology and it’s targeted at younger consumers. Veloster combines the style of a coupe and the functionality of a hatchback, while incorporating a third conventionally hinged side door on the passenger side for safe, ready egress or access to the rear seat. The rear door handle is cleverly hidden to maintain the coupe design. The sporty, sleek design should have great appeal to high school and college age buyers. Veloster’s unique design was inspired by today’s high-performance sport motorcycles. With distinctive black A-pillars, the car’s window glass has the look of a motorcycle helmet visor. Up front an aggressive form of Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front grille dominates, along with hood scoop detailing and unique LED position lights. Optional

packages add a chrome grille surround, piano black highlights, fog lights and a massive panoramic sunroof. In profile, Veloster has Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” character lines, muscular wheel arches, body color door handles and mirrors, and wraparound headlights and taillights. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard and two types of 18-inch wheels are available. The rear has a distinctive glass hatch, dual centered chrome exhaust tips and a black lower fascia that complements the front. On the inside, the center stack and controls resemble a sport bike fuel tank and incorporate an available push-button starter. The air vents are inspired by motorcycle tailpipes, while the floor console resembles the seat of a bike. There are numerous interior metallic accents, with alloy pedals and a leatherwrapped steering wheel and shift knob also available. Under the hood, Veloster is powered by an all-new 1.6-liter GDI Gamma engine paired with either Hyundai’s six-speed manual transmission or the company’s first EcoShift dual-clutch transmission. Either way, the combination delivers a fuel-sipping 40 mpg on the highway. The all-new Gamma 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is the smallest Hyundai engine to use Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI). GDI tech-

Veloster design was inspired by highperformance sport motorcycles, with window glass resembling a motorcycle helmet visor.

nology helps deliver highway fuel economy of 40 mpg, lower emissions and higher reliability. Through the use of GDI, the Gamma 1.6-liter engine delivers a peak output of 138 hp at 6,300 rpm and maximum torque of 123 pounds-feet at 4,850 rpm. The new engine features Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing, an electronic throttle control, a roller timing chain, variable induction and innovative anti-friction coatings such as CrN Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coating and Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coating. Veloster comes standard with Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, a multi-func-

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