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Ordinance raises concerns over use of town’s facilities BY GARY ALAN RUSE

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n ordinance that was passed on first reading at the Mar. 16 Town Council meeting and is scheduled to be brought up for public comment and a second reading/final vote on Apr. 20 has raised concerns among some in Cutler Bay about the access to town facilities by its residents. The core elements of the ordinance read as follows: A. Use of Town Building Facilities. Individuals, groups, and organizations may use a town building facility for recreational, cultural, civic, and educational events and activities, subject to the issuance of a permit and compliance with the rules and regulations contained in the town code of ordinances. However, town building facilities shall not be used for political campaign related events and activities.

Caribbean Music Club members conduct special final meeting

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Caribbean Music Club members pictured (l-r) are Teryl Sovacool, Yvonne Pryhuber, student Olivia Ruiz, Pat Tiemeyer, Jean Welsh and Arlene Weyrick.

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Councilmember Peggy Bell is pictured at the dedication ceremony for the Jim Shiver Community Center.

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he Caribbean Music Club, a social and philanthropic organization long a part of the South Florida scene with members in several communities, is disbanding this year but decided to close, appropriately, on a “high note” with a final big talent contest in April. Each year the group holds auditions for talented area music students and awards scholarships to the most promising students to aid their continuing music educations. Members are now planning for the annual scholarship auditions to take place later this month at a Cutler Bay residence. All students of music from grades 6 to 12

living in the South Dade area are eligible. To celebrate the joy they had shared over the years and their accomplishments, the club recently entertained members from the South Miami Music Club with a program on Egyptian music and customs at the Pinecrest home of Mary and Alan Cross. “Members from both clubs enjoyed an ‘Armchair Visit to Egypt,’ an authentic Mediterranean lunch and a belly dancing demonstration,” said Pat Tiemeyer, who still commutes from upstate Stuart for the events. “Vice president Jean Welsh, who trav-

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he Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR) and Miami-Dade County District 9 Commissioner Dennis C. Moss invite residents to join them on Saturday, Apr. 9, at 10 a.m., for the grand opening of the new community stadium facilities at Southridge Park, 19598 SW 112 Ave. The event includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony with county dignitaries and officials, followed by a relay track meet featuring more than 200 youth who participate in MDPR’s sport development program. “This active community park is a true gem in our Miami-Dade Parks system,” said MDPR director Jack Kardys. “These much needed enhancements will better serve the growing number of neighboring schools who utilize these facilities for their

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Commissioner Gimenez seeks to fill Miami-Dade mayor seat BY NANCY EAGLETON

Miami-Dade Commissioner Carlos Gimenez has entered the race to be the county’s next mayor — both in the short term, if the commissioners call a special election to fill the seat, and in the long term, when the 2012 countywide election takes place. Gimenez, who has been a vocal critic of recalled mayor Carlos Alvarez since being elected to the commission in 2004, said that as mayor he will continue to promote the principles that have been central to his public service career — smaller government and lower taxes. “I’m a fiscally conservative commissioner and I’ll be a fiscally conservative mayor,” Gimenez said. “I will work to streamline the government and reduce the number of departments. Executive salaries need to be decreased, including my own if I become mayor. It’s important to lead by example.” Frustrated with the direction of MiamiDade government, Gimenez said that one of his goals will be to reform the way the county does business and make government more responsive. He supports charter reforms, structural reforms and setting term

limits for commissioners. “I want to restore a government that works for the people, one of responsibility, accountability and transparency,” Gimenez said. “I will listen to the county’s residents and open my door to the entire community, not just to one segment.” Gimenez added that if voted in as mayor in a special election, the people will have no doubt who is in charge. “I will not delegate power down to the current county manager, as was previously being done,” he said. “In 2012, this will not be an issue as the county manager position will be eliminated.” Commissioner Gimenez publicly criticized the Marlins Stadium finance deal and voted against the union contracts that included pay raises. “I was the only one who voted against all of the union contracts because I knew that these would result in higher taxes for the people,” he said. “Sure enough, the mayor later came to us and said he had to raise the millage. Our government was in this situation as a direct result of those contracts. I did not support those contracts or the tax increase. As mayor, I will work to reduce the tax burden on our residents.”

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Gimenez said that during his more than 20 years of public service, he has been guided by the principles of efficiency and fiscal responsibility. He began his career as a firefighter at age 20, and at age 37 became the youngest ever Miami fire chief. As fire chief, he reorganized and reduced the size of the department, saving taxpayers millions of dollars while increasing the service levels to residents. His accomplishments as fire chief earned him the position of city manager in 2000. During his tenure in this position, Gimenez restructured city government, restored fiscal stability, lowered taxes and raised the city’s bond rating from junk to investment grade. “All of these are accomplishments that I am very proud of,” he said. Gimenez attended Christopher Columbus High School and received his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Barry University. He married his high school sweetheart, Lourdes, and they have been married for 37 years. They have three grown children and two grandchildren. For more information on Carlos Gimenez, visit his campaign website at <www.gimenezformayor.com>.


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B. Duration of Use. The use of a town building facility is restricted to the date and time listed in the permit, and the individual, group or organization using the facility. The town may issue an annual permit to an individual, group, or organization if there is an ongoing and regular use of a facility. The ordinance passed initially 3-2 with council members Peggy Bell, Mary Ann Mixon and Sue Ellen Loyzelle voting for it and Mayor Ed MacDougall and Vice Mayor Ernie Sochin voting in opposition. Resident Steve Zarzecki, vice president of Concerned Citizens of Cutler Bay, a civic organization which meets monthly in the community center at Cutler Ridge Park, expressed in an email message his opposition to this measure, as worded. “I am deeply concerned about this ordinance,” Zarzeki said. “I believe it to be in violation of our First Amendment rights of free speech and freedom of assembly. It is vague, ambiguous, and will grant the town manager uncontrolled discretion to arbitrarily prohibit the Concerned Citizens of Cutler Bay from holding their meetings in the community center named after their founder, Jim Shiver, at Cutler Ridge Park. “There are numerous Supreme Court decisions that, at least to me, confirm my belief that the proposed ordinance is unconstitutional. Also, again in my opinion, this ordinance seems to reflect a continuing trend in our town government and management away from a friendly, responsive, and cooperative town government, and towards an autocratic, in-yourface, and adversarial attitude towards the citizens and businesses of Cutler Bay — more permits, more fees, more rules, more regulations, confrontational zoning and code enforcement, and not the least, a growing list of actions seemingly aimed at

reducing or limiting our most basic constitutional rights.” Mayor Ed MacDougall, when contacted, stated that he also has concerns with the wording of the ordinance and the impact it may have on the community. “The ordinance we spoke of, in my opinion, is not in keeping with the promise we made to our neighbors in Cutler Bay,” MacDougall said. “Our parks, specifically Cutler Ridge Park, have always been a place where our citizens could gather and exchange ideas, political views and enjoy our first amendment rights of speaking freely. “Public discourse has always been an inextricable part of our great American heritage. We, as a government, should never lose sight of our responsibility to our neighbors and our constitution,” he added. The Jim Shiver Community Center was named for a resident well known for fighting for infrastructure and park improvements as well as for the incorporation of Cutler Bay. As a member of the Concerned Citizens, then known as the Cutler Ridge Civic Association, he took part in getting a traffic circle built on Caribbean Boulevard, putting in a left turn at Marlin Road and S. Dixie Highway, and helping pass a $2 million bond issue for Cutler Ridge Park that included a community room. Shiver stayed involved with the informational watchdog group Concerned Citizens after the successful push for incorporation in Cutler Bay, and was a vocal member of the town parks committee. Neighborhood and civic groups that hold meetings there sometimes invite political candidates to speak on issues of interest to residents. For information about the next meeting, call Cutler Bay Town Hall at 305234-4262.

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athletic events, as well as the multitude of sports fans who turn out to watch them play.” Visitors attending the event will see new additions to the east side of the park’s stadium, which include a 5,232-square-foot field building with ticket counters, a concession area and restrooms; bleacher seating for 1,512 sports fans; a lighted parking area with connecting walkways, and a perimeter fence. There also is a new electronic scoreboard with video display and a public address system. These improvements complete the second phase of development for this community stadium project. MDPR’s design and construction team worked collaboratively with consultants from Architeknics, Chisolm Architects and NAC Construction on this project. The total cost for the project was $3,632,000 and was made possible with funds from Building Better Communities Bond Program (GOB), Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Program (SNP), the Quality Neighborhood Improvement Program (QNIP) and park impact fees. The 16.1-acre community park also contains a lighted baseball field; a lighted football/soccer field, encircled by a track, and a similar field building and bleachers on the west side of the complex, which were all installed in 2001. The stadium development is a direct result of community input in the wake of the wide-spread devastation that MiamiDade suffered from Hurricane Andrew in 1992, which became part of “The Moss Plan,” a landmark community revitalization

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initiative sponsored by Commissioner Moss, focusing on needy neighborhoods in South Dade. The track was constructed through MDPR’s partnership with the Miami-Dade County School Board. Future plans include an aquatics facility on the park’s east side, just south of its new parking lot. “Through its development, Southridge Park has evolved into a significant civic core where residents and their children can gather and enjoy outdoor sports activities,” Commissioner Moss said. “This community and its schools will continue to benefit from this landmark park for generations to come.” The Miami Spartans minor league football team has practiced at this site for the past two years. The park’s adjoining neighbor Miami Southridge Senior High School also utilize these facilities, as well as a host of other public and private schools from the neighboring area, including Choice Preparatory School, Southwest Senior High School, Felix Varela Senior High School, John A. Ferguson Senior High School, Coral Reef Senior High School, and Solid Rock High School. The park offers accommodations for a host of youth athletic events and activities from track meets and football games to lacrosse and soccer tournaments. Teams also can rent the park’s softball field. For more information and directions to the park, call 786-293-4549. For information about MDPR call 3-1-1 or visit online at <www.miamidade.gov/parks>.

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eled to Cairo this winter with her daughter, Joan, recounted their travels through Egypt, the pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the Valley of the Kings. She also told stories about the mysterious deaths and superstitions surrounding the explorers who discovered the cave leading to the tomb of King Tut.” Tiemeyer told the story about adventurer Howard Carter, who was the first one to gaze through the opening in the tomb door and see the magnificent treasures of the young pharaoh inside. “Five Caribbean Music Club members dressed in Queen Cleopatra costumes which were brought back from Egypt by Joan Welsh,” Tiemeyer said. “They marched in a procession before welcoming the beautiful guest dancer. Olivia Ruiz, a 16-year-old junior from Coral Reef Senior High School, pre-

sented an introduction to belly dancing and then demonstrated the difficult movements that require precise muscle tightening and releasing. She performed a delightful dance to authentic Eastern Mediterranean music.” As part of the entertainment, members had to guess which items were hidden inside a King Tut mummy case and participated in a race to wrap two music club members head to foot, in the manner of real mummies. A special “Cruising through Cairo” meal was prepared by the Taboulah Cafe in Stuart. Club president Arlene Weyrick invited all guests and members to taste the exotic cuisine. Music students wishing to participate in the club’s final competition recital should call 305-235-0561 to apply.


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Saga Bay Park is ready to roll (and rock?) Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Don’t miss this... Cutler Bay residents are being invited by the town to attend the big Saga Bay Park Dedication Celebration on Saturday April 16 at 12:00 noon, located at 7900 SW 205th Street. It’s to celebrate the completion of the improvements to Saga Bay Park, including new lighted tennis courts, shade-covered playground equipment, parking lot and restrooms. “Enjoy a free cookout, games and activities for the entire family,” they tell us. It’s also a chance to meet your Town Council Members and be among the first to test your skills on the new tennis courts, so bring your racquet if you’re “game.” For more info call the Parks & Recreation Department at 305-238-4166. Do your part for the bay. Hey, the 16th is also the date for the annual Baynanza Cleanup,

so individuals or groups interested in pitching in to help out can find out more online at http://www.miamidade.gov/derm/baynanza_cle anup_sites.asp And don’t forget the Town Council Meeting on April 20. Should be interesting... And we’ve noticed that some of the movers and shakers in Cutler Bay, in town government and beyond, are getting a little cranky with each other lately. They’re all good folks who do want the best for the community, so we’re hoping they’ll remember that small town friends and neighbors community feeling that got them started and keeps them going, ratchet back the emotion a little and “play nice” in the sandbox they all call home. Blooming artists... If you go to Fairchild Gardens the weekend of April 16th and 17th for the annual “Bromeliad Show and Sale” you’ll also see the work of some talented local artists. All grade levels of Magnet Art students at Southwood Middle School are currently creating art work which will be exhibited at Fairchild for the event. Their work will be on display in one of the main pavilions at Fairchild.

Town of Cutler Bay Notice of 2011 Municipal Election A Municipal Special Election of the Town of Cutler Bay, Florida, at which qualified electors will elect one (1) vice mayor and one (1) councilmember seat 2, established by Ordinance 11-04, will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Persons seeking election may qualify with the town clerk immediately following March 30, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. and close at noon on Friday, April 8, 2011. All qualified electors of the Town of Cutler Bay whose names appear in the registration books in the Miami-Dade County Office of the Supervisor of Elections, Florida will be eligible to vote in said election. Additional information is available by contacting the Town Clerk at 305-234-4262 or on the website at www.cutlerbay-fl.gov Esther B. Coulson Town Clerk

Shopping local in Cutler Bay Mayor Edward MacDougall (left) is pictured with Jorge Garcia, co-owner of Bay Meat & Deli, located at 20230 Old Cutler Road in Cutler Bay. The store offers high quality meats, poultry, seafood, dairy products, wines, rice, beans and spices, and specialty meats such as Angus, Buffalo, Wagyu/Kobe, and Kurobuta Pork. Their phone is 305-234-1819. (Photo by Katherine Garcia.)

Thoughtt for the Day: The belief that there is only one truth and that oneself is in possession of it seems to me the deepest root of all evil that is in the world. — Max Born

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-6697355, ext. 249, or send emails to <michael@communitynewspapers.com>.

Municipio de Cutler Bay Aviso de Elección Municipal del 2011 El martes 24 de mayo del 2011 tendrá lugar una Elección Municipal Especial del Municipio de Cutler Bay, Florida, en la que los electores cualificados elegirán un (1) vicealcalde y un (1) concejal para el escaño 2, según dispone la Ordenanza 11-04. Las personas que busquen ser elegidos pueden establecer sus cualificaciones con la Secretaria del Municipio inmediatamente después del 30 de marzo del 2011 a las 8:00 p.m. y el cierre será al mediodía del viernes 8 de abril del 2011. Todos los electores cualificados del municipio de Cutler Bay cuyos nombres aparezcan en los libros de inscripción de la Oficina del Supervisor de Elecciones del Condado de MiamiDade, Florida, serán elegibles para votar en dicha elección. Hay información adicional disponible mediante una llamada a la Secretaria del Municipio por el 305-234-4262 o si visita la página web www.cutlerbay-fl.gov. Esther B. Coulson Secretaria del Municipio


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Charter change: Will of voters or commissioners? R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY I participated in a radio talk show program last week, on 880 AM, where the topic was “They don’t get it: Reforming the County Commission.” After a brief discussion about the ouster of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas, the talk turned to the meeting of county commissioners where the subject of charter change was openly discussed for hours. During the meeting commissioners proposed charter changes that will appear on the ballot along with the election of a new mayor and county commissioner for District 13. Voters have consistently turned down the commissioners’ requests for a pay raise from the paltry sum of $6,000 a year, which was appropriate in 1957 but is far too low by today’s standards. The voters have, on a number of occasions at the ballot said “no” to a pay raise, if it wasn’t tied to term limits that voters want. So the polls indicate a two-term limit — that, or no pay raise. The question is why is the subject of a citi-

zens’ vote on charter revisions being volunteered for voter consideration. They haven’t done so in the past. Commissioners, in my opinion, are scared that if they don’t offer something to the voters as a way of appeasement, the public again will take to the streets, sign petitions and vote the remaining commissioners, with a few exceptions, off the dais. They are afraid! They love their commission jobs, paid speaking engagements, salaried board of director positions, and campaign contributions that come in by the tens of thousands of dollars. There are definitely many, many perks to being a Miami-Dade County commissioner. What have the commissioners offered, that on the surface sound good, but upon examination don’t come anywhere near to what we have been asking. What have the commissioners proposed? Term limits. They offer three terms in office. That gives sitting commissioners 12 more years in office until 2024. Every poll shows that voters, including me, want a twoterm limit. Further restricting sitting commissioners who already have served eight or more years to one more term. The charter calls for a charter review taskforce to review the chanter every five years and make appropriate recommendations for change. The current procedure is for the task-

VIEWPOINT force to make recommendations to the board of county commissioners who review and place the changes they want on the ballot. Their gallant proposal would have taskforce changes go directly to the voters eliminating commissioner review. Sounds like a great offer? It isn’t. The members of the taskforce are still appointed by the commissioners. So they are safe. They will only appoint taskforce members who think like the commissioners and are beholden to them for the appointment. Sneaky! Wait a minute. Are we being thrown a few bones by the commissioners in the hope that we will be so happy to vote on term limits and other subjects that we will say, “thank you, thank you, thank you;” vote in the charter changes, and grant the commissioners another 12 years on the county commission at $92,097 a year salary? Some say, “We should be glad to have the chance at a ‘start’ on change. We can make more changes later. Some of these items we have been begging for, for years.” Some say, “The commissioners are scared. Let’s tell them ‘Good start, but not enough!’ If you want our vote, we will give you a list

of “our” demands. Put them on the ballot, give us an opportunity to vote and we will gladly give you your pay raise.” Still others say, “Let’s go the polls and vote the changes down. Then start a petition drive to place the changes we want on the ballot. If we vote them in then we will rid ourselves of the current bunch.” What should we do? I say go to the commission, give them a detailed list of charter changes that we will accept, including the $92,097 pay raise and say, “This is it. Put them on the ballot and take your chances. Don’t and we will vote your current proposals down and go back to the streets with new petitions to change the charter and remove several of the current commissioners at the same time.”

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Some think you’re never too young to tote a gun BY ERNIE SOCHIN

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Well they have done it again — those dummies up in Tallahassee. They have gone against my favorite group, the NRA and the Unified Sportsmen of Florida’s and lobbyist Marion

spokesperson Hammer. By not approving Senate Bill SB 234, they no longer will allow guns on Florida college campuses. The bill would have allowed concealed weapons permit holders to carry their guns openly and take their guns into career centers, college or university campuses, as well as nonpublic elementary and secondary school facilities. Imagine sending your young ones off to college where no one but the police are armed. What kind of safety is that? Here is a quote from Marion Hammer: “There’s a lot of safety by allowing guns on campus,” she said. “That’s how a lot of us protect ourselves because law enforcement can’t be there when we need them. Law enforcement is not stopping rapes on campus, and not stopping a lot of crimes.” Well folks, I am not to be denied. I have thoroughly checked the Second Amendment and there is no mention of an age requirement for a “Well Regulated Militia.” Here it is. Read it yourself! A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. So I decided to start my own militia. It will be called the Mini-Militia and will be comprised of children in kindergarten through third grade. These. after all, are our most vulnerable citizens. Who is there to protect them in their classrooms from predators and nasty teachers? Think of all the problems that will be solved if our tots are trained to protect themselves in school. You keep hearing about school bullies. The Florida “stand your ground rule” will allow toddlers to protect themselves from anyone who threatens them and to shoot first and then retrieve their stolen or borrowed lunchbox. Training will begin at the I.B. Alocado Gun Range on the first Sunday that falls in the middle of the week each month. Call 1888-NUT-CAKE for reservations and bring your own child, weapon and ammo. We will supply target silhouettes of other small children and teachers for practice.

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Of course, pediatricians will not be allowed to question toddlers or their parents about having guns in their house. That is nobody’s business but the toddler. It is his or her militia and adults needn’t be involved. Glock, the manufacturer of the most commonly used handgun already has a series called Mini Glocks (Google it if you don’t believe me). I am sure the NRA will probably provide a grant to my MiniMilitia to help us get started. No doubt I will get the obligatory contribution to my next election from the NRA as well. My new bill before the Florida Senate will be # BS 1+1=3. Write your senator and ask that they support this bill, which will allow the formation of the MiniMilitia in grade schools throughout Florida. Only then will our children really be safe!

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Cutler Bay girl to participate in Miss Jr. Pre-Teen pageant BY LEE STEPHENS

Alexandra Martinez-Arizala of Cutler Bay was selected recently to participate in the 2011 Miss Jr. Pre-Teen West Palm Beach/ Fort Lauderdale/ Miami pageant competition that will take place on Apr. 17. Alexandra recently learned of her acceptance into this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competition, when the pageant announced their selections. She submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pageant coordinator. Alexandra will be competing for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. She will be competing in the Miss Jr. Pre-Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies between the ages of 7 and 19 competing in modeling routines, which include casual and formal wear. Most important, Alexandra will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pageant judging panel. Personality is the No. 1 aspect that each contestant is judged on during all phases of competition. If Alexandra were to win the title of Miss Jr. Pre-Teen West Palm Beach/ Fort Lauderdale/ Miami, she would represent the area at the national competition to take place in Orlando. More than $60,000 in prizes and awards will be presented at the national competition while each winner enjoys this expense-paid trip of five nights and six days in Orlando. Community businesses, organizations, and private individuals will assist Alexandra in participating in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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Blues, Brews and Barbecue promises taste of country BY CATHY GUERRA

Enjoy mouth-watering barbeque and incredible blues and country music at the first annual Blues, Brews and Barbeque on Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, at Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187 Ave. in Homestead. Take a peaceful stroll throughout the park or relax on a blanket and gaze at the sky. A variety of children’s activities, including a petting zoo and pony rides, also will be available. Featured bands performing onstage throughout the day include: Pit Bull Blues Band, The Jay Blues Band, Rewind, and country singer Matt Mansfield — formerly of “Southern Drawl.” Thunder Country’s deejay Doug Hitchcock will be broadcasting with live remotes from the event on Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m. The first annual Blues, Brews and Barbeque is sponsored by LIVE entertainment, Budweiser, Thunder Country 100.3, and Rib vendors: Smoke n’ Spice,

Huckleberry Hillbilly BBQ, and Big Pig BBQ. Additional vendors will include fresh roasted corn on the cob, funnel cakes, ice cream, silky smooth milk shakes and fresh baked pies. Admission is $5 per person and children under 11 years of age are admitted free. Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call the Fruit and Spice Park at 305-2475727. The Fruit and Spice Park, operated by Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department, grows more than 500 varieties of sub-tropical fruits, herbs, spices, vegetables and nuts from around the world on 39 lush acres in the agricultural Redland. The park offers daily botanical tours, fruit tasting and naturalist led workshops. For information about Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department, can call 3-1-1 or visit online at <www.miamidade.gov/parks>.

Please join us for lunch April 14th, 2011 The CBBA will be hosting their

Monthly Luncheon in the Palm Room, on the 3rd floor of the

Palmetto Bay Village Center Between 11:00AM and 1:00 PM. Members $10 Non-Members $20 Our speaker

Scott Dunn of Score

WE HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US. To R.S.V.P. visit www.cbba.biz or call 305-609-1096


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Zoo Miami trainer Willy Coto competes to help orangutans BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Willy Cotto, 23, has a passion for education and for rainforest wildlife, and he hopes to unite those interests in his quest to be selected as one of 10 people to participate in a program to help save endangered orangutans. Cotto, a senior at Barry University, grew up in Palmetto Bay and attended Palmetto High School. Scheduled to graduate in May, he has applied to George Mason University in Virginia, but his immediate goal is many more miles away. “I’m hoping to be in Indonesia July 1 with this team,” Cotto said. “I saw this program online through DeforestACTION. I’m a big supporter of orangutan outreach and had noticed a post about this program and decided that it was definitely something I wanted to do. “Of all the animals I have worked with, orangutans are the animals that have made the biggest impact on my views and what I really want to focus on in the conservation initiative.” Putting in many hours a week at Zoo Miami as a wildlife show trainer and curatorial intern, Cotto has been involved in zoo-keeping work in one way or another for the past decade. Having worked closely with orangutans, he is excited about this opportunity to help them on their ‘home turf.” “We’d be establishing this program,” Cotto explained. “They’re selecting 10 youth leaders around the world to do this and have the full focus conservation initiative where we’re involving the Dayak people, the indigenous tribe of people in Borneo, and having them know that they can do something other than work in the palm oil industry or log or poaching primates. We’d be rehabilitating the people just as we’d be rehabilitating the orangutans.” Cotto explained that palm oil is a big part

of the problem because natural areas needed by the orangutans are being bulldozed to make room for profitable palm plantations. “Palm oil is found in more than 50 percent of items in grocery stores, and 90 percent of it comes from Indonesia,” Cotto said. “There are more than 17,000 islands in the Indonesian Archipelago — two of them have orangutans, the only place in the world.” DeforestACTION is a global collaborative project involving young people between ages 18 and 35 to halt the destruction of important rainforests, create a permanent home for orangutans, and “save the planet.” Their website estimates that in Indonesia alone, a forest the size of 300 football fields is being cut down every hour to make way for palm oil plantations. One of the project’s goals is to produce a 3-D film and a television series to help spread the word and encourage more people to make a difference. Cotto admires those who have done so in the past. “What Dian Fossey did was remarkable,” Cotto said. “She established something not only research wise, she made these gorillas accustomed to people so that people can go into the rain forests of Rwanda and Uganda and see them first hand. That makes a big impact. Orangutans are in zoos and people can really have that one-to-one connection by seeing them first hand. But if people can go to Indonesia and see them there, it would be a totally different feeling.” Cotto also praises Wildlife SOS in India, whose co-founder, Kartick Satyanarayan, has visited Zoo Miami to discuss the group’s successes in improving conditions for sloth bears there. “I think that we can definitely make a change,” Cotto said. “I want to see these things come to the forefront, and what better way of teaching than having a movie and a TV show along with this project? Not only will we be establishing

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this project, we’ll be sharing it with the rest of the world. “But even if I don’t go, I know that I have shared my passion with as many people as I can and I will continue to do so. I would hate for my grandchildren to find someday that there are no orangutans

in Indonesia.” Voting ends Apr. 10. To view Willy Cotto’s video submission and have a chance to vote to help him achieve his dream, go online to <http://gg.tigweb.org/tig/deforestaction/52299/>.


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UM student-run recording label announces latest project The University of Miami’s student-run recording label, ’Cane Records, announces its latest project, a combination of a promotional music compilation album, titled Breaking the Surface, Vol. 1 – Miami Artists on the Rise, and a live music performance showcase. The showcase will take place at the Transit Lounge, 729 SW First Ave., on Thursday, Apr. 7, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission to the showcase is free and open to ages 18 and older. Promotional copies of the compilation album, in CD form and as digital download cards, will be given away at the event and on the UM Coral Gables campus during the days leading up to the event. A free bus will be running continuously between Gusman Concert Hall on the Coral Gables campus and the Transit Lounge beginning at 7:30 p.m. and ending with a final drop-off on campus at 2 a.m. For more information, visit online at <www.miami.edu>.

M.D.C. WOLFSON CAMPUS TO HOST MATHEMATICS OLYMPICS, APR. 7 High school students from throughout Miami-Dade County will converge on Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., for a friendly, yet

intense competition at the second annual High School Mathematics Olympics on Apr. 7 beginning at 8 a.m. Created to foster and increase interest in mathematics among students in the community, some 30 high schools in Miami-Dade County are expected to participate in the event. Students competing in the contest are expected to be proficient in algebra, pre-calculus and trigonometry. For more information about the second annual High School Mathematics Olympics or MDC’s Mathematics Department, visit online at<www.mdc.edu/wolfson/mathcompetition/>.

U.S.D.A. COMMUNITY DAY TO TAKE PLACE ON APR. 9 The USDA Subtropical Horticulture Research Station has announced it will host its annual Community Day at 13601 Old Cutler Rd. on Apr. 9. Admission is free and the hours are from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Miami Council of Garden Clubs’ Presidents (Council) and the Friends of Chapman Field to enlighten clients, neighbors and partners in the community about the exciting research being accomplished at the station. Thanks to the organization of the council,

COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS there will be spaces where food, horticultural-related books, plants and herbs, totes and additional items will be available for purchase from vendors. For more information, call 305-573-7056.

SOUTH MIAMI K-8 CENTER TO HOST FAMILY FUN DAY South Miami K-8 Center Expressive Arts Magnet, located at 6800 SW 60 St., will be conducting its inaugural Family Fun Day Carnival on Apr. 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free event is open to the community and promises to be great fun for all. For the thrill seekers, the carnival offers rides such as Adrenaline Rush, BMX Slide, Ninja Combo, and Sports Bungee, as well, as traditional carnival games, dunk tank, bounce house, delicious food and a silent auction. For more information, call 305-606-3561. MIAMI-DADE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK Since 1958, libraries around the nation have celebrated National Library Week as a way to commemorate the contributions of the

nation’s libraries and librarians. This year’s theme, “Create your own story @ the library,” will be observed Apr. 10-16, but the Miami-Dade Public Library System has expanded it to a two weeklong celebration. Starting on Apr. 4, community leaders are visiting library branches and reading to children. During this time, recognition is given to the value of libraries in providing educational, recreational and cultural opportunities to people of all ages. For more information, visit online at <www.mdpls.org>, or call 305-375-BOOK (2665).

NEW NEIGHBORS OF SOUTH DADE SETS APRIL LUNCHEON, INSTALLATION Join the New Neighbors Club of South Dade at its monthly luncheon and installation of officers for the 2011-12 year on Apr. 13 at the Coral Gables Country Club, 997 N. Greenway Dr. in Coral Gables.

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Past president Barbara Richards will conduct the candlelight installation. Award-winning jazz pianist Shawn Sutta and saxophonist Ricky Jackson provide the afternoon’s entertainment. Sutta is a 2009 graduate of the prestigious University of Miami Jazz Music Department, and is the current music director at Old Cutler Presbyterian Church. Jackson studied with recording artist-musician-MDC professor Ed Calle, who has headlined many jazz concerts throughout the country. Together, Sutta and Jackson promise to “tear the house down” with a variety of jazz and popular favorites. For reservations call Barbara Richards at 305-595-8631 no later than Apr. 7.

MIAMI’S ALHAMBRA ORCHESTRA FEATURES THREE YOUNG ARTISTS The Alhambra Orchestra, with principal conductor Alfred Gershfeld, presents the three amazing young winners of its annual concerto competition on Apr. 17, 7 p.m., at Ransom-Everglades School, 3575 Main Hwy. They are Southwood Middle School student Erica Ogihara, 13, cellist; Sage McBride, 13, violinist who lives in Davie, and New World School junior David Fernandez, who

took first prize with the Polonaise Brilliante by Wieniawski. These young stars will each perform their competition masterworks with orchestral accompaniment. Bring the whole family to enjoy the talent and exuberance of the next generation of classical celebrities. Admission and parking are free (donations requested). No reservations needed except that large groups should call in advance. For information, call 305-668-9260 or visit online at <www.alhambramusic.org>.

who reside and/or do business in the Kendall/Pinecrest area. Upcoming speakers are: Apr. 11— Lexi Matiash, “The University of Miami Launch Pad;” Apr. 18 — Dr. Tomas Villanueva, medical director, Baptist Hospital Medicine Program, “Top 10 Things to Know as a Hospital Patient,” and Apr. 25 — Dr. Brad McGuinn, “The Middle East and Egypt.” For information, call Ron Lieberman at 305613-6744 or Tom Boswell at 786-417-6003.

WOMEN’S PROSPERITY NETWORK TO HOST COMMUNITY EVENT The Women’s Prosperity Network will be hosting the “Mastermind Luncheon for Women” on Apr. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Doral Park Country Club, 5001 NW 104 Ave. Discussion topic will include “Be a Client Attraction Magnet. How to Inquire, Inspire & Acquire Your Perfect Clients.” Details and Registration information may be found on the organization’s website at <www.WPNGlobal.com/doral>. For information, call 1-954-370-1176.

CREW-MIAMI TO HOST ANNUAL ‘WOMEN AT TOP’ LUNCHEON CREW-Miami invites members and guests to its annual “Women at the Top” luncheon on Apr. 20 at the Four Seasons Hotel, 1435 Brickell Ave. Here you can get up close and personal with some of the region’s most successful women executives who have risen to the top of their respective fields. Hear their stories and learn the tips that got them to where they are today. Please RSVP by Apr. 15 at <www.crewmiami.org>.

ROTARY CLUB OF MIAMI DADELAND PINECREST ANNOUNCES SPEAKERS The Rotary Club of Miami Dadeland Pinecrest has announced speakers for their weekly Monday breakfast meetings at the Dadeland Marriott Hotel, 9090 S. Dadeland Blvd. Meetings start at 7:30 a.m. and are for people

THAI FRUIT CARVING CLASS AT FRUIT AND SPICE PARK A Thai Fruit Carving class will be offered on May 7, from 9 a.m. to noon at Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187 Ave. in Homestead. The class will expose participants to the

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techniques and traditions of this fascinating culinary tradition. Participants will get to carve a vegetable with the help and advice of an expert. Cost of the class is $25 per person. The Fruit and Spice Park, operated by Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department, grows more than 500 varieties of sub-tropical fruits, herbs, spices, vegetables and nuts from around the world on 39 lush acres in the agricultural Redland. The park offers daily botanical tours, fruit tasting and naturalist led workshops. For more information, visit online at <www.miami.dade.gov/parks>.

DEERING ESTATE AT CUTLER BAY TO CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave., during the annual Mother’s Day Brunch on May 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Enjoy a variety of appetizing dishes and desserts provided by Bill Hansen Catering, tour the grand Stone House and historic Richmond Cottage, and take in the natural beauty and grandeur of the estate. The cost is $70 for adults and $45 for children (ages 5-12); ages 4 and under are free. Advance reservations are required. Purchase your tickets early for preferred seating. For more information visit online at <www.deeringestate.org> or call 305-2351668, ext. 233.


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United Way Wine and Food Festival expands to 4 days BY YANET OBARRIO SANCHEZ

The 16th annual United Way Miami Wine and Food Festival, Miami’s first and foremost charity wine and food festival, will take place Thursday, Apr. 14, through Sunday, Apr. 17. Presented by American Express, all proceeds from the festival will benefit United Way of Miami-Dade’s work in the areas of education, income and health. This annual event brings together food and wine lovers for a now-expanded fourday festival featuring notable chefs, sommeliers, prestigious wineries and winemakers, celebrity mixologists, breweries and impressive auction lots. This year, one of the nation’s most prolific apostles of Progressive American cuisine, Chef Dewey LoSasso, executive chef of The Forge Restaurant Wine Bar will headline the Interactive Dinner on Friday, Apr. 15. Festivities begin on Thursday, Apr. 14, with the Taste & Toast — Fine Wine Tasting presented by Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, featuring dozens of international wineries and 30 of South Florida’s top restaurants and caterers, including: Acqua at Four Seasons Hotel, AltaMare, Meat Market, Ortanique on the Mile, Season’s 52, Timo Restaurant and Two Chefs among many others. The VIP tasting begins at 6 p.m.; general admission begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $150 for VIP admission and $75, general admission. Following the tasting, guests can enjoy the Glenfiddich “Music to Drink Whiskey By” afterparty featuring whiskey ambassador and scotch specialist Heather Greene and deejay Adam Williams. Taste & Toast takes place at Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave. in Coral Gables. Friday, April 15, the Food, Friends & Fun — Interactive Dinner, presented by Bacardi USA, belongs to celebrity Chef Dewey LoSasso of The Forge Restaurant Wine Bar. This interactive experience is the ultimate good time for foodies, where tables will team up to cook their own three-course meal under Chef LoSasso’s tutelage. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a Bacardi cocktail reception, and Bacardi master mixologist Gary Hayward will teach guests a few tricks of the trade during dinner, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $300 per person and $2,400 per table of eight. Food, Friends & Fun takes place at the InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza in Downtown Miami. On Saturday, Apr. 16, the Cellar•bration

— Good Food and Award-winning Wines, presented by Cypress Hill Financial, features award-winning wines from the first annual Best in Glass Wine Challenge and a multi-course dinner, exclusive auction lots, and live entertainment and dancing by quintessential American jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany. A champagne cocktail reception and silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $300 per person and $3,000 per table of 10. Cellar•bration also takes place at the InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza in Downtown Miami. The festival culminates on Sunday, Apr. 17, with Brews & Bites — Craft Beer Tasting, presented by CBIZ, featuring bites from area restaurants, live entertainment, craft beers and mirco-

brews from around the world including: Narraganssett Brewing, Blue Point Brewing, Shipyard/Sea Dog Brewing, Abita Brewing Company, The Boston Beer Company, Brooklyn Brewery, Sierra Nevada, Stone Brewing and many more. The VIP tasting begins at 1 p.m., general admission begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $75 per VIP admission and $55 for general admission. Admission to the event includes a commemorative tasting cup. Brews & Bites takes place at Mary Brickell Village, 901 S. Miami Ave. in Miami. For more information and tickets, visit <www.miamiwinefestival.org>; <www.facebook.com/miamiwineandfoodfestival> or follow on Twitter@MiamiWineFest. For tickets call 1-877-820-3378.

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Spring is in the air during April Fridays at The Falls BY MAYRA HERNANDEZ

“Fridays at The Falls” continue to heat up every Friday during April. Music lovers are invited to take a stroll and enjoy a musical escape featuring a multicultural mix of free, open-to-the-public performances under the moonlight with musical styles including jazz, Latin pop, classic rock ‘n’ roll, world music, pop melodies and contemporary Latin grooves. Coming performances are: Apr. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m., Alma Kings — A mix of original and popular Latin music tunes including salsa and bachata from this trio; Apr. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., Steven Duell — Celebrating the cool sounds of the Florida Keys, this musician will take you away with him to “Margaritaville;” Apr. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m., Andares Latin Band — A celebration of World Dance music including salsa, cumbia, raggaeton, mergue and Americana tunes, and Apr. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m., Seven Mile Bridge — Relive the best decades of rock

Music lovers are invited to take a stroll and enjoy a musical escape featuring a multicultural mix of free, open-to-the-public performances under the moonlight with musical styles including jazz, Latin pop, classic rock ‘n’ roll, world music, pop melodies and contemporary Latin grooves. ‘n’ roll and pop music with the classic sounds of the ’50s. Concerts are at The Falls Center Court, 8888 SW 136 St. For more information, contact The Falls at 305-255-4571, visit <www.simon.com> or become a fan on Facebook at <www.facebook.com/ShopTheFalls>.


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Friends of the Orphans luncheon to help transform children’s lives BY ANA MARTINEZ

Friends of the Orphans, a non-profit organization that supports a network of nine Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Our Little Brothers and Sisters) homes and their outreach programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, is hosting a Faces of Hope luncheon on Wednesday, Apr. 13, noon, in the Country Club Ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. The annual “friend raising” signature event, is a complimentary luncheon where guests will learn about how Friends of the Orphans and NPH transform the lives of orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. Emmy award winning NBC 6 news

anchor Jackie Nespral will be the mistress of ceremonies. Pequeña alum and guest speaker Clara Grove, will share her poignant and inspiring story of how she went from a poor orphaned child with little prospect of a future, to joining NPH Mexico and now living as a productive member of society with her family in the United States. Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are available: Patron Sponsor, $10,000; Advocate Sponsor, $5,000; Friend of Friends Sponsor, $2,500, and Mentor Sponsor, $1,000. To attend the luncheon or for more information regarding corporate sponsorships call Friends of the Orphans at 305-6636211. Seating is limited. More information about Friends of the Orphans can be found online at <www.friendsoftheorphans.org>.

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Miami-Dade County partners with Spring Boutique Week, Apr. 17-24 BY MARTHA HOFFMANN

The Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is partnering with Spring Boutique Week taking place in Miami-Dade, Apr. 17-24. Premiering in October 2010, Boutique Week is a semi-annual event, bringing together America’s boutiques for a week of incredible sales and discounts. Fall Boutique Week took place in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles and was a huge success. Boutique Week can help boost sales of individual boutique owners in Miami-Dade while offering customers unique products and in some cases affordable access to high-end couture. A variety of Miami’s local boutiques will celebrate Spring Boutique Week by offering a minimum of 25 percent off of at least half of the boutique’s merchandise to access code holders. Boutique owners interested in participating in Spring Boutique Week Miami should contact Olga Vidisheva at 1-857-225-2637 or by email to <olga@boutiqueweek.net>. There is

a $250 fee for participating boutiques. Some of the benefits to retailers for participating include online and print advertising, a dedicated public relations team that works on promoting participating boutiques and Spring Boutique Week, opportunities for increased sales and traffic, as well as 30-50 percent retention rates. Consumers interested in signing up for a free access code and seeing a full list of participating boutiques should go on to <www.BoutiqueWeek.net>. Boutique Week also will make a significant financial contribution to Dress for Success with a $25 donation offered on behalf of each participating boutique. Dress for Success is an international non-for-profit organization offering services designed to help clients find jobs and remain employed. The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.


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Biltmore Hotel hosting second annual Facebook Photo Contest BY ROSA QUIROZ

The Biltmore Hotel is hosting the second annual Facebook Photo Contest inviting amateur photographers to submit their photos showcasing a site of the historic hotel — such as the pool, a ballroom, architectural detail or memorable event with friends. Now through Apr. 29, the Biltmore is posting the photos submitted on the hotel’s Facebook page at <www.facebook.com/biltmorehotel>. To enter, participants may send their photos to <pr@biltmorehotel.com>. Only one photo is allowed per entry. Facebook users may vote by clicking “Like” on their favorite photos. The winners are chosen for the amount of “Likes” the photo receives. The top five photo winners will be announced on Friday, Apr. 29. First Prize — Two-night stay, daily cabana use, and dinner for two at Palme d’Or; Second Prize — Sunday champagne brunch for four guests; Third Prize — Couples massage at the Biltmore Spa; Fourth Prize — Round of golf for four guests at the Biltmore Golf Course,

and Fifth Prize — Culinary class for two guests at the Biltmore Culinary Academy. The Biltmore is a National Historic Landmark located in Coral Gables. The 273-room hotel resembles classic Italian, Moorish, and Spanish architectural influences spread over 150-acres of tropical landscape. A favorite of world leaders and notables since its opening in 1926, the hotel offers a restored Donald Ross 18-hole, 71 par championship golf course; tennis; the largest hotel pool in the country; private cabanas; a European spa, and an award-winning fitness center. The hotel’s dining destinations include the acclaimed Palme d’Or, which Zagat calls one of the best restaurants in the country; Fontana, an Italian restaurant surrounding the Biltmore fountain, and the poolside Cascade. In 2009, the hotel unveiled its culinary academy offering an array of hands-on cooking classes for adults and children. For more information or to make reservations, visit online at <www.BiltmoreHotel.com> or call 1-800-727-1926.

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It’s a family Easter at Cauley Square Village BY SHERRY MILLER

The entire family — even the family pet on leash — is welcome to join the fun of the annual Cauley Square Village Children’s Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, Apr. 24. An estimated 10,000 colored plastic Easter Eggs with assorted candy and miniature prizes inside will be hidden around the lush tropical gardens surrounding the Main Patio in the center of South Miami-Dade’s Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village. Tickets, at $5 per child, will be sold beginning at 10 a.m. on the Main Patio. Parents should bring your child’s own Easter basket for collecting the treasured eggs. The Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 2-6 will take place from 11 a.m. to noon. Parents must accompany these children with their own Easter baskets. Children ages 7-10 will hunt for eggs from 1 to 2 p.m. The Egg Hunt for Children older than 10 years of age will be from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mr. Bunny Rabbit will be present and

there will be buggy and pony rides, face painting and a deejay playing music. Hot dogs or hamburgers, chips and beverage will be served outdoors for $7 per person. The Village Chalet Restaurant and The Tea Room Restaurant, both with outdoor dining patios where pets on leashes are welcome, will be open as well for the entire family’s enjoyment. Easter Sunday at Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village is open to the public with free entry and free parking. Cauley Square Village is located at 22400 Old Dixie Hwy. in Goulds. Take S. Dixie Highway to SW 224th Street. For information, call direct to 305-2583543. Cauley Square Village is open daily, except shops which are closed on Mondays. Village Chalet and Tea Room restaurants are open seven days a week from 11 a.m. Reservations for weddings, special parties, events and Friday and Saturday Night live entertainment may be made by calling 305-258-8900.


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Entries open until Apr. 16 for $100K dream wedding BY SANDRA RODRIGUEZ

Magic City Casino, Miami’s first casino to offer Las Vegas style slot machines, will collect entries for its first-ever $100,000 Magical Wedding Giveaway until Apr. 16. The winning couple will be determined during the finals on May 7, and the Magical Wedding is set for Nov. 6. The grand prize will consist of a Magical Wedding planned/designed by a Magic City representative, with a budget valued at approximately $100,000. Magic City Casino will sponsor the ceremony, reception and honeymoon for the winning couple. The wedding will include a special performance by Grammy Award winner Jon Secada. “We encourage Miami’s engaged couples to enter the competition to have the wedding of a lifetime,” said Scott Savin, chief operating officer of Magic City Casino. “Most couples do not have the opportunity to have a $100,000 dream wedding, but by entering this competition, the opportunity will become a reality for one lucky couple.” Interested couples must complete an entry form no later than Apr. 16. The form is available on the Magic City Casino website at

<www.magiccitycasino.com> or onsite at the Magic City Casino Players Club desk. Entries must include responses of 100 words or less on the following topics: (a) The couple’s love story and (b) why the couple hopes to hold their $100,000 Magical Wedding at Magic City Casino. The application also must include a color photo of the couple. Initial entries will be judged on the following criteria: • Originality and creativity used in writing about their love story and why the couple hopes to hold their magical wedding at Magic City Casino, • Technical aspects related to how the application was filled out and how well directions were followed, and • How well the photo reflects the entrant’s response. 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 online at <www.magiccitycasino.com>.

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3 students to participate in ‘Teens Only’ Town Hall BY TRICIA THOMAS

Students were chosen for the panel based on their responses to questions on their Three local students are among a dozen application as well as their demonstrated from across the state selected to share their leadership abilities throughout their school concerns and issues at the and community. The panel “Teens Only” Town Hall will have the opportunity to Students were meeting on Apr. 5 in ask questions to the cabinet. chosen for the panel Tallahassee. They also will serve a oneThe students are Lorenzo based on their year term as members of Babboni, a sophomore at the Youth Commission and responses to Coral Gables Senior High attend local meetings of questions on their School; Philip Koenig, a Florida’s Children and senior at Christopher application as well as Youth Cabinet. Columbus High School, The event is free to the their demonstrated and Monica Dyches, a junpublic, taking place on ior at Miami Palmetto Tuesday, Apr. 5, from leadership abilities Senior High School. a.m. to noon at throughout their school 10:30 The Florida Children and Tallahassee City Hall durand community. Youth Cabinet consists of ing the Children’s Week 20 members and is com“Capitol for a Day.” The prised of government officials, policy event is being recorded for statewide makers and children’s developmental broadcast on The Florida Channel. advocacy experts, and now a Youth For more information about the “Teens Commission comprised of 12 students Only” Town Hall Meeting visit online at selected from a statewide pool of students. <www.childrensweek.org>.


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Is A Short Sale Right for You? BY PETER B. LAIRD

Recent data indicates that by the end of 2010 nearly half of all property owners in Miami-Dade County owed more on their homes than the properties were worth. That’s 245,530 underwater homes just in Miami-Dade. Statewide, the number jumps to 2.1 million. Do you owe more than your home is worth? Is a major illness, accident, job loss or divorce preventing you from making your monthly mortgage payments? Are you tired of paying for an investment property that has lost its value? You do have options, according to Robert Perdigon, president of Miamibased Perdigon Title Services, a fullservice title company founded in 2002. “In an ideal world, the best strategy is to continue paying your mortgage, wait for the market to correct, let your property appreciate and sell your house when the value has returned,” advises Perdigon. “However, we do not live in an ideal world and property owners need to know their options.” A foreclosure should be avoided at all

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costs, Perdigon says. Not only will you lose your home, you could also be forced to pay what you owe on your mortgage plus additional fees. Worse still, it will be reflected on your credit report for three to five years.

Your best option, says Perdigon, may be a short sale. In the past few years, short sales have become the leading distressed property solution. “With a short sale, your house is sold for less than what you owe on your

mortgage, and your lender willingly accepts the proceeds from the sale as payment in full,” says Perdigon. “No lien is filed against you, the sale is reflected on your credit report for only 12 to 18 months, and in some cases the lender will even contribute up to $30,000 to cover your relocation expenses.” Before making such an important decision, though, seek professional advice. Perdigon Title Services has special expertise in handling short sales, and its attorney partner can guide you through all aspects of what can be a complex transaction. “We’ve successfully handled hundreds of short sale transactions over the past few years,” says Perdigon. “We’ll work closely with you, your realtor and your lender to ensure the quickest and best possible outcome for all.” For a free initial consultation to determine if a short sale is right for you, contact Perdigon Title Services at 305-728-8184, or e-mail rperdigon@perdigontitle.com.


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Students have until Apr. 15 to nominate favorite teacher BY JACKIE MACKAY

Students nationwide have until Apr. 15 to enter the “A+ For Teachers at Downtown Disney” essay contest to win a vacation prize package to the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels. Winning teachers also receive the same vacation package. The contest is being hosted by the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels in partnership with AirTran Airways and Walt Disney World. More than 200 students already have entered this year’s contest, and 1,000 students entered the contest last year. The contest asks participants to nominate their favorite teacher, with winning educators and the students who nominate them each receiving a four-day, three-night vacation trip to one of the seven Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels. Entrants to date are praising their teachers for hard work, mentoring, a sense of humor, engaging lesson plans, dedication, patience, and sincere concern for their students. The essays relate tales of educators who stand out with their unique teaching and ability to connect with students. Students who wish to nominate their teachers for consideration must write a 500-word essay and submit it via the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels’ website at <www.downtowndisneyhotels.com>. The essay should explain how the teacher has made a difference in the student’s life and will be judged on its relevance to theme, creativity, originality, and the merit of the teacher’s accom-

plishments as outlined in the essay. Ten national winners will be chosen, and the participant and their favorite teacher nominee each will win the prize package that includes: • Four-day/three-night accommodations (for up to four family members) at one of the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels’ • Free airfare to Orlando (for up to four family members) on AirTran Airways (only for non-Florida residents); • Four free Walt Disney World oneday, one-park passes; • Four free tickets to the DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive theme park, and • Complimentary breakfast at the hotel each day (for up to four family members). “Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels want to celebrate those teachers who truly make a difference in the lives of their students in spite of the many challenges their schools are facing,” said Laurence Richardson, chair of the organization’s marketing committee. “We’re thrilled with the entries we have received to date in our nationwide contest, and we look forward to rewarding another group of 10 lucky entrants.” Contest winners will be announced on the hotels’ website. Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels is a consortium of seven official Walt Disney World Resort hotels that include: Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel, Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa, Doubletree Guest Suites, Hilton Orlando Resort, Holiday Inn, Royal Plaza Resort and Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort.

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Communities In Schools of Miami to celebrate annual gala, Apr. 16

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“The side-by-side performances at this year’s gala is a direct reflection of what our Communities In Schools of Miami (CIS) student mentorship program strives to will be celebrating its annual Gala on accomplish every day at CIS — self conSaturday, Apr. 16, at Downtown Miami’s fidence and passion for personal growth,” InterContinental Hotel. said executive director Elizabeth Mejia. The theme for this year’s gala, “It Takes “I’m honored to be a part of an organizaTwo, An Evening of Duets,” will feature tion that has such a positive influence and exquisite food and wine pairings, as well impact on the lives of the children in our as mentor and student community.” paired musical and enterThe mission of The mission of tainment performances. Communities In Schools All funds raised will help is to surround students Communities In provide educational and with a community of supemotional support to more port, empowering them Schools is to than 5,000 students in 21 to stay in school and surround students achieve in life. The oneschools and communitybased sites. mentorship prowith a community on-one Joining this year’s gala gram focuses on the orgais the leader of one of nization’s five basic of support, Miami’s premiere local building blocks: empowering and nationally acclaimed • A personal, one-onbands, ¡Suénalo!, whose one relationship with a them to stay in members will be performcaring adult; school and ing side-by-side musical • A safe place to learn pieces with their CIS of and grow; achieve in life. Miami mentees. • A healthy start for a Chad Bernstein, a memhealthy future; ber of ¡Suénalo!, and founder of Guns • A marketable skill to use upon graduaOver Guitar Operation, has partnered with tion, and CIS of Miami to provide a mentor program • A chance to give back to peers and for middle school students that uses music community. instruction as an avenue for connection. It is these fundamental tools that have Since inception, the band’s hands-on par- made CIS the most effective dropout preticipation with CIS of Miami has helped vention organization in America. improve the lives of youngsters in MiamiThe event also will feature a silent aucDade County. tion, live entertainment and food and wine “We are incredibly excited about the pairings with white glove service throughwork we’ve been doing with CIS of Miami out the evening. Gala sponsors include and are very fortunate to partner with an Gibraltar Private and Carlton Fields. organization that provides our youth with a Event donations, individual tickets and pathway to success,” said band member table sponsorship can be purchased online Chad Bernstein. at <www.cismiami.org>.

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‘Sweet’ village night planned to honor cancer survivors BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Evelyn Greer Park in Pinecrest will be transformed into the beloved childhood board game, Candyland, on Saturday, Apr. 9. That’s right, Candyland, with all the color and excitement of the candies and characters we all know from childhood. Starting at noon on Saturday and continuing until 8 a.m. the following morning, the community will host Relay for Life to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Groups will be joining forces to create a carnival atmosphere including bounce houses, face painters, mega slides, hair extensions and more. There will be all types of foods from hot dogs to pizza, hamburgers to sausage, and a complimentary survivors’ dinner donated by Bargello’s Bistro at The Falls. Dessert for the survivors will be donated by Joanna’s Market. And the candy — M&M’s, Hershey’s Kisses, Nerds’ — you name it. Not to mention ice cream and cotton candy for dessert. Co-chairs Mayor Cindy Lerner and Debi Strochak, long time advocate for all cancer causes, have joined with a cross-section of the Village of Pinecrest to put together this fun filled event that will appeal to kids of all ages. The teams that have created the fair-like atmosphere come from all walks of life with a similar goal: to help fight cancer and support its victims. These participants are not only businesses and professionals, restaurants and government officials, but also represent area schools, churches and synagogues. Entertainment is being provided from 11 a.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday morning. Various vocal and instrumental groups have donated their services to make this a spectacular event for everyone. “The Mix,” “The Intrasigents” and “The

Eclectics” are just some of the bands slated for the evening. Some of the entertainment attendees can expect to hear and see are students from the local area. Elementary, middle and high schools will be contributing with their smooth dance moves and beautiful voices including jazz, modern, hip hop and more. The opening ceremony honor guard will be in the capable hands of Scout Troop 457. There will be a survivor lap and a beautiful luminaria ceremony. At 9 p.m. everything will stop. The band will stop playing and the lights will be turned down and to celebrate life with the survivors and remember those who lost their battle with cancer. This lighting of hundreds of candles will recognize those who have been honored and remembered in an emotional and inspiring ceremony. St. Andrews Piper Band, playing Amazing Grace, will lead the way for a walk with all who wish to show their support. At 11 p.m., the survivor tent will be transformed into an Old Flick style coffee house with entertainment, coffee provided by Starbucks and cupcakes from Mischa’s. Jenny and friends will provide entertainment consisting of acoustic cover artists, a contortionist, a dancer, and a comedian. This is a free event. Teams will have food and fun for sale showcasing the past six months of hard work. More than $40,000 has been raised with the help of the teams and area sponsors such as Gus Machado Ford Kendall; Upscale Furniture Consignment Gallery-The Falls; Baptist Health South Florida; Vitas; Gottahalfit.com; CBS4 print publications; S. Miami Psychology Group; Andrea L Loeb, PsyD, and Innerspace Custom Storage Solutions. Park your car at Palmetto Senior High School and there will be trolleys to transport attendee back and forth at no charge.


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Miami Children’s Chorus events to bring hope and help to Haiti BY ANALY MENDEZ

Miami Children’s Chorus (MCC) Haiti Relief Effort, “Give Us Hope,” scheduled on the weekend of Apr. 8, will be the culmination of a yearlong community service effort by the children of MCC. The choristers, having been moved by the tragic events in Haiti, wanted to do something to help. In their quest to help, they decided to put on a Haiti relief benefit concert, and to produce and distribute a CD. “Give Us Hope” is a three-day event that kicks off with a free lecture and demonstration on Friday, Apr. 8, at the Little Haiti Cultural Center at 7 p.m. The weekend will feature music by Haitian-American composer Sydney Guillaume, and Argentinean composer Oscar Escalada. Both composers have been commissioned to write works for the chorus through the MCC commissioning project New Works for Children’s Voices, and will work with choristers in preparation for this event. Both Guillaume and Escalada will discuss their music with the community on the evening of Apr. 8.

Following this symposium will be an open rehearsal on Saturday, Apr. 9, 1:30 p.m., at Riviera Presbyterian Church. The community is invited to attend this rehearsal and witness the artistry of the Advanced Chorus as the members interact with each composer. The final event will take place on Sunday, Apr. 10, 5 p.m., at the Byron Carlyle Theater in Miami Beach. This concert will be the result of a year’s work for the Miami Children’s Chorus. The hope is that the South Florida Community will come together to help support and aid the struggling people of Haiti. Donations collected at the concert and proceeds from ticket sales and the sale of the Give Us Hope CD, will go to Doctors Without Borders in support of the group’s continued work in Haiti. To purchase tickets for the final concert on Apr. 10, visit <www.ticketmaster.com> and search Miami Children’s Chorus. Adult tickets are $20 and student/senior tickets are $10. For more information regarding the Miami Children’s Chorus, and its concert schedule visit online at <www.miamichildrenschorus.org> or call 305-662-7494.


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County announces additional subsidized spay/neuter days BY XIOMARA MORDCOVICH

Animal Services has announced additional donor-subsidized surgery days for Miami-Dade County residents. In an effort to help control the pet overpopulation problem, Miami-Dade Animal Services is offering donor-subsidized ($25 owner co-pay) spay/neuter services every Monday and Tuesday for dogs and ($15 owner co-pay) spay/neuter surgeries for cats every Thursday and Friday. The procedures will take place at the Animal Services shelter located at 7401 NW 74 St. in Medley. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m. “There are simply too many stray and abandoned dogs and cats and not enough homes to save every pet surrendered to Animal Services,” said Dr. Pizano, Animal Services director. “Spaying or neutering your pet helps reduce the number of unwanted litters and protects them from health issues that may develop later in life.” Requirements include:

• Proof of current rabies vaccination for dogs over four months of age. Rabies vaccine can be obtained the day of surgery for $10 (or $3 if qualified low-income). • Microchipping is available for $10. • Up to four pets per household, and they must be 3 months and older. • No food or water after midnight the night before. No appointment necessary, veterinarian may decline surgery due to health reasons. Miami-Dade Animal Services is responsible for enforcing Chapter 5 of the MiamiDade County Code, as well as Florida Statute 828, which deals primarily with animal cruelty issues. Unlike private shelters that have limitations on the number of pets they accept, Animal Services accepts all dogs and cats. Each year, the shelter impounds more than 36,000 pets. The goal at Animal Services is to reunite lost pets with their families or find life-long homes for as many animals as possible. For more information visit online at <www.miamidade.gov/animals> or call 3-1-1.

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FALLS ART DISTRICT NIGHT OUT APRIL 15, 2011

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Did you know The Falls has been designated as a new up and coming Art District? That’s right-an Art District right in our local community. There are now 14 galleries located in and around the Falls Warehouse Area from 129th St to 134th St. These galleries open their doors on a Friday night with exhibitions, demonstrations, live music and a free Colombian shuttle bus to move you around. This months’ event will be better than ever with the addition of 5 new studios for you to visit and 6 traveling food trucks parked on 132nd St at Shops by the Falls. This new phenomenon is the hottest ticket in dining right now, and with 6 different menus there will plenty of options to choose from. You will find a variety of art displays and artists at work. You can look for the perfect accent for your home or office, or just have a glass of wine and enjoy the company of your friends in a relaxed setting. The festivities run from 7-10 pm. Look for the red Chinese lanterns along the route-you can start anywhere. For more information call 786.251.7974, find us on Facebook or go to:

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Seasons 52 featured restaurant at ‘Driven to Dine’ charity event BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Seasons 52 (Chef Matt McCormick) will be one of 13 top South Florida restaurants participating in the Florida Heart Research Institute’s most popular charity event, “Driven to Dine,” a unique culinary journey to the finest restaurants and chefs, taking place Apr. 16. Guests will gather at the Mitchell estate in Cocoplum on Tahiti Beach, for an exclusive cocktail reception crafted by Le Cordon Bleu before drawing an envelope that is handed to the limo driver who then reveals their destination. Priced at $5,000 for the limo — with eight to a limo — the high-priced ticket delivers the promise of amazing food and tremendous fun, for a great cause. This year there will be a live auction and the Tiffany & Co. Mystery Blue Box Wall. Sponsors of this special event include Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables/Cutler Bay, Whole Foods, Le Cordon Bleu, Tiffany & Co., St. John, Smartwater, Casa

Vinicola Zonin, Callaway Cellar Selection, Marques de Riscal, Brustman-Carrino and I Heart Olive Oil. Aside from Season’s 52, other restaurants participating include 1500 at the Eden Roc Hotel (Chef Paula DaSilva), Asia de Cuba (Chef Joseph Maynard), Capital Grille (Chef Matt Livers), DB Bistro Moderne (Chef Jarrod Verbiak), Emeril’s Miami Beach (Chef Tim Doolittle), Eos at Viceroy Miami, Gibraltar at Grove Isle Hotel & Spa (Chef Rafael Melendez), Gotham Steak at the Fountainebleau Miami Beach (Chef John Suley), La Cava Wine Club (Chef Carmen Trigueros), Seasons 52 (Chef Matt McCormick), The Trapiche Room at JW Marriott (Chef Maria Tobar), Truluck’s Seafood Steak & Crab House (Chef Jeffrey Hundelt) and Vino & Olio (Chef Andrea Menichetti). For more information on the event or for reservations, call Sallie Byrd at 305-6743020, ext. 5823, or send email to <sallieb@floridaheart.org>.

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Exciting changes coming to Corporate Run Series BY MAYRA HERNANDEZ

When TeamFootWorks asked participants of its Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run Series what they wanted to see changed for future races, the response was unanimous — electronic timing. In an effort to produce accurate results and provide participants with their complete race ranking, TeamFootWorks is announcing that, for the first time since the race’s inception in 1985, all participants in the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run Series will be chipped. In addition, the top male and top female finishers at each race also will be rewarded as part of the new Pearl Izumi Elite Running Division. “We are always looking for ways to improve the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run Series,” said Laurie Huseby, race director. “By incorporating the electronic timing chips, we are excited to provide all participants with an accurate time, as well as providing them with a listing of the rankings on our website, <www.mercedesbenzcorporaterun.com>.” TeamFootWorks and Pearl Izumi also are incorporating the new Elite Division, which was debuted at the Corporate Run in Miami in 2010, into both of the Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach races. The Pearl Izumi Elite Division will be made up of male runners who can complete a 5K in less than 19 minutes and female runners who can complete a 5K in less than 20 minutes. Elite individuals will be able to enter and compete for prize money in all three cities. Runners will vie for a piece of the $5,400 prize purse which will be distributed among the top three male finishers and the top three female finishers at the Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach runs, while the top five male and top five female

finishers will be rewarded in Miami. Although being a member of a corporate team is not required, elite runners are encouraged to welcome their co-workers to join them at the race, keeping in mind the goal of the Corporate Run is to promote health and fitness at all levels and provide a venue to boost company morale and encourage camaraderie in the workplace. With more than 25,000 runners and walkers from hundreds of companies expected to participate in the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run Series, the race continues to grow. The 5K series began in Fort Lauderdale on Mar. 24, continues in West Palm Beach on Apr. 13, and concludes in Miami on Apr. 28. For the second year in a row, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the South Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross. With a special competition that awards the overall men’s, women’s and co-ed teams in 20 different industries, the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run, a 5K (3.1mile) Run Walk, attracts more than 800 South Florida companies and is open to employees of businesses, corporations, government agencies, financial institutions and non-profits-no matter how big or small. All companies are encouraged to participate and may enter an unlimited number of employees to walk or run as a group. Sponsors of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run series include: MercedesBenz of South Florida, American Airlines, Baptist Health, Aetna, BB&T, Sports Authority, Club Med, Miami-Dade County, Miami DDA and more. For registration information or to reserve a registration packet, contact TeamFootWorks at 305-666-RACE (7223) or visit <www.mercedesbenzcorporaterun.com> or <www.teamfootworks.org>.


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2011 Kia Optima combines style and performance Ron Beasley LET’S TALK CARS Kia has a winner with its new Optima four-door sedan. It’s stylish and comfortable with a long list of amenities and technology features, and there are three all-new powertrains to choose from, including a turbo and Kia’s first-ever hybrid. This next generation Optima has Kia’s new design language highlighted by a streamlined profile. Based on an all-new midsize platform, it’s longer, wider and lower than its predecessor and has a coupelike profile with a sweeping chrome arc that flows from the A through C pillars. It has a high and pronounced shoulder line that leads to sculpted flanks, while the front has a striking face with Kia’s signature tabbed grille surrounded by projector headlights. Under the hood, there’s a choice of three new Theta II powerplants — a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder, a 2.0-liter GDI turbo or a 2.4-

liter hybrid engine. The 2.4-liter GDI engine produces 200 hp, while upgrading to the available 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine (EX Turbo and SX models) delivers V-6 power with a four-cylinder engine that produces 274 hp, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2011 Optima is available in the four trim levels — LX, EX, EX Turbo and SX: LX — Includes dual exhaust with chrome tips, solar glass, outside mirror turn signal indicators and 16-inch steel wheels fitted with 205/65R16 tires. EX — Has standard fog lights, heated outside mirrors, exterior chrome/bodycolor door handles along with 17-inch alloy wheels with P215/55/R17 tires. EX Turbo — Adds a unique front grille design. SX — Is the performance model; adds HID headlights with auto leveling, LED rear combination lights, unique front grille design, rear lip spoiler, sculpted side sills, aero wiper blades, black front brake calipers and 18-inch black machined finish alloy wheels with P225/45R18 tires. On the inside, the Optima cabin is spacious and comfortable, with many standard convenience features such as a six-way adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar

New Kia Optima is wider and lower than its predecessor and has a streamlined, coupe-like profile.

support, illuminated vanity mirrors with a ticket holder and a trip computer. An available panoramic sunroof provides an openair feeling, while the seats are ergonomically designed and there is plenty of storage space available. At the same time, the Optima is designed as a driver’s car, with the instrument panel contoured toward the driver for a cockpit feel, with precision gauges and controls contributing to an overall sport performance environment. A high console with a short shifter adds to the cockpit feel and paddle shifters

behind the steering wheel allow alternative gear changing. Additional standard interior features include a tilt/telescopic steering column, power door locks, power windows, sun visor extension and a cooling glove box. Base price on the 2011 Kia Optima EX is $22,495.

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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