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Cultural Arts Center grand opening set Oct. 1 and 2 BY NICOLLE UGARRIZA

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new $51 million state-ofthe-art performing arts venue will be introduced officially to the South Miami-Dade community on Oct. 1 and 2. The much-anticipated South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, located at 10950 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay, opens to the public with two days of spectacular highquality performances followed by its inaugural season. The Grand Opening Celebration is highlighted by a multidisciplinary show featuring international artists, as well as some of Miami’s highest caliber performers. The show takes place on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 2, at 3 p.m. On both days, the center offers additional free preshow outdoor activities, for all to enjoy. Tickets for the Grand Opening performance are $50, $35, $20 on Saturday night and $40, $25, $10 on Sunday afternoon (Family Day). Sunday pricing also includes $5 Culture Shock tickets for youth ages 12-22, 50 percent off for children ages 6-12 and $5 off for seniors at all ticket levels. For information on how to buy tickets, the public should call 786-573-5300 or visit online at <www.smdcac.org>. The Grand Opening performance spans genres and cultures of south Miami-Dade and includes jazz, classical, Latin, Caribbean and gospel music and dance, as well as theater and multimedia presentations created from interviews with community members. The Grand Opening Celebration is a community event that represents both the artistic and demographic diversity found in Miami-Dade and is designed to present outstanding cultural offerings to people from all backgrounds. The artistic team producing the show includes: director Heidi Marshall; Teo Castellanos, dramaturge; Rosie Herrera, choreographer; Jordy Gomez, musical director; Elizabeth Sobel, manager of musical director; Andrew Yeomanson, DJ Designs; Edouard Duval Carrié, set concept designer; Ken Kurtz, set planner; Xavier Pierce, light-

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School Board’s Dr. Feldman briefs local schools’ parents

Mayor Carlos Gimenez names William Bryson new fire chief BY LEE STEPHENS

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iami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez has named long-time public servant and firefighter William “Shorty” Bryson to the position of fire chief effective Thursday, Aug. 18. Chief Bryson, who has served the City of Miami Fire Department for 35 years, began his career there as a firefighter in 1975 and steadily rose through the ranks to the position of fire chief, which he held for nine years. Along the way, Chief Bryson held the positions of lieutenant, captain and chief fire officer. In addition to his extensive on-the-job experience, he has completed numerous professional courses at the National Fire Academy, as well as courses in hazardous materials, management and contracts.

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Dr. Larry Feldman (right) speaks with Wendy Christopher, Kelly Fullerton and Pat Ryan. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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r. Larry Feldman, the vice chair of the Miami-Dade County School Board, met with parents and other concerned residents on Wednesday, Aug. 10, during informal sessions in both Palmetto Bay’s Village Hall (at 10 a.m.) and Cutler Bay’s Town Hall (12:30 p.m.). Feldman, his chief of staff Jackeline Fals and community

involvement specialist Erz Munsie brought informational materials and posters for the presentation to bring everyone up to date on how key school programs are continuing, even in the face of budget cuts by state and federal lawmakers. Feldman addressed their concerns with great enthusiasm for the solutions –––––––– See

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Bell spends monthly ‘Work Day’ at Rockdale Pineland Preserve

Miami-Dade Commissioner Lynda Bell spends her “Work Day” helping restore the Rockdale Pineland Preserve.

BY MAURICE R. HERNANDEZ

Miami-Dade Commissioner Lynda Bell teamed up with the volunteer members of TreeMendous Miami and the Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) to help restore the pristine quality of the Rockdale Pineland Preserve along S. Dixie Highway just south of The Falls. They planted young trees on the endangered sanctuary during the commissioner’s monthly “Work Day” on Saturday, July 30. Commissioner Bell’s highly successful “Work Days” program allows her to obtain a first-hand appreciation of the pressures and challenges that private and public sector organizations face on a day-to-day basis while taking back to the county commission a true understanding of their needs and concerns for the purposes of formulating future legislation designed to foster economic

growth and government efficiency. “The members of TreeMendous Miami should be commended for their commitment and profound dedication in ensuring the protection of the flora and fauna that can only be found in this little piece of paradise we all call home,” Commissioner Bell said. “They are all tireless and devoted members of our community who champion a more environmentally sensitive and caring world. They have my respect and admiration for the wonderful work they do.” TreeMendous Miami is a local, volunteer organization devoted to making MiamiDade greener, cooler and a more enjoyable place to live by planting, protecting and preserving trees throughout South Florida. Pine rockland is a designated globally imperiled habitat that occurs only in southern MiamiDade County, the Florida Keys, and some islands in the Bahamas.

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South MiamiDade Cultural Arts Center

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ing designer; Benton Bainbridge, projection/video designer; Mark Moormann, documentary filmmaker; Carry Cabrera, wardrobe supervisor, and Ronald K. Brown, choreographer (pre-show activities). An official ribbon cutting ceremony takes place on Saturday night along with free outdoor pre-show activities, bringing together residents, community leaders, and government officials to commemorate the opening of the facility. Sunday’s activities feature outdoor family-friendly events and a children’s price for the Grand Opening performance. The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, designed by an internationally acclaimed design team that includes Arquitectonica International Inc. (architects), Fisher Dachs Associates Inc. (theater design), Artec Consultants Inc. (acoustics), and AMS Planning & Research Corp. (theater management), provides, for the first time, a state-ofthe-art cultural venue and community gathering place in the southern part of Miami-Dade County. The center features prominent works of art created by Miami artist Robert Chambers who was commissioned by Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places program to design a kinetic light wall and sculptures for the theater. The center is an integral part of the econom-

ic and cultural development of the area, offering quality artistic programming and community accessibility. The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the Office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The center is dedicated to presenting and supporting arts and culture and providing access to the arts to the entire Miami-Dade County community. South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center serves as a showcase for the performing and media arts, welcoming people from all backgrounds and economic means. The facility includes a 966-seat state-of-the-art theater, which features a fly tower, orchestra pit, front of house spaces (box office, lobby, concessions, etc.) and back of house support spaces (dressing rooms, storage and work areas, administrative offices, etc.). The site also includes an activities building which houses lab/experimental theaters, and may be used for classrooms, rehearsals, and small-scale performances. An outdoor plaza allows for festivals, art shows, and other outdoor activities. The concert lawn “back yard” slopes to the Black Creek Canal, and can host outdoor concerts, performances and events.

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DR. FELDMAN, from page 1 they have devised for the coming school year and his determination that all children’s needs are met. “We’re keeping the arts; we’re keeping the teachers,” Feldman said. “The only thing I am concerned about is maintaining the high level of services for our special needs kids.” Feldman explained that the school board is coping with reduced funding partially by cleaning out the “downtown staff” and sending them out to the schools to fill needed positions instead of hiring new people. He also assured parents that the popular magnet programs, although undergoing changes, will continue. “The reason that the districts are scaling back the magnet programs is because after those three years the federal government could no longer fund it and we have to take over at a much higher cost, both for teachers and for the program for kids,” Feldman said. “So what they’ve moved to instead of total magnets is now we do magnet by programs so that if we get a grant and it lasts, great, but we’d rather lean toward academies, because academies are funded within the system, it frees up the principals to use more latitude and we provide them with the curriculum.” Feldman said that some magnet programs in schools that have been successful with them will continue, and that 42 percent of all Miami-Dade County students currently are enrolled in a magnet program of some kind. The magnet course themes are Careers & Professions; International; Liberal Arts; Mathematics, Science & Technology; Montessori, and Visual & Performing Arts. Feldman also announced 18 new magnet academies, including: Arthur and Polly Mays 6-12 Conservatory of the Arts, Booker T.

FIRE CHIEF, from page 1 During his tenure as City of Miami fire chief, the city earned a Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Organization, and in 2008 Chief Bryson was named Metropolitan Fire Chief of the Year by his national peers. Chief Bryson was raised in Miami Shores and is a graduate of the University of Florida. He replaces interim Miami-Dade fire chief Karls Paul-Noël, who recently announced his retirement after a 27-year

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–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Washington High Academy of Engineering, Centennial Middle Centennial Ocean Academy of Science & Technology, Cutler Ridge Middle Criminal Justice & Forensic Science Academy, and others. One of the new programs Feldman was excited about is the new Medical Academy for Science and Technology (MAST) through Homestead High School that will use a retrofitted version of the former Homestead Hospital as a state-of-the-art facility. Cutler Bay resident Raquel Lockwood was impressed with the session and with Dr. Feldman. “Awesome,” Lockwood said. “He’s great. I’m so pleased with the job he’s doing, and the school board superintendent is wonderful, especially after the problems with some of the previous ones.” Palmetto Bay Mayor Shelley Stanczyk thought the presentation was effective and asked Feldman to come back for regular updates. “I’m very pleased with the way the meeting went,” Stanczyk said. “I’m glad that Dr. Feldman is getting out and meeting with parents. They’re making some very clever and creative changes to the programs that they’re offering, and I think it’s good.” Cutler Bay resident Louise Lockwood said that they were very close to having a charter high school in Cutler Bay, and that she hopes that the town council and the residents will support it. Dr. Feldman pointed out that charter schools still operate within the public school system. For more information on the school board’s District 9, visit <http://district9.dadeschools.net/>. For details on the magnet programs, visit online at <www.miamimagnets.org>.

career in public service. “Chief Bryson brings a wealth of professional experience and excellent management abilities to this job,” Mayor Gimenez said. “I have full faith that he will keep the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department moving in the right direction and serving the public effectively. “I also wish to thank Chief Paul-Noël, who has faithfully served our community for the past 27 years and ably filled the role of interim chief. I fully understand the personal sacrifices that come with a career in public safety service and appreciate his good work and dedication.”


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Duffers or champs, the town’s tournament is back Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN G o l f a l e r t ! Our friends in the Cutler Bay Parks & Recreation Department tell us that the Third Annual Cutler Bay Open Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday, September 10 at the Redland Gold & Country Club, located at 24451 SW 177th Avenue in Homestead. There’s a Tournament Fee of $65 per person, which includes: 18-hole four-man scramble golf tournament, range balls, oncourse beverages, awards and post-tour-

nament barbecue with cash bar. The schedule is 10:00 a.m. for check-in and range balls; a 11:00 a.m. shotgun start and 3:00 p.m. for the barbecue and awards presentation. For more info, call the Parks & Rec. Department at 305-238-4166. Net results! Those same folks at Parks & Recreation tell us that tennis lessons will be available at Cutler Ridge Park, which is located at 10100 SW 200th Street, from September 17th to November 5th, on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You can get eight weeks of lessons for $120. Adults are scheduled for the first hour, with kids 4 to 8 in the second hour and ages 9 to 17 in the third hour before noon. Better register early, as class size is limited. As before, for more info, call the Parks & Rec. Department at 305-238-4166.

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T h i s i s t h e w e e k that public school classes in Miami-Dade County resume, which means there will be more cars on the road as moms (and dads in some cases) shuttle the youngsters to area schools, more school busses too, and lots of kids on bikes and on foot heading for class. With this in mind, drivers are urged to be extra careful to protect children, and also to heed the 15 mph speed limits in school zones during posted hours. The police will be paying extra attention to these areas, and you should, too. A word to the wise... N u m b e r crunchers, take note... Since the Operating and Capital Budget for 201112 is due to be enacted by the Town Council soon, everyone is going to be working on that in the weeks ahead. There will be a First Budget Public Hearing on Tuesday, September 6, in the Council Chambers, a Second Budget Public Hearing on Tuesday, September 20 (same place), a Regular Council Meeting on Wednesday, September 21, and a Council Workshop on Friday, September 23, at Town Hall. If this interests you, check the town’s website at www.cutlerbay-fl.gov/ or

call Town Hall at 305-234-4262 for up to date info. Calling all plane buffs... Wings Over Miami will be hosting a Warbird and Classic Aircraft Fly-in on Saturday October 29th and Sunday October 30th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. Actual vintage aircraft will be in the air and flying, and also parked on the ramp and on display to the public. “Their pilots will be available to discuss their aircraft and answer any questions you may have.” There will also be guest speakers, good food and fun for all ages, according to museum folks. For more info, visit their website at www.wingsovermiami.com/ Thought of the Day: Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. — Edward Everett

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Put country ahead of party to solve job problems R. Kenneth Bluh • –––– VIEWPOINT –––– • KENNETH’S COMMENTARY The other day, during lunch with several guys from the office, my friend Carlos announced that he wasn’t going to buy that new fridge that he has been promising his wife for the past few months. “Only God knows what direction our economy is going,” he said. “I don’t trust those guys in Washington to figure out what is best for us. Right now I am more concerned about keeping my job than I am about a refrigerator with an ice dispenser in the door.” Fred chirped in, “It’s all party politics — party over the people. Politicians could care less about us except when they need money to run for reelection.” “And our vote,” Pablo declared. “Can you imagine, our country is being run by a Congress with a 20 percent approval rating and with a President that isn’t that far behind.”

It’s true. For too many years Washington has been on a spending spree. America’s American Express card had no limit — and Washington spent every last dollar plus a few trillion more. Congress, the President, Florida’s governor, almost all the governors, are saying, “private industry hire, hire, hire; we must put Americans to work. Meanwhile municipal, country and state governments have fired 340,000 workers in the past 12 months. Move them off the payroll. Put them on unemployment compensation; then reduce the time they are eligible to receive unemployment and then sit back and say, “Americans, get out and look for employment — stop living on unemployment comp.” Since 2008, all governments —municipal, county and state — in the U.S. have terminated 611,000 positions. What a horrible downward spiral. Fire employees. They then stop spending, less

spending, then less revenue for government. It is another reason to fire more employees. Ditto in private industry. Less consumer spending, less income, fire employees and put more people on the street looking for jobs that don’t exist. Only one thing will end the downward spiral in employment — consumer confidence. When do we see consumer confidence grow? When the man and woman on the street see Washington stopping the infernal party politics and work together to get America back on its feet. Unless Washington, and by that I mean “all” our elected officials, stop making their political party’s survival their No. 1 objective. When protecting their jobs isn’t their sole objective and when they unite and put party politics behind them, maybe they can find a way to cut expenses, remove the loopholes in the IRS code, create long range goals to

reduce our nation’s debt. Then Americans will hit the streets and start spending. What happens when we start shopping? Manufacturers, shippers, wholesalers, retailers will say, “Hey, we don’t have enough employees to meet the demand for goods and services. We have to hire more employees.” And so they will. That will be the beginning of the end of our economic downturn. But, it all depends on our elected officials in Washington. Start leading by example or get out of our nation’s capital. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Send your comments to (fax number) 305-662-6980 or email to <letters@communitynewspapers.com>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.


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There a lot wrong with our ‘criminal injustice system’ BY ERNIE SOCHIN

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Okay, I threatened to write about it so here goes: “The Criminal Injustice System.” I probably will get a lot of flack from attorneys (including my daughter, who is among them). Most say our system is the best and it is working well. Sorry, but I disagree. Unless you are Casey Anthony who is now receiving marriage proposals and million-dollar offers for TV interviews, something I don’t even get, the system stinks. Let’s start with the jury system. I have been on many juries. Don’t ask me why but I get called a lot and I am apparently too stupid to find a way out. I could fake a foreign accent and say I really don’t understand. The judge would admonish me but neither attorney will want me on the case. I guess I could say I have been following the case day by day in the newspapers or that I assume that the defendant is guilty, or that I favor the death penalty, etc., but that is not me. I usually end up as foreman of the jury, perhaps because I talk a lot. For those who haven’t had the experience,

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let me give you a glimpse of what happens behind those locked doors. Before the judge lets you go in there you are repeatedly warned that if there is any itsy bitsy piece of evidence that is questionable, you must find the defendant not guilty. This of course leaves you at the mercy of the defense attorney who is now able, because of all the technical stuff in use by law enforcement, to poke holes in just about anything. Maybe somebody sneezed in the DNA lab. That would make all the evidence from that lab possibly contaminated. You must acquit! Boy would I love to be a defense attorney. I could find flaws in just about anything, and that is all you really need. An example: I was seated on a jury dealing with an accused bank robber who handed a note to the teller and ran off with the loot. He was caught a few blocks away with the gun he used in the holdup and a pad of paper on which he wrote his “note” and his handwriting exactly matched that on the holdup note. “Great,” I says to myself. It’s a slam dunk and I get to go home early. That is until we began deliberations. One sweet old lady (younger than I am now) said, “But he looks like such a nice young man.”

Of course his attorney took him in for a haircut and bought him the mandatory KMart defendant’s suit so he would not look like the monster who held up the bank. It took all my persuasive abilities to convince her that he did not look that way when he had the gun and note in his hand. Unfortunately, I can’t be on every jury, but had I not been there, he most certainly would have gone free to rob more banks. On another trial, the judge, after we found the defendant guilty of holding up a woman with a shotgun, released him because the defense lawyer made an issue of the fact that there were no shells in the gun. I don’t know about you, but with a shotgun pointed at me, I would be pretty frightened and that is what the perpetrator should have been judged by. That particular judge was angry with me for some time because I spoke about it on my radio show. One of the things that I am sure the jurors in the Casey Anthony trial were asked is if they had any knowledge of the case. Anyone who is that out of touch with what is going on around them would make excellent fodder for a defense attorney. If I were on that jury, they would probably still be sitting there in the locked room. Merely knowing that her missing daughter was not reported

missing for a month would have done it for me. Whatever happened, she sure was a part of it. In my family, if a 2-year-old isn’t seen for 30 seconds (not days), we all go nuts looking for them. The pool story…nonsense! If that happened, and it does happen all the time in Florida, you call 9-1-1 or the police and report it. Everyone takes blame for being neglectful and we go back to grieving, not partying. Of course jurors are never allowed to know about a defendant’s past history so if a habitual bank robber is accused again of robbing a bank, the jurors see him as “such a nice young man.” If I am on a jury, I want to know with whom I am dealing. Of course there is always reasonable doubt. Even if there are eye witnesses. “When did you last have your eyes examined?” “Were the street lights on at the time?” “What color pants was the defendant wearing?” “Oh, you are not sure.” Reasonable doubt. See what I mean? Still think our system is the best? You may send money to me for my new Casey Anthony Child Care Center c/o this newspaper.

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Three Troop 171 Girl Scouts finish Gold Award projects Elizabeth Davio (left) Jessica Smith (center) and Jacqueline Rowe of Girl Scout Troop 171 in Cutler Bay recently completed their Gold Award projects. The Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout can achieve. Elizabeth, who graduated from Coral Reef High in 2011 and is attending Florida State University, gathered makeup, lotion and personal hygiene items to donate to Miami Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital. Jacqueline, a 2010 graduate of DASH attending Florida International University, decided to help Miami Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by gathering toothbrushes, toothpaste and other personal items for teen patients. Jessica, a 2011 graduate of Robert Morgan, helped an ailing butterfly structure at Whispering Pines Elementary by adding colorful bushes, plants and mulch to create a butterfly garden.


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Letter to the Editor Send ‘Letters’ to: <michael@communitynewspapers.com>

We c a n ha ve a ne w high sc hool w it hout a n inc re a se in t a x ra t e To the Editor: I am hearing town officials saying we have two choices — higher taxes or no new high school. However, I believe there is another choice — no new taxes and a new high school. How can the town accomplish this? Every year since incorporation, Cutler Bay has had a substantially large excess of revenues over expenses (“carryovers”) averaging millions of dollars per year. These carryovers have gone into reserves, resulting in a commendable level of reserves — $12 million, or about 85 percent of annual operating expenses. (Best practices recommend at least 10-15 percent.) No doubt, we have ample and adequate reserves. Why there is such a large carryover every year? First, revenues are underestimated every year. In past years, Cutler Bay has chosen to underestimate revenues by 5 percent, the maximum allowed by law. From what I can tell, this underestimate alone has resulted in a share of the carryover totaling around $800,000 last year. Where does the rest of the carryover come from? I believe there are two additional sources: First, our town departments have performed admirably in performing their services under budget. Well-deserved kudos to them. But, the size of the carryovers suggests that we are substantially overestimating expenses as well. I would like to see the town budget a new high school. And, I would like to see the town roll back the millage rate to 2.4470, the same rate as prior to incorporation. I believe adopting a smaller underestimate of revenues and a smaller overestimate of expenses can do this. By itself, an underestimate of revenues by 2.5 percent instead of 5 percent would result in around a $400,000 increase in budgeted revenue. I believe it is no longer necessary to continue to build our already adequate reverses from carryover generated by underestimating revenue. And, additional savings can come by “tightening up” the expenses budgeted for operations. If there is a policy of overestimation of expenses, then this should be doable without compromising services. The town has ample reserves to address any shortages due to unexpected expenses. After all, isn’t that what reserves are for? I believe that the town can afford a high school while rolling back the tax rate. I believe that doing this would enhance and improve our quality of life, increase property values, build trust, and instill a sense of satisfaction in Cutler Bay as a friendly, citizen-oriented town. Mark your calendars with the upcoming budget hearings, Tuesday, Sept. 6, and Tuesday, Sept. 20, both in the town’s council chambers. This is your town. Be heard. Steve Zarzecki Cutler Bay

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“CAUTION: CHILDREN LISTEN” BY KAREN ARONOWITZ, President, United Teachers of Dade

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Marlins Mermaids to celebrate 2011-12 calendar unveiling The beautiful Marlins Mermaids will showcase their eye-popping 2011-12 Mermaids Calendar on Sept. 1 at Grand Central Miami, 697 N. Miami Ave. They will be celebrating the release with a sexy and chic fashion show, as well as choreographed group performances. The first 10,000 fans attending the Marlins game versus the Philadelphia Phillies on Sept. 3 at Sun Life Stadium will receive a free Mermaids Calendar, courtesy of Maroone. For information, call 305-567-0821. PEACE CORPS’ 50TH ANNIVERSARY TO INSPIRE FUTURE GENERATIONS A celebration of the Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary, “Honoring Our Past, Inspiring Future Generations,” will take place on Sept. 7 at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Dr. on the UM campus. The event will be moderated by Helen Aguirre-Ferré of WPBT2. The event begins at 6 p.m. with esteemed panelists including Peace Corps director Aaron S. Williams, University of Miami president Donna E. Shalala, Knight Foundation president Alberto Ibargüen, and Educate Tomorrow founder Virginia Emmons McNaught. More than 20 employers including federal agencies like the FBI, State Department, IRS

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COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS DR. LESLIE BAUMANN TO HOST BUSINESS RHYTHMS LUNCHEON The Commonwealth Institute South Florida and The Launch Pad at the University of Miami invite the community to the Business Rhythms Luncheon featuring Dr. Leslie Baumann. The event will take place on Sept. 20, noon, at the BankUnited Center, located at 1245 Dauer Dr. on the UM campus. Dr. Baumann is an internationally renowned board certified dermatologist; NY Times best-selling author; media personality and lecturer, and CEO of the Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute — a full-service research, educational and medical services facility serving the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Dr. Baumann heads the advisory board of Skin Type Solutions Inc., a revolutionary website and skin typing system providing consumers with a reliable source of information on all things relative to skin and body care. Dr. Baumann will speak about her

book, Skin Type Solution. To register, visit online at <www.commonwealthinstitute.org>, call 305-799-6547 or send email to Tiffany Spooner at <tspooner@commonwealthinstitute.org>. TONKINSON FINANCIAL TO CO-SPONSOR JACKSON BROWNE CONCERT AT UM A long-time fan of Jackson Browne, UM MBA alum Rick Tonkinson, president of Tonkinson Financial, is co-sponsoring the Jackson Browne concert during Festival Miami at the University of Miami. Scheduled for Oct. 26 at the UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Browne will perform awardwinning new songs and mega hits such as Running on Empty, The Pretender, and Somebody’s Baby, in a special all-acoustic concert. Tickets are $65, $45 and $25, and may be purchased online at <www.miami.edu/frost/index.php/frost/frost _events/jackson_browne_unplugged>. For more information, call 305-284-6168.


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Miami Children’s Hospital marks 15 years of Radio Lollipop fun BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Radio Lollipop, an international charity benefiting children in hospitals, was founded in England in 1979. Miami Children’s Hospital was the first in the United States to establish the program in 1996 and the in-house radio station celebrated its 15th birthday with a party on Thursday, Aug. 11. The festive event featured decorations, people in colorful costumes, face painting, arts and crafts, a live animal demonstration from Zoo Miami and food for the young patients and their families provided by Sushi Maki, Fuddruckers and Shake Shack. Nuria Claramunt, assistant director of Community and Volunteer Resources and the Radio Lollipop program, was coordinating the event celebrated throughout most areas of the hospital. “We have a lot of entertainment, activities, popcorn — everything you would expect a party to have,” Claramunt said. “Radio Lollipop has about 70-80 volunteers who are active. Those kids in the hospital who can’t leave their rooms, they have the Radio Lollipop volunteers bringing entertainment to their bedside. When the doors open at the studio, it is a real radio station, just like the professional radio stations, so it has to have all the equipment for the kids that can come out and want to see a real radio station and be deejays on the air. But then we also have the volunteers who go throughout all the floors, so they’ll visit every child that’s in the hospital during the show.” The two-hour shows are broadcast live with the on-floor volunteers four days a week. The station broadcasts within the hospital on Channel 26, so the children can listen to the deejays, the music, and can call

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in for the contests to win prizes, which the volunteers deliver. “Each night there’s between 15 and 20 volunteers,” Claramunt said. “We have some volunteers who have been here since day one. They bring their talents and skills and they share them with the program to bring joy, activities and laughter to kids who are stressed. Laughter is the best medicine of all, and that’s what Radio Lollipop brings to all the kids. It’s magic.” Marc Kuperman is one of the volunteers who has been there all 15 years of the program and is glad he made the

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decision to participate. “I was born in Miami and spent my entire professional career here, and at about that time I was looking for something to get involved with to give back to the community,” Kuperman said. “I was attracted because it combined working with children and music. “The enriching part for me is when you see the children’s faces — a child who may have been cranky or crying or in pain, and in many instances you’re able to cheer them up, distract them, get them laughing and joking and thinking about things other

than why they’re in the hospital.” Kuperman said that the volunteers, whether studio deejays or those working the floors, interact with the patients and provide care, comfort and play not only to the children but also to their families as well. For him, volunteering is rewarding and performance is a wonderful change of pace. “I’m an attorney in real life, and my professional career is not even remotely like what I do here,” Kuperman said. “There’s a special feeling that you get when you leave here at the end of a show. You feel like you’re making a difference, and you know that the children really do appreciate it. That’s important to me.” Another of the three original volunteers who still is participating with the program is Nora Barriere, who brings to the children her bubbly personality, cute character voices and puppets. When she started, performance didn’t come naturally to her. “I had never done this before and was very nervous and couldn’t say anything and the other girl with me said, ‘do your voices,’ and sure enough, when I did, I was not nervous any more and was able to do the show,” Barriere said. “And then at the end of the show we hugged each other and cried. We were very emotional. “Through the years, so many times the kids say to you, ‘because of you I feel better.’ Sometimes a parent will say to you, ‘this is the first time my child smiled today,’ and that makes you feel so good. It gives you so much gratification that you did this.” Radio Lollipop’s day-to-day operation depends on volunteers, charitable donations and fundraising activities. For more information visit <www.radiolollipop.org> or <www.mch.com>.


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My Lawn Man Wants to Top My Live Oak Tree for The STORM SEASON. Should I Have Him Do This? THE ARBORIST

BY RON VON PAULUS

No. Don’t top your live oak or any other hardwood tree such as a black olive or mahogany. A tree sometimes needs to be pruned to avoid interference with utility lines, buildings, or parts of the surrounding environment. Whenever pruning is required, it is important to avoid the practice of topping -- the removal of all parts of a tree above a certain height with no consideration for its structure or health. Long thought to reduce a hazard, topping is a temporary and ineffective solution that actually makes a tree more hazardous in the long run. • Topping "starves" trees by robbing them of their food-creating leaves. • Topped trees, in an act of defense, create shoots that grow quickly (up to 20 feet in one year) and are more prone to breaking. • Topping also makes trees more susceptible to insects and disease. • Topping creates "high maintenance

trees" that are expensive to treat, repair, and care for. Hurricane tree-trimming basics for hardwood trees • Reduction pruning is an effective alternative to topping. It reduces the size of longer branches by cutting back lateral ones. Some branches are removed at their point of origin. • Avoid excessive thinning of interior branches. It can lead to rapid growth of upright interior shoots and limb breakage. • The best way to learn to manage tree growth and maintain tree health is to consult a Certified Arborist. These tree care professionals know how to safely prune trees, and they can couch you as a homeowner how to best maintain and care for them throughout the year. Ron von Paulus is an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist (ID # Fl-5770A) and has more than 20 years experience working with trees in South Florida. He offers free consultations to homeowners and businesses. He can be reached at Big Ron’s Tree Service 305-588-3091 or by email at <ron@BigRonsTreeService.com>

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Red Cross offes tips to keep athletes safe in extreme heat BY CHRYSTIAN TEJEDOR

In the wake of recent student athlete deaths due to excessive heat, the American Red Cross recommends team officials, coaches and parents take steps to help ensure the safety of their players during extreme heat. “Keeping athletes safe is crucial,” said Linda Olson, director of Health and Safety Services for the American Red Cross in South Florida. “Make sure athletes stay hydrated. Have everyone drink plenty of fluids like water or sports drinks with electrolytes before, during and after activities. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.” During the hot weather, team practices should be scheduled for early in the day and later in the evening to avoid exposing players to the hottest times of the day. Other steps teams, schools and parents should take to protect their athletes include: • Allow athletes to get acclimated to the heat by reducing the intensity of practice until they are more accustomed to it. • Make frequent, longer breaks a regular part of practice. About every 20 minutes stop for fluids and try to keep the athletes in the shade if possible. • Reduce the amount of heavy equip-

ment-like football pads-athletes wear in • Get the person to a cooler place and extremely hot, humid weather. have him or her rest in a comfortable posi• Dress athletes, when appropriate, in tion. Stretching, massaging and icing the net-type jerseys or lightweight, light-col- affected muscle may help. ored, cotton T-shirts and shorts. • Give a half glass of cool water or a • Know the signs of sports drink with elecHeat exhaustion is c aused by heat-related emergencies trolytes every 15 minutes. and monitor athletes Do not give liquids with a combinat ion of closely. alcohol or caffeine in e xe rcise induce d heat and “Knowing the signs of them, as they can make fluid a nd ele ctrolyte loss heat-related emergencies conditions worse. and how to help someone Heat exhaustion is from sw eat ing. Signs of he at who is suffering from the caused by a combination exhaustion include cool, heat is vital,” Olson of exercise induced heat stressed. “Coaches and and fluid and electrolyte moist, pa le or parents need to be vigilant loss from sweating. Signs flushe d skin; he avy in watching for signs of of heat exhaustion swe ating; hea da che; heat-related emergencies. include cool, moist, pale Athletes should inform or flushed skin; heavy na use a; dizzine ss; their coaches, teachers or sweating; headache; nauw ea kne ss, and e xha ustion. parents if they are not sea; dizziness; weakness, feeling well.” and exhaustion. Heat cramps are muscular pains and To help someone with these symptoms: spasms that usually occur in the legs or • Move the person to a cooler place. abdomen caused by exposure to high heat Remove or loosen tight clothing. Spray him and humidity and loss of fluids and elec- or her with water or apply cool, wet cloths trolytes. Heat cramps often are an early or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If the sign that the body is having trouble with the person is conscious, give small amounts of heat. If someone is experiencing heat cool water cool water or a sports drink with cramps: electrolytes to drink. Make sure the person

drinks slowly. Watch for changes in his or her condition. • If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number. Heat stroke (also known as sunstroke) is a life-threatening condition in which a person’s temperature control system stops working and the body is unable to cool itself. Signs of heat stroke include those of heat exhaustion and hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; change or loss of consciousness; seizures; vomiting, and high body temperature. Heat stroke is life threatening. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person’s body by immersing them up to their neck in cold water if possible. If unable to immerse them, continue rapid cooling by applying bags of ice or cold packs wrapped in a cloth to the wrists, ankles, groin, neck and armpits, spraying with water and/or fanning. Learn how to prevent and respond to heat-related and other emergencies by taking a First Aid/CPR/AED course. Call 1877-272-7337 or visit online at <www.redcross.org/takeaclass to register>.

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Old Cutler Academy expanding to welcome additional children BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Recognizing the importance of protecting mother earth, Old Cutler Academy Learning Center is expanding to welcome 25 additional children, ages 2-5, and adding a community room this August. Spearheaded by owner Mercy Hernandez, this amazing preschool learning center became the EDGE Flagship School in 2007 and was proclaimed the first eco-friendly preschool by several community leaders. This August, Old Cutler Academy Learning Center is acquiring an additional 1,007 square feet by building a community library/conference room and spacious VPK classroom. Already an EDGE eco-friendly school, Old Cutler Academy Learning Center will work toward LEED Certification with the new expansion. The new library/community room will be open to parents and community partners to use for educational purposes, as well. “We cater to the families in our community that value education. We pride ourselves in a healthy environment, top quality meals and academic education,” Hernandez said. “When the child is in the right environment and is healthy our education program is a success.” As a recognized business in the community of Cutler Bay, Old Cutler Academy Learning Center was established more than 20 years ago to provide quality early childhood education to the community. It offers children a unique learning environment focused on science, health and well-being, developmentally appropriate practices and community. Each day starts with quiet time to ease

the children into the day and promote mental health and includes instruction from the EDGE Curriculum and Creative Curriculum. You will find the children practicing tennis, ballet and karate; participating in fundraising activities for the exceptional children served by the EDGE Charitable Foundation, and hosting a Book Club Night for children in the community at the local Starbucks beginning this fall. Established on July 30, 1994, Old Cutler Academy Learning Center (OCALC), has

“We cater to the families in our community that value education. We pride ourselves in a healthy environment, top quality meals and academic education.” — Mercy Hernandez, owner served the families in Miami by providing quality early childhood education in a caring and nurturing environment. In September 2001, the center relocated to its current address at 20222 Old Cutler Rd. in Cutler Bay. OCALC is expanding into the additional space increasing its capacity to 70 children. In addition to being the EDGE Flagship School, OCALC works with Quality Counts through Florida International University, the Maestro Program through the United Way, and the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) program through Family Central to provide children with special needs free screenings and assistance. It is an active member of The Cutler Bay Business Association.

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Cancer Support golf, tennis events scheduled for Oct. 24 BY DANIELLE SPIEGELMAN

Spend a fun-filled day on Oct. 24 with South Florida business and community leaders as they come together to play golf and tennis to benefit the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami. Join in at the annual “Tee Off Fore Wellness” Golf and Tennis Tournament featuring the Thea Cup. Enjoy a great day on the links or on the court. Guests will receive luxury goodie bags and take part in daylong samplings from premiere food and beverage sponsors. All tournament players are invited to the 19th Hole cocktail party and celebratory dinner, featuring a silent and live auction with celebrity announcer Jay Rokeach. The golf tournament lead sponsor is Sharp General Contractors and the tennis tournament lead sponsor is Sherry Kranys. Additional sponsors include Fowler Rodriguez ValdesFauli; FundQuest, Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra; Packman Neuwahl & Rosenberg; Perry Ellis International; Ryder Charitable

Foundation; John Hancock Financial Network; SAP International; SapientNitro; SunLife Financial; Styles Holdings, and Patricia and Jack Thompson. Donors include Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club, Phil Follins, Fern and Ron Rosen, Samuel Adams, Sergio’s Printing, Whole Foods and Matt Winer Photography. The event committee includes chairs Sherry Kranys and Erik Sherman; Phil Follins, honorary chair; Kim Kaskel; Jennifer Levin; David Josefsberg; Rudy Kranys; Candy Martin; Christopher Moebus; Jon Sastre; Adam Spiegel; Edie Spiegel; Tracey Spiegelman; Fleta and Bob Stamen, and Jack Thompson. The event will take place at the Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club, 13610 Deering Bay Dr. Entry fees are $1,200 for a golf foursome; $325 for individual golfers, and $125 for tennis players. For more information, call 305-6685900, ext. 222, or send email to <Danielle@cancersupportcommunitymiami.org>.


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Magic City Casino to host first CrossFit Summer Crush Games BY SANDRA M. RODRIGUEZ

Magic City Casino, Miami’s first casino to offer Las Vegas style slot machines, will be home to the inaugural CrossFit Summer Crush Games on Sunday, Aug. 28. The event will gather more than 280 of the nation’s top athletes in a daylong competition testing their physical and mental toughness. The Summer Crush Games, taking place from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., is the largest local CrossFit competition in South Florida. Winners of each division will receive gift packages valued at $1,000 from Reebok, among other gifts from key sponsors. CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide. With more than 2,500 affiliated gyms throughout the world, CrossFit’s mission is to fuel a revolution in fitness with a constantly varied, intense, functional exercise program looking to develop the most complete well-rounded athletes out of its followers. “Magic City Casino is an ideal venue for hosting an event of this kind,” said Scott Savin, chief operating officer of Magic City Casino. “This is sure to be an exciting showcase of South Florida’s top athletes. We invite both athletes and families to come out and support the CrossFit community.” Registration to participate in the Summer Crush Games is sold out. Registered participants will compete

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Mercedes-Benz renews commitment to Corporate Run Series in S. Florida BY MAYRA HERNANDEZ

Just a few short months after completing its eighth year as the title sponsor for TeamFootWorks’ Corporate Run Series, Mercedes-Benz has announced its ongoing commitment to the runs and has renewed its contract for the next two years. Through their continued partnership, Mercedes-Benz and TeamFootWorks once again will host three separate 5K (3.1 mile) runs in 2012 beginning in Fort Lauderdale on Mar. 29, West Palm Beach on Apr. 11 and concluding in Miami on Apr. 26, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the South Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross. “Mercedes-Benz holds the health and wellness of its employees and the communities it serves with the utmost importance,” said Kevin Sreenan, regional manager of MBUSA in the Southern Region. “Being involved with the Corporate Run is a natural fit for our organization.” With a special competition that awards the overall men’s, women’s and coed teams in 20

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Group addresses future of children’s cancer treatment

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Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez recently hosted an intimate gathering at their home to discuss the future of pediatric cancer care and treatments. The event was highlighted by an informative discussion with Dr. Narendra Kini, Miami Children’s Hospital president and CEO, and Dr. Charles L. Saxe, scientific program director for the American Cancer Society. Topics included innovative research techniques and

grant opportunities. Lucy Morillo-Agnetti, Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation president and CEO, discussed the need to enhance the hospital’s cancer center, which is the largest in the region with more than 4,300 patient visits each year and more than 50 current research protocols. Guests included leaders in the medical and legal community as well as government officials, such Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo.

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Fortis College announces new campus in Cutler Bay BY KAREN S. DENNIS

Fortis College, a leading post-secondary education institution, has opened a location in Cutler Bay. The school, which is part of a network of more than 35 colleges and institutes offering career-based certificate, diploma and degree-granting programs in 14 states, recently opened its newest campus at 19600 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite B, in Cutler Bay. Fortis College-Cutler Bay currently is enrolling students for September day and evening classes. Initial course offerings include an associate degree program in accounting and a diploma program in Electronic Systems Technology (EST). The accounting degree program is designed to educate students to prepare for financial occupations that require high levels of analysis, evaluation, statistical theory and design, including the ability to prepare financial statements that are in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles. The EST program focuses on low-voltage electronic system professions and includes installation, troubleshooting and repair skills for home theater, audio, video, fiber optics, security and computer networking systems as well as learning national/state regulations and building codes. “We are excited to open this modern, fully equipped facility with contemporary labs supported by wireless classrooms,” said Richard Zaiden, acting campus director. “We believe our campus will be a strong educational resource for the community, showcasing Cutler Bay as a leader in educational opportunities that help meet the growing demand for quality professionals.” The building was designed with careful attention to the technological needs of the

students. The library offers both conventional textbook resources and a digital library while all classrooms have access to online digital media. “From talking boards to audiovisual presentations, the building is completely wired for interactive learning,” Zaiden explained. “Our instructors can project the syllabus on walls using our online instructional media and students can work from notebook computers in the classroom. It’s a win-win situation” The campus is easily accessible both by car and public transportation. Conveniently located right off Florida’s Turnpike Exit 12 (Caribbean Boulevard exit) at U.S. 1 and with a bus stop adjacent to the property, the campus can be reached easily by students from Miami to Key Largo. As part of the Fortis network, the Cutler Bay campus benefits from expanded resources, enhanced expertise, access to higher level educational program offerings and technology, and the strength in numbers an affiliation with dozens of other campuses brings. Fortis is a network of post-secondary colleges and institutes that prepares students for powerful lifelong learning opportunities and career growth through powerful hands-on immersion and a practical approach to learning. It is leading the movement among career-oriented colleges to offer more, higher level programs so students acquire skills to grow and be successful in a changing job market, while giving them the flexibility to pursue their studies in Fortis classrooms or online at their convenience. For more information about the campus, call 786-345-5300. Visit <www.fortisinstitute.edu> to learn more about Fortis educational opportunities.


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Jazz at Pinecrest Gardens begins season on Oct. 22 BY JULIE DURSTINE

Jazz at Pinecrest Gardens 2011-12 season is coming and eight incredible performances will be showcased under the stars in Pinecrest Gardens’ beautiful Banyan Bowl stage. Kicking off the season on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m., will be the one and only “King of Latin Percussion,” Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion. Tickets now are on sale through the website at <www.pinecrestgardens.org>. Ticket prices start at $20 and for a limited time jazz aficionados can enjoy all eight shows at a savings of 25 percent off individual ticket pricing by purchasing a ticket subscription. Show schedule: Oct. 22, Sammy Figueroa & The Latin Jazz Explosion; Nov. 12, Sons of Legends, featuring Phoenix Rivera, Tito Puente Jr., Miles

Dalto and more; Dec. 3, Fania All Star “Chino” Nunez and His Orchestra; Dec. 10, Emmet Cohen Trio–Jazz Piano Prodigy; Jan. 28, 2012, Rose Max & Ramatis Brazilian Bossa Nova; Feb. 18, Harvey Nevins Orchestra plays George Gershwin and Cole Porter–A Night of the Best in Big Band Music; Mar. 17, The Legend…The Legacy, Tito Puente Jr. & The Latin Jazz Ensemble, and Apr. 28, Debbie Orta Sings the Greatest Ladies of Jazz, Bessie Smith & Ella Fitzgerald. Light fare catered by Delicias Del Mundo International Tapas and Wine will be available before and during each performance at the Gardens Gallery and Courtyard. Pinecrest Gardens is located at 11000 Red Rd. in Pinecrest. For more information call 305-669-6990. You also may visit on the web at <www.pinecrestgardens.org>.

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Animal Services offers subsidized spay/neuter surgeries for cats BY XIOMARA MORDCOVICH

In an effort to help control the pet overpopulation problem and reduce the shelter intake of homeless cats, Miami-Dade Animal Services will offer donor subsidized (co-pay $15) spay/neuter services for cats, every Thursday and Friday, through Sept. 30, at the shelter, 7401 NW 74 St. in Medley. Check in at 7:30 a.m. on a first come, first served basis.

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Book about a dolphin not just for children BY SHERRY MILLER

When author Mark E. Welch wrote Tales of The Little Lagoon-Kiwa’s Story he wrote for a children’s audience with a child’s imagination of fantasy and adventure. Hope, love, friendship and never faltering from adversity were the theme for “Kiwa,” a baby Dolphin separated from her mother. Kiwa forges through adversities seeking the true story of what happened to her mother after being caught in a fisherman’s net and swept away from Kiwa in an instant. After swimming in the sea of eternity, Kiwa has a happy ending in her Little Lagoon that is a life lesson for grownups as well as children. Author Welch writes in his prologue, “For the lost people that swim endlessly in this Sea that we call Earth, this story is dedicated to you, and the one truth that dwells deep within your very soul: That we all can live and believe in our hopes and our expectations, for someday, we can swim faster, jump higher than ever before and to achieve what our hearts desire. To believe in oneself is the art of making what all of us really believe in come true: Our Dreams…” A great environmental story of sea life and sea creatures, The Little Lagoon is captivating and spellbinding. The magical little characters are both friendly and fierce as they encourage or discourage little Kiwa on her mission. The ongoing message is

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The next time you get the "let's play" bark from your dog, consider taking him to a dog park. Your dog might enjoy running off-leash, socializing with other dogs and working off his excess energy. You might also enjoy meeting and socializing with other dog owners. We say "might" because not all dogs do well at dog parks and if your dog isn't comfortable, you won't be either. Here are a few things to consider. Why your dog may not be ready Don't assume your dog will love the park. His temperament, health and social skills will determine if the park is a good idea or a potential disaster. You should go if your dog... • Is healthy, vaccinated and neutered or spayed. • Loves socializing with other dogs. • Responds to voice commands. (He should at least come when called.) • Has a lot of youthful energy. You should NOT go if your dog... • Is in heat or hasn't been neutered. • Is unvaccinated, especially if he's a puppy. • Has chronic injuries or pain. • Shows fearful or aggressive behavior with other dogs or humans. • Is a dog bully who often fights with other dogs.

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If you're not sure how your dog will react, take him for a test run at the park. Keep him on a leash and watch him socialize with other canines before you decide The best dog parks offer these features: • A securely fenced area with a doublegate entrance to keep dogs from slipping out. • Enough space for dogs to run and play without overcrowding. • A separate area for small dogs. • Water fountains for dogs and humans. • Stations with waste bags and trash cans for dog waste. • Optional: dog play equipment or agility equipment. Play it safe One last word of caution: pay constant attention to your dog in the park. He may be a model of good behavior, but he'll be dealing with other dogs and their dog owners. Some of these owners may have different opinions of what's appropriate. If there's an aggressive dog who's not being managed by his owner, for example, move to a different area or leave the park altogether. Keep your dog safe and hydrated at the park with dog leashes and collapsible water bowls from PetSupermarket.com.

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‘The Diabetic Friend’ website launched by South Floridian BY SHERRY H. MILLER

For the millions who have been diagnosed with Diabetes I or II, there now is a website/blog designed to assist people searching for information about their disease and meet other diabetics to share personal stories, symptoms and medication side effects as well as myriad other related experiences. “The Diabetic Friend” was created by Mark E. Welch, a local author, after being diagnosed with diabetes less than a year ago. Welch shares his experiences as a child, coming home from school to find his grandmother unconscious on the floor. Knowing then only to give her orange juice and sugar, and call an ambulance, Welch reflects on the medical progress made on this disease that afflicts millions of Americans today. “Thank goodness we’ve come a long way since then,” Welch, 47, said. “I know now she had become hypoglycemic from an overdose of her insulin, and/or not eating enough food to regulate her diabetes.” His own personal wake-up call came recently during a vacation back home in Maine when he indulged in his favorite foods of pizza, lobster, sweets, fried clams, sugar and more sugar. A week after arriving home, Welch began to feel worse and researched the Web for answers but could find none. After being rushed to the ER and after tedious days of nonstop intravenous insulin feedings and extensive tests he was released with medications and prescriptions along with brief and general instructions how to adjust his lifestyle. “There was no ‘diabetic team’ anywhere

to be found. I realized feeling lost, helpless and vulnerable,” he said. After weeks of floundering, Welch finally enlisted his own created “team” of specialists and doctors that could help him get the proper tests, medications and education on living with diabetes on a daily basis. He also went to the Web and on social networks and began building his own following of other diabetics looking for solutions. Finally, Welch decided to create his own website. Collaborating with All Design Studio and Eva Gustafsson, whom Mark has worked with for years, “The Diabetic Friend” was launched. Within days responses and replies came in sharing personal diabetic experiences and ordeals. The site has grown to myriad subject matter, posts, links, blogs and, more importantly, people caring and sharing. “There are a lot of good stories too,” Welch added. “Thanks to sharing with friends, many followers have learned how to eat right and exercise in a personal way they can enjoy and are starting to beat this disease.” The goal and objective of “The Diabetic Friend” website is not only to help diabetics but potential pre-diabetics. It also can be a resource for friends and family members who are interested or have concerns about diabetes and want to help their diabetic friends. The information on the site is in no way intended to be used as medical advice and or a replacement for one’s physician, nutritionist or other healthcare professional. For information send email to <admin@thediabeticfriend.com> or visit online at <www.TheDiabeticFriend.com>.

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Free banners for boaters help with manatee safety BY JANICE NEARING

As recreational boaters prepare to head to Florida’s waterways for the last holiday weekend blast of the summer, Save the Manatee Club sends out a reminder to exercise safe boating practices and to remain watchful for endangered manatees and other wildlife. Manatees are slow moving, and because they are mammals, they need to surface to breathe air. They also prefer shallow waters where they feed on submerged sea grasses. These factors combine to make manatees vulnerable to boat hits, and many are injured or killed by the crushing impact of the hull and slashing blades of the propellers. Boaters can be active participants in manatee protection by holding aloft Save the Manatee Club’s public awareness banner whenever a manatee is sighted in areas where boats are motoring close by. The bright yellow, 1.5- by 2-foot waterproof banner states: “Please Slow: Manatees Below.” They are provided free to the boating public in Florida from the club. Barbara Birdsey of the Pegasus Foundation came up with the banner idea years ago while boating in the Jupiter Inlet/Hobe Sound area and waving a homemade cardboard sign to slow down boaters traveling close to manatees she had spotted in the area. As a result, the more effective, attention-getting yellow banners were produced. “The banners continue to be distributed across the state, thanks to the generosity of the Pegasus Foundation, and to the continued support of Mrs. Birdsey,” said Patrick Rose, aquatic biologist and executive director of Save the Manatee Club. “As more and more boaters use the banners to communicate with each other on the waterways when manatees are sighted, I believe we can better work together to help prevent manatee injuries, suffering, and

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death,” Birdsey said. Even under the best conditions, manatees are often difficult to spot in the water. The club suggests wearing polarized sunglasses to eliminate the glare of the sun and help boaters to see below the water’s surface. Learn to recognize a manatee’s presence. Look for a swirl on the water’s surface and a manatee’s tail or nose. Shoreline property signs and matching boat decals also are available from Save the Manatee Club. They encourage boaters to slow down and feature the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) hotline number (1-888-404-3922) for reporting injured manatees. Requests for the free banners, signs, and decals can be sent via email to <education@savethemanatee.org> or by calling toll free at 1-800-432-JOIN (5646). Boaters are asked to observe all manatee speed zones and caution areas this Labor Day holiday weekend, and every day. Dr. Katie Tripp, the club’s director of Science and Conservation, urges the public to

report manatee zone violations to the FWC by calling their hotline number. “Calling in each and every violation that is observed is critical,” Tripp explained. “We can’t assume that our neighbor will make the call or that a law enforcement officer will see this viola-

tion. Even if it’s not possible to make out the boat’s registration number, a description of the vessel, the locality where it was observed, the approximate time it was observed, and the direction in which it was traveling, can be useful information. “There may not be an officer on the water to stop that vessel on that day, but officers do make note of violations that are reported and consider these when deciding where to patrol. Reporting these violations is an important way that the public can protect manatees from debilitating or fatal collisions with watercraft.” Those who see an injured, dead, tagged or orphaned manatee, or a manatee who is being harassed, are asked to call the FWC hotline number at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) or #FWC or *FWC on cellular phones, or use VHF Channel 16 on marine radios. For more information on endangered manatees, the Adopt-A-Manatee program, or to sign up for the club’s free e-newsletter, visit the club’s website at <www.savethemanatee.org>. Look for “Manatee Protection Tips for Boaters” on the club’s website at <www.savethemanatee.org/boatertips.htm>.


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Mercedes-Benz renews commitment to Corporate Run Series in S. Florida BY MAYRA HERNANDEZ

Just a few short months after completing its eighth year as the title sponsor for TeamFootWorks’ Corporate Run Series, Mercedes-Benz has announced its ongoing commitment to the runs and has renewed its contract for the next two years. Through their continued partnership, Mercedes-Benz and TeamFootWorks once again will host three separate 5K (3.1 mile) runs in 2012 beginning in Fort Lauderdale on Mar. 29, West Palm Beach on Apr. 11 and concluding in Miami on Apr. 26, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the South Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross. “Mercedes-Benz holds the health and wellness of its employees and the communities it serves with the utmost importance,” said Kevin Sreenan, regional manager of MBUSA in the Southern Region. “Being involved with the Corporate Run is a natural fit for our organization.” With a special competition that awards the overall men’s, women’s and coed teams in 20

different industries, the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run, a 5K 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. “We are excited to continue working with Mercedes-Benz through 2013,” said Laurie Huseby, president of TeamFootWorks. “For more than 25 years, TeamFootWorks has organized and produced the Corporate Run with one goal in mind: to promote health and fitness at all levels and provide a venue to boost company morale and encourage camaraderie in the workplace.” The Miami event takes place Thursday, Apr. 26, 6:45 p.m., at Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd. For more information, contact TeamFootWorks at 305-666-RACE (7223) or visit <www.mercedesbenzcorporaterun.com> or <www.teamfootworks.org>.


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Jeep Wrangler lineup adds new Mojave SE model Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS Look out, Jeep fans, here comes another special-edition Wrangler for you to lust after — the new 2011 Mojave Special Edition. It’s the fourth Wrangler SE model Jeep has introduced in the past two years. This new Jeep is named for the rugged western desert Mojave Trail and has a unique desert theme inside and out, along with an aggressive wheel and tire package that lets it tackle the toughest terrain. It’s available in Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited models and began arriving in Jeep showrooms earlier this summer. Based on the Wrangler Sport model, the Mojave’s desert theme conveys off-road fun. Exterior features include a body-color hardtop and fender flares, Mojave and lizard decals on the hood and rear, and the Sahara model’s side steps. Mojave has the Wrangler Rubicon tire-and-wheel package, with mineral gray 17-inch wheels with 32-inch tires. A black fuel-filler door and taillight guards fin-

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ergonomics and upgraded materials. There’s a new lockable console and upgraded door armrest areas, while a redesigned center stack is easier to reach and operate. Heated power mirrors are available, and both drivers and passengers have better visibility through larger rear windows. New steering-wheel controls let the driver operate the radio, cruise control, handsfree phone and other vehicle functions while keeping hands on the wheel. A new USB interface connects to storage devices for use with the vehicle’s Media Center, including

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