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Work on town’s newest park to begin in October

BY GARY ALAN RUSE

House of Horror Amusement Park returns to wreak havoc on Oct. 7

Cutler Bay’s newest recreational facility, the Lakes by the Bay Park, has been a long time coming and has taken a lot of work by town officials just to make it possible, but now construction is ready to begin and Phase One should be ready for residents to enjoy in a year and a half. Alan Ricke, Parks and Recreation director for the Town of Cutler Bay, is grateful that things are ready to move forward. “This is a park that the town acquired from the county after years of effort,” Ricke said. “It’s about 50 acres in size and Miami-Dade County has turned it over to the town, along with some funding they acquired to build the park.” The initial construction costs will come from those county funds, assembled from a number of sources, according to Ricke. “The county had impact fee money

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Architect’s rendering of the Lakes by the Bay Park restroom/concession building. The inset is what the park will look like after the first phase of construction. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Knots of Hope gala to benefit Transplant Foundation BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

Priscilla SuzalWright is founder of Knots of Hope.

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n seventh grade Priscilla SuzalWright started making friendship bracelets as a hobby. Around the same time, she and her mother were volunteering with the Transplant Foundation. Her mother had gotten involved with the foundation when she and a friend participated in a holiday angel program and the child was involved with the Transplant Foundation. The little boy had a bone marrow transplant and they gave presents to him and his brothers and sisters. “We wanted to really bring Christmas to them,” Suzal-Wright said. “It was life changing. We fell in love with it. We started going to the walk-a-thon. Now we know plenty of people with transplants.”

Suzal-Wright brought volunteering and fundraising together by selling the bracelets to raise money for the foundation. She sold the bracelets to most of the people she knew, friends, family and her mom’s co-workers. “Anyone I could get a hold of. Slowly but surely it got bigger,” she said. It wasn’t long before she gathered her friends together to form a fundraising group called Knots of Hope. “I brought in my four closest friends last summer. We brought in their sisters and their friends. And now there are other girls who want to join as well,” she said. Today there are 23 girls involved. The

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ouse of Horror Amusement Park (HOH) returns to wreak havoc on South Florida coming back to life at Miami International Mall on Thursday, Oct. 7, and continuing through Sunday, Oct. 31. The area’s premiere Halloween Amusement Park returns with a vengeance promising to be the largest haunted house in South Florida, including acres of shriek inducing rides, circus acts, the hottest musical acts, and fun for guests of all ages. Be prepared as night falls in October, the House of Horror will bring the dead and unimaginable to life. HOH offers 25-plus bone-chilling scenes inside its fully stateof-the-art haunted house, complete with more than 20 gruesome characters that lurk in the dark. After surviving the terrifying house, park

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Mary Ann Mixon running for town council seat BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Mary Ann Mixon is running for Seat One on the Cutler Bay Town Council in the Nov. 2 election. A resident of Cutler Bay for the past seven years, Mixon said she is seeking the council seat out of an interest to serve her community. “My decision to run for office is motivated by my desire to help guide the town’s growth in an environmentally friendly manner and encourage resident participation in the government,� she said. Mixon was born in Pensacola but moved to Miami during her teen years, attending Coral Gables Senior High and earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami. Professionally she has been a retail store manager, a loan officer and most recently a licensed Real Estate Sales Associate, all of which she believes will help her on the council. “I believe my interpersonal skills and my ability to connect with people will help me tremendously in the job,� Mixon said. “The capability to get to the heart of what the people truly want will help me represent and advocate for them accurately. My financial background as a loan officer will be especially useful while working on balancing the town’s budget. “Also, the year I spent working for the Town of Cutler Bay and my environmental activity within the community has given me additional insight to the town. This insight will help me work toward making sure our quality of life and the integrity of our town are maintained for future generations.� Mixon, special projects coordinator for the Town of Cutler Bay in 2009, developed a town facility recycling program, implemented environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP), helped develop and launch the town’s “Going Green� website, developed an educational recycling awareness

Mary Ann Mixon –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– outreach program, and wrote several state and federal grants applications. She said her efforts also helped the town achieve a “Silver� Green City Certification from the Florida Green Building Coalition. Mixon’s community service work includes volunteering for Habitat for Humanity; participating in Miami Dade’s Baynanza bay clean up day, and for the past seven years, volunteering for the Miami Billfish Tournament, which raises money and awareness for marine conservation and education. She also has volunteered at the Saga Bay Park clean up and at Cutler Bay’s Arbor Day events, and has planned and participated in numerous charitable fundraising events. She is a member of Fairchild Palms, a young professionals’ volunteer group of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, supporting the Fairchild Challenge, a South Florida-based environmental education and conservation program. If elected, she said that her top priority is to protect and preserve the town’s natural

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environment. “I want to ensure the decisions made concerning economic and suburban growth are approved only with resource conservation and sustainability in mind,� Mixon said. “I also want to ensure that citizen input is a big part of that decision-making process. We have an obligation to future generations to get this right and I think wise economic and growth management policies will accomplish that.� Mixon said that another goal is to listen, learn and work for Cutler Bay using a conservative approach to fiscal planning. “I sense the biggest challenge we have will be to balance the community’s vision with the town’s financial reality,� she said. “By employing a constrained financial management approach and maintaining a strict spending discipline, we can keep taxes to a minimum without compromising any vital services.� She believes first and foremost, a safe community is Cutler Bay’s most basic need, and that containing urban sprawl and traffic congestion also are important. “Although our police force has done a fantastic job reducing the crime rate, there

is always room for improvement,â&#x20AC;? Mixon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe by giving the police the tools and support they need, they can continue to increase the level of protection in our community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creating an environment where people can live, work, shop, and recreate all in close proximity will make it more practical to choose environmentally friendly transportation, reducing dependence on automobiles, congestion and green house gas emissions, which is vital for the health of our community.â&#x20AC;? She vows that she can make a difference if elected to the council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will bring a fresh perspective to Cutler Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s town council,â&#x20AC;? Mixon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will work to connect citizens to the government and help make the government process more open and understandable. I will support local business growth and responsible economic development in commercial areas. I have the courage to make the right decisions no matter how difficult circumstances and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m willing to take the heat for the greater good of the community.â&#x20AC;? For more information, visit her website at <http://maryannmixon.com/>.


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Tim Meerbott is running for mayor of Cutler Bay BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Tim Meerbott, who currently is the Seat 1 Cutler Bay Village Council member, is running for the open seat of mayor in the Nov. 2 election. A lifelong resident, Meerbott is a graduate of Southridge Senior High and went on to the University of Florida and Florida International University where he earned a degree in economics. After college, he chose to stay in Cutler Bay to raise a family. Married to his wife, Cosette, for 23 years, they have two sons, Lance and Kyle. Meerbott is running for mayor because he believes Cutler Bay deserves better. “We deserve to get great service for our property taxes and fees,” he said. “We deserve great schools in our community, especially a public high school, and we deserve great parks with great programs. I am proud to be a lifelong ‘Ridge Rat’ having attended the local public schools and churches and as the first elected official in the town’s history, I have learned what makes good policy and what brings results to our community. “Each year at budget time, I have made and passed cost-saving measures to our budget, because I watch the bottom line like a hawk. I have worked with my peers from neighboring communities and with our local school board member to bring about cutting edge policy decisions for the region,” Meerbott added. “Working well with neighbors and elected peers gives us results like a well-trained team so that’s why Mayor Paul Vrooman endorsed me in this race.” Meerbott believes that his background and skills will help him in the job of mayor. “Experience counts and as the council’s business liaison and ambassador I work with relocating businesses to streamline the process for them. New businesses have relocated here and contributed to our com-

munity fabric and to our tax base,” he said. “This is crucial to the success of our young town. “My demeanor as a team player and positive person make me the best suited to serve as Cutler Bay’s next mayor. The Hispanic Police Officers Association has endorsed me and the PBA has co-endorsed me. I am proud to be the only home-grown candidate in this. Public service is in my blood and I am dedicated to bringing that to the table.” Meerbott outlined his goals for the town if he is elected. “My top priority is ensuring that we keep taxes as low as possible,” he said. “These are tough economic times. We are all tightening our belts at home and government needs to do the same. This year I put forth and passed over $300,000 in budget cuts in our town. Our budget must be lean and we must treat each taxpayer dollar as the Tim Meerbott precious commodity it is. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– “My second priority is improving the quality of schools in the community for our kids and for our businesses’ benefits. I am working with board member Dr. Larry Feldman because our kids and families deserve better quality schools to allow us to compete in this global economy and in the local job market.” He stated that he also is concerned about parks and public safety. He wants to lead the charge to acquire additional parklands both for play and for nature. “We will work together to make mini parks in individual communities while maintaining public safety and police patrols everywhere,” Meerbott said. “Cutler Bay’s primary needs are keeping taxes low while providing quality services, increasing and maintaining green park

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space and improving elderly services for our most precious residents, our retirees.” Professionally, Meerbott is a senior division manager with Allstate Dealer Services. There, extensive business training helped him earn him six Sigma Black Belts with the company. “I know Cutler Bay deserves a leader that understands the unique character of our community and a leader that will work to preserve and improve it,” he said. “I am raising my children here because I love this community which my family has called home for over 60 years. I love what I do as your councilman and I will be honored to serve as this community’s next mayor if the voters decide to elect me. “I am honest, accessible and fair and that’s going to stay the same when I am Cutler Bay’s mayor. I am up for the challenge and I hope the voters agree that I am the best-qualified candidate in the race because of my experience and skills. Thanks for having allowed me to serve all this time, Cutler Bay.” For more information visit Meerbott’s website at <http://timmeerbott.com/>.


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group includes Lauren Martin, Nikki Baralt, Gaby Baralt, Rachel Jara, Nati Aguirre, Nicole Aguirre, Taylor Perry, Tatyana Bidopia, Isabella Leventhal, Natalie Abad, Patricia Trujillo, Marlin Gonzalez, Scarlett Artola and Carolina Flores. They are selling more bracelets than ever. They also donate bracelets to children at Miami Children’s Hospital, where they also volunteer. “It’s grown a lot since seventh grade,” Suzal-Wright said. Melissa Chediak-Wetzel, the Transplant Foundation’s director of development, said they have taken something that is fun and girly and made it into a truly benevolent act. “They visit the kids at the hospital and they visit our Transplant House once a month,” she said. “It’s an uplifting experience for the patients and for the parents as well.” If Chediak-Wetzel has her way, the Knots of Hope girls will get permission to go to the transplant floor at the Holtz

Children’s Hospital so they visit the children there. Most of the girls are in high school at Coral Reef, Ferguson, MAST, TERRA, Southwest and Killian high schools. Some of the girls attend Arvida Middle School. “We do garage sales. We’re hoping to do a car wash,” Suzal-Wright said. “We do walk-a-thons. We have volunteered at various events for the transplant foundation.” On Oct. 2, the group is putting on its first gala. Chediak-Wetzel said the gala will mark the Knots of Hope’s first anniversary. “We have a goal of raising about $10,000,” Suzal-Wright said. “We want to get funds so we can continue to grow and to give funds to the Transplant Foundation.” Event attendance is limited to 200-250 because it’s being held in a private home. Next year, they hope to be in a more open venue and invite the public. To order a friendship bracelet, send email to <knotsofhope@yahoo.com>. For more information, go to Fans of Knots of Hope page on Facebook or call the Transplant Foundation at 1-954-395-6024.

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PARK, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––– from developments in the area, some old park money, Safe Neighborhood Parks bond money, and money from the Building Better Communities general obligation bond,” Ricke said. “All of those combined generated about $8.5 million. Part of that goes toward closing off the landfill, being able to build 24 acres of ball fields with lights and everything that goes along with that.” Phase One will include the construction of three lighted baseball/softball fields, two lighted football/soccer fields, a field center building with restrooms and concession stand, an exercise trail, landscaping and parking. There will be permanent bleacher seating on the baseball fields and portable bleachers for the soccer fields that can be moved around. “We need to have flexibility on how we lay out the soccer fields,” Ricke explained. “We have different ages of kids and they need different size soccer fields.”

The county land overall is actually a little more than 80 acres. The portion that has been turned over to the town, 49.3 acres, had been used previously as a landfill, but that has been cleaned up now. Phase One is expected to be completed sometime in 2012. “We’re hoping in about 18 months,” Ricke said. “It could happen sooner than that, but we have to allow for unforeseen issues like weather and that kind of thing. There’s also permitting work still being done with DERM and the South Florida Water Management District, since it’s so close to wetlands areas. We’ve had the contractor on board for almost a year now. It’s a design-build project and the local contractor doing most of the work is Downrite Engineering.” A groundbreaking ceremony for Lakes by the Bay Park will take place on Saturday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m., at 8551 SW 216 St., which is behind Dr. Edward L. Whigham Elementary School. Residents are invited to attend. For more information call the Parks and Recreation Department at 305-238-4166.

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Pictured are members of Knots of Hope. (Photos by Monica Gras, Nostalgia Portraits)

guests can enjoy lots of rip-roaring rides and feast on carnival favorites. House of Horror is challenging its guests to brave the Pig Butcher, survive the Vampire’s Lair, escape the walking dead in the graveyard, and hold on to their stomachs as they whip around its creaking roller coaster. “House of Horror 2010 promises more exhilarating attractions than ever before,” said Nelson Albareda, HOH’s executive producer. “The thrills are bigger and better as HOH brings entertainment to South Florida during the Halloween season. “House of Horror provides families value by providing amusement at an affordable price and a safe environment to celebrate the Halloween festivities and get into the holiday’s festive spirit,” he added.

House of Horror Amusement Park’s hours of operation are: Monday-Friday, 6 p.m. to midnight; Saturdays and Sundays from 5 p.m. to midnight. The Haunted House will open at sundown. Park admission is $22 for adults and $15 for children (ages 9 and under) and includes unlimited rides. Parking is free and is available near HOH on the east side of Miami International Mall. Miami International Mall is located off SR 836 and NW 107th Avenue. House of Horror Amusement Park is a member of the International Association of Haunted Attractions and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. For more information call 305639-6000 or visit online at <www.houseofhorrorpark.com>.

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Cutler Bay/Palmetto Bay ‘Relay for Life’ event Oct. 17 Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

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Relayy for Life, the annual special event of the American Cancer Society, is gearing up for its combined Palmetto Bay/Cutler Bay gathering early next year by hosting a Kick-Off Party on October 17 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Palmetto Bay Village Center, Building “C.” That’s located at 18001 Old Cutler Road, with the entrance on 184th Street, right between the two cities. It’s a potluck event, so bring your favorite dish or beverage. For more info call Jean TongNoon at 305-742-3333 or email her at jtn193@bellsouth.net, or send an email to Saddys Garcia at saddys.garcia@flaglerdev.com. You can also log onto www.relayforlife.org/palmettobayfl for updates or to register a team. It’s a good cause. Check it out. In n anticipation of the coming elections in November, Community Newspapers sent out invitations to all the candidates running for office in Cutler Bay and Palmetto Bay, and contacted them with interview questions for profiles on each to allow everyone the opportunity to get their message out to our readers. We are pleased to say that all but one of the candidates in Palmetto Bay and one in Cutler Bay responded and we have been running their profiles in our papers over the past weeks, hopefully giving residents an extra chance to get to know the folks who want to represent them. Even Peggy Bell of Cutler Bay responded, and she was running unopposed! After this issue there will likely be

no additional candidate profiles, since we wanted to get those all wrapped up well before early voting and absentee balloting begins. We would like to thank all those who participated and we hope that the program has been helpful to voters. How’ss thatt again...?? Bill Kress, Palmetto Bay’s Public Information Officer, jokingly commented that after the last council meeting, during which a bunch of roadway projects, drainage projects and other improvement plans were passed with work on many beginning soon, the city’s nickname of “The Village of Parks” may have to be changed to “The Village of Public Works.” We know what he means, and it is kind of a catchy phrase, but please don’t change the banners on South Dixie Highway just yet. Alexandraa Flinn,, a successful Young Adult novelist whose husband reportedly dabbles in politics, tells us that their daughter Meredith will be modeling in an American Girl fashion show to benefit Family Central on October 16-17. She’s in the October 16 show, and there are tickets available for the 10:00 a.m. brunch. It’s a two-hour show, sponsored by American Girl, and it sounds like it’s in the vein of the meal and entertainment they provide at the stores. There’s also shopping. Tickets are said to be going fast. It’s billed as “a fun-filled event for girls and their families, friends and favorite dolls!” There are refreshments and door prizes. Log onto www.familycentral.org for more info. Major Leaguee Health Fair has a baseball theme and is what the Salvation Army is calling its special event on Saturday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at The Salvation Army Miami Citadel Corps - 911 West Flagler Street, Miami. It’s co-spon-

sored by the Miami-Dade Health Department, the City of Miami Fire Rescue, the Florida Marlins, Costco and Pollo Tropical as well as others. It’s free, and there’ll be entertainment and games, rescue drills, and most importantly, health services such as cholesterol screening, HIV screening, blood pressure, glucose screening, vision screening breast cancer information and more. Also food sampling from Pollo Tropical, information about community programs by The Salvation Army and more. “Many families in our community do not have access to medical insurance,” says their spokesperson. “This may be their only chance to discard, detect and treat illnesses in a safe, trustworthy environment.” For more information email Judith_Mori@uss.salvationarmy.org or call 305-545-9164. Miamii Dadee Heartt Walk, to be held at FIU’s Kendall campus on October 30 is still recruiting teams and participants. More than 8,000 participants are expected to join the fun and games at 8 a.m. that morning with proceeds to benefit the great work of the American Heart Association.

For more information on an exciting day that promises refreshments, games, costume contests and more, go online to www. miamidadeheartwalk.org. AMPS (the Aero Modelers of Perrine) would like you to circle Saturday, October 30, on your calendar when their giantscaled radio-control model airplane show takes place on the AMPS Silver Field, 20100 SW 168th Street, about 2.4 miles west of Krome Avenue on SW 168th. Kids’ candy drop reminiscent of World War II’s Allied Forces pilots will be re-created amidst other festivities. For details, contact Nick Capone at NickRC3@aol.com. Thoughtt for thee Day: I am certain there is too much certainty in the world. — Michael Crichton, State of Fear

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Voters will see 6 amendments to Florida’s Constitution R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Florida’s Constitution can be amended in two different ways. The Florida Legislature can create a proposed amendment and is guaranteed that it will be on the ballot for Florida voters’ approval or rejection. The only way it can be removed from the ballot is if a challenge is filed in the courts and the court rules in favor of the plaintiff. Florida’s Constitution also can be amended through the petition process whereby a group of voters creates a statewide petition drive and obtains a sufficient number of voters’ signatures to place the amendment on the ballot. The Florida Supreme Court then determines if the wording of the proposed amendment, as it will appear on the ballot, is descriptive of the content of the amendment. The logic behind this court review is that the court wants to make sure that the wording is not deceptive thereby giving the voters the wrong impression of the true meaning of the amendment.

The Florida Supreme Court has removed three proposed amendments leaving six of the original nine for Florida voters to approve or reject. All three proposed constitutional amendments removed from the ballot were proposed by the legislature. Let’s review the six that will be on the ballot for our consideration: Amendment 1: Proposed by the legislature. Repeal of Public Financing Requirement. For 20 years Florida taxpayers have been subsidizing statewide political campaigns. Republicans believe that spending millions of taxpayer dollars was a waste when obviously anyone running for statewide office must have substantial financial backing. Democrats feel that the voters created the funding process offering a greater opportunity for more candidates to offer their services to the community. My opinion: The concept is logical; however this year two candidates, for U.S. Senate and governor, proved that they could out-spend any campaign funded by taxpayers — a sign of the future? Amendment 2: Proposed by the legislature. Tax Break for Deployed Military Personnel. If passed, which should happen, the legislature would create a homestead provision for every Floridian serving in the

–– VIEWPOINT –– military outside the United States. The amount of the tax break would be determined by the number of days the member serves overseas in that taxable year. Amendment 4: Proposed by voter petition. Florida Hometown Democracy. The amendment would require voter approval of any change to a city or county comprehensive development plan. My opinion: Its implementation would be difficult, expensive and the only voters that would understand the proposed comprehensive development plan would be its supporters and the few voters that would be directly affected. The correct approach is to elect leaders who understand the needs of the community and vote accordingly and not just to vote for the moneyed individuals that fund the proposed development plans. Amendments 5 and 6: Proposed by voter petition. Changes in Redistricting To Thwart Partisan Advantages. The amendment would establish fairness standards for use in creating legislative (5) and congressional (6) districts. The standards would pro-

hibit drawing district lines to favor or disfavor any incumbent or political party. I am in total agreement with the long-needed amendments. Amendment 8: Proposed by legislature. Relaxation of Class Size Requirements. The amendment would ease the state constitution’s existing class size amendment created by a previous successful citizens’ petition drive. The basic change in 8: Replace the words “x students per class” with “average number of students in the school.” The legislature says the change would save millions. My opinion: It might save money but we would be back with oversized, difficult to teach classes in a state that is already at the bottom of the list of dollars spent for education. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-662-6980 or email to <letters@communitynewspapers.com>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.


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Sometimes you can turn ‘swords into ploughshares’ BY ERNIE SOCHIN

Councilmember Turn “swords to ploughshares” as in the Book of Isaiah? No, I have not become a biblical scholar. I hardly ever turn to the Bible, but once in a while if I am behind Love-40 and serving my last tennis ball, I do look to the heavens. It doesn’t usually help but at least I try. I also try to make friends out of potential enemies, hence the saying. Example: Some time back after returning from a series of trips out of Miami International Airport, I just got completely disgusted with having to walk back and forth from some gate at the end of nowhere in the American Airlines terminal. I do have a titanium hip replacement and sometimes a walk like that is tough. I decided to send out a bunch of nasty emails complaining about this and hope that someone would listen. I described how nice airports all over the world were compared to ours and how embarrassing it was when I had to pick people up at MIA after they walked miles to get from their plane to a pickup area. I compared how great the shops and restaurants were at other airports such as Atlanta or Las Vegas. I finally got an email response from the Miami Airport director, José Abreu, which read, “For Christ sake have a little empathy.” I replied, “Have some empathy for me having to walk that mile and a half with my fake hip every time I leave Miami.” We continued back and forth with this

until my household counselor told me to stop pestering this guy who was only trying his best on an impossible job. José finally told me that the Skytrain would be operating this fall and I would no longer have to walk. I said, “Yeah sure…the cars have been rusting away somewhere in Japan for several years and I don’t think we will ever see them in Miami.” He offered to make a wager on this. Being the inveterate gambler that I am I accepted the bet. We each checked our resources to determine the amount of the wager. He checked his budget from MiamiDade County, and I checked my latest tax bill and we arrived at 25 cents as the most we could afford to risk. The bet was on! Several weeks ago I received an invitation to be one of the first to ride on the new Skytrain at the airport. There goes my quarter. I had to present it to Mr. Abreu in front of several hundred people, and I was glad to do it. José then took me on a personal tour of MIA and showed me all the new features being added like…get this…a Shula’s Steak House. Wow. The views from the Skytrain were specacular. Miami never looked so good. I have never seen such enthusiasm from a county executive or any executive, about something that he has been struggling with for several years. It was good to see. Guess what? José and I have become good friends from what started out as an adversarial relationship. That is the way things are supposed to work. By the way, I got for my quarter a nice lunch plus a beautiful model of the Skytrain. Can’t beat that. See, everything in Miami-Dade is not so bad.

Councilman Ernie Sochin (left) pays off his bet to Miami International Airport director José Abreu.

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High school athletes deserve to know why they didn’t make the cut BY GRANT MILLER

Publisher It is almost impossible for teenagers to put the things that happen to them in school in proper perspective. On the athletic field, in the school parking lot, in the classroom, it’s all the same; it’s always big, really big, as big as the BP oil spill or flooding in Pakistan. So, when a high school coach casually dismisses a young athlete who tried out for a team and didn’t make it, it’s big. In fact, it can be devastating if it is not handled properly. Young athletes train for years to make a team and if they succeed in their freshman year they must continue to work hard to maintain their position. However, often even hard work is not enough for a marginal player to beat out a younger, more talented athlete. Nevertheless, not making a team is part of growing up. Making the team one year and being cut the next is tough, but this, too, is a part of maturing. These disappointments can be growing experiences for student athletes when they are handled properly by the adults in their lives. In some circumstances, there may be players who have competed well and made the team for three years in a row, only to find that they did not make the cut their senior year. Coaches certainly have the right to pick the athletes that they believe

have the best athletic ability and the best chemistry with teammates. Seniors sometimes are not the best players, but to cut a senior after years of team loyalty is usually wrong. A great coach would advise a senior, “You have the opportunity to make the team, not as a starter, but as a backup; and more importantly as a mentor to your younger teammates.” Many coaches hide behind their office door after posting the new team roster on the wall for all to see. Certainly, those names are listed by identification number, so there is no direct embarrassment to the young athletes that were cut. But, still, this is an immature and hurtful way for a coach to handle the situation. The proper way to do it is for the coach to call in each player who tried out for the team and discuss the reasons why the youngster did not make the team. They are entitled to know the reason for the cut, and get some constructive criticism, too. The student athlete deserves to have a discussion with the coach about the way forward. After all, these young athletes are in high school to learn and this is the part of a coach’s job that has the greatest long-term value. There are those who would say, “But what about winning?” And winning is precisely what I am talking about. This concept is all about winning, for I will always put my money on a team with heart, a good work ethic and strong team spirit over a team with a ruthless, disrespectful win-at-all-cost mentality.

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CHC annual fashion show raises more than $100K

Community Habilitation Center resident Ari Lippman (left) and volunteer Flor Santana rock the runway at the third annual “Rockin’ the Islands” fashion show.

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Residents of the Community Habilitation Center (CHC) rocked the runway at the recent third annual “Rockin’ the Islands” fashion show benefit. More than 500 guests attended the fashion fundraiser that generated more than $100,000, proceeds that will be used in funding the Community Habilitation Center Inc., an adult day training facility for individuals with developmental disabilities. “Residents of CHC put on a spectacular fashion show for all the guests,” said Roymi Membiela, co-chair for the Community Habilitation Center gala and assistant vice president of marketing and public relations for Baptist Health South Florida. “The turnout and support from the community was overwhelming. This has been the most successful fashion show benefit to date.” Diana Diaz, news anchor for WSVN Fox

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Arts for Learning to host Sun Awards on Nov. 19

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Arts for Learning, a nonprofit organization in Miami-Dade dedicated to advancing teaching and learning through the arts, will recognize outstanding community members who have advanced the organization’s mission. The 2010 Sun Awards will take place at Books & Books in Coral Gables on Friday, Nov. 19, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event is by invitation only. Call 305-576-1212 for more information. Awards will be given in the following categories: Outstanding Artist, Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding Administrator (Principal), Outstanding Site, and Outstanding Partner. “All Arts for Learning programs teach life and communication skills, support lit-

eracy and problem solving skills, foster self-discovery, and build self-esteem. The organization’s approach hinges on the conviction that all children can be brilliant and the programs give students of all ages the tools they need to become creative thinkers and 21st Century learners,” said Sheila Womble, executive director. Arts for Learning, the Miami affiliate of Young Audiences, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing teaching and learning through the arts and community cultural resources with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. For more information about Arts for Learning, go online to <www.A4Lmiami.org>.

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Pet Partners Rescue seeking help for homeless animals Pet Partners Rescue Home is seeking community assistance to host a pet food drive in hopes of helping their rescued homeless animals. The organization currently is accepting donations of dog and cat food (dry and canned) through the end of October. These can be dropped off at 9555 SW 42 St. Pet Partners also will pick up donations by calling 305-772-1295. This Miami-based nonprofit will make use of the donations to assist with its foster efforts. Pet Partners Rescue Home currently assists with the care of more than a dozen animals. The organization’s mission is to save homeless pets from destruction by providing them with a foster home until they can be adopted. For more information about donating pet food or adopting one of the foster animals, call 305-772-1295, send email to <mypetspartner@aol.com> or visit online at <www.mypetspartner.com>.

F.I.U. COLLEGE OF LAW SET TO OPEN NO-COST CLINIC Florida International University College of Law has received a $250,000 grant from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation to run an Investor Advocacy Clinic. Through

this clinic, FIU College of Law students will provide no-cost representation to individuals who have lost their investments as a result of misconduct or mistreatment by a broker. FIU was among four law schools in the nation selected by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation to open such a clinic. Visiting Professor Robert Savage, who has almost two decades of experience with investor issues, has agreed to head this effort. The clinic will give preference to clients who are elderly and live in South Florida, and it will be able to work with potential clients whose first language is not English. Established in 2003, the FINRA Foundation supports innovative research and educational projects aimed at segments of the investing public that could benefit from additional resources. For more information about the Investor Advocacy Clinic, call 305-348-7541

MEET IZOD INDYCAR SERIES DRIVERS AT MACY’S, SEPT. 30 Come meet and receive autographs from Izod IndyCar Series drivers including: Danica Patrick, Helio Castrovenes, Dario Franchitti, Will Power, Tony Kanaan, Milka Duno and many more on Sept 30 at Macy’s Dadeland Mall. This special event starts at 4 p.m. on the Main Level in the Men’s Department of Macy’s.

COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS The first 50 customers to spend $20 or more on any Izod purchase will receive a ride in a street legal Indy two-seater car as time permits. Come experience the thrill of Izod IndyCar Racing with iRacing interactive racing simulators and Mattel Racecar simulators. There also will be a live Izod IndyCar Pit Stop Demonstration. Be front and center as Izod IndyCar Series Pit Crew members show how to change four tires and simulate a race refueling. For more information, contact Elizabeth Margo at 305-577-6791.

GARDENS GALLERY EXHIBITION CONTINUES THROUGH OCTOBER Pinecrest Gardens has announced its inaugural Gardens Gallery Exhibition featuring Josepo, Metal Artist and Sculptor. Open reception night will be on Friday, Oct. 1 , at 6 p.m., by invitation only. The exhibit will be open to the public starting Oct. 4. It will take place at the Pinecrest Gardens Hibiscus Room located at 11000 Red Road in Pinecrest.

Pinecrest Gardens provides village residents and visitors with year-round entertainment, by producing and promoting festivals and holiday celebrations. Come enjoy a day of fun while viewing the beautiful art of Josepo, a self taught artist and welder. For more information about Josepo visit online at <www.josepometalsculpture.com>. For more information about the Pinecrest Garden, call 305-669-6990.

ANNUAL MEMBERS DAY PLANT SALE SCHEDULED AT FAIRCHILD ON OCT. 2 This year’s Members Day Plant Sale is on Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables. Ever since its first Members Plant Distribution Sale, this day has been an opportunity for its member to purchase plants that are selected carefully and chosen for their

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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SCHOOL OF LAW HOSTS RACE JUDICATA Now in its 11th year, the UM Law Society of Bar and Gavel is conducting another 5K race that will benefit a great cause on Oct. 3. Registration for the run will be at 7 a.m., and the run will begin at 8 a.m. The run will take place at the UM School of Law located at 1311 Miller Dr. in Coral Gables. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this 5K Walk/Run will go to the Kidside Charity. KidSide Inc. has been developed to raise and secure funds to provide the best possible services and facilities to the children of Miami-Dade County who have suffered through the conflict of their parents’ divorce or other litigation in the Family and

Domestic Violence Courts. KidSide Inc. receives donations from persons, firms and corporations dedicated to support the needs of children immersed in family court conflicts. Proceeds will benefit Family Court Services by enhancing services and facilities, funding additional staffing and providing additional hours of operation when possible. For more information, go online to <www.beonthekidside.org/web/>.

SECOND ANNUAL BIRD DAY AT FAIRCHILD TROPICAL GARDEN Birding is the No. 1 sport in America so don’t miss Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Second Annual Bird Day on Sunday, Oct. 3. The garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd. in Coral Gables. Whether you’re a seasoned birder, just starting out or simply want to know more about birds, this fun and educational day is something the whole family will enjoy. If you love art, learn how to create beautiful bird images in a Bird Art class. Take a bird walk with an expert birder or buy birdattracting plants for your garden. Children of all ages can learn about the fascinating wonders of birds through fun bird-related activities just for them.

This event is made possible with the generous support of the James A. Kushian Bird Conservation Program. Enjoy all this and much more at Fairchild’s Second Annual Bird Day. For more information, visit <www.fairchildgarden.org/BirdDay>.

FREE RETIREMENT PLANNING AVAILABLE DURING OCTOBER Join Jullie & Associates PA for a free retirement planning workshop for all South Floridians on Oct. 5-7 and Oct. 19-21. The workshop focuses on teaching attendees how to manage their retirement plans and help to provide a healthy retirement package. All guests will receive their choice of two free gifts simply for attending. Jullie & Associates PA has more than 130 combined years of experience managing financial planning portfolios of individuals and corporate clients. Their Florida Retirement System Specialists will be onhand to guide attendees through the oftenconfusing tax code. For details, call 305-667-1990, ext. 300. ALMA DE TANGO CELEBRATES ITS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY Alma de Tango celebrates its first anniversary at on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m., at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. in Coral Gables. Admission is $25, which includes the class and milonga. During the past year, more than 1,000

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students have visited the hotel’s Danielson Gallery Tuesday nights to learn tango from World Tango Champion Monica Llobet. Group classes for beginners are from 9 to 10 p.m. and advanced students from 8 to 9 p.m. Following classes, Llobet will recap the first year of Alma de Tango at the Biltmore. Guests will enjoy a special performance by professional tango dancers. No dance partner is necessary as guests are encouraged to change partners during the class. Nightly drawings include Sunday Champagne Brunch for two at the Biltmore and a private tango lesion with Monica Llobet. For more information, call the Biltmore Hotel at 305-445-1926 or visit online at <www.biltmorehotel.com>.

FREE KAYAK FISHING CLINIC SLATED THURSDAY, OCT. 7 Join Miami-Dade Parks EcoAdventures and Adventure Sports Miami on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., for a free Kayak Fishing Clinic at Adventure Sports Miami, 2750 SW 26 Ave., in Coconut Grove. Space is limited, so RSVP by calling 305-591-3559. All fishing lovers will have the opportunity to learn the latest tips and tricks from local experts on South Florida’s hottest way to catch fish. Prizes provided by Crook & Crook will be given out to guests who show

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SIMON KIDGITS CLUBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TO HOST AN â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;AROUND THE WORLDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; EVENT Dadeland Mall, 7535 N. Kendall Dr., invites children of all ages to travel around the world and explore a variety of diversities and cultures as part of the Simon Kidgits Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Around the Worldâ&#x20AC;? event on Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and will showcase activities that are found in different parts of the world. Dadeland Mall will provide children with a passport and allow them to backpack

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15TH ANNUAL SUSAN G. KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE ON OCT. 16 With over 20,000 participants and 1,000 breast cancer survivors expecting to attend, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will hosts its 15th annual race on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 6 a.m. It will take place at Bayfront Park, located at 301 N. Biscayne Blvd. in downtown Miami. Race participants may register online at <www.komenmiaftl.org> and are encouraged to take the One-Fifty Challenge. If every individual collects $150 in donations, Komen would raise $3 million in pledges alone. What started as a promise between two sisters is now the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. Susan G. Komen for the Cure Miami/Fort Lauderdale is part of the this national network dedicated to saving lives and ending breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality of care for all, and energizing science to find the cures. Since its inception in 1996, the

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Miami/Fort Lauderdale Affiliate has raised more than $10 million to help fund breast cancer screening, education, and treatment initiatives throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. For more information about this event, visit online at <ww.komenmiaftl.org>.

FOURTH ANNUAL WATERFORD 5K RACE SLATED ON NOV.12 The fourth annual Waterford 5K, a 3.1mile run walk, will once again rise to the challenge to benefit Autism Speaks. It will take place on Friday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m., at the Blue Lagoon Office Park, 6100 Blue Lagoon Dr. in Miami. For the fourth year in a row, all the proceeds from the race will benefit the MiamiDade Chapter of Autism Speaks, North Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest autism research and advocacy organization. There will be a special competition that will honor the overall male and overall female winners. The top overall male and female runner will receive an incredible prize package that includes a seven-night, all-inclusive trip for two to Club Medâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sandpiper Bay, provided by Club Med. It has been estimated that one in every 110 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. In an effort to raise awareness and provide funding for this vital research, over the past three consecutive years, the Waterford 5K race has raised more than

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TRANSPLANT FOUNDATION TO HOST 5TH ANNUAL MIRACLE WALK/RUN Join and celebrate the miracles that happen everyday, On Nov. 14, from 7 a.m. to noon, the Miracle Walk/Run will have its fifth annual fundraiser at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St. All proceeds benefit the Transplant Foundation Inc., with pre-registration tickets at $35 for adults and $20 for children under 13. With more than 100,000 people waiting to receive a transplant, one donor can help save lives of up to 50 different people. What better way to spend a Sunday morning then helping change lives? The Miracle Walk/Run is a 5K event geared to promote organ donation in the community. In addition to the 5K, enjoy breakfast, ice cream, lunch, as well as a health fair and music entertainment to celebrate completion of the walk/run. Your registration includes an official Miracle Walk/Run T-shirt and the entrance fee to the zoo, so you can stay and enjoy the day with your family and friends! To register, visit online at <www.miraclewalkrun.kintera.org> or call 305-8175645.

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UM’s Donna Shalala honored with Nelson Mandela Award

Pictured (l-r) are Dick Schlosberg, chair of the Kaiser Family Foundation Board of Trustees; South African Ambassador to the U.S. Ebrahim Rasool (1998 Mandela Award recipient); Univerity of Miami president Donna E. Shalala; U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Drew Altman, Kaiser Family Foundation president and CEO. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY RAKESH SINGH

University of Miami president Donna E. Shalala received the 2010 Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights during a recent ceremony and dinner at Blair House, hosted by U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and the Kaiser Family Foundation. The dinner honored Shalala’s retirement from the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Shalala, a former U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services, was recognized for dedication to advancing access to healthcare in the U.S., helping disadvantaged people around the world, and her special commitment to ending apartheid and developing democracy in South Africa. “Whether it’s providing better healthcare to soldiers returning from two wars, or shaping the future of nursing here at home, or providing relief efforts in Haiti, or providing leadership on health reform, Donna Shalala has always been there when the people of our country and the world have needed her,” said Drew Altman, Kaiser Family Foundation president and CEO. Established in 1992 by the Kaiser Family Foundation at the behest of Nelson Mandela shortly after his release from 27 years of incarceration, the Mandela Award honors individuals for outstanding dedica-

tion to improving the health and life chances of disadvantaged populations in South Africa and internationally. Recipients are selected in conjunction with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and with the approval of Mr. Mandela. Secretary Shalala received the award from two former recipients of the Mandela Award — South African Ambassador to the U.S. Ebrahim Rasool, the 1998 award winner, and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, the 1997 award winner. Ambassador Rasool spoke of Dr. Shalala’s efforts in assisting South African exiles in the U.S. when she was serving as president of Hunter College and then the University of Wisconsin, and her association with the Kaiser Family Foundation’s work in South Africa as a trustee over the past nine years. The award was presented by Surgeon General Benjamin. Shalala is a 2008 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Recipients of the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights are given a statuette bearing a likeness of Mandela. The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit private operating foundation, based in Menlo Park, CA, dedicated to producing and communicating the best possible analysis and information on health issues.


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The Kendall Cruiser provides limited-stop weekda y rush hour ser vice along Kendall Drive — now with frequencies of ever y 12 minutes — between the Dadeland North Metrorail sta tion and SW 162nd Avenue. “By taking the Kendall Cruiser, residents can enjoy a stress-free ride to work while reducing their carbon footprint.” Kendall Cruiser customers also can check the time of the next bus on their computers or Web-enabled mobile devices with MDT’s Bus Tracker system — part of a pilot program that soon will be expanded to other routes. For information on the Kendall Cruiser improvements, visit online at <www.miamidade.gov/transit> or call 305-891-3131. For TDD service, call 305-468-5402.


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‘Winter Wonderful’ benefit event to fund music scholarships at UM BY ELIZABETH AMORE

The University of Miami Frost School of Music will present its holiday gala dinner, “Winter Wonderful,” on Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Hyatt Regency in Miami. The goal of Winter Wonderful is to raise $100,000 for Frost School of Music undergraduate scholarships and the Frost “Music Reach” program. Music Reach is a partnership with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, Arts for Learning, Communities in Schools, and the Harmony Project. Currently in this program 29 Frost undergraduate students serve as mentors, each “adopting” two at-risk seventh graders and providing weekly sessions in music instruction, homework help, and team-building activities. The relations are continued for the entire four years of the Frost mentors’ undergraduate careers, with the goal of using music as a bridge to help at-risk students towards college. Highlights of the evening will include a sumptuous three-course dinner and joyous holiday performances featuring a 200member Frost Choral Union and a special Frost Holiday Orchestra. The repertoire will include holiday carols from traditions from around the globe. Broadway alum Marcus Lovett, whose son, Dylan, is a Vocal Jazz freshman at the Frost School of Music, will be honored at the gala with the Frost Achievement Award and will perform selected holiday favorites. The Hon. Charles E. Cobb Jr. and Hon. Sue M. Cobb will be decorated for their philanthropy to the University of Miami and the South Florida community

with the Frost Legacy Award. “The Frost School of Music’s Winter Wonderful Holiday Dinner is simply the perfect start to the holiday season,” said Dean Shelton G. “Shelly” Berg. “It is a magical holiday gala filled with uplifting music performed by outstanding Frost musicians. It brings good cheer to new and long-time friends of the University of Miami and patrons of the arts in our community. “Best of all, the gala proceeds go directly to support undergraduate music scholarships at the Frost School of Music, including our new Frost Music-Reach mentoring program that uplifts and encourages teens all year long to succeed in school and in life.” The Frost Choral Union, 200 members strong, will perform as a unified choir and also as members of smaller ensembles including the Frost Chorale, Symphonic Choir, Chamber Singers, Cantilena Women’s Choir and Maelstrom Men’s Choir. Joshua Habermann will serve as music director for the entire evening, with assistance from Donald Oglesby and choral conducting graduate teaching assistants Rich Skirpan and Jeff Stern. Marcus Lovett is an American performer whose Broadway stints have included The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables and Carousel. The Hyatt Regency is located at 400 SE Second Ave. in downtown Miami. Winter Wonderful is a Black Tie event and festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, visit online at <www.winter-wonderful.com>, call 305284-2875 or send email to <eventsmanagement@miami.edu>.

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Holy Rosary Fall Crafts Festival set for Oct. 16 BY CHRISTIANA CARROLL-BECERRA

The 34th annual Our Lady of the Holy Rosaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular Fall Crafts Festival takes place at the church, 9500 SW 184 St. in Cutler Bay, on Oct. 16 featuring a wide selection of unique handmade crafts and one-of-a-kind creations. Visitors will find everything from the unusual to the unique sure to fit every taste and budget. Shoppers will find dazzling handbags, beautiful handmade jewelry, gorgeous floral designs, lovely memory boxes, pottery and birdhouses, and enjoy the work of artists from across the country. There will be hand-crafted jewelry and luscious photography, hand-blown glass and whimsical ceramic work, and basket makers and bell makers will be on hand, as will woodworkers, leather artists and more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is always a perfect time to begin thinking of holiday gift giving,â&#x20AC;? said Charlie Davis, committee chairman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And it is such a family friendly event, with the activities for children and fun for everyone all day long.â&#x20AC;?

Visitors will find everything from the unusual to the unique sure to fit every taste and budget. There will be activities such as the CVS Pumpkin Photo Patch and face painting for the little ones as well as hayrides. But this is not an event just to fill the artistic soul. Delicious food will be available to nourish the body, served up by local restaurateurs, as well as music by local bands and school groups. And for all those classic car enthusiasts, there will be a display of classic cars competing for prizes. Sponsorships, food vendor slots and artist booths still are available. Admission is free. For more information, go online to <www.holyrosaryhs.org> or send email to <presidentolhr@gmail.com>.

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Rev. Jeremy Upton joins Baptist Church in Perrine BY BEVERLY C. RODRIGUES

graduate study in preaching at Oxford University in England. Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church Rev. Upton was licensed to the ministry in Perrine officially will install Rev. in 1998 by Bishop Eddie L. Long, senior Jeremy H. Upton as its new senior pastor in pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist special installation ceremonies on Sunday, Church in Decatur, GA. Rev. Upton served Oct. 3. at New Birth for four years in various fullInstallation ceremonies on Oct. 3 will time in capacities including administrator take place during three of Bishop Eddie L. Long services beginning at Ministries, special assis7:30 a.m. with Dr. Craig tant to Bishop Long and Melvin Smith, senior middle school/assistant pastor of Freedom youth pastor. Baptist Church in Rev. Upton moved on Chicago, IL, serving as to St. John Church in the guest speaker. At 11 Grand Prairie and South a.m., Pastor Denny D. Lake Texas, where he was Davis of St. John ordained under St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church in Grand senior pastor, Dr. Denny Prairie, TX, will deliver D. Davis. Upton served the sermon. at St. John for eight years The celebration will as executive pastor and culminate at 6:30 p.m. preaching assistant. with Bishop Eddie In 2008, Rev. Upton Long, senior pastor of returned to New Birth New Birth Missionary where he served as chief Reverend Jeremy H. Upton Baptist Church in ministry officer until â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Decatur, GA, officiating April of this year when he the installation ceremoaccepted the call to ny. All activities will take place at Sweet become Sweet Homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth senior pasHome, 10701 SW 184 St. in Perrine. For tor, following the retirement of Dr. Walter more information on the installation, call T. Richardson, who served the church for 305-251-5753. 26 years. Rev. Upton is a magna cum laude gradUnder the vision of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building the House, uate of Morehouse College and a cum Advancing the Kingdom,â&#x20AC;? Rev. Upton laude graduate of Dallas Theological continues to serve God in his generation Seminary, earning a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in the- and to make a positive impact for the ology, with a concentration in pastoral Kingdom of God in the community. leadership. Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church In addition, he studied at Carver Bible was founded in 1952. Sweet Home holds College (Atlanta, GA) and New Orleans worship services every Sunday at 7:30 a.m. Baptist Seminary (New Orleans, LA). In and 11 a.m. and bible study every the summer of 2007, he completed post- Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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Vote NO on 8 to Get It Right BY KAREN ARONOWITZ, President, United Teachers of Dade

Hello, my fellow voting Americans. I’m sure you feel the same puzzlement as I do when the candidate or issue I voted for comes up on the losing end. I shake my head in amazement, saying to myself, “The majority of my fellow citizens feel that way? Really?” Even so, that is where it ends. The people have spoken and they have the final word. Unfortunately, some Florida Legislators have a different thought process saying, “Vote until you get it right.” The voters made it clear to Florida Legislators in 2002. Citizens of Florida voted to have smaller class sizes. They knew it would cost money, but it would be money well spent providing quality education for our children. The original Class Size Amendment was to be phased in over time and the Florida Legislature was required to fund it. But ever since the day this vote passed, some legislators have been working to have the Class Size Amendment either voted out or watered down. If that happens, it would mean millions more in cuts to education funding. Again, I find myself thinking, “Really?” Ask any teacher you know if putting more students back into classrooms is a good idea. Legislators have placed Amendment 8 on the November ballot so we have another chance to “Vote until we get it right.” But there is nothing “right” about Amendment 8. The

majority of Florida voters decided that the class size Amendment should be law, and now we must let the legislators hear the voice of Florida’s majority one more time. Legislators don’t like the Class Size Amendment -- never have and never will -- because the money must be spent in our schools! Yes, imagine that! The money must come to the schools themselves to make this happen! It doesn’t go to a vendor! It doesn’t go to a consultant! It doesn’t go to the Florida Department of Education to recalibrate test scores! Of course, the private schools to which these same legislators send their own children put out lovely color brochures explaining the individualized instruction and attention their students receive because of small class sizes! I am glad these legislators want to provide the best for their own children. But they are elected to take care of the children in our public school system and enforce the law. We, through our own free will and rights as citizens, have voted to provide just that through the Class Size Amendment! We knew what we were doing the first time. Voting NO on Amendment 8 will not raise your taxes. It will allocate a larger portion of the taxes you already pay to education. Voting NO on Amendment 8 keeps our classes small and prevents further gutting of education funding. Voting NO on Amendment 8 protects the only required funding for education we have. Vote NO on Amendment 8. See you at the polls! Voting NO on Amendment 8 will not raise your taxes. It will allocate a larger portion of the taxes you already pay to education. Voting NO on Amendment 8 keeps our classes small and prevents further gutting of education funding. Voting NO on Amendment 8 protects the only required funding for education we have. Vote NO on Amendment 8. See you at the polls! The United Teachers of Dade represents 38,000 teachers and school support personnel in MDCPS. The union is committed to being a leader in creating public school reform, fostering a quality public education for all students and elevating the professional status of teachers, paraprofessionals, office employees, and all school support personnel.

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How To Feel Comfortable About Your Investment Decisions By Rick Tonkinson

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After 18 years of being a money manager, I have consistently heard how many people do not feel comfortable with their investment decisions. Have you ever second-guessed the investment decisions you have made? Do words like foolish, dumb, wrong, confused, guess, uncertain, frustrated, and overwhelmed describe your feelings? You are not alone in feeling uncomfortable about decisions you have made. Would you like to feel better about your investment decisions? If the answer is yes, then here are some basic steps to consider:

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Focus on the Purpose of Your Investment Do you need to put money away for a rainy day? Make a “To Do List” of items that you want the money to attain such as vacation, education or wedding. Give each item a specific cost such as $5,000 for a vacation. Determine which item motivates you to attain it. Motivation that is ratcheted up is called passion. If you find a passion for an item, that will be your top priority. How quickly you want to attain the item will help determine what investment to consider. Again decide on the specific purpose of the money and then consider your options. Be Realistic with what You have to Invest As an “investor,” you need to accept that you are prepared to lose part or all of your investment. If this risk is not comfortable for you, then you are a saver. There are times when people have borrowed on the equity of their home and invest in the stock market because the potential gains offset the risk of losing their home. People make reckless decisions so that they can attain the item they want quicker than what is realistic. Plan so that if it takes a year to attain an item, you give yourself two years to attain it. If you attain the item in one year, that’s good but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t make your deadline. The important thing is to keep working toward what you want. His firm, Rick Tonkinson & Associates, Inc. is a South Florida based company with offices at 100 Almeria Avenue, Suite 310, Coral Gables, Florida 33134, offers financial planning services to many in the community with a specialty in assisting the middle class. For more information, or to schedule an initial meeting at your business or home, call 866-323-8326 or (305)447-6617. Also visit the website at HYPERLINK "http://www.ricktonkinson.com" www.ricktonkinson.com. Securities offered through Securities America, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, Rick Tonkinson, Registered Representatives. Advisory services offered through Securities America Advisors, Inc., Rick Tonkinson, Investment Advisor Representatives. Rick Tonkinson & Associates, Inc. and the Securities America companies are not affiliated.


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Redbox DVD rental kiosks open at Walgreens stores BY SAMANTHA FLYNN

Redbox, the popular bright red fully automated DVD rental kiosk, announces the opening of five new locations at Walgreens in Miami and Miami Beach. Redbox delivers convenient, affordable access to new release DVDs and catalog titles. With a rent and return anywhere policy, consumers now can rent DVDs from the Redbox kiosks at Walgreens in Miami and Miami Beach and return them to any of the more than 21,000 Redbox locations nationwide. New Walgreens Redbox locations are: 14190 SW 26 St., 15701 SW 56 St., 655 NW 57 Ave. and 9701 SW 24 St. in Miami, and 7340 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach. “By placing our Redbox kiosks where consumers already shop, Redbox makes it easy for movie lovers and people on the go to rent the latest new release DVDs at an affordable price,” said Gary Cohen, senior vice president for marketing and customer experience at Redbox. Redbox rents movies for a low nightly cost, and new users are invited to register their email address at <www.redbox.com> to

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Award winning playwright returns to launch NWSA theater season BY MARIA M. FLORES

Tarell Alvin McCraney (NWSA high school 1999), award-winning international playwright, will be offering a special gift to New World School of the Arts (NWSA) to celebrate his 30th birthday and launch NWSA’s 2010-11 theater season. The prolific playwright has planned a special VIP reception and staged reading performance at New World School of the Arts on Friday, Oct. 15, to raise much needed funds for the school. Along with actor Glenn Davis and fellow Steppenwolf Ensemble member Jon Michael Hill, McCraney will perform selected scenes from his acclaimed Trilogy including The Brothers Size, In The Red and Brown Water, and Marcus — or the Secret of Sweet. His Brother/Sister trilogy is set in the Louisiana Projects and explores Yoruba mythology. The staged reading performance is McCraney’s fundraising initiative and gift for NWSA.

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