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DBC held Second Annual Legacy Awards Gala BY NELSON PEÑALVER

Chairman Doral Business Council On Saturday, Oct.26, the Doral Business Council held its Second Annual Legacy Awards Gala at the Trump National Doral. The night was filled with excitement and the 320-plus attendees were delighted by a beautiful event to celebrate the legacy created by three amazing individuals in our community: Barbara L. Romani (Citi), Ron Esserman (Esserman Automotive Group), and Joe Roisman (Perry Ellis). It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since our inaugural DBC Legacy Awards Gala. It was our goal to create an award that would honor the inspirational leaders in our community whose hard work and dedication have had a deep effect on those around them. This year’s honorees follow in that tradition and we are proud to honor an inspirational leader, a strong and independent banker and a true pioneer in the automotive industry. The three individuals being honored with Legacy Awards have shown through their hard work and commitment a true dedication to business development, civic involvement, charitable giving and devotion to family. They are in their own way the embodiment of success and the American dream and, for this, we honor them. Without a doubt, the DBC Legacy Awards Gala was a complete success. Not only did we have we a fabulous time but, more importantly, we had the privilege of honoring three outstanding business leaders from our community. Additionally, we enjoyed the company

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Cohen Family Cuts Ribbon at Atlantic Doral Opening

Ribbon-cutting VIPs for Atlantic Doral include (l-r) Randy Weisburd, Howard Cohen, David Halpryn, Alan Cohen, Joseph Roig, Krista Rojas, Lissette Sabatino and Ken Cohen.

BY MEAGAN SEDLACEK

The Atlantic Doral, the city’s newest luxury rental community, held its Grand Opening Oct. 24 in the community’s elegant clubhouse at 10500 N. W. 74 St., a tribute to the Cohen Family, principals of the Atlantic /Pacific Companies. A Grand Opening ribbon cutting ceremony was hosted by A|P Companies’ Chief Operating Officer, Randy Weisburd, with members of the Cohen family, a four-generation real estate company, collectively snipping the ribbon. Throughout the evening, guests toured apartment homes and viewed community amenities that include a 24hour health and fitness center, showcase cinema, children’s indoor game room, and executive business center with a conference room. The party flowed from inside the clubhouse to the lakeside patio where

guests enjoyed cocktails courtesy of VeeV and Onli beverages which were created by famed Miami mixologist Ben Potts and Joshua Gonzalez at the outdoor Lanai. Local Doral restaurant, Divieto, provided hors d’oeuvres that complemented the drinks and sounds of the party. Alongside the resort-style swimming pool, the Latin jazz band, Electric Piquete, performed a lively set. The evening wound down with desserts from Brownie Points and coffee provided by Nespresso and Aramark. A surprise gift of Atlantic Doral branded ear buds awaited guests in valeted cars and Perry Ellis International offered promo codes to their brand Cubavera. The Atlantic Doral office is open for tours Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more information about the luxury rental community, visit <www.atlanticdoralliving.com>.

Leukemia-Stricken Child Aided by Steede Medical BY ANA MARIA RODRIGUEZ

There’s an old adage that says “You know who your friends are when the chips are down.” This adage holds true, especially for a little girl named Lesly who is a patient of P.A.T.C.H.E.S. in Florida City Lesly was born without sufficient collagen. Instead of her skin stretching, it rips and tears, exposing muscle and tissue — extremely painful and extending to every area of her body. As she grows the condition only worsens. Not covered by Medicaid, required skin dressing lasting a bit less than a month costs over $1,000 per case. Among those Lesly Lesly calls “friends” is Steede Medical <www.steedemedical-.com>), established in 1993. Based in Doral since 2004, founder Louis Steede is no stranger to giving back to those in need. “Over the last 20 years, we have donated pharmacy supplies to organizations such as Miami Mission, American Diabetes Association and many others” said Jorge Pereira, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing for Steede Medical. He told Doral Tribune that he was touched by Lesly’s story and wanted to help in any way that they could. Jorge heard of Lesly’s fragile condition through Marisel Losa, President and CEO, Health Council of South Florida (<www.healthcouncil.org>) also based in Doral. His heart was touched and he did not hesitate to put the wheels in motion to

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Dolphin Mall Open Nov. 28 For the third year in a row, Dolphin Mall will open its doors early for Black Friday shoppers on Thursday (Nov. 28), even earlier this year at 6 p.m. for a special another “Magical Night of Shopping.” The mall will remain open until 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, giving shoppers 29 hours of continuous Black Friday specials

and promotions, the longest in the mall’s history. Shoppers will have an opportunity to win $4,000 at 7 p.m. on Thursday and at 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Friday. Greeters will meet guests at all mall entrances to hand out fliers detailing exclusive Black Friday store offers and promotions.

Four Leases Signed at Waterford Centre One year after winning the exclusive leasing assignment at Waterford Centre, Blanca Commercial Real Estate has taken the building’s occupancy rate to 93 percent, marking a more than 20 percent increase over the past year. Four new leases accounting for 28,000 square feet of Class-A space include Whirlpool appliance, Remy Cointreau, McAfee, Inc. software and Franklin Street, a commercial real estate services firm. Waterford Centre at 6205 Blue Lagoon Drive within the 250-acre Blue Lagoon Business Park was constructed in 1999, attracting a strong roster of tenants, including Xerox, The Parker Company, LLC, Travel Traders and OMD USA. The 91,285-square-foot office building in Miami’s Airport submarket is owned by New Boston Fund, a private equity real estate investment, development and man-

agement firm based in Boston. “We are thrilled to welcome these four companies to Waterford Centre,” said Pamela Adamian, Vice President of Asset Management at New Boston Fund. “The property is highly competitive in the Miami market, offering tenants unparalleled amenities and high quality office space.” Blanca Commercial Real Estate Executive Vice President Danet Linares and Vice President Andres del Corral spearhead leasing and marketing for the property on behalf of owner New Boston Fund. “We have effectively positioned Waterford Centre as an ideal home for major multinational corporate users,” said Tere Blanca, President and CEO of Blanca Commercial Real Estate. For leasing information, contact Ms. Blanca, Danet Linares or Andres del Corral of Blanca Commercial Real Estate at 305-577-8850.

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DBC Women’s Alliance Helps Breast Cancer Fight BY CHRISTINE FRAGA

Chairperson Women’s Alliance Group

The Doral Business Council Women’s Alliance Group brought over 100 people together for a great cause on October 16 amidst vibrant pink flowers ornamenting the room while rose-colored champagne filled glasses of donators. The “Pretty in Pink” Breast Cancer Awareness reception benefiting the Florida Women’s Breast Health Initiative was certainly a success with dozens of supporters filling Sofitel Hotel’s finest lounge. Guests were encouraged to come adorned in all shades of pink ranging from pastel to flamingo tones to show support for the fight against breast cancer. Honorary guest and speaker Andrea Ivory, founder of the Florida Women’s Breast Health Initiative and a breast cancer

survivor, spoke about the importance of early detection and how vital yearly checkups are for preventative measures. Her organization has knocked on over 55,000 doors, educating women on the importance of breast cancer prevention and heart care awareness. The Initiative, a non-profit outreach organization, is dedicated to educating women about breast health and strives to provide resources to help beat the disease through education. Ivory and the Initiative have both been recognized not only by the Congressional Record (111th Congress) but as CNN Heroes and Yoplait Champions, just to name a few. The DBC and the Women’s Alliance Group would not have been successful without the help and dedication of all our partners, friends and supporters. The W.A.G. committee members thank the Sofitel Hotel that graciously partnered with us to provide a phenomenal location, hors d’oeuvres and

cocktails for the reception. In addition, the WAG committee recognizes Maria Luisa Gonzalez Silva of Baptist Health and Vilma Media of Palmetto General Hospital who supplied guests with goody bags filled with an array of information ranging from self-examination kits to testing information. Dr. Lawson of Palmetto General was also available to answer any questions regarding cancer and cancer treatment. Through raffles, t-shirt sales and donations, W. A. G. raised more than $1,650 to donate to the Initiative, including a $1,000 check from Baptist Health presented to Ivory and the Initiative. Special kudos go to Nancy Concepcion of Victoria’s Collections for providing beautiful hand-made brooches for each lady present. The Women’s Alliance Group works to empower and unite women through business and community endeavors, offering leader-

Marti Bueno, Terry Tundidor, Maria Mendez, Gloria Burns, Mike Robert Hernandez, Chair Elect Raul Pino, Maria Martinez. Matthews, Sally Villalba and Councilwoman Christi Fraga

ship, mentoring and direction fully-committed to strengthening women as business, community and civic leaders. The W.A.G. committee composed of members from various industries includes Maria Mendez (AmTrust Bank); Teresa Tundidor (Mercantil Commercebank), Nubielena Medina Gomez (NMG Consulting), Gloria Burns (Community Newspapers), Marti Bueso (Home Financing Center), Silvia Borges (FNU), Vilma Medio (Palmetto General Hospital), Laura Villaverde (OrthoNow), Lizz Wiegandt (Mary Kay), Sally Villalba (New Dawn), Theresa Gonzalez (Airtech), chaired by City of Doral Councilwoman Christine Fraga (South Florida Small Business Solutions). The Alliance looks forward to making this event an annual tradition in hopes of providing women with the tools and support necessary to survive, prevent and cure breast cancer.

Alex Gomez, Marti Bueso, Andrea Ivory, Nubielena Medina-Gomez, Councilwoman Christi Fraga and Gabriel Fraga.

Sally Villalba, Theresa Gonzalez, Maria Martinez and Nancy Conception. Nuebiela Medina-Gomez, Maria Luisa Gonzalez-Silva, J.C. Bermudez Andrea Ivory, Christi Fraga and Maria Luisa Gonzalez-Silva. and Councilwoman Christi Fraga.

Marti Bueso, Andrea Ivory, Chair Nelson Peñalver and Councilwoman Maria Luisa Gonzalez-Silva, Chair Nelson Peñalver and Emma Piper. Christi Fraga.

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LEGACY from front page –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––—–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– of many friends and DBC members who came together for this unforgettable event. In fact, bringing people together and creating opportunities for the business community has been a DBC priority since its inception in 2004. Looking back on this magnificent event, I could not help feeling extremely proud to see that many of the original members are still with the organization today. This reaffirms our commitment to be a conduit for opportunities, a catalyst for growth and facilitator of a positive environment where relationships are built and business can thrive. The Legacy Awards Gala would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors and, specifically, Mercantil Commerce Bank for taking the Title Sponsorship role for a second consecutive year. We also recognize and thank our growing list of Bronze Sponsors including Baptist Health South Florida, Chivas, Florida National University, Florida Power

& Light, Great Florida Bank, Miami Dolphins and Regions Security Services for their generous support. Most of all, I would like to thank the leaders and mentors who inspire DBC. Many of us can trace our success to a person who took the time to care, listen, guide us, and support us. I encourage you to do the same and be that person yourself. Finally, I ask that you take the time to learn more about the DBC and consider its many benefits: access to over 500 members representing 70 industries, expanding relationship building opportunities and strategic alliances, meeting the right people, building contacts, learning about professional and workforce development as well as promotional and marketing opportunities. By participating in events relevant to our business community, you gain visibility, knowledge and grow professionally and personally. The list is endless. To learn more about the DBC, visit <www.doralbusines.com> and join us!

LEUKEMIA from front page –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––—––––––––––––––––––––––––––– make the donation to Lesly a reality. Despite her medical condition, Lesly is a very lucky girl. Beside the Steede Medical donation, a fundraising campaign was launched by Robert M. Levy & Associates of Miami and Tallahassee, a government and public relations firm, raising funds to purchase one year’s worth of skin dressing. (The firm also represents P.A.T.C.H.E.S. pro-bono in the State Legislature).

Levy and Associates male principals even shaved their heads to make a statement in support of raising funds for Lesly, inspired by former President George Bush head-shaving for a seven-year-old leukemia-stricken child of a secret service team member’s son. Those interested in assisting Lesly by donation can contact any listed organizations or email <arodri27@hotmail.com> for information.

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Internet Safety Tips to Guide Parents BY MICHAEL BABLER

Technology Teacher Divine Savior Academy According to Netsmartz.org, 93 percent of teens (ages 12-17) go online, and 75 percent have cell phones. On average, texting teens send and receive 1500 text messages each month, and one in three teens experience online harassment. Because of these statistics, schools have enlisted their teachers to teach proper technology use. At Divine Savior Academy, the middle school computer class spends two weeks covering online safety and responsibility in the areas of Digital Citizenship, Internet Safety, and Cyberbullying. Digital Citizenship Children need to be taught to be a positive part of the online “community.” As children interact online and make use of Internet resources, they must learn to do it in a responsible way. Being a responsible citizen means conducting proper online research, teaching children to verify all sources, and encouraging students to use academic sources, rather than those that are opinion-based or biased. Cite all sources and avoid plagiarism. Internet Safety Spoof websites, phishing emails, and pop-up ads abound online. Help children to identify these tricks and scams. Never give out personal or account information to unknown sources. Stay away from these dangerous sites by double checking the address of all websites. With the increased popularity of social media, the push to “overshare” information is tempting. Teach children what information is appropriate to share and what must be kept private so they do not put themselves in danger of online predators. If children are using social media, “friend” them or follow their feed. Keep tabs on their activity and intervene when necessary. Encourage students to post only pic-

Internet 1/2 Michael Babler teaches Internet safety at Divine Savior Academy.

tures and posts that are appropriate. If a picture or posting is deleted, it does not mean that it is gone. Search engines cache or store old versions of websites, while other Internet users download and save content locally. Negative pictures and postings may affect future college acceptance and employment. Cyberbullying Bullying online is just as harmful as bullying in person. Children can be hurt easily. “Friends” or followers who view that information only add fuel to the fire. Cyberbullying harms relationships, causes problems in and out of school, and may lead to more dire situations, sometimes involving law enforcement. Encourage your children to “THINK” before they post by asking themselves these questions: (1) Is it true? (2) Is it helpful? (3) Is it inspiring? (4) Is it necessary? (5) Is it kind? For more information about Internet safety, online responsibility or cyberbullying, contact Michael Babler at Divine Savior Academy, 305-597-4545.


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Santa & Snow Arriving Soon at Dolphin Mall Dolphin Mall welcomes shoppers and visitors to celebrate the 2013 holiday season with three holiday events: the arrival of Santa Claus, a spectacular holiday Ice Palace and a “Magical Snowfall” transforming into a winter wonderland. Santa arrives on Nov. 7 to greet children and their parents at the Ramblas (Floor 2) area through Dec. 24 on Sunday thru Thursday, 12 to 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 12 to 10 p.m. (Santa breaks to feed his reindeers 4:30 to 5:30 p.m). Also beginning Nov. 7, visitors can step inside a spectacular Ice Palace featuring a 30-foot ice dome with falling snow, a light show and interactive fun for all ages. A free exhibit with a 360-degree arctic immersion via breathtaking video footage from BBC Earth’s award-winning program, “Frozen Planet” will be screened. Visitors can also see larger-than-life snow globes, leave an icy handprint and sit on the chilly Ice Throne with smallfry culminating a visit with Santa and receiving a special gift.

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Do you or someone you know have Facial Acne? FXM Research in Miami is looking for males and females 12 years of age or older that suffer from Facial Acne, to participate in a seven [7] study-visit clinical research study. Medical Insurance is not required for study participation. Qualified participants will receive: • Evaluation by a Board Certified Dermatologist. • Investigational Study Medication at no cost. • Reimbursement for time and travel up to USD $350.00.

¿Tiene usted o alguien que usted conoce Acné Facial? FXM Research en Miami está buscando hombres y mujeres de 12 años de edad o más que padecen de Acné Facial, para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere de siete [7] visitas. No se requiere seguro médico para su participación en el estudio. Los participantes que califiquen recibirán: • Evaluaciones por un Dermatólogo Certificado. • Los medicamentos del estudio bajo investigación sin costo alguno. • Un reembolso por su tiempo y transporte de hasta $350.00. For more information please call:

Para más información por favor llame al:

(305) 220-5222 Hector Wiltz, MD., CPI. Board Certified Dermatologist FXM Research Miami The “Magical Snowfall” starts Nov. 27 continuing nightly through Jan. 5, 2014 as flurries fall onto Ramblas Plaza every night at 7 p.m. with an added snowfalls at 9 p.m. on Thursdays thru Sundays (except Dec. 24-25, 31; Jan.1).

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Do you or someone you know have Tinea Pedis/Athlete’s Foot? FXM Research in Miami is looking for males and females 18 years or older that suffer from Tinea Pedis “Redness, Itchiness, Maceration, Erosion, and/or Scaling areas in between your toes” to participate in a three [3] study-visit clinical research study. Medical Insurance is not required for study participation. Qualified participants will receive: • Evaluation by a Board Certified Dermatologist. • Investigational Study Medication or placebo at no cost. • Reimbursement for time and travel up to USD $150.00.

¿Tiene usted o alguien que usted conoce Hongos Entre Los Dedos De Sus Pies/Pie De Atleta? FXM Research en Miami está buscando a hombres y mujeres de 18 años o más de edad que padecen de Hongos Entre Los Dedos De Sus Pies “Enrojecimiento, Picazón, Humedad, Erosiones, y/o áreas de Descamación entre los dedos de los pies”, para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere de tres [3] visitas. No se requiere seguro médico para su participación en el estudio. Los participantes que califiquen recibirán: • Evaluaciones por un Dermatólogo Certificado. • Los medicamentos bajo investigación o placebo sin costo alguno. • Reembolso por su tiempo y transporte de hasta $150.00.

For more information please call:

Para más información por favor llame al:

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‘Dig Pink’ Raises $900+ at DSA

Gym crowd ‘Digs Pink’ at DSA volleyball fundraiser.

BY DANA KIRCHOFF

Divine Savior Academy’s High School Volleyball team held its first Dig Pink! event Oct. 8 raising more than $900 for the Side Out Foundation with an all-day fundraiser, culminating with a volleyball game. DSA students, faculty and staff participated in the Dig Pink event by wearing pink to school (forgoing the mandatory school uniform). Students and teachers made dollar donations to the event while volleyball team members sold pink bracelets, pink lemonade, and pink cupcakes after school. DSA fans sported pink clothing as did students working the concession stands with all sales were donated to the Dig Pink fundraiser. Individual pledges were also given to support the cause. The team’s efforts were coordinated by Head Coach Brianne Loberger who said: “I’m very proud of these girls. They are invested in their sport, but also aware of opportunities around them to give back and help out.” She Loberger especially noted efforts of Aida Estiz, who brainstormed many of the fundraising ideas, and Fabiola Quinones, whose family baked over 250 cupcakes for the event. DSA’s volleyball team continued collecting donations through the end of October. All funds will go to the Side Out Foundation which encourages middle

Cup cakes think pink!

school, high school, and college volleyball teams across the country to hold Dig Pink events to promote awareness and raise funds for breast cancer research. To date in 2013, the foundation has raised over $300,000 with a goal of $2 million for the entire year. For more information about the Side Out Foundation, visit <www.side-out.org>. For information about Divine Savior Academy, tel. 305- 597-4545 or visit <divinesavioracademy.com>.


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Miami Christian Students Enjoy Fall Activities BY GLORIA BURNS

crowds with standing room only during the District semifinals against Riviera Preparatory and final against Divine Savior.

Fall is in the air and October was hopping with numerous student activities at Miami Christian School from the Hispanic Heritage Month parade, and a big luncheon with parents visit to the Miami Springs Pumpkin Patch for elementary school students. Meantime, middle schoolers who had earned a merit trip enjoyed a day of ice skating and several high school students participated in a school-wide trip to Teen Valley Ranch in North Carolina – enjoying cooler mountain air for hiking, horseback riding and zip lining, as well as time for spiritual refreshment and daily chapel services. Campfires, day trips and on-camp ath-

Next up for MCS, a big community garage sale with carnival-type games and activities in the works for Nov. 9 on the school campus from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Look for lots of good food, bargains and games galore — promising to be a great family event.

Flagpole ceremony draws staff, students.

Finally, those interested in attending Miami Christian School and setting up a school tour to learn about its academic programs may call Chris Cuadra at 305-2217754 ext. 771. MCS is located at 200 NW 109 Ave.

daily chapel services. He and musical members of his team motivated and inspired both middle and high school students.

Pumpkin Patch visit enjoyed at Miami Springs.

letic activities rounded out the annual high school retreat. For spiritual and character growth, MCS staff and students participated in the “National See You at the Pole Day,” gathering around the flag pole at their respective schools to pray for the country, its leaders, and their respective schools. Metro Life Church Youth Pastor Chris Alessi served as Spiritual Emphasis Speaker for a week of

On the athletic front Alex Yaniz won a gold medal in the Broward/Dade Bowling Tournament with MCS seeded first as the tournament began. The individual gold medal was won by Alex for bowling 727, the highest combined score. In addition, MCS Senior Arnaldo Lopez was named “Player to Watch” in high school basketball by “RMF Magazine”. The Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Team gave it a shot at the District Championship but lost its final match to come in second in the district but still earning them a spot in regional brackets. For those final games, MCS showed everyone what school spirit is all about with the nearly all members of boys’ athletic teams cheering the girls on and putting on a show before sell-out

Girls’ volleyball team in District play.

Alex Yaniz (center) wins bowling gold.


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Do you or someone you know have Rosacea? FXM Research in Miami is looking for males and females 18 years or older that suffer from Rosacea “Redness on forehead, cheeks, and nose with acne type lesions on your face” to participate in a four [4] study-visit clinical research study. Medical Insurance is not required for study participation. Qualified participants will receive: • Evaluation by a Board Certified Dermatologist. • Investigational Study Medication or placebo at no cost. • Reimbursement for time and travel up to USD $200.00.

¿Tiene usted o alguien que usted conoce Rosacea? FXM Research in Miami está buscando hombres y mujeres de 18 años de edad o más que padecen de Rosacea “Enrojecimiento en la frente, mejillas, y nariz con lesiones similares al acné”, para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere de cuatro [4] visitas. No se requiere seguro médico para su participación en el estudio. Los participantes que califiquen recibirán: • Evaluaciones por un Dermatólogo Certificado. • Los medicamentos del estudio bajo investigación o placebo sin costo alguno. • Reembolso por su tiempo y transporte de hasta $200.00. For more information please call:

Para más información por favor llame al:

(305) 220-5222 Hector Wiltz, MD., CPI. Board Certified Dermatologist FXM Research Miami

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Do you or someone you know have Tinea Pedis/Athlete’s Foot? FXM Research in Miami is looking for males and females 18 years or older that suffer from Tinea Pedis “Redness, Itchiness, Maceration, Erosion, and/or Scaling areas in between your toes” to participate in a three [3] study-visit clinical research study. Medical Insurance is not required for study participation. Qualified participants will receive: • Evaluation by a Board Certified Dermatologist. • Investigational Study Medication or placebo at no cost. • Reimbursement for time and travel up to USD $150.00.

¿Tiene usted o alguien que usted conoce Hongos Entre Los Dedos De Sus Pies/Pie De Atleta? FXM Research en Miami está buscando a hombres y mujeres de 18 años o más de edad que padecen de Hongos Entre Los Dedos De Sus Pies “Enrojecimiento, Picazón, Humedad, Erosiones, y/o áreas de Descamación entre los dedos de los pies”, para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere de tres [3] visitas. No se requiere seguro médico para su participación en el estudio. Los participantes que califiquen recibirán: • Evaluaciones por un Dermatólogo Certificado. • Los medicamentos bajo investigación o placebo sin costo alguno. • Reembolso por su tiempo y transporte de hasta $150.00.

For more information please call:

Para más información por favor llame al:

(305) 220-5222 Hector Wiltz, MD., CPI. Board Certified Dermatologist FXM Research Miami

FXM Research Miami 11760 Bird Road, Suite 452 Miami, FL 33175

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How Franchising Saves a Business BY HOSSEIN KASMAR MThere are a million and one misconceptions about franchising but the truth is that most people don’t have the slightest clue about what franchising really is — nor how it works for small business firms. More than 300 different industries and business categories use a franchising business model to distribute goods and services. It is estimated that the franchise industry accounts for approximately 50% of all retail sales in the US. Contrary to popular belief, becoming a franchised business does not mean you are going to transform from a “friendly mom and pop operation” into money-hungry corporation dead set on maximizing profits (even if it means lower product quality). When you take that step into franchising your business, you begin to dictate to others how this business should be run. With the control issue of the way, let’s explore franchising a bit more. John Smith has been running his bakery for five years, a thriving and profitable business he wishes to expand into multiple locations – but John doesn’t want to sacrifice the time or money required to open a second, third and fourth location. So what does John do? John does the smart thing and contacts Franchise Creator at <www.franchisecreator.com>) based in Doral for a free consultation, explaining how through franchising he can open multiple new locations seamlessly without investing much of his own time or money. Very loosely put, a franchise is an

exact blueprint of a successfully operating business whose details are provided to a new franchise owner in a document called the operations manual. Along with training and on-going support of the business owner (franchisor) to the person buying a franchise (franchisee), it allows for a seamless duplication of the business and its operations in a new location. Franchising a business allows the franchisor to make money from each new franchised location in multiple ways. When a someone buys a franchise, they pay a substantial sum of cash in exchange for your trademark, training and the general knowhow of the business. (known as an “initial franchise fee”). Each franchisee also pays a royalty based on a percentage of that franchise’s gross revenue, an on-going income from each location. To further ensure brand consistency, each franchisee must purchase all goods and products from you or a vendor associated with you — a grand total of three separate new revenue streams that franchising can bring to your business. Each new location has to contribute to a national advertising campaign that is fully and solely managed by you. Finally, franchising puts the burden of all liabilities, risks and expenses on the franchisee, not you. All you need to do is guide your franchisee to success by using your time tested knowledge and expertise. Contrary to a manager running your own location, each franchisee has a vested interest to make the business succeed and like you, will put their best effort in running the operation. For more information, contact Franchise Creator at 305-592-9229 or visit <www.franchisecreator.com>.


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2014 GMC Acadia has multiple convenience and safety features Grant Miller CAR CORNER Drivers agree, the 2014 GMC Acadia delivers a smooth, whisper-quiet ride and has a spacious, comfortable cabin with an upscale interior and plenty of leg-room, a great vehicle for long road trips and for those who need the option to seat eight people. The Acadia lineup for 2014 includes the SLE (with SLE-1 and SLE-2 trims), the SLT (with SLT-1 and SLT-2 trims) and the Denali models, with seven- or eight-passenger configurations. Acadia has a sleek, sculpted exterior design and a look of refinement from the three-bar grille and standard LED running lights in front to the standard spoiler in the rear. Halogen projector-beam headlamps are standard on SLE and SLT models, while the Denali model comes with high-intensity discharge headlights (available on SLT-2). Offered with 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheel designs that complement the exterior’s lines and stance, Acadia is stylish and functional.

Under the hood in all models is a 3.6liter, 288 hp V-6 VVT engine with direct injection technology. The engine is mated to a Hydra-Matic 6T75 six-speed automatic gearbox with automatic grade braking, shift stabilization and precise shift control, and hill start assist. The fuel-saving sixspeed automatic helps give FWD models an EPA-estimated 24 mpg on the highway. All-wheel drive is also available and towing capability for the Acadia is 5,200 pounds when properly equipped. The intelligent AWD system provides increased traction on slippery roads by actively managing the torque distribution between the front and rear axles, based on wheel speed, throttle and surface conditions. There is no driver intervention as the system automatically decides how much torque to apply and delivers it to the wheels that have the best traction. Acadia has developed a reputation for comfort, performance and efficiency since it was introduced as the GMC’s first crossover utility vehicle in 2007. The luxury Denali model came on market in 2010 and widened the midsize crossover’s appeal to consumers wanting a higher level of style, power and functionality. In 2014, the Acadia focuses on safety with the addition of Forward Collision

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Alert and Lane Departure Warning, crashavoidance systems that use a camera and sensors to help detect when the driver is getting too close to a vehicle ahead or when the vehicle enters another lane without the use of a turn signal. The systems alert the driver with visual cues on the dashboard, as well as audible signals. They complement Side Blind Zone Alert and Cross Traffic Alert that were added in 2013. Two charging-only USB ports have

been added to the rear of the center console to power up electronics from the second row. The MSRP on the 2014 GMC Acadia ranges from: $34,335 to $48,675. Grant Miller is the publisher of Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277 or by addressing email to <Grant@CommunityNewspapers.com>.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FROM FLORIDA CITY GAS Every day, underground pipelines safely transport natural gas to homes and businesses throughout the area. Florida City Gas is responsible for the security and maintenance of pipelines in our service territory.

Call Before You Dig Before digging around your property, state law requires you call 811 to have your utility lines professionally marked – for free! You must wait the required amount of time before you begin your project. Pipeline markers indicate the presence of pipe and right-of-way. While they’re not present in all areas, it’s always best to call 811.If right-of-way is adjacent to your property, it is your responsibility to ensure no new landscaping or physical structure interferes with access to the pipeline, and with our ability to keep it safe through routine monitoring and maintenance. Information about transmission pipelines operating in your community is available through the National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) and is available online at www.npms.phmsa.dot.gov.

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IF YOU SMELL GAS, ACT FAST.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission urges all users to lower their water heaters to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Carbon Monoxide

LISTEN for a hissing or roaring sound near a natural gas appliance or line.

Incomplete combustion of any fuel – produces carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is poisonous and has no odor, taste or color. Carbon monoxide detectors are helpful, but they are no substitute for using equipment safely. This includes having it inspected once a year by a certified contractor.

Appliance Safety According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency: • It’s important that you have your furnace inspected by a qualified specialist. • Be sure all furnace controls and emergency shutoffs are in proper working condition. • Keep trash and other combustible material away from your air heating and water heating systems.

LOOK for blowing dirt or continued bubbling of standing water.

SMELL for the distinctive rotten-egg scent of natural gas. Take action if you detect even a small amount of this odor. LEAVE the area IMMEDIATELY if you detect a natural gas leak. Don’t try to identify the source or stop the leak. CALL Florida City Gas at 888.352.5325 or 911 once you are safely away from the possible leak site. Stay away from the area until a Florida City Gas representative or emergency personnel indicate it is safe to return. REMEMBER while near a possible natural gas leak, do not touch or use anything that may cause a spark. This includes lighters, matches, cigarettes, flashlights, light switches and telephones. Wait until you have left the area to use a cell phone. For more information,visit floridacitygas.com/safety or call 800.9937546.


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Jenningss helpss peoplee save theirr homess from m foreclosure BY JESSE SCHECKNER

For Bernard W.H. Jennings, the course of his professional career was determined by a deep personal loss. He was in graduate school finishing work on his master’s degree in public administration at Florida A&M University and his mother was faced with a foreclosure on her property. “She had this obligation to pay the bank and it was very stressful for her,” Jennings recalls. “She actually suffered hemorrhage and passed away one morning. She was a very young woman — only 52 — and it was because of the stress on her that this happened. After leaving school, I decided I wanted to help people in similar situations because I couldn’t help my mom at the time.” Jennings, who holds certification from both the Florida Supreme Court and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is a champion of foreclosure rights. Through his loss mitigation company, IKJ Government Affairs Consulting, he tries to work out agreements between homeowners and lenders that stop foreclosure proceedings permanently, enabling property owners to remain in their homes and protect their credit history. Through detailed financial analyses on the property in question, he has been able to stave off what would have been catastrophic losses for families in financial peril. He claims that many people who wait for something conditionally to relieve them of their troubles often are left much worse off than they would have been if they’d come to him sooner, incurring further debt and unnecessary lawyer fees. “I think attorneys are great people – they’re just trying to help out – but a lot of them have been unscrupulous for a lot of the people who have come to me, who have given these attorneys money and would have lost their house,” he says. “There’s no defense for foreclosure, and attorneys advertise foreclosure defense. There’s only one thing you can do with a foreclosure; come to an agreement with your lender.” Jennings” former clients, now in good standing with their lender thanks to his efforts, are happy to sing his praise. Esther St. Paul, who cares for her diabetic father, was facing a bank lawsuit and foreclosure. The stress, she claims, led to her father having his leg amputated. When she sought Jennings’ help, however, she says everything changed. “The situation was severely stressful and we didn’t know what to do,” she says. “You constantly watch the mailbox, hating

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when the mailman comes to your home. Honestly, I didn’t see how I could come out of the situation. I put my faith in Bernard and when I received that modification it was a blessing.” Sylma Ivette Schoenlank, a selfemployed single mother, was a month away from selling her house due to foreclosure when Rep. Frederica Wilson referred her to Jennings. After deflecting the initial foreclosure, he led negotiations that resulted in more than $100,000 slashed from her loan balance and a cut of more than $1,000 off the monthly payments. “He was just a really cool, down-toearth, loving and caring guy,” she says. “He said, ‘Don’t lose any sleep over this, we’re going to get this done.’ He really held my hand through the whole thing and I really needed that.” A husband and father of two, it is this human element and caring approach that has forged lifelong bonds between Jennings and the people he has helped. “When I see a mother or a couple before me and they’re having a problem and I’m able to tell them, ‘Listen, I’m looking at the formula and you qualify!’ I feel the sense of, ‘Yes! Another one I can help.’ They’ve gone through this for so long, they come to me and in such a short time I help them; they’re just overjoyed and they become friends.” For more information, call 786-4867217, go to <www.mediatetoday.net> or <www.letsgethelpnow.com>.

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Paying for what you value The County’s new fiscal year began on Oct. 1, but getting there wasn’t easy. On one hand, taxpayers were calling on their elected leaders to provide economic relief by keeping the property tax rates flat. On the other hand, doing so would mean placing services provided by police, fire rescue, the library system and the animal shelter in financial difficulty. Tough choices had to be made and in the end, while not every service emerged completely unscathed, essential services remain secure—at least for the time being. But the future of Miami-Dade County’s Public Library System, as well as the thousands of cats in dogs in the care of Animal Services Department remains uncertain. It’s been said that we most value that which we pay for through charitable contributions. It’s how we stand behind the causes we believe in. So in that spirit, Miami-Dade County is establishing a trust fund to allow the public to make voluntary contributions toward the county services that matter most to them. Through this trust, you and other like-minded citizens will be able to pool your resources and direct them exactly where you believe they’re needed most. Over the next few weeks, property tax bills will be mailed to nearly a million households and businesses. A postage-paid envelope will be enclosed, making it convenient for concerned citizens to make a voluntary monetary donation over and above their property tax payment. Whether you choose to provide additional support to animal services, the library system, the police or fire rescue, your donation will help ensure that the services you care about will continue to be provided. Keep in mind that these donations are tax deductible and will help meet pressing community needs. Be sure to consult your tax advisor with any specific questions regarding your deduction. Help keep your community moving forward and give a little something back.


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TV Star Donates Batteries in Doral

“Law & Order: SVU” star Danny Pino (center) joins Duracell to donate its new powerful Quantum batteries to the Miami-Dade Police Department and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue at Miami-Dade Police Department Headquarters. The presentation took place as part of Duracell’s donation of 1 million Quantum batteries to first responders nationwide on Oct. 14 in Doral.


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Iss Marlinss firingg off Larryy Beinfestt a goodd thing? BY PRESTON MICHELSON

I’m conflicted. For years, I’ve railed against Marlins’ ownership for not shaking up the front office. Now that Larry Beinfest has been fired from his post of vice president of baseball operations, I don’t feel satisfied. I feel like the move has been done with poor intentions. For the last few months of Beinfest’s tenure, it was reported that owner Jeffrey Loria had usurped much of his baseball operations power. The front office was marginalized in favor of Loria’s unquestioned motives. In September, when teams can carry up to 40 players, the Marlins examined their minor league system to decide on who to promote. Beinfest suggested that they recall second baseman Derek Dietrich, a seemingly inoffensive move. Loria did not agree, however. Earlier in the season, Dietrich was involved in a reportedly physical altercation with then hitting coach

Tino Martinez, Loria’s hand-picked choice. After this news was released, Martinez resigned. But Loria didn’t forget; he remained vindictive. Loria rejected Beinfest’s request, but when then assistant general manager Dan Jennings made the recommendation, Loria relented, and granted the approval. Then Dietrich suffered an injury in the minor leagues and the point became moot. If only that was the only time Loria acted petty. In a similar vein, in late August the Marlins placed Plácido Polanco on the disabled list because of a concussion. Chris Valaika, who was hitting very well at AAA, was the expected replacement. That is — you guessed it — until Loria said not so fast. Valaika was one of the players who complained about Martinez’s antics. Beinfest was understandably unhappy. And he was also understandably fired after the season. The team had struggled through trades and through the draft for a substantial amount of time. But the fact that Dan Jennings now replaces him — the man who has proven to be a yes-man to Loria — is disconcerting.

Loria needs a foil. Allowing him to run a team unhindered is dangerous, and could result in more petty and personal decisions like the Dietrich and Valaika moves. Next season, manager Mike Redmond not only will be fighting to win — but will be fighting to keep his job. The Marlins are known for having a hairline trigger on managerial decisions, be it Edwin Rodríguez, Ozzie Guillén or Joe Girardi. If Redmond falls like those men did, it could be difficult for a manager with two losing seasons to find employ elsewhere. Rodríguez, who was fired after a .479 winning percentage over the course of two seasons, is now the manager of the Class AA Akron Aeros. As he fights to keep his job, his decision making could be hampered by his personal goals, and potentially not the team goals. All signs point to Loria being able to run this team unimpeded. At least in Larry Beinfest, the front office had a man who wasn’t afraid of making statements contrary to the owner’s thinking. Even if his success stumbled as he finished his tenure with the Marlins, he was

CORNER principled, and in a way that Loria has not been and will not be. Dan Jennings has been sought by other teams offseason after offseason. He was not hired with a lack of merit. But his history with Loria is alarming. The future of the team remains in flux, but these managerial moves could prove to be costly.

Preston Michelson is a freshman at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism and is a graduate of Palmer Trinity School. He is a frequent contributor to this newspaper and the opinions he expresses are his own and not necessarily those of the editors and publishers. Contact him on Twitter at @PrestonMich or by email at <michelsonpr@gmail.com>.


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Jacksonn Healthh System m dedicatess newlyy renovatedd Breastt Center

BY BEVERLY C. RODRIGUES

With a snip of a pink ribbon, Jackson Memorial Hospital kicked off National Breast Cancer Awareness month on Oct. 1 by dedicating the re-modeled Roberta Orlen Chaplin Digital Breast Imaging Center at the Taylor Breast Health Center. Thanks to a generous donation from philanthropists Harvey and Roberta Chaplin, the facility is totally digital, providing physicians with easier and faster access to images. It also has been renovated with more comfortable features for patients. Additionally, the center will be upgrading two digital mammogram units to incorporate 3-D technology. “The Chaplins have been far more than just patrons in the fight against breast cancer; they have been activists, ambassadors and champions,” Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System, said during a grand re-opening celebration. “On behalf of our doctors, nurses and especially our patients, we thank you.” The celebration was attended by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson, breast cancer sur-

vivors, nurses and physicians, the chair of the Public Health Trust, Jackson executives and officers of the board of the Jackson Memorial Foundation. “Only here at Jackson can we deliver the cutting-edge care made possible by the Chaplins’ generous gift,” said Darryl K. Sharpton, chair of the Public Health Trust Board of Trustees. “We promise that high level of care to everyone in our community, regardless of their ability to pay.” Breast cancer survivor Rosa Arias Yapur, 34, credits the breast center at Jackson Memorial for saving her life. The first-time mother shared her story during the ceremony, with her husband and daughter by her side. Three months after having her first child, Yapur noticed blood streaming from one of her nipples. She then discovered a lump on her left breast and had a feeling something was terribly wrong. “When I came to Jackson, they discovered I had stage three breast cancer,” she said. “Thanks to all the doctors and staff at Jackson, I was able to get a mastectomy and treatment. Now I am cancer-free. I thank God for the Jackson Memorial Breast Center and its staff.”

Pictured at the ribbon cutting are (l-r) Harvey Chaplin, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmondson, Roberta Chaplin, Jackson Memorial Foundation board member Dr. Rudy Moise, Jackson Health System CEO Carlos A. Migoya, Jackson Memorial Foundation chair Carlos Lopez Cantera and Public Health Trust chair Darryl K. Sharpton.


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Miamii Internationall Autoo Show w runss Nov.. 8-17;; showcasess 2014 4 vehicless Automotive Writers Group

The big automotive news in November is the opening of the Miami International Auto Show scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8. The show features vehicles from the world’s auto manufacturers and continues through Sunday, Nov. 17, at its traditional home in the Miami Beach Convention Center. This popular consumer attraction, now in its 43rd year, is the best opportunity around for car enthusiasts to get a look at new models from more than 40 manufacturers both domestic and foreign. Whether you are preshopping for a new vehicle or adding to your wish list, the Miami Auto Show is the first place you want to check out. This year’s show will feature vehicles with the latest engineering and technology in additional to fuel-efficient vehicles as well as those with the all-important safety features. If performance is your hot button, you won’t be disappointed. In fact, the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has been named the official show car. The Corvette features include a new 6.2 liter V-8 engine that pumps out 455 hp, has EPA ratings of 17/29 mpg. All this and more for a base price of $51,995 for the Coupe. The convertible comes along later in the year. Visit the Chevrolet display and you will be treated to the “WOW! Factor” when you experience the new Vette. Other performance and exotic displays like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Lotus may be found in the Million Dollar Alley. Don’t miss these special cars! For those who enjoy reminiscing, be sure to visit Havana Classics presented in part by

Thousands will stream through the Miami Beach Convention Center for 10 days in November to see the latest autos, pickups and utility vehicles.

All-new fourth-generation Cadillac Escalade will be on display.

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Telemundo 51. Cars that were the mainstay (many are still today) in Cuba will take you back in time to the 1950s. The Miami-based Southern Automotive Media Association hosts an annual press luncheon and hands out trophies in three categories to the manufacturers with the most outstanding vehicles in the show – Star of the Show, Best Utility Vehicle and Best Green Technology Vehicle. Again this year, many of the vehicles

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that were entered in SAMA’s “Topless in Miami” convertible competition earlier this year on Key Biscayne will be on display at the show. Always the unveilings of new models are a big hit at the Show and this year is no exception. Be sure to take a look at the all-new fourth generation Cadillac Escalade. This beauty sets the standard for luxury SUVs. Also on display will be the 2014 Maserati

Ghibli sedan. First introduced as a Coupe in the 1960s, the Italian manufacturer enhances its product line with the all-new sedan. If you are a hands-on action type, be sure to find the test drives for several vehicles from GM, Chrysler, VW, Hyundai, Kia, Scion, Mazda and Toyota during the Show’s Ride & Drive program during weekend show hours and on Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11. Have you secretly desired to drive “off road”? Camp Jeep will provide you with this great opportunity on their specially designed off-road track. Feeling lucky? Be sure to enter the show’s annual giveaway promotion for a new Chevrolet Camaro 1LT. Discount tickets of $2 off the price of admission are available at participating McDonald’s restaurants in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties. Discount tickets are also available at new car and truck dealers throughout South Florida and at the auto show website < w w w. m i a m i a u t o s h o w. n e t > . See you at the show! Bob Kroupa is co-founder of the Automotive Writers Group, an authority on Corvettes and the editor and publisher of the Vette-N-Vestments monthly Corvette market letter. He also reviews automobiles for the Greensboro NC Times and is a member of the Southern Automotive Media Association.

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With EPA ratings of 17 mpg city and 29 It is over 60 years old and moving into its mpg highway, Chevy claims this as the seventh generation, but like fine wine, qual- most efficient sports car on the market. Yet ity cheese and Sophia Loren, the Chevrolet when equipped with the Z51 Performance Corvette just gets better with age. Package, the 2014 ’Vette will zip from Chevy gave the iconic American sports zero-to-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, run the car a complete makeover for 2014 and quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 119 mph, and show South Florida consumers will be able stop from 60 mph in 107 feet. to see the result for themIt’s not just in performselves when they visit the ance that the 2014 Corvette Chevyy gavee thee icon43rd annual Miami stands out, however. This is icc Americann sport s International Auto Show. the most-advanced Corvette carr a complete The 2014 Corvette Stingray in technology with five drivwill serve as the official ing modes — Tour (default), makeoverr forr 2014 show car of the event, Sport, Track, Weather (rain andd show w South which runs Nov. 8 through and snow) and Eco (shutting Floridaa conss umers 17 at the Miami Beach down four cylinders for Convention Center. enhanced fuel economy willl bee ablee too see How does the 2014 while highway cruising) — thee resultt forr themmodel stack up to its predeand also the most refined. selvess whenn they cessors? Well, when Designers wrapped the designers and engineers cabin with premium materivisitt thee 43rdd annuall were finished with it, they als, including carbon fiber, Miamii Internaa tional gave it the hallowed aluminum, and rich leather Autoo Show. Stingray badging. throughout. The smallest “We didn’t set out to detail is attended to, like build a Stingray,” says John Fitzpatrick, precise stitching on the smaller, leatherChevrolet Performance Cars Marketing wrapped steering wheel for a more consisManager. “We set out to build the greatest tent feel. Corvette we could. It wasn’t until we got The new Corvette is a treat for the eyes done with that that we said, ‘You know, this and — with an active exhaust system that really does remind everybody of the ’63 in tunes tone to fit the driver’s mode setting terms of not only in the look of the car, but — the ears as well. how the car feels and how it reacts.’ We Yet even with the improvements, the thought it was natural to add the Stingray 2014 Corvette has a starting MSRP of name at that point.” under $52,000 in coupe form, with the conWith a new 6.2-liter V-8 engine, the 2014 vertible starting at under $57,000, includmodel is the most powerful standard ing destination and delivery charges. It’s Corvette ever with 455 hp and 460 pound- one car you don’t want to miss on your visit feet of torque delivered to the rear wheels to the Miami International Auto Show, Nov through either an all-new seven-speed man- 8-17, at the Miami Beach Convention ual or six-speed automatic transmission Center.


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Hundreds of thousands of show goers no doubt will leave the Miami International Auto Show with a strong craving for a new car, and one will have that desire satisfied almost immediately. One lucky person will be chosen as the winner of the show’s annual giveaway contest sponsored by the South Florida Chevrolet Dealers and the Miami International Auto Show. His or her prize this November will be a brand new Chevy Camaro LT coupe, one of the hottest cars going in the popular pony car automotive segment. For 2014, the Camaro LT features a redesigned front fascia with new headlights and one-piece taillights, a new spoiler and dual exhaust tips at the rear. With a 3.6-liter V-6 engine under the hood, the Camaro LT delivers fuel economy of 18 mpg city/29 highway when mated to a six-speed manual transmission and there is no compromise on performance. Horsepower and torque numbers are 323

hp and 278 pound-feet, and company clockers have caught the car going from zero-to-60 mph in just 5.9 seconds. But the new Camaro is not just about get-up-andgo. It’s about enjoying the ride as well. Designers have given it a more refined interior than has been typical of American Muscle Cars, with retro touches such as the squared bezels around the speedometer and tach, and modern-day technological features that include Bluetooth, Chevy’s MyLink Radio, OnStar and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Front bucket seats are power adjustable six ways. The blue ray exterior and black interior makes for a stunning combination, with the RS Package adding such features as 20inch wheels and xenon headlights. The prize car is valued at $29,885! Don’t miss out on your opportunity to have one the legendary names in the automotive world sitting in your driveway. Be sure to enter the Chevy Camaro giveaway drawing at this year’s Miami International Auto Show, Nov 8-17, at the Miami Beach Convention Center.


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‘Havanaa Classics’’ display returnss to o auto o show

Local auto dealers support South Florida community

Rare 1936 Ford Cabriolet originally owned by actress Katharine Hepburn is the featured car. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Pictured (l-r) are NBC6 producer Jose Suarez, Ronald McDonald House Charities executive director Soraya Rivera-Moya and Richard Baker, president of the South Florida Automobile Dealers Association, presenting a check to Ronald McDonald. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY LEE STEPHENS

A glorious period from Havana’s rich history returns for all to behold as the Miami International Auto Show will once again present an assortment of antique cars that once graced the city’s picturesque roadways. The nostalgic collection, named Havana Classics, showcases many of an era’s most popular vehicles. Presented with the cooperation of Telemundo 51Miami, Havana Classics offers such celebrated vehicles as a 1931 Ford Model “A” Roadster, 1949 Buick Super Convertible, 1951 Mercury Sedan, 1954 Ford Customline and a 1958 VW Beetle. The featured car in this nostalgic exhibit is a very rare 1936 Ford Cabriolet that was produced during the height of the Art Deco design period and originally owned

by Academy Award winning actress Katharine Hepburn. It was a gift to her from RKO Studios in recognition of her Academy Award nomination for best actress in the film Alice Adams. The car features a “rumble seat” that unfolds out of the trunk. The car is finished in original Bambolina Blue color, with a saddle leather interior. It is powered by the famous Ford flathead V-8 engine. Each year, the Antique Automobile Club of America’s South Florida Region selects a handful of members to participate in the Memory Lane exhibit. Founded in 1955, the Antique Automobile Club of America’s South Florida Region comprises 200 local members and is dedicated to the restoration, preservation and enjoyment of antique vehicles. The local group regularly hosts antique car shows. For more information, call Mel Mann at 305-232-2274 or visit <www.aaca.org/southflorida>.

BY LEE STEPHENS

The South Florida Automobile Dealers Association is an advocate of philanthropy, benefitting various organizations since the Miami International Auto Show opened in 1971. Over a 40 year period, the South Florida Automobile Dealers Association has donated more than $7 million to numerous charities, including Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida, Habitat for Humanity, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami’s School of Medicine, the Boys and Girls Clubs in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, Sheridan House, Easter Seals, and others. “Our association exists to not only advance the automotive industry in South Florida, but to also make a genuinely positive impact on the communities that welcome our businesses into their neighborhoods and daily lives,” said Richard Baker, president of the dealers group.

“A primary focus of our organization, and a personal motivator for many of our members, has and will always be charitable giving.” This year, the auto show will again donate $15,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida, bringing the total during the years to more than $270,000. The Ronald McDonald House (RMH) is a temporary “home-away from home” for families to find rest, support and time away from realities of the hospital procedures and routines. The Miami House opened in 1981 and is located on the campus of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. The South Florida Auto-Truck Dealers Association began in 1933 and originally was formed to share marketing opportunities and control costs. Today, the Association comprises more than 190 dealerships in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties, making it larger than some state-wide auto dealer groups.


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